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Pristine family-friendly cottage in scenic Leelanau County

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 1.5 bath lakefront cottage next to Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore

Welcome to The Yellow House at Little Traverse! This immaculate family cottage boasts a well-appointed kitchen with ample dine-in seating, a sunny master bedroom and three additional bedrooms, and a comfortable living area with lake views. The outdoor space is perfect for your family vacation, with a sizable waterfront lawn for outdoor games, sunbathing, and sunset viewing, a spacious deck for family dinners or cocktail hours, and a fire pit for evening marshmallow roasts.

During your stay at The Yellow House, you'll enjoy 67 feet of frontage on serene Little Traverse Lake. A sandy beach, shallow waterfront, and wood dock make for an ideal swimming spot. The rowboat and four kayaks on site enable exploration of the lake's clear waters and picturesque surroundings. Additional amenities include a gas grill, plentiful seating for outdoor dining, a bocce ball set, family board games, and Adirondack chairs for lakeside lounging.

The Yellow House is conveniently within walking distance of Market 22, a local gem offering pastries, sandwiches, pizza, and sundries. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is just across the lake, with a short, scenic walking path to Lake Michigan's Good Harbor Bay. The Yellow House is also a short drive to the charming towns of Glen Arbor, Leland, and Suttons Bay. This cottage is a wonderful spot from which to explore all that Leelanau County has to offer, including golfing at several area courses, hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing on nearby trails, wine tasting at local wineries, skiing at Crystal Mountain, climbing Sleeping Bear Dunes, dining and shopping in neighboring towns, and much more!

More Details

Mary Fallon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Mary Fallon

We have been vacationing in Leelanau County with our six children for over 20 years. After renting cottages in several different locations around the county, we discovered our perfect spot, Little Traverse Lake, 17 years ago. The calm and crowd-free water (shh! that's a secret!) enticed our watersport-loving family, and we've been hooked ever since. In addition to spending time on the lake, we love to bike and cross-country ski the nearby trails, hike the dunes, explore local restaurants and festivals, and take in the gorgeous sunsets. In the summer of 2006, we were fortunate to find a place of our own, The Yellow House. Here our family has enjoyed birthdays, holidays, family reunions, engagements, anniversaries, and much more, as each season brings new adventures on Little Traverse Lake.

Mary Fallon purchased this cottage in 2006


Maple City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Pristine family-friendly cottage in scenic Leelanau County
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Best furnished house we've ever stayed in. Owners have everything for everyday needs and lake extras

  • 5 of 5

Great house! Great location! Great communication by owners. Even without a/c we found the house to be very comfortable. The location to area towns and attractions makes it ideal. Able to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor, Empire and Leland multiple times each. The shallow water of Little Traverse allowed for swimming even though the outdoor temperature never was very warm. This area is absolutely beautiful!! The lakes are so blue and crystal clear. We are seriously considering a return trip. It's beauty without the sweltering beach heat or beach traffic.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house, great location

  • 5 of 5

Nice clean house on a great lake. The location was great for trips to sleeping bear dunes and surrounding towns. It was also nice to hang out on the dock and paddle around on the provided kayaks and row boat. Owners were great to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House and even better location!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family! It was clean and the beds were comfy. The kitchen was much larger than the pictures and fully stocked. We enjoyed swimming off the dock, kayaking and evenings around the bonfire. The Market 22 across the street had some of the best pizza we have ever had and the breakfast was outstanding! The location can't be beat! you can drive 10 minutes in either direction and be in Leland or Glen Arbor. The perfect Up north Michigan vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely and peaceful cottage on beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much at this cute and well-equipped cottage on a beautiful, peaceful and scenic spring-fed lake. The location is perfect - you're about a mile to Bohemian Road Beach on Lake Michigan (part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore), about 15 minutes to the very nice town of Leland, and 15-20 mins in the other direction to bustling Glen Arbor - both have markets, restaurants, sights, and shopping. (Across the street from the cottage is a very cute little market that makes good pizza and salads.) This is an amazingly bucolic and quaint part of the country - admittedly, we were there in late June, before the 'official' start of tourist season - but if you love Up North, it won't get much better than this. Farmers Markets in Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau and Empire on various days for local produce and meats (we made pulled pork from local meat one day - fantastic). Kayaks and lifejackets were a nice plus as well - Little Traverse is calm and brisk and perfect for amateur kayaking.

The house is exactly as described and presented - neat, well- equipped, thoughtfully arranged. We were three adult couples and two teenagers and were quite comfortable - we had perfect weather, which made the large deck and lovely lawn overlooking LIttle Traverse Lake where we spent most of our time. Bedrooms were small but absolutely adequate. HOuse was well -ventilated - adjusting the windows meant always a nice breeze. Kitchen was above average for cottages - good stove and fridge, and a dishwasher, which was a plus. Very nice Weber gas grill on the deck. Plenty of outdoor chairs and a wonderful fire pit. (We spent more on campfire wood and s'mores ingredients than we did on anything else!) Adequate wi-fi. House and property were clean, in good repair and very well-supplied. Full bath was well-designed for a cottage. Half bath upstairs was small but functional.

In summary, we can't think of a thing we needed or that we would change, and we appreciated that the cottage was exactly as described. We would stay here again and would recommend it to others. We had a lovely stay and very much appreciated our time there.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Relaxation and Fun Spot

  • 5 of 5

The cottage provided all the comforts of home, was clean, beautiful, and stocked with fun toys, games, DVD's, kayaks, and a rowboat for wonderful, family fun! The proximity to family-friendly fun activities was terrific.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Leelanau Location

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home is welcoming, clean and perfect for families with young children. We loved the floor plan because it allowed our son and his family to have the entire second floor to themselves. Grandma and grandpa stayed downstairs. We've vacationed in Leelanau county several times. The location of this home is ideal for those that desire to see the beauty of The Leelanau Pennisula. But, if you just want to relax it's perfect for that too! Little Traverse Lake is beautiful. A wonderful lake to enjoy for swimming, kayaking or just sitting with a good book and cup of coffee or glass of great Leelanauw wine. The owners are gems! They are very kind, helpful and quick to respond to any questions or concerns. Another bonus of this home is that it's across the road from the M-22 Market. Great food and pizza, and the best blueberry pie we've ever had. We shall return! We love the Yellow House!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Maple City Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Renter pays either $89 damage protection or $300 refundable damage/cleaning deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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