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Enjoy This Family Fun Cottage With Sandy Beach Frontage

Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Cottage2356 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 7 nights

4Bdm, 2Bath, Large Cottage, Sleeps 16

Located in Traverse City Michigan, this lovely 4 bedroom cottage sits 45 feet from the water on a private 1 acre lot with 90 ft. of sandy beach frontage on beautiful High Lake, a peaceful 50 acre lake with very low water traffic but much natural beauty including the wild life and water fowl. Even the bald eagles nest here. Located only 4 miles from the Cherry Capital Airport and just 7-9 miles from the beautiful East & West Grand Traverse Bays, High Lake is wonderful for any water/ice sport winter or summer.

This 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom beach cottage can easily accommodate 3 families sleeping up to 16, 8 in the upper level Bunk House which has 3 bunk beds and a futon and up to 8 on the main level. There is 1 queen bed in each of the 3 main level bedrooms and 2 couches in the living room that will sleep 2 extra persons. Sheet sets, pillows and comforters for the beds are provided for your use. There are 2 bathrooms each with a shower. Towels (hand and bath) and wash cloths are available for your use. The kitchen is fully equipped. There is a pool table and five televisions throughout the house. All soaps are provided for your use and there is a washer and dryer on the main level. There is a large 2 level deck that has built in benches, a fire pit table with chairs and other deck furniture for your comfort as well as a gas grill. Great swimming in the summer with a dock, swim raft and paddle boat for your use. A pontoon and kayaks can be rented. There is a fire pit with chairs and a picnic table on the beach. Firewood is available. In the winter you can Snowmobile, Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe or Ice Fish right from the Cottage, only ¼ mile to groomed trails, maps are available. A list of other activities and interesting places to visit while you are here and the addresses, phone #’s and maps for them will be available at the Cottage. There is a Restaurant/Pizza (with delivery), country store/gas station and Fire and Rescue just ½ mile away on the opposite side of the lake. Sorry, No Pets/No Smoking.

Please call Jim Spadafore (248 701-8937) for reservation and rate information to start planning your relaxing get-a-way!!!

Don’t forget these events!!!

The Red Wings Training Camp September 2018. Call 231-933-7465 for additional information.

The National Cherry Festival is held every July! In 2018 the festival starts June 30 and ends July 7th. The Blue Angels are scheduled to be here every other year during the Cherry Festival. Traverse City has boasted being titled as the 'Cherry Capital of the World and this Festival is known worldwide. 1 week of many wonderful activities for young and old, large carnival, parades, and fireworks on July 4th and on the last day of the festival. Another popular event is the Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 24-29, 2018..

Traverse City is also home to the Beach Bums, a Class A minor league baseball team which plays its home games mid-May to September at Wuerful Park in Traverse City. The Beach Bums won the Frontier League championship in 2015.

Traverse City and the Grand Traverse area are widely known for winter activities and great trails for cross country skiing(Vasa trl.) snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

We hope that once you have vacationed here at “The Family Fun Retreat”, we will see you again next year or even before!!!

Property Manager


Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 17, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        3 bunk bed
      • 1 queen bed, chest of drawers, fan and TV. in each of three bedrooms. 3 bunk beds, a futon and small drawers and TV in the 4th bedroom and two comfortable couch's in the living room.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Lakefront
            90 ft. of sandy beach frontage
          • Waterfront
            90 ft. of sandy beach frontage


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                        A/C in the Living Room and the Upper level Bunk Room
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Hot water heat
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully Eqipped
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area


                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    4 TV's throughout the cottage


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        Golf 3 miles away
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis Court 1.5 miles away


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair accessible


                                              • museums
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • cinemas
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • theme parks
                                              • water parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • horseshoes
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • shuffleboard
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • paragliding
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • snowmobiling
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • Other Activities: Attractions are almost too numerous to mention: Beaches: Beautiful East and West Grand Traverse Bays, Wineries, Breweries, Golf Courses, Antiquing, Casinos, Charter Fishing, Skiing: Down Hill, Cross Country, Water, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding, Sledding, Hot Air Ballooning, Sports/Ball Courts and Fields, Horseback Riding/Horse Shows, Dirt Bike Trails, Cinemas, Museums,Water Parks, Fitness Centers, Snorkeling/Diving, Cycling/Hiking, Paintball, Target Practice, Hunting, Sailing/Parasailing, Wind Surfing,Bowling, Arcades, Shopping, many Restaurants, Sight Seeing: Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinaw Island, Etc! A Guide for these activities and others will be available for you. ~ Many of these activities are just minutes from the Cottage!!!

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                47 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Perfect, relaxing, peaceful retreat accomodating to multiple families at once

                                                                neill w.

                                                                We thoroughly enjoyed our time on High Lake at Jim's home at the end of June/early July. The cottage provides great space and for our party, accomodated two separate families with children with 2 bedrooms on either side of the home, which created a nice separation and the ability to retreat to your part of the house. The inside has plenty of room and the outside where we spent most of our time was awesome with very large deck, sandy beach and dock. The lake is relaxing and very peaceful. We used the pontoon and it worked very well for our needs. Additionally, downtown Traverse City is just 7-8 miles away and an easy drive for back and forth as needed. I'd recommend this cottage to any single family or multiple families. We have a 2 year old and my in-laws had an 8 and 10 year olds. We all found it a great place to vacation. Not to mention, our landlord was extremely responsive and accomodating. Thanks Jim!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Neill and Carey thank you so much for the very nice review. I'm so happy that you had a great time at the Family Fun Retreat. My goal is to make sure everyone has a memorable vacation. Thanks for leaving the cottage in good shape. I really look forward to seeing you again at the Family Fun Retreat. Thanks so much, Jim

                                                                Highly Recommended !!!

                                                                Anne U.

                                                                Sitting on the dock was so relaxing, just watching the wildlife go by. Love the new deck chairs there.

                                                                The place is beautiful, big and clean. Great for a family or a mix of families with 3 double bedrooms and a dorm for the kids.

                                                                Location was perfect for my DRW Training Camp duties.

                                                                Jim, as always, is a great host! Looking forward to next September already!

                                                                GO WINGS ! ! !


                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Anne you put your stay at my cottage in such visual and describing words you must be a writer. Thanks for all the accolades but the biggest tribute to my cottage is that you’ve stayed there before. And I’m glad you’re coming back!! Go Wings!!!

                                                                Great place to stay!

                                                                Rebecca K.

                                                                We had a great early fall stay at The Family Fun Retreat. We were doing a family get together for a 45th anniversary. The house was the perfect size - we had 6 adults and 4 kids (ages 3 up to 13).

                                                                It was nice to have quiet hours, as there was a bachelor party going on next door during our stay, yet the nights were still quiet regardless.

                                                                Jim was super friendly by phone and email, we didn't have any trouble getting in and settled, and everything was as advertised. The only complaint came from the 9 year old who is a light sleeper, and he said the bunk beds were a little squeaky when the other kids rolled around. Otherwise, we were all very comfortable and had a great stay - even though we chose to vacation when it was a bit cold for water sport. We did other things out in Traverse City for entertainment. The house is conveniently located but it was nice to be staying outside of the city.

                                                                wonderful location

                                                                Lucretia B.

                                                                Rented this house for my large family during my daughters wedding in Traverse City.

                                                                It worked beautifully for us. nice outdoor living space, great views. Well stocked kitchen and very friendly, helpful owner.

                                                                thanks Jim!

                                                                Nice place, great space for large families.

                                                                Erica S.

                                                                We had a wonderful time at High Lake. Nice layout, it had everything that we needed. So close to Traverse City. The lake is peaceful and quite. Great place to relax.

                                                                The Perfect Cottage for Two Multi-generational Families

                                                                susan c.Arizona, Montana, Michigan

                                                                This was the second time we rented this cottage. It has something for everyone: a sandy beach, kayaks, a paddle boat, fire pits, a pool table, and plenty of room for everyone. The location is convenient to Traverse City restaurants, shops, orchards, and additional water-front activities. Nicely maintained, and topped off by an attentive owner. We enjoyed a great vacation.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It's always extra special when families return for a second stay at the Family Fun Retreat. That means they really enjoyed their first visit. Your family knows all about the great things to do in the Traverse City area. I hope you comeback for a third time!! Thanks again...Jim S.


                                                                Traverse City, MI, USA

                                                                Located in beautiful Traverse City Michigan where: AOL Travel News has named Traverse City as one of the top 10 beach towns in America. Bon Appetit has awarded Traverse City in one of the top 5 'foodie' towns. Livability has placed Traverse City as the #4 winter vacation spot in the United States. Cottage is two miles from where Detroit Red Wings hold their training camp.

                                                                47 Reviews

                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5

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