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The Most Beautiful Place in America -Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Morningside Cottage on Little Platte Lake is just 10 minutes away from the 'Most Beautiful Place in America' - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore bounded by M-22, Michigan's Scenic Highway. That 10 minute drive will put you on the shore of Platte Bay within the 35 miles of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Our goal, through Morningside Cottage, is to provide you and your family privacy, solitude, a chance for your family to 're-connect' and comfortable lodging when your up north having family fun in our beautiful, friendly, and fun-filled area for the whole family.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort with down-hill is just 20 minutes away. Miles of Cross-country skiing trails /snow-shoeing are just minutes away within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

Keywords: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park-2 miles, Lake Michigan Beach- 3.5 miles, Crystal Mtn (golf, down-hill skiing), 20 minutes away, Interlochen National Arts Academy (head-liner and student performances during the summer and year-round) 15 minutes away, Traverse City 30 minutes away, 2.5 miles to Honor, Cherry-Bowl Drive-In, available year-around. Heavily wooded property, 8 miles to Leelanau County wine-country, stress-release relaxing,

Morningside Cottage is located on the South-side of Little Platte Lake in the northern portion of Benzie County, Michigan about 3.5 miles from Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The cottage is on a 1.5 acre, heavily wooded parcel with 200 ft. of frontage on Little Platte Lake. The mixed variety of trees including maple, beech, oak, hemlock and white pine provide a canopy fifty to sixty feet high and make the property very secluded and private. Morningside Cottage is 275 ft. from Deadstream Rd and accessed by our own two-track. The cottage overlooks the lake and surrounding forested hills. Morningside Cottage is 1200 sq. ft. in size and the first-floor consists of a fully-furnished kitchen, Berber carpeting throughout the rest of the cottage including the paneled dining room, living room (stone fireplace-hard wood included), small library/reading room, both the master bedroom(over-looking the lake) and 2nd bedroom with queen-sized beds, full bath and a half, and a washer/dryer. The downstairs consists of a large Berber carpeted recreational room with TV, wood stove, tables, and couches. You’ll find Morningside Cottage to be a very relaxing family oriented cottage that is very private, quiet, and secluded. All the utensils you should need during your stay are found in our well-stocked kitchen. We provide bed linens but you must bring your own towels. We are pet and smoke free. As you shut down for the evening, lying in bed, you may be entertained by our resident loons on the lake as their tremolo echoes across the lake, a symbol of the up-north mystique. During daylight you may see one or more of our resident Eagles soaring above the lake and also the numerous resident swans and if you’re really lucky you may have a group fly low over the cottage – awe-inspiring- and when you hear their wing-beats you realize just how big of an animal they really are. A person may say they are going to take a “stay-at-home-vacation” but what I have found is that all the troubles and cares as well as “things-to-do” don’t’ go away but when you leave home you do have that opportunity to relax and refresh.

A 400 sq. deck is attached to the front of Morningside Cottage overlooking Little Platte Lake and includes chairs, chaise-lounge, table, and gas grill, a great place to relax with your morning coffee, evening-meal, or mid-day relaxing/reading time. The lake-front includes a dock, boat hoist/13 ft. fishing boat with 4hp motor/oars/canoe/paddles/life-jackets, and a fire-pit stocked with wood for those evening fires/hot dogs and some-mores.

Little Platte Lake, sand and gravel in front of our cottage, is a shallow lake with blue-gills, perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and pike. The Little Platte Lake outlet, “Deadstream”, flows into the Platte River then into big Platte Lake and finally via the Platte River to Lake Michigan.

Our Northwestern Michigan Area was voted “Most Beautiful Place in America' by Good-Morning America in 2011. Traveling though the vast United States a person may witness many beautiful areas but our area is surly one of our Nations highlights. Our property is approximately 40 minutes to Traverse City, 20 minutes to Interlochen National Music Camp, 2.5 hours from Grand Rapids, 4 hours from Detroit and 6 hours from Chicago.

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Ray Antel
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Ray Antel

Hi - my name is Ray Antel and I've chosen to live in this area for the past forty-seven years, work, and raise a family. What a great place to be - I've traveled to other areas of our great country and they all are special but I think this area of Northwest Michigan is truly unique in all of our four seasons. I love all the seasons and activities that abound from hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking, down-hill and cross-country skiing, golfing, you name it and you'll find it here especially the opportunity to meet great people and find your own secluded hide-away where you can re-fresh your mind, body, and spirit. I'll help you with any questions you may have about the area. Come join us for your own experience in stress-reducing relaxation.

Ray Antel purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Ray Antel chose Honor

Morningside Cottage, named from beautiful Morning sunrises, is a unique piece of property found on the Southern Shore of Little Platte Lake in Benzie County, Michigan. Morningside Cottage provides a real up-north feel with 200 ft. of frontage,a deck-vista that includes the lake and surrounding tree covered hills. The cottage is family-style with guests having a chance to renew and reinforce their family bonds with adventures and relaxation. You can't take a vacation at home and truly relax - and we all know that - too many things that have to be done - you truly have to get away to forget all the nagging issues that confront you every day. Morningside Cottage provides you that opportunity with it's geographical location, it's tall woods covered property, the cottage sitting 275 ft. from the county-road on our own two-track entrance to the fact that you don't see other cottages. In the evening you can sit by the fire-pit with a glowing fire as you see the last rays of the sun giving the surrounding hills their last warm glow of the day as the evening stars appear one by one until the sky is illuminated. Then the haunting tremolo of our resident 'loons' as their calls echo over the lake let's you realize that this place is unique, quieting, relaxing, fun and soon your ready for a restfull sleep with the anticipation of another great day tommorow.

What makes this cottage unique

Morningside Cottage is designed and provided as an opportunity for your family to renew it's bonds by putting people together in a relaxing setting where young and old(er) can experience and share delightful vacation time together.


Honor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Other (See Description) - Contact owner if additional children
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Firepit (wood provided) fishing boat with outboard motor(hoist, oars, life jackets), canoe (paddles, life jackets), 4 kayaks (paddle, life jackets)


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The Most Beautiful Place in America -Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We mentionedto the owner that we were looking forward to using the fireplace in the evening and arrived to have a beautiful fireplace "set" for us and needing only a match. The kids LOVED the "rec room" in the basement. The beds were comfortable and the views are beautiful. It is a peaceful, cozy cottage with great history and an owner who knows and loves the area. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

It was our first visit to the Morningside Cottage and Little Platte Lake. We have extensive history visiting the local area. The cottage was quaint, cozy and very clean. My very timid son tried kayaking for the first time and loved it. Had it not been for the availability of the kayaks that we could use at our convenience, he would have never found a new love. Ray was a fantastic host, showed us new areas that we had not visited and we took our two kids to try them out! Loved the dock, fishing, camp fire area as well. We will definitely return, it was a great week for our family. The kids were exhausted but in a good way. We all had a blast. It was also our 10th wedding anniversary, great way to spend it, relaxed and refreshed.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DeWitt, Mi

Morningside Cottage - A Wonderful Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

This has been our second year staying at Morningside Cottage and we have already reserved for next year. The fishing is great on Little Platte Lake and we couldn't have any better place to stay. The cottage is very clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed using the kayaks too.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans, LA, USA


  • 5 of 5

We visited the Morningside Cabin a couple of weeks ago and just got my pictures back. We had the most enjoyable visit. The fall leaves were absolutely gorgeous and the hiking and overlooks were everything we had hoped for. The cottage was perfect with the beautiful lake in the background and you can kayak, canoe in the lake. Ray was a wonderful host and showed us all the top spots to visit. We grilled on the deck every night and felt right at home in the cottage. We even played darts in the recreation room downstairs. I would love to come back and would definitely stay at the Morningside Cottage again. Have already recommended it to my friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elmore, OH

Wonderful Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon here and it was absolutely wonderful! The scenery outside and gorgeous stone fireplace inside was great! Ray was so nice as too show us all the nice places to see in the area and truly made our trip unforgettable. Thanks again Ray and we'll definitely see you again!!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Morningside Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Loved the whole experience at Morningside! We are going back next year and the year after and so on. Comfortable, cute, lots of room, perfect deck overlooking the woods and the water. Kayaking and canoeing are amazing. So close to Lake Michigan. Absolutely love this place! Thanks Ray:)

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry County Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Honor, Michigan
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Ludington, Michigan trans Lake Michigan to Wis.
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
10 courses within 20 miles
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Numerous Restaurants within this resort area
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Morningside Cottage's lake beach and Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Morningside Cottage is located in the 'Most Beautiful Place in America' at the heart of Northwestern Michigan's Vacation Country re 'Good Morning America'. Our area abounds in outdoor activities with sixty miles of Lake Michigan shoreline within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore just three and one-half miles from our doorstep. Countless miles of hiking trails (cross country skiing in the winter-time), miles of bike user-friendly roads with biking lanes, ten golf courses within 30 minutes of the cottage, restaurants, small villages with attendant stores, beautiful vistas, Interlochen National Music Camp with it's summer 'headliner' and student performances just twenty-minutes away . The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore's sixty miles of beaches are yours to use with hiking, sitting in the sun, beachside-fires for cook-outs, hot-dogs, or 'sa-mores' as the sun slowly sets over Lake Michigan. Point Betsie with one of the most photographed lighthouses in America and a Petoskey-stone beach. If your inclined you'll enjoy the 'winery trail' stretching through Leelanau County to the north along M-22, plenty of wine-tasting available and bring a bottle of wine or two back to Morningside Cottage for some leisure on the 'deck' overlooking Little Platte Lake and the surrounding hills. Nothing is complete when coming to our area for your vacation until you take a trip to 'Sleeping Bear Sand-dunes' at Glen Haven within the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. It looks like a small pile of sand until you start up the dune and that's the time you realize how high it really is - but there is nothing like standing on the top and getting a beautiful over-view of adjacent Glen Lake. Another must-do is the Pierce-Stocking Drive which winds up through the wooded dune-area giving spectacular over-views of Little and Big Glen Lake. If you want the thrill and success of Salmon Fishing I'll put you in contact with my friend Charter Boat Cap'n Bob Smith of Glen Arbor in his boat the 'Mariah'. Cap'n Bob will have you pulling in King Salmon in short order. When he took us out last summer we took seven fish within two hours with the largest being a twenty-four pound King Salmon. Bob will fillet and package those salmon for you and they'll be ready for the grill or he'll arrange for 'Boondocks Restaurant',next door, to grill-up some of your fish for you and your crew right then and there, what a treat to sit down with Cap'n Bob and your 'crew' eating fish as fresh as it can get along with your favorite libations while sharing your favorite 'fishing tale' from your days adventure. South of Morningside Cottage, along M-22, is the Lake Michigan-port city of Frankfort-Elberta nestled around Betsie Lake. This harbor area is home to numerous restaurants, points-of-interest, gift shops, the county-indoor movie theater, and absolutely gorgeous beaches framed by boat channel break-walls which are great for a meandering stroll, fishing, or taking a jump-into-the-lake. If you wanted to have some of your salmon smoked you could take some of your catch to 'Monte's smoke-house' and he would prepare the most delicious smoked-fish you could imagine. Monte's smoke house which also features other fish of the area is located on 'Main Street' on the East end of town. As you round the corner don't forget to stop at the 'A&W Drive-In' as 50's as it gets but with that same great tasting root-beer, burgers, and dogs. Heading East on M-115 your destination is Benzonia where you'll find the Benzie Area Historical Museum located in the re-stored 1800's Congregational Church which served the early Congregational Assembly in the early days of this County in Northern Michigan where they built a college in the 'wilderness'. Traveling further East on M-115 will take you to Crystal Mountain Resort truely a gem for our Benzie County Area providing great family recreation with downhill/cross-country skiing in the winter-time and two great golf-courses in the summer. Retrace your steps to Benzonia and you'll find it's neighbor Beulah on the Beach of Crystal Lake. As with all of our small communities you'll find fun-restaurants, coffee-shops, deli's, and lots of small shops. Phoenix Cafe, East Shore Market, want great pizza's then try the 'Hungry Tummy' double-cheese super deluxe, Papano's Pizza, the 'Cherry-Hut's' famous cherry-pie, the Brookside Inn, then continue North on US-31 to arrive at the 'Cherry Bowl' Drive-In. This is the real-deal and a favorite for a large-area of Northern Michigan. A real-treat along with their 'snack-shop'. Your next stop is Honor with Papa-J's 50's themed restaurant - great food - oh and by the way all of the restaurant's in Benzie County and surrounding area provide great food at a modest price. Another treat in Honor is the 'Family Market' which features an 'old-timey' meat counter. Helen, Pat, and Dale Schneider, will take care of your grocery/wine/meat/ and bakery needs during your vacation period.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

*Year Round by the Week $950
*Weekends (Anytime Friday Leaving Anytime Sunday) $300 When Available!
*Contact Owner for Other Arrangements!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.