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Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' Contest...
And... The Winner is 'SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE' See the Telecast at:
LAKESHORE HEMLOCK & ASPEN COTTAGES are tucked in amid mature oaks & lofty white birches. Our crystal clear sand-bottom spring-fed Lake teems with a variety of wildlife and fish. Take Guided Nature Walks in the Park, see dappled twin fawns, swans, ducks & geese from our compound and docks... fish, swim and climb the Dunes. The Cottages are furnished with Picnic tables & BBQ's. Aspen has a large GE Profile Ice-Maker fridge and a new Whirlpool Gold gas range, new Oak flooring & dining chairs. Hemlock has a Whirlpool Gold large Ice-Maker fridge and gas range new Oak flooring & dining chairs. Both have complete kitchens, fireplaces and a lazy hammock. A new custom masonry fire pit for s'mores, marshmallows, campfire songs and stories. LINENS ARE NOT FURNISHED. ABSOLUTLY NO PETS.
FIVE DEEP AND SHALLOW WATER BOAT MOORINGS are for our Guests who bring their own boats. Also available for Guests are a 14 foot fishing rowboat, a new canoe and 4 Kayaks for guests... ALL FREE! We occasionally will take our Guests on a “Sunset Cruise” to that secret spot at the Glen Lake “Bermuda Triangle” where you can see the SUN RISE IN THE WEST and have multiple Sunset events!
Bring your own FLOTATION VESTS for WATER SAFETY.
BIRCH SHORES has two docks with sun decks and swim ladders, safe shallow water for tots to wade in... Beautiful Sunset and Lake views from the rustic swing, our new Glider bench and the storage Dock bench.
ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR YOUNGSTERS WHILE IN AND AROUND THE WATER.
NORTH STAR - Comfortable accommodations for eight Guests. Private master bedroom & bath with bidet. The Guest Wing has three bedrooms with a computer center and a separate bath. A beautiful custom hickory kitchen, sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge... Your Family and Friends will gather around the fireplace & bar areas for games and lively conversation.
Amenities include a Gold Whirlpool dishwasher, washer & dryer, a gourmet GE Profile convection-gas range, central Air Conditioning & gas heat, 2 spacious new decks... The Family Great Room has a fireplace, VCR, a DVD video movie library, games and a 42” High Definition TV.
A new upper and lower 700 sq. ft. Brazilian hardwood deck, complete with a deluxe Weber stainless gas grill, outdoor kitchen, a 16 foot-long sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge. Four large built-in comfortable benches and three picnic tables have seating for 22 or more Guests ready for 'al fresco' dining in the great outdoors... Fab Fun for Family Reunions. The lower deck features a circular granite cocktail table with a fire-glass fire pit - Perfect for an evening get together... Indirect soft LED lights under the benches and Dusk to Dawn step illumination. Just Chillin' out, star-gazing, listening to the night sounds of the forest and the splash of the waves on the beach... and a nice glass of Chardonnay.
NORTH STAR only: High speed Wi-Fi wireless Internet until October 31. Repeaters to the Cottages, reception is improved with new extenders there. We have new wi-fi extenders this year to improve Internet reception.
NORTH STAR is available Saturday, October 3, 2015 to Saturday, April 23, 2016... And sometimes from Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, June 19, 2016. Call Elaine for RATES and AVAILABILITY.
BIRD WATCHERS DELIGHT!! The 'Early Birds' in the Spring... Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Cardinals, tiny Hummingbirds and giant Pileated woodpeckers all abound in early & mid-May. Several Bald Eagles make their nests high in the trees.
'THE M-22 CHALLENGE' is A MINI - TRIATHLON in early June (5K run, 17 mile bike ride and 2 mile Kayak). The M-22 Challenge starts just 2 miles from Birch Shores at the Dunes. Five young Ladies from Ann Arbor were our Guests in Aspen, as well as a nice Family in Hemlock for this event. One Gal finished SECOND in the Women's Division. The girls said that they liked our Kayaks much more than the ones furnished for the race. Of course, they will be allowed to use our Kayaks next year if they wish. They are all coming back for more next June.
AUTUMN COLORS AND SCENIC ROUTES: BIKERS - enjoy the same Autumn colors and scenic routes taken by the 'Le Tour de Leelanau' where amateur & professional bicyclists go right by Birch Shores!! Discounts are available for Cycle Club members renting one or two cottages in the Spring and Fall (March 1 - June 12 and September 2 - November 21).
INTERLOCKEN CONCERTS ON ALL SUMMER - The Dunes Blue Grass Festival in nearby Empire (6 miles) - great fun & good music, lots of handicrafts & ethnic foods. Take a sunset cruise in a Tall Ship. Hike Alligator Hill to benches with a beautiful view of Sleeping Bear Bay. Watch the Bald Eagles soaring on high. Enjoy scenic drives and the views from Pyramid Point, the Empire Bluffs and Pierce Stocking Drive. Great Dunes sunsets from the swing with your Honey and a glass of Leelanau wine - TOUR some of the 18 wineries that dot the area.
HONEYMOON: Many Honeymooners have spend their first nights here. Repeat Guests have returned to the same cottages for more than 35 years. Have a relaxing Hammock nap in dappled sunlight under an emerald canopy of leaves. Summer beach novels on the docks while tots find treasures in the clear sandy shallows. View Blue jays, bald eagles, geese, loons, woodpeckers, swans, goldfinches, hummingbirds and more.
TWO DARLING FAWNS were born in the forest within 100 yards of Birch Shores on May 14th this past spring of 2013... See the pictures on the first page. Deer, raccoons, porcupines, swans, ducks and turkeys are found in the woods and waters of the Park and often in our yard. Guests ski, bike, nature walk, fish, swim and climb the massive Dune to view Lake Michigan. Take the Leland Ferry and visit the Chippewa's mysterious Manitou Islands, part of the Park.
GLEN LAKE is known as 'The Jewel of the Leelanau...' This is an apt description of the Lake with the Sapphire Blues, Sandy Shallows, Emerald Greens and Deep Water Cobalt seen from Inspiration Point high above the Lake. Once a part of Lake Michigan over 12,000 years ago, the last mile-thick glacier melted here and deposited the 500 ft sands of the mighty Dune, cutting off the waters from the Great Lake Gitchigumi and formed the Glen Lakes.
ASPEN & HEMLOCK have built-in Double Bunk Beds suitable for 4 adults or children, another bedroom with single Bunk Beds, and the Master Bedroom with a Serta Beauty Rest Double Bed. NORTH STAR has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths; the Master Bedroom has a Queen Bed and attached full bath. The Guest Wing has 3 bedrooms: a Double Bed, a pair of Twin Beds, and a Single Bunk Bed, each in their own bedroom....moreless
If you bring a pet, we will ask you to please kennel your pet at the Platte Lake Vets in Honor. In the past, pets have brought: 1) fleas to the cottages, 2) have had kennel cough 3) pooped on the lawn where tots have stepped in the mess, 4) barked continuously, 5) and started fights with our Labradors. 6) Subsequent Guests have had to leave because of severe allergy symptoms due to uninvited dog visitors. EXCEPTIONS - Dogs with an AKC Obedience Championship, or an AKC Field Championship, Seeing Eye Guide Dogs and Service Dogs are welcome. Please provide written proof of AKC Titles, a copy of your dog's Rabies Tag and current vaccinations with your Cottage Deposit. Our Labradors are trained to 'Do their Business' in the woods - not on the lawn - and are escorted on leash across Day Forest Road into the forest twice or more daily....moreless
Non-Smokers preferred; At North Star, there are several ashtrays suitable for smoking out on the deck area. Please do not litter with your cigarette butts, beer cans or bottle caps. PLEASE - NO SMOKING IN BED! AND NO SLEEPING IN THE ASH TRAYS!...moreless
Dependent on the lake level, we have a small sandy beach area with custom stone steps to the water by our swing. Public Beachs & Playgrounds are in nearby Dunes National Park, Empire and Glen Arbor....moreless
Fishing, swimming, water-skiing, wind surfing, kayaking & canoeing are popular activities in the artisian-fed lake. June water temperatures are in the 70's. The sandy shallow depth is great for tots....moreless
Many historical Monuments ~ Glen Haven Coast Guard Rescue Station ~ There are over 100 shipwrecks in Sleeping Bear Bay - a favorite shortcut by steamers hauling timber & goods to Chicago in the 1890's...moreless
'Pick your own' and fresh fruit~vegetable stands are on many rural roads in the County. The 'Honor System' works here... you put your money for your purchases into the coffee can and be on your way!...moreless
The popular.. & crowded resort town of Traverse City is 23 miles East. Movies, beach vollyball, WalMart, Cherry Festival, several large Malls, a modern Airport and much more are here for your family....moreless
The quaint Villages of Glen Arbor, Empire and Leeland were established in the 1850's. They have great food, music at night & shopping. The kids have beaches, playgrounds, tennis & basketball courts....moreless
Two docks with sun decks and swim ladders ~ Sunset Dune & Lake views, Brock White dock ~ 5 shallow & deep water boat moorings NO CHARGE ~ Fishing Boat, 14' Canoe, 3 Kayaks, NO CHARGE~ Wi-Fi NO CHARGE!...moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Summer Lake Fun 2015
Jun 20 - Sep 7, 2015
7 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly
JUNE in SEPTEMBER!!
Sep 8 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $136 Nightly
Winter Wonderland - NORTH STAR
Nov 21 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $250 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $167 Nightly
Spring Birding-ASPEN & HEMLOCK
Apr 1 - May 27, 2016
3 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $136 Nightly
M-22 CHALLENGE TRAINING WEEKS
May 28 - Jun 10, 2016
3 night min stay
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $143 Nightly
Sensational Summer 2016
Jun 11 - Sep 5, 2016
4 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $229 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $200 Nightly
Additional information about rental rates
There is a $50 Cleaning Fee for less than 5 days of stay.
The Cleaning Fee will be applied to the next Reservation or Refunded ON THE SPOT if the Cottage is left clean.
THIS IS A FAMILY ORIENTED RESORT - PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS - NO LOUD PARTIES OR EXCESSIVE NOISE AFTER 10 PM. OUR NEIGHBORS ARE GOOD FRIENDS & ARE NOT ON VACATION. BE AWARE OF WATER SAFETY AT ALL TIMES.
With Reservation Dates confirmed, One-Third of Rental Total is due 30 days prior to Reservation.
The remaining Balance with 6% Sales Tax is due on Guest arrival. Make out checks to: Birch Shores Resort
First time Guests - One-Third of total 30 days in advance of Rental Date plus $100 Damage Deposit. The Damage Deposit is refundable.
The Damage Deposit is waived for returning Guests.
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Thursday, July 16: 75°F, sunny skies - cool nites - Water temp 70°F. The Latest from the 'Most Beautiful Place in America'... SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE. See the Telecast at...
Elaine is now taking September and October Fall Color, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's reservations for Cyclists, Snowmobilers, Fall hunters, skiers, in NORTH STAR & HEMLOCK. We are full in NORTH STAR over the Christmas Holiday with repeat guests in 'The Most Beautiful Place in America'!
Refresh your spirit in the crisp, cool, quiet days of Autumn as the Maples, Oaks and Birches show their Grand Finale of riotous colors. Cycle enthusiasts - Ride the marked route of the annual 'Tour de Leelanau' professional cyclists follow by Birch Shores in September.
From one of my Hero’s…
“We had a great time at your place and really enjoyed the boat ride. Thanks for your hospitality.”
Rudy T, University of Michigan All-American.
Rudy Tomjanovich used an outstanding jump shot and a knack for grabbing rebounds to average 30 points and fifteen rebounds per game and earn All-America honors in 1970. An outstanding high school player in Hamtramck, Michigan, Tomjanovich's accomplishments in the first three years of play in Crisler Arena (1967-1970) made him one of Michigan's basketball immortals.
Over the course of three seasons, the 6-7 forward corralled 1,039 rebounds, still the highest total in Michigan history, and twice led the Big Ten in rebounding (1968-69 and 1969-70). He led the team in scoring in each of his three seasons, totaling 1,808 point, sixth on the all-time list. His 25.1 career scoring average ranks second only to Cazzie Russell. Tomjanovich still holds the Crisler Arena records for single game scoring and field goals (48 points and 21 field goals vs Indiana, 1/7/69) and single game rebounding record (27 in Michigan's first game in Crisler Arean vs Kentucky, 12/2/67). His best rebounding effort came against Loyola in 1969 when he grabbed 30 caroms - tops on the Michigan all-time list.
Tomjanovich was chosen by the San Diego (later Houston) Rockets with the second pick in the 1970 NBA draft. In a twelve year pro career, he compiled some impressive statistics: 13,383 points, 17.4 points per game average, .501 field goal percentage, 6,198 rebounds. His number 45 jersey was retired by the Rockets. In 1992 he was called upon to be a mid-season replacement as head coach of his former team. Two years later Rudy led the Rockets the NBA title and captured another one in 1996.
SCENIC DRIVES on Pierce Stocking Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.
GOLF: Over 27 nearby golf courses: 'The Dunes' is 5 miles away and 'Le Bear' is a Jack Nickolas Pro Course in Traverse City.
GLEN LAKE is about 4 miles in diameter and as deep as 165 feet in places, fed from artesian flows under the lake, filtered through the depths of sand laid down by the great ice sheath eons ago. The clarity and purity of the water and the colors shown by the layered depths sparkle on a sunny day and shine in the light of the full moon.
LITTLE GLEN LAKE is contiguous with the larger Big Glen Lake. It is much shallower at 15 feet deep, about 7 to 10 degrees warmer than Big Glen and about 3 miles long by 1 mile wide. Both lakes share the same sandy bottom, pure filtered Artesian springs, clear water and is the source of the Crystal River.
SKI: CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN SKIING is 30 minutes away. Take an easy Crystal River canoe trip of about 6 miles to Lake Michigan. Fishing varies by the season - Lake trout, Coho and Chinook salmon, large & smallmouth bass, perch, the sporty bluegills, sunfish and brown trout, with occasional Northern Pike.
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE is across Day Forest Road from the cottages. Miles of hiking trails and scenic lookouts can be accessed from trail heads on Day Forest Road near the cottages. Look for 6” X 6” Trail Head markers set in the ground.
THE DUNES NATIONAL PARK was established by an Act of Congress in 1970 to preserve a unique landscape of rolling Drumlins, hills of glacial moraine left by the mile-thick Ice Shee
Year Purchased: 1988
About: Elaine is our long-term Manager. She was born and raised in Leelanau County. Her Husband, Dennis, runs the excellent Taghon Auto Repair Service across from Empire Airport. She is a Special Ed Teacher, mother of 3 great kids, a 4-H sponsor, conscientious and hard-working. If she doesn't know the answer to your question, she will find it & get right back to you. We are fortunate to have her for the routine of taking care of Birch Shores, especially when Gail & I are not in residence. Scotty was a student at Lakeview High in Battle Creek when his family discovered Glen Lake. He is a USAF Academy graduate. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot flying F4D Phantoms in the USA, Europe & Vietnam... He then flew F-101 VooDoo's with the Kentucky Air National Guard for several years. He is retired from Delta Airlines. Scotty trains and competes in Hunt Tests and Field Trials with our 3 Field Champion Labradors. He loves all 3 of them ~ Senior dog Lark (Black), Middle dog Phanny (Yellow) & 3-year old VooDoo (Chocolate ~ Lark's 80 lb puppy). Over the past 30 years, our Labs have qualified for & competed in 17 National Field Trials. Scotty and Gail's kennel, GLEN LAKE LABRADORS ( www.Glen-Lake-Labradors.com/2011_litter ) has been honored as an American Kennel Club BREEDER of MERIT. Gail is a Colorado University graduate. Her gift for languages (French, Spanish & German) served us well during our Air Force European Tour of Duty. She has raised 2 great girls, Champion Orchids, and many wonderful Labrador Puppies. Gail has worked as an Archeological Survey Tech and as a Field Supervisor for a Soils Engineering firm. She has been on field trips to most of the Native American Archeological Sites in the Western and Southwestern USA. She loves our dogs, Mahjong, RummiCube and Crossword Puzzles. The Seward's celebrated their 50th Anniversary with family and friends at the Blue Bird in June. I am such a lucky guy to have Gail as my Soul Mate for Life!
Why Glen Lake:
We were looking for a summer lake vacation 'PLACE' in 1960, when our first view of Glen Lake was from Inspiration Point... The stunning emerald, cobalt, sky blue water colors just were spectacular - 'Why look for anywhere else - this is meant to be 'OUR PLACE!!' A 'BEAUTIFUL PLACE' ~ BIRCH SHORES is located within 'The most beautiful PLACE in America'. Great waterfront, awesome sunset and lake views, a safe shallow crystal-clear sand bottom lake, the prevailing North West on shore breezes keep the mosquito and bugs to a minimum. A 'FRIENDLY PLACE' ~ Leelanau County is populated by friendly, hard-working and well-informed citizens. A 'TRUSTING PLACE' ~ The County is dotted with numerous self-serve fruit and vegetable stands, where an unguarded coffee can is where the honest folk put their money for purchases... A 'PATRIOTIC PLACE' ~ THE FLAG flies everywhere in Leelanau County, and not just on the Fourth of July. The VFW, LIONS, ELKS and other patriotic Service Clubs are well represented here. A 'PROTECTED PLACE' ~ Much of the County acreage is agricultural land and is protected in Conservation Preserve Easements. Over 70,000 PARK acres are protected for all America and our future generations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A 'DESTINATION PLACE' ~ Leelanau Peninsula is the Destination... It is not 'On the Way' to anyplace else. Those that come here do so because they want to be here. Because it is Beautiful, Vibrant, full of Life, full of Nature's Living Things, Spectacular Vistas, Glowing Sunsets, and Closer to the Stars at night than any other place on Earth. With luck and some solar flare activity, shimmering Northern Lights can be observed at the Glen Haven Cannery parking area by Lake Michigan - no city lights to dim the display. A 'COLORFUL PLACE' ~ Spring wildflowers - Trilliums, native Orchids, Cherry Blossoms ~ Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Cardinals ~ Fall colors galore!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Over the years, our travels have taken Gail and I to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Tahiti, Bali, Java, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Hong Kong, Japan, the Florida Keys, California & Baja beaches, most of the countries in Europe and much of the good old USA. There is nowhere else on earth that we would rather be than Glen Lake, especially when our family, friends and guests come to visit us every summer... Now that 'The Cat is out of the Bag' with the contest by TV's GOOD MORNING AMERICA... We have always known that our Leelanau Peninsula was 'The most beautiful Place in America!!'
US Air Force Academy ~ Fightin' 4th Squadron & Mates - Reunion
Born in front of Birch Shores 5/14 ~ A 2 month old fawn comes to visit 7/29/2013
Aspen Kitchen ~ GE Profile Ice-Fridge, Bar Fridge, Micro, Coffee Maker, Toaster
Two Happy Board Gals
Top Deck and Outdoor Kitchen and Bar
North Star Lower Deck Lake View
'Outdoor Glen Lake' ~ Wind Surfing, Kite Surfing, Hang Gliders
"Hey Mom!! - Wait for Me!!!" ~ Baby Ducklings are Hitching a Ride
Aerial Photo ~ of Point Betsy Lighthouse by USAF Academy Classmate Phil Maywald
Golden Sky, Copper Lake, Glass of Wine... Doesn't get any better!
Mo's giant Catfish ~ Family Fishing Fun! ~ Mo is STRONG!!
Kari's 38' Glen Lake Trout caught on a 'Hoochi Mama'!!
New Born Fawns ~ Birth was 100 yards from North Star in the woods 5/14/2013
ASPEN Half-Timbered Family Room, Fireplace, Lake Views
Aspen family room - Brock docks, Sundecks, 3 Boat Moorings
September Sunset - Home Schooler's S'Mores by the Campfire
North Star ~ Granite Cocktail Table with Lazy Susan & Fire-Glass Fire Pit
It's a loong way down to Lake Michigan!! Sleeping Bear Dunes is 2 Miles near!!
'WOW ~ that's a REALLY BIG SALMON Uncle Jim!!!'
The Glen Lakes & Manitiou Islands ~ Birch Shores is on NE shore
Crystal-Clear Sandy Shallows ~ Aspen Cottage and the docks
Woody Woodpecker at the North Star suet feeder (Pileated Woodpecker)
Grandson, Dad & Field Champion Glen Lake F4D Phanny ~ Crystal Clear Water!
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