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Mike Thomas owner

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Ranch with 134' on West Bay!! Beautiful waterfront !!!

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-12)

We love our cottage and we hope you do as well! We geared our renovations toward relaxation and easy maintenance. We tried to stock everything you'd need to ensure a great time (and to keep you from having to bring up the kitchen sink). We have a large variety of movies (Kid friendly), games and toys (including beach toys) for your enjoyment. The basement is set up with toys, games, cable TV and is a safe and fun environment ... there is also plenty of room to play in the huge backyard, side yard or on the beautiful sandy beach. The entire layout of the home is geared toward outside activities and entertaining on the new 20 x 40 deck. Perfect for eating, laying out, watching the kids play, cooking on the grill, watching wildlife or the boats and my favorite ... sleeping.

We love our fires at night, we have a fire pit overlooking the water. It's an awesome view and you will enjoy hearing the water calmly roll into the rocks as you sit by the fire.

1,800 square feet on 3/4 of an acre with one of the best waterfronts on West Bay! Former beach photos show the awesome view of the waterfront!

We have made many renovations to make it an enjoyable and relaxing environment. To mention a few: gutted the kitchen and bath(s), 8 ft door wall and two French doors that open up to the huge deck (20 x 40), natural stone exterior, knotty pine walls and tile galore, plus hundreds of other items you would never notice!

The house is set off the road and we have plenty of room for additional parking on the side lot, driveway holds 4-6 vehicles.

Our house is your house, make yourself at home!

Keywords: Single Family Ranch

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mike Thomas owner (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Mike Thomas owner

My wife and I have been married for over 14 years and we have a beautiful daughter. We love spending time in our cottage and we share it with our many friends. We feel blessed to be able to share it with all of the wonderful people who have rented from us in the past. We've met so many wonderful people and we really enjoy hearing about your time in TC.

Mike Thomas owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Mike Thomas owner chose Michigan

My parents have had a cottage in Traverse City for over 25 years and it was always a goal of mine to have a family getaway in that area. We just love the Traverse City area and plan on to retire up there in about 10 years!

What makes this cottage unique

We really spend our time relaxing. We often go up there with a long list of activities and find ourselves night after night in front of the fire pit. Just listening to the water crash on the shore and watching out for the Bald Eagles flying across the water, you just can't beat it!!


based on 43 traveler reviews

Ranch with 134' on West Bay!! Beautiful waterfront !!!
average rating of 4.581395 based on 43 reviews

Awesome House!

  • 5 of 5

I have never used VRBO before, but booked this lakefront house for my sisters bachelorette party. Mike, the owner was so easy and friendly to work with. The house was very clean on the inside, and had everything we could need. The views were gorgeous, and the deck was amazing. The house is just a short 10 minute drive to downtown so its close to the action. I would absolutely recommend this house, you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were perfect! The house was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The view is gorgeous and I hope to book the house again when I can take advantage of the outdoor space. Couldn't have asked for a better place!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Huron Mi

Great Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a great place! We were here for a long weekend in February and it was wonderful. The fireplace kept the place cozy and warm. The morning sunrise with a cup of coffee was beautiful. Everything we wanted was here. It was really clean and stocked very well. A wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Girls Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this home for my best friend's bachelorette party in February. Although it was cold and snowy, the home's views of the water were amazing. The home was super cozy with a fire in the fireplace. We had 10 women and it didn't feel cramped at all. It was very easy to get to, had plenty of linens and towels, and Mike, the owner, was so nice to work with. I even forgot a dress hanging in the closet and was able to get it back no problem! It truly is a well-kept, very clean home in a great location. We were able to get downtown in a couple minutes and to some wineries also. I can't wait to plan another girls trip when it's warmer out. I would love to take advantage of the beautiful deck and fire pit out back. I would recommend this cottage in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and nice size bedrooms

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my family in January. It was a great time. Right on the water and very close to all the shops in downtown Traverse City. It snowed and the next morning before we woke up the whole driveway was plowed. There were 8 adults and we had plenty of room. The fire place was great they had all the fire wood right there with more in the garage. I would definitely go back

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a nice cottage to stay at! I was there with friends for a January weekend. It was cold and snowy, but we had a beautiful view of the water and built a cozy fire in the fireplace! Very comfortable living room furniture and beds. Plenty of bedding and blankets. Plenty of cooking supplies in the kitchen. The cottage was close to the wineries, casino and downtown. I would love to stay here again, maybe in warm weather next time! The owner, Mike, was easy to work with, and got a plow there quickly when we needed it! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Old Mission Lighthouse
"awesome place to visit, bring your bathing suit!"
Leelanau Wine Cellars Ltd
Sunset Water Sports
Apache Trout Grill
Mackinaw Brewing Company
Beech Tree
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Grellickville Marina
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Apache Trout Grill
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Mt. Holiday
Nearest Beach

We have a large selection of games available including a basketball net, pool table, beach toys, inflatables, horse shoes, volleyball net, soccer ball and some fishing equipment. Of course it is hard to guarantee that all of these things will work when you get there because it is difficult to monitor their condition. As you can imagine, things break and turn up missing but we really try to keep a good selection of items available. I would venture to say that we have way more than most homes you would rent!!


Rates & Availability

Suttons Bay Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
May 31 2016 - Sep 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

After we receive your full payment and prior to your arrival we will deliver instructions as to how to enter the cottage. Feel free to call at any time, even while you're up there! More than 8 people is an additional charge, please call for rates if you have 4 people or less. Also, cleaning is very expensive, I want to come back in my next life as a Traverse City house cleaner, LOL! Average is about $100 every time, this has caused me to raise my rates. Sorry!! Weekend rentals are a full pay only and I do not offer payments through VRBO because it takes forever to receive payments (several months!!). If you want to pay by credit card, please notify me and you can pay through paypal. Personal checks are always welcome.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Newly remodeled!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Across from bedroom #2
  • One and a half baths!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful view of the bay from this room!
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed w/ single / pull out trundle. This room sleeps 5
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Nice room and close to the bathroom!!
  • King bed in master (1)Queen size Beds (1) (2) Serta Beds, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1) Upper bunk capacity should be 125lbs or lighter.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We reduced the price to help make your vacation more affordable, however, all of the expenses are going up! It's very expensive to operate!!

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