|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
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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 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.
The place is quiet and cosy. It is convenient to get to sleeping bear dune and other scenic spots.
Very good time!
Great cabin, great people, great time. The cabin was just as advertised: clean, quiet, quaint, perfect. It was just the right size for me, my husband and my two teenage boys. We cooked on the grill a couple nights, made s'mores and slept like rocks in the cabin in the woods. We are not "campers", so this was the perfect blend of camping and a hotel stay - but way better than a hotel. The owners were great, even through some communication issues beyond their control. They were quick and responsive once everything was resolved. We would absolutely go back there for another stay.
My girlfriend and I were planning a "get away from it all" trip and decided to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. We found the Lemon Drop Cottage on HomeAway and it looked like it had everything we needed, and it did not disapoint!
We were greated with a very clean, comfortable cottage and fresh jar of Blueberry Salsa on the kitchen table; it is to die for! The cottage is well furnished and has everything you'll need to have a great stay: cooking utencils, pots/pans, dishes, etc.
The master bedroom was very comfortable, and there was a standing oscillating fan in case it was too warm out. Although we didn't use this room at all, the second bedroom had a bunkbed and lots of spare blankets.
We spent most of our trip seeing the sites around the area, but ate all our meals at the cottage. The minifridge kept all our food nice and cool for the weekend, so don't be afraid to bring refridgerated items to cook. The only thing we couldn't find was a pair of scissors, but there were lots of knives to spare so that wasn't a problem.
The cottage felt very homey and was decorated with a nice lakeshore theme (lighthouses, beaches, ships, etc). There was a very nice striped carpet spread on the floor, which went very well with the wooden theme inside. The bathroom has a tile-edged stone floor that was a bit cold on the feet at night time, but looked absolutely stunning.
The surrounding area was very peaceful and we greatly enjoyed our time at Sleeping Bear dunes; climbing the dunes is quite the workout on your calves (be prepared!). The dune's scenic drive was absolutely beautiful with great views of the lakeshore and made for great pictures and memories.
Overall we were very happy with our stay at the Lemon Drop Cottage. It was a very peaceful relaxing getaway. I highly recommend this property!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Off Season (Any nights)
Sep 11 2015 - Jun 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2016 (Fri to Thurs)
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
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.