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Speaks: english

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park

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

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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

Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for your wonderful hospitality and great advice. We enjoyed our stay!"
Oct 2011
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park
average rating of 4.2 based on 20 reviews


  • 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
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Swartz Creek, Michigan


  • 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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Week in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

With my wife, youngest son, and his friend we journeyed from Texas to Traverse City in late July 2015, and were fortunate enough to have reserved this amazing cottage for the week. The owner was great to visit with, and a fountain of information about NW Michigan. He provided maps, brochures, and insider information that was very helpful. The house is painted in a striking manner, is filled with artifacts, pictures, paintings, wood sculptures, and mementos he has accumulated and/or inherited, and he patiently answered our many questions about them when we were checking in. It was unusually hot for MI (unusually cool for Texans), but the AC always kept the house cool, the beds were comfortable, and, although M22 passes in front of the house, it was quiet and serene by dark - sleeping was great!

My oldest son and his family, and the family we were there to visit, all came over one afternoon and we played games, went swimming in the lake, and cooked hamburgers on the propane grill provided. There were all the spices and staples you need, and plenty of cooking equipment and utensils, so we ate there daily for breakfast and for several evening meals. Great view while you are eating, with huge picture windows facing the bay by the table inside, and a nice, big deck in front with a table and chairs. The deck was cool, there were plenty of chairs (more in the shed), and everyone had a great time. As the sun was setting behind us we enjoyed watching the lights come on in the bay and on the peninsula every evening we were there. BTW, if you're an early riser, the sunrises were spectacular!

We loved the location, along West Bay just outside TC and close to Sutton's Bay, good restaurants and a grocery store within a few miles, immediate access to M22 and all that offers, and there is a winery just up the hill. We rented a 15 passenger van, and our son rented a car, so we had two vehicles parked there without any problems. We ventured from there to the Platte River to kayak, went to Sleeping Bear, Glen Haven, Glen Arbor, Leland & Fishtown, Empire, and to the Old Mission Peninsula to pick cherries and sample wines. Our last venture was to Mackinac Island and then to Tahquamenon Falls in the UP. All 14 people in our extended party (only 4 of us stayed there) agreed it was a wonderful place to stay and use as headquarters, and we fully intend to rent it whenever we come up to visit our friends in TC. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sterling Heights, MI

Perfect location and comfort!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for a fun weekend getaway! There was 6 of us in our 20s that went to Traverse City to see the wineries and other sightseeing. The home was very comfortable and unique with it's Native American themed decorations. We we're able to bring our dogs (well-behaved dogs) and enjoy going down by the beach at night and enjoyed a bond fire. The home had pots/pans for cooking so we were able to save money by cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the majority of our stay. The home was a short 7 miles from downtown Traverse City, so your away from the chaos, but close enough to grab something in town. The home is close to the wineries as well as the Sleepy Bear Dunes. Jim was very nice and informative of all places for sightseeing in the area. He had plenty of books and tour guides in the home. The home had an amazing view overlooking the water. There were two bedrooms and a pull out mattress in the living room. Even if you slept in the living room on the pull out mattress you woke up to a breath taking view of the water. I will DEFINITELY be using this time share again for a weekend getaway to Traverse City. The cabin itself made you feel like you were in the comfort of your own home. I highly recommend this cabin for families, a girls get away, pet owners, sightseeing, and even a romantic getaway for couples.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids MI

Perfect combination of location and comfort.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house/cabin; very comfortable, clean, private and yet close to downtown Traverse City as well as Leelanau County and Old Mission peninsula. There are unlimited wine tasting opportunities with one Vineyard just up the hill within walking distance. It overlooks West Grand Traverse Bay and had spectacular views even in December. The home itself is very interesting with various personal collections and it's easy to see an artist lived here. The owner was very accommodating and is a goldmine of information about the area. We have stayed here multiple times over the last few years and it's wonderful in every season. We keep coming back because it feels like home.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

Weekend get-away

  • 5 of 5

Accommodating and friendly owner; nice, cozy place; great location - close to everything! Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • 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'


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Northern Michigan 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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