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Step Back In Time And Get Away From It All!

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Quiet 2 Bedroom Cabin On Rennie Lake With Screen Porch Surrounded By Tall Pines.

The Balsam is for the family who wants to get away from phones & TV and enjoy a week on the lake. There is wifi available. It was built in the 40's. It has a combined kitchen, dining & living room. The cabin sits just above the Rennie Lake with a screen porch. Large grounds with pines, outside deck, picnic tables, campfire ring and two docks to access the lake. There is a small beach for the kids. Acres of trails to hike.

Gloria Wilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Gloria Wilson

My husband parents own a house on this lake. He has been coming to this lake every summer for the past 58 years and I have been lucky enough to have been with him here at the lake for the last 25!

Gloria Wilson purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Gloria Wilson chose Traverse City

Rennie Lake is very special because of there is no public access we don't have large crowds on the lake. You can enjoy swimming, skiing, and fishing or........Just relax and enjoy watching deer, loons, bald eagles!

What makes this cabin unique

The sunsets from the deck and sitting around a campfire are things to remember for a lifetime!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Traverse City in East Bay Township

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom has small tub/shower combination. Towels can be provided for extra charge.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Rooms have chest drawers and closet. Beds have blanket, pillows, and comforter. Linens can be supplied for extra charge.
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Step Back In Time And Get Away From It All!
average rating of 4.4166665 based on 12 reviews

Cabin was great and right on the water

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week. Very relaxing, clean and close to lots of things to do.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A getaway close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect. Beautiful setting on the Lake but close to everything you need! Staying in the cozy cabin felt like we were far away from everything but it only took about 15 minutes to get into Traverse City! I stayed with our 2 young daughters. I would highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Balsam of the Pines on Rennie Lake

  • 4 of 5

This is what I loved about the little cottage on Lake Rennie. The view of the lake and the awesome sunrises and vibrant seen from the dock. The sound of the loons most every morning and evening are magical. The cottage is tucked away in the woods yet an easy 10 minute trip into Traverse City. The newly remodeled bathroom is a big plus. The bedrooms are small but with ample storage so you can totally unpack your bags and feel right at home. The full size beds are super comfortable. Enjoyed opening the wooden shutters in the bedrooms which allowed the lake breeze to filter in.The tiny screened-in front porch is a great place to have coffee or a night-cap. Loved it too that a small boat was available for our use...along with bicycle paddle boats. The kitchen was well stocked. The use of a stool is required to reach the upper cabinets if you're short ( stool is provided!) All in all, the cottage is a very charming place to stay...and I would stay there again for sure. On the negative side. When we arrived we found that the refrigerator had not been cleaned. We cleaned it due to food we had to store but did report it to Gloria. Also, be warned that there is a larger home, very close to the cottage, that can house many people. We were very lucky that our neighbors were very respectful of the quiet times and willingly shared their beach, their bonfires and their good humor. The lake is very clean but advise wearing shoes as you enter the water because the bottom is quite Mucky. Fans are included if needed but need to be cleaned. The cottage is very was perfect for my sister and I but don't recommend for too many more people. The good of the cottage far out way the bad. Did not miss TV at all. Cell service is fine if you have 4G and lots of minutes. Highly recommend the restaurant/bar named "Dillingers". Great Coctails and food and not overpriced. If you're planning a visit to Traverse City I highly recommend this property. If you have lots of people Gloria also owns the home next has everything for a large group.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cozy, convenient, comfortable cottage.

  • 4 of 5

Lake cottage. Screened in porch facing water is nice feature. Fish boat, kayaks, and fire pit are great amenities. The one time we needed something Gloria responded immediately. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week on private Rennie Lake in this cute and charming cottage, June 24 - July 1. My wife said it was like going back in time when she used to stay in cottages up in Traverse City with family. This property is represented accurately on the site, and the owners are across the lake and at the ready if you need anything. Everything you could need was provided inside the cottage, which was very clean. We enjoyed sitting on the screened back porch, which faced the lake, and spent a good deal of time there. There were evening breezes that swept over the porch area. Very relaxing. We enjoyed walks on the trails at the cottage, fishing at the cottage, and using the pontoon, water bikes, and kayaks at the cottage. We took side trips to State Forest Campgrounds and went trout fishing, successfully. While pontooning during the day and evenings, we enjoyed the family of Loons on Rennie Lake (and their unusual calls to each other) , the eagles and deer as well. Took trips to Traverse City, which was about 20 minutes away. Saw the Blue Angels practicing for the Cherry Festival to be held July 1. Very cool. Went to Moomer's Ice Cream Shop and Dairy Farm, about 30 minutes away. Many great shopping areas, nearby grocery stores, restaurants, salons, etc. We enjoyed grilling at the cottage as well and the nightly fires at the fire pit. Tubing at Sleeping Bear Dunes and visiting Mackinac Island are great day trips one could take. We were there for R&R and enjoying nature and all the lake had to offer, and that is just what we got. We will look forward to going back to Rennie Lake again.

Jim and Lynette

Lowell, MI

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Littleton, Colorado


  • 5 of 5

Quaint, quiet, a perfect time to enjoy our stay. We loved it and hope to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Peegio's Restaurant & Tavern
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Mackina Island or Ladington
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Elmbrook Public Golf
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Peegio's Restaurant & Tavern
Car: necessary

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes & Mackinac Island day trips are fun for kids & adults.Traverse City Cherry Festival, Film Festival during July & many others throughout the summer. Top music venues at Interlochen School of the Arts


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Traverse City, Michigan

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Season
25 May 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Linens £38.07 + Tax
Pet Fee £19.04 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £152.28

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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