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BEST BEACH Harolds Resort: Log Cabins Spider Lake: Last Summer !

Bedrooms 2
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin # 2 at Harolds Resort

Harolds Resort Is located.. at the end of the road.. off the highway, in the woods and surrounded by Spider Lake on 3 sides. Go back in time to a much simpler time. Take a break from the crazy life and relax. Fish, Swim, Bon Fires, RELAX. Play some games with the kids, RELAX. Cook dinner on your own Grill right at your own Cabin on the Lake RELAX. take a Row Boat ride. FISH from shore or Rent a Row Boat w/Motor or a Pontoon boat for exploring the 459 acres of Spider Lake with all of it's bays, coves, islands, sandbars and sandy bottom warm swimming holes. Read our 100+ reviews at this listing & property # 158840 & look at the RATES section to see what we have open each week. This listing concentrates on Cabins 2 - located on the Point of our Private Peninsula. We also have 6 others, ASK me which is best for you.. Sorry, no pets on the property please.. not even to visit !

Family Quality Time: Bring the family up for some quality time. Bring them to a place that time forgot. Remember going up north to the lake as a child? Well bring your kids to the same "Happy " place". Bring them to a place for some good ole fashion R & R. Bring your favorite board games, books, deck of cards, beach toys and fishing poles. I bet they don't ask for a TV all week... a miracle... After fishing, and swimming and chasing each other around, after dinner and a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s'mores... they'll hit the hay and never even notice the TV is not there. Rainy day -- that's when the games come out... or a trip to town to the Children's Museum - waves of wonder, or just a wet day outside... even if it wasn't raining, they'd be wet... right?!!! Rainy days are when the fish bite best... so hopefully you'll get at least one while you are here. We love pets, BUT they are not allowed on the property and will be asked to leave.

You don't need the whole family to:: Come up to the North Woods right before or after "Summer" for a Romantic Getaway without the kids... cruise the lake on a pontoon boat (rentals available here) visit a winery, casino, or fabulous restaurant - we have plenty in the area. Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails thru the Pere Marquette State Forest. This cabin will accommodate one couple, and we have 7 cabins here - and we have other accommodations on Spider Lake just Ask. Ask about a Cozy Log Cabin with Fireplace viewable from bed with special linens and comforters and your own private Hot Tub on the Screened in Porch ! ( see property # 158840 for HOT TUB CABINS)

Traverse City has never been a better place to visit. And having your own little cabin in the woods is the best way to truly experience the north woods.

This is my LAST SUMMER.. you have one more chance.. come on up !


More Details

Kathy Schliess
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Kathy Schliess

We came to Harolds Resort in the Fall of 1989 and fell in love with it and the whole area - found out it was 'For Sale' - bought it and moved here in April 1990. We have raised our 2 sons here and now we have 2 grandsons.

2016 UPDATE:

It is with a broken heart that I tell you of the passing of my husband Rolf on Friday, January 29, 2016. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully. He loved Harolds Resort as much as I do, and I will continue to run the Resort with extra help from my boys, and local contractors. His spirit is alive and well everywhere I go. In and around the Cabins and Resort property, I see his handy work, his blood, sweat and tears. Our goal was to always have a place where families and couples could come and spend quality time together, doing the simple things, and that goal has never been stronger or more important. If you knew Rolf, don’t be sad, be happy for what he did have and what he left behind, because he left it to me, to share with you...

UPDATE: 11/1/17

I have sold the Harolds Resort property and for the first time in 27 years, the cabins have been closed up for the Winter. The new owners will open the cabins back up in April '18, and I will mange them all summer. On September 11, 2018 the property will become their private family compound. Please come and stay with us one more time ! Kathy

Kathy Schliess purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Kathy Schliess chose Traverse City

At the end of the road, off the highway, in the woods ! When you are here you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. But easy access to Traverse City and all the wonderful things it has to offer.

What makes this cabin unique

No TV's, No Microwaves - Just good ole fashion family fun ! Swimming, Fishing, Bon Fires - just as you remember from your own childhood !


Traverse City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Cabin # 1 - toilet , shower
  • This Cabin has a shower stall & it's own Hot Water Heater. Ask if you would like a cabin with a bath tub ( # 7 ) Bring your own: Sheets, Towels, Paper & Soap Products with our Summer Weekly Rates.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , the cabin has a very open feeling during the day
  • This Cabin # 2 has two 'bedroom areas' that get curtained off from the main room at night giving the cabin a very open feeling. Cabin # 2 has 1 queen, 1 full and a full size futon sofa bed in the Main Room. Cabins are set up for 2 adults and 2 children. Not much privacy for 2 couples sharing a cabin. I do have other cabins, different sizes and floor plans. So let me know what you need. Thanks ! Kathy
  • Books ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Summer Weekly Guests Bring: Your own Sheets, Towels, Soap & Paper Products, Charcoal, Groceries etc.. Already here: Equipped kitchens, Weber Charcoal Grill, Blankets, Pillows No pets on the property please Smokers are asked to please smoke on the porch or outside Private Hot Tubs on the porches of # 4/#5 are NOT operating in the summer


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BEST BEACH Harolds Resort: Log Cabins Spider Lake: Last Summer !
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 18 reviews

Excellent, amazing cabins on beautiful spider lake

  • 5 of 5

Great opportunity to get away and relax! It comes with your own row boat for each cabin and you can rent a pontoon and really get out on Spider Lake! Very clean, clear lake friendly people and atmosphere. Cabins were cute, clean and adorable. We didn't want to leave...:)

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking such nice care of our cabin. We are happy to have a place where you can come away for a short stay or long stay and spend some family time together at this "little piece of heaven" we call HAROLDS RESORT ! Kathy
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Quaint and warm cabin on the lake

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was lovely and had everything one needs to get away for a while. The cabin was neat and tidy and it was clear that the owner put extra effort in the details making sure we had everything we needed and understood where everything was. I was particularly impressed when the one bed had a bed rail on it for my toddler so she wouldn't fall out along with a children's book. It was clear Cathy took the time to make sure we had what we needed to enjoy our stay. Also, they were extremely kind when my husband ran out of gas on the way to the store and got him from the side of the road and got him to the gas station so we wouldn't have to leave the car there over night! We can't thank them enough for the amazing hospitality and lovely place!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been in the Family Vacation Business here at Harolds Resort for 25 years. We give personalized service. If we know the ages of your kids, what activities are on your "to do list", any special needs.. we try to be a step ahead of you. You can come here and get your quiet, private and secluded R & R and never see us and be totally "on your own" and that's ... OK ! Or we'll be that 1 extra person you need for your volleyball game ! If we ran out of gas in the dark unfamiliar forest - we would want someone to rescue us.. and that is what we did for them. We treated them, like we would want to be treated. And that's how it should be everywhere ! Kathy
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Very relaxing vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at Harold's resort very much. The cabin was clean and well equipped. It was ready when we arrived and we felt right at home. It is very seculded and great for those looking to get away. The provided row boats are great too, however we struggle to catch much fish! The owners checked in on us our first full day and they seemed ready to help if we needed anything.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking such nice care of the Cabin - we love to share our little piece of heaven. So glad you enjoyed your time here. Kathy
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Our Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful lake and perfect location. On the lake but also still in the woods. The accommodations make staying there easy. Went here on our honeymoon and liked it so much we came back for a stay on out 5 year anniversary. Pleased to say that it hasn't changed! Still the same great getaway we enjoyed so much the first time.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Harolds Resort 5 years ago for your Honeymoon. And starting your life off on the right foot.. spending quality time here together. Everything we do, we have "you" in mind, I listen, I read, I dream, I imagine... all so I can have this wonderful place for you to come when you can. Every couple needs some "alone time" and it's wonderful to vacation with the kids too.. but don't forget.. it's OK to come here with out them ! Hope it's not as long as 5 years before we "see you" again ! Kathy
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Peaceful, Tranquil, RELAXING!

  • 5 of 5

Harold's Cabin was the perfect place to get away and relax. Particularly in the winter, the cabin is pretty isolated, so you really feel like you have time to THINK! The fireplace keeps the cabin at a perfect temperature, and the bed is extremely cozy. I loved the little touches that Kathy left: the cinnamon tea, coconut body wash, the local information (you can tell she knows the area!).

Within a short drive, you can get into town (Don's Drive-In is close, and the food is terrific!). Downtown Traverse City was about 30 minutes for me, and this was under pretty bad road conditions. It was awesome to experience Traverse City in the winter; it was quiet, but everything was open. I went to the Bayou Theatre, which I strongly recommend -- the staff is extremely nice and welcoming, and the theatre is adorable and cozy. Also drove up to the Old Mission Lighthouse, about an hour drive in the weather, but so worth it! Along the way, you will drive next to the Bay and pass vineyards and road stands selling cherries, syrup, etc.

Overall, a wonderful experience - can't wait to return in the summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes Winter is Special - even more of a Quiet, Private and Secluded feeling especially coming during the week - you may be the only one here ! And even though you feel isolated in the woods, it's a very safe place to be - so relax and enjoy ! This one was brave to venture out during a Winter Weather Advisory - but if you take is slow and aren't in a hurry, and stop and "smell the roses" along the way - you will not only make it to your destination but will find some gems along the way - just like she did. Kathy
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Long Overdue Review

  • 1 of 5

Forgive the delay in writing this review. My sister and I drove up to Michigan from MO for a kayaking vacation and booked Cabin #1 at this "resort". It was poorly maintained with torn screens, worn-out mattresses and some type of animal feces under the dresser in the common area. I dropped a rock and it rolled under this dresser on the 5th day of our stay - disgusting. This caused us to look under our dressers and beds!!! Uugghh! PLEASE hire a cleaning person. We stayed out of the cabin as much as possible during our week there. Why did we stay? The lake is lovely, we had prepaid and had driven 1000 miles already. This could be such a nice place if it were properly cleaned and updated. We have no plans to return EVER. Please email me if you'd like photos of the dirt and disrepair.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: First we want to apologize to these guests for this experience. It is obviously not the experience we want our guests to have. We are disappointed that we were not told of this for months. We would like to know about any problems ASAP and have a chance to correct them. Over our 25 years here we have worked hard to maintain and clean the cabins and give our guests a true Up North, On the Lake, In the Woods experience at this one of a kind beautiful spot. Nothing like this has ever happened in our 25 years here. We have 6 listings here at “Homeaway” with 12 other reviews here at this listing and a total of over 100 reviews for all 6 and if you read them all.. Nothing has ever happened like this before. And now that we know about this, you can bet that we will make sure it never does. You can always contact us for a personal explanation. Kathy
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport - TVC
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
M-131 and M-113 - near Kingsley
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Mt. Holiday
Nearest Beach
Best Beach on our point !
Car: recommended

Also See prop id: 158840 for 69+ reviews ! Harolds Resort is just 12 miles SE of downtown Traverse City with easy access to town.. In 'town' you will find... fabulous restaurants, casinos, wineries, shopping, farm markets, golf - big & miniature, antique stores and more. On Grand Traverse Bay you can.. para-sail, tall ship sail, wind-surf, jet ski, 'deep sea' fish, & other water sports. Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore is a scenic 45 min drive to the west. Or just hang out here on the beach, watching the kids play in the nice sandy, shallow warm water, dig in the sand & catch fish right off shore ! You will receive detailed driving directions right to our Private Peninsula secluded in the woods... with your confirmation. They don't call this 'Tangle Town' for nothin - use my directions !

Other Activities: canoeing, river tubing

Golf: Love to Golf a different place everyday? Would you rather stay 'off the beaten path?' How about a Cabin in the Woods and on the lake ? Would you like to do a little boating or fishing in between rounds? Forget the Hotel on the Miracle Mile! Come stay - in the woods, off the highway and on the lake! You will only feel like you are in the middle of nowhere! There is easy access to town and all the Golf Courses you could possibly want... and they are all a scenic drive away!

Ski: Cross Country Skiing at it's best -- with all the natural snow Grand Traverse County gets, All the State Groomed Trails to use for free! - just grab your skis or snowshoes and come up to the woods-- get a pot of Chili cooking before you start out and it will be waiting when you get back - and so will your Fireplace, your Hot Tub and your Flannel Sheets and Down Comforter -- forget the 'Miracle Mile' of hotels, motels and restaurants.. stay out here, in the woods and close to nature. We have 4 of the 7 Cabins open in the Winter, and...Yes, we have downhill slopes nearby if that's your kind of skiing! There is something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates above are for various cabins - which ever is available for the dates - although there will sometimes be more than one available.
In the Summer we are renting Weekly Saturday to Saturday without room for flexibility, early and late summer we may be able to be a little flexible ASK... I can only list 1 cabin per date segment - so there may be more than 1 cabin open your week, I just can only list one. We have 5 different size/shape of cabins each with their own rates - best to email me with the number of adults/children. Cabins have a 2, 4 or 6 person max- We have a SMALL STUDIO for $80 per night - Nightly: FALL, WINTER & SPRING Rates range from $80-$155 . Summer Weekly Rates range from: $480 - $1400 - for 2-6 people. Fill out the INQUIRY and send me the number of people and your dates and you will get an exact quotes.. Kathy

#6 = $75 and #4/5 w/hot tub=$155

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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