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Phil Lavender

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Recently Built Log Cabin Home Just Minutes From Sleeping Bear Dunes N. L.

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)

Located on 30 acres of woods with a creek flowing behind the cabin, this new log home has a campfire area for evening good times and s'mores, and close proximity to Lake Michigan, Crystal Mountain, the Platte and Betsie Rivers, the Platte Lakes and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The cabin has a lovely back porch, loft, living area, well-furnished bedrooms, laundry area, modern kitchen, televisions, and DVD player.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Phil Lavender (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Phil Lavender

Phil and Ginny Lavender are the property owners. We are both retired and would love to share our new vacation home with you. Our primary home is in Lake Orion, MI. although we both were born and raised in western Michigan.

Phil Lavender purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Phil Lavender chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

Phil's mother and grandparents grew up in the area and Benzie County has always been a second home. The family cabin, built in the late '30's is located just a few hundred yards away. Building our own log cabin has always been a goal for Phil and his sister who also built a cabin nearby.

What makes this cabin unique

Special attractions to our place are the birds and other wildlife, the closeness of Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Little Platte Lake and the Platte River. We especially enjoy our back porch overlooking a quiet stream and woods. We also enjoy evening campfires and back-yard barbecues.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Recently Built Log Cabin Home Just Minutes From Sleeping Bear Dunes N. L.
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean, comfortable and was very private. My wife and I stayed with our adult daughter and our two dogs. It was really a wonderful experience, and all of Sleeping Bear and local attractions were within reasonable driving distance. The only problem we had is that the washer leaked one time, and the fridge leaked the whole time. But, there was a note posted to the fridge that it would soon be replaced, so it sounds like it will be addressed soon. Overall, I would recommend this property and we would love to come back some day soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

Very nice private location. It was a great house which accommodated 6 adults and 2 children. There is a nice big land you can explore and we found a turtle near the creek. It is a few minutes drive to Empire public beach where we did a lot of swimming and it was free. Everything that we needed was provided in the house. We did bon fire every night. I really like the enclosed porched. It was a nice vacation and a relaxing experience.

Close to Lake Michigan and Platte River. The house is like new and each room nicely decorated. Everything was provided. The views of the lake were wonderful to wake up to. The owners were nice to do business with and we would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ken, Thanks for the nice review. However I'm curious as to the nice lake views you woke up to? Also, someone left a small make-up bag. To what address should I send it? Regards-Phil
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Lovely cabin nestled in wooded setting

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed out stay. The cabin was lovely! Very clean and maintained. Owners promptly answered any questions we had before our arrival. We were close to the Dunes and quaint little towns. We would definitely stay here again . Would have given 5 stars except there was no air conditioning but we were lucky and had perfect weather. We had a fantastic stay....

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home with easy access to M22

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful experience at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Phil was very accommodating, and we had everything we needed during our stay. There was a beautiful yard with a fire pit that our 4 boys loved. The charcoal grill was nice to have in addition to kitchen. Plenty of space for the kids to sleep and extra blankets/pillows available. All the instructions were clearly laid out, and the screened in porch was a great place to eat/play games/hang out. There were lots of fans for comfortable sleeping and plenty of movies and games available for us to use. We would definitely recommend this home to anyone and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Timber Trails - a great, secluded cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Phil and Ginny for a wonderful place to vacation! My wife and I stayed at this cabin following our wedding in TC in July 2015 - and we loved it! It was just the two of us (plus our Cocker Spaniel), but there is ample room for more family and friends. The two bedrooms (one upstairs and one down) provide enough separation and privacy for two couple to share the cabin - and there is space for kids (or more adults) with a queen-size futon bed upstairs and plenty of space for sleeping bags, air mattresses, etc. throughout the rest of the cabin (and on the screened in back porch). Cabin was furnished nicely with everything you need. Kitchen was well equipped for cooking and the charcoal grill was great too. The screened in back porch was the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and a cool evening breeze. Bathrooms were well equipped, fully functional and nicely decorated. All towels, linens, blankets, etc. provided were of nice quality. Saffron Road was relatively quiet - only a handful of cars passed by each day we were there. The pictures provided with this listing are an accurate portrayal of what you're getting, but honestly, they don't do the cabin enough justice. We biked the M22, walked to Little Platte Lake, and spent some time at the beach in nearby Empire (quick car ride). There is a nice fire pit on site, however, we did not use it. Phil and Ginny were very responsive to our questions, prior to booking, and delivered on everything as advertised. We will certainly consider staying here again on future trips and recommend Timber Trails to anyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was absolutely perfect for our girls getaway. It was the cleanest cabin I have ever seen. The cabin was well decorated and provided everything you could possibly need. The cabin is beautifully built and well furnished. It is conveniently located to all things Sleeping Bear, lakes, shopping, hiking and eating. I would highly recommend this property for anyone. The owners were wonderful and more than accommodating.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Diane, for the great review! We're glad you guys had a great stay at Timber Trails!
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The Cherry Hut
Crystal Lake Golf Club
riverside canoe trips honor mi
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Papa J's Pizzeria
Platte River Inn
Cold Creek Inn Restaurant & Motel
Pinecroft Golf Course
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Sleeping Bear Lounge
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Champion Hills
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Papa J's Diner
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Peterson Beach-Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Come visit our recently built log cabin and have a wonderful time visiting the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore area. We are just minutes from many of the local tourist areas you will want to visit such as Empire, Frankfort, Crystal Lake, Traverse City and, of course, the dunes and shorelines of Lake Michigan.

Saffron Road has public access to Little Platte Lake which is a scenic 800 acre lake with quiet, natural beauty. Wildlife includes loons, beaver, eagles, and excellent fishing. The lake is connected to Big Platte Lake via Deadstream and Platte River and continues to Lake Michigan. Canoeing, kayaking,tubing and fishing are the main attractions.

Our log cabin is located in a wooded area only a mile from the the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park and all of its natural attractions such as Pierce Stocking scenic drive, the world-famous Dune Climb, Glen Arbor and the Manitou Islands. The sandy beaches of Lake Michigan are just a few minutes away. You may swim, build sand castles, or walk along the shore and hunt for Petoskey stones!

Our log cabin is open year-round for summer vacations, fall color tours, fishing, winter skiing and snowmobiling and spring mushrooming.

The area has many quaint lakeside communities, wineries, shopping, arts, antiques, dining, golf, casinos, and sight-seeing, etc. Fine arts and museums are located at nearby Traverse City and Interlochen Arts Academy. Take a lighthouse tour at Point Betsie or take the family to the nearby Cherry Bowl Drive-in Movie!

We are located only minutes from Empire, Frankfort, Crystal Mountain(Skiing and golf), Interlochen and Traverse City. Other great golf opportunities are only minutes away as well as cross-country and snowmobile trails.


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Cleaning $150
Pet Fee $50

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Weekly rate of $1610 includes ALL fees and taxes.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ceramic tile floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower has ceramic tile throughout
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second Floor Bedroom
    Bedroom 3/ Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-size futon
  • Two cots with sleeping bags also available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a new facility. If you seek additional amenities not listed, contact owner.

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