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Lake Michigan Cottage On Sleeping Bear Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,026 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage On Private Lake Michigan Beach In Glen Arbor, Mi

Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, this cottage’s location couldn’t be better. At the end of Lake Isle Ave and the base of Sleeping Bear Bay, it’s close to the action in Glen Arbor, but far enough away for the peace and quiet you’re seeking. In addition to a front-row seat to all the beachfront fun you can handle, the surrounding area offers a huge variety of opportunities to explore & play. Hiking the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, biking on the newly-constructed Heritage Trail, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, wine tasting on Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, charter fishing for salmon and steelhead, and arts & live entertainment throughout the county and in Traverse City - the options are nearly endless.

This traditional lakefront cottage is set up for family gatherings. A large living room with a two-story wall of windows welcomes in the world class views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands. It’s furnished with a comfortable sofa and chairs and a 50” flat screen above the wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen and dining room offer plenty of seating and space to prepare big meals. And when it’s time to call it a night, each of the bedrooms is outfitted with comfy beds and flat screen tvs.

The spacious front deck has a gas grill and a variety of seating, perfect for a quiet morning coffee as the day begins, or a big family meal as you take in another postcard-perfect Northern Michigan sunset. From the deck it’s less than 100’ down to the beach. If you’re unfamiliar with Sleeping Bear Bay, there are few freshwater beaches that are nicer. It offers miles of sandy shoreline to explore, beachcombing for Petoskey stones, sandcastle building, or simply relaxing on a blanket with a book and letting the world’s worries slip away.


The bedrooms are arranged as follows: on the main level is the master bedroom with a king bed. There is a shared full bathroom just across the hall from the bedroom. The second level has 2 bedrooms with queen beds, and the top floor loft is furnished with 4 twin beds. (the loft is accessed through the shared 2nd floor bathroom.)

The kitchen is fully equipped with an assortment of pots & pans, dishes and silverware, a drip coffee maker, and blender, among other staples.

All linens and towels are provided and the cottage is professionally cleaned before every check-in.

There is cable tv and broadband wireless internet.

Our goal is to deliver a fantastic experience for our guests, so if you’re curious about something specific, just ask us.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Fisher
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Peter Fisher

This property recently changed hands, and the new owners began welcoming a select number of guests in 2015. They have undertaken many thoughtful improvement projects and have fully re-furnished the entire cottage. If you have any questions or are ready to reserve some time at this special place, please contact us.

Peter Fisher purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Peter Fisher chose Glen Arbor

The owners bought it because of the gorgeous views, the big front deck, the open floor plan and the cozy living room. They loved that once they arrived at the lake from their home downstate, they could park the car for their entire stay. Anything they needed was only a short walk away. Boone Docks for lunch on the deck, ice cream at the Pine Cone, happy hour at Arts Tavern. And any time the urge arose, a quick dip in Lake Michigan could be enjoyed at a moments notice.


Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2026 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2nd Floor Bath - toilet , shower
    1st Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Loft Bedroom, accessed through 2nd floor bathroom
  • All bedrooms are furnished with comfy beds and each has a flat screen TV.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Lake Michigan Cottage On Sleeping Bear Bay
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful home in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

With an October stay in Northern Michigan, you don’t know what the weather will bring. That makes a cozy place to “come home to” wonderful!

If you want to relax with family & friends and have space, this home is perfect!! It is great to have all the comforts of home so you can walk in and relax.

All the beds were comfortable and the rooms inviting. Our little ones were so thrilled with their own area upstairs. They weren’t even afraid as it was bright and cheerful. Downstairs the bathroom was amazing but upstairs the bath needs a little TLC.

The views are lovely and we were the only ones around during the week.

Any questions were handled quickly.

Thanks for a relaxing trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage with Amazing Views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this adorable cottage. Perfect views of Lake Michigan right outside! It was a perfect location in Glen Arbor. We especially enjoyed nightly campfires right on the beach! The beds and furniture were very comfortable and it was decorated beautifully. We would definitely stay here again!

(My only suggestion would be that the owner think about replacing the shower door in the upstairs bathroom.)

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is absolutely beautiful inside and out! From the lovely decor to the spectacular views you can not go wrong staying here. Peter was wonderful to work with. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, clean, organized and has everything we needed for our stay. There were nice touches everywhere from the local wine placed on the table, the towels ever so neatly and decoratively placed on each bed, to the laundry baskets and beach towels provided. It was all just perfect! I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone staying in the Glen Arbor area and will absolutely stay here again myself!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was wonderful !!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Glen Arbor. We found this home randomly on

Home Away and were pleasantly surprised. The house was clean & well

maintained. The views & location were amazing. We had a wonderful

week with so much to see and do. Thanks for opening your beautiful home to us. (The only negative was it didn't have a bathtub)

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and clean with excellent views of sleeping bear bay and the Manitou islands.

  • 5 of 5

Great is what first comes to mind. Peter made everything easy and we just loved the house. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a great house with great views and a great location . 5 stars all the way!!!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not A Good Time to Go to Glen Arbor When the Mayflies are Present

  • 2 of 5

Our family visited Glen Arbor and stayed at this cottage 5/11-5/15. First impression drive up and the entire house is covered in mayflies. We didn't have the best experience for a variety of reasons. The property manager locked the keys inside the house so no way for us to get inside. We had to keep calling him as he was out running errands and stand outside with the bugs until he called back with a solution to get inside a locked rental home.

Overall I would have expected the house to be cleaner than it was. I took photos and left sticky notes of items that were not up to what I would have expected for a home that cost my family 2,300 for 5 days when very few things were open in Glen Arbor.

When we did get inside there were no trash bags to be found. Also a broken toilet paper dispenser in the upstairs bathroom and a refrigerator that wasn't cold fridge. It takes 24 hours for a fridge to cool down so the items we placed in there were not kept cold. Upon walking around I noticed a very dirty air return vent and filthy fan blades in the living room.

After a few uses of the garbage disposal it was clear it wasn't working. I put my hand in the disposal to figure out what was wrong only to find the previous tenants had left a baby bottle nipple stuck in it.

The bug problem with the mayflies was horrible beyond horrible. I spent the majority of my time cleaning up or killing these bugs. The bugs were so awful that we couldn't sit outside without being constantly harassed by bugs. The agreement I was sent said their would be buckets provided to prevent sand from getting into the house. There was none so I had to locate a broom and constantly sweep to keep up with any sand that we brought in. On our last evening in the home the light burnt out above the sink with no replacement bulbs to be found.

I also would not recommend staying here during the so called "off-season" as many things to do were not open such as the Putt Place place which is within walking distance, many of the restaurants and quaint shops - all closed opening after our stay.

On a positive note the beds were very comfortable and beautifully decorated. The sunset's were amazing and the beach and lake very pretty.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback. We're very sorry about the bugs and wish there was more we could do about them. The spring hatches are seen as a fact of life Up North, and thankfully they come and go in a matter of days. But I'll be sure to warn future guests of the potential for them. I apologize for the mix-up on the not leaving the door unlocked as I said I would. After dropping off the keys, I mistakenly locked back up simply by habit. I'm happy that we were able to get you inside within a few minutes of your call. Most of the restaurants and many shops do stay open year-round, though it's true that a few seasonal businesses don't open up until Memorial Day Weekend. As for the putt-putt, they've has some transitions in ownership in recent years so it's never a certainty. Best to call ahead if that's on your must-do list in Glen Arbor. Thank you for identifying the fan, air duct, and items on which you left the notes. We've corrected all of those. Your family were our first guests of the season, and with as many things we try to get "right" prepping the house for the rental season, it seems it's hard to be perfect. We appreciate your understanding and always try to respond immediately when guests contact us with questions or concerns during their stay. - Peter
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Art's Tavern
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Good Harbor Grill
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Sleeping Bear Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.