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Good Harbor Getaway

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Last updated: 12/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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This charming, two bedroom home located in the heart of Leelanau County, is the perfect getaway spot for rest and relaxation. Come and get unplugged...

This newly remodeled home has an open floor plan, wood burning stove (& plenty of fire wood), with paneling throughout it's post & beam construction - the coziest spot around. But, you don't have to rely on the stove to keep you warm - the boiler will do all the work while also providing for endless hot showers.

This super clean cottage in the woods is so comfortable that it's hard to leave but great to come home to. Even though the actual size is just under 1,000 square feet, the vaulted ceiling and access to the outdoors, the front porch, patio and hammock in the yard, gives you plenty of space and options for ultimate relaxation. While it does not have air conditioning, because it is set in the woods, it's about ten degrees cooler than the beach. There are plenty of windows throughout the house bringing in those awesome lakeside breezes. Ceiling fans and a floor fan also help to keep you cool but the lake is our favorite way to cool off though! (we usually swim from late May - late September) Our private beach access is super sandy, offering great swimming, shallow areas for play, lots of rock hunting and endless miles for walking.

During the winter, it is about ten degrees warmer at the house, and is protected from the harsh winds from the frozen shore. Sleepily watch the snow fall from out your picture window while sitting by the fire, climb the hillside in snow shoes (provided), cross county ski down quiet, magical trails or head to the beach to see ice formations along the shoreline. Warm up again by the fire, in the house, backyard or beach! The natural beauty of it is all inspiring. If you are interested in downhill skiing, visit the Homestead Resort is just 12 miles south and the more challenging runs of Crystal Mountain is only 38 miles from this location.

Whatever your pleasure, you will always look forward to returning. The master bedroom has a comfy queen sized bed, walk-in closet, sink and vanity and its own entrance to the bathroom that can also be accessed from the living area. Since it is the only bathroom in the house, the extra bedroom sink provides for more privacy and storage of personal items. During the summer, the outdoor shower is also very handy.

The second bedroom is a spacious loft with two single beds, a small television with a variety of educational and entertaining tapes to watch, a desk and a small library of books. The view of the woods and treetops from high is splendid! You can watch deer and other wild life traveling along the hillside-true amazement for the city goer. This is also where board games are stored, for family fun and couples seeking challenge at Scrabble!

The kitchen has in-floor heat, a dishwasher, electric cook top and full sized oven. It is also where the front loading laundry appliances are located for convenient, one stop duties! There are plenty of plates, pots & pans, a coffee maker, blender, waffle iron - you name it, it is probably there. And, most everything you need from the store can be purchased at the Leland Mercantile, just five miles down the road.

Wicker furnishings include a couch, rocker and chairs. The dining room seats six comfortably. An upright piano graces the dining area (also called the music room) for your use. And, music can also be played throughout the house via the stereo system.

A one time linen and towel set up is included in your rental rate. There is no cleaning fee but a fully refundable damage deposit is required. For additional capacity, consider also renting the Good Harbor Golf & Beach Condo, about 4 miles away or the Traverse City Hilltop Condos (12 miles) and receive discounts on your total rate! No matter what the arrangements, we aim to make your stay comfortable, affordable and memorable. And, as always, we never require a Saturday - Saturday stay at any of our rentals.


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 984 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Limited Accessibility:

                Master bedroom on main floor - two steps at front porch...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking outdoors permitted - front porch (covered), yard areas and beach....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Small dogs considered for additional fee...moreless

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

                bathroom accessible through bedroom; additional sink/vanity ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


              • walk-in closet with lots of shelving & window, french doors with screens to patio, two bureaus, three windows for great cross-breezes, very comfortable bed with mattress warmer during the winter, stereo speaker...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower

                Waterfall shower head, stereo speaker & window in bathroom...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • We are happy to assist by providing recommendations, directions, maps, etc. Other guest services: massage therapy, personal boat tours, mosaic design classes. It is also possible to assist with locating babysitters and catering. ...moreless


                  • Books:

                    variety but limited...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Basics - such as scrabble, decks of cards, etc....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Currently no cable but available for long term rentals only...moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    CD, record and cassette tape players...moreless

                  • Television:



                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Beachfront:

                    Private beach access to Good Harbor Bay - across the street & through a wooded path...moreless

                  • Downtown:

                    Leland, Northport, Glen Arbor, Suttons Bay, Empire and Fishtown are all very close to us and each of these towns are worth the time to visit. Restaurants, Shops, entertainment, groceries and More....moreless

                  • Lake View:

                    Views of Lake Michigan from the house, you can see and hear the surf when wavy....moreless

                  • Resort:

                    We also welcome Snowmobilers in the winter months and provide a map of the trails through Leelanau County....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    We are on a road 'South Manitou Trail' which follows along the Lake Michigan Shoreline, and on the edge of a huge forest. Just a few miles North and South are towns with great food, shopping and more....moreless

                  • Ski-In:

                    Cross country skiing, snow shoeing right into the front porch!...moreless

                  • Ski-Out:

                    Cross country skiing, snow shoeing right outside the door! Our property is surrounded on two sides by many miles of Land Conservancy Property covered by Lake Michigan Shoreline Forest. ...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Paragliding
                  • Parasailing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Racquetball
                  • Rafting
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining:

                    Seating for six or more. Plenty of dishes and glassware...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    front loading - clothes line outside kitchen...moreless

                  • Heating:

                    Natural gas boiler...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Open floor plan...moreless

                  • Parking


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Everything that you need! B-B-Q utensils, too....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Refrigerator:

                    no ice maker...moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Electric Cook top and separate gas oven, convection or regular heat...moreless

                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Front porch, b-b-q deck and backyard patio...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe


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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Non Peak Season
                  Sep 2 - May 23, 2015
                  5 night min stay
                  $1,225 $3,300
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Taxes Not included


                  Five night minimum except during the summer. Summer requires a seven night stay. We do not accept visa at this time. Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. Saturday - Saturday stay is NOT required for your convenience. Thank you.

                  50% to confirm reservation; balance of rent + damage deposit due 30 days prior to arrival.

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                  Last updated: 12/11/2014
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                  25 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City MI
                  4.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Sugarfoot Saloon, Blue Bird, Dick's Pour House
                  100 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Manitou Island Transit - 5 miles, Ludington, MI
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Sugarloaf, the Old Course
                  180 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Holland MI
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  4.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Little Traverse Inn, Blue Bird, Dick's Pour House
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Homestead Resort
                  Nearest Beach
                  Our Own - across the street from the rental

                  Car: Necessary

                  The Good Harbor Guest House is a 100% remodeled log cabin style home located in the woods across from Good Harbor Bay of Lake Michigan, conveniently located just 5 miles south of Leland & 2 miles north of the Sleeping Bear National Park.

                  The surrounding woods has a trail for hiking, snow shoeing or cross country skiing through acres of natural forest right out your back door but yet just across the street you will find a sugar sand beach perfect for swimming, walking, boating, sunbathing - whatever your pleasure. The sunsets are incredible with the Manitou Islands and lighthouse as the backdrop. The long summer days slip into evening around 10:00 pm when the stars start showing up by the thousands for yet another incredible show - shooting stars & meteor showers are a common sight while the Northern Lights are a real treat if you are lucky to catch them as the conditions must be just right.

                  If you must leave this spot, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy. From shopping in the quaint villages and towns of Leelanau County to the famous Dune Climb of the Sleeping Bear National Park, you will find it hard to have enough time to see and do it all. Wine tasting is a favorite past time for many guests, and one of our favorites, the Good Harbor Winery is only about 1 mile down the road; many others are within 5-20 miles away. The Leland Wine & Food Festival in June hosts them all at the Leland Harbor! The inland lakes, along with Lake Michigan, provide for fantastic fishing opportunities and both boat rentals & charter fishing boats are within 5 mile-personal tours by your hosts also available!

                  There are plenty more festivals in the area and one of our favorites is in the nearby village of Cedar - the Polka Festival (early July). Enjoy back to back polka music from bands near & far, all day & night with vendors serving sausage and local favorites from nowhere else but the very Sausage Capital itself - Cedar, MI. The National Cherry Festival is extremely popular and runs a week long with music, parades, various events, fireworks and much more, mostly taking place along the bay front of Traverse City, just 20 miles away.

                  If you are an art enthusiast, there are plenty of masterpieces right here in our very own Leelanau County. The natural beauty here (voted the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America on ABC) inspires the local talent and visiting artists. There are several art shows and events all year long throughout the county to enjoy & perhaps even consider buying art with a favorite scenery for your home! There are many galleries along the coast utilizing various techniques and objects, such as drift wood & beach glass found here on the peninsula. Many Classical art galleries dot the county, even Traditional Mosaic Work.

                  Restaurants for every appetite are not hard to find. Leland offers some of the freshest seafood caught in Lake Michigan and brought to the Leland Harbor-white fish, salmon, trout & chub are all offered in fine dining experiences or casual tavern fare. It's hard to say who has the best burgers around as each establishment seems to offer their very own variety. Dine inside or out, in lakefront or county settings, we will provide a list and map of our favorites. But, the best is always at home with fresh local produce from the farmers markets or road side stands and fresh meats from local butchers or fishery. You'll want to bring home some awesome, smoked whitefish from Fishtown of Leland, or cherry products both of which you'll have trouble finding anywhere else in the world.

                  The galley style kitchen at the Good Harbor Guest House has everything you will need to prepare your own meals including a convenient barbeque deck, with a view of the lake, right outside your kitchen door. Enjoy s'mores made by campfire in the backyard fire pit or the one on your beach, under the stars while creating family memories to last a life time. Truly our favorite spot is the beach and its ever changing moods. But, don't just take our word for it, experience it for yourself, from remote areas throughout the park, to busy public beaches with playgrounds and trails - it is always beautiful all year long - you won't want to leave.

                  The Good Harbor Guest House is not for everyone. It is intentionally UNPLUGGED - we do not have Internet or cable television at this location. Cell phone reception is limited at best. But, this is one of the very reasons why we have visitors return year after year. Summertime in Northern Michigan offers so much that electronics become a pure distraction from experiencing it at its best. There are plenty of nearby establishments to get caught up with e-mails if you must, but instead, come get rejuvenated and literally away from it all - rediscover yourselves and enjoy each other, there is no better way than right here at Good Harbor


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2001

                  About the owner: We are from this area and after having moved away, living in various cities around the country, we knew this was always home for us. There is no other place we would rather be. It is beautiful here and the people are great! We aim to please our guests to make your stay a great one. We do not require a Saturday-Saturday stay like many rentals. We want you to have your pick of dates if they are available.

                  Why the Owner Chose Leland:
                  Because of Lake Michigan's Good Harbor Bay! and its close proximity to Leland and Traverse City and same for the Good Harbor Golf & Beach Condo, just 4 miles away from this location.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  The Beach! and the woods. Because the house is in the woods, during the summer we are 10 degrees cooler in the summer and 10 degrees warmer in the winter.

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                  Speaks: english



                  • Winter Wonderland! Come and Explore...

                    Winter Wonderland! Come and Explore...

                  • loft with 2 single beds

                    loft with 2 single beds

                  • living area from the loft

                    living area from the loft

                  • master bedroom

                    master bedroom

                  • living area facing west

                    living area facing west

                  • summer day

                    summer day

                  • snow shoes included

                    snow shoes included

                  • lush backyard

                    lush backyard

                  • view from backyard

                    view from backyard

                  • canoe included

                    canoe included

                  • best shoreline for long walks

                    best shoreline for long walks

                  • back of house

                    back of house

                  • Open floor plan

                    Open floor plan

                  • Welcome!


                  • entry to master bedroom

                    entry to master bedroom

                  • master bedroom and doors to patio

                    master bedroom and doors to patio

                  • winter sunset

                    winter sunset

                  • plenty of firewood!

                    plenty of firewood!

                  • private beach access

                    private beach access

                  • wood paneling throughout house

                    wood paneling throughout house

                  • peek of the kitchen

                    peek of the kitchen

                  • glorious sunset

                    glorious sunset

                  • sunset over North Manitou Island

                    sunset over North Manitou Island

                  • winter beauty

                    winter beauty

                  VRBO #446922

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                  Date last modified - Monday, December 15, 2014

                  $175 per night (USD)

                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 5

                  View calendar: Updated 12/11/14
                  Minimum stay: 5 nights
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                  Member since: 2006
                  Speaks: english
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                  • Calendar last updated: 12/11/2014
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