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Birch Cove on Spider Lake, Traverse City

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Generously Sized And Comfortable 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home

We made many upgrades for the 2017 season including new flooring, walls, and furniture. This lovely three-bedroom, two-bath home is situated on the shore of Spider Lake, which is excellent for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and other water sports. This large home sleeps six or more and has lake views from the living room, dining room, family room and two of the bedrooms. The home has a king bed, a queen bed, and a full bed, and is furnished with many conveniences including laundry, microwave, coffee maker, ice maker, gas fireplace, three TVs, DVD player, and clean linens. Outside you will find extensive decking, your own dock, rowboat, oars, life preservers, gas grill, outdoor furniture, and a firepit.

Susan VanKersen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Susan VanKersen

We didn't know each other then, but we (George and Susan) both came to up north to Spider Lake as kids during the summer, and we both moved permanently to Traverse City as young adults the first chance we got (a long time ago). We love this lake and are happy to call it home. We own and operate a restaurant/bar just down the road called Peegeo's which is in its 34th year.

Why Susan VanKersen chose Traverse City

We take pride in our property. It is well maintained, sparkling clean, and very comfortable. Whether you want to fish, ski, golf, hike, swim, gamble, ride a horse, shop, or just kick back on the deck with a glass of local wine and a good book, this property is situated in the right place. The property has over 100' of private frontage on Spider Lake and its own dock, along with a deck right at the water's edge.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One bath is across from the master (king) bedroom. It has a shower. The other is across from the queen and full bedrooms, and it has a shower/tub. Plenty of clean towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The three bedrooms sleep six; there is a king, a queen, and a full bed. There is an additional charge for more than six people.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
I update the calendar often, but please email me to confirm availability. We only rent by the week between Memorial and Labor Day.


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Birch Cove on Spider Lake, Traverse City
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews

Excellant location on Spider Lake - 15 min to Traverse. Very nice with lots of space for families.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay. We had a family of 3 couples and 2 dogs; there was plenty of space so that people weren't cramped. The kitchen had everything that you could need including 2 refrigerators for extra food/beverages. There was seating for 6 at the high top table in the kitchen and also in the dining room and on the deck. The 2 common rooms had plenty of furniture and a tv in each and were very attractive with great views of the lake. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (which were a little dated - however clean and functional). We loved being on the cove and used our kayaks to explore. There is a dock from which we were able to fish, and a fire pit that was stocked with wood. We loved the house and look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northville, MI

Birch Cove on Spider Lake - Very Nice Property Close to the Lake!

  • 4 of 5

We rented Birch Cove for only 2 nights (July 3rd and July 4th, 2014) and enjoyed our stay here on Spider Lake. We fished from the row boat and caught over a dozen Blue Gill and a few Bass in about 1.5 hours. This lake is real nice for canoe or boating.

We spent time in Traverse City to see the Fireworks on Fridday the 4th of July and the Air Show on Saturday.

We had a nice beach bonfire, and purchased wood just up the entry road within walking distance for the bonfire.

The house was very clean and the property was very neat. We really enjoyed the proximity of the house to Spider lake and the great view of the lake from the Master Bedroom.

Susan was very accommodating in that she agreed to let us stays for only 2 nights when the property was actually available for 3 nights. This was on a very busy 4th of July week and she had rented the property for the 1st half of the week and let us stay for 2 of the remaining 3 nights. Thank you Susan!

We plan to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Olive, MI USA

Awesome spot

  • 5 of 5

First time back to Spider Lake in over 12 years, previously stayed at a couple of resorts on the lake but decided this year to try a private rental. Could not have picked a better one, clean and spacious. The room setup is nice with the 2 smaller bedrooms sharing a bathroom with the main bedroom having a bathroom across the hall on the opposite side of the cottage. The cove it is located on is small enough the it is a no wake cove and therefore very quiet but located right next to the exit to the main part of the lake.

There are 2 awesome decks, one located up by the cottage the other down closer to the water. We did a lot of fishing and the deck down by the water was nice for keeping gear and tackle close to the boat.

The owners also allowed us to rent their pontoon boat for just 2 days since we did not want it for the whole week.

Can't wait to go back...wish we could have stayed longer!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have rented this cottage for the last three summers. We can't wait to do it again next summer! It is a very relaxing setting with a comfortable home away from home feel to it. The cottage is spacious and clean with the owners right next door to answer any questions or help in any way. We have had family and friends stay with us during our rental weeks and they all have enjoyed the comfort of the cottage, the pontoon rides, and sitting around the fire pit at night. We highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a great place to retreat to in the summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Detroit, MI

Fabulous rental on Spider Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved everything about our stay at Birch Cove. The house was spotless when we arrived. It had all the comforts of home, fully equipped kitchen, plenty of clean linens & towels...even spices in the kitchen! The view is fabulous, peaceful surroundings, everything we wanted in a summer rental. Please try Peegios, the local restaurant. Once we discovered how fantastic the food was, there was no real need to go into town! Hoping to make Birch cove our regular rental for years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toledo, Ohio

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We have been here twice, will be back again. We could not make it this year due to other plans :( it is very close to traverse city but far enough away to get out of the city life. You must rent the pontoon and stroll the lake, stop at one of the beaches and enjoy the day! The owners are super nice and very accommodating! Stop in at Pegio's for some wings or pizza. Best around hands down!! Golfing is all around, which is one reason we head there. Also the wineries!! So much to do

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary

The property is on Spider Lake, 10 miles southeast of Traverse City in the beautiful forest lakes area. Day trips may include the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Empire, Michigan; Old Mission peninsula and lighthouse; downtown Traverse City including the Clinch Park Marina and many parks; or one of our local orchards or wineries. Surrounding Traverse City are many quaint towns for shopping or sightseeing, including Leland, Suttons Bay, Elk Rapids, and Northport. If you enjoy gambling, Leelanau Sands Casino is a 45 minute drive, and Turtle Creek Casino is a 25 minute drive. There are numerous excellent golf courses in the area. Local maps and tourism information will be available upon your arrival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The rental rate is for 6 persons or less. Additional persons may be accepted at an additional cost of $100 per week per person.

Please inquire about off-season rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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