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North Lake Leelenau Retreat! Beautiful Lake Views And Frontage

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Sleeps 10 With Lake Frontage And Private Docks

Whaleback Retreat is a great place for a family getaway or a group of friends looking to enjoy a wine tour and all the beauty Leland and Norther Michigan has to offer! We are located on North Lake Leelanau just south of Leland Village. This spacious house overlooking the lake from Whaleback Hill has 200 feet of lakeshore across the street!

Everything you need for a perfect opportunity to be together has been given careful thought by the owners. The master bedroom in the upstairs is a getaway in itself with its comfy king-sized bed, peaceful woodsy views and roomy bath with walk-in shower. The other four bedrooms are beautifully decorated and each have a queen-sized bed. Three of the bedrooms have balconies with seating and lake views. The house has a full kitchen on both levels that allow for lots of room to cook or allows for guests to enjoy some quiet time separately. Views of the lake are enjoyed from the open living/full kitchen/dining area in both the upstairs and downstairs areas that can be closed off for privacy if needed. Lake gazing is required when savoring morning coffee on any of the balconies or decks and while grilling on the patio. Of course, it's then up to you if you head down the hillside stairs, across the street & jump right in!

Whether you are up to relaxing, wine tasting on Michigan’s largest wine trail, hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobiling on many of the great trails, boating Lake Leelanau or Lake Michigan, ice fishing, sporting, staring at the water or blazing a mountain bike trail in the summer, Whaleback Retreat has it all!

This year around getaway will always make you feel at home.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rebecca (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Rebecca

We fell in love with the Leland area and knew that we wanted to share our interest in the area with others. We enjoy kayaking, hiking, skiing, fishing and relaxing by the fire.

Rebecca purchased this house in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the house and can not wait to come back! It was an amazing weekend and we could not have been happier with the house. We are all wishing we could stay another night!

Thank You!
Feb 2015
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based on 7 traveler reviews

North Lake Leelenau Retreat! Beautiful Lake Views And Frontage
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Another amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the Whaleback retreat for the second time. We loved the house so much the first time we stayed that as soon as we got home from our vacation, we knew we would be back. The house is so inviting and comfortable. It truly is a home away from home. Everything that we needed was furnished. Rebecca, the home owner, is always available and answered any questions we had within just a few minutes. The house is large and spacious which was perfect for our group. The location is perfect for those who want to stop by the various local wineries for wine tasting. We can't wait to return again!!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Whaleback Retreat Nov 6-9 2015 for the Toast the Season weekend. What an awesome home. The place is HUGE and can accommodate many guests. Owners are very friendly and easy to reach. We loved the real fireplace in the main living room. The place had all we needed to make breakfast in the morning and enjoy the wine we purchased at night while watching some college football! I would highly recommend this place. The views of the lake are amazing!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for wedding anniversary celebration with a group of friends

  • 5 of 5

The Whaleback Retreat was absolutely perfect and we found it just as described. It had ample room, all the needed amenities, was really clean, and was just all around relaxing and a beautiful place to hang out. We hope to be back again someday!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Novi, Michigan

Perfect 50th Anniverary Celebration with Family

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Whaleback Retreat was a lot of fun and went by way too fast. The house was beautiful and spacious enough for our whole family of 11. It was so nice to relax on the deck overlooking Lake Leelanau. It was hard for us to say good-by. There are so many things to do and see in the area that we were busy every day… for example we visited lighthouses in Empire, Northport, Old Mission Point Grand Traverse; Stocking Sleeping Bear Dunes scenic drive, many wineries to sample, anniversary dinner in Leland’s Fishtown at the Blue Bird or a Chubby Mary at the Cove, shopping in Glen Arbor. We also had a nice lunch in Omena at the Leelanau Cellars winery. Our granddaughter had a fun time gathering rocks along the Lake Michigan shore in Leland. She found several Petoskey stones and other interesting treasures. And she thoroughly enjoyed the smores made at the fire pit back at Whaleback. The best part of the week was celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary just hanging out at the Retreat house with our family. Thanks Rebecca for sharing your home with us. Couldn't have been better.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed spending your 50th anniversary at Whaleback Retreat! Thank you for being such wonderful guests.
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What an amazing house!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for Taste The Passion Weekend 2015. As we searched available properties in the area, this house was on top of everyone's list. We had five couples in the group and this house has more than enough room to accommodate this size of a group. Everything about renting this house was perfect. Rebecca, the property owner, was very quick to respond to any questions that we had. Prior to our arrival she sent us an email with additional instructions and information about the house. When we arrived at the house, we all knew that we made the right choice. The house has everything you need to cook meals, plenty of seating areas, nice linens, it's beautifully decorated and so spacious. You can tell that the owner of the property takes great care in maintaining and cleaning this home. We all felt like we had the room we needed yet the house is cozy and inviting. Anyone that is looking for a rental in the Lake Leelenau area, this is the house you would want. It is so close to area restaurants and shopping too. After our long days of wine tasting, it was nice to come home and relax here. We have rented many houses throughout the years and hands down this is one of our favorites. Because we enjoyed our stay so much, we are already working on our next visit and we look forward to seeing this wonderful property again.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati, Ohio

Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

10 of us (5 couples) stayed here over the weekend and had a fantastic experience. The pictures are not deceiving... it is absolutely beautiful. Also, as we rented the entire place we essentially had 2 places for the price of 1: a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment(complete with its own kitchen, living room w/ flat screen, deck etc..) attached to the larger 3 bedroom, 2 bath main house. Really everything we could want and more. The owner was also very accommodating and quickly responded to any inquiries I had. Really a great place and great experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We are located right up the road from historic Fishtown in Leland (make sure you eat at the Village Cheese Shanty). In the area you will find...Wineries, Art Galleries, Fishing, Beautiful Beaches, Bird Watching, Great Food, and Casinos. You will also be a short driving distance to many attractions through out the year like the Manitou Music Festival, Leland Food & Wine Festival, Leelanau Conservancy Natural Area, Day Trips to the Manitou Islands, Traverse City Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, Interlochen Performing Arts Academy Concert Series, Fall Color Tours, and Skiing.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Time Getaway
Mar 21 2016 - May 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Start of Summer
May 25 2016 - Jun 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer Time 2016
Jun 11 2016 - Jun 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Summer Fun
Jul 10 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 6 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall Wine Tour
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Time Change
Oct 3 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Holiday Escape
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Family Time
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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