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1936 Lakefront Log Cabin - Historic Big Glen Lake Family Retreat Dunes Lakeshore

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Quiet Seclusion for 8-10. 3 adult BR's, 3 child "bunk" BR's, 1 single, 1.5 Baths

* * Sparkling WATERFRONT Big Glen Lake * * Grab last available weeks beginning Sunday 7/9, 8/13 or 9/3 . Our waterfront log cabin nestles in a sunny spot in the woods on the south shore of Big Glen Lake. A memorable family gathering place with views over Caribbean blue water, a private dock and raft for water-based activities. Dates available for Sat/Sat weekly rent are released in early January after family members have secured their dates. The log cabin is known as "Shack Tamarack" after the Tamarack trees which were felled for logs, gathered and peeled in nearby Cedar. It was designed by Chicago Architect Harry Weese, while in architecture school, for his parents & has been used by family every summer since. A special place at the end of a private drive, a short distance from the Narrows Bridge & Ideally located adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Relax, enjoy your vacation at our memorable log cabin which contains much of the original furniture made of logs. A local field stone fireplace anchors one end of the large living area which looks to the water. To one side, a dining area with long benches & pine table of two wide planks.

Kitchen & Amenities: The KITCHEN is well suited for those who like to cook, contains modern amenities and easily partakes of the activity. The adjacent screen porch with swing is a quiet retreat for sunrise, sunset or mid-day break. Just outside is an ample deck with lounge chairs and picnic table. A hammock and grill are nearby. All areas overlook the crystal clear, spring fed lake.

Log Cabin Retreat & Waterfront: 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. . . . . . . . . . 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.

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Ann - Member since 2000
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Ann - Member since 2000

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

Ann - Member since 2000 purchased this cabin 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 log cabin and make it their home for a large part of the year. Our parents, we, our children & theirs have made a seasonal sojourn ever since because there is so much the area has to offer.


Glen Arbor Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Outdoor - outdoor shower , Perfect after a hike, bike ride or sandy excursion. Hot/Cold
    Bathroom 2nd floor - toilet , with sink and toilet accessible to all 2nd floor bedrooms
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , 1st floor
  • This is an historic, well maintained log cabin with the convenience of a half bath on the second floor. There is one full bath with a shower on the first floor. There is a simple outside shower with warm water. Bedding, Linens and bath towels provided. Please bring your beach towels.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bunk room #1 - 2 double , bunks, 2 children maximum
    Bunk room #2 - 1 double , 1 child or adult maximum
    Bunk room #3 - 2 double , bunks, 2 children maximum
    Grandma's Queen - 1 queen , 2 adults
    Wing Queen - 1 queen , 2 adults
    Child's Single - 1 twin/ single , also adjoins Wing
    Pop's First Floor Double - 1 double , 1 or 2 adults
  • PLEASE read the BR description carefully. THANK YOU! Due to the beds & BR configuration, the cabin is most suited for 5-6 adults & a maximum of 5-6 children. 10 total guests is the family preference, both for your comfort & impact on cabin's historic features. All rooms except Pop's are on the 2nd floor. The 2 queen rooms, Grandma's & Wing, are suited for adults. The single connects to the Wing queen (each has its own access) and is most often used as a young child's room. It can accommodate a small crib. The Pop's double on the first floor is favored by grandparents. The remaining 3 "bunk" rooms are off a covered exterior balcony (see photos) accessible by both interior & exterior stairs. The rooms are divided by about 9' high walls which do NOT extend to the sloping log & plank roof. They lack the privacy an adult may wish. 2 have double bunks & 1 a double. The beds are intended for 1 person each. Only the single room can accommodate a portable child's crib or pack'n'play.
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
For HomeAway & VacationRentals, be sure to hover over the amenities with the ....for further information. * The Cabin has a Private Dock & raft. - The wonderful screened porch overlooks the lake as does the large deck with picnic table and comfortable seating. All family members like to cook and you will find the kitchen amply supplied with necessary equipment - The amenities are the absolutely wonderful lake and area of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. If you have specific needs or requests please inquire.


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1936 Lakefront Log Cabin - Historic Big Glen Lake Family Retreat Dunes Lakeshore
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful escape! Just what a log cabin should be

  • 5 of 5

I was invited to join some friends for a part of their vacation last year. They said a 4 generation family log cabin in the woods at the edge of a lake. I took them up on their offer to visit an area I knew little about not really knowing what to expect. LAKE! It is a gorgeous , clear turquoise spring fed lake. Loved the cabin with the funky bunkrooms which are entered off an outdoor covered balcony and have partitions which are about 10 feet high. I slept in the double between the 2 with the kids and could hear them telling stories until they dozed off...The more private queen rooms having been commandeered by my hosts. This place is special. I enjoyed my too short stay and am prompted to write this review as I look forward to returning this year.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your visit. Thank you!
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Loved our visit, Genuine log cabin of character

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a low-key getaway somewhat out of the ordinary to relax, swim, read and enjoy family. This log cabin filled the bill. It takes one back with the stone fireplace and chimney at one end surrounded by vintage, well-maintained seating in which to relax in the firelight. We cooked and ate at the old pine table, sitting on the long pine benches at either side. WiFi is good but using it is a distraction which detracts from the ambiance. New for 2014 was a nice large shower instead of the old tub as well as an outdoor shower area with hot as well as cold water. This more than makes up for the 1 1/2 baths in the cabin. There was also a new leather lounge chair and footstool. Not everything is new, nor does it need to be. It is obvious the family maintains the comfortable, easy character of the cabin replacing as necessary and repairing the old. Read the bedroom description, it is accurate. Don't try to pack in 10-12. There were 8 of us treading lightly and appreciative that the 3rd generation owners are willing to share with others this wonderful piece of history on this gorgeous lake. Come and enjoy if you wish peace and serenity. Pass it by if you want bells, whistles & modern electronic amenities because wifi is it. We will be back and hope to stay for 2 weeks. Thank you for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed the cabin and had a relaxing vacation. We look forward to seeing you in the future. As you note, some things will remain the same and there will be some which will be new. Thank you.
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A place of Memories!

  • 5 of 5

We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in this wonderful log cabin which is now shared most of the season by the 3rd & 4th generations. When we arrived, it was what I had hoped for of a historic log cabin on a lake. Glen Lake is crystal blue and the private dock and raft led to many swims in the crystal water. We enjoyed early evenings on the screen porch, retreating to read in the living room around the big stone fireplace. Lounging on the deck and just talking was also a great pastime as some wandered in from the bike trails, one of numerous park hikes (fabulously situated to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), perusing the shops & galleries or playing on the water. The family obviously takes pride in sharing this special place and does a good job of preserving its historic character and mementos while keeping the essential comforts up-to-date. Don't come here for any technical bells, whistles or TV (there isn't one), but for peace and rejuvenation. If you need to be connected the WiFi provided was reliable. We would love to visit again, our memories are fond and our hosts gracious. Thank you

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review! The memories are shared and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
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Midland, MI

1936 Lakefront Log Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Excellent Property! Wonderful log cabin, beautiful area. Property was very clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend to my friends. It has all of the amenities one would need for a great getaway vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to share this special log cabin with those who appreciate and care for it in our absence. It is a place of family gatherings spanning 5 generations which, with the cottage next door, allows guests a similar opportunity to gather family in a beautiful part of the country on a spectacular clear lake. Thank you for your visit and treading lightly. We look forward to your return with best wishes for your well being until then.
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Boston, MA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed here & in the cottage next door many times over the last 30 years from June through September and have always marveled at the beautiful swimming and water. It is so peaceful to be here, read, relax, paint, walk, canoe, kayak, windsurf, hike in the Dunes National Lakeshore, and not wander far. On the other hand it is really nice to have so many other options close at hand such as good restaurants, the Art Association, Dunes Concert, shopping. It seems to get better every year without detracting from the wonderful natural environment. This log cabin is really unusual and has been thoughtfully maintained to preserve its character and add some welcome things like a great deck overlooking the water. It is well provisioned for cooking & has a great long table made from 2 wide pine boards. 2 queen bedrooms are great for adults. The double downstairs may work for 2 but is usually used by one. The "bunkrooms" are entered off an exterior balcony, are basic and sleep 3-5. They are special as is the whole cabin. The architect, Harry Weese, designed a great, vernacular, north woods log cabin. A very special place where I hope to continue to return many times.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2008
  • Stayed: Feb 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Most sparkling warm water & best swimming in the world! Warm sunny days with hikes in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park, canoeing along the shore, windsurfing in the afternoon breeze. Even the occasional rain was welcome when we curled up and read, played games and visited. Our evening fire in the stone fireplace with chimney reaching to the rafters, became a gathering place for relaxing, telling stories and planning for the next day – there is so much to do! Others would retreat to the screened porch or deck morning, noon and night to pursue favorite activities and enjoy the peace. Sunrise, sunset, moonrise all reflected in the crystal waters of the sandy bottom, spring fed Glen Lake. We will return to this warm & inviting family retreat in the sun-filtered woods at the edge of the lake. It was kind of you to share your historic log cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2003
  • Stayed: Jul 2003
  • 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.

Other Activities: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer-Labor Day
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 10 2017
4 night minimum stay
Indian Summer
Sep 11 2017 - Sep 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Deposit $750

Sunday 4:00 pm / Sunday 10:00 am
Rates are for 8 guests. A maximum of 4 additional guests may be accommodated. This is subject solely to Owner's determination if the complement of guests & total number will be comfortable & are appropriate to the cabin's design, accommodations & historic features. Please contact us for rates & suitability.

The $750 refundable security is based on 8 guests. It is $1,000 for more than 8 guests.
A maximum cleaning fee of $75 for up to 8 guests, and $100 for more than 8 guests will be deducted from the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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