Romantic Dune Sunsets - 3 BR Cottages sleeping 8 on the shores of Glen Lake
SCOTTY or GAIL SEWARD
About SCOTTY or GAIL SEWARD
Scotty was a senior at Lakeview High in Battle Creek when his family discovered Glen Lake. Our Dad's first view of the Lake was at Inspiration Point, when he said "This is it - We can stop looking for a vacation home!" Scotty is an Air Force Academy graduate. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, flying F4D Phantoms with 223 combat missions in Vietnam, then 3 years at Bitburg AFB, Germany. He then flew RF-101 VooDoo's with the Kentucky Air National Guard for several years. He is retired after flying 35 years for Delta Airlines. Scotty trains and competes in Hunt Tests and Field Trials with our Field Champion Labradors. He loves all of them. Over the past 40 years, our Labs have qualified for and competed in 17 Canadian and USA National Field Trials. Scotty and Gail's kennel, Glen Lake Labradors, has been honored by the American Kennel Club as a BREEDER of MERIT. Gail is a Colorado University graduate. Her gift for languages (French, Spanish & German) served us well during our Air Force European Tour of Duty. She has raised 2 Great Daughters, Champion Orchids, and many wonderful Labrador Puppies. Gail has worked as an Archeological Survey Tech and as a Field Supervisor for a Soils Engineering firm. She has been on field trips to most of the Native American Archeological Sites in the Western and Southwestern USA. She loves our dogs, Mahjong, RummiCube and Crossword Puzzles. The Seward's celebrated their 50th Anniversary with family and friends at the Blue Bird restaurant June 8th. I am such a lucky guy to have Gail as my Soul Mate for Life!
SCOTTY or GAIL SEWARD purchased this Cottage in 1988
Why SCOTTY or GAIL SEWARD chose Empire
Looking for a vacation 'PLACE' - Our first view of Glen Lake at Inspiration Point... spectacular stunning colors of emerald, cobalt and sky blue waters - "Why look anywhere else - this is meant to be 'OUR PLACE!!" "The HAPPIEST PLACE in Michigan" - Our 2nd & 3rd generation Families high point of the summer is renewing friendships between cousins and parents at Glen Lake. Tubing, waterskiing, biking, sing-a-longs & stories around the campfires. A 'BEAUTIFUL PLACE' ~ BIRCH SHORES is within 'The Most BEAUTIFUL PLACE in America'. Awesome sunset and lake views, crystal-clear sand bottom lake, on shore breezes keep the mosquito and bugs to a minimum. A 'FRIENDLY PLACE' ~ Leelanau County is populated by friendly, hard-working and well-informed citizens. A 'TRUSTING PLACE' ~ The County is dotted with numerous self-serve fruit and vegetable stands, where an unguarded coffee can is where the honest folk put their money for purchases... A 'PATRIOTIC PLACE' ~ THE FLAG flies everywhere in Leelanau County, and not just on the Fourth of July. Many patriotic Service Clubs are well represented here. A 'PROTECTED PLACE' ~ Much of the County acreage is agricultural land and is protected in Conservation Preserve Easements. Over 77,000 PARK acres are protected for all America and our future generations within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A 'DESTINATION PLACE' ~ Leelanau Peninsula is the Destination... It is not 'On the Way' to anyplace else. Those that come here do so because they want to be here. Because it is Beautiful, Vibrant, full of Life, full of Nature's Living Things, Spectacular Vistas, Glowing Sunsets, and Closer to the Stars at night than any other place on Earth. Northern Lights can be observed at the Glen Haven Cannery parking area by Lake Michigan - no city lights to dim this display. A COLORFUL PLACE ~ May Trilliums, native Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Cardinals ~ Dune Sunsets ~ Then the Fall colors
What makes this Cottage unique
Over the years, our travels have taken Gail and I to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Tahiti, Bali, Java, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Hong Kong, Japan, the Florida Keys, California & Baja beaches, most of the countries in Europe and much of the good old USA. There is nowhere else on earth that we would rather be than Glen Lake, especially when our family, friends and guests come to visit us every summer... Now that 'The Cat is out of the Bag' with the contest by TV's GOOD MORNING AMERICA... We have always known that our Leelanau Peninsula was 'The most beautiful Place in America!!'
Indoors after 10 pm.
NO SMOKING IN BED & NO SLEEPING IN THE ASH TRAYS!
Kennel your pet at the Platte Lake Vets in Honor.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Please securely berth the kayaks on the buoys and replace the paddles on the rack at the swing.
Be sure to extinguish the fire pit by 10 pm.
PARKING: Aspen - at the end of the drive in front of the Boat House. Hemlock - In the double space on the left side, look for the Hemlock sign.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful property, great location
Wonderful location, little glen is beautiful
Welcome again for 2020!!
Birch Shores - Aspen Cottage, late August
Had a great experience with my family of 6 and my parents at the Aspen cottage for a week in late August. We celebrated my daughters third bday during our stay. There is so much to do in this area, it is my ideal vacation with biking, hiking, water sports as well as relaxing. Wish we could have stayed for two weeks. Hope to return next summer!!
Kevin Kane and his Family of 6 fits our IDEAL GUEST LIST... The Kids enjoyed our 5 Kayaks and 4-kid swing, while the adults basked in the sunny part of our new deck or relaxed, read or napped in the shady part of the deck. Kevin said that they would probably reserve Hemlock and Aspen both for a week next summer with more Family to come. They also are interested in renting our 22' Bennington Pontoon Boat for a day or two next year.
This was a great Family vacation for our family of seven! They provided such a wonderful family atmosphere here. The location was perfectly located for all of our Sleeping Bear needs. The water was nice and shallow for our kids to swim and kayak. We loved having campfires every night after hiking and swimming all day with the kids. We couldn’t have been happier with our trip here and hope that we can return in the future! The Moore Family
Everything about the Moore Family is what Gail and I love for Birch Shores... Youngsters learning about the lake, swimming, kayaking, campfires, sightseeing. They put everything back where it belongs - no kayaks or paddles doing the "Drift Away"!
We loved Glen Arbor, the water was great the kids had a great time. The Kayaks were a big plus. We felt for the price we paid the house was Tired livable but very tired.
The location of this property is right on the lake which makes it very convenient to get right in the water. Having a large family and not having the need to pack up a large amount of beach stuff is very helpful. The family really enjoyed the campfires at night and roasting marshmallows for smores. Being close to Sleeping Bear dunes and the local attractions is a big plus.
Wednesday, December 28. It is a "Winter Wonderland" - There are 10 inches of snow and 8 ice fishing shanties out in front of Birch Shores. The Heritage Trail has 5 inches of new snow and has been groomed for cross country and snowshoeing enthusiasts.