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Waterfront Lake Leelanau, AVAILABLE PRIME WEEKS June 24-July 1 and Aug 19-26

Lake Leelanau, MI, USA
  • House2850 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 - 7 nights

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 an evening bonfire, large living room with gas fireplace and 5 bedrooms. We supply a double kayak, canoe, fire pit, volleyball net and ping pong table. Roomy house with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. I am always happy to answer any questions about the house or the area, and will send you lists of my favorite hikes, wineries, restaurants and more.

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 min. to Northport, Sleeping Bear Dunes or Traverse City.

Guests love the central location with easy walk to town!

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.

Guests love our comfortable interiors and peaceful location, "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!!"

At the White Birch Cottage you will enjoy extremely comfortable beds (3 Queens, 1 Full, 2 Twins, Bunk Bed), luxury linens and towels, attractive decor throughout 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 accept dogs with an extra pet fee.

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

Enjoy the wine trail, less than 10 minutes to nearby wineries Black Star Farms, 45 North, Aurora Cellars, Boathouse and Chateau Fontaine.

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'

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

'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!'

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 20 min 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.

In prime summer, our Sunday to Sunday rental is ideal for wedding parties.

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!

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.


Melissa Smith

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 18, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Second Bathroom
          toilet, shower
        • Master bathroom
          toilet, combination tub/shower
        • Second bathroom designed with limestone tiles and large walk in shower

        Location Type

          • Lake View
          • Lakefront
          • Village
          • Water View
          • Waterfront


              • Away From It All
              • Family


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Well-equipped kitchen, gas stove, Bosch dishwasher, granite counters
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Games
                                    Plenty of board games for all ages
                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Cable TV in Media Room/Queen bedroom.
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Double kayak and canoe
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        double kayak, canoe and life preservers provided


                                          • 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

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                        23 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        A very clean, cozy, quiet and convenient cottage

                                                        Doug D.

                                                        We enjoyed a great stay at the cottage, all of the information that Melissa sent in advance was great and made our stay much more enjoyable. The cottage was very clean and well appointed, it was very convenient to local restaurants yet tucked away and quiet. We will definitely be coming back as you don’t find many like this that will handle a larger family as well as being reasonably priced. The cottage was well equipped and a has great kitchen, eating and family areas.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        So glad you enjoyed the house for a prime Fall color season weekend! Thanks for choosing the White Birch!

                                                        Clean and spacious with all the amenities!!!

                                                        Shelley D.Oxford

                                                        Stayed at this property recently for a girls weekend with 7 ladies. We all we very comfortable and enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of this home. I would definitely recommend this property to others.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        It's great to have guests like your group! Hope you welcome you back next Fall!

                                                        Wonderful Family Vacation

                                                        Carla G.Deerfield Beach, Florida

                                                        September 7-10

                                                        Our family of 9 rented this beautiful lake front home because our son was getting married at Aurora Cellars which was a 5 minute car ride. We had a mix of couples and of older single women. The sleeping arrangements worked out perfectly. Everyone had plenty of space. The kitchen and dining area were perfect for cooking and feeding a big family. There was also a dining area upstairs in the media room and the guys sat up there and watched football while the girls enjoyed local wine and cooked dinner. We had a beautiful fire blazing in the living room with a flick of a switch as it was gas. One of my favorite features of the house.

                                                        The house was very clean and very well stocked with plush towels, nice bed linens, cooking utensils, lovely dishware, including China, glassware, and wineglasses.

                                                        The garage was filled with all kinds of fun stuff. Because of the wedding we did not have time to take advantage of the canoe, Kayak, outdoor fire pit or gas grill. The house was also well stocked with board games for family fun.

                                                        The back porch had a very comfortable sitting area with a table and chairs and a comfy couch. There were plenty of chairs for everyone. The view was gorgeous!!!

                                                        There were wonderful little wineries, eateries, and shops all within walking distance. The guys all went to play golf and us girls walked to The Boathouse Winery and had a wonderful afternoon.

                                                        I really hope to visit there again. Our stay was amazing. Melissa Smith was wonderful and great at returning your emails right away. She sent me a list of things to do, see, all her favorite places and where to go shopping for anything we might need.

                                                        I would highly recommend renting this lovely property. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer.

                                                        Sincerely Carla & Jay Gillespie

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        So happy to share the house and Leelanau with families like yours!

                                                        Lake Leelanau Oasis

                                                        Denise B.

                                                        In general, the property met all of our needs - location, location, location.

                                                        Everything was as hoped, all of our needs were met. Perhaps the highest praise would be that we would consider staying at that location again. Close to Suttons Bay and Leland, and key for us, the Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore. We've been coming to the area for quite a few years and have stayed at several VRBO properties. This was as good or better than others that we have visited.

                                                        Mildly disconcerting was the holding tank alarm which went off late at night - and woke everyone up - but that was quickly forgotten and issue resolved the next day.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Sorry about the tank alarm, usually doesn't go off at night. Glad you enjoyed exploring Leelanau County. It's a beauty!

                                                        Great place & location

                                                        Nancy W.

                                                        The only criticism is that there is no bathroom upstairs. But the house, yard, and its location is terrific Walking distance to a lot of places

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        I'm so glad you loved the house , the yard and the location!

                                                        To clarify the house layout, there are 2 Queen bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms on the main floor and 3 bedrooms upstairs:1 Queen, 1 Bunk bed, and 1 Full and 2 Twins. Guests love how everyone can spread out for privacy, but there's lots of room to gather on the main floor in the spacious kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, and porch with water views.

                                                        Look forward to welcoming your family again on Lake Leelanau!

                                                        Well kept, clean home in an excellent location

                                                        Christine Z.

                                                        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!!

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        It's great to have thoughtful guests like you!


                                                        Lake Leelanau, MI, USA
                                                        23 Reviews

                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5

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