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Log Cabin + HOT TUB + Fireplace = L O V E !

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Log Cabin for One Couple with Hot Tub - Bath w/shower

Harold's Resort is located off the highway, in the woods, on the lake - a private peninsula - surrounded by water on 3 sides w/7 '1950's' LOG 'housekeeping' Cabins. Extra quiet, private & secluded. Safe for Families, Quiet for Couples. Great for fishing and swimming. Spider Lake is an all sports lake with 459 acres. No wake before 11 am & after 7:30 pm each day ensures the lake is extra quiet in the morning and evening

. Great pontoon boating lake with lots of exploring to do. When you are here, you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but there is easy access to town.. Traverse City that is. Also nearby in the Pere Marquette State Forest you will find: Hiking Trails, Snow Shoeing and X-C Trails, & Mountain Biking Trails. Ranch Rudolf is a short drive away for Horse Back Riding, Canoeing & Tubing on the Boardman River. We do Nightly & Weekend Rentals Sept - June. Weekly Rentals Sat to Sat in the Summer. Let me know what you are looking for... Kathy

Summer Weekly Rental: Bring the family up for some quality time. Bring them to a place that time forgot. Remember going up north to the lake as a child? Well bring your children to the same place. Bring them to a place for some good ole fashion R & R. Bring your favorite board games, books, deck of cards, beach toys and fishing poles. I bet they don't ask for a TV all week... a miracle... After fishing, and swimming and chasing each other around, after dinner and a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s,mores... they'll hit the hay and never even notice NO TV . Rainy day -- that''s when the games come out... or a trip to town to the Children's Museum - waves of wonder, or just a wet day outside... even if it wasn't raining, they'd be wet ... right ? !!! Rainy days are when the fish bite best... so hopefully you'll get at least one while you are here.

No pets allowed on the property, not even to visit, please and thank you.

Fall Weekends: Come up to the North Woods for a Color Tour Weekend - everywhere you go up here is a 'Color Tour' - cruise the lake on a pontoon boat ( rentals available here ) visit a winery, casino, or fabulous restaurant - we have plenty in the area. Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails nearby for a real color tour thru the Pere Marquette State Forest. This cabin will accommodate one couple, and we have 7 cabins here - and we have other accommodations on Spider Lake for larger groups too.

Girls Weekend Retreats: Did you know that 'Girls just wanna have fun! ' Well gather up your friends, sisters, mothers and neighbors! and choose either a Scrapbook Weekend Retreat - ask me for info! This is where you get to have all the fun, work on a project or take a class and learn something new with all the girls! No cooking, No cleaning, No husbands or kids (bless their hearts!) The work room is open from Friday 12 N til Sunday 3pm - come and go as you please.... Six fabulous meals provided! With Dessert, Treats, Snacks & Beverages. Eight weekends per year to choose from - contact me and I'll set you up!


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Kathy Schliess
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Kathy Schliess

We came to Harolds Resort on vacation from San Diego in the Fall of 1989. We fell in Love with Traverse City and Harolds Resort. We moved here in the Spring of 1990, with our son Dieter who was almost 2 years old and 8 1/2 years later our son Hunter was born.


It is with a broken heart that I tell you of the passing of my husband Rolf on Friday, January 29, 2016. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully. He loved Harolds Resort as much as I do, and I will continue to run the Resort with extra help from my boys, and local contractors. His spirit is alive and well everywhere I go. In and around the Cabins and Resort property, I see his handy work, his blood, sweat and tears. Our goal was to always have a place where families and couples could come and spend quality time together, doing the simple things, and that goal has never been stronger or more important. If you knew Rolf, don’t be sad, be happy for what he did have and what he left behind, because he left it to me, to share with you... Kathy

Kathy Schliess purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Kathy Schliess chose Traverse City

While we were here on vacation in 1989 we were telling the owner how much we loved Traverse City and Harolds Resort and he said - if you love it so much, why don't you buy it ? !! Just seemed like a good fit and an adventure and a great place to raise a family. And we were right.. and now we are GRAND PARENTS of twin boys ! Boy how time flies when you are having fun !

What makes this cabin unique

Location, Location, Location... at the end of the road, off the highway, in the woods and on the lake. Surrounded by water on 3 sides. There is just not many places left that can give you the peace, quiet and solitude with easy access to all that downtown Traverse City and the surrounding area have to offer.

We have TWO of these "Hot Tub Cabins" each has it's own personal hot tub on the screened in porch. Outside - yet semi private. Eddie Murphy was right when he said: "it's HOT in the Hot Tub" !!

Guestbook comments from the owner

An entry from the journal used with permission - We had so much fun on our weekend getaway here ! What a relaxing little nook in the woods you have ! We explored the shops downtown and had crab cake sandwiches ( which rocked the house ! ) at the Peninsula Grill on the Old Mission Peninsula. You were right, the drive was totally worth it ! On our way out of town we are stopping at the Grand Traverse Pie Company (hope they got the cherry crumb pie). We had so much fun, thanks for everything. Your directions everywhere were very helpful. PS I love how "optional" bath suits were not only allowed but recommended :) * We'll be back * M & B
Jan 2010
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Forest Lakes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 522 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower is a 1950 'Gerber' Brand Metal Shower stall.
  • This cabin has a bath with a Gerber Metal Shower Stall, Toilet & Sink and your own hot water heater.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
  • In the Fall, Winter and Spring, we have this cabin set up for Romantic Get-A-Ways for one couple at a time.... with the fireplace viewable from bed and the private hot tub on the screened in porch overlooking the lake, and nice comfy linens/comforters for snuggling. No TV - you are here to get away from that ! There is Free WiFI though! There are 2 bedrooms each with a full size bed, each bedroom gets 'curtained off' from the main room at night giving the cabin a very open log cabin feeling during the day.
  • Books ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Details here are for Cabin # 4- We love pets - BUT - Pets are not allowed on the property and will be asked to leave. Summer Weekly Rentals - Sat to Sat- you bring your own: Sheets, Towels, Soap and Paper Products. Row Boat included with Summer Rentals - Outboards Motors, Kayaks and Pontoon Boats for rent. This cabin will accommodate one family of up to 4 for weekly summer rentals. Fall, Winter, Spring Nightly Rentals - we supply: Sheets, Towels, Basic Soap and Paper Products, rates are for 1 couple. Firewood is provided for camp fires in the official camp fire location only. We offer other accommodations as well- just let us know what you are looking for.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Log Cabin + HOT TUB + Fireplace = L O V E !
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 77 reviews
Central Michigan

Cozy Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

This cozy cabin was exactly what we expected after seeing pictures. It was very clean and had a touch of comfort! The towels and flannel sheets smelled so good, an added bonus compared to a hotel's towels and sheets! The fireplace heated the cabin and added to the coziness. We were aprehensive about the hottub since it was under 10 degrees outside. But once we got in, it felt wonderful. To breathe in the cool crisp air while relaxing in a bubbling warm water, it actually warmed us up! The Christmas lights were nice and the view was great! My husband & I really needed this get away to spend some time alone without the interuptions of every day life. We went into Traverse City and ate at Olive Garden which is awlays awesome & we also made a trip to the Turtle Creek Casino. It was a nice casino and I liked that it was not too busy. We played the slots and had many to choose from. We shopped the outlets and mall for a little bit and then we couldn't wait to get back to our cabin! The cabin was close to town yet we were in the country and away form the busy city life! My husband & I enjoyed our stay and can not wait to come back. We may make this a yearly winter break! Many times since we have been home we have referred to the cabin wishing we were there again. Very comfortable, cozy, romantic & relaxing retreat. Thank You!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We know some people have to have a "hotel room" - but what a bonus for those who don't !! Having your own little log cabin to "call you home ' is something you willl never know when you stay at a hotel. Having your own private hot tub on your screened in porch, even with single digit temps - is something you can never experience at a "hotel". And as I always say.. the colder and nastier the weather.. the better the hot tub feels ! " Don't wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain ! " Kathy
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Cozy up north retreat

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I really enjoyed our 3-day winter getaway at Harold's Resort, in Cabin #4. The weather did not cooperate for cross country skiing (since it was in the 50s and 60s) but we still had a great time taking walks, and exploring Traverse City and the surrounding area.The property is beautiful and the view of the lake is very nice. It is very peaceful here in the winter, and the hot tub was a great added bonus! Cabin is tiny but cozy - perfect for two to relax and just simply chill.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Boy did we ever have some warm weather while you were here ! Who would have thought in the middle of February that we would have several days in the 60's ! The great thing is .. it's just as beautiful and quiet - no matter the weather.. The hot tub is still HOT, the fireplace takes the chill off and you can't find this kind of peacefulness just anywhere. Thank you for coming and enjoying your precious time together at our place . Kathy
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Exactly as described!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay here for a long weekend to celebrate our 1 yr wedding anniversary everything we needed was there and in its place. It was very relaxing sitting in the hot tub and watching it snow. We will definately be back again!!! We had the pleasure of meeting Kathy and she was very helpful and caring. You can definately tell that this place and all her guests mean the world to her. Thank You for a great 1st Anniversary Vacation Kathy!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. You are the reason I am still here doing this.. You are the reason I still keep the cabins open in the Winter. Winter is magical ! Being in the Hot Tub while it's snowing, while it's sleeting - oh the nastier the weather the better the hot tub feels is all I can say ! So happy you found us and choose my place to celebrate your # 1 Anniversary ! You two know how to spend quality time together and I hope you can make it back soon ! Whose Birthday is next !? Bring the kids this summer... See Ya ! Kathy
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Lovely and relaxing getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Cabin #4 was lovely - very comfortable bed, the fireplace-gas-furnace kept the cabin nice and cozy, and the hot tub was nice and hot! We would definitely go back!

The only things that could be improved:

1) The hot water at the kitchen sink got BURNING hot very quickly and we both burned our hands multiple times.

2) We like to cook and thus cooked a bunch during our stay, and items like the cheese grater and cookie sheet (very rusty) weren't great to use.

3) The hot tub was a bit dirty (could see the dirt in the bubbles when you turned the jets on) but not so much to deter us from hopping in daily.... which perhaps could have bothered our neighbors in Cabin 5, as there were no curtains on that side?

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for spending your Holiday Weekend with us and taking such nice care of our Cabin. You are right, the hot water is hot.. because the cold water is so COLD ! And I want you to have a nice hot shower, so in the Winter the hot water is HOT.. I will put up a Sign at the kitchen sink to remind everyone ( including me ) that the water is really HOT ! I replaced already the 2 items in the kitchen mentioned. And what you saw in the Hot Tub was probably SAND, there is usually about a teaspoon of sand at the bottom of the hot tub and when the jets are going I'm sure they get stirred up. I think a little sand actually comes out of the water faucet when I fill the hot tub. And the property here is a 2 acre pile of sand surrounded by water on 3 sides, so it's everywhere, but harmless. It does not affect the PH or chemicals in the water. Thanks for your comments and "see you" next time ! Kathy
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The perfect retreat from the world

  • 5 of 5

We've been visiting various places in Michigan, looking for a good place to retreat from the hectic reality of life and found it in Harold's Resort. From the moment we walked into our cabin we felt welcomed and comfortable. The fireplace and a light were on, the place was clean, and we immediately felt ourselves begin to unwind. We never saw our hosts but knew they were only a phone call away if needed. The perfect place and a place we will visit again.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We love providing a place where you can immediately unwind the moment you arrive. Your thoughtful words will be what keeps me going.. Thank You ! Kathy
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 nights in Cabin 4 over Valentine's Day weekend at Harold's Resort. I can't say enough about what a fantastic time we had--even though the temp dropped down to 1 degree. Other than going out to the Beerfest Saturday, we stayed in. Kathy has the cabin decorated just darling, and she thought of everything a person would need while staying there. We had a perfect view of the fireplace from the bed, and we also spent a lot of time in the hot tub, which never failed to warm us up!! The whole little cabin was immaculate!! We've been together 40 years and I have to say....most romantic weekend ever!! We will definitely be back, summer and winter!! Perfect getaway for a couple or family!!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These two braved the Cold and Snow for L O V E ! And look what it got them - The Most Romantic Weekend EVER ! Most "city slickers" would have run home with the cold temps we had that weekend. So thanks for sticking around and figuring out how to keep each other warm ! Fireplace, Hot Tub, Snuggle REPEAT ! Kathy
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M-131 and M-113 - near Kingsley
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Mt. Holiday
Car: necessary

This Log Cabin at Harolds Resort is located on a 2 acre private peninsula surrounded by Spider Lake on 3 sides. A 459 acre 'all sports lake', Spider Lake can be found within the Pere Marquette State Forest. Located in Grand Traverse County along w/ many other inland lakes, we are also close to East & West GT Bay. The Boardman River snakes thru the county providing fly fishing, canoeing and tubing opportunities & then empties into West Grand Traverse Bay near downtown Traverse City. All kinds of water, lake and river water activities can be done in an endless water wonderland - Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Being the Tart Cherry Capitol of the World means not only cherries for our area, but also all kinds of berries, apples, peaches, sweet corn and all can be found at roadside stands & our downtown Farmers Market approx July - October. With so many things to do, you might forget to do one of my favorite things.. Nothing! Ask about other vacation rentals we manage on 'Spider'

Other Activities: snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating

Golf: Love to Golf a different place everyday? Would you rather stay 'off the beaten path' ? How about a Cabin in the Woods? A Vacation Home on the lake? Would you like to do a little boating or fishing in between rounds? Forget the Hotel on the Miracle Mile! Come stay - in the woods, off the highway and on the lake! You will only feel like you are in the middle of nowhere! There is easy access to town and all the Golf Courses you could possibly want... and they are all a scenic drive away!

Ski: Cross Country Skiing at it's best -- with all the natural snow Grand Traverse County gets, All the State Groomed Trails to use for free ! - just grab your skis or snowshoes and come up to the woods-- get a pot of Chili cooking before you start out and it will be waiting when you get back - and so will your Fireplace, your Hot Tub and your Flannel Sheets and Down Comforter -- forget the 'Miracle Mile' of hotels, motels and restaurants.. stay out here, in the woods and close to nature. Yes, we have downhill slopes nearby if that's your kind of skiing ! There is something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Forest Lakes Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Feb 21 2017 - Mar 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 3 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
June w/Hot Tub
May 30 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
The Holidays
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Extra Guest Fee: includes DAY VISITORS- $15 per extra person over and above the max occ.of 4 per cabin
This Cabin rents Saturday to Saturday in the Summer - you bring your own: sheets, towels, soap and paper products.
The Hot Tub does not operate in the Summer.
We have other accommodations better suited for larger groups. Just ask Kathy !
Summer rentals are weekly only, Sat to Sat

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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