Shingle-sided Cottage On Lake Michigan. 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10.
About Mandy Bankson
The cottage has been in our family for four generations. A pair of great-grandparents rode here on horseback from Indiana to celebrate their honeymoon.
Mandy Bankson purchased this Cottage in 1930
Why Mandy Bankson chose Leland
It's as if Pineacres has been preserved in amber. It is a rustic gem that conjures up a time when things at least seemed simpler than they are today. If your childhood included summers at a treasured lakeside cottage where the days were long and the nights were gentle, then Pineacres will rekindle those memories. And if you want your children to experience the same, then Pineacres is for them, as well. For years our cottage has been a place to connect with family and friends, a place to while away the hours in conversation, or catch up on our reading, or play a game of cards. If you like, it can be a respite from a world of incessant demands for your attention, a respite from the world of pixels and tiny screens. It's a place where sunlight drifts through the pines and the white birches sway in the breeze. A place where the sound of children's laughter competes with the waves rolling in on the beach. A place to gather stones and cook good meals and be present for one another. If it's true that for everything there is a season, then the summer is for Pineacres.
What makes this Cottage unique
It's undeniable that the cottage's location is it's prime attraction. Lake Michigan in all its moods is a giant presence there. But for some visitors, the cottage's charm rivals the lake as a reason for a journey. Little has changed at Pineacres over the decades. The fieldstone fireplaces are as solid as ever. The delicate paper lanterns that hang from the living room's exposed beams have survived. There's old, wavy glass in some of the multi-paned windows and for generations the cast iron, claw foot tub has been the place for children to take their Saturday night bath. Admittedly, the cottage is not to everyone's taste. The kitchen is fully equipped but lacks a dishwasher. And the shower is perfectly fine but nowhere near luxurious. Pineacres harkens back to when Leland's Fishtown was not a tourist attraction but a genuine fishing port; a time when the boats were made of wood and the men were made of iron, rather than the other way around, to quote an old-timer. It's the cottage's similar lack of pretension that we love.
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Lake, sand, stars, and family -- a wonderful week
"Magical" is the word most used to describe Pineacres by those lucky enough to have stayed there. This was our far-flung family's third visit, and the perfect spot for us to gather. Splendid weather, great food, good company, a lovely, simple, woodland setting. Lake Michigan showed us her most beatific face, her turquoise blue waters ideal for peaceful canoe trips, her sunsets spectacular, her water just warm enough for swimming. What a pleasure to walk into Leland to pick something up from the Mercantile, stop by Carlson's Fishery for the latest catch, grab an ice cream cone at the Harbor House--and the next day treat ourselves to a Chubby Mary at the Cove. We can't wait for next year.
My husband and I have enjoyed vacationing in Leland for many summers. We love being able to have a space for our entire family!
It was magical! The smell of cedar and pine trees. The sound of the waves at night. Coffee and books while looking out over the water and fires in the fireplace kept us cozy and warm. We are in love with this place and can't wait to return!!!
Rustic but amazing!
Loved it totally, very appreciative of the well seasoned fire wood
Special place, be back we will!!
It’s really charming.
I loved all the atmosphere...the woods...and the beach...I’m sure there really isn’t another place like it.
Wonderful setting for a family vacation
This was our second visit to Pineacres. We enjoyed hot weather, lots of time on the beach, supper on the deck, beautiful sunsets. Pineacres is a traditional cottage in a beautiful woods. There couldn’t a be more perfect place—no TV, Internet—for our family to unwind.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in Leelanau County, has been named Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place in America. It boasts 64 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, two islands, 26 inland lakes, more than 50,000 acres of land, and the monumental sand dunes from which it gets its name.
The village of Leland is filled with galleries and restaurants. Northern Michigan's commercial fishing heritage remains alive in Fishtown. Walk along the docks, amongst the weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, racks of drying fishing nets, and fish tugs on the Leland River, and you can imagine what it would have been like in the early 1900s to live and work in this small fishing village, nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan. Fishtown still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan.
Our cottage is located in Indiana Woods, a short walk from Fishtown, and reached by a private road.