check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand

Michele Blair

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Sleeping Bear Shore Gateway Getaway. Platte River Gem~

21 Reviews
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more

Overview

Sleeping Bear Dunes House Rental Photos and Description

NEW 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths, 2 Living areas , Sleeps 8-16

Come see why America chose Sleeping Bear Dunes as the most beautiful place in America ! It starts right here at M-22 and the Famous Lazy Ride down South Platte River . It is IMPOSSIBLE to remember the stresses of every day life while you are here !

Up until now it has been called 'The best kept Secret in Benzie County !' In fact a lot of the locals aren't too happy about the publicity ! They know what a rare gem they have had hiding here !

Seeing is believing and I promise you won't be disappointed when you see all this incredible area has to offer ! The Floor plan is very versatile (Total Space over 2000 sq ft w/finished lower level that has 4 ft by 4 ft windows !) and easy to group people together in many different sleeping arrangements, especially with all of the extra space in the brand new finished basement.. But please feel comfortable here ! We have a nice place but it is for vacationing ! Relax ! No fine art Pieces to worry about breaking. This is a place where everybody should feel welcome ! This is not an area filled with tons of shops and tourist traps and trinkets ! Natural Beauty Abounds everywhere and is FREE !

We headed north on one summer vacation many years ago and fell in love with those towering dunes perched along the Northwest side of Lake Michigan towering out from above the edges of the Forests below. This is paradise and we have never grown tired of exploring, walking a new trail or finding a new beach. Traveling just 10 minutes a little more north,south,east or west, whichever way you choose, there is always something new and amazing to discover in this Peninsula.

From your lazy trip down The South Platte River to The infamous Dune Climb up by Glen Lakes.

Don't forget to go to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for the most dramatic overlook in America ! Take your time there. Dont rush.

So. Here is our Dream. There is more than enough room and privacy for a small Family Reunion, (we have two full baths and a new finished basement ) or just a quiet getaway for two. The layout is very flexible and acomidate, yet modern. The location (right across from the famous South Platte River) is excellent !

Any sunny afternoon to explore the area is good for a quiet country drive down the meandering roads between the historical farmsteads of Port Onieda only to discover another stretch of private seemingly untouched beach all to yourself that goes

on for miles and miles...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh ! And then there are the Sunsets.............

Keywords: Voted 'MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA ! This property LITERALLY boarders The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on two side ! ! ! Walking distance to three different bodies of water. Beach,Lake,sanctuary, new built house, finished lower level with daylight windows, additional sleeping possible in finished basement, lake,river, sunset, hideaway, secluded setting, serenity,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Michele Blair (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Michele Blair

My Family and I have been looking for that special place to get away from the stresses of every day life for a long time. We knew that we wanted to be close to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and knew immediately when we found this property, that this was the location we were looking for. As a kid I have great memories camping all over the State of Michigan my whole life, but, ironically, we had never ventured this far. None of them come close to comparing to this area. We are now creating awesome memories with our kids now that we have found our 'favorite spot' in the State.We hope that you enjoy our Sanctuary half as much as we do !

Michele Blair purchased this house in 2011

Why Michele Blair chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

We chose this specific area because it is centrally located in the middle of the most naturally beautiful places in the state of Michigan. The Wine tours are amazing and just minutes away. From North Port all of the way down to Elberta there are so many unique and beautiful places to discover ! My Family and I have been coming up here to this area for about ten years now and can never seem to get enough of it each time we come. Its surrounding towns are so interesting and have fun little shops and different beaches to explore. Did I mention it? We LOVE the beaches here ! As beautiful as it is, it never seems to be so crowded that it is a tourist trap of some kind. No huge shopping Malls with all the fast food. Its still a very quaint and low key vacation area to forget about all your daily stress back home, but still boasts of many little shops with very interesting items to mark your memorable time here.

What makes this house unique

You can drive 20 minutes in any direction and see something new each and every time ! SERIOUSLY. South Platte River is across the street so you can drop your canoe, kayak, aka any flotation device, and be in Lake Michigan within a few hours. There is always somewhere new to discover, (another fossil to find) I cannot even count the number of beaches that we have found from the many inland lakes to all around the coast of Michigan to the several Islands (a couple we haven't even gotten to yet !) there are Ferries going to them on a regular schedule-all info is at the 'cabin.' There is so much natural beauty to see in so many different spots that this has been voted as 'THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time at your home by the Platte River. Love this area ! The home is very nice and you've thougth of everything a family would need for a confortable and fun time.

The kids loved all of the places to swim and collect rocks.

We found so many wonderful places to visit that were so close by.

Thank you for a terrific opportunity.
Aug 2012
  • 1 of 8

Reviews

4.9
based on 21 traveler reviews

Sleeping Bear Shore Gateway Getaway. Platte River Gem~
average rating of 4.904762 based on 29 reviews
Waterville. OH
5

Great Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for a Labor Day weekend getaway! Close to all of the things we love to do, like kayak, hang at the beach, walk in the woods, etc. The house was very clean and neat, and it was cozy and comfortable. We hated to leave! Owners were very nice and accomodating. It was so great to be able to bring our small dogs on vacation with us! That made our weekend complete!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you enjoyed our home and the area. It is our favorite place to go to get away and forget the every day stresses of Life. We hope you can make it back for another visit ! The beauty of the area is just as welcoming every time we come back ! We have just added some "accessories" to our home to make it an extra special Sanctuary when you are able to return.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
5

Family Vacation with 6 grandkids

  • 5 of 5

House was a short drive to the Dunes, beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, winery and quaint shops. This house is secluded from "city noise" and the basement was a winner for my 5 grandsons who dont get to see each other often. Sitting by the fire at night, deer were visable in the woods behind the house. Owner made herself available during our stay to answer my calls for those last minute questions. Having traveled to many parts of the world, I assure you will not be disappointed with this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Fine except for 2 things The water was brown and cloudy. My husband had to recharge the water soften

  • 4 of 5

We could not use the water for 24 hours because it wad brown and cloudy. Alsso the back bathroom was not clean and tub was rather dirty. Cleaned it before using. Every thing else was fine. Larry and Chris Smith

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year my family has stayed in this home, the home is beautiful and very clean. The furniture is very comfortable and the kitchen table is large. The beds are comfortable and the house fits a lot of people. In our group we had 17 people staying here and we were all very comfortable. The house is located in a perfect area, many towns are within driving distance. Our families personal favorites are sleeping bear dunes, glen arbor, traverse city and frankfort. Thank you for offering your home to us for vacation. We will be back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Wonderful extended family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed from 6/14/15 to 6/17/15 and we had a wonderful time. It was the first time our blended family of five children and eight grandchildren spent a weekend together. We definitely had enough room to cook meals between the kitchen and the charcoal grill. The kitchen is wonderfully appointed with pans, dishes and utensils. We had game night at the large kitchen table and made great use of the fire pit. We enjoyed canoeing on the Platte River and took in Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the kids made a trip or two for ice cream at the canoe livery. Thank you for your thorough instructions and your follow-up Michelle. Your property is lovely and we have some terrific memories as a result!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your great review. This is our second home and we try to constantly improve on what we can offer from the little things on up ! Its not just an investment to us. This area is magical and its so rewarding to be able to share it with others ! Fall is also a great time to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Dunes (Breathtaking actually ! ) if you every want to try and schedule a Weekend Getaway just let me know ! Thanks again and I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay !
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
5

Great house in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed a whole week and enjoyed every minute of it. The house was very accommodating for our large family. We will be staying again next year. The house is newly built and was spotless upon arrival. The owner was very pleasant to speak with and very knowledgable of the area. The fall colors were beautiful. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Todd ! Looking forward to having you and your Family next year again ! Alot of people dont realize how Beautiful Fall can be up in The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. I am happy you all had a great time !
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Map

Crystal Lake
"Voted top 10 on National Geographic ! Must see !"
Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill
"Excellent Mexican food spicy or not. very versatile . Family Dining or a few drinks . Love..."
Point Betsie Lighthouse
"Our Favorite Lighthouse !"
Harbor lights frankfort
"This has been a traditional Family favorite hangout for many years for us. The Lighthouse ..."
The Cherry Hut
Good Harbor Beach
"Gorgeous Secluded Beach ! Again. One of my families favorite places to swim and enjoy the Pa..."
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
"This driving loop overlooks some of the Lakeshores most unique scenery. Open April-November,..."
The Dune Climb
"No trip would be complete without making this imfamous climb up this Dune ! You can see the ..."
South Manitou Island
"No place offers a more complete sense of the National Lakeshore than south Manitoe Island. ..."
Good Harbor Vineyards and Winery
"1-231-256-7165"
Fishtown
"Quaint little town with excellent small shops right on Lake Michigan. (The beaches are prist..."
Cherry Republic Grand Cafe
"1-231-334-3150Cherry Republic Hours September-June Daily: 10a-5p July-August Daily: 10a-10p ..."
Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery
"1-231-271-3111Our goal is to produce exceptional wines through small batch fermentation and ..."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
3 miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Mackinaw
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
5 miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
1000 yards
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
2 miles on M-22
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Chrystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Platte River Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Platte River Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Frankfort Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Esch Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
The Dune Climb
Nearest Point of Interest
Alligator Hill Easy Loop Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
South Manitoe Island
Nearest Point of Interest
North Manitou Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Harbor Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Fishtown
Nearest Point of Interest
45 North Vinyard and Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Gills Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Verterra Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Harbor Vinyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Cherry Republic Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Longview Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Bel Lago Vinyard and Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Neighbor Organic Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Silverleaf Vinyard and Winery
Car: recommended

The first question people ask is ' can we walk on the beach ?' Yes. You have a choice of three different bodies of water within walking distance. Platte River, Big Platte Lake and Loon Lake. All three are very different and very close to the most beautiful beach in Michigan, Platte River Point Park, which is actually in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore voted the most beautiful in America. Its true. The simple beauty of the park just washes away all of the stress of lifes daily struggles and immediately feel the tranquility of the Lakeshore fill your senses. Its Dunes, Beaches, Forests, Hills and Farms are forever awe inspiring and never cease to renew your spirits, year after year.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Honor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $250
Pet Fee $100

We sleep large groups and accomodate a variety of different parties our rates are subject to change accordingly.Please call me directly. This is our vacation home and not just an investment. We like to talk to you personally and explain where everything is and directions about our property. Thanks ! Michele Blair 810-241-8199

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

Sleeping Bear Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full Baths
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , King plus futon that folds down in to double size bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , queenroom that has enough room for small blow up
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , This room has 2 double beds only (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 4 - The 4th bedroom has 2 kings w room for blow up
    Other (See Description) - 3 king , 1 queen , 2 double , 4 sleep sofa /futon , The basement has a large bedroom with 2 Kings,
  • King size beds (1) Brand new king sized pillow top mattress (all matresses are brand new)also in the bedroom is a full sized futon with new inner coil comfy mattress, Queen size Beds (1) The third bedroom has a new queen bed and room to put a full size Air Mattress. (it is in the closet with extra linens), Double Beds (2) 2 brand new double beds with comfy mattresses., Twin or Single Beds (4) several blow up mattress are included if needed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) plus We have 2 Queen Sized Comfortable Air Mattresses that you can inflate in the NEW basement. (with spatious brand new rec- room)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This New Built Home is nestled at the foot of the Sleepy Bear Dunes, National Forest, A and across the road from the South Platte River. Just a stones throw from The Riverside Canoe Livery, put your tubes,kayaks,canoes or any floatation device across the street and down just a few houses the float out to Lake Michigan within a couple hours !.. beach, after beach, after beach ! South Manitou Island, North Manitou Island, Pets in the Park are allowed: from Platte River Campground to Peterson Road, from Esch Road north to the Lakeshore Boundary south of Empire, (best pet beach) Lakeshore in Empire to south of North Bar Lake stream outlet, from Maritime Museum east to Lakeshore bond. west of GlenA We have a finished basement (with 2 Four foot by four foot daylight windows) a Ping pong table and ample room for those extra guests that your kids always want to invite but 'there is no room.' The basement is clean and we have 4 comfortable queen size mattresses that fit in this larg

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties