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Greg and Carole Higgins

Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Cottages On Suttons Bay

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bed Beach Home, Plus 3 Additional Beach Side Cabins.

Cottage Name: Manitou

TIP: Call us, we have some open weeks for Summer 2016 that don't show available on the calendar.

TIP: Click the [Calendar] button to see available dates, its always up-to-date.

TIP: Select available dates from this calendar to get a quote or book online.

TIP: We don't provide combined quotes for multiple cottages, request each cottage individually.

NOTE: We will not take less than 7 night reservations in the summer, with turnover on Saturday.

NOTE: Contact the property manager, Cygnus Real Estate at 231.994.3225 for all questions or special requests..

The Cottages On Suttons Bay is a beach resort located 2 blocks from downtown Suttons Bay Village, on the shores of Lake Michigan. We have 4 cottages on a single property, perfect for large groups. See all our VRBO listing numbers below.

In 2013 we expanding! We converted and renovated our main house into a new vacation rental. Our main beach house sleeps up to 14 guests.

NEW for 2014!

Cedarwood cottage get a complete new makeover.

Air conditioning will be added to all the cottages!

Air conditioning will be improved on the second level of the main beach house.

New in 2016

The Cedarwood cottage get new siding and insulation, perfect for visits anytime during the year.

In addition to the main house (Manitou), we have 3 beach cabins (sleeps 14 combined);

• Bayview - 2 Bed/1 Bath - Sleeps 6 (See VRBO #502388)

• Cedarwood - 1 Bed/1 Bath - Sleeps 4 (See VRBO #229691)

• Cumberland - 1 Bed/ 1 Bath - Sleeps 4 (See VRBO #629384)

Each unit should be be booked individually, we can't give you a combined quote. When you reserve all together you can sleep up to 28 for your big events. You can book all four units directly through this website.

We can also provide concierge service (main house) or catering for big events. Please make arrangements in advance with the property manager.

We are centrally located on the Leelanau Peninsula between Traverse City and Leland. The Cottages On Suttons Bay is your place to stay in Suttons Bay on the water's edge.

We are the perfect waterfront resort in the middle of all the Leelanau Peninsula activities. There is always something to do all year round in the Village of Suttons Bay and surrounding area:

• Shop many unique stores

• Choose from one of many fine dining restaurants located in the village

• Hike the trails of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park

• Fish Suttons Bay or one of the many nearby lakes

• Visit any of fourteen Leelanau County wineries and vineyards

• Swim, Ski, Boat, Splash, Laugh, Have Fun!

• Try your luck at Leelanau Sands Casino (only 4 miles north!)

Other Leelanau County attractions to see nearby:

• Leland (Visit Historic Fishtown)

• The Mantiou Islands

• Grand Traverse Lighthouse

• Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and National Lakeshore Park

• Interlochan Center for the Arts

The Is Always Something to Do! (or Just Simply Relax!)

Suttons Bay is a vibrant year round village, come enjoy the fall with a full palette of the changing colors – also indulge in the great fishing (or hunting) in the fall or spring. Tour one of the many wineries in the area anytime of year. Hike, bike or cross country ski the Leelanau Trail that is just across the street. Or cool off in the crystal clear waters of Suttons Bay in the summer. There is always something to do or just simply relax and enjoy the scenery surrounding the Cottages On Suttons Bay.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Greg and Carole Higgins (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Greg and Carole Higgins

We purchased the property in 2013 and have substantially remodeled the house and all three cottages. In our first year we completely remodeled the large house, providing an open floor plan and completely new kitchen with granite countertops, new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. We added a beautiful new bath upstairs and remodeled every room. We modernized the cottages, added flat screens and lighting. This year we added air conditioning to all rental units, a new custom table in the house dining room, and many new amenities. We are very proud of our properties and will make every effort to make your stay the very best possible.

Greg and Carole Higgins purchased this house in 2013

Why Greg and Carole Higgins chose Northern Michigan

The Cottages On Suttons Bay have been a local institution since the 1940s and have welcomed generations of guests from all over the state and elsewhere. We have been a tradition for many families over the years so please book early.

What makes this house unique

We are right on the waterfront. The beach is sugar sand and the view is incomparable. The main house is modern, comfortable, beautiful and very unique. Also, we are an easy walk to the charming and fun Village of Suttons Bay. We have a number of restaurants to meet every budget and taste. An excellent grocery is a short walk. We are very close the Leelanau Trail which is vast bike trail system.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Cottages On Suttons Bay
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews

Outstanding in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful waterfront property. Perfectly outfitted, ideal for a crowd like ours of five old friends. Room to spread out, a dock for swimming, laundry facilities, fabulous towels, a fireplace for late nights, and TVs, too. The owner provided sparkling wine, coffee and loads of helpful information. It's across the street from a terrific grocery store, and adjacent to two bike paths. A five minute walk into town for movies and dinner, plus loads of shopping. So much to see within a half an hour of the cottage, from wineries to dunes. Absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottages by Sutton's Bay

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a crowd. Thought the noise would be a problem but it wasn't since the back of the house faces the bay. My grandsons could play in the years without fear of any traffic. Kitchen was well stocked with plenty of dishes and good knives. We cook!

Lots of towels too. I only request a shade in the room with one queen on the door to the little porch.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Huron, MI

Fourth of July holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our two combined families of 9 people (4 adults, 5 kids) had a wonderful time at this beautiful property and ideal setting. We had a boat with us, so the close beach access and dock worked out perfectly for us. We enjoyed being on a bike trail (the kids rode on it a lot) and near a sidewalk into downtown (2 blocks away) because we took advantage of that quite a bit with our whole crew. We could even walk across the street to a nearby new brewery. The 5-bedroom house accommodated all of us nicely, even allowing for guests to visit comfortably. We were glad to have WiFi access, a washer and dryer, and the outdoor grill. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lansing MI

Panoramic bay view, Beautifully updated

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lake house for two nights during the winter while skiing and snow-tubing in Traverse City with two adults and four children: two 11-year-olds and two almost-5-year-olds. Communication regarding arrangements prior to our arrival was excellent and we encountered no problems finding the cottage or entering despite the fact that we arrived after 10 pm on New Years Eve! We were pleasantly surprised to find a bottle of sparkling wine and a package of locally made cookies to enjoy upon our arrival --- a nice touch!

We loved the open-concept first floor that combines the great room, kitchen and dining area. The great room, with panoramic windows on three sides, provide a breathtaking view of the bay. The adjoining kitchen, which shares the bay view, was fully modernized with beautiful granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and modern cabinetry. It was stocked with everything needed to cook meals and eat comfortably in the dining area at the large farmhouse-style table. I felt like I was in a beautiful Pottery Barn or Arhaus inpired retreat. We enjoyed the many personal touches including the basket of 6 ultra soft lap blankets for snuggling under while watching the ball drop at midnight on the extra large flat screen TV, the Fiesta dinnerware that added color to our meals, and the games and books. We had plenty of space on the first floor for the small kids and adults while the pre-teens enjoyed TV and reading in the second floor loft room. Oh, and the house was spotless.

The location was perfect with the lake view, the park next door, the grocery store across the street, the trail behind the grocery store stretching from Suttons Bay to Traverse City, one block from restaurants and shops. We had forgotten that the next morning after our arrival was New Years Day, and we couldn't buy groceries that morning, but there were restaurants open in Suttons Bay, one block away, so we had great options there.

We highly recommend this house, the owners, and the management team. Everyone had a great time and wants to go back. The kids call it “our cottage." 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable in great location.

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed in the two bedroom cabin during our annual wine tour weekend. The owner even had a bottle of wine waiting for us. The managers were friendly and communicated well. The place was clean and comfortably furnished with comfortable beds and a fully equipped kitchen. It is centrally located to all the wineries and hiking trails in the area. Also within walking distance of Suttons Bay which is a cute town full of shops, art galleries and good restaurants. Try 9 bean row for dinner (even though it looks like a bakery from the outside) and Martha's for breakfast. Both were very good farm to table types using locally sourced ingredients. Or stay in and cook on the gas stove, gas barbecue or fire pit! It was chilly when we stayed so no lake activities for us, but we enjoyed being cozy inside looking out at the lake. I highly recommend the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central Michigan

Not a Good Value

  • 2 of 5


1. The location is very nice. Walking distance to downtown, grocery store and a drug store.

2. The view of the bay is wonderful.

3. There is a public park next door.


1. The owners charge a per pet fee which is substantial and should cover any additional cleaning that would be required for a 4 day stay. However, the owners elected to keep a third of my deposit to clean up dog hair.

2. On our first night we say a mouse in the kitchen. I contacted the owner I was told that they could set traps but my dogs would probably scare it away. When we left there were rodent droppings in the pantry.

3. The property states that there are 2 queen and 1 king bed in the home. We could only find 1 queen bed. There may be another piece of furniture that converts to a queen but we could not find it.

4. There appears to be an occupied "apartment" above the garage. This dwelling has access to the main house on the second floor. There is a lockable door from the house side but it would have been nice to have this disclosed since my impression was that we were renting the entire house.

5. The beach is shared by the main home and three cabins and is very small. We ended up walking to the public beach.

Overall, although the location is wonderful, I found this to be a poor value especially when a portion of my deposit was kept to cover what i feel I already paid for. I would not consider renting this property again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry Ted was disappointed in his visit. We prefer that visitors with dogs try to keep them off of the furniture and beds. After Ted's visit the cleaning staff spent far more than the anticipated time vacuuming and roller brushing the soft furniture in the house to remove the short spikey dog hair that was stuck in the fabrics, as well as having to change out most of the comforters and pillow shams in the main house. The cost was greater than the pet fee so the remaining costs were withheld form Ted's deposit per our contract with Ted
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Boone's Prime Time Pub
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Leelanau Club At Bahle Farms
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
50 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Miles
Boone's Prime Time Pub
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Private Waterfront
Car: recommended

Attractions in and around Suttons Bay

• Bike Tours

• Farmers Market

• Glen Arbor Art Association

• Grand Traverse Lighthouse

• Great Lakes Children’s Museum

• Inland Seas Education Association

• Leelanau County Boating

• Leelanau Enterprise

• Leelanau Historical Society

• Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association

• Leelanau Sands Casino

• Leelanau State Park

• Leelanau/TART Trail

• North Manitou Island

• Northport Community Arts Center

• Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

• Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

• South Manitou Island

• Summer Concerts And Art Festivals

• Suttons Bay Parks and Recreation

• Suttons Bay Village Marina

• Winery Tours


Rates & Availability

Suttons Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial 2016
May 22 2016 - May 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Pre Summer 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Jun 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Esrly Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 5 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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There is a $250 fee for pets, two dog maximum with written consent.

Non-smoking unit. All tobacco products and smoking of any kind is strictly prohibited.

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2431 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , On Main Floor Next To Master
    Master - 1 king
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 With Balcony - 2 bunk bed , Upper Floor
    Bedroom 3 With Balcony - 1 queen , Upper Floor
  • Bedroom 5 is pyramid bunk so it has a queen size bed on the bottom level and a twin bed on the top level..
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • 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
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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