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North Lake Leelenau Retreat! Beautiful Lake Views And Frontage!

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 Bedroom 1 bath Sleeps 4

Whaleback Retreat is a romantic getaway for 2 couples or maybe just for you! -on North Lake Leelanau just south of Leland village. This spacious apartment 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 who enjoy 'couples vacations' themselves! (No sharing of outdoor space with other guests!!!)

The master bedroom is a getaway in itself with it's comfy king-sized bed, peaceful woodsy views and roomy walk-in shower. The 2nd bedroom has a queen size bed. Beautiful views of the lake are enjoyed from the open living/full kitchen area. And, we apologize, but lake gazing is required when savoring morning coffee on the balcony or grilling on the patio. Of course, it's then up to you if you head down the hillside stairs, across the street and jump in to the lake!

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 retreat is a year around getaway that will always make you feel at home.

Have friends or family you would like to be with, but want your private time too? Please contact us for details about Whaleback Retreat main house, listing VRBO #508805. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house that can be opened up to the apartment, or keep it locked for privacy. You can be as sociable & accessible as you care to! Both rentals have separate parking, entrances, private outdoor spaces, fire pits & docks.

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  • 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

Guestbook comments from the owner

The place is fantastic, we love it!! We had a great time and can not wait to come back! Doug on the wine tour was a lot of fun. Thanks for the suggestion.
May 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 8 reviews

Welcoming Retreat In Leland

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay at Whaleback retreat! It is a very clean, welcoming and comfortable upper level 2 bedroom apartment overlooking the lake with a sweet balcony to sit upon and enjoy the lake view. Behind the house is a trail to a stunning overlook of Lake Michigan. Also, one can walk the road into Leland for breakfast, shopping, happy hour, etc.

Whaleback Retreat is located within close driving distance to wonderful local farmer's markets in season, great wineries, and the beauty of "upnorth" Michigan. If you want a relaxing, fresh air vacation this is the place. Rebecca is lovely as a landlord/host and available to address any questions or concerns. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location on the Leelanau Peninsula

  • 5 of 5

Vacation rental was perfect for a visit to the Leelanau Peninsula. The unit was clean with a well equipped kitchen. Location was great for visiting many northern Michigan locations. Lake Leelanau is truly a wonderful place for a family location.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING view from the deck

  • 5 of 5

Great property that offers one of the best views of "up north". The condo is very spacious--the high ceilings are just wonderful. The floor plan allows for many place for folks to gather or go off to be on your own. The beds are excellent. The corner fireplace offers a great warmup to a chilly night. Being on the second floor you feel away from it all and tucked in the beautiful trees and have a birds eye view of the water.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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STL Cardinal baseball fans!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful surprise to find that our vacation rental was exactly has the photos and description promised. And better yet, Rebecca is a wonderful host and owner. She was extremely gracious, prompt, polite and very helpful. We are returning next summer, because not only is this home beautiful, clean, and up to's a fantastic location for visiting the Leelanau Peninsula. It was an easy decision to plan a return trip for 2015!

Thank you Rebecca!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our two adult chldren recently stayed here and had such a great vacation. It was spacious, clean, beautifully decorated, and we loved the private dock! We made a few early morning and late night visits to the dock just to enjoy it at different times of the day. The beds were very comfortable and having the laundry room was a real bonus. The extra beach towels provided by the owners was a thoughtful touch. We made good use of the grill and firepit area and actually cooked quite a few meals in the kitchen. Living room was comfortable and big enough for everyone to enjoy. There is only one bathroom but this really did not present a problem for us. This unit is reached by a fairly long set of steps so might be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues. We acually enjoyed being up on this level as it afforded us a view of the lake. A large parking area is also provided which was nice as my daughter arrived later in the week and we knew there would be plenty of room for her car. There is another rental unit in the other part of the house, but we had plenty of privacy and really never heard anyone. Since the entryways and parking areas are separate privacy is not an issue at all. This was our first visit to the area and we came primarily for Sleeping Bear Dunes, but really enjoyed Leland. It is a quiet, beautiful, little town with the charming, historic Fishtown and many great little shops along the main street. Leland was convenient as we even took the ferry to South Manitou Island one day. My husband and I also drove up the scenic Leelanau Peninsula and the Old Mission Penisula, visiting the lighthouses and wineries. Sutton's Bay is close by and is another cute little town to visit. We rented bikes in Glenn Arbor and had a great time on the bike trail riding down to the Dune Climb. Morning coffee on the deck looking at Lake Leelanau was perfect and a short distance away is a great spot for watching the sunsets on Lake Michigan-absolutely gorgeous! We would definitely return and feel it was a really nice vacation rental. My children were impressed and appreciated the space and amenities! It is truly a beautiful area. Kudos to the owners for such an inviting and comfortable place!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay at Whaleback Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Whaleback Retreat was amazing! Great location close to all the wonderful opportunities available in Leelanau County. The Rental was perfect, very well equipped, very comfortable, and felt just like home, Only a better view! Would love to stay here again and very thankful that the host was so Helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 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

Leland Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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
Jun 11 2016 - Jun 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 9 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 Tours
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 Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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