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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Cute 2BR 1BA 50's Cottage. Sleeps 4.

This place is a winter and summer wonderland. We’re surrounded by a 70,000 acre national park (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), named by ABC's Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America.' There’s plenty of skiing, canoeing, hiking and fishing and more. We’re close to Traverse City and Leelanau County, the best of wine regions this side of the Mississippi. Honor Michigan is 7 miles to the south and was rated in Field and Stream Magazine as the best all around recreation spot in the country. In 2012 Mario Batali listed his 9 favorite restaurants in the world. Two of them are here in Traverse City (25 miles away).

On the adjoining 5 acres there's a home I built where we run a small organic jam making company . While a tour is always popular with adults, children usually get a big kick out of seeing jam, salsa or salad dressing being made. If we are around we are happy to give tours. Lake Michigan is a three mile drive, ski or hike away and the beach is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, meaning there’s few people and no homes for miles in either direction.

It’s breathtaking summer or winter. This place is perfect for a winter reading and writing hideaway or family get-a-way.

It was stated earlier, but bears repeating. This place was recently remodeled to green building standards. Our NO PETS/NO SMOKING policies are not negotiable. Don't take it personally. We are trying to keep the place habitable for people with allergy or chemical sensitivities. We also clean with non-toxic cleaning products.

We also request respect for peace and quiet. It is a rural area, but our home in nearby and sound travels far in quiet rural settings. No amplified loud music, fireworks etc. Singing, 'unplugged music' and children playing are music to our ears and acceptable. Thank you for your understanding.

Amenities:: TV w/DVD player (no cable) and fire pit.

There is no phone. You may get cell service depending on your service provider. Verizon and AT&T usually have good signal.

Surrounding area: This location is ideal for it's rural setting, near beaches and central to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. However, you are not far from civilization in that our area boasts award winning restaurants, wineries and other food artisan establishments. It is truly an area of breathtaking natural beauty and a culinary paradise.

Traverse City is the closet large town (about 25 miles). Here are just a few of it's recognitions:

- one of American's Five Top Foodie Towns, Bon Appetit

- one of the Top 10 Places to Enjoy Local Wines, USA Today

- one of America's Top Ten Wine Destinations

- #8 in list of America's Top Ten Beach Towns and a Top 10 'Coolest Towns in the States, AOL Travel News

- second place in Our Top 10 Charming Small Towns

- on the Top Ten list of Surprising Foodie Towns,

- one of Midwest's Five Top Food Towns, Midwest Living

- one of America's Top Adventure Towns,

More Details

Timothy and Kathleen Young
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018


Honor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Nice new (2012) tile and stone shower/floor. It's small, but very nice. No tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Beds
  • Bedroom 2 has bunk beds.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The TV is hooked up to a DVD player. No cable or TV signal. No phone. There is a Verizon/AT&T cell phone tower a mile away. We provide linens and towels, though you will be responsible for laundry during your stay. There is a coin laundry in Beulah. We will provide you one wheelbarrow of firewood for the fire ring. You will need to purchase firewood after that at $5.00 per load.


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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews
Caledonia, MI, USA

A Relaxing Week

  • 5 of 5

The Lemon Drop Cottage was a perfect location for our family's vacation. Our kids loved roaming the yard and were intrigued by the tentworms, skunk, chickens, and other creatures they encountered. The cottage is in a lovely setting that is very peaceful and provides plenty of relaxation!

We also enjoyed the nearby sights -- we made trips to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, hiked two trails, enjoyed the Empire Beach, and traveled through the Leelenau Peninsula. Loved the local aspargas and the complimentary Cherry Salsa Atento as well.

Thank you for a great week - we hope to see you again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy Fall Retreat

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week retreat at Lemon Drop cottage. We had a mix of fall weather and the cottage was comfortable, warm and cozy. The kitchen space is small but workable. We found the bed too soft and uncomfortable for us. The furnishings were clean and comfortable. We liked the location being close to Sleeping Bear Dunes, beaches and bike trail. We enjoyed the quiet deep woods location and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You were perfect guests. I'm sorry the couch was too soft for your liking. It's a firm pillow top style and we've heard from one other guest that it's too firm. That's a tough balance for us, but feedback is critical. Thank you again.
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Peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly relaxing and peaceful stay. How nice it was to be away from city noise. The cottage had everything we needed and was a great jumping off point for so many things. When we come back to the area again, it will be our first choice for lodging.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lemon Drop Cottage was great!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at lemon drop cottage! Seemed like we were no more than about 15 minute drive to any of the sights we wanted to visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good place, quiet and nice!

  • 5 of 5

It was a nice stay. The place is good and convenient to reach most scenic spots. Good for family vocation.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The place is quiet and cosy. It is convenient to get to sleeping bear dune and other scenic spots.

Very good time!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joe's Freindly Tavern
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Otter Creek Beach (Esch Beach)
Car: recommended

This place is a winter and summer wonderland. Our cottage is a small 50's style with much character and in the woods. We’re surrounded by a 70,000 acre national park (Sleeping Bear Dunes) and thousands of acres of state land. There’s plenty of skiing, canoeing, hiking and fishing, peace and quiet. We’re close to Traverse City and Leelanau County, the best of wine regions this side of the Mississippi. Honor Michigan is 7 miles to the south and was rated in Field and Stream Magazine as the best all around recreation spot in the country and was named by ABC's Good Morning America 's 'Most Beautiful Place in America.'

This cottage we completely remodeled to green building standards and we clean with non-toxic cleaners. It may be suitable for people with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Our NO PETS/NO SMOKING policy is not negotiable.

While this is a very rural setting we request that you abide by our peace and quiet policy: No loud music, fireworks,

Golf: The closest (and cheapest) is the Dunes Golf Course about 4 miles away. There are too many to mention within 25 miles. Crystal Mountain Resort, The Homestead Resort, Sugarloaf Resort and Mistwood Golf Course are just a few.

Ski: Crystal Mountain and the Homestead Resort are about 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $50

$100 security deposit required to book dates, refunded 10 days after departure less damages or cleaning fee.
50% deposit due 60 days prior to arrival
Balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
Cancellations 60 days out, full refund. Less than 60 days out no refund, unless we can book your dates, less deposit.
Our cleaning policy is leave it as you found it or pay $50 cleaning fee.
No Smoking, No Pets

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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