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Gary Ballou

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Lake Michigan Beachfront On Sleeping Bear Bay Glen Arbor

6 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Northern Michigan Townhome Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / Sleeps 6

Three bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story townhouse with private beach, beautiful views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands. Bedroom 1 has queen bed, Bedroom 2 has queen bed, Bedroom 3 has two twin beds. Spacious kitchen has stainless appliances; dining room has seating for 6-8; comfortably furnished family room with wood burning fireplace; cable TV and DVD; wireless high speed internet service; laundry with washer and dryer; ceiling fans throughout. Large hall storage closets located on both floors. Linens and towels provided. Lakeside decks on upper and lower floors have outdoor furniture. Picnic table, Weber gas grill, and outdoor shower also available. Beach fires permitted. Kayaks, paddle boards, beach chairs, and life jackets available. Small pets considered. The nearby village of Glen Arbor is just a short walk or bike ride away. There is easy access to the historic Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail for hiking, biking, or jogging. Local bike rentals are available.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gary Ballou (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

Lake Michigan Beachfront On Sleeping Bear Bay Glen Arbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
5

Family from Indianapolis

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay....the view of Sleeping Bear Bay was outstanding! The home was immaculate, very well equipped with comfortable furniture and beds. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The location was just a short distance from Glen Arbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Empire. We enjoyed several scenic day trips to Leland, North Port and Suttons Bay. My family loved the fire pit, kayaking, collecting rocks on the beach and biking the local trails. The lake water is clear and beautiful. The beach has many chairs, kayaks, paddleboards and lifejackets. Just the best location! We hope to return in the next couple of years!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holland, Michigan
5

Lake Michigan Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's second visit to this property. We think it's probably one of the best rental locations on Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Bay. The view of the bay and the Manitou Islands is just stunning. Both the beach and the townhouse are perfect, everything we wanted for a week long vacation.The owners keep the house shiny clean and comfortable, and for the beach there are kayaks with lifejackets, paddleboards, and plenty of lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. We tried something new this year, a day trip to South Manitou Island. We found a great hiking trail that took us to a secluded lake where we had a completely private picnic lunch and watched wildlife...including deer and bald eagles. A ferry returns in the afternoon and takes you back to the mainland. My family loved this trip. Glen Arbor has several good restaurants, but we generally prefer to grill out. The house includes a beautiful Weber Gas Grill, and the local market features excellent fish and meats although they are a little pricey. Probably our favorite hike in the National Park is the one to Pyramid Point, just north of town. It climbs to an elevation some 500 ft above the bay that is a truly breathtaking view, one I will remember all winter!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your return visit.
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Ann Arbor, MI, USA
5

Wonderful property and owners

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful two week vacation here with our young daughter. The house is very well appointed and clean. The owners live in the attached house. We saw them daily and are very friendly, but definitely give you your privacy. They are extremely attentive and helpful. We most enjoyed the beautiful, quiet, and relaxing Lake Michigan beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are fortunate to have such a beautiful beach, and we're so pleased to hear how much your family enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing your impressions.
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5

Wonderful place to stay, in a great area to visit!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a great place to stay. Gary and Carolyn were gracious hosts, making the entire process seamless - from initial inquiries and questions, to payment, directions to the property - all was timely, concise and spot on. As stated in previous reviews, the house is well-stocked with all the amenities (plus), and is very spacious, with plenty of room congregating for meals/games, as well as sneaking off for naps. The short boardwalk to the beach will spoil you, and having the benefit of beach chairs, kayaks, etc, was wonderful, which we definitely put to good use. Watched freighters (and got info on each via boatnerd.com, thanks Gary!), biked, did the Dunes and even found some Petoskey stones as we waded in the shallows. Ice cream cones at the Pine Cone were a daily occurrence, a quick drive to town and back in time to watch the sun set. We have rented in the Glen Arbor area before, and Gary/Carolyn have most certainly spoiled us with this rental home - we look forward to returning soon to "our place".

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting your family. This region has so many beautiful sights to share. It means a great deal to us to know you had a terrific experience visiting here. Please do come back whenever you can!
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Grayling Mi
5

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific house, very well furnished and comfortable. The beach is gorgeous too, perfect sand and clear refreshing water. And what an incredible view...Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands just a few miles away. We also saw freighters in the distance as they move silently through the Manitou Passage. It's such a relaxing beautiful location, a really great place to spend a week with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you had a nice stay. We try to make the house as comfortable as possible so that guests can really relax and completely enjoy the surroundings of the area. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.
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Holland, Michigan
5

Glen Arbor Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Woodsmere and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. If you are looking for the perfect Lake Michigan/Glen Arbor vacation destination, this could be it! My family and I had the opportunity to stay in this beautiful home for an entire week and were amazed at how many things there are to do around the area. The house is extremely well furnished, beautifully decorated with comfortable furniture. There are several decks with lots of outdoor furniture, and a new Weber gas grill we used frequently. Just off the front deck was a terrific play area where our young granddaughter could play in the sand. If you are just wanting peace and quiet, that’s here too. They also provided our beach chairs, kayaks, and paddleboards so that my husband and adult children could kayak daily along the Sleeping Bear Bay shoreline. The location is perfect, you can walk into the village of Glen Arbor or ride your bikes there. We did both. Lots of interesting shops, and a newly expanded supermarket that has everything you might want or need. We also found a couple of delightful lunches and an excellent dinner at various restaurants there, but most evenings we had a beach fires, told ghost stories, and roasted marshmallows or s’mores on the beach. The sunsets here are unbelievable: you have the bay , the dunes, and the islands all coming together in a truly unique place. The house is very open so it’s a great spot to gather for meals or after a long day on the beach. After dark it was fun just stargazing or searching the Milky Way. We found the owners most accommodating, couldn’t have been nicer. We now have a year’s worth of fun times and memories to enjoy until next year. I would highly recommend this property to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very thoughtful review!
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Glen Arbor
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Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,700
$15,500
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,900
 
 
Spring
May 7 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
$2,900
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in Sunday after 3pm
Check out Sunday by 10am

Small pets are considered but must have owner's advance approval. A $100 non-refundable cleaning fee would be due at the time of reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Northern Michigan Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located on first floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the second floor
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All of the bedrooms have ceiling fans. Beds have solid headboards with comfortable well supported mattresses. Queen bedrooms have large lighted closets and dressers. Twin bedroom does not have a closet, but it does have a clothes tree for hanging garments and there is a sizable closet in the upstairs hallway just outside the twin bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
This home has lots of windows and is well ventilated with an attic fan ventilation system. You'll enjoy terrific views and sunsets on Lake Michigan. Sleeping Bear Bay is a perfect location for swimming, boating, or sailing. The beach is beautiful and sandy. The lake is excellent for swimming with a gradual drop-off and sandy bottom. Kayaks and paddle boards are on the beach for easy access. There is also a fire ring so you can watch the sunset and enjoy a beach fire in the evening.

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