Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan Near Glen Arbor
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Surf Song on Sleeping Bear Bay - Just north of Glen Arbor, and nestled under towering pines and oaks with miles of soft sandy beach on its doorstep sits this peaceful waterfront haven. Set back from the water for privacy, and with a slight elevation, it offers dramatic views and memorable sunsets over Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Passage. As its name suggests, many a day has been spent relaxing on the deck or playing on the beach with the ever-present sound of the waves refreshing the spirit.
This comfortable cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, with a fully furnished kitchen, family rooms on each level with flat screen TVs and comfy seating. A maximum of 8 people are allowed to stay in the home at one time. With the rental of the cottage comes the use of a canoe and 3 bikes.
You enter the cottage on the upper level which houses the kitchen, dining room, and living room with split stone fireplace on the north side and master bedroom and bath on the south. The master bedroom with queen bed has French doors opening onto the deck.
The walk-out lower level has another large family room, with fold-out sofa bed, large flatscreen tv and a woodstove, along with two bedrooms – one with a queen bed and another with two twins. There is also a full bathroom and laundry area.
The large deck off of the upper level offers a variety of comfortable seating, an outdoor dining table and charcoal grill. From the deck you have fantastic views of the beach and the Manitou Passage beyond.
Heading down towards the beach, you pass the hammock strung up in the shade of the pines, and a fire pit area that’s tucked into the dune. From there it’s just a few sandy steps down the path to the beach and the clean, clear waters of Lake Michigan.
The cottage is just one of about a dozen on this quiet, private road, and is surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore land with miles of pristine beach and scenic hiking trails.
Surf Song has been owned by our family for the past 35 years, and is being made available to select guests in 2013. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to reserve a week for your family this summer. And be sure to check out the link below for our complete Photo Tour!
- 2 story
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Convertible bed(s)
- Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleeper Sofas (2)
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided:
- Towels Provided:
- Wood Stove
- Hair Dryer
- Wood Fireplace
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Canoe, life jackets, and paddles, 3 bikes and bike rack.
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Beach View
- Basketball Court
- Water Tubing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Freshwater Fishing
ReviewsWrite a review
Perfect Summer Getaway
Perfect Summer Getaway
We couldn't have dreamed up a better vacation setting. The photos accurately show the privacy and beach access. The house is situated on the water's edge, looking out at the Manitou Islands. Our kids loved waking up in the morning to the sound of the water, eating breakfast on the deck and watching the swans swim by, then heading down the path to the water for hours of play. The property was clean and well-maintained if just a bit dated, but we thought it gave the place a bit of character. The hammock was an endless delight, as were the kayak, bikes, and fire pit for roasting marshmallows. The house is just the right size for a family of five plus guests. Secluded but close enough to town to tap into all that Glen Arbor has to offer, and a good launching point to explore the region. The perfect place for making great summer memories.
- Guest KateChicago
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 05/15/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for sharing the highlights of your stay at Surf Song. It means so much to us to know that families such as yours cherish this beautiful location and special home - as we do! Glad you enjoyed the canoe (we don't have a kayak, but perhaps you brought one!) and even the hammock. We are delighted your family has chosen to come back again this summer and look forward to welcoming you! Glenn and Kim
During this stay the property was under previous ownership or management.
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7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jun 8
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly rentals only please!
Deposit: 50% of the rental amount. Balance plus 6% Michigan sales and use tax and $500 security deposit due 60 days prior to arrival date.
Personal checks and money orders accepted. No credit cards.
Additional Fees and Taxes:
Mich sales and use tax: 6%
Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to the arrival date will receive a full refund of the total fees paid less a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellations made 90 days or less prior to the arrival date, and IF the property is re-rented for the same time period, will receive a full refund of the total fees paid. If the property is not re-rented, no refund will be made.
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- Nearest Airport: Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan at 30 Miles
Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: Our mom (pictured here with her granddaughter and our dad) designed this cozy home and now 4 generations of family have treasured this beautiful spot! While each season has its unique beauty, we currently make it available for rental to select guests during the summer and fall.
Why the Owner Chose Glen Arbor:
The red pines and towering oaks make this wooded setting with spectacular lake views a prime beachfront property. Being on a private road, it is secluded and quiet. It has 100 feet of private Lake Michigan beach while surrounded by the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
While close to Glen Arbor, this generously furnished private home is away from the crowds and traffic. It is not your typical rental unit - it is a well-loved family home. The soft sandy beach and gentle slope into the lake make it ideal for family swimming. While some rental homes in the area are quite large, this one is very comfortable for about 6 people. Enjoy meals on the deck with the 'million dollar view' overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan!
Roadside view of house
One of the views from deck
Boardwalk to beach
Note how the water colors change with the sky and depth.
Main floor living room with fireplace
Large deck with comfortable seating, dining area and grill
Fire pit area near beach visible from deck
All 3 bedrooms have 2 corner windows. Note the open railings on the deck.
Gorgeous sunsets with varying hues
Wicker dresser in second bedroom
Ahh... the beach!
Lakeside view of house
Steps to beach
Corner of living room with queen sleeper sofa
Dining table and chairs for 4 on the deck.
Master bedroom with queen bed and walk-out on to deck
Main floor bathroom
Second bedroom with queen bed
3rd Bedroom with twin beds
Home base for fun!
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