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North Lake Leelenau Retreat! Beautiful Lake Views And Frontage!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom 1 bath Sleeps 4

Whaleback Retreat is a romantic getaway for 2 couples or maybe just for you! -on North Lake Leelanau just south of Leland village. This spacious apartment overlooking the lake from Whaleback Hill has 200 feet of lakeshore across the street!

Everything you need for a perfect opportunity to be together has been given careful thought by the owners who enjoy 'couples vacations' themselves! (No sharing of outdoor space with other guests!!!)

The master bedroom is a getaway in itself with it's comfy king-sized bed, peaceful woodsy views and roomy walk-in shower. The 2nd bedroom has a queen size bed. Beautiful views of the lake are enjoyed from the open living/full kitchen area. And, we apologize, but lake gazing is required when savoring morning coffee on the balcony or grilling on the patio. Of course, it's then up to you if you head down the hillside stairs, across the street and jump in to the lake!

Whether you are up to relaxing, wine tasting on Michigan’s largest wine trail, hiking Sleeping Bear Dunes, down hill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobiling on many of the great trails, boating Lake Leelanau or Lake Michigan, ice fishing, sporting, staring at the water or blazing a mountain bike trail in the summer, Whaleback Retreat has it all!

This retreat is a year around getaway that will always make you feel at home.

Have friends or family you would like to be with, but want your private time too? Please contact us for details about Whaleback Retreat main house, listing VRBO #508805. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house that can be opened up to the apartment, or keep it locked for privacy. You can be as sociable & accessible as you care to! Both rentals have separate parking, entrances, private outdoor spaces, fire pits & docks.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Rebecca

We fell in love with the Leland area and knew that we wanted to share our interest in the area with others. We enjoy kayaking, hiking, skiing, fishing and relaxing by the fire.

Rebecca purchased this apartment in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

The place is fantastic, we love it!! We had a great time and can not wait to come back! Doug on the wine tour was a lot of fun. Thanks for the suggestion.
May 2015
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Leland Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The bathroom is attached to the king bedroom. It has a door on either side and is the only shared bathroom.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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North Lake Leelenau Retreat! Beautiful Lake Views And Frontage!
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews

Great place, close to Leland!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect size for the four of us and the location was great! Very close to Leland and the Lake Leelanau narrows.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Columbia, MO

Wonderful stay in Leelanua Peninsula

  • 5 of 5

We have always loved Lake Leelanau and the surrounding area. The apartment is comfortable and well maintained. A small balcony and a nice lawn provide a great view of the lake, and a deck near the water is shaded in the afternoon and very comfortable. There was plenty of water depth at the dock for our 19 foot Four Winns boat and room on the deck for our two kayaks at night.

Access to Leland and Lake Leelanau is quick and easy by car or boat and especially Leland is an easy trip by kayak.

I will offer two cautions to this otherwise 100% positive review: Access to the water involves crossing M-22 and the 55 MPH traffic would be a serious concern for families with young children. Far less significant, if we had planned on doing much cooking (we didn't) the kitchen would have been somewhat limiting for regularly cooking full-meals for a family.

We highly recommend this accommodation and certainly would use it again for a party of four or fewer.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, MI

Wonderful Weekend For the Wine Festival

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed 3 fabulous nights with our friends visiting Leland, renting just the upper 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment was VERY clean and well equipped. Loved the high ceilings and beautiful view of Lake Leelenau. It's located just a couple minutes from hiking trails, and just a couple minutes to Leland by car. We did walk to town one morning, although the road is quite busy. The layout is a little awkward for 2 couples, as you enter the master bedroom through the only bathroom. We made it work!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and spacious apartment close to Leland

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is about 1.5 miles from "downtown" Leland. It's a simple and easy drive into town. The apartment has a great view of Lake Leelanau and is spacious and very nicely furnished. The kitchen is large and fully furnished. Since we were there in the winter, the gas fireplace was really a great bonus! Though we didn't use them, the apartment had a washer and dryer, which would be good for a larger family. It also was very quiet - even with a group of people staying in the other part of the house. The apartment was very clean when we arrived, and it is obvious that it has been well taken care of. Overall it is a very nice place to stay with a lot to offer no matter what season of the year one might be in Leland.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful location, cute apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the apartment during peak color, and what a gorgeous view to have in the morning! Within walking distance of a trail system, and a couple miles from downtown Leland. Great location for wineries, shopping and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and modern with high quality furnishings and super comfy beds, and in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Rebecca was very responsive and helpful. The apartment is large and tastefully finished with great furnishings and excellent beds. Nice touches: high quality towels and West Elm bedding. Yes, my wife noticed and mentioned these things specifically!

Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We are located right up the road from historic Fishtown in Leland (make sure you eat at the Village Cheese Shanty). In the area you will find...Wineries, Art Galleries, Fishing, Beautiful Beaches, Bird Watching, Great Food, and Casinos. You will also be a short driving distance to many attractions through out the year like the Manitou Music Festival, Leland Food & Wine Festival, Leelanau Conservancy Natural Area, Day Trips to the Manitou Islands, Traverse City Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, Interlochen Performing Arts Academy Concert Series, Fall Color Tours, and Skiing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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