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Kim & Dirk Racette

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Large Lakefront Cottage on Grand Traverse Bay / Lake Michigan

11 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Northport Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 9-10)

MI Northern Spot: This is a peaceful relaxing area right on Grand Traverse Bay at the mouth of Lake Michigan. Quiet spot on the east side of West Grand Traverse Bay on the tip of Leelanau Peninsula, so you'll enjoy both the sunrise and sunset-spectacular! This is an area of great natural beauty and serenity, yet it’s only 6 miles north of the quaint village of Northport where you can find great food, Tom's Grocery Store, Barb's Bakery, gift and clothing stores. The marina is a great place to have a picnic, enjoy live music in the summer or the great beach/park for family fun.

This 3 bedroom 1 bath has room for up to 10. There are two bedrooms upstairs including the master with a king sized bed and the second with twin bunk beds. There is also a deluxe inflatable bed stored in this room. The downstairs bedroom is a large room with a king sized bed (two twins together) and a full size bed. The living room features a full sized pullout sofa.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything for cooking and eating. There is a washer and dryer and towels and bedding are provided. The cottage has 60 ft of private frontage on Grand Traverse Bay / Lake Michigan, which guests can explore from our 2 kayaks, rowboat or canoe and/or enjoy nightly campfires on our beach.

We are located only two miles south of the Leelanau State Park and Grand Traverse Lighthouse where you will find lighthouse tours, demonstrations, picnic and playgrounds, beaches and miles of hiking/skiing trails. The subdivision amenities include shared access with four waterfront parks on Grand Traverse Bay / Lake Michigan, forty acres of hiking trails, playground, basketball court, and tennis courts. There is also a large clubhouse that can be reserved for social or family events. We have a variety of bicycles available for your use during your stay.

Keywords: cottage, lakefront, beach, Cherry Homes

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kim & Dirk Racette (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Kim & Dirk Racette

My wife Kim and I live in the Greater Grand Rapids area, she is a Kitchen Designer and a Writer, and I am a Financial Advisor. It has been a dream of ours to own a home on Lake Michigan, and having come up to Northport for several years we were thrilled to find the "blue cottage" on the Bay! We have three grown children, and the cottage is definitely a place for us to come and unplug. This area and its amazing combination of spectacular natural beauty, charming towns, wineries (23!), brewpubs, great seasonal events, state parks (including the Sleeping Bear Dunes area), and of course Traverse City offers so many things to do, more than we ever seem to be able to squeeze into our schedule!

Kim & Dirk Racette purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Kim & Dirk Racette chose Northern Michigan

We had come up to Northern Michigan so often over the past few years that we wanted to be a part of it. We started looking for a lake house in the Fall of 2015 and we came across this house in Northport, Michigan. The rest is history, and a dream come true. This cottage is unique because it is so close to the water, just outside the double sliders and across the sand. We can both see and hear the waves as they reach shore, and the turquoise water is just beautiful. We are looking forward to enjoying the home with our grown children, their spouses, and future grandchildren! We rent it now because we both work and don't get to get up there as often as we like.

What makes this cottage unique

Besides its spectacular location on the water, the home is surrounded by forests that have many hiking trails to explore. It is very peaceful and private. Begin your day by watching the sun rise from the deck, then either hit the trails or the beach. Explore the shore with the kayaks, canoe, or rowboat. Or maybe you would prefer visiting one of the 23 wineries located on the Peninsular, or one of the brewpubs, or farmers markets. There are also many seasonal events and musical performances you might fancy in some of the charming communities that dot the Peninsula, just minutes away. After a delicious dinner at one of the local restaurants a great way to end the day is with a bonfire on the beach, watching the moon rise. Wonderful!

Reviews

4.7
based on 11 traveler reviews

Large Lakefront Cottage on Grand Traverse Bay / Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
5

House was as expected. On the beach, ample room for 10 people, very clean.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing weekend. House was very clean. Beach was beautiful, although rocky and a ton of shells, but we expected that. Tons of dishes, utensils, linens, and charcoal and gas grills. Kids loved the kayaks and bikes. Nearby trails and tennis courts. Would recommend this for a relaxing destination weekend!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting and accommodating of our nine with crystal clear water.

  • 4 of 5

We are morning people and so this wonderful home on the eastern side of Leelanau was perfect. We enjoyed wonderful Sunrises in a most peaceful setting. Most evenings we enjoyed the rising Moon and its dancing upon the waters. If you are looking for a quiet setting right on the water, you will enjoy this place. Well groomed and maintained with nice recreational accommodations. Because the surf often lands on the shore there is usually a great sound. Recommend that beach shoes be worn due to natural terrain of shells and rocks. We had a great week and were very satisfied with our choice.

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  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful view, great for kids!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time at the blue cottage. The view from the deck is absolutely perfect, to the extent that all our planned activities went out the window and we mostly sat on the deck reading, playing cards, and chatting while the kids played in the sand. As mentioned by others, the beach proper has a lot of shells and is rocky, but that didn't stop the kids from swimming as much as possible. The water is nice and shallow. The cottage itself is cozy and fit our large family just fine. There was space inside for a play area for our toddler if we moved the couch around a bit, and the bunk bed room was great for the older kids (plenty of board games included). If you plan to do a lot of cooking, I recommend bringing some of your own kitchen knives and a large cutting board. Another big perk for us was the great tennis court, basketball hoop and playground down the road. It's a great spot and the tennis court is very well-kept. My dad was thrilled that there were pickleball lines included on the court. All in all, a great location, caring owners, and a fun place to visit with kids!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic

  • 4 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay at this cottage in Northport. There were many ting to do in the area and we were never bored. The cottage is right on Grand Traverse Bay. The cottage came well stocked with firewood, tennis rackets, tennis balls, bikes, a canoe,two kayaks and a rowboat. Thank you for your kind hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Wonderful windy stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is perfect for a weekend getaway. The fire pit right on the water is the best combination of what northern Michigan has to offer.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in Newport! We visited several attractions within minutes of the cottage. The weather was absolutely picture perfect and the entire family enjoyed the stay. We combed the beach for all sorts of rocks and special finds. I would recommend the water shoes as well for the beach/rocks/shells. The cottage had everything we needed to enjoy our time up north. We made smores/Hot dogs over the camp fire on the property. Thanks again for a memorable stay! The owner is top notch with communications!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 kayaks, rowboat, canoe, and a variety of bicycles available for use. There are also tennis rackets and balls.

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Rates & Availability

Northport Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Off season
Sep 9 2016 - May 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,200
$2,200
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

Only booking full weeks during peak season unless in between current reservations

CANCELLATIONS require a sixty (60) day notice. Cancellations that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the damage/reservation deposit if the unit is not re-rented. Attempts will be made to re-rent your accommodation. If we are successful, your deposit will be refunded. This agreement shall not be assigned or the premises sublet without written consent of Owner. Cancellation within one month of stay or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit unless the unit is re-rented.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Northport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , There is also a deluxe queen inflatable bed in this bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , There is a full pull out sofa in the main living area
  • King size beds (2), Full size bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Queen Deluxe inflatable Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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