|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was a nice stay. The place is good and convenient to reach most scenic spots. Good for family vocation.
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.
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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$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
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.