Birch Shores is within the Heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America!!" by Good Morning America.
We like to think that our place is great for... "Kids of all ages".
Our 2 most recent reviews from a "Brady Bunch" family of eight – and an older couple.
Review #22114764 "Most Beautiful Place in America" Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Birch Shores Resort
"Was the perfect little get away - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
"The house was great the kids stayed entertained with all they offer. The kayaks we're so fun and we made s'mores in the fire pit the view was amazing the house is very cozy got great family time. The property owner was very nice he stopped by on our rainy day to tell us what there was around for rainy days I thought that was very sweet of him. I would definitely recommend staying here and would love to return." - Jenafer Faber, May 18, 2018
“The views were amazing at this place and so peaceful and quiet! We were looking for an r and r vacation and received this in Scott's place. Scott was very accommodating. He and his wife are lovely people! Look forward to returning in future” - Jeane Sherburn, May 30, 2018
So sorry - we are full June 1 to June 23;
From June 23 to September 8, we ONLY accept Saturday to Saturday Reservations FOR 7-DAY MINIMUM STAYS.
We presently have 2 cottages open June 23 to 30. We are then FULL until August 11 to 18; August 18 to 25; and August 25 to September 1. September and October for 3-day rentals or more.
Bike racks, microwave and gas ranges, stainless GE refrigerators, new BBQ's, Pyrex cookware, hair dryers, Nautica pillows and Velux blankets are some of the conveniences offered. Two fans per Cottage is usually all the cooling needed as the cabins face the westerly prevailing winds off Lake Michigan and are in full shade most of the day.
This is the first year that we offer a 42" Hi-Def Monitor cable-connected to the Internet for music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Pandora and more in the Hemlock Cottage. The acclaimed Sy-Fy movie "Passengers", starring Jennifer Lawrence, is one of our free Amazon offerings. A Blue Ray DVD player for your own movies is also connected to the TV.
Our Sensational Summer Fun rates start June 16 at $1999 weekly and $1600 for returning rental Guests. This is still the lowest rate directly on Glen Lake. Two Water Front Cottages sleeping 8 Happy Travelers.
Free! Four kayaks, a canoe, a Lund fishing boat, 3 deep water buoys, Guest trailer parking... An $800 value included with your Cottage.
One of our favorite reviews from Susan K:
"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." July 2013
For more information, please call our friendly Manager, Greg Nicolaou, at (231) 835-0329 and firstname.lastname@example.org - 8822 N Manhattan, Traverse City 49685.
We are very well-located in the Heart of The Park: To the North on Day Forest to M-109, 2 miles from the Dune Climb, The Heritage Trail and the DH Day Scenic Drive through the Dunes.
To the right on M-109 is the historic Glen Haven Village and exhibits of “How it was in the Old Days”.
Go over the Narrows Bridge for 6 Miles on M-22 to the small village of Empire. There is the Park Headquarters for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, named "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by the viewers of Good Morning America. Great exhibits and films daily... It's a place you must visit to appreciate how history and nature come together to form spectacular sand dunes.
To the South, a left on M-22, 2 miles to Glen Arbor, Dune Chicago Dogs, Boone Docks, Art's colorful Tavern, the Cherry Republic, tennis & basketball courts, shopping and Lake Michigan. .
M-22 is a 116-mile stretch of road that winds through the scenic countryside of Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. M-22 runs 0.4 miles from our door.
The Circular M-22 Leelanau Fall Color Tour is ranked highest in the Nation!
Very pretty in spring and summer, you really must take this drive along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Along the way you can visit wineries, art galleries, and experience small-town friendliness. It's by far one of the most beautiful drives in America, and it's right here, 0.4 miles from Birch Shores... And the friendly towns will welcome you.
Leland - 15 miles from Birch Shores:
Continue along M-22 up through the Leelanau Peninsula to Leland, a cozy little town about 20 minutes north of Glen Arbor. Discover the history that Leland holds. Within Leland, visit historic Fishtown, a working waterfront with cute shops right along the docks. Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or fisheries.
Northport - 35 miles from Birch Shores:
Another 20 minutes north of Leland, and you have reached the peak of M-22. Northport is an historic town known for its fine marina, beautiful parks, friendly downtown shops, scenic beaches, and the annual Northport Dog Parade and Wine Festival.
Traverse City - 23 Miles from Birch Shores:
Known as the "Cherry Capital of the World," Traverse City is one of America's Top 10 beach towns. Championship Golf Courses, world-class spas, pristine beaches and exquisite food make this the perfect ending to your M-22 fall color tour.
SCENIC ROUTES for BIKERS - A New Bike rack for our bicycling Guests. Bicyclists can enjoy and retrace the same scenic routes taken by the 'Le Tour de Leelanau' and 'THE M-22 CHALLENGE' Races where amateur & professional bicyclists go by right in front of Birch Shores!
It is a 17- mile circular tour around the 2 Glen Lakes.
HEMLOCK & ASPEN COTTAGES are tucked inside The Park on the Lakeshore amid mature oaks & lofty white birches. Beautiful views of The Dunes and imposing sunsets from our Docks & benches. 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 fawns, swans, ducks & geese from our compound and docks. Fish, swim and climb the nearby Dunes. Introduce your youngsters to 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 Park around Day Forest.
Our most loyal Guests honeymooned here in 1976 and have come back for the same 2 weeks in July for over 40 years. Another loyal family of 5 trailer their 24 foot Ebb Tide Ski boat from Golden, Colorado for 2 weeks in July. They are celebrating their 41st year at Birch Shores.
The Cottages are rustic but Not Primitive - They are furnished with complete kitchens, picnic tables, hammock, deck chairs and new BBQ's... A new masonry fire pit for S'mores, marshmallows, popcorn, hot dogs and burgers - Yum!! Sing your favorite campfire songs and tell ghost stories with beautiful sunset lake views.
Both cottages have new Nautica pillows and Velux blankets.
Aspen is just feet from the Lake. Featuring a large stainless GE Profile Ice-Maker fridge and a new Whirlpool Gold convection gas range, new cooking & baking utensils, Oak flooring & dining chairs. Awesome views of the Lake.
Hemlock is offset from Aspen and has its own beautiful Lake view. Featuring a large stainless GE Profile fridge and top of the line Whirlpool Convection gas range, beverage fridge, new Oak flooring and dining chairs.
LINENS ARE NOT FURNISHED. ABSOLUTLY NO PETS.
THREE BOAT MOORINGS are for our Guests who bring their own boats. and trailer storage. 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 safe shallow water for tots to wade in... Beautiful Sunset and Lake views from the benches and swing.
ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR YOUNGSTERS WHILE IN AND AROUND THE WATER.
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 mid-May and June. 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.
Please come visit our cottages if you are staying elsewhere this summer to compare...