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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Traverse City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Good dogs are welcome smoking is not. The nightly rate is $225. Its only minutes away from the National Lake Shore Park- Sleeping Bear Dunes- and downtown Traverse City. It is a unique two bedroom cottage filled with natural light and wonderful panoramic views of Power Island, Old Mission Peninsula, white caped waves, fishing and vintage sailing schooners sailing by and fantastic unforgettable moon lit waters. There are two bedrooms with one full bath on the second floor and a half bath, on the main level. The stairway leads to a bridge on the second floor that connects the master bedroom to the sky lit bathroom and walk in closet. The laundry is located in the basement. Although a mere five minutes from downtown, the large shaded yard facing the water, offers privacy that seems farther away. The location is literally surrounded by northern attractions; wine tasting is within walking distance as is the bike path that connects Traverse City to Sutton's Bay. There are a number of light houses to visit. Northport lighthouse is 25 miles north on M-22, and Old Mission is located on the end of the same peninsula, visible from the cottage.

The cottage has West Bay access with a small beach and fire pit. Boating from the beach and the use of an existing mooring ball are available. Power Island is a favorite boating destination. There are many nearby parks and beaches as well.

You can cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen or grill out on a large deck overlooking flower beds, a landscaped yard and Traverse Citys West Bay. After dinner, relax, sip wine and watch the moon rise over the beautiful ever changing water. This cottage has been featured in Traverse The Magazine and Northern Express paper as well as other publications. It is close to all that the Grand Traverse area and Leelanau County have to offer. The cottage has central air conditioning. Wireless internet is provided as well as basic television

V.R.B.O. number 307994 .

Keywords: waterfront, cottage, Leelanau county, home, vacation property

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for your wonderful hospitality and great advice. We enjoyed our stay!"
Oct 2011
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park
average rating of 4.263158 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Northern Michigan and we loved it! Jim's eclectic rental is ideally located between Traverse City and dozens of wineries, breweries, cute villages and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Our favorite spots were The Towne Plaza in downtown Traverse City and Tandem Ciders outside Suttons Bay. The property was clean and free of bugs. Morning summer sun pours into the house, which I appreciated but late sleepers may not. Jim was very responsive and flexible, even with our changing flight arrival times.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Jim could not have been any nicer. The view off the front deck is fabulous. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed. It is on a busy road and probably not a great idea for very young children as there are breakable items and the decor is a bit unusual. It was great to have a laundry room available. The beach is accessed by crossing the busy road and then going down a path, but there are tons of beaches with swimming areas, paddleboarding, etc.nearby. We have family In Traverse City and absolutely love the area for its great vistas, restaurants, wineries, and recreation. We will definitely consider renting this again. The sunrise in the morning is spectacular.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location and cool place!

  • 5 of 5

Jim was such a kind host, made sure we knew where we were going and gave recommendations. His description of his place was spot on. He did show us the path to the beach area, and it is a nice quiet spot to sit and watch the waves. We did intend to have a beach campfire, but we were too tired from exploring! The house was very comfortable, the big windows to look at the lake were awesome! Really grateful for use of the garden herbs and grill! We didn't hear the road late at night, and we also didn't get bright lights from the cars in the room that others commented on. The location was central to all the activities we wanted to do. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home and location

  • 4 of 5

Owner cares for his place and kept his word on all things. Great location to go north or into town

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

After our second night here, we woke in the morning and found bugs in our bed. I took pictures and researched them on the Internet. They matched pictures of bed bugs. We immediately called the owner who came over and showed him the bugs as well as several bug skeletons also in the bed.

He agreed to a full refund of our money and we packed up and left.

We lost half a day of vacation packing, finding a hotel and washing ALL of our clothes and bags at a laundromat. My greatest anxiety was possibly bringing bed bugs home...

The owner then contacted us and said we "knee-jerked". That he would refund none of our money and they were probably just roaches. In our bed.

He said he had contacted a pest control place and they didn't think they were bed bugs...

He then insinuated WE brought them with us and put them there (!)

I of course understand his loss of money but his response had no integrity. And our financial loss between paying for another hotel, laundering all of our belongings, throwing away the clothing we slept in, far outweighed what he would have lost.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Within an hour I had a professional identify the bugs in question ( wood roach that live outside) I told the tenant to contact the exterminator directly to eliminate the middle man. He said he was not interested in what the professional had to say. I suspect the bugs were found some where else then placed on the bed . I said I think one of your family members is playing a joke on you. I was told that if I did not return all the rental he would write a bad review. This occurred the third night of a four night stay. In considering other reviews you will see there is no mention of bugs.
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this home and I thank the owner Jim for making it available. We stayed for a long weekend and it was very comfortable. I kept the owner informed about our time of arrival and he met us and gave us a tour. This was a wonderful place for us. Roomy, Tv, WIFI, A/C, dishes, pots and pans (although we didn't cool a whole lot, too many nice restaurants for this vacation). He has a toaster oven that was perfect for morning bagels with coffee. Nice bathroom, remember your towels... we did... ;) The beds were very comfortable. We enjoyed how the house is decorated, and it was fabulous to wake up and join other family members in the living room for coffee in the morning. Great for Two couples, or a family of four. It is in a great location, between Suttons Bay and T City... It has lovely views of the water, we would rent it again in a heart beat. It is true that the beach is less because of the higher water levels, but that was no deal breaker. Don't count on a beach and you won't be disappointed. The road is busy out front, its not a lazy stroll to get over to that side. The windows are uncovered but its to not block the view IMO. Quite the opposite. We operated accordingly. We enjoyed the deck at night. He provides a propane grill, but we didn't use it. The A/C worked great and again, for us, it was just as the owners photos capture, and it was our summer highlight. Reasonably priced.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Wine tasting in many local wineries, 2 nearby casinos, Traverse City Film Festival, National Cherry Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, hiking/bicycle path, river canoeing & tubing, trout fishing, kite boarding, tall ship sailing, follow this link '2011’s most beautiful place in America'


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

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Nov 1 2016 - May 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Basic rate is $225 each night for four individuals . Add $50. per night for each additional person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • sky lite with walk in closet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • (2)Queen size Beds (1) In each bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed (double) in living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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