2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage
About Mary Winowiecki
We are both natives of Northern Michigan -- Joe growing up in Leelanau County and Mary in Traverse City. We moved away from the area for about 20 years after high school, but moved back "home" in 2000 to raise our two children, Emma and Mitch. (There's no where better to raise a family!). While the area has changed and grown in the past several decades, we love that it still retains what makes Northern Michigan so special -- pristine beaches, endless hiking and biking trails, and views that continue to take our breath away on a daily basis. We wouldn't live anywhere else!
Mary Winowiecki purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Mary Winowiecki chose Traverse City
We were immediately impressed by West Winds Resort! First of all, it is situated on our favorite part of Lake Leelanau (the sunset side!). Secondly, the string of 11 cottages are so sweet! Each has shutters unique to their cottage and all are meticulously maintained, as is the entire property. We were struck by how quiet and private the resort felt -- the perfect spot to get away from it all!
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottages sit well off the road with a large grassy area complete with a great play structure and basketball hoop. There is also room to part boat trailers. The beach is great and adjoins a mini-marina (each cottage is allotted one slip). A gazebo and two fire pits add to the charm, as does a small fish-cleaning station.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The cottage was nice but really close to the others. Fortunately for us it was early in the season and most of them were empty.
I also feel the mandatory insurance was expensive.
Overall, we had a great time.
Another perfect weekend on the shore of Lake Leelenau
Super clean and cozy cottage. The sunsets are wonderful, and the beachfront very inviting. The only improvement I would advise would be a water filter system, as the well water has a strong mineral smell.
Cottage on the lake
Listing was very deceptive. service fee, cleaning fee and extremely excessive damage deposit were not disclosed until the final bill was presented. Will NEVER book thru your org. again or recommend you.
Our property listing and VRBO/Homeaway provide full disclosure of fees and options for security deposit - both deposit held by VRBO/Homeaway and an option for purchasing damage insurance. We are very accommodating owners with respect to addressing questions relative to fees. Unfortunately, we have had bad experiences in the past and been burned by costly repairs so need to require a deposit that is consistent with VRBO/Homeaway market standards.
Note, if you are booking through Expedia, as this guest did, or other third-party sites the fees may appear differently and obviously we can not control this.
We enjoyed our stay and loved the view of the water.
Great stay. No problems. As advertised
Nice quiet and well kept cabin in a great location
Clean and restful
Enjoyed our stay. Would certainly consider staying again - thanks - enjoyed getting up and having the lake right there!
Ask any local and they'll tell you Lake Leelanau is one of their favorite inland lakes -- perfect for swimming, boating, paddle boarding and fishing. Visit nearby Grand Traverse Bay to take a catamaran ride, sail on a majestic Tall Ship, rent a jet ski or go parasailing. Or venture out onto The Big Lake (Lake Michigan) to go charter fishing or simply to meander along the shore keeping an eye out for Petoskey stones.
Take a drive out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and don't miss the scenic Pierce Stocking Drive with outstanding views of Lake Michigan (scenic turnout #9 is amazing!). Hike, bike or snowshoe many of the park's trails (don't miss the new Heritage Trail!) or take the kids to the 110 foot Dune climb.
Did you know that Bon Appetit has named Traverse City one of the country's Top Foodie Towns? Eateries range from family friendly food trucks (check out The Little Fleet in downtown TC) and burger joints (Slab Town on West Front Street or Don's Drive-In on Munson) to eclectic cuisine like the Asian/Cuban fusion restaurant Georgina's. Celebrating a special day? Fine dining at PepeNero at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons is not to be missed. And local favorite Amical offers impeccable food, service and ambiance in downtown TC.
For the shoppers in the crowd, Downtown Traverse City boasts dozens of boutiques and specialty shops, and the nearby port towns of Suttons Bay, Leland, and Glen Arbor are ripe with shops, art galleries and eateries.
The summer season in our area is buzzing with festivals, ranging from the family-friendly National Cherry Festival to the highly acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival. Art festivals featuring the area's plethora of local artists can be found almost every weekend of the summer season, and wine and beer festivals are sprinkled throughout the year -- even in the winter months!
Golfers will enjoy some two dozen area courses, many with breathtaking views and designed by the likes of Palmer, Nicklaus, Weiskopf and Player. The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms and Manitou Passage are two of the best -- and most beautiful -- in Northern Michigan.
We recommend checking out www.TraverseCity.com prior to your visit. It's a great resource for the latest in event information and area attractions!