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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

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

Located on 30 acres of woods with a creek flowing behind the cabin, this recently-built 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, WiFi, and DVD player.

Phil Lavender
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

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.


Honor Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • 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. We recommend you bring air mattresses or tents for very large groups (over 7-8 persons).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Recently Built Log Cabin Home Just Minutes From Sleeping Bear Dunes N. L.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Wonderfully secluded and quiet log cabin.

  • 5 of 5

Quaint dog friendly cabin with just the right amount of seclusion. Many acres of woods, great for walks and exploring. Comfortable interior with all the amenities needed for a great vacation. Thanks to Phil and Ginny.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is so peaceful and relaxing! We will definitely be going back some time in the future! We had 4 adults and 2 kids, the cabin was perfect size!! Great location for day trips to traverse city and the Sand dunes. We also went to Glen arbor and empire. The few things that we forgot from home were already supplied in the cabin! I cannot complain about a thing!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing stay at a beautiful get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I hoped for a relaxing and secluded vacation with lots of opportunities for activities and adventures. That is exactly what we found at this beautiful cabin! The photos do not do it or the surrounding grounds justice. It is a pristine cabin with all of the necessary amenities to aid in the shared meals and activities we had planned. Exploring the area around the house is an adventure itself. The few small trails on the property don't really lead to any particular destination, but they are nice little distractions for kids or friends while waiting to for food to be prepared or to have a nice morning stroll. I loved the combination of wooded area with open land that provided opportunities for adventure during the day and fantastic star gazing at night! The cabin is also very conveniently located to some of northern Michigan's most beautiful beaches and dunes. My friends and I also kayaked on the lower palette river while we were there which was breath-taking. There are several kayak rental that conveniently located that make a great adventurous addition to any trip. I could not have imagined a better location and vacation. :)

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sarah, You and your friends are always welcome to return to "Timber Trails". Thank you for the great review! Phil
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Great location, nice home

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Timber Trails. The location was perfect for us. Rode our mountain bikes on the back trails to the beach or small lakes every day. Spent time in Frankfort, Glen Arbor and T.C, all a short drive. Actually enjoyed not having air conditioning. Cool evenings made sleeping comfortable, the screened in porch was great. The house was well appointed with both furnishings and linens.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Hoffman Estates, IL

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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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.


Rates & Availability

Honor Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Jan 5 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $175

Nightly rates include taxes.
Weekly rate of $1610 includes ALL fees and taxes.

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