Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
About Ray Antel
Hi - my name is Ray Antel and I've chosen to live in this area for the past forty-seven years, work, and raise a family. What a great place to be - I've traveled to other areas of our great country and they all are special but I think this area of Northwest Michigan is truly unique in all of our four seasons. I love all the seasons and activities that abound from hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking, down-hill and cross-country skiing, golfing, you name it and you'll find it here especially the opportunity to meet great people and find your own secluded hide-away where you can re-fresh your mind, body, and spirit. I'll help you with any questions you may have about the area. Come join us for your own experience in stress-reducing relaxation.
Ray Antel purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Ray Antel chose Honor
Morningside Cottage, named from beautiful Morning sunrises, is a unique piece of property found on the Southern Shore of Little Platte Lake in Benzie County, Michigan. Morningside Cottage provides a real up-north feel with 200 ft. of frontage,a deck-vista that includes the lake and surrounding tree covered hills. The cottage is family-style with guests having a chance to renew and reinforce their family bonds with adventures and relaxation. You can't take a vacation at home and truly relax - and we all know that - too many things that have to be done - you truly have to get away to forget all the nagging issues that confront you every day. Morningside Cottage provides you that opportunity with it's geographical location, it's tall woods covered property, the cottage sitting 275 ft. from the county-road on our own two-track entrance to the fact that you don't see other cottages. In the evening you can sit by the fire-pit with a glowing fire as you see the last rays of the sun giving the surrounding hills their last warm glow of the day as the evening stars appear one by one until the sky is illuminated. Then the haunting tremolo of our resident 'loons' as their calls echo over the lake let's you realize that this place is unique, quieting, relaxing, fun and soon your ready for a restfull sleep with the anticipation of another great day tommorow.
What makes this Cottage unique
Morningside Cottage is designed and provided as an opportunity for your family to renew it's bonds by putting people together in a relaxing setting where young and old(er) can experience and share delightful vacation time together.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
It's a wonderful place
It's a wonderful place, our family spent a great weekend, wish we could stay longer
Hard to beat
Meticulously well-kept property. Picturesque setting on Little Platte Lake, and close to all the attractions of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Our stay was late in the season, and we thoroughly enjoyed the fireplace. Ray is a very congenial host. An educator by profession, he'll tell you all about the area and where to find what you seek from your vacation. I would book this cottage again in a heartbeat.
Terrific Place to Stay
The cottage was comfortable, close to everything we wanted to do. Ray's information about the area was invaluable.
Rustic waterfront cottage
Clean, well appointed cottage on Little Plate Lake. Very good communication with Ray, very knowledgeable of the area with amazing insight into the best places to see and do. Forget the cell phone and TV, enjoy the waterfront views and the amazing stars at night by the fire pit. Enjoyed the stay and would definitely stay again.
My family and I had a great time at Morningside cottage! It was wonderfully private and quiet. Great fishing for kids and you can’t beat the location.
Morningside Cottage is located in the 'Most Beautiful Place in America' at the heart of Northwestern Michigan's Vacation Country re 'Good Morning America'. Our area abounds in outdoor activities with sixty miles of Lake Michigan shoreline within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore just three and one-half miles from our doorstep. Countless miles of hiking trails (cross country skiing in the winter-time), miles of bike user-friendly roads with biking lanes, ten golf courses within 30 minutes of the cottage, restaurants, small villages with attendant stores, beautiful vistas, Interlochen National Music Camp with it's summer 'headliner' and student performances just twenty-minutes away . The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore's sixty miles of beaches are yours to use with hiking, sitting in the sun, beachside-fires for cook-outs, hot-dogs, or 'sa-mores' as the sun slowly sets over Lake Michigan. Point Betsie with one of the most photographed lighthouses in America and a Petoskey-stone beach. If your inclined you'll enjoy the 'winery trail' stretching through Leelanau County to the north along M-22, plenty of wine-tasting available and bring a bottle of wine or two back to Morningside Cottage for some leisure on the 'deck' overlooking Little Platte Lake and the surrounding hills. Nothing is complete when coming to our area for your vacation until you take a trip to 'Sleeping Bear Sand-dunes' at Glen Haven within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. It looks like a small pile of sand until you start up the dune and that's the time you realize how high it really is - but there is nothing like standing on the top and getting a beautiful over-view of adjacent Glen Lake. Another must-do is the Pierce-Stocking Drive which winds up through the wooded dune-area giving spectacular over-views of Little and Big Glen Lake. If you want the thrill and success of Salmon Fishing I'll put you in contact with my friend Charter Boat Cap'n Bob Smith of Glen Arbor in his boat the 'Mariah'. Cap'n Bob will have you pulling in King Salmon in short order. When he took us out last summer we took seven fish within two hours with the largest being a twenty-four pound King Salmon. Bob will fillet and package those salmon for you and they'll be ready for the grill or he'll arrange for 'Boondocks Restaurant',next door, to grill-up some of your fish for you and your crew right then and there, what a treat to sit down with Cap'n Bob and your 'crew' eating fish as fresh as it can get along with your favorite libations while sharing your favorite 'fishing tale' from your days adventure. South of Morningside Cottage, along M-22, is the Lake Michigan-port city of Frankfort-Elberta nestled around Betsie Lake. This harbor area is home to numerous restaurants, points-of-interest, gift shops, the county-indoor movie theater, and absolutely gorgeous beaches framed by boat channel break-walls which are great for a meandering stroll, fishing, or taking a jump-into-the-lake. If you wanted to have some of your salmon smoked you could take some of your catch to 'Monte's smoke-house' and he would prepare the most delicious smoked-fish you could imagine. Monte's smoke house which also features other fish of the area is located on 'Main Street' on the East end of town. As you round the corner don't forget to stop at the 'A&W Drive-In' as 50's as it gets but with that same great tasting root-beer, burgers, and dogs. Heading East on M-115 your destination is Benzonia where you'll find the Benzie Area Historical Museum located in the re-stored 1800's Congregational Church which served the early Congregational Assembly in the early days of this County in Northern Michigan where they built a college in the 'wilderness'. Traveling further East on M-115 will take you to Crystal Mountain Resort truely a gem for our Benzie County Area providing great family recreation with downhill/cross-country skiing in the winter-time and two great golf-courses in the summer. Retrace your steps to Benzonia and you'll find it's neighbor Beulah on the Beach of Crystal Lake. As with all of our small communities you'll find fun-restaurants, coffee-shops, deli's, and lots of small shops. Phoenix Cafe, East Shore Market, want great pizza's then try the 'Hungry Tummy' double-cheese super deluxe, Papano's Pizza, the 'Cherry-Hut's' famous cherry-pie, the Brookside Inn, then continue North on US-31 to arrive at the 'Cherry Bowl' Drive-In. This is the real-deal and a favorite for a large-area of Northern Michigan. A real-treat along with their 'snack-shop'. Your next stop is Honor with Papa-J's 50's themed restaurant - great food - oh and by the way all of the restaurant's in Benzie County and surrounding area provide great food at a modest price. Another treat in Honor is the 'Family Market' which features an 'old-timey' meat counter. Helen, Pat, and Dale Schneider, will take care of your grocery/wine/meat/ and bakery needs during your vacation period.