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Waterfront Lake Leelanau, 5 BR, Chef's Kitchen, Walk to Town, On Wine Trail

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Gorgeous 5 BR home on Lake Leelanau. Includes Canoe, Kayak and Ping Pong

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau is an extremely comfortable waterfront house, which sleeps 10, offers a huge dock for lounging and docking a boat (easy to rent), and a large lawn for privacy and to relax around an evening bonfire. We supply double kayak, canoe, fire pit and ping pong table.

We are centrally located near the towns of Leland and Suttons Bay, and right on the wine trail. You can walk into the town of Lake Leelanau for coffee, lunch and even wine tasting at Boathouse Vineyards and Northern Lattitudes! It is an ideal location for exploring Leelanau County; less than 10 minutes to Leland and Suttons Bay, 25 minutes to Northport, Sleeping Bear Dunes or Traverse City.

The White Birch Cottage offers 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large living area with gas fireplace, a lovely porch with water views, lush landscaped gardens, a huge lawn, plus attractive interiors with plenty of room for families or couples to spread out. Includes cable, wifi, ping pong table, gas fireplace, gas grill and fire pit.

At the White Birch Cottage you will enjoy extremely comfortable beds (3 Queens, 1 Full, 2 Twins, Bunk Bed) and you will find that the house layout provides lots of privacy but also has an open concept living/dining room and kitchen for your group to gather. The house is over 2800 square feet, creating a luxurious vacation experience.

The Master suite on the main floor offers water views and a very comfortable queen bed. The second bedroom with a queen bed overlooks the side patio. The third bedroom, upstairs, is huge and has a full bed and two twins plus sitting area. The fourth bedroom, also upstairs (its own set of stairs), has a queen bed plus a sitting area with flat-screen tv. The fifth bedroom is an adjacent bunk room with a twin bunk bed. Downstairs there's a separate sitting room with pull-out sofa. Lots of room for your group to spread out!

Our amenities include: large dock on Lake Leelanau, cable, wi-fi, laundry, central A/C, plenty of parking, ping pong table, volleyball net, kayak, canoe and fire pit.

We are open for Fall and Spring 2018 wine tasting, golfing, hiking or biking weekends. Enjoy our nearby distillery, excellent local cuisine, and our newest microbreweries.

Leelanau County 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 in nearby Suttons Bay and award-winning wine and microbrewery tours -- hard cider too!

We have received consistently excellent reviews:

"The house is perfect. Cozy beds for 10 people, a fireplace for the cool evenings, the channel to Lake Leelanau behind the house, open kitchen, fully furnished with top notch furnishings and CLEAN! The house is almost split in half as far as sleeping areas which works great if you have late night people and light sleepers that like to go to bed early.

You are minutes to Suttons Bay, a quick drive to Leland, and situated in the middle of the wine trail (go south one day, north the next). The nearest winery is less than a mile away and there is a distillery that is literally 50 yards or so from the house."

Centrally located in the town of Lake Leelanau, one of the hottest new foodie destinations in the Peninsula, you can walk to Peddling Beans for coffee, have brunch at our newest spot Fig's, sip wine at the Boathouse Winery overlooking Lake Leelanau, taste spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery, sample authentic Indian cuisine at NJ's, try the delicious Red Top Pasteria, enjoy a classic up North pub dinner at Dick's Pour House or have an authentic Italian evening complete with bocce at Bella Fortuna Restaurant, all within a 5 minute walk.

Short drive to best beaches in the area: Van's Beach in Leland, (great for walking and bonfires), Suttons Bay beach on the Bay (great for toddlers), Nedows Bay Beach on Lake Leelanau (great for young kids), Good Harbor Beach (Sleeping Bear Dunes).

Nedows Bay beach and many sandy swimming spots are also accessible by boat from the house.

I have consistently received excellent reviews: 'Many thanks for a beautiful stay' Sept 2013

'Lake Leelanau is gorgeous. We enjoyed cruising on the south lake and heading north for dinner at the Riverside Inn' July 2013

'We had a truly perfect summer vacation with great beach outings, fabulous boat rides, laughs with kids. The White Birch is clean, comfy, and well-located. Thanks again!' July

Just 6 minutes to Leland, where you can enjoy delightful Lake Michigan beaches and Historic Fishtown. 5 minutes to Suttons Bay for great shopping, art galleries, a number of excellent restaurants, sandy beaches and access to the clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The quaint town of Glen Arbor and 'America's Most Beautiful Place': the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 20m drive. Don't forget to visit the historic town of Omena, the Lighthouse in Northport and the bustling town of Traverse City, all a short drive away.

Interested in wine tasting? The White Birch Cottage is directly on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail just minutes from some of our favorite vineyard destinations: Chateau Fontaine, Laurentide, The Boathouse, 45 North and Blustone.

Come up North in the prime summer season for our many special events including the Leland 4th of July parade, Leland Art Festivals, Traverse City Wine & Food Festival, Wine on the Water and Art Fair in Suttons Bay, the Traverse City Film Festival and, in the fall, the Leland Heritage Festival and the Harvest Stompede wine tasting tour. Ask me for details about all the wine tasting events!

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau will be your home away from home where you can enjoy your free time whether you enjoy boating, swimming and sailing on one of Michigan's cleanest lakes, walking on endless Lake Michigan beaches, hiking Leelanau Conservancy trails, biking, eating farm fresh cuisine and tasting wines throughout the Peninsula, or just relaxing on the dock watching the boats go by. Come build your family memories at the White Birch Cottage in Lake Leelanau.

Amenities: Cable, wifi, parking for up to 5 cars, canoe and kayak, toys/games for ages 2-16, board games, gas grill, fire pit, ping pong table.

Our Sunday to Sunday rental is ideal for wedding parties. We also accept dogs.

I respond to all inquiries and am always happy to answer any questions about the area and offer ideas for hiking trails, wine tours, and restaurants.

The Leelanau Peninsula has a wide variety of special events throughout the year. The Old Art Building Art Shows, the Suttons Bay Art Walk , Leland Heritage Festival with Wooden Boats and Antique Cars, the Harvest Stompede Wine Tasting Event and much more!

Plan now for Fall Wine Tasting Weekends, as Leelanau is gorgeous for Color Tour season!

Feel free to Contact me with any questions, or Request to Book, as I respond to every inquiry. I love Leelanau County and I love sharing it with others. I am happy to give wine tasting tour tips and restaurant recommendations.

If this house is not available when you need it, or you need more housing for your group, check out my other listings!

VRBO #456621 The Bluestone Cottage in Leland. Sleeps 10-12. Within a short walk to Lake Michigan beaches, Historic Fishtown and the shops of Leland. Lovely front porch and private back deck for grilling out. Fresh decor and lovely Master suite with gas fireplace.

VRBO #491672 The Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay. Sleeps 8-10. On a quiet street in the Village of Suttons Bay. Easy walk to town and to the Suttons Bay beach. Attractive furnishings and a large living and dining room for your group to gather.

More Details

Melissa Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Melissa Smith

I love spending time at the beach! Our family of four lives in Grand Rapids and we escape to Leelanau County every chance we get. We are excited about how Lake Leelanau has become one of the hottest new foodie destinations in Leelanau County!

Melissa Smith purchased this house in 2003

Why Melissa Smith chose Lake Leelanau

We love the pristine waters of Lake Leelanau, and love skiing in the south lake, or heading through the picturesque Narrows up to the North lake, jumping in the crystal clear water at the sand bar, taking the boat right to the town of Leland!

What makes this house unique

With water views, a dock to lay on, a large yard with plenty of room for the kids, a relaxing front porch, plus plenty of bedrooms spread out for privacy, and a Media room. This home is luxurious living on the lake.


Lake Leelanau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Second bathroom designed with limestone tiles and large walk in shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Queen bedroom - 1 queen
    Private quarters and Media room - 1 queen
    Bunk room off Media Room - 1 bunk bed
    Upstairs Room with Sitting Area - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Waterfront Lake Leelanau, 5 BR, Chef's Kitchen, Walk to Town, On Wine Trail
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful Lakefront Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our trip to Lake Leelanau. The White Birch Cottage is in a great location. We spent sunny afternoons sitting in chairs on the dock watching the boats go by. In the evenings, we gathered around the firepit and watched the stars come out. So peaceful and idyllic. We appreciated all of the tips Melissa shared with us on where to go and what to do. We visited Suttons Bay and enjoyed the shops and restaurants there. It was only about 10 minutes away. We enjoyed the nearby vineyards and the incredible views from Sleeping Bear Dunes. I'd recommend this cottage to vacation goers of all ages. Includes canoe, kayak and ping pong.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well kept, clean home in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

White Birch cottage is a well kept, very clean home, in an excellent location on The Narrows of Lake Leelanau. Melissa, the owner, was very helpful and responsive before and during our stay. She is very good at answering any questions you may have and she makes sure her guests feel comfortable and welcome.

The location of this house is absolutely perfect for exploring the Leelanau peninsula. We went into Leland (10 minute drive at most) several times to walk around Fishtown, eat ice cream at The Harbour House, watch the sunset and visit all of the little shops. You MUST go to Sissons Main Street Specialties and indulge in their cinnamon rolls. Heavenly!! Also, go to The Village Cheese Shanty for amazing sandwiches. Yummy! Suttons Bay is also very close by. Lots of restaurants and beaches in that area. We took a day trip to Traverse City (maybe 30 minutes) and did part of the Ale Trail. Lots of great craft breweries to check out. Our favorites were the Jolly Pumpkin (on the Traverse Bay peninsula) and Hop Lot near Suttons Bay. There are several beautiful wineries in the area. Our favorites were Verterra, Blustone and 45. Of course, Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must as well. Be prepared to climb!! We hiked all 9 dunes to the shore of Lake Michigan and back. Took us about 2 1/2 hours. Bring water and wear sunscreen!!!

Again, the location of the house is absolutely perfect. There is a winery and a distillery literally within 100 yards of the house. Go and do a taste testing at Northern Latitudes Distillery. You don't be disappointed! We went kayaking and canoeing almost everyday thanks to the owners having them for use by the guests. Plenty of space for a large family. There were 7 of us; 5 adults and 2 kids. The one downside was having only 2 bathrooms but we all survived just fine! We sat on the dock, relaxing, and watching the boats go by. In the evening we would sit out on the porch and play board games.

Overall, we fell in love with Michigan. Great house, great owner, great location and amazing vacation. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Our group enjoyed a great stay at the white birch cottage. The house offered everything we needed and more and the beds were extremely comfortable. We enjoyed many nights outside by the fire and having a canoe, kayak, and ping pong table available was definitely a plus! The cottage is centrally located between Leland and Suttons Bay near many wineries and cideries. Would definitely recommend staying here and the suggestions from Melissa were great!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to hear you took advantage of all that Leelanau has to offer -- boating on Lake Leelanau, hiking, beaches, wine tasting, great restaurants and cute boutiques! Keep in touch if you have a chance to come up north again. We'd love to host your group again.
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Great retreat in wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 found the spacious and ample beds at White Birch Cottage a wonderful retreat and gathering spot. We enjoyed kayaking and canoeing from the back porch. We have memorable family conversations around the fire pit in the back yard after a short trip to spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Roger, I'm so glad you had a chance to enjoy the house and get out on Lake Leelanau. Let me know if your plans bring you back up north -- Leelanau has so much to offer in the summer, but also in the fall and spring!
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Spacious and clean with lots of room in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Our large group stayed here for the Toast the Season Wine weekend. Perfect location in the midst of the wineries. We had a shuttle service for the day and the wineries were all so beautiful. Perfect weather for a November weekend - couldn't ask for much better.

The house was walking distance to Lake Leelenau for amazing breakfast options at the Leelenau Pie and Pastry shop along with the rest of downtown. Was perfect for our extended stay at the Northern Latitudes Distillery and late night pizza from Dick's Pour House.

House has all the needed amenities with a nice fire pit out front and great access to the lakes. Overall perfect pick for the weekend. I would only recommend a more reasonable check out time of 11am. Although we negotiated that, the cleaners were there an hour early and we rushed to get everyone out the door.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the Toast the Season wine tasting event. The White Birch is open for all the winery events, and I offer discounted event tickets. I look forward to having your group back for one of the upcoming events!
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Perfect Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The home was everything we hoped for! Very clean, nicely decorated, well stocked kitchen, great towels, and the beds were comfortable! The owner was so helpful, from questions before we left to questions we had while we were there. Her response time was awesome. The view is very pretty! We spent some time sitting on the dock. Very peaceful. There is a boat launch next door, but we never heard the people putting their boats in. Close to wineries and minutes from the store. We definitely recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a fun fall weekend in Leelanau County! Thanks for your feedback. Hope to see you up North again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Dicks Pour House
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bella Fortuna Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Vans Beach in Leland


Rates & Availability

Lake Leelanau House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Sep 2 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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