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Near Sleeping Bear Dunes, Cozy cottage on inland lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Cottage, Sleeps 4-5

The cottage has 2 bedrooms with an adjoining bathroom between the bedrooms. The kitchen and dining room/living room are situated in an open floor plan. The kitchen has all the necessary tools for cooking with a stove and refrigerator for your use.

The love seat in the living room folds out into a twin bed to comfortably sleep a 5th person. Both bedrooms have a new queen size bed which are very comfortable.

Gary Hughey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Gary Hughey

I have lived in the area for 20 years and have always dreamed of owning a place on the water. I am lucky enough to have found the perfect spot and to own a piece of paradise. I love sharing this property with others and see the joy they get from being there. I'm an engineer by day and love going out to the cottage as often as possible. Like you, I need a vacation and I am lucky enough to get to retreat to a perfect location.

Gary Hughey purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gary Hughey chose Maple City

This is very close to Traverse City where I both work and live. Leelanau County is one of the most beautiful places in the country and on top of that this cabin nearly boarders Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I have many excellent memories as a young person visiting the Dunes for the challenging dune climb with my friends. They always wanted to see how fast they could climb to the top! Try it, it will be day to remember!

What makes this cottage unique

When this was built, they put it very close to the water. 12 feet past the end of the deck is the water's edge, making the cabin feel like an extension of the lake. There is a fire pit in between the cabin and the water for evenings sitting around a fire by the water. This cabin creates unique opportunity to enjoy the closeness of the water and all the amenities necessary to be comfortable.


Maple City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Brand new queen bed - cozy and comfortable.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Comfy queen bed perfect to rest up on your vacation!
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Near Sleeping Bear Dunes, Cozy cottage on inland lake
average rating of 4.7352943 based on 34 reviews

Relaxing getaway with some updates needed. :)

  • 3 of 5


- Great location for what we were looking for in our time

- Gary had great communication and was really helpful

- View of Little Traverse Lake and access to water with canoe/boat


- Definitely had a rental property feel with much of the furniture, kitchen appliances, amentities, and arrangements being very used and more toward the end of their life then begining.

- We ran into a couple of high 80 degree days and the cabin was extremely hot and difficult to sleep with no AC.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! Great Lake for kids, and awesome location to get to everywhere. Quiet and cozy. Really good value!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is slightly overdue but better late than never ; - ) Our family of four stayed at this cottage during Fourth of July week this year. We decided to book our stay solely based on the other high ratings and solid written reviews about the positive experiences other families had during their stay. Everything that we read proved to be 100% correct. Our kids age 8 and six enjoyed swimming and playing every day in the lake and we enjoyed grilling and eating dinners on the deck most nights, sitting by the fire pit, and going out on the provided rowboat nearly every day during our seven nights. In the weeks leading up to our stay we messaged the owners, Gary and Stacey, several times asking about the cottage and things to do in the area and I kid you not they responded in under an hour ( sometimes within 15 minutes !) and provided a .pdf document with Internet links included about all of the local attractions. Their list included Internet links to the various neighboring tourist towns to visit and beaches and hikes, dune climbs etc, and other things to do and we did most of the things they suggested. Our average day was spending a few hours each day doing one of their suggested excursions and then spending most of the rest of the day relaxing at the cottage and watching our kids enjoy the pristine lake and also enjoying the company of the guests at the neighboring cottages. On our visit to Traverse City, Gary and Stacey were kind enough to allow us to park our vehicle at one of their assigned parking spaces at their residence so that we could take a short leisurely walk to town and enjoy the day hassle free. Gary was so personable and friendly and would occasionally check in with me via text message to see how our vacation was going and was genuinely concerned with us having a great time - and I hope he doesn't mind me sharing all of this but I felt that his involvement and personal touch in our experience was part of what made our vacation experience so wonderful. Many thanks to two very grateful and hospitable property owners in Gary and Stacey! The property and the area far exceeded any expectations that we had and if we decide to visit the area again ( which we most likely will) we will highly consider staying at their hideaway cottage again since that will remove any uncertainty about the quality of the vacation we will have and the return on investment. A warm and very heartfelt thanks to the owners!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice time at the cottage. Our kids loved playing in the lake. We loved exploring the dunes and Traverse City. The market across the street was very convenient. We enjoyed our stay here very much!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect waterfront cottage

  • 4 of 5

Just what we needed for a long weekend getaway. Lake was calm morning and evening and was a great setting to relax and unwind.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Little Traverse Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sugar Loaf Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Little Traverse Inn
Nearest Beach
Property has its own beach
Car: recommended

This beautiful spot boarders Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which was voted the most beautiful spot in America in 2011. The park has 70,000 acres of spectacular scenery with trails, beaches, scenic drives, and amazing views looking across Lake Michigan.

Located in Leelanau county, there are endless sightseeing opportunities. Trails, lakes, fishing, mountain and road biking, golfing, wine tasting and much more are all near by. There are nearly 20 wineries with tasting rooms.

Traverse City is just 22 miles away. There are always fun and interesting events happening for the whole family. Check out the National Cherry Festival or the now the world famous Traverse City Film Festival. Known for it amazing restaurants and fine food; you will not be disappointed in the culinary discoveries Traverse City holds.

Bass, pike, perch and bluegill are abundant in the lake right out your front door. Countless opportunities for fishing are present in the area just waiting for you to go out and discover.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.