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Hilltop Log Lodge is one of the more expensive rentals in the Traverse City area, as the owners have created something out-of-the-ordinary for its guests. The intent is to put together a special experience in a rustic yet refined lodge environment. Lodge Amenities: Besides the spectacular views over West Bay, Power Island, Old Mission and Traverse City, there is the spaciousness of 8000 square feet and the uniqueness of this hand-built lodge. Inside this hilltop fortress of a home and underneath the massive, handpeeled timbers of its roof structure, all has been outfitted with plush towels, great bedding, handmade furnishings, and original artwork. Four of its five bedrooms are suites (each with a private bath) providing comfort and solitude for groups, couples, and families. There are numerous sitting rooms, lofts, and a den for quiet reading, relaxing and movies. The sound system throughout the house joins the guests together wherever they may be inside - as well as on the lawn and the bayside porch. There are hundreds of CDs in the house collection as well as I-Pod hookup. The giant High Definition plasma TV in the Game Room has become the spot for some guests to watch movies or sports, while enjoying pool or ping-pong without disturbing the rest of the lodge. Others prefer to retreat to the quieter, tucked-away office to check email, although WI-FI provides coverage to most areas in the lodge. Accommodations: A maximum of 15 people can be lodged comfortably in the 5 bedrooms (there are 2 king suites, 2 queen bedroom suites, 1 bedroom with a queen bed, a loft with a queen bed and 1 twin hickory beds and a den with 2 twin hickory beds). The Kitchen: This space is designed for entertaining with a professional gas range and double ovens, all overseen by a curved granite bar for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine while dinner is prepared. There is a second dishwasher in the pantry near the greatroom, and this space doubles as the coffee bar and upstairs wine bar. For convenience, the cupboards are stocked with basic foodstuffs, and there is a full set of good knives, a wok and quality cookware to use on the Viking range. With a shelf of cookbooks to peruse, it is time to try something new in this fun kitchen... grilling pizza is one thing that we have enjoyed this year. A powerful gas grill stands just outside adjacent to the kitchen. Dining at the Lodge: The evening meal is best served on snow-white dinnerware sitting at the handmade, expansive cottonwood table in the greatroom. Linen napkins, candles, subtle lighting, a crackling wood fire, chilled music, a moonlight view over the bay all combine to make the evening meal here a most memorable experience. There are other tables inside and outside on the covered bayside porch for the informal times. Full sets of glassware stock both the upstairs pantry as well as the lower bar in the game room. Morning at the Lodge: This is the best of times. The sun rises over the the bay and tints the log beams to an orange hue. This quiet perch, secluded from the breezes and with sunlight reflecting off the water down below, warms up first and is perfect for early morning coffee. Guests can linger on the porch swing watching the birds awaken among the treetops, all accompanied by the sound of seagulls or an occasional eagle down below over the bay. In the pantry all is set for perfect coffee with a French Press as well as two standard coffeemakers. Evening at the Lodge: Many guests enjoy lounging on the south lawn watching the reflected light over the bay and Old Mission Peninsula. Others prefer the entry porch, just sitting on the limestone steps catching the last of the sun as it sets behind the trees and meadows to the west. The Setting: Treetop privacy and an expansive bay view highlight this distinguished property. In addition, there is over 200' of private water frontage and a dock, making this a most significant combined waterfront/view property in the Grand Traverse area. The lodge sits on 5 very private acres with unobstructed views across 10 miles of Grand Traverse Bay to the twinkling lights of Traverse City in the evening. Leelanau is Michigan Wine Country, and Hilltop Log Lodge is at the heart of it, with 5 wineries within walking/biking distance. The Waterfront: The public boat launch at the bottom of the hill is quite handy for those who want to fish or ski the crystal waters of West Bay and keep their boat trailered. Following the winding path down the hill to the waterfront, there is swimming and occasional fishing off the dock. The beach is rocky and the dock long; this is the lee side of the bay. Kayaks fit perfectly here in the shallow waters among the reeds and rocks of West Grand Traverse Bay. It takes about an hour to kayak to Power Island. A Special Time at the Lodge: If there is something unique or special required for a guest visit, the owners will arrange a caterer, a chef, and concierge service. This is an ideal place for a significant birthday dinner, a pre-wedding party or just a place to escape. Larger parties need pre-approval.
6% Michigan Tax additional. Refundable $500 damage and security deposit requested. Lodge has 15 person maximum.
PETS ALLOWED upon approval (2 pet maximum, please)
Note to Couples, smaller groups and our past guests. Please email us for a custom quote
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The Lodge is ideally situated with its proximity to the local wineries of Leelanau County yet the lights of Traverse City are visible from the lawn and deck. It’s just a short drive to the fun and restaurants of TC, which has perhaps the best downtown in the midwest. There are two independent theaters and bookstores, plus shops and acclaimed local restaurants which create a food scene not found anywhere in Michigan. Many local breweries also make Traverse one of the nation’s foremost ‘Beer Cities. The new TVC airport has summer service from three airlines, and is 20 minutes from the Lodge.
The many wineries and acres of cherry orchards in the rolling, green hills of Leelanau County have preserved the beauty of this unique Michigan county. The vistas and pastoral scenes of the area are best experienced by bike, as this county has many winding and quiet roads; and a newly paved bike trail links Suttons Bay with Traverse City. By car, Lake Michigan is a quick drive across the county from the Lodge. Leelanau also has Sleeping Bear National Park, and the dunes and beaches are why Good Morning America viewers voted this area to be “the most beautiful place in America” two years ago.
The villages of Northport, Leland, Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau and Glen Arbor are all on water and are perfect to explore during the days, with new restaurants and shops opening every year. One of the favorite things is to visit historic Fishtown in the Leland harbor, and to stroll the small river walk while snacking on smoked fish. The wide, sandy beaches are here too and Leland is a perfect spot for kids to bodysurf on a warm, breezy summer afternoon.
The two bays of Grand Traverse, East Bay and West Bay, are ideal for boating: either by kayak, motor or sail. A day trip to Power Island is something uncommon, as there is hiking in the island hills on trails under the old-growth beech trees. There are picnic spots, deserted beaches and plenty of secluded coves for swimming.
Sleeping Bear National Park, besides having 30 miles of dune and beach, also has two islands which have been set aside as wilderness. The tall dunes and lighthouse are visible from the mainland and many people take a day trip to one of the islands-South Manito or North Manitou-via daily ferry service out of Leland harbor.