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5 BR on Lake Leelanau! On the water, Walk to Town, Lovely decor Open Aug 19-26

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Gorgeous 5 BR home with Canoe, Kayak, Firepit,Ping Pong. Near Leland/Suttons Bay

Guests love the location and privacy at the White Birch Cottage in Lake Leelanau right on the lake! Enjoy our chef's kitchen and roomy bedrooms. Explore the area, we are near wineries, hiking, and golf, and are close to Leland and Suttons Bay. We are still open Sunday August 19-26 and October 2018! We book Sunday to Sunday June 16-Sept, 4, 2019.

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau is an extremely comfortable waterfront house, which sleeps 10 (3 Queen, Full, 2 twins and Bunkbed), offers a huge dock for lounging and docking a boat on Lake Leelanau (easy to rent), and a large lawn for privacy and evening bonfire. Large living room with gas fireplace and water views. We supply a double kayak, canoe, fire pit, volleyball net and ping pong table. Roomy house with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths. I am always happy to answer any questions about the house or the area, and will send you lists of my favorite hikes, wineries, restaurants and more.

Centrally located near the towns of Leland and Suttons Bay and right on the wine trail. You can walk into the town of Lake Leelanau for coffee, lunch and even wine tasting at Boathouse Vineyards and Northern Lattitudes! It is an ideal location for exploring Leelanau County; less than 10 minutes to Leland and Suttons Bay, 25 min. to Northport, Sleeping Bear Dunes or Traverse City.

Guests love the central location with easy walk to town!

The White Birch Cottage offers 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large living area with gas fireplace, a lovely porch with water views, lush landscaped gardens, a huge lawn, plus attractive interiors with plenty of room for families or couples to spread out. Includes cable, wifi, ping pong table, gas fireplace, gas grill and fire pit.

Guests love our comfortable interiors and peaceful location, "We sat on the dock, relaxing, and watching the boats go by. In the evening we would sit out on the porch and play board games. Overall, we fell in love with Michigan. Great house, great owner, great location and amazing vacation. We will definitely be back!!"

At the White Birch Cottage you will enjoy extremely comfortable beds (3 Queens, 1 Full, 2 Twins, Bunk Bed), luxury linens and towels, attractive decor throughout and you will find that the house layout provides lots of privacy but also has an open concept living/dining room and kitchen for your group to gather. The house is over 2800 square feet, creating a luxurious vacation experience.

The Master suite on the main floor offers water views and a very comfortable queen bed. The second bedroom with a queen bed overlooks the side patio. The third bedroom, upstairs, is huge and has a full bed and two twins plus sitting area. The fourth bedroom, also upstairs (its own set of stairs), has a queen bed plus a sitting area with flat-screen tv. The fifth bedroom is an adjacent bunk room with a twin bunk bed. Downstairs there's a separate sitting room with pull-out sofa. Lots of room for your group to spread out!

Our amenities include: large dock on Lake Leelanau, cable, wi-fi, laundry, central A/C, plenty of parking, ping pong table, volleyball net, kayak, canoe and fire pit. We accept dogs with an extra pet fee.

We are open for Fall 2018 wine tasting, golfing, hiking or biking weekends. Enjoy our nearby distillery, excellent local cuisine, and our newest microbreweries.

Enjoy the wine trail, less than 10 minutes to nearby wineries Black Star Farms, 45 North, Aurora Cellars, Boathouse and Chateau Fontaine.

Leelanau County is lively with great restaurants, easy access to Traverse City, stunning Leelanau Conservancy hiking trails, the TART bike trail, superior golf courses, new tennis and basketball courts in nearby Suttons Bay and award-winning wine and microbrewery tours -- hard cider too!

We have received consistently excellent reviews:

"The house is perfect. Cozy beds for 10 people, a fireplace for the cool evenings, the channel to Lake Leelanau behind the house, open kitchen, fully furnished with top notch furnishings and CLEAN! The house is almost split in half as far as sleeping areas which works great if you have late night people and light sleepers that like to go to bed early.

You are minutes to Suttons Bay, a quick drive to Leland, and situated in the middle of the wine trail (go south one day, north the next). The nearest winery is less than a mile away and there is a distillery that is literally 50 yards or so from the house."

Centrally located in the town of Lake Leelanau, one of the hottest new foodie destinations in the Peninsula, you can walk to Peddling Beans for coffee, have brunch at our newest spot Fig's, sip wine at the Boathouse Winery overlooking Lake Leelanau, taste spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery, sample authentic Indian cuisine at NJ's, try the delicious Red Top Pasteria, enjoy a classic up North pub dinner at Dick's Pour House or have an authentic Italian evening complete with bocce at Bella Fortuna Restaurant, all within a 5 minute walk.

Short drive to best beaches in the area: Van's Beach in Leland, (great for walking and bonfires), Suttons Bay beach on the Bay (great for toddlers), Nedows Bay Beach on Lake Leelanau (great for young kids), Good Harbor Beach (Sleeping Bear Dunes).

Nedows Bay beach and many sandy swimming spots are also accessible by boat from the house.

I have consistently received excellent reviews: 'Many thanks for a beautiful stay'

'Lake Leelanau is gorgeous. We enjoyed cruising on the south lake and heading north for dinner at the Riverside Inn'

'We had a truly perfect summer vacation with great beach outings, fabulous boat rides, laughs with kids. The White Birch is clean, comfy, and well-located. Thanks again!'

Just 6 minutes to Leland, where you can enjoy delightful Lake Michigan beaches and Historic Fishtown. 5 minutes to Suttons Bay for great shopping, art galleries, a number of excellent restaurants, sandy beaches and access to the clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The quaint town of Glen Arbor and 'America's Most Beautiful Place': the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 20 min drive. Don't forget to visit the historic town of Omena, the Lighthouse in Northport and the bustling town of Traverse City, all a short drive away.

Interested in wine tasting? The White Birch Cottage is directly on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail just minutes from some of our favorite vineyard destinations: Chateau Fontaine, Laurentide, The Boathouse, 45 North and Blustone.

Come up North in the prime summer season for our many special events including the Leland 4th of July parade, Leland Art Festivals, Traverse City Wine & Food Festival, Wine on the Water and Art Fair in Suttons Bay, the Traverse City Film Festival and, in the fall, the Leland Heritage Festival and the Harvest Stompede wine tasting tour. Ask me for details about all the wine tasting events!

The White Birch Cottage on Lake Leelanau will be your home away from home where you can enjoy your free time whether you enjoy boating, swimming and sailing on one of Michigan's cleanest lakes, walking on endless Lake Michigan beaches, hiking Leelanau Conservancy trails, biking, eating farm fresh cuisine and tasting wines throughout the Peninsula, or just relaxing on the dock watching the boats go by. Come build your family memories at the White Birch Cottage in Lake Leelanau.

Amenities: Cable, wifi, parking for up to 5 cars, canoe and kayak, toys/games for ages 2-16, board games, gas grill, fire pit, ping pong table.

In prime summer, our Sunday to Sunday rental is ideal for wedding parties.

I respond to all inquiries and am always happy to answer any questions about the area and offer ideas for hiking trails, wine tours, and restaurants.

The Leelanau Peninsula has a wide variety of special events throughout the year. The Old Art Building Art Shows, the Suttons Bay Art Walk , Leland Heritage Festival with Wooden Boats and Antique Cars, the Harvest Stompede Wine Tasting Event and much more!

Feel free to contact me with any questions, or Request to Book, as I respond to every inquiry. I love Leelanau County and I love sharing it with others. I am happy to give wine tasting tour tips and restaurant recommendations.

If this house is not available when you need it, or you need more housing for your group, check out my other listings!

VRBO #456621 The Bluestone Cottage in Leland. Sleeps 10-12. Within a short walk to Lake Michigan beaches, Historic Fishtown and the shops of Leland. Lovely front porch and private back deck for grilling out. Fresh decor and lovely Master suite with gas fireplace.

VRBO #491672 The Schoolhouse Cottage in Suttons Bay. Sleeps 8-10. On a quiet street in the Village of Suttons Bay. Easy walk to town and to the Suttons Bay beach. Attractive furnishings and a large living and dining room for your group to gather.

More Details

Melissa Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Melissa Smith

I love spending time at the beach! Our family of four lives in Grand Rapids and we escape to Leelanau County every chance we get. We are excited about how Lake Leelanau has become one of the hottest new foodie destinations in Leelanau County!

Melissa Smith purchased this house in 2003

Why Melissa Smith chose Lake Leelanau

We love the pristine waters of Lake Leelanau, and love skiing in the south lake, or heading through the picturesque Narrows up to the North lake, jumping in the crystal clear water at the sand bar, taking the boat right to the town of Leland!

What makes this house unique

With water views, a dock to lay on, a large yard with plenty of room for the kids, a relaxing front porch, plus plenty of bedrooms spread out for privacy, and a Media room, this home is luxurious living on the lake.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Second Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Second bathroom designed with limestone tiles and large walk in shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Queen bedroom - 1 queen
    Private quarters and Media room - 1 queen
    Bunk room off Media Room - 1 bunk bed
    Upstairs Room with Sitting Area - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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5 BR on Lake Leelanau! On the water, Walk to Town, Lovely decor Open Aug 19-26
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

A very clean, cozy, quiet and convenient cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great stay at the cottage, all of the information that Melissa sent in advance was great and made our stay much more enjoyable. The cottage was very clean and well appointed, it was very convenient to local restaurants yet tucked away and quiet. We will definitely be coming back as you don’t find many like this that will handle a larger family as well as being reasonably priced. The cottage was well equipped and a has great kitchen, eating and family areas.

  • Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house for a prime Fall color season weekend! Thanks for choosing the White Birch!
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Clean and spacious with all the amenities!!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this property recently for a girls weekend with 7 ladies. We all we very comfortable and enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of this home. I would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to have guests like your group! Hope you welcome you back next Fall!
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Deerfield Beach, Florida

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

September 7-10

Our family of 9 rented this beautiful lake front home because our son was getting married at Aurora Cellars which was a 5 minute car ride. We had a mix of couples and of older single women. The sleeping arrangements worked out perfectly. Everyone had plenty of space. The kitchen and dining area were perfect for cooking and feeding a big family. There was also a dining area upstairs in the media room and the guys sat up there and watched football while the girls enjoyed local wine and cooked dinner. We had a beautiful fire blazing in the living room with a flick of a switch as it was gas. One of my favorite features of the house.

The house was very clean and very well stocked with plush towels, nice bed linens, cooking utensils, lovely dishware, including China, glassware, and wineglasses.

The garage was filled with all kinds of fun stuff. Because of the wedding we did not have time to take advantage of the canoe, Kayak, outdoor fire pit or gas grill. The house was also well stocked with board games for family fun.

The back porch had a very comfortable sitting area with a table and chairs and a comfy couch. There were plenty of chairs for everyone. The view was gorgeous!!!

There were wonderful little wineries, eateries, and shops all within walking distance. The guys all went to play golf and us girls walked to The Boathouse Winery and had a wonderful afternoon.

I really hope to visit there again. Our stay was amazing. Melissa Smith was wonderful and great at returning your emails right away. She sent me a list of things to do, see, all her favorite places and where to go shopping for anything we might need.

I would highly recommend renting this lovely property. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer.

Sincerely Carla & Jay Gillespie

  • Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to share the house and Leelanau with families like yours!
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Lake Leelanau Oasis

  • 4 of 5

In general, the property met all of our needs - location, location, location.

Everything was as hoped, all of our needs were met. Perhaps the highest praise would be that we would consider staying at that location again. Close to Suttons Bay and Leland, and key for us, the Sleeping Bear National Lake Shore. We've been coming to the area for quite a few years and have stayed at several VRBO properties. This was as good or better than others that we have visited.

Mildly disconcerting was the holding tank alarm which went off late at night - and woke everyone up - but that was quickly forgotten and issue resolved the next day.

  • Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry about the tank alarm, usually doesn't go off at night. Glad you enjoyed exploring Leelanau County. It's a beauty!
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Great place & location

  • 4 of 5

The only criticism is that there is no bathroom upstairs. But the house, yard, and its location is terrific Walking distance to a lot of places

  • Submitted: 2-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you loved the house , the yard and the location! To clarify the house layout, there are 2 Queen bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms on the main floor and 3 bedrooms upstairs:1 Queen, 1 Bunk bed, and 1 Full and 2 Twins. Guests love how everyone can spread out for privacy, but there's lots of room to gather on the main floor in the spacious kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, and porch with water views. Look forward to welcoming your family again on Lake Leelanau!
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Beautiful Lakefront Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our trip to Lake Leelanau. The White Birch Cottage is in a great location. We spent sunny afternoons sitting in chairs on the dock watching the boats go by. In the evenings, we gathered around the firepit and watched the stars come out. So peaceful and idyllic. We appreciated all of the tips Melissa shared with us on where to go and what to do. We visited Suttons Bay and enjoyed the shops and restaurants there. It was only about 10 minutes away. We enjoyed the nearby vineyards and the incredible views from Sleeping Bear Dunes. I'd recommend this cottage to vacation goers of all ages. Includes canoe, kayak and ping pong.

  • Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you have a chance to return to Leelanau! Always happy to host families like yours.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Dicks Pour House
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bella Fortuna Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Vans Beach in Leland


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2018
May 6 2018 - May 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 17 2018 - Sep 2 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$193.28
Pet Fee C$193.28
Damage Deposit C$386.55

Owner'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.
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