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Bays Inn on Arbutus Lake

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Cozy cottage for 2 in a woodland setting with the lake just steps away. Small cottage with cozy fireplace, small kitchen area, and the comfy double bed makes this a restful and pleasant place somewhere in time. You can bike on the dirt roads, hike through the woods and forage for wild blackberries, blueberries and spring morels. Swim and kayak in this small lake but make your way through the channel for access to bigger lakes. Fish off the dock, sunbathe on the floating dock, or just float for a relaxing afternoon. Star gaze to your heart's content with no city lights to obstruct your view of the heavens. Traverse City is just 10 miles away. This location is the best of both country lake living and the many events and shopping of Traverse City. Bonus: Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes are 40 minutes away. In the winter, if snow is something you enjoy, we are very near a portion of the VASA trail and Lake Muncie XC ski trails. Crystal Mountain is 45 minutes away.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    There is a pull out sofabed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are OK...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are many steps and uneven surfaces that would not make this cottage wheelchair accessible...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • The cottage is an open floor plan with a double bed sectioned off by a half-wall....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Full bath with tub and shower


  • Television


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    Please bring your own coffee for the Mr. Coffee coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Small kitchen area with microwave, small frig, toaster oven, and two burner stove top. Coffeemaker, dishes and silverware, pots and pans, kitchen towels. No dishwasher. ...moreless

  • Microwave


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks, bring your own life-jackets...moreless



Write a review 4.4
from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $30
  • Pet Fee $30


Please call for additional information. 231-946-7240

Not handicap acceptable.

Lake access requires 50 steps up or down stone stairway.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/16/2017
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
26 Miles
Nearest Ferry
South Mainitou Ferry (Leland - South Manitou)
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Elmwood Golf Course
150 Miles
Nearest Train
Grand Rapids, Michigan
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
45 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain
17 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan

Car: Necessary

The Traverse City area is known for its natural beauty. It is located on the shores of Lake Michigan's West and East Bay. Forty minutes away is our beautiful Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore voted one of the most beautiful places in America. Outdoor activities abound from kayaking on the big lake to paddling around inland lakes as well. Downtown Traverse City is high energy with restaurants, the famous State Theater (home to the Traverse City Film Festival), and boutique shops. Don't miss golf on one of over 20 golf courses in the region. Each season has its own set of magic. My favorite, after summer, is the Fall with its spectacular jewel-like colors. A trip up Old Mission Peninsula for a winery tour in the Fall is a memory-making event. In winter, we have snow and plenty of skiing, both Nordic and Alpine. Winter has its own beauty in Traverse City with its downtown white fairy-lights twinkling on the lamp posts and store windows.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: After raising a family and working in Ann Arbor Michigan for many many years, it became time to relax and enjoy northern Michigan, where my heart has always been. I moved to Arbutus Lake in 1992 but just began renting the guest house, now called Bays Inn, in 2014, We've enjoyed many summers with family here and now its time to share with others. If you're interested in history, I wrote a little book about Arbutus Lake called A Century of Summers. Ask for a copy.

Why the Owner Chose Forest Lakes, East Bay Township, MI, USA:
Arbutus Lake is designated a wild and scenic lake with 25% of the shoreline undeveloped. Fish, swim, sail, ski, tube, kayak, canoe, or just float and enjoy this precious resource. It is quiet here and beauty is everywhere if you look for it. After a day in the city, I always begin to relax as I near the cottage.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The 1940's stonework adorns the outside of the cottage from the back wall to the 50 steps down to the lake. The stonework is prevalent in the neighborhood and I am told that the stones came from farm fields in the area. My friends tell me this cottage makes them feel like they are in the movie, "On Golden Pond."

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/16/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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