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Cozy Cottage Retreat with Sandy Beach on Grand Traverse Bay

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to Cedar Cove – a fourth generation family cottage on Northport Bay just off Lake Michigan!

Unplug and kick back for a summer vacation retreat like no other. Right outside the lakeside porch door is your own private sandy beach that is ideal for swimming, beachside strolls, petoskey hunting, and evening fires. If you like to get out onto the water, Cedar Cove is a paradise for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, water skiing, and fishing. The clear, azure fresh water of Lake Michigan reminds many people of the Caribbean.

Cedar Cove can sleep up to 10 with three bedrooms overlooking the bay, and two sofa beds - one in the downstairs den, and another in the living room next to the beautiful stone fireplace. The full bath upstairs and half bath downstairs are complemented by the outdoor shower with the view of the bay – the perfect stop to warm yourself after a swim.

A fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, waffle maker and coffee maker connects to a beautiful dining room with seating for 12 to accommodate the crowd. You may find yourself taking breakfast or lunch in the adjacent large screened porch with its picnic table or simply relaxing and enjoying the view from Adirondack chairs or the nearby hammock.

Cedar Cove has a kid-friendly, private sandy-bottom beach along with a permanent wide "crib" dock perfect for sunbathing or reading in the four adirondack chairs. The dock is protected by a picturesque peninsula - a great place to sit and watch the water, great sunrises and sunsets. Beach amenities include a fire pit, patio table and chairs, reclining beach lounges – and just enough shade for those who prefer (or need) to escape the heat! Two stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), two kayaks and one canoe allow you to explore the bay – try it at twilight as the sun sets over Paradesia Point to the west!


Our cottage is located near the tip of the idyllic Leelanau Peninsula - a place known for wonderful hiking, breathtaking scenery, spectacular cycling and a surprising variety of places to eat, shop, drink and entertain in the nearby picture perfect towns. Northport, Leland, and Suttons Bay each have their own unique character: including shops, galleries, restaurants, waterfront, and marina.

Cedar Cove is located just a couple of miles north of the Village of Northport off M22 and about an hour’s scenic drive to the spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes - the “Most Beautiful Place in America." There are wineries throughout the Peninsula and the area is the largest cherry growing region in the world. Try picking up a quart of those sweet black cherries at a roadside stand and see if you can get it all the way home! Be sure to visit farmer’s markets in Northport, Leland and Sutton’s Bay to sample a variety of local foods and artisanal flavors. You might even spot foodie star Mario Batali who spends his entire summer here. Make time for a hike and swim on the dunes stretching down to Lake Michigan at nearby Leelanau State Park – just a short five minute drive away - or tour and picnic at the historic lighthouse at the tip of the Peninsula. Interested in catching a movie? Check what’s playing at the Bay Theatre in Suttons – perhaps after trying your hand at bowling at Tucker’s in downtown Northport.


With all that can be appreciated nearby, we often find all we need right at Cedar Cove – enjoying the lap of the waves on the shore, the clouds and breeze while sitting at the end of the dock, a refreshing swim, a long day of reading books and quiet conversation – the handmade quilts on each upstairs bed make for wonderful nights of restful and recuperative vacation slumber.

We welcome well-behaved pets, but do not permit the use of jet skis, out of respect for neighbors and the quiet relaxation that Cedar Cove will bring to you and your family.

Thanks for considering Cedar Cove for your summer vacation. We love this place and are sure that you will too.


- picking out a board game or puzzle to work on as a family

- finding a book and cozying up in the living room on a cool day or evening to read

- cornhole down on the beach

- a morning of waffles with cherries on top

- sitting on the end of the peninsula fishing or watching the clouds and the waves

- hopping on one of the great vintage bikes and riding around

- a three-mile walk or bike to town for ice cream

- cedar filled woods where the kids enjoy exploring

- dancing to the vintage collection of CDs

- picking up cinnamon twists at Barb’s Bakery

What else will you discover?!

More Details

Tom and Sally Brush
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Northport in Leelanau

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Double sofa-beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Cozy Cottage Retreat with Sandy Beach on Grand Traverse Bay
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews


  • 2 of 5

Over all, the property has great potential, but lack of care and attention caused us to not enjoy our time at the property to the extent possible and we believed that we did not receive the value for the expense.

The food prep area appears more than outdated, but despite our efforts to assure it is clean, continued to look grimy and unsanitary. The kitchen floor is carpeted, probably due to the flooring failing, but it is an area where germs and dropped food cannot be adequately cleaned. The bottom cabinets lack coverings and bowls rest on the floor. A representation of being cleaned that morning could not be disputed, but corners in every room had cob webs, spiders, dirt or evidence of lack of cleaning. A exterior cleaning would have helped too.

To be fair, the beach was a redeeming feature along with the dock and water crafts, which were thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family, including our dog, loved our stay! Cedar Cove is a comfortable, warm, inviting cottage with a spectacular setting. Beds were comfortable and the bedrooms were nicely sized. There are plenty of towels, blankets, and kitchen necessities with little extras like spices. We all slept soundly to the sound of lapping waves and the croaking of bull frogs. There was no television which surprisingly wasn't an issue. We put together a 1,000 piece puzzle, enjoyed kayaking and sitting around the bonfire. Good cell phone signal kept the kids happy! The lot is large and private and we enjoyed all of our meals outside or on the screened porch. The owners are very responsive and helpful and left a little welcoming basket. I highly recommend Cedar Cove for a restful, fun vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

A fabulous family and freind summer reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Cedar Cove after 17 years with family from Northern California. This time everyone of the kids are in their 20's! Friends of our children and a few parents also came from Mexico City and the Dominican Republic.

It was a fabulous family/friend summer reunion!! This time our dog joined us. She loved swimming and jumping off the dock for her ball. She never stopped. The dock is also excellent for mooring boats and nicely protected! We made some amazing meals, had great beach camp fires and laughed a lot!

Thank you for helping us create memories we will keep with us forever . . Cedar Cove hope to see you again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cedar Cove (C3)!

  • 5 of 5

This home exudes warmth and comfort. We have celebrated several times with our entire family at Cedar Cove. It has something for everyone whether it's a walk along the beach or curling up in a hammock under the cedars with a good book. Our family is made up of 3 generations from 6 years old to young adults to "seniors! " it is spacious enough to accommodate all of us and yet provides many spaces for all of us to gather. We especially enjoyed gathering around the dining room table to share meals or play games. This home has everything you need and nothing that you don't need making it easy to really get away from it all!

We would return in a heartbeat and look forward to doing so in the near future. The owners clearly love Cedar Cove and that love is reflected in the warmth of this rental. If you're looking for a sterile, cold, and anonymous type vacation rental Cedar Cove is NOT for you!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Leelanau State Park Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Peterson Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Tennis, Basketball, Skatepark

Boating (kayaks and rowboat provided), and Windsurfing with your own equipment, Wine Tasting, Cherry Picking, Antiqueing, Restaurants in Northport, Leland, and Suttons Bay


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Northport, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £374.35
Pet Fee £74.87

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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