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1938 Lakeside Cottage - Big Glen Lake Waterfront, Historic 30's Modern Cabin

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique Haven for 6-8 in 4 cozy BR's +1 Bath, Open plan living embraces the lake

* * Water & Views! * * Some PRIME AUGUST weeks, see calendar - Our lakeside summer cottage sits on the south shore of Big Glen Lake. A comfortable family retreat with views over turquoise water, a private dock & raft for your water-based activities. Dates available for Sun/Sun weekly rent are released in early January after family members have secured their dates. 1938 Modern cabin was designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese for his parents while in architecture school. It is a notable early example of a style known as mid-centry modern. The wall of glass embracing the lake is the focal point for open-plan living, dining & cooking. Furnishings have been updated in keeping with its historic character.

Down a private drive, a short distance east of the Narrows Bridge, it is Ideally located adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Relax, enjoy your vacation at our bright, comfortable cottage. The large living area with fireplace has a dining table for 8 & a selection of comfortable seating. The adjacent screen porch is filled with teak furniture & a table for snacking, dinner or games. Step out to the ample deck with lounge chairs. All areas overlook the crystal clear, spring fed lake. Four cozy bedrooms will accommodate 5-8.

The Cottage: Enjoy the peace of water lapping at the shore or the breeze passing the birches while reading in the hammock or rocking in a chair on the porch. A crackling fire will welcome you after an early morning or evening dip in the lake. Whatever your inclination, a variety of activities abound and you will have a memorable vacation at our family summer home.

Waterfront: The cottage has a private dock and raft. The water is shallow at the shore with minimal beach. There is ample sandy shallow water swimming between the dock and raft. Kayaks, canoes & windsurfers can be easily accommodated, however we have no facilities for launching or mooring larger or motorized watercraft and the driveway cannot accommodate trailers. Public launch ramps are nearby. Kayaks & bikes may be rented in town.

Availability: Refer to calendar.

More Details

Ann - Member since 2000
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Ann - Member since 2000

We are some of the grandchildren (in our youth) who own, manage and vacation at this wonderful cottage built by our grandparents.

Ann - Member since 2000 purchased this cottage in 1936

Why Ann - Member since 2000 chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

Our grandparents visited this area to fish in the 1910's and made the great decision to build this cottage. Our parents, we, our children & theirs have made a seasonal sojourn ever since because there is so much the area has to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and all it has to offer is spectacular.


Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lakeside
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lakeside
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Woodside
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Woodside-Bunks
  • Four cozy bedrooms will accommodate 5-8. Two rooms are waterside, one with a queen bed and the other with a double. Two rooms face the birch and pines with a sunny south exposure, one with a double and the other with twin bunks. These rooms are comfortable but compact and cannot accommodate a pack'n'play or similar. Bedding, Linens and bath towels provided. Please bring your beach towels.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For HomeAway & VacationRentals, be sure to hover over the amenities with the ....for further information. * The KITCHEN is fully furnished and well suited for those who like to cook with modern amenities and appliances. It easily partakes of the activity. A charcoal grill is handy just a step outdoors. We have a Lakeview SCREEN PORCH with ample seating choices including 2 cushioned rockers and armchairs, dining table with padded corner bench and 2 director's chairs. There is direct access to the DECK and chairs overlooking the lake. Steps to PRIVATE Dock & Raft. If you have specific needs or requests please inquire.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

1938 Lakeside Cottage - Big Glen Lake Waterfront, Historic 30's Modern Cabin
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews
Batavia IL

Timeless Cottage in the Woods

  • 4 of 5

This is a historical, timeless cottage in the woods surrounding Big Glen Lake. The bedrooms are small with not much room for more than the beds. The common areas are comfortable and nice with an absolutely beautiful screened in porch that almost doubles the living space.

Our stay was shortened by the arrival of the Storm of the Century on August 2, 2015 but we hope to return again some day soon. The Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes area is a stunning part of our beautiful country but shhhhh - don't tell anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

My favorite annual destination is still the BEST !

  • 5 of 5

OK, I am terribly biased. This is one of my favorite places to visit and I don't believe we have missed a year since writing my first review 12 years ago! We straddled the equinox and made the most of sunny days and moonlight nights in the wonderful water. The water, air, colors and changing light on the textures of the landscape delight a painter's eye as does the active art community in the area. This has flourished with an increasing number of classes offered by the Glen Arbor Art Association as well as a representation in the gallery of some of Michigan's finest artists. You'll not want for things to do so close to this comfortable, light filled, classic cottage. We've enjoyed the full seasonal spectrum from early spring when the water is cooler & the light crisp, to the height of summer activity with its hot days, to the cooling peace post Labor day with lingering warm water and mellow light. That's what we look forward to this year. Wee worth a visit, or two, or.....

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Your cheerful, artistic spirit is a welcome presence.
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Ideal family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful week relaxing in this unique summer cottage. So many activities to choose from - mountain biking the Vasa Trail near Traverse City, conoeing several local rivers, hikes in the National Park (especially across the sand dunes), swimming and sailing on the incomparable Glen Lake, reading, playing games, visiting farmer's market in Glen Arbor to select ingredients for cooking delicious meals, biking to Cedar for tasty tacos, wine tastings at nearby vineyards, and so on. Glen Lake offers it all and our cabin was the perfect place to enjoy it all. Thanks so much. We are coming back!!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you can fit in Michael Moore's State Theater in Traverse and a show at Interlochen when you return! Thank you for sharing some of your delicious Tapas with us. The farmer's market with great seasonal & organic offerings continues to be a delight!
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More than you would expect

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage tucked in the woods & on the lake. Clean, bright & well furnished. Bedrooms a bit small but open living/dining & screened porch are awesome. Just reserved again for this year, prompting this review! Thanks

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Your return visit is a review we appreciate! Looking forward to seeing you.
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Super COOL! Designed 75 years ago & Modern Style!

  • 5 of 5

I am an architecture & design junkie. That's why I was attracted to this cottage. Of course, the BIG windows, super view & my own path to the lake were also the BIG attraction. Hosts wonderfully helpful (sister of architect has cute little "modern" cottage next door of similar vintage & offered me a book of Weese houses to peruse - SUPER). Bedrooms are basic in keeping with design & not intended for much more than sleeping. Beds are comfy, linens nice & it was great to find beds made upon arrival. Could sit for ages & visit at dining table with the tilt-back chairs. Also hard to move from the leather sling chairs in front of the fire at night. Loved being among the 3 family cabins privately strung along the shore. We were only 3 miles to Glen Arbor with the great food offerings. Rented a bike to charge around the lake one day. The hills can be a challenge when out of shape. Also rented a kayak to paddle the Crystal River. There was a lot I wanted to do & didn't get to. Great location for everything. Would love to return, but can't in '15.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review and glad you enjoyed the cottage and book of Harry Weese Houses. We will miss you this summer and hope to see you next.
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Love this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I could look out at the changing light on the lake all day and the moonlight at night (even took a couple of warm night swims). The soothing lake is always present whether in the kitchen preparing a meal, at the table eating it, lounging in the living area or screen porch reading and playing games. No TV? who cares. It's so great to be away, but never fear wifi is good if you have withdrawal. If well provisioned, I could easily stay a week without leaving the this special piece of the lake. However, since it was my first visit to the area, I had to explore and was very pleased there were so many things to do. Glen Arbor is about 3 miles and a nice walk or quick bike ride. Kayaks are available to rent and we had a fun paddle on the Crystal River. Had to hit the local coffee shop and check the wonderful offerings at the local market which included a great selection of wines. Took a couple of hikes in the National Park (there are many) and swam every day, reserving some time to enjoy sunning on the raft. Back to the cabin, the bedrooms are spare (beds comfortable) and the bathroom functional. It's all in keeping with the early modernist design. Just a note if you have really young ones: there is no space in the BR's for portable sleepers - believe the ad description. It was especially nice to arrive after a long drive and find beds made and ready to slip in after an early dinner. Great vacation!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Glen Arbor & Empire, nearby environs
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Glen Arbor & Empire, nearby environs
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Visit the National Park Headquarters in nearby Empire. Walks in natural areas abound: Alligator Hill in the shade of the trees & glorious views over the lakes, Pyramid Point & a vista over Lake Michigan to the Manitou Islands. Trek the dunes or marked paths through the wetlands, bogs & meadows, an area rich in flora, fauna & migrating birds. Learn about life saving & boats at the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station & Maritime Museum. Follow the Pierce Stocking Drive by bike or car for fabulous sunset views. Kayak, canoe the Crystal River to the Homestead, fish in the lakes or charter a boat from Fishtown in Leland, windsurf, sail. Ride bikes, play tennis or golf, walk in the sand on the Lake MI shoreline, take an art class at the Glen Arbor Art Assoc. Visit the shops & art galleries in Glen Arbor, Empire, Leland & Suttons Bay. Eat at a variety of local establishments. The Narrows Bridge is under construction so enjoy a slight detour around Little Glen to Glen Arbor.

Other Activities: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 11 2017 - Jun 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Summer-Labor Day
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Indian Summer
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $500

Sunday 4:00 pm - Sunday 10:00 am

Thank you for understanding that maximum number of guests is 8 & that the sleeping accommodations are limited to those as described for the 4 bedrooms.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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