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Incredible Relaxation Retreat - Frankfort/Elberta-Upper Herring Lake

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

Home, 2 Bedrooms + Den w/ fold out, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Beautiful Upper Herring Lake and Herring Creek. Over two thirds of the shoreline is uninhabited. There are only 60 homes on the lake. It is unique and lovely.

Welcome to our quiet home nestled on 10 private acres and surrounded by a mixed Hardwood & Cedar forest. The creekside property opens up right into the mouth of Upper Herring Lake. This place is incredibly peaceful. - an absolute haven for birds, fish, and wildlife.

Sit out on the wrap-around deck and take in the lake sunset while listening to the calming flow of Herring Creek as it meanders just 60 feet from the house. You can drop a kayak in the creek and be paddling on the lake in two minutes. Watch the fish jump and eagles soar above you while you relax int your own true nature! Hike through acres of forest and collect some wood for an evening bonfire in the pit.

Your serenity is guaranteed in this incredible natural paradise. This area is one of Michigan's true hidden gems. Just 10 minutes from downtown Frankfort and even closer to Lake Michigan beach!

Although the location is private, it is very close to all the activities in the area.

Pristine Lake Michigan beaches and dunes just 7 minutes away. Excellent hiking on the property or in nearby nature trails. Kayak or canoe the Betsie or Platte Rivers. Great fishing in the creek right in front of the house. Golf at Crystal Mountain or Arcadia Bluffs. Downtown Frankfort shopping and dining is a 12-minute drive. 25 minutes to the casino in Manistee. Visit the Wineries in Leelanau and Traverse City. Very close to The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (voted the Most Beautiful Spot in America)

Our house is clean, comfortable and Feng -Shui inspired. Immediately surrounded by a perennial garden and flanked by a wildflower meadow. The house is built as a raised ranch and it SLEEPS 6 Comfortably.

There is a fully stocked kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and 2 bathrooms on level one. A private bedroom, bath and den with sleeper on lower walk out level. There is a scenic view from every window!

A terrific getaway for couples, friends or family. This home and property are for those who are seeking a truly special vacation experience.

Call me anytime for more information.

Keywords: Northern Michigan, Nature, Frankfort, Pet Friendly, Activities, Close to Lake Michigan, Serene, Secluded, Lake, Creek, Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Wineries, Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Two Thumbs Up (and One Tail Wag)!

Review Submitted: August 3, 2009 Date of Stay: July 2009

Within minutes of arriving, my husband and I felt right at home--sitting on

the deck feeling the lake breeze, we heard wingbeats overhead--it was an

eagle heading to the lake (I'm not kidding)! We've rented a lot of cottages in

the past, and this one not only met our basic requirements of being clean,

comfortable, and quiet, this one was also set in a beautiful spot, close to

plenty of amazing things to see and do. And, the owners couldn't have been

more accommodating and thoughtful. Our dog even felt welcome and happy-

-it was a relaxing and enjoyable week all aroun
Aug 2009
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Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 guest -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Full Sleep Sofa (1) in den
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(20 traveler reviews)

Incredible Relaxation Retreat - Frankfort/Elberta-Upper Herring Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Great time in Michigan

  • 5 of 5

Great place. Located near a bunch of fun stuff to do. Secluded area without much traffic and great view of the lake.

Spent most of our time at watervale beach, relatively secluded and uncrowded. Had a bonfire out on the beach one night which was great fu

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This place exceeded expectations! This is a perfect getaway; secluded on 10 acres across from Upper Herring Lake. The home itself is immaculate and practically everything you can think of is at your fingertips. Wonderful for quiet mornings watching birds on the deck while sipping coffee and being wowed by the amazing star show at night. We kayaked the lake twice and continued on Herring Creek for an extended trip seeing herons and a couple of eagles. We biked the Betsie Trail over to Beulah on beautiful Crystal Lake for some swimming and the charming Cherry Hut. We took a day trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, biking the Heritage Trail and swimming in the (and I'm not kidding) turquoise waters of Lake Michigan near Glen Lake. Frankfort itself is charming, nice variety of restaurants; we enjoyed Dinghy's, Bayview Grille, Fusion (sushi!), Stormcloud Brewing (great local microbrews) and the many ice cream shops on Main Street. Don't forget the Lighthouse Café in Elberta across Betsie Bay. We picked large, sweet blueberries at the self serve! patch about a mile down the road. Sunsets on Frankfort Beach were awesome. You can stay until the sun drops completely below the horizon and till have enough time to drive back to Upper Herring before the skies go black and the shooting star show starts. Don't forget other local attractions such as Green Point Dunes, Inspiration Point near Arcadia & Gravity Hill (you have to do it!) All in all, this was a perfect getaway week for the family; we plan on returning. Well done, Chris & Annabelle!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Getaway on Upper Herring Lake

  • 5 of 5

I gave this rental my highest rating because it deserves it. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay complete and enjoyable. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a wonderful basket and personalized note. The house was amazingly clean and completely outfitted with everything that you would need to make your stay perfect. We had great evenings on the porch watching the sunset as well as roasting marshmallows at the fire pit. Although we did not use the canoes or kayaks, they were readily available and in good shape. Our dog was in heaven with the surrounding property and the creek. We walked the trails and listened to the crickets at night. I would not suggest this place for anyone with physical disabilities only because there are stairs that must be used to gain access to the main living room. I am not sure about families with very young children.. I guess if you were to watch them at all times that would be okay but the porch which surrounds 3/4 of the house is not very kid friendly. The house was neat, extremely clean and very comfortable. We will be returning next year for sure. Thank you Chris and Annabelle!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Area, Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at this beautiful place. The hope itself is well cared for and is great for a couple like us or a family. There are many choices for places to eat. We had a great cherry pie from the Cherry Hut, and we got fresh asparagus at a farm on M-22. The weather cooperated and I was able to Kayak, Bicycle the Betsie River Trail, Hike on the Dunes and Swim in my beloved Lake Michigan. We highly recommend the rental and would definitely be happy to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home was very clean and well furnished. Just a few miles from Lake Michigan and close to great restaurants, this was a great place to stay. The view from deck is lovely, has comfortable beds, and a great grill. The welcome basket was a lovely surprise. Highly recommended and would definitely rent this one again!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

This home was truly our "home away from home" during the week we stayed there. We felt right at home and very comfortable the minute we walked in the door. The home is very meticulously maintained and very clean. The owners have literally thought of everything that one would need. We appreciated all of the information about the area presented by the owners in binders, notes, welcome packet, and brochures at the home. We tried to go to as many of the recommended places as we could. It also was nice to be so close to downtown Frankfort and Lake Michigan! We stayed busy during the day sightseeing, enjoying Lake Michigan, Chrystal Lake, going to the Alpaca Boutique, walking around Betsie Lake and thru downtown Frankfort, shopping and dining in Frankfort, Arcadia, Elberta, and Glen Arbor. Pure Michigan at its finest! In the evening when we would normally be watching TV at home or on our phones, laptops, etc we found ourselves playing scrabble, playing cards, sitting on the beautiful wrap around deck enjoying the sunset. A very busy week (just because there is so much to see and do) but also a very relaxing week due in large part to the beautiful home of Chris and Anabelle! We can't wait to enjoy their home again in the future!! Thank you again Chris and Anabelle!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Great Brewery, Wine Bar, & two pubs in Frankfort
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Elberta Beach

Close to Lake Michigan Beaches, Hiking, Fishing, Kayak, Canoe, Betsie River, Golf, Bike Trail, Crystal Mountain, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Wine Tours,

Little River Casino


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Jan 8 2017 - Apr 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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cleaning $85
Pet Fee $65

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