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Unique Cabin with Private Beach on Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath with full kitchen/laundry and stunning lake view.

This unique two bedroom cabin is like nothing you've ever seen or stayed at before. Located in the woods at the tip of Leelanau County, it lies on the shores of beautiful Cathead Bay - a natural, pristine, sandy bay with shallow water for great swimming, kayaking, and water sports. This is the getaway location with access to an inland lake for fishing, bird watching, and hiking. Miles of uninterrupted beach makes for pleasant walks searching for Petoskey stones or enjoying the ever changing shoreline, natural dunes, and area wildlife.

This distinctive cabin sleeps 4 with two Queen Beds. It includes a fire-pit, horseshoes, gas-grill, and an open deck that allows for awesome sunrises, sunsets, and star-gazing. Don't let your fantastic 'Up North' experience end with summer. This area is well known for its spectacular Fall Color Tour. You can enjoy being in the center of the amazing color changes with biking, golfing, hiking and wine tasting.

The Cabin at Cathead Bay is a place to take you 'Off The Grid' and enjoy a peaceful, affordable get away.

More Details

Cynthia Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

Why Cynthia Jackson chose Northern Michigan

This lakefront property was purchased in the early 1900's by the Bradley family and passed down to the current owner. The cabin was started in 1968 and became a summer working project for the entire family.

What makes this cabin unique

Clear days provide views of both North and South Fox Islands. Mackinac sailboats can be seen during the annual race. Not uncommon for sailboats to anchor in the bay overnight. Light from the Lighthouse can be seen at night along with excellent star gazing. This property has the best section of beach on Cathead Bay!


Northport Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bathroom with Shower/Tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second bedroom - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Upstairs bedroom overlooking Lake Michigan.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Unique Cabin with Private Beach on Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Great summer getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful little cabin with great access to Lake Michigan. It was perfect for our family and allowed us to really relax and enjoy our vacation. Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Lovely comfortable and private cabin in a spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

We visited for a long weekend in early fall and found everything delightful. The cabin is spotless, well designed, and equipped with everything we needed. During chilly evenings the wood stove made the whole place toasty, with well maintained piles of dry wood just outside the door. The living room and porch look directly out onto Cathead Bay, which is steps away. The beach is lovely too, perfect for long walks. Definitely a place we'll return to.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful stay with perfect weather. The house is a great getaway if you are looking for quiet and seclusion. The house is thoughtfully designed and impeccably clean. The owners provide all amenities and very thoughtfully so.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Michigan Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This cabin offers the best of a stay in northern Michigan with a spectacular view and all the amenities of home. We love to cook and the kitchen equipment is first rate. We've rented many places in Michigan and elsewhere and this is the cleanest (10 out of 10) we've ever had. The layout is unique with the appearance of a lighthouse or windmill and most of the interior space includes a view of Lake Michigan. We enjoyed daily walks on the beach and finding Petoskey stones, reading, relaxing, enjoying an evening fire in the fire pit (wood is included). The owners are very helpful and easy to work with. I read suggestions from prior reviews and believe all have been implemented. We loved eating at Fischer's (a long time local favorite) and 9 Bean Rows (a long time favorite of ours) in Sutton's Bay. I can easily recommend this cabin to friends and relatives (although part of me wants to be sure it's available when we return next year).

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome lake michigan beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for couples wanting private get away. Tucked away in the woods along the beach and owners respecting the privacy of their guests. Great spot for sitting on the beach, on the deck or around the fire pit chilling.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best Kept Secret

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this charming cozy cabin. The cabin was very clean and well maintained. I was very happy that the kitchen was very well equipped, had everything I needed for nice meals since I enjoy cooking. I wished a picnic table or a small outdoor dining set were there on the deck so we could eat outside.

The beach is just gorgeous! The water is crystal clear and sandy and not too deep for a long way out, it is great for swimming. First 2 days were perfect last of summer days, we spent most of our time at the beach. Then the storm came, the wind blew so hard that I almost could not shut the door ! The power was cut off for a whole night. I was concerned that we might not be able to stay for a whole week without having any electricity but fortunately the lights came back on the following morning. It was scary but exciting.

We tried to watch DVDs we brought from home for the cold nights but unfortunately we could not figure out how to turn the sound on the TV. It should be a simple matter but some reason there was no sound no matter what we tried, oh well, it was not a big deal. We had nice music, internet (!!), a bottle of wine and cozy fire of wood burning stove !

It was a exciting and at the same time very relaxing week. We enjoyed our stay so much, definitely would like to come back next year ! I recommend this cabin with very high marks but really want it to be a best kept secret in Leelanau Peninsular.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Garage
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Leelanau Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Car: necessary

Leelanau State Park - Lighthouse, Peterson Park for amazing sunsets, Sleeping Bear Dunes (Glen Arbor), Fishtown in Leland, local vineyards and wine tasting, and Woolsey Airport - grass runway with annual pancake fly-in / antique car show.


Rates & Availability

Northport Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
May 13 2018 - Jun 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 3 2018 - Sep 9 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rental during Summer season is Sunday 5pm to Sunday 11am. Sorry - No early check-ins or late checkouts. A signed Rental Agreement is required. Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior - 25% of rate. All others 75% of rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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