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Melissa Smith

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

In-town Leland. Walk to Lake MI Beach and Town. Near wineries. Sleeps 10-12.

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Northern Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Walk to Everything in Leland from this 5BR, 3BA home with Front Porch and Deck

Looking for June weekends? Late August? My other properties are open in early June! The Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay (VRBO 491672) and the White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau (VRBO 610555) are open in early June and August 21-28.

The Bluestone Cottage is a lovely, well-appointed house, which sleeps 10-12, within walking distance to Lake Michigan beaches and to the picturesque town of Leland with great restaurants, cafes, galleries, shopping and Historic Fishtown!

The Bluestone Cottage is named for the unique stones, Leland blues, found only on our pristine Lake Michigan beaches. The in-town location provides easy access to Historic Fishtown, Lake Michigan beaches, boating on Lake Leelanau and restaurants in town. Just a short drive to many wineries, Traverse City and Glen Arbor and The Sleeping Bear Dunes.

This stylish cottage, with all fresh interiors, has plenty of room for 10-12 people, and would work well for multiple families as the huge upstairs Master suite with King bed, gas fireplace and pull-out sofa plus 2nd Bedroom with two Twins in an adjacent room. The main floor offers open space living, views of the private back yard and gardens, 3 bedrooms (2 Queens, 2 Twins) and 2 full baths. Guests love our well-designed interiors and luxury linens!

The Bluestone Cottage is a quick 3 minute walk to the secluded North Beach on Lake Michigan, and just 3 blocks from Fishtown and the heart of Leland. Guests love that they can walk everywhere from The Bluestone Cottage on quiet back streets.

The Bluestone Cottage is a great location in the Spring and Fall too. Leelanau County is lively with great restaurants, easy access to Traverse City, stunning Leelanau Conservancy hiking trails, the TART bike trail, superior golf courses, new tennis and basketball courts in nearby Suttons Bay and award-winning wine and microbrewery tours -- hard ciders too!

Recent reviews: 'Very nice accommodations for our group of eight. We loved the location. The kitchen was well-equipped. Everything gave a clean, well-maintained impression. I would highly recommend it to others.'

'The house is fantastic' Guest, July

'The house was perfect for us' From Chicago, February

Enjoy the cool Michigan evenings on the front porch with garden views, the private back deck with charcoal grill, and a screen porch off one of the Queen bedrooms.

Leland is the perfect place to enjoy your free time, whether you love to walk on endless Lake Michigan beaches, boat on Lake Leelanau, shop in the quaint town of Leland, go wine tasting or explore farther and see all of gorgeous Leelanau County.

'The white-sand beaches feel as sweeping and sublime as oceanfront' Martha Stewart Living July/August 2013

We are a Sunday to Sunday rental to easily accommodate wedding parties and their families and guests.

Visit our local wineries, cider houses and breweries! Check out our unique boutiques, walk on the beach, go for a hike, or kayak on Lake Leelanau. Visit our award-winning gourmet restaurants. I am happy to share my favorites!

Enjoy evenings sipping local wines on the front porch admiring the perennial garden or grilling on the private back deck. Take the kids for ice cream at The Harbor House or build a bonfire on Van's beach!

Cable, wi-fi, Laundry, central A/C, parking for 4 cars, charcoal grill, front porch, back deck and screened-in porch.

The Leelanau Peninsula has a wide variety of special events throughout the year. The Old Art Building Art Shows, the Suttons Bay Art and Wine events , Leland Heritage Festival with Wooden Boats and Antique Cars, the Harvest Stompede Wine Tasting Event and much more!

Plan now for Fall Wine Tasting Weekends, as Leland is gorgeous in September and October!

If this house is booked when you want to go on vacation, feel free to check out our nearby rental VRBO#491672. The Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay, on a quiet street in the Village, has lots of charm. Built as a schoolhouse for the Lutheran church, now it's a gracious home with 4 bedrooms (Sleeps 8-10), 2 bathrooms, large living and dining rooms and updated kitchen. Enjoy evenings on the outdoor patio with grill, or walk to town for an Italian ice or catch a movie at the Bay Theatre. All within a 3 minute walk!

Want to be on the water, or looking to bring your boat on vacation? Consider the luxurious White Birch Cottage on the Narrows of Lake Leelanau (VRBO 610555). Enjoy a super-comfortable and relaxing vacation in this well-designed waterfront home which sleeps 10-12. Relax on the porch overlooking the picturesque Narrows, lounge on the spacious dock enjoying the view, kayak through the adjacent Leelanau Conservancy property, or walk to town for tastings at Northern Latitudes and The Boathouse Vineyard.

I encourage you to call me as I respond to all inquiries and am always happy to answer any questions about the area and offer ideas for hiking trails, wine tours, and restaurants.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Melissa Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Melissa Smith

Our family of four lives in Grand Rapids and we escape to Leelanau County every chance we get! We love walking the beaches with our Golden Retriever, hiking and geocaching throughout the county, waterskiing and tubing on pristine Lake Leelanau, and exploring new restaurants and wineries!

Melissa Smith purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Melissa Smith chose Northern Michigan

The Bluestone Cottage gives us a chance to be just one block from the most hidden and desirable beach in Leelanau and just a short walk along the lakefront back streets to Leland, the most charming town up north and one of 'America's Best 8 Lake Towns.'

What makes this cottage unique

We love the generous size of all the 4 bedrooms, the classic front porch, private back deck and 3-season screen porch for early mornings and we love being in-town Leland.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time in Leland. Explored Leland, Suttons Bay and took a lot of different roads around. It truly is a beautiful place. Tried a couple of restaurants and had great food. Your house is really nice. We were very comfortable, all slept really good. Thank you for opening up your home to us.
Oct 2015
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based on 10 traveler reviews

In-town Leland. Walk to Lake MI Beach and Town. Near wineries. Sleeps 10-12.
average rating of 4.9 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful house, great location.

  • 5 of 5

My college roommates and I were attending a wedding in Leland and stayed at the Bluestone Cottage. Everything about it was wonderful! The beds are comfortable, the towels are cozy, and the setting is gorgeous. Melissa was wonderful to work with and everything went so smoothly. I would highly recommend staying at Bluestone Cottage!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grandville, MI

Loved the Bluestone Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the cottage for a long weekend. We had a great time as the cottage is so convenient to everything. Golfing, restaurants, shopping, beaches (1 within walking distance).

We loved Fishtown on the marina and the quaint little shops downtown. Had an excellent dinner at The Cove restaurant.

The house was very nice. Enjoyed wine and conversation on the huge front porch and the enclosed back porch. Large deck for entertaining. Loved the bed as it was extremely comfortable. The house was very nice and spacious. All the luxuries of home but in a wonderful setting.

I highly recommend the Bluestone Cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay Up North at Bluestone Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had two families for the week at Bluestone Cottage with a total of 12 people. There was plenty of space for both families and the house was very clean and bright. The beds were very comfortable particularly the king bed upstairs which is part of a two room suite with a kitchenette. The common areas are great for family get togethers and BBQ. Easy walk to town for coffee, pastries and a quick tour of Fishtown. The owner answered any questions we had and had fun suggestions on things to do in the area. I highly recommend the Bluestone for an easy and fun vacation Up North.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bluestone Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had two families staying at the Bluestone with a total of 8 people. We found the house to be very comfortable with plenty of room for all. The beds were all very comfortable, and we particularly enjoyed the screened porch off one of the bedrooms. The house was clean and well maintained. The owner, Melissa, responded promptly to any questions we had and checked in via e-mail during our stay with recommendations for restaurants and sights to see. We really appreciated that. Don't miss Sutton's Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes and beaches, and Knot a Bar restaurant in Omena (huge servings...delicious fries......try the carrot cake!)

My only suggestion to improve this rental would be updating the kitchenware. There were lots of dishes, but the pots and pans and cooking tools were worn. This is my suggestion for most any vacation rental we've stayed in. We rent a vacation house so we can come "home" at the end of a day of fun and share a family meal. It is a savings to have the option of cooking in rather than dining out for the entire stay. Decent cookware would be a real treat.

In all, it was a great week in a very nice rental home.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the house and all the pleasures of Leelanau County! Thanks for your suggestion on the kitchenware. I've filled the kitchen with fresh pots and pans, cookware, and utensils. Ready for your next visit!
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A Fantastic Gateway to Leland!

  • 5 of 5

The charming Bluestone Cottage was conveniently located and graciously accommodated a family of 6 and a family of 4 with ease. Although located on the main street into Leland, the house was quiet throughout the day. Kitchen was well stocked and easy to use. We also had our best night's sleep in a long time on the comfortable mattress in our bedroom! As first time visitors to this part of Michigan, we appreciated the safe, quiet walk into Leland and all that the neighboring areas had to offer. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, MI

Fall weekend 2014

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and had all the convviences of home. Location perfect for walking into Fishtown. Great house to rent for a large family.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Bluebird
Nearest Ferry
158 Miles
Muskegon, MI
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Interstate 131
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Riverside Inn
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
North Beach, L.Michigan and Nedows Bay, L.Leelanau

The Bluestone Cottage is in the heart of one of 'America's Best 8 Lake Towns' with EASY ACCESS to both Lake Michigan beaches and boating on Lake Leelanau. Nearby hiking at Whaleback or Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 'The Most Beautiful Place in America'. Taste wines & cherries, swim & bike, enjoy the good life in Leland, Michigan!


Rates & Availability

Leland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Fall/Winter
Sep 18 2016 - Apr 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2016
Apr 16 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter/Spring 2017
Oct 8 2017 - Apr 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1820 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The upstairs suite has a private bath and downstairs there are two additional bathrooms one with a tub/shower and one with a shower. All bathrooms are freshly painted.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Attached to Master Suite - 2 twin/ single
    Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This large loft-like bedroom has its own romantic fireplace
    Bedroom with en-suite bath - 1 queen , This bedroom has its own private bath
    Bedroom with Twins - 2 twin/ single , This bedroom is fitted with two twins
    Bedroom with screen porch - 1 queen , This bedroom has its own screen porch
  • The upstairs Master suite has a pull-out sofa, a cozy breakfast nook and an attached room with two twins. On the main floor you'll find a queen bedroom with en-suite bath, a queen bedroom which leads to a screen porch, and a bedroom with twin beds.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Stylish decor, fresh paint, and luxury linens will make your stay super-comfortable at The Bluestone Cottage

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