|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' Contest...
And... The Winner is "SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE"
HEMLOCK & ASPEN COTTAGES are tucked inside The Park on the Lakeshore amid mature oaks & lofty white birches. Our 2 docks have benches for viewing The Dunes and imposing sunsets. The crystal-clear sand-bottom spring-fed Lake teems with a variety of wildlife and fish. Take Guided Nature Walks in the Park, see dappled twin fawns, swans, ducks & geese from our compound and docks... fish, swim and climb the Dunes. Introduce your youngsters to the Great Outdoors in the Junior Park Ranger program.
Reyna, the Foxy mother of 6 kits born this May at Birch Shores, cavorted in and out of the forest on our acreage for over a month... see the attached pictures. By July, they have retreated into the woods around Day Forest.
Our most loyal Guests honeymooned here in 1979 and have come back for the same 2 weeks in July for 35 years. Another loyal family of 5 brings their 24 foot Ebb Tide boat from Golden, Colorado for 2 weeks in July. They are celebrating their 38th year at Birch Shores.
The Cottages are furnished with Picnic tables, a hammock, deck chairs and new BBQ's... A new custom masonry fire pit for S'mores, marshmallows, popcorn, hot dogs and burgers - Yum!! Sing your favorite campfire songs and tell ghost stories with the beautiful sunset lake views.
Aspen is on the lakeshore. Aspen has a large GE Profile Ice-Maker fridge and a new Whirlpool Gold convection gas range, new cooking & baking utensils, Oak flooring & dining chairs. Hemlock has a Whirlpool Gold large Ice-Maker fridge and gas range new Oak flooring & dining chairs. Both have complete kitchens, renewed cookware, fireplaces and a lazy hammock.
LINENS ARE NOT FURNISHED. ABSOLUTLY NO PETS.
FIVE DEEP AND SHALLOW WATER BOAT MOORINGS are for our Guests who bring their own boats. Also available for Guests are a 14 foot LUND fishing boat, a new canoe and 5 KAYAKS for guests... A$950 value at the local Marina - ALL FREE! We occasionally will take our Guests on a “Sunset Cruise” to that secret spot at the Glen Lake “Bermuda Triangle” where you can see the SUN RISE IN THE WEST and have multiple Sunset events!
Bring your own FLOTATION VESTS for WATER SAFETY.
BIRCH SHORES has two docks with sun decks and swim ladders, safe shallow water for tots to wade in... Beautiful Sunset and Lake views from the rustic swing, our new Glider bench and the storage Dock bench.
ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR YOUNGSTERS WHILE IN AND AROUND THE WATER.
NORTH STAR - 4 bedrooms. 2 baths. Comfortable accommodations for eight Guests. NORTH STAR is available Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Saturday, April 15, 2017... Call Gail at 949-854-8168 for RATES and AVAILABILITY.
A Private master bedroom & bath with bidet. The Guest Wing has three bedrooms with a computer center and a separate bath. A beautiful custom hickory kitchen, sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge... Your Family and Friends will gather around the fireplace & bar areas for games and lively conversation.
Amenities include a Gold Whirlpool dishwasher, washer & dryer, a gourmet GE Profile convection-gas range, central Air Conditioning & gas heat, 2 spacious new decks... The Family Great Room has a fireplace, VCR, a DVD video movie library, games and a 48” High Definition TV.
A new upper and lower 700 sq. ft. Brazilian hardwood deck, complete with a deluxe Weber stainless gas grill, outdoor kitchen, a 16 foot-long matching sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge. Four large built-in comfortable benches and three picnic tables have seating for 22 or more Guests ready for 'al fresco' dining in the great outdoors... Fab Fun for Holiday Family Reunions. The lower deck features a circular granite cocktail table with a fire-glass fire pit - Perfect for an evening get together... Indirect soft LED lights under the benches and Dusk to Dawn step illumination. Just Chillin' out, star-gazing, listening to the night sounds of the forest and the splash of the waves on the beach... and a nice glass of Chardonnay.
NORTH STAR only: High speed Wi-Fi wireless Internet until October 31. Repeaters to the Cottages, reception is iffy even with the new extenders there.
BIRD WATCHERS DELIGHT!! The 'Early Birds' in the Spring... Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Cardinals, tiny Hummingbirds and giant Pileated woodpeckers all abound in early & mid-May. Several Bald Eagles make their nests high in the trees.
'THE M-22 CHALLENGE' is A MINI - TRIATHLON in early June (5K run, 17 mile bike ride and 2 mile Kayak). The M-22 Challenge starts just 2 miles from Birch Shores at the Dunes. Five young Ladies from Ann Arbor were our Guests in Aspen, as well as a nice Family in Hemlock for this event. One Gal finished SECOND in the Women's Division. The girls said that they liked our Kayaks much more than the ones furnished for the race. Of course, they will be allowed to use our Kayaks next year if they wish. We hope that they are all coming back for more in June.
AUTUMN COLORS AND SCENIC ROUTES: BIKERS - New Bike rack for our bicycling Guests. Enjoy the same Autumn colors and scenic routes taken by the 'Le Tour de Leelanau' and 'THE M-22 CHALLENGE' where amateur & professional bicyclists go in front of Birch Shores!!
Discounts are available for Tri County Cycle Club members renting one or two cottages this Fall from October 1 to November 24 - $700 for eight cyclists for a week at the Lake or $100 per day, 2 day minimum.
INTERLOCKEN CONCERTS ON ALL SUMMER - The Dunes Blue Grass Festival in nearby Empire (6 miles) - great fun & good music, lots of handicrafts & ethnic foods. Take a sunset cruise in a Tall Ship. Hike Alligator Hill to benches with a beautiful view of Sleeping Bear Bay. Watch the Bald Eagles soaring on high. Enjoy scenic drives and the views from Pyramid Point, the Empire Bluffs and Pierce Stocking Drive. Great Dunes sunsets from the swing with your Honey and a glass of Leelanau wine - TOUR some of the 18 wineries that dot the area.
HONEYMOON: Many Honeymooners have spend their first nights here. Repeat Guests have returned to the same cottages for more than 35 years. Have a relaxing Hammock nap in dappled sunlight under an emerald canopy of leaves. Summer beach novels on the docks while tots find treasures in the clear sandy shallows. View Blue jays, bald eagles, geese, loons, woodpeckers, swans, goldfinches, hummingbirds and more.
TWO DARLING FAWNS were born in the forest within 100 yards of Birch Shores on May 14th this past spring of 2013... See the pictures on the first page. Deer, raccoons, porcupines, swans, ducks and turkeys are found in the woods and waters of the Park and often in our yard. Guests ski, bike, nature walk, fish, swim and climb the massive Dune to view Lake Michigan. Take the Leland Ferry and visit the Chippewa's mysterious Manitou Islands, part of the Park.
GLEN LAKE is known as 'The Jewel of the Leelanau...' This is an apt description of the Lake with the Sapphire Blues, Sandy Shallows, Emerald Greens and Deep Water Cobalt seen from Inspiration Point high above the Lake. Once a part of Lake Michigan over 12,000 years ago, the last mile-thick glacier melted here and deposited the 500 ft sands of the mighty Dune, cutting off the waters from the Great Lake Gitchigumi and formed the Glen Lakes.
Scotty was a student at Lakeview High in Battle Creek when his family discovered Glen Lake. He is a USAF Academy graduate. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot flying F4D Phantoms in the USA, Europe & the Pacific... He then flew F-101 VooDoo's with the Kentucky Air National Guard for several years. He is retired from Delta Airlines. Scotty trains and competes in Hunt Tests and Field Trials with our 3 Field Champion Labradors. He loves all 3 of them ~ Senior dog Lark (Black), Middle dog Phanny (Yellow) & 5-year old VooDoo (Chocolate ~ Lark's 80 lb puppy). Over the past 30 years, our Labs have qualified for & competed in 17 National Field Trials. Scotty and Gail's kennel, GLEN LAKE LABRADORS ( www.Glen-Lake-Labradors.com/2011_litter ) has been honored as an American Kennel Club BREEDER of MERIT.
Gail is a Colorado University graduate. Her gift for languages (French, Spanish & German) served us well during our Air Force European Tour of Duty. She has raised 2 Great Daughters, Champion Orchids, and many wonderful Labrador Puppies. Gail has worked as an Archeological Survey Tech and as a Field Supervisor for a Soils Engineering firm. She has been on field trips to most of the Native American Archeological Sites in the Western and Southwestern USA. She loves our dogs, Mahjong, RummiCube and Crossword Puzzles. The Seward's celebrated their 50th Anniversary with family and friends at the Blue Bird last June.
I am such a lucky guy to have Gail as my Soul Mate for Life!
GREG NICOLAOU - MANAGER purchased this cottage in 1988
Looking for a vacation 'PLACE' - Our first view of Glen Lake at Inspiration Point... spectacular stunning emerald, cobalt, sky blue waters - 'Why look anywhere else - this is meant to be 'OUR PLACE!!'
"The HAPPIEST PLACE in Michigan" - Our 2nd & 3rd generation Families high point of the summer is renewing friendships between cousins and parents at . Tubing, waterskiing, sing-a-longs & stories around the campfires.
A 'BEAUTIFUL PLACE' ~ BIRCH SHORES is within 'The Most BEAUTIFUL PLACE in America'. Awesome sunset and lake views, crystal-clear sand bottom lake, on shore breezes keep the mosquito and bugs to a minimum.
A 'FRIENDLY PLACE' ~ Leelanau County is populated by friendly, hard-working and well-informed citizens.
A 'TRUSTING PLACE' ~ The County is dotted with numerous self-serve fruit and vegetable stands, where an unguarded coffee can is where the honest folk put their money for purchases...
A 'PATRIOTIC PLACE' ~ THE FLAG flies everywhere in Leelanau County, and not just on the Fourth of July. Many patriotic Service Clubs are well represented here.
A 'PROTECTED PLACE' ~ Much of the County acreage is agricultural land and is protected in Conservation Preserve Easements. Over 70,000 PARK acres are protected for all America and our future generations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
A 'DESTINATION PLACE' ~ Leelanau Peninsula is the Destination... It is not 'On the Way' to anyplace else. Those that come here do so because they want to be here. Because it is Beautiful, Vibrant, full of Life, full of Nature's Living Things, Spectacular Vistas, Glowing Sunsets, and Closer to the Stars at night than any other place on Earth. Northern Lights can be observed at the Glen Haven Cannery parking area by Lake Michigan - no city lights to dim this display.
A 'COLORFUL PLACE' ~ Trilliums, native Orchids, Cherry Blossoms ~ Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Cardinals ~ Fall colors
Over the years, our travels have taken Gail and I to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Tahiti, Bali, Java, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Hong Kong, Japan, the Florida Keys, California & Baja beaches, most of the countries in Europe and much of the good old USA.
There is nowhere else on earth that we would rather be than Glen Lake, especially when our family, friends and guests come to visit us every summer...
Now that 'The Cat is out of the Bag' with the contest by TV's GOOD MORNING AMERICA... We have always known that our Leelanau Peninsula was 'The most beautiful Place in America!!'
My wife and I had our honeymoon here in 1976 and
have been back all but two of the intervening years.
The present management dates to 1988 and they
are wonderful hosts. The cabins are well
maintained and attractive, and the lakefront is
private and quiet.
This cottage is on Little Glen Lake across the street from Sleeping Bear Dunes hiking trails and a five minute drive to the Dune Climb & Glen Arbor. The area is amazing and Birch Shores' location is ideal. It included kayaks, a canoe, and a rowboat for guest use and the price was good for a three bedroom lakefront cottage. Nice, grassy yard area with a hammock, the lake is clear, shallow with a sandy bottom, perfect for kids to swim in front of the cabin. In addition to linens bring extra toilet paper, kleenex, and trash bags as there was about a 2 day supply provided. Lots of fridge space, but very little space for other groceries in the kitchen.
The web site advertised but did not deliver a low allergen environment, firewood, and internet. In the summer they probably remember firewood but in Oct there were only a few half burned logs in the fire pit.There was a router plugged in and blinking away in the cabin with no ethernet cable attached to it. If it was set up as a repeater for the base modem/router in the owner's on-site home, it was not registering any IP address. The signal from the router in the owner's house was not strong enough to maintain a connection on either my smartphone or my tablet. I spent a couple hours of my vacation trying to troubleshoot the internet, with no TV I had planned on watching a little Netflix but no dice. I called the property manager and she stopped by and reset the router in the house, said hopefully that will do the trick, it worked all summer, and that was it. No follow up and no internet all week.
Anyone with indoor allergies to dust, mold, or mildew should avoid the Hemlock cabin where we stayed. There were mildew stains on the bathroom ceiling, and water stains in one bedroom and on some sagging ceiling tiles by the fireplace from an old roof leak. The kitchen and living area had stained, low pile carpet that was vacuumed but looked pretty nasty. Notice there are no pictures of the Hemlock Cabin on the web site. I was told they are installing laminate flooring before the 2015 rental season, good idea, but didn't help us much while we were there.
It's probably OK in summer when you can open windows and stay outside.almost all the time, but would not recommend to anyone with allergies or if you plan on sitting inside at all, the couch and 2 chairs were ancient and uncomfortable. We liked it enough to stay all week but were disappointed. It wasn't a dump but it wasn't very comfortable, either.
Great place for a weekend getaway. We spent the memorial day weekend here and had a great time! The view is stunning and the lake is beautiful. The cabin is small(ish) but not cramped. It is not a luxury cabin but its not bad by any standards. You don't go to Glen lake to stay in a cabin all day. There were kayaks and a canoe that was free to use which was a HUGE bonus that lead us to this place.
Free firewood available on site. You may have to go around collecting starter twigs but that is an experience we enjoyed as well.
Great landlords! They treat you like guests and not merely customers.
We will definitely go back!
Eight of us stayed in the Hemlock in July 2013 and had a fantastic time. The cabin was clean and comfortable, and although it wasn't easy sharing one bathroom with eight people (six of them females!), we were all impressed at how spacious and clean the bathroom was (we'd once stayed in a cabin on another Michigan lake where we needed to wear shoes in the tiny, dark shower - this was a nice change!). The Hemlock has plenty of sleeping space, and the well-equipped kitchen has a nice, new-looking stainless steel refrigerator with an ice maker, plus another small refrigerator for extra storage. The view from the cabin window is incredible. Outside, we loved relaxing in the hammock, cooking out, and couldn't believe how many stars we could see at night. I especially enjoyed the wonderful kayaks. We took long kayak trips each morning and explored both Little Glen Lake and Big Glen Lake - both were crystal clear and stunningly beautiful. We also enjoyed nearby activities like hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes (both the official dune climb and the Pierce Stocking 'not recommended, do-it-at-your-own-risk' climb), hiking the Empire Bluff trail, biking all over town, making many stops at Cherry Republic, and kayaking the Crystal River. We even spent a day in beautiful Mackinac Island. But honestly..we could have had a wonderful week without ever leaving the cabin. Both the management and owners were friendly and accommodating, and made us feel welcome. We range in age from 10 years old to 40-something, and we all had a fantastic time in the Hemlock.
Me and my friend (4 of us) were here for the long weekend. we stayed at the Hemlock cabin. The location of this cabin is just fantastic with stunning unobstructed views of the beautiful glen lake. The cabin hosts great amenities. Firewood, grill, full kitchen, comfortable beds, shallow waters <3-4 ft for quite a distance, no pests made our memorial day weekend quite memorable. All the owners were extremely friendly. Scott,Gail and Elaine provided us with a boat and kayaks without additional charge which was quite a plus. The cabin comfortably sleeps 5-6 people. Overall we were very happy with the cabin! Also, thanks to scott's brother who gave us some excellent local tips! I would highly recommend this to small family and 5-6 people.
We have been coming up for more than 8 years and wouldn't even try to look for another place in the area. Just the perfect cabins on Little Glen Lake. Just the way you want your time away from home. On one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The Birch Shores Resort cabins can't get any better. Both Cabins sleep 8 and have 3 rooms and with 2 of them with bunk beds perfect for the kids, a full kitchen and a Grill outside. Very Clean inside and made for that relaxing vacation right on the water. I have brought my family with my 3 kids and there is plenty of room. This year we visited twice, and I brought my Father in Law once and He just loved the cabins. 2nd Time my friends came up and everyone loved it. The owners do such a great job with everything and are the kind of people that will help you have the perfect time away from home. I just wish I could have stayed longer and so does my family and my friends. Thanks Scott and Gale
With Kindest Regards, Aaron Morris
Wednesday, Sept 27: 70°F, sunny skies - cool nites - Water temp 68°F. The Latest from the 'Most Beautiful Place in America'... SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE.
The Salmon are running in the Crystal River now!! We saw 2 spectacular hook-ups today in just 5 minuets from the M-22 and culvert bridge road. The big fish jumped and shook the lines violently, only to escape capture.
Greg is now taking Spring Flowers, Hi-Season Summer, October Fall Color, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's reservations for Cyclists, Snowmobilers, skiers, in NORTH STAR & HEMLOCK. We have Hemlock & NORTH STAR available for 8 Guests each over the Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays in 'The Most Beautiful Place in America'!
Refresh your spirit in the crisp, cool, quiet days of Autumn as the Maples, Oaks and Birches show their Grand Finale of riotous colors.
Cycle enthusiasts - Ride the 10' wide paved Heritage Trail just 2 miles from our door or cycle the 17 miles around the Glen Lakes, following the same Route of the M-22 Challenge Race in June. The Race Route goes by our Birch Shores. The 2.5 mile triangular Kayak Race Route goes right by the docks in June. Five young ladies from the University of Michigan trained for the Race here, using our free kayaks. One placed Second in her division.
A note from one of my Hero’s…
“We had a great time at your place and really enjoyed the boat ride. Thanks for your hospitality.”
Rudy T, University of Michigan All-American.
Rudy Tomjanovich used an outstanding jump shot and a knack for grabbing rebounds to average 30 points and fifteen rebounds per game and earn All-America honors in 1970. An outstanding high school player in Hamtramck, Michigan, Tomjanovich's accomplishments in the first three years of play in Crisler Arena (1967-1970) made him one of Michigan's basketball immortals.
Over the course of three seasons, the 6-7 forward corralled 1,039 rebounds, still the highest total in Michigan history, and twice led the Big Ten in rebounding (1968-69 and 1969-70). He led the team in scoring in each of his three seasons, totaling 1,808 point, sixth on the all-time list. His 25.1 career scoring average ranks second only to Cazzie Russell. Tomjanovich still holds the Crisler Arena records for single game scoring and field goals (48 points and 21 field goals vs Indiana, 1/7/69) and single game rebounding record (27 in Michigan's first game in Crisler Arean vs Kentucky, 12/2/67). His best rebounding effort came against Loyola in 1969 when he grabbed 30 caroms - tops on the Michigan all-time list.
Tomjanovich was chosen by the San Diego (later Houston) Rockets with the second pick in the 1970 NBA draft. In a twelve year pro career, he compiled some impressive statistics: 13,383 points, 17.4 points per game average, .501 field goal percentage, 6,198 rebounds. His number 45 jersey was retired by the Rockets. In 1992 he was called upon to be a mid-season replacement as head coach of his former team. Two years later Rudy led the Rockets the NBA title and captured another one in 1996.
SCENIC DRIVES on Pierce Stocking Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.
GOLF: Over 27 nearby golf courses: 'The Dunes' is 5 miles away and 'Le Bear' is a Jack Nickolas Pro Course in Traverse City.
GLEN LAKE is about 4 miles in diameter and as deep as 165 feet in places, fed from artesian flows under the lake, filtered through the depths of sand laid down by the great ice sheath eons ago. The clarity and purity of the water and the colors shown by the layered depths sparkle on a sunny day and shine in the light of the full moon.
LITTLE GLEN LAKE is contiguous with the larger Big Glen Lake. It is much shallower at 15 feet deep, about 7 to 10 degrees warmer than Big Glen and about 3 miles long by 1 mile wide. Both lakes share the same sandy bottom, pure filtered Artesian springs, clear water and is the source of the Crystal River.
SKI: CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SKIING is 30 minutes away. Follow the Salmon spawning run on an easy Crystal River Kayak trip. Fishing varies by the season - Lake trout, Coho and Chinook salmon, large & smallmouth bass, perch, the sporty bluegills, sunfish and brown trout, with occasional Northern Pike.
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE is across Day Forest Road from the cottages. Miles of hiking trails and scenic lookouts can be accessed from trail heads on Day Forest Road near the cottages. Look for 6” X 6” Trail Head markers set in the ground.
THE DUNES NATIONAL PARK was established by an Act of Congress in 1970 to preserve a unique landscape of rolling Drumlins, hills of glacial moraine left by the mile-thick Ice Sheet.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Winter Wonderland - NORTH STAR
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Flowers June M-22
May 20 2017 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sensational Summer 2016
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
There is a $50 Cleaning Fee for less than 5 days of stay.
The Cleaning Fee will be applied to the next Reservation or Refunded ON THE SPOT if the Cottage is left clean.
THIS IS A FAMILY ORIENTED RESORT - PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS - NO LOUD PARTIES OR EXCESSIVE NOISE AFTER 10 PM. OUR NEIGHBORS ARE GOOD FRIENDS & ARE NOT ON VACATION. BE AWARE OF WATER SAFETY AT ALL TIMES.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.