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Classic Northern Michigan Lake Cottage, Traverse City Spider Lk

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (8 guests maximum)


*****WONDERFUL SANDY BEACH FRONT WITH PRIVATE DOCK AND ROW BOAT ****** SPIDER LAKE / 3 BEDROOM (Including Master Suite) 2 FULL BATHS + ADDITIONAL FAMILY ROOM ON LOWER WALK OUT+ NEW 55' FLAT SCREEN WITH BLUE RAY DVD + LARGE DECK OFF FAMILY ROOM AND MASTER SUITE + SCREENED IN BALCONY OVERLOOKING LAKE+ METICULOUS WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND COMFORT RIGHT DOWN TO THE SMOOTHIE MAKER + TENNIS COURTS, BASKETBALL HOOPS, AND BASEBALL DIAMOND AT COMMUNITY PARK+SENIOR DISCOUNTS!!! This cottage includes a master suite with bath, fishing boat with dock, beautiful sandy beach, 2 Family Rooms both equipped with Cable & DVD, newly remodeled with multiple outdoor decks & covered balcony. Our Lakefront Cottage is located in the Forest Lakes Resort Area just 15 minutes southeast of Downtown Traverse City. It is available ALL YEAR. Weekly rentals run Sunday 3pm until the following Sunday morning at 10am. Weekly rates with minimum 5 night stay. SINGLE FAMILY RENTALS ONLY 'no multifamily rentals at any time.'WEEKEND SPECIALS' SEPT - JUNE thru Friday 3pm check - Sunday 11am check out.

Amenities include an equipped kitchen, living/dining room and lower walkout family room. The master suite has a full bath and doorwall opening to deck, 2nd Bedroom (bunk room) has two twin bunk beds (sleeps 4) 3rd bedroom is off of family room in walkout lower level, laundry room with stackable washer/dryer, additional full bath on main level, screened in porch off living room and lower level covered porch over looking lake.

All linens except personal and beach towels are furnished. The location offers spectacular views of the lake and bay. Spider Lake is unique in that we have 3 Public Islands with 459 acres of Lake. We have an association that regulates a quiet time early in the morning and in the evening for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. This no wake time adds to the Up North peaceful feel you can enjoy at our cottage. With Spider Lake being located in the Forest Lake Resort Area it allows you the ability to visit a number of other lakes close at hand.

Whether you prefer a lazy or active vacation, you will find it here. Our family cottage offers you a swim, great fishing, row the interesting shoreline or visit an island to picnic on or swim off its sandbar, read a book, enjoy a casual dinner or relax on one of the many out door living areas. There are several golf courses and casinos a close drive from the cottage. Spider lake boat launch is nearby. A park with a baseball diamond, tennis, and basketball courts is just up the road.

Enjoy a dinner at home on the deck with a a glass of wine from your day trip to one of the local wineries topped off by a bonfire on the beach roasting marshmallows for desert ; or a short drive to fine dining restaurants over looking the bay and a stroll in downtown Traverse City you will relax and unwind in this Northern Michigan Resort Area.

Our cottage is available for weekly rental, ALL YEAR with a 'MAXIMUM OF EIGHT PERSONS ONLY!'. We offer a $100 discount to repeat renters and referrals that rent a minimum of 1 wk. A deposit is required to hold your reservation and the balance is due one month prior to your arrival. More detailed directions and information will be provided at the time you make your reservation. We are always pleased to answer any questions and go out of our way to make your stay with us one of the best Up North Vacations you have ever had! Stay with us you won't be disappointed!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Susan Ciolek
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2016
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About Susan Ciolek

Our cottage has been in the family for more then forty years and three generations. Many fond memories have taken place at Spider Lake. It is our hope that your family will enjoy your vacation and make new memories.

Susan Ciolek purchased this cottage in 1967

Why Susan Ciolek chose Traverse City

My parents purchased our cottage in 1967. I spent all of my summers during my teenage years on Spider Lake. My own children have summered since birth at the lake. Our beach sand is excellent for small children to play in. To put it in my husband's own words when he came home from a business trip in Japan, 'I knew we had one of the most popular and beautiful resort areas in the world to spend our summers, when I saw Traverse City, MI on the Departure Board at the airport in Tokyo!'

What makes this cottage unique

While staying at the cottage don't miss visiting Ranch Rudolph just minutes away for horseback riding, tubing & canoeing. The local hangout for great pizza or a mouth watering skirt steak is Peego's and it has nightly entertainment on the outside deck on weekends. A drive up the Peninsula between East and West Bay to the Light House is a must. Stop to enjoy great food at Old Mission Tavern while viewing their many works of art by local artists in the restaurant and gallery in the back. Then enjoy a drink or gourmet dining while the sun sets over West Bay at the Boat House or Bowers Harbor Inn.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Classic Northern Michigan Lake Cottage, Traverse City Spider Lk
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Howell, MI


  • 5 of 5

What an awesome, cute, perfect place! Clean, quaint, private. I stayed here with 3 girls and we had the best time ever! It was so much fun, we're going again this year!! The perfect distance from Traverse City (city) to dress up for a nice dinner downtown, spent Saturday on a winery tour and then went out in the row boat for an amazing Sunday brunch on the water! LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER MEMORABLE WEEKEND!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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chicago, il

The perfect summer vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent our first of hopefully many family vacations here and had the time of our lives!!! The cottage was the perfect setting on a private, beautiful lake and had all the amenities you would ever need. Everyone enjoyed being right on the water each day and campfires at night. The owner Sue was great to work with and very accomodating - our family really enjoyed our time here and look forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford, Mich

Spider Lake, Traverse City

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us. My whole family had just the best time in years together. The weather was great, except for one day so we all toured the wineries on mission point then went to the movies. Which some of us slept through. Your neighbors were kind and helpful like we've known then for years. The lake at night was pure serenity with the fire pit on the waters edge which we used nightly. We all feel rested and slightly burned just like every good vacation should be.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, Mi

Awesome time, Great location

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect family getaway. This was a great vacation for the whole family. The cottage is on a beautiful secluded bay very close to Traverse City. I am sure the whole family will not soon forget the great time we had at this beautiful cottage. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy this little bit of heaven on earth!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles


Rates & Availability

Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
OFF SEASON 2016-2017
Sep 4 2016 - Apr 29 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
4 night minimum stay
Apr 30 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%


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Forest Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full bathrooms : Master Suite and First Level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Master Suite, Double Beds (1) lower level guest room, Bunk Room has 2 Bunk Beds sleeps 4
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Great Fishing, Close to Horse Back Riding, Canoeing and Golfing, 28 miles of Shoreline with 5 Islands, newly renovated, 2 Decks one of which is accessable from Master Bedroom, Covered Screened Balcony over looking Lake and Covered Porch with swing also over looking Lake. Beach area has nice sand for small children or a game of volleyball. Cottage is on private lane in a quiet Cove. Rowboat provided. Forest Lakes Park 2 miles away for tennis & basketball courts, baseball diamond and walking paths.

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