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Sally Akerley

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Cherry Pick the Ideal Getaway: Large Home near Traverse City/Elk Rapids/ELK LAKE

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Secluded Setting close to EVERYTHING! 3BR-3BA *Sleeps 8*

The Grand Traverse Region is one of the TOP PLACES TO VISIT! Originally known as the cherry capital of the world, it is now home to numerous vineyards and wineries, miles and miles of pristine shoreline, nationally recognized events--such as the National Cherry Festival, the Michael Moore Film Festival and the distinction of being the Most Beautiful Place in America (our Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). This home, while boasting a serene and peaceful setting, is in the middle of all of this!

This property abuts the Whitewater Township Park, which has 150 acres of wooded trails, 2,000+ feet of shoreline along Elk Lake, and a public boat launch and swim area. Elk Lake is your entry point to the “Chain of Lakes”, a 55+mile watershed of 14 interconnected lakes and rivers, including the infamous Torch Lake Sandbar. Rent a boat for the week from one of the many local marinas.

Within a 5 minute drive, you’ll find the $90 Million Turtle Creek Casino with gaming and nightlife; world renowned golf at the Grand Traverse Resort; the quaint village of Elk Rapids-with its many eclectic shops and beautiful riverfront; and Pearl’s Restaurant, a local favorite for New Orleans cuisine—don’t forget to order the crawfish adorned Bloody Mary!


My concept is to provide you a home away from home. The idea is to pull up, drop your bags and begin your perfect vacation!

This home has a large open floor plan with vaulted cathedral ceilings and bamboo floors throughout. There are many multiple areas for gathering and relaxing.

The kitchen, open to the dining room, is fully equipped with everything you will need to entertain and enjoy a carefree vacation: dishes, utensils, cookware, glassware. The dining table can seat 6. The granite counter top bar area seats 4. The bay window is often full of fresh herbs.

Relax with a cocktail in the formal living room. Enjoy the view from the bank of bright windows. Unwind and read a book, or watch the large screen television with surround sound.

There is a recently remodeled full bath on the main floor--conveniently located. It has a large tiled shower that is very accessible (a low edge). Towels and linens are provided.

There is a computer nook for those desiring a private work space. DO keep work to a minimum! ;)

The main floor bedroom is large and airy and has a king size bed and private bath. The shower and stool are isolated from the double vanity sink sharing space while getting ready for an outing is a breeze. The room also has a very large walk in closet with iron & ironing board.

The 2nd bedroom, on the upper level, has a double bed and a trundle bed. The room could comfortably sleep 4.

The 3rd bedroom, on the upper level, has a double bed and overlooks the woods & lawn.

The 3rd bathroom, on the upper level, is located between the two bedrooms. It has a step in shower/tub, vanity and stool.

There are two decks outside. The front deck is great for sunning--it never has any shade. Bring your sun tan lotion! The side deck is large, located immediately off the kitchen French doors and is partially shaded by noon. It has an umbrella table and chairs as well as additional cushioned chairs. There is also a gas grill on the deck, the perfect place for a summer barbecue.

The property has ample space for parking. The driveway is large and asphalt paved. There is a basketball hoop for the kids and a fire pit area for roasting s'mores. Beach volleyball can be found at the township park.

Every effort will be made to ensure you have an amazing and memorable vacation. Reserve your space today!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sally Akerley (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

About Sally Akerley

I grew up in and around the Traverse City area. My parents made their exodus from the big city in the early 1970's...depositing their family in this quaint area known as northern lower Michigan. As a typical teenager, I planned my 'escape'...eager for the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. But over time, I came to appreciate the area--and ultimately couldn't bear to leave it : ) My career provides me the opportunity to speak with people of wealth rather regularly. There's nothing more satisfying than hearing these words from them: 'I've travelled the world and can live anywhere I choose. I choose northern Michigan. I choose HERE!'

Sally Akerley purchased this house in 2006

Why Sally Akerley chose Northern Michigan

My family purchased this property in 2006. We didn't move far, just across town...but my goal was to put the children into the Elk Rapids school district. The property suited us beautifully! It was isolated enough to be quiet, yet close enough to enjoy all the area amenities. The beach is just down the road. All summer long, we were in constant pursuit of the water--whether it was biking down, loading up the boat for a jaunt out to the Torch Lake sandbar, or a quiet moonlight stroll down for an evening swim.

Now the children are grown. And while it might be tempting to sell this property and move on....I cannot. Instead, I am inviting you to share in it.


What makes this house unique

This property spoke to me the minute I saw it for sale online. Before I even stepped foot onto the property, I knew it would be ours. And it was!

Located immediately between Traverse City and Elk Rapids--it is the perfect location. It is a very private, wooded setting. You cannot see the water, but you can hear it while you're sunning on the deck. The public boat launch/beach area/campground are at the end of the road (0.15 mile). Immediately upon purchasing the home, we bought our first boat. We were in it almost constantly, maneuvering the Chain of Lakes that was mere footsteps from our back door. Here is our detail of the 'chain'...Elk Lake greets you at the end of the road. Through that is Lake Skegemog, to Torch River, to Torch Lake (fabled for its crystal clear turquoise waters and sandbar), to Clam River, to Clam Lake, to Grass River to Lake Bellaire. There are several towns and hamlets along the route. Eagles nest along the riverbanks. It is exceptionally beautiful. Some nights, we wouldn't go 'out' to dinner...we would BOAT to dinner!

Some nights, we would walk down the road to the beach, cocktails in hand, eager to meet friends-old and new-that were gathered at the pavilion or enjoying a fire overlooking the lake.

The proximity to Traverse City and Elk Rapids were especially appealing to me. It was a foot in both doors, so to speak. We had our quaint little village where everyone knew one another...and the larger city with its many amenities. Over the years, it's been a joy to discover we're always a tourist in our own town. There is always someplace new to visit, eat, hear, explore!

Come--See for yourself!!


based on 17 traveler reviews

Cherry Pick the Ideal Getaway: Large Home near Traverse City/Elk Rapids/ELK LAKE
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews

Everything worked as expected!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was great! Everything mentioned in the listing came true once we arrived at the house. We never had to contact the owners because everything worked as explained. If you are looking for a house that is secluded but close to Traverse City this might be the one for you. Thanks Sally for a great experience for me and my family!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a few days during the fall color season. The house was everything the listing described. There were enough beds for all six (yes, 6) of the kids with a couple of them sharing double beds. The kitchen and setting were both awesome. We enjoyed hiking the trails at the county park just a few minutes walk away and the family really enjoyed a bonfire at the on site fire ring.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Remote Home

  • 4 of 5

The home was extremely clean and well kept; rooms were a great size and laundry in the basement was very convenient.

Sally was a wonderful hostess, available 24/7 to quickly address any questions or concerns we had. We arrived at an unfortunate time - immediately after a terrible storm wiped through causing severe power and water outages. Sally was responsive, attentive and empathetic to our situation, helping us find a place for us and our 3 kids to stay quickly with power/water.

For as little as we did stay, we enjoyed grilling and playing cards on the deck, while our kids hiked in the trees behind the home.

Overall however, because the location is so remote - daily activities to attractions or beach, or quick runs to the grocery store, were not as convenient as we thought it would be.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your family trip was TRULY a whirlwind! :D The "Storm of Aug 2" was deemed a state of emergency and the photos were both terrifying and breathtaking:,+2015&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=923&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAkQ_AUoBGoVChMImOSY5oizyAIVy8yACh0fOAGw&dpr=1 . We were so lucky to find you alternative shelter. What an adventure! I am happy to hear you enjoyed the time you DID have at my home. Hopefully you enjoyed the beautiful scenery, lake views and multitudes of farm stands and attractions in your journeys about the area. The 6m drive into town is something we, here in the great "up north", simply take in stride ;) I'm sorry you found it to be inconvenient. Thank you for the nice review : ) Hopefully I'll have a chance to host your family again!
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  • 5 of 5

We had weekend events in the Williamsburg area, and this house and location were perfect for our needs. The house is very well appointed with lovely furniture, a modern and exceptionally clean kitchen, comfortable beds, good-sized rooms, and more. The setting was "off the beaten path," quiet and beautiful. The owner was responsive and very easy to communicate with. We will definitely look to rent this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks shortly after TC was hit with a terrible thunderstorm. We had a few hiccups along the way with intermittent power and storm damage -- obviously things no one can control -- and the owner was prompt, gracious and helpful in resolving the issues. The house itself is great - love the bamboo floors, modern kitchen and attractive decor. This is a unique location that won't suit everyone -- understand it is a good 15-20 minute drive to the nearest store -- but for many people including me, that's exactly what I'm looking for! The kitchen had everything we needed except a grill thermometer, and there was even some vinegar and olive oil in the cupboard. So great not to have to buy that sort of stuff when you know you won't use it up.

When in the area, be sure to visit the bakery in Elk Rapids. Awesome chocolate covered donuts and the best apple fritters on earth. The house has easy access (as in, you could walk) to the beach at Whitewater Township Park for a swim in Elk Lake (water's not warm, but it's beautiful). There are cherry, apple and peach orchards right near by, and you can drive into Traverse City for great restaurants, wineries, shopping and all manner of adventures.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Graduation weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was very nice. There was lots of room and comfortable furnishings. The kitchen was modern and clean. Our only concern was the backdoor boardwalk. It was uneven with boards sticking up. We got used to it and made sure everyone was careful when walking on it. Owner was very friendly and helpful. Also she worked with me for an extra day at a reduced price.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The damp spring really took a toll on the boardwalk. It has since been repaired, but I'm sorry your family had to struggle with it. I'm glad a good time was had nonetheless. The Traverse City/Elk Rapids area is really beautiful and I hope you're taking home with you a collection of really wonderful memories :D Thank you so much. I hope you have opportunity to stay at my property again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Bravo Zulu micro brew
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Pearl's...New Orleans Cuisine
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Mt Holiday
Nearest Beach
0.15 Miles
Elk Lake at Whitewater Township Park
Car: recommended

TRAVERSE CITY/ELK RAPIDS area...Nationally recognized mecca of the north!! World renowned for our natural beauty & vibrant culture: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore-NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA; the Caribbean of the north--Torch Lake (3rd most beautiful in the world); world class wineries on Old Mission & Leelanau Peninsulas; Top 10 golf courses (Arcadia Bluffs, The Bear); Casinos (Turtle Creek & Leelanau Sands); a burgeoning micro-brew region (Shorts & Right Brain Brewery); Arts festivals (Michael Moore's: 1 week Film Festival and 1 week Comedy Festival); the National Cherry Festival (2014-Return of the Blue Angels); Gourmet cuisine (Trattoria Stella, Aerie, Patisserie Amie, The Boathouse, ETC!), museums (the Music House, Dennos); sailing (Tall Ship Manitou, the Nauticat); scuba diving (world class Great Lakes shipwrecks); beaches abound with turquoise colored fresh water; vibrant & eclectic communities--Fishtown near Empire, Traverse City downtown district, Elk Rapids village--to name just a few. Check out the historic Grand Traverse Commons...former 'insane asylum' converted to chic retail and fine restaurants. Don't forget to take a tour of the underground tunnels! Plan on attending the Horse Shows by the Bay, a month long equestrian event with prizes nearing $1Million. Daily tickets are just $10! There are miles and miles of biking and hiking trails; tennis; jet skiing; para-sailing; camping; fishing; kayaking; canoeing; boating; etc.

Our four seasons offer a multitude of activities. Come in the spring to witness the 'Blessing of the Cherry Blossoms'...and watch the countryside orchards explode in fluffy tufts of pink & white. Prowl the woods for the elusive (yet delicious!) morel mushrooms. Wintertime brings a peace and tranquility to the landscape. Take a romantic moonlit snow shoe excursion or cross country ski trek. Head to the area hillsides for snow skiing or snowmobiling. And don't forget...autumn in Northern Michigan cannot be beat. Plan on a color tour--whether it be hot air ballooning...or taking a country drive through the 'Tunnel of Trees'. The beauty of our four seasons is striking!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Jun 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 13 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

50% of Total due when making reservation...Remainder due 30 days prior to arrival.
If booking within 30 days of arrival date, 100% due upon reservation.
Cancellation Policy:
No Refund for cancellations within 30 days of arrival date.
All other cancellations subject to a $250 re-booking fee.
Guests interested in purchasing Property Damage Protection ($5,000 coverage for $89)--Call 888-501-3025

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Upper Bath
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bath with outer room double vanity
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Main Floor Bath. Large tile shower w/easy access.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with private bath suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1-Dbl bed & 1-Trundle bed (ROOM SLEEPS 4)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A queen sized blow up mattress is available. Guests may wish to purchase for their own protection Property Damage Protection, serviced by CSA. This is an insurance plan to benefit renters/travellers by offering up to $5,000 in damage protection for $89. Visit or call 888.501.3025 for more information.

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