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Robin Connell

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Wyndenrok - 1913 Vintage Charm! 166' frontage on the Bay - walk to village

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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3 bedrooms including sleeping porch, balconies, 3 porches, sleeps 6-8. 1 bath.

WYNDENROK-on-the-BAY COTTAGE, on Grand Traverse Bay, 1/2 mile north of downtown Northport with 3 screened porches & comfortably rustic, was built in 1913. It is classic 'Up North'! A large open living room centers around a 2 story stone fireplace. Wood floors and comfy furniture with an old piano 'just for fun.' Beveled glass French doors open out onto large front porch with stunning views of the Bay with glider, rocking chairs, and table for meals. Breakfast porch off kitchen has views of the bay and surrounding woods.

We have purposely kept the cottage comfortably rustic. WiFi is installed but there is not a TV. A multitude of board games and books, fireplace to gather on cool nights or fire pit on beach to roast marshmallows are the attractions our guests will enjoy with family or friends. If that describes you, then consider Wyndenrok your vacation paradise!

Sleeps 6 comfortably. Two bedrooms & separate sleeping porch. Beds: 1 queen, 2 twins, king (on sleeping porch), and 1 twin bed in a dormer with lakeside balcony A new queen-size sofa bed is in living room. One bathroom. Property is wooded, private, QUIET. Large sandy area on beach with fire pit, charcoal grill, and beach chairs/table. NO PETS or SMOKING on property.

WATERFRONT: 166' of waterfront. Privacy and views are fantastic! Beach chairs and a fire pit. Swimming is fine (cold water) but we wear swimming shoes as lake bottom is rocky.

2016 - Wyndenrok rentals are now being managed by Visit Up North Vacation Rentals. Feel free to contact me (Robin) with questions about Wyndenrok but for reservations you will still need to contact Visit Up North.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Robin Connell (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Robin Connell

Theda (Mum) and daughter Robin Connell

Robin Connell purchased this cottage in 1967

Why Robin Connell chose Northern Michigan

Mum takes great pride in how she furnishes her cottages (she also owns Le Petit Maison which is listed on Homeaway, too). It's just a great place!! I think Mum was attracted to the inside balcony and stone fireplace - plus the cottage was completely furnished and beyond quaint! The three screened porches are often the focal points of your stay. Its so relaxing yet still close enough to town to walk in and do your shopping or eat at one of the restaurants. The town beach is lovely, and many of the homes and shops in town are quaint and interesting.

What makes this cottage unique

The porches!! The view from all three porches. We practically live on the porches when we're there. The quiet. I am always surprised how late I sleep there. Our elderly neighbor to the south is always quiet. Cottage to the north is also rented part time but we can't even see each other through the trees. The stars, the stars, the stars! It is wonderful to be able and look up into the night sky and see a million stars. Sit around a camp fire & enjoy the night view!

Guestbook comments from the owner


I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our time at Wyndenrok this past week. The cottage is as cozy with all of the little furnishings and extras. We were so happy to get to sit down and talk with you over breakfast. My wife and daughter all loved every minute of our time here. The weather was cool early in the week but that's exactly why we came up from Ohio. My wife and daughter loved the shopping in the area and we all relaxed in the beach area out back. We built a fire in the pit at night and roasted marshmallows and talked. We can't wait to visit again. You make us feel like family.
Jun 2010
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Wyndenrok - 1913 Vintage Charm! 166' frontage on the Bay - walk to village
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Northport Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We found the cottage to be very charming and spacious. It had alot of places to sit and relax. The location was perfect, right on the bay with a georgious view, very close to the lovely town of Northport, and great for riding our bikes. We enjoyed the area restaurants, ice cream, state parks, shopping, charter fishing and just enjoyed the peacefulness!! Theda, the owner was very welcoming!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our experience was a time capsule

  • 5 of 5

First, the summer home was filled with treasures that matched the built date of 1913. Sitting on the couch you travel through time. Its hard to leave teh front porch sitting on the Bay. It takes you away from the moment, which is why you go on vacation. Access to town and the beach is as easy as it gets. The one thing I could do to improve it is to book two weeks in stead of one.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, we have kept the cottage in a time capsule! We've actually done some updating but intentionally keep it feeling as if from an earlier era. For example, the kitchen counters were replaced but we decided to keep the original 'farm house' cast iron sink and old time faucets that protrude from the wall (1 for hot and 1 for cold!). The original wood floors were covered in linoleum or very dark stain. By removing the dark stain and refinishing them, the floors look lovely! With trees surrounding the house creating shade, we brightened up the interior by adding two skylights. A few other updates have made the cabin more comfortable and user friendly but some of the original antique furniture is still used. With the intentional absence of phone, TV, and wifi (readily available 1/2 mile away in town), our guests are welcomed into a mid-20th century time capsule that encourages relaxation, conversation, sunbathing and stargazing!
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Very charming!

  • 4 of 5

We came up here for a bachelorette party and had an amazing time! The place was very clean and quaint and they even sprayed for bugs before we came up! Theda stopped by, who was a total sweetheart, and told us some of the history of the cabin and welcomed us to northport. The walk into downtown was a short and pleasant little walk, while the property felt secluded and the view of Lake Michigan was unreal.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to know you had a nice time with your friends at our cottage. It was when we were cleaning, at the end of our family week, that we discovered a wasp nest (ouch!) in a difficult to remove place. The wasps had not been apparent until we started cleaning in the crevices around the upstairs porch. Mom called the outfit we use for such problems right away and thankfully they came out the next day. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your few days without THAT to contend with! YES - the lake is beautiful & I can sit and look at it for hours. One small correction: it is Grand Traverse Bay you were looking at. Lake Michigan is about 3 miles to the west and also has some lovely parks & beaches. Northport is nearly surrounded by water and one can see the sunrise AND the sunset over water without traveling far.
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Grayling, MI

Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our three days at this 100 year old cottage. Theda, the owner, was amazingly accommodating, communicated with us before and during the visit, and was so nice to us! She is delightful.

The inside of the cottage had so many old and interesting collectibles on the walls and counters. Like stepping back in time... You discover new things every day.

Although it had been 85 in Grand Rapids, the night in Northport was much cooler. Bring warm clothes!

There isn't a dock on the property, so water shoes are a must, to get beyond the reeds, into the clearer water of Grand Traverse Bay. We kayaked every day, and loved the clear water there!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Robert, for taking the time to write a review of our family cottage, Wyndenrok! I am always happy to hear of guests who enjoy the old time charm, just as we do. I also appreciate your description of the waterfront as I want guests to know the water is beautiful yet swimming shoes are a must. I'm hoping to convince my mother (whom you describe to sweetly) that we should install a dock so please check with us again next season to see if we've done so. Thank you again - Robin
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Peaceful Retreat with Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

This charming vintage cottage on Northport Bay of Lk Michigan was the perfect spot to have a family vacation. The cottage was beautifully cared for and very clean. The owner was helpful and responded to any questions promptly. It's located just a few blocks from the village of Northport, where you will find a large grocery store, boutiques, and several restaurants, making it so easy. We enjoyed cooking in the very well equipped kitchen and dining on the classic and lovely porch overlooking the water. All the comforts one would want are here along w/ lots of cozy places to curl up with a book inside or relax on the beach. I look forward to returning next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience at Wyndenrok on Wyndenrok is a treasured family retreat and a place in space and time to unwind and be together without urban distraction since 1970. We hope others will feel the same and preserve the natural beauty of this area.
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Lancaster, Oh

We Loved Wyndenrok!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has vacationed at Northport for over 20 years and were pleased to see that Wyndenrok was available for rent last summer during the week of the 4th of July.

The home has the unmistakeable charm of a traditional summer cottage while being very well maintained and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped with everything one could want or need for fabulous meals to enjoy on the screened in porch dining area or at the outdoor picnic table. There are so many tranquil places to curl up with a book or enjoy company and conversation.

A lovely place for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tammy, for writing this review of Wyndenrok! We have enjoyed having you stay at both of our Northport cottages several times and your description will probably help other potential guests decide if Wyndenrok is the 'right place' for their getaway. It was fun to see you this summer in town, albeit you were staying at a different cottage so you could bring your dog along on vacation! I love dogs, so I get that! I'm glad you'll be back at our cottage again this fall (how many years have you been coming for a week or two in October?) without the dog! I look forward to seeing you then.
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Train
170 Miles
Grand Rapids
Car: recommended

Wyndenrok-on-the-bay is within walking distance of everything in Northport. It is on Grand Traverse Bay on North Shore Road, 1/2 mile north of the public marina and 1/4 south of Northport Bay Boat Yard [Homeaway 'locator' map is incorrect]. This charming small town has one of the best harbors/marinas in the area, large sandy town swimming beach, picnic areas, a few restaurants, art galleries, concerts in the park, community art center performances, library with wi-fi, Woolsey airport (grass runway), and other small town amenities. Within 2 - 5 miles are Leelanau State Park hiking trails through woods and dunes along Lake Michigan beaches and fully restored lighthouse (and camping) are at the tip of the peninsula (about 6 miles north). Watch the stunning sunrise from any of our cottages three porches, enjoy the morning sun on our mixed rock/sand beach, walk 1/2 mile to town beach for lunch and all day sun/play/swimming, and bike or drive 3 miles west to Lake Michigan for sunset picnics!


Rates & Availability

Northport Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

GUESTS MUST SUPPLY THEIR OWN LINENS (sheets & towels).The cottage is not winterized and is open from May to October. NO PETS or SMOKING are allowed on the property. Smoking and Fireworks are prohibited in the cottage and / or on property.Tax included in rental rate. A $200 cleaning/security deposit is fully refundable unless excessive cleaning is required or property damaged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom was updated a few years ago. It is tucked under the stairs but is not cramped. The original cottage was without plumbing! There is a shower but no tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , built in bunks
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , upstairs sleeping porch
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Dormer alcove - 1 twin/ single , with balcony overlooking lake
  • UPSTAIRS: Two bedrooms upstairs: one with built in twin bunks, another with a queen size bed. Walk through the bunk bedroom to access the sleeping porch. It functions as a third bedroom, where you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. An upstairs dormer has a twin bed and sliding glass doors to a balcony overlooking the lake (very private but without a door). So, 7 people could sleep upstairs if all beds were used. All beds are comfortable, have comfy pillows, blankets and comforters. DOWNSTAIRS: There is also a queen size sofa bed (brand new) in living room by fireplace, a single sofa bed in the sitting room, and a built in twin bunk next to fireplace. Generally, guests have found sleeping arrangements for 4 - 6 people to be comfortable. There is only one bathroom (shower, but no tub).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
There are THREE screened porches!! One off the kitchen furnished with table and chairs that we call the 'breakfast porch,' one upstairs furnsihed with a king size bed we call the 'sleeping porch' and one the full width of the house (lakeside) with rockers, glider, and dining table.

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