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Fall open $350/night log cabin on Private Beach East Bay near Acme Wifi dog OK

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Private Downstairs Bedroom, 3 Bed Loft upstairs,1 Bath, Sleeps 7

* Prime Vacation family setting

* 100 foot of private beach

* Queen sized bedroom downstairs

* Loft arrangement upstairs w/2 Queen beds, 1 Double,

* One downstairs bathroom with new ceramic shower

* Large deck with furniture and grill

* Complete Kitchen

* Dog Friendly

* 30 foot field stone fireplace w/firewood

* Woods setting

* Yuba Creek behind property

* Interior original massive logs

* Exterior cedar siding

* Far off Hwy 31, no street lights, no street noise

* 5 miles North to Elk Rapids

* 15 miles South to Traverse City

* 4 miles to Grand Traverse Resort, K-Mart, and grocery store

You finally found your perfect get-away cabin in the woods for your family. As you pull up to the cabin you can relax and breathe in the pine fresh Northern Michigan air as the breeze off the Bay makes the white caps dance on the sunny waves as they roll up the beach and retreat again. You can sit in the sand and listen and watch them all afternoon. Your dog will have endless woods for sniffing around in! Your kids will collect kindling for the fireplace or the beach fire pit, dig in the sand making castles, try to catch minnows, build fires, and find Petoskey stones. Your husband will push off the beach in the aluminum row boat and you can watch him perform like he is on a sculling team. If he is a fisherman, tell him to bring his gear and catch some bass or white fish or trout. Right out front at the drop off, there is a sunken shipwreck where divers and fishermen know the fish are gathering there too. If your kids have never rowed a boat, they will master the art while you watch them dip and pull themselves in circles of confusion at first while the waves keep returning them to the shore. There are life jackets of all sizes for everyone except the dog. Dogs love to swim in the Bay. The Sayler Park is a close walk from the beach where your children will find a Merry go round, swings, jungle gym, and picnic shelters as well as a public restroom. If you brought your bikes, that's the place to ride the curvy road round and round. Take a beach walk to the South and see where the Yuba Creek empties into the Bay. Go behind the cabin in the woods to see the Yuba Creek and find the fish hiding along the banks or pick some watercress. You can walk the beach either direction to see the summer cottages. If you want a deserted beach, go one mile North on US 31 and park at Maple Bay, a Nature Preserve, then walk the woods path down to the Bay and you will be on 2000 front feet of pure nature and desolate beach as it was for the cows on that dairy farm that never sold to development and is now preserved for it's natural beauty. From there you can walk North to Petobego Pond where the kite surfers gather to catch the wind and look like butterflies in the sky dipping and diving and soaring and chasing each other. That point marks a sand bar where boaters gather on weekends from Elk Rapids and the Peninsula to park on the sandbar and let their kids jump off and play in the knee deep waters. You can walk out on it too, go to the edge where the light sand color changes to deepest blue to mark the drop off line. After a day in the sun, you may enjoy a beach fire where you can lie back and watch stars more brilliant than you have ever seen them, count the shooting stars, make a wish. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. Have you ever slept on a beach? Bring your sleeping bag, I have plenty of firewood, and the sound of the waves will be real all night! Watch a pink orange dawn explode over the pine trees, take a chilling morning dip, then head inside to the hot shower. This is nothing like a normal motel vacation! Go check out Traverse City and the shops, the downtown is vibrant. Check the boats in the marina's, especially the Elk Rapids Marina 5 miles to the North, read their names, pick your favorite. Check out the charter fishing service there, go way out and catch a salmon to grill on the deck. Take the family to the famous Sleeping Bear Dune National Lake Shore 45 minute drive away. Climb the dunes, walk along Lake Michigan, see the Maritime Museum and visit Cherry Republic for all the free taste sampling you can eat in Glen Arbor. 2 miles from the cabin is the Rennie Orchard where you can take the kids to pick cherries right from the trees with their bucket strapped to their chest on a harness----perfect Kodak moment for that Christmas Card. Or take them into the sunflower fields while they are full and heavy headed to frame a picture with the family, what a back drop! The Cherry Festival follows the 4th of July and there are endless family fun events to enjoy, especially the parades and the Blue Angels roaring up the skis. Visit the many wineries out on the Old Mission Peninsula directly across from the cabin or go tasting at some of the many new breweries popping up all over. You may want to take in some concert or event at the National Music Camp called Interlocken where gifted students from all over the world live at the summer camp perfecting their art. It is 45 minutes away from the cabin. There are many hiking and biking trails around the area. Whatever you enjoy doing, you will find it around the Traverse City area. Vacationers keep coming back for favorite or new adventures. Then they get to the cabin with a list of things to see and places to go, like Mackinaw Island, Casinos, or a water park, but always end up sitting on the deck or the beach and realizing they don't want to be anywhere else doing anything but enjoying the best place they ever found to experience total relaxation!

More Details

Deborah Smith
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017

About Deborah Smith

It was my parents who purchased the cabin when I was 10 years old! In the 1960's my mom

Deborah Smith purchased this cottage in 1956

Why Deborah Smith chose Northern Michigan

My sister and I inherited this property. My dad bought it in 1956 well before major freeways to the North. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting and fishing. The cabin was used as a lodge for his fellow workers at the Conservation Department, as it was called then, now the DNR. We summered there with no TV or telephone, back when the cement shower stall was against the stone fireplace and the water trickled down between the boulders and I loved to watch that!


Williamsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is one downstairs bathroom with a toilet, one sink, and a new ceramic large modern shower. The bathroom is located between the kitchen and the Master Bedroom and has 2 doors, one to enter each room. The sink is a pedestal old fashioned restoration one with the ceramic knobs. There is a frosted glass window that opens for ventilation and 2 heat lamps in the ceiling. The toilet is plumbed with some warm water to avoid the stool from 'sweating' in humid weather. The floor is wood with area rugs. There is a chest of towels available. There is a floor plug and one by the mirror over the sink that is a safety plug for shaving or hair drying. There is a mirror over the sink and one on the opposite wall covering a medicine cabinet. The walls are wainscoting with wall paper above.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • One Maser Bedroom downstairs next to the only bathroom with a Queen Bed, corner room with 2 windows, and black out shades! The upstairs is an open loft with 2 stairs, one at each end. It has 2 Queen Beds at one end and a Double Bed at one end. A massive stone fireplace separates the 2 areas but with no separating walls so not private from noise of a snorer!
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
* Beach campfire pit * 12 foot aluminum fishing boat * 2 paddle boards, old style Styrafoam * 30 foot fireplace * firewood * video library * cable TV * wireless internet * disposal * microwave * trash service * linens provided, dryer * gas grill * deck furniture * 4 miles to K-Mart and grocery store * spectacular sunsets * see the shoreline from the house * hear the waves as you sleep


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Fall open $350/night log cabin on Private Beach East Bay near Acme Wifi dog OK
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful relaxing vacation! Beautiful lake views!!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed relaxing, kayaking and making s'mores by the lake!! Truly a gem!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you are back in the USA after 6 years and will be a permanent summer renter again! Yes the area has grown with many changes and next year a Costco too. The cabin remains much the same so it's still a relaxing hide-away, truly a gem as you said! We are all glad the surrounding woods have been put into Land Preserve status so our private spot stays secure from the busy world.
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This cabin feels like being transported back into time--living with pure nature to fulfill your days

  • 5 of 5

I was here with my daughter and 3 teen girls who never turned on the TV so "the news" didn't exist but the huge Bay was the visual focus---watching boats launch from the park near by, being outside on the deck all the time, kayaking up and down the shoreline, taking the paddle boards out in dead calm to view the sunken logging scooner or what's left of it after 150 years. It's out in front of Sayler Park in Yuba-- called the "Ada" in shipwreck logs. We grazed on healthy nibbles all day and watched the fireplace and read our books and napped a lot and hiked the woods right here, to see Yuba Creek, pick some watercress, let the dog run free. We didn't use the car or join any holiday crowds in restaurants but stayed secluded and peaceful in this time warp eating our Kale salad, all massaged in salt and olive oil so tender! This type of vacation you don't need a vacation to recuperate from! Hate to leave the woods back to real life.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at the cottage this summer! Great location, right on the bay with our own private beach, and the cottage itself was just a gem. We spent many evenings grilling out and playing games on the deck. The cottage was clean and well equipped with everything we needed to make it our home for the week. I especially appreciated the large and updated shower, which you don't often find in older cottages.

Debbie was great to work with and very easy to communicate with throughout the whole rental process, and her property manager Chris was so friendly and helpful when we arrived, as well. Just really nice people.

We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Palatine, Illinois

Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I don't think five stars even does justice for this adorable cabin on the East Bay. Very clean, very well maintained piece of paradise. Owner Debbie and her property manager Chris were wonderful and very accommodating. We loved it so much that we absolutely want to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lansing, MI

Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in this lovely cabin for a week in August. We loved the location, close to Traverse City and Elk Rapids. The waterfront was great, we loved the private beach and we ate almost every meal outside on the deck overlooking the East Bay. Accommodations were perfect for our family of six plus one dog! Everything we needed was provided and the property manager (Chris) was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, it is so rewarding to have the pleasure of providing a wonderful family vacation of memories to my renters! Thanks for sharing yours. Everyone wants to return and that's the best for me too. It's a private club of "Yuba-lovers"!
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Quiet getaway- perfect family retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location and the layout of this property. Steps away from a private beach, it was just the right fit for our family of four. The cabin is beautiful and well maintained. Our kids (4 and 8) loved the loft and had no problem navigating the spiral stairs leading up to the loft. Having the beach right out the back door made it very easy to keep an eye on the kids. The owner has provided thoughtful amenities for a weeklong stay, and is very responsive if you have questions. The property is just a short walk from a public park if you need to stretch your legs. We hope to make this trip an annual tradition.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a memorial vacation on my beach! Next summer I plan to "plant" some Petoskey Stones along the shoreline for your son, the rock hound, to "find"!! To think of all the years my kids collected them, buckets full, because of the fascinating history 350 million years ago when the Devonian seas covered Michigan and this one celled 6-sided animal skeleton was petrified into the sand, living in colonies of coral but died out. We saved them like rare diamonds, but for what?! Now I know, for that same thrill to live in your son! I can't wait till he comes back.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Traverse City Airport (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Hacienda on US 31 towards Elk Rapids
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lochenheath Golf Club, Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
US 31 to Traverse City and M 72 to Kalkaska
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lochenheath Golf Club, Hacienda, Gr. Tr. Resort
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Holiday Hills
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* National Cherry Festival.

* Interlochen Fine Arts Academy.

* Film Festival.

* Turtle Creek Casino.

* Winery Tours.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Beach combing.

* Biking/Hiking Tart Trail + others.

* Use my fishing boat.

* Visit Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Park.

* Art Fairs.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Golfing.

* Beach fires.

* Walk beaches, woods, trails.

* Water slides.

* Go to Mackinaw Island.

* championship golf courses all around us

* Traverse City film festival

* National Cherry Festival

* Winery tours

* Traverse City 15 miles South

* Elk Rapids 5 miles North

* National Sand Dunes 45 min. away

* Interlochen music camp 45 min. away

* Traverse City Beach Bums baseball games

* By The Bay horse shows July and August

* 100 miles to Mackinaw Island

* charter fishing

* boat launch near by at Sayler Park

* enjoy your children on the private beach

* grill on the deck

* sleep better than you ever have before


Rates & Availability

Williamsburg Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall rate for September
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Nightly Rate: $300

Weekly Rate: $2,400

Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

July and August $2,400 week Sat. to Sat.

May, June, Sept., Oct. $2000 week

1/3 of total cost is required as a deposit to secure booking on the calendar. Deposit is accepted by check or through bank routing. Remaining total due upon arrival. Contact me for arrangements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.