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Your Own Private Beach on Sleeping Bear Bay!

(17 Reviews)

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Last updated: 03/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Private Home, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6);

BEACHSIDE Cottage is your vacation home - not a condo, not on a busy street, and no roads between the cottage and Lake Michigan! Located dead center on Sleeping Bear Bay beach, the cottage came through the big August 2 storm unscathed, although we have trees down on the very back of the lot, which you can't see from the cottage! Beachside Cottage looks directly out at the two beautiful blue and white Manitou Islands. On the map, it is off of - not on - M-109, between Glen Arbor and Glen Haven in Leelanau County, Michigan. Approximately 35 miles from the Cherry Capital Airport, 5 miles from Camps Leelanau and Kohahna, 3 miles from the Homestead and minutes from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

4 1/2 hours from the Detroit area, and 6 hours from Chicago. Day Drives include Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Mackinac Island are to the North. Beulah, Frankfort and Benzonia are to the South. More information on things to do and see in the area is available upon request.
This quaint cottage has two floors, with a 3/4 bath and two bedrooms above, having a full bed in one and a two twins in the other and a Stall shower. There are steep 10 inch stairs, 8 inch is standard. There is a rollaway on the screened-in, furnished front porch. Carpeted office and laundry room can house your port-o-crib for Baby or the porch bed.

Other features include walk half a mile down the wooded highway and treat yourself to an ice cream cone, as you watch the band on the outdoor deck at Boonedocks Restaurant. Rent a canoe for half a day and float down the Crystal River, just minutes from the cottage. Shop till you drop at the many gift shops and galleries in the area.

Climb the magnificent sand dunes at the hill climb, just 3 miles away. Take a sunset drive on the Park's scenic drive overlooking Lake Michigan from on high. Park yourself on the beach and watch the waves roll in. Build a sandcastle. Swim in the clear blue water. Evenings, put jigsaw puzzles together on the porch, or play board with your family at the kitchen table. Rent a movie in Glen Arbor and watch it at the cottage. Build a bonfire after dinner and roast marshmallows for s'mores as the sun sets.

Our renters are repeaters. That says it all.

*Intergenerational sharing is welcome, however, multiple family sharing for the week is not.

Keywords: Beachfront Cottage on Lake Michigan

Summer, Weekly Sunday-to-Sunday rentals only in July and August. Minimum 3 nights otherwise. Sorry, I cannot respond to summer inquiries for less than a one week stay. Due to repeat renters, I only have a few summer weeks available each year. Now booking July-August 2016.
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Owner has pet allergies....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Two very small steps into the cottage. One small step onto the lakeside deck, and another 1/2 step onto the walk to get down to the beach. Beach itself not wheelchair accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Downstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen sized sleeper in living room, rollaway on porch...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sized hide-a-bed sleeper sofa in living room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Downstairs bath is not attached to front bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


Other Amenities

  • Centered at the middle of the bay's beach, you look to the left and see the dunes. Turn right and see Pyramid Point, the tip of the eastern arm of the bay, home of Camp Leelanau for Boys and Camp Kohahna for Girls. The shoreline is 150 feet in front of the cottage, the blue and white, beautiful Manitou Islands are 8 and 10 miles straight out. The cottage sits on the tree-line, with full forest outside our back door, behind our grassy back yard and gardens. Gravel drive, shared with family neighbor, winds through the woods, with Screened-in front porch. Umbrella table on benched lakeside deck, picnic table in back yard, conversation seating area outside in back, wood deck walk to beach, mild short rise from walk to beach with no steps, flower gardens, knotty pine kitchen and living room, ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living room and dining area, caution, there is a steep stairway....moreless


  • Games:

    Lots of board games...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Some sand toys...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Right on the water - no road between, no stairs to the beach, except for one off the deck to the walk. ...moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Ski-Out:

    Ski out the door to the 5-mile Heritage Trail right behind us that runs along the base of Alligator Hill.....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Vintage 1940s table seats 6 with the island in, 4 with the island not sued. Picnic table outside in back seats 8-10, and patio table in front on the lake side is a round standard size--seats 4-5...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Washer/Dryer not available during the off/season...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Gas fireplace insert is thermostat controlled; additional electric baseboard heat for winter...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bring your own sheets and towels during the off/season...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seats five comfortably, bring in chairs from porch to seat 8-9 total...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for 3 cars ibkt...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    long gravel drive off a residential wooded road away from the main highway. Shared drive with next door neighbor...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Bring your own in the off-season...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer/Dryer not available during the off-season...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    Two coffee makers--drip coffee maker and electric percolator....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Two coffee makers--drip coffee maker and electric percolator....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked for inside and outside dining and cooking/grilling...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully stocked. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Blender, mixer, mixing bowls, measuring cups, cake pans, baking sheets, etc., roaster, pots and pans, everything you need....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    No ice maker, but plenty of ice cube trays or you can buy ice at the IGA 1 ile away...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn and garden on the back side (driveway side)of the cottage. (Cottage faces the lake) ...moreless



Write a review 5
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 7 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay

Summer 2017
Jul 23 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Aug 27 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Fall
Sep 10 - Sep 23, 2017
3 night min stay

Mid Fall
Sep 24 - Oct 28, 2017
3 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Optional soap/paper prod $75
  • Cleaning $100
  • Taxes Not included


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Memorial Day Weekend at the summer rate of $500/day.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/13/2017
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32 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Art's! Boonedock's, Western Avenue Grill
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Dunes Golf Course
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several in Glen Arbor
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
The Homestead

Car: Recommended

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is in our backyard, with scenic drives, dunes, lakes, and hiking trails. The newly paved Heritage Trail for biking and hiking is just minutes and steps away in the woods behind us. Next door lives a charter fisherman. Family board games and puzzles are stored inside cottage.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1956

About the owner: I am a retired teacher, author, artist and composer. This was my grandparents' summer cottage. We had the one next door. As the family grew, they built a new one, we moved into this one, and my cousin's family moved in next door. Long story, but in 1999, I inherited the place, completely refurbished and winterized it for year round living. I have lived there ever since. Summers, I stay with my mother in Auburn Hills. I love my home. I think you will, too.

Why the Owner Chose Glen Arbor, MI, USA:
The location and the charm. The knotty pine interior I kept because it's so unique and old fashioned. The location - spot-on looking dead center out to the two beautiful blue and white Manitou Islands with the yellow sand dunes to the left and Pyramid point to the right just can't be beat. The beach is sugar sand, with some small semi-precious right along the shoreline--perhaps a foot or less. Sometimes they are more numerous than others--depends on the winter and the latest storm. The storms, suffice it to say, are magnificent. And the water...well. It can't be beat for summertime swimming. The new bike and hike trail is so close, you can walk to it from the cottage and it will take you five miles to the dunes and along the bottom of the dunes. Fab - u - lous.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is one of the very few homes for rent on Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Bay. Condos--yes, but not private homes. It's the location that makes this place special. That, plus the cozy charm of this place built by the owner's grandfather. Updated in 2004, but we kept the charm.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

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  • A Safe Haven

    A Safe Haven

  • Your walk to the Beach

    Your walk to the Beach

  • Eating area. Additional leaf expands Grandma's 1940s breakfast room table

    Eating area. Additional leaf expands Grandma's 1940s breakfast room table

  • Gas fireplace insert provides warmth on cold winter days

    Gas fireplace insert provides warmth on cold winter days

  • Living Room couch, door to screened-in porch on Lake Side leads to deck

    Living Room couch, door to screened-in porch on Lake Side leads to deck

  • Downstairs Bath

    Downstairs Bath

  • Upstairs bath

    Upstairs bath

  • Back Terrace with view toward the lake

    Back Terrace with view toward the lake

  • Small steps at entrance and long beach walk make Beachside handicap friendly.

    Small steps at entrance and long beach walk make Beachside handicap friendly.

  • Your Beach

    Your Beach

  • Lakeside view.

    Lakeside view.

  • Lakeside Porch

    Lakeside Porch

  • Full kitchen features Grandma's original 1956 stove & added dishwasher!

    Full kitchen features Grandma's original 1956 stove & added dishwasher!

  • Downstairs Bedroom with queen bed looks out on the lake.

    Downstairs Bedroom with queen bed looks out on the lake.

  • Upstairs bedroom has ceiling fan.

    Upstairs bedroom has ceiling fan.

  • Our garden terrace in back, the driveway just beyond.

    Our garden terrace in back, the driveway just beyond.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, March 13, 2017

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