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Phil Lavender

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

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

8 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
Call Owner
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 8 traveler reviews

Recently Built Log Cabin Home Just Minutes From Sleeping Bear Dunes N. L.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

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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  • 5 of 5

Perfect! I wanted to visit this area of the country and this made it perfect. Very clean! Amble accommodations! Beds comfortable, kitchen well stocked, linens great! All very clean and well maintained. Very private area! Love the fire pit. Owners always responsive and accommodating. Lots to do in the area and not far for all types of activities. I couldn't have asked for more! Would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review!
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a newly constructed cabin that is spacious, comfortable, and in a perfect location to experience all that northern Michigan has to offer, this is where you need to stay! Great for outdoor adventures, within a short drive to local wineries and Sleeping Bear Dunes, and a place where at the end of your stay you are already looking forward to coming back the following year.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Colin!
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Mini Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was fantastic. It had everything my friends and I wanted for a three day stay. It is located near an amazing ski slope and the cabin was very clean.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A very quiet place to visit in the center of many activities. Very close to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Chrystal Lake and a short drive to Traverse City. There is a creek in the back where the kids will love to play and get soakers (bring extra shoes :) ). We made two trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes and explored for hours. Beaulah has several nice restaurants to eat at. The house is new and well maintained and the owners are very accomadating.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Brian!
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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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