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In-town Suttons Bay, Walk to Town/Beach, On wine trail, Open Oct 27-29

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,930 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Walk to the Beach, Shops, and Marina from this 4 BR, 2 BA Treasure

The Schoolhouse Cottage, which sleeps 6, offers an excellent location in the cute town of Suttons Bay; you can walk to the beach, the Marina, and all the boutiques and restaurants in town. Awesome ice cream shop just one block away! Near wineries, golf courses, hiking trails, tennis courts and biking trails.

This stylish home features 3 bedrooms (King, 2 Queens, and Twins) plus a sitting room with a pull-out sofa and 2 full baths. The twins bedroom is between the sitting room and one of the upstairs Queen bedrooms.

The cottage has a large, open living and dining area and a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of room for your group to gather, relax and enjoy time together inside, or outside on the deck overlooking the perennial garden with pocket views of the bay.

Recent review: "The whole experience was fantastic! The owner provided helpful information (shops, things to do, recommendations, etc.) and was she was so helpful and responsive before, during and after our stay! The house is charming, very clean, was large enough for my entire family, and was in the perfect location. The neighborhood is cute, quiet and the house is just steps away from ice cream and downtown fun! We really loved our stay and we highly recommend this home to others! It was all so perfect."

Walk to the beach, town, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, biking trails, hiking trails, and a movie theater! Everything is within walking distance!

Suttons Bay, in the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula, is the perfect place to discover the pleasures of Leelanau County. Short scenic drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes, the wine trail, Traverse City, Leland, and Northport. Walk on endless Lake Michigan beaches, sail in Grand Traverse Bay, shop in the quaint towns of Leland and Glen Arbor, boat on Lake Leelanau, go wine tasting, spend a day in Traverse City - just 15 miles away, visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes or explore farther and see all of gorgeous Leelanau County.

Our guests love that they can walk everywhere; to the beach, cafes, shops, excellent restaurants and the movies, all within less than 5 minutes.

Read our reviews! 'The house is darling. So cute!' "Great house, setting, location and great communication with owners".

Amenities include central A/C, cable, wifi, two TVs, charcoal grill, board games, parking for 4 cars and laundry for our guests. Fire pit and wood available with a small extra fee.

In addition to sailing, boating, fishing and swimming in Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, you can golf at a selection of quality golf courses nearby, hike on many well-maintained trails, and bike throughout the county. Bike-enthusiasts love the TART railroad trails which pass right thru Suttons Bay. Enjoy the wine trail, less than 10 minutes to nearby wineries Black Star Farms, 45 North, Aurora Cellars, Boathouse, Chateau Fontaine and many more!

'The white-sand beaches feel as sweeping and sublime as oceanfront' Martha Stewart Living July/August 2013.

Suttons Bay is lively with great restaurants, easy access to Traverse City, stunning Leelanau Conservancy hiking trails, the TART bike trail, superior golf courses, new tennis and basketball courts nearby and award-winning wine and microbrewery tours.

I encourage you to Request to Book as I respond to every inquiry and love to share my favorite beaches, hiking trails, wineries and restaurants!

In the Fall you can take a wine tasting tour, hike the Conservancy trails, golf at Manitou, bike the TART trail, play at the Casino, walk the beaches, or explore the microbreweries along the 'Traverse City Ale Trail.' Nearby Herman Park has 4 USTA tennis courts, a pickle ball court and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Suttons Bay is great for families of all ages. Walk to the wide sandy beach of Grand Traverse Bay, just 2 blocks away, where you can watch the sailboats and your kids will spend hours in the sand, playground and calm water which is ideal for swimming. Teens can bike throughout the town or walk to the town's tennis, volleyball, basketball courts and marina park. Bring a picnic to either one of the town's beaches to enjoy the view; plenty of picnic tables and grills are provided.

All year long you can explore the Leelanau Wine Trail and taste North Michigan's award-winning wines. Just ask, we are happy to design a personalized vineyard and wine-tasting tour for you, with just the right restaurant to end the day.

Everyone will enjoy evening strolls through town, savoring Moomer's ice cream just one block away, window shopping or catching a film at The Bay Theatre.

The Schoolhouse Cottage, just one block from St. Joseph's Street, is in a prime location in Suttons Bay, a highly desirable year-round vacation destination. Best of all, the house is on a quiet street just 2 blocks from the Suttons Bay beach and town park, 1 block to the town's best restaurants, Martha’s Leelanau Table, 9 Bean Rows and North Country Grill & Pub, and a quick walk to many art galleries, boutique shopping and the Bay Theatre.

Our Sunday to Sunday rental is ideal for wedding parties.

We offer cable, Internet, Laundry, Central A/C, off-street parking for 4 cars.

The Leelanau Peninsula has a wide variety of special events throughout the year. Suttons Bay Art Fair, Leland Wine & Food Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival, the Yeti Fest and much more!

Need space for more people? Take a look at our house in Leland, the Bluestone Cottage: VRBO # 456621, which sleeps 10-12 and is located just 3 blocks from Lake Michigan and Historic Fishtown.

Want to be directly on the water? Consider the White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau. Enjoy a luxurious vacation in this well-designed waterfront home which sleeps 10. Relax on the porch overlooking the picturesque Narrows, sit by the gas fireplace, or watch a movie in the media area. VRBO #610555

I love to share suggestions for best restaurants, unique things to do, wine tour ideas, and hiking trails. I love Leelanau County and I love sharing it with others. I am happy to help in any way to plan an excellent vacation.

More Details

Melissa Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Melissa Smith

Our family of four lives in Grand Rapids and we escape to Leelanau County every chance we get! We love walking the beaches with our Golden Retriever, hiking and geocaching throughout the county, waterskiing and tubing on pristine Lake Leelanau, and exploring new restaurants and wineries!

Melissa Smith purchased this house in 2013

Why Melissa Smith chose Northwest

The Schoolhouse Cottage is a charming historic house which we really loved renovating. Suttons Bay feels like a resort. Reading and sun-bathing on the beach, sailing and kayaking in the bay, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, exploring cute shops, relaxing in cafes, everything you want to do is right there within a 5 minute walk.

What makes this house unique

The Schoolhouse Cottage has a generous open living and dining room which we love for entertaining friends. The street is quiet, yet very close to town. The outdoor patio is a favorite spot for early morning coffee as well as for long family dinners sharing summer memories!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you! Love love love your home. It's perfect and beautifully decorated.
Jul 2014
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Suttons Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1930 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Two updated bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , The Master bedroom with sitting area has a view of the bay
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private room with its own bathroom. Pull-out in living room
    4th bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lots of extra room for guests; Smart TV in sitting room
    3rd bedroom - 1 queen , Sunny bedroom leads to the upstairs sitting room
  • Enjoy luxury linens and new bedding throughout Central Air conditioning
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Stylish decor, fresh paint, and luxury linens will make your stay super-comfortable. The Schoolhouse Cottage, on N. St. Mary’s Street, is in a prime location in Suttons Bay, a highly desirable year-round vacation destination town. With easy walking access to the terrific Suttons Bay Beach and Town Park, the Schoolhouse Cottage is a great choice for young families. Easy to push the stroller to the playground, or for teens to bike to town and the tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.


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In-town Suttons Bay, Walk to Town/Beach, On wine trail, Open Oct 27-29
average rating of 4.894737 based on 24 reviews
Plymouth MI

Great House!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home, within walking distance to the beach, shops, and restaurants in cute Suttons Bay. The house was wonderful, clean and fit our family of 9 plus a dog with lots of room. Nice amenities. Would definitely return. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Slept 10 with ease.....

  • 5 of 5

So many great things to say! This cottage absolutely sleeps 10 very comfortably with room for three parked cars (we traveled there in two). My favorite was a dining table that expanded to seat 10 indoors at one family table. Additionally, there's plenty of space and privacy for everyone to spread out and enjoy themselves. While the property has two televisions, the owners have stocked the cottage with board games for times to come together, unplug, and build memories.

This cottage is well stocked if you plan on cooking, complete with spices, tools, dishes, pots, pans, as well as microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher. We even made cookies! Minutes from an amazing full service high quality grocery store so no need to pack a cooler.

Restaurants, coffee shops, boutique shops, ice cream stands all within short comfortable walking distance. Beach and playground are just a walk away too. Sutton's Bay has many churches to pick from as well.

The property owners do an amazing job communicating and provide a very detailed amenity list of all the wonderful things to do and places to go in the area. Whether you're a couple, family or extended family vacationing together, you'll enjoy this property. We were a family of 10 including 2 Seniors, 2 Parents and 6 kids (ages 5, 9, 9, 11, 13 and 15) and a dog too!

Thanks, Melissa, for a great time! We'd definitely book again!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! I am so glad the house and the town were such a good fit for your family. We will welcome you back anytime!
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Wonderful Stay in Suttons Bay!

  • 5 of 5

The whole experience was fantastic! The owner provided helpful information (shops, things to do, recommendations, etc.) and was she was so helpful and responsive before, during and after our stay! The house is charming, very clean, was large enough for my entire family, and was in the perfect location. The neighborhood is cute, quiet and the house is just steps away from ice cream and downtown fun! We really loved our stay and we highly recommend this home to others! It was all so perfect. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Victoria, I love Leelanau County and I love sharing my insider favorite spots for wine tasting, hiking and exploring. Hope you can come again, there's so much to do here in Leelanau in all 4 seasons!
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Great place to stay if you have a large group!

  • 4 of 5

Although the house was quite dated it was exceptionally clean and felt like a home. The home was very well stocked and lots of places for people to sleep. It is also within perfect driving distance of anywhere you want to go in the Leelanau peninsula! If you have a larger group and need a place to stay I would definatly recommend the Schoolhouse Cottage!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked the central location of the Schoolhouse Cottage; it's nice to be one block from town.. We have tried hard to keep the historic charm of this 1890 house but add modern comforts for vacation living -- comfy beds, attractive decor, A/C, wifi, and a well-equipped kitchen. Hope you can come again for another weekend get-away!
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Great home with a location convenient to Sutton's bay shops and public beach.

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with Melissa's home. It was a great family space. Areas for us to gather and to have some privacy as well. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Judith, It's great to host guests like your group. Keep in touch if your plans bring you back to Leelanau! I think you'd love Leelanau in the Fall color season!
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Awesome time

  • 5 of 5

Great house, setting, location and great communication with owners

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! There's so much to do in the area -- even in March! I look forward to having your group again.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
North Country Pub
Nearest Ferry
150 Miles
Muskegon, MI
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Interstate Highway 131
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Martha's Leelanau Table
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Suttons Bay
Car: recommended

It’s easy walking distance to everything Suttons Bay has to offer; sandy beaches, the Marina, top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball and tennis. Enjoy evening strolls through town, or catch a film at The Bay Theatre.

Within a short drive, you can visit Leland and Historic Fishtown, Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City for great shopping and restaurants, or head north to the Casino or the quaint towns of Omena and Northport. We have excellent golf courses and many intriguing wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

We accept credit cards and PayPal (3.5% fee)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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