Cathead Bay in Northport Mi. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Cathead Bay Sand Castle sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and is in a private community on Cathead Bay, one of the best kept secrets of Northern Michigan. We are literally on the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. The light house is five minutes away.

The house is surrounded by a nature preserve and sits at the foot of the Leelanau State Park Dunes. You can cross the road and take a hike up the dunes and usually you will have them all to your self, because the public has to park miles away and hike in to get to them.

The beach is pristine with fine, sugary sand and not rocky like the Grand Traverse Bay side can be and it is sandy as far out into the lake as you can walk. This beach seems almost tropical and you can walk the shore for miles. If you head south you will end up, after the last house, in an area of protected lake shore that is also part of Leelanau State Park.

This house feels more like a colorful ocean beach house than a lake house. There is a fire pit by the beach and another up near the house.

Since buying the house we have been sprucing it up a bit. Mostly painting to freshen it up. The furnishings will be all new. We have other plans too!

The house is very cleverly designed. Closing the huge pocket doors between the Kitchen and Living Room creates a giant Master Suite, since the master bedroom w/full bath is off of the living room. At night there is great privacy from the other bedrooms which are towards the front of the house near the front sitting room.

There is another full bathroom in the hall near the two bedrooms that has a walk in tiled shower. The master bathroom has a large tub with shower.

The Bunkhouse next to the house has two full sized mattress bunk beds and a couch and TV. It is a big a hit with kids and also allows parents to get some quiet time. Bunk house is not heated so please consider this when booking the cooler months.

The bed sizes are as follows:

1st Bedroom in the main house MASTER -New King bed, sleeps 2

2nd Bedroom-New Queen bed, sleeps 2

3rd Bedroom-1 twin size bunk bed, sleeps 2 and 1 twin bed, sleeps 1 more.

Bunkhouse(Separate from house) two full size bunk beds. Can sleep up to 8

Bath: One full with walk in shower

One full with large tub/shower

All of the bedrooms look out to the dunes and the sitting room, kitchen and living room all have a great view of the lake. Every bedroom has a mirror.

The house has wifi and cable, with a tv in the living room of main house and one in the bunk house.

The town of Northport is about nine minutes down the road and it has a great grocery store and several restaurants and bars. You can be in Leland with the quaint shops of Fishtown and Suttons Bay with all of it’s shops and restaurants is roughly twenty minutes. If gambling is your thing, there is the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown, which is a little north of Sutton’s Bay. The “Big Town” of Traverse City is about forty five minutes south and so is Glen Arbor home of my favorite coffee ever Leelanau Coffee Roasters and for everything cherry there is Cherry Republic. The Leelanau Peninsula is home to several wineries, including one owned by Madonna’s parents, the Ciccone Vineyard and Winery.

The house faces west, so you will see some of the most amazing sunsets you have ever seen. At night there is no city light pollution so the sky is loaded with stars.

Whether you want to sit and relax all day by the beach, swim, go off exploring the many hiking trails in the area, check out the nearby towns, take a bike ride, hit the casino, plus so much more, we think you will be glad you chose Cathead Bay Sand Castle.

Patio area has 2 picnic tables, patio set, 2 fire pits and chairs.

Linens and towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels.

Be sure to email us for a quote. Rates vary with the seasons. Summer weeks in July and August are Sat to Sat only. $5500/week + pet fee + cleaning fee + tax.

FALL : Sept and Oct:


Off Season:

Plus Pet Fee, Cleaning Fee and Tax.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    Direct Lake Michigan...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster




Write a review 4.6
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 5 - Nov 1, 2016
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $175 + tax
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 6%


Fees and restrictions apply. Please inquire with us for a accurate quote. Fall rate of $425 is for the main house only + fees. Main house + the bunk house will be more, although bunk house does not have heat.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/13/2016
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
TVC Cherry Capital Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Northport Bars
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Many golf courses within 30 min
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
55 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain or Boyne Mountain

All activities within 40 minutes.



VRBO #564459

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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Cathead Bay in Northport Mi. - Direct Sand Beach Retreat

Northport, MI, USA #564459

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