About the property
- Cottage2356 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum 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!!!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect, relaxing, peaceful retreat accomodating to multiple families at once
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!
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 !!!
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 ! ! !
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!
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.
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.
Nice place, great space for large families.
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
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.
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Also available for rental is a 16-foot pontoon for $125.00 day or $395.00 for the week. A paddle boat can be used for free. An extra $25 each for every renter over 14 persons