The SpaceThere are three bedrooms on the ground-floor level. Each has a queen size bed, and one of the rooms also has a twin bed. The living room sofa is extra long and wide so can serve as a makeshift bed. A twin mattress is available to be set up in the living room, and another can be set up in the master bedroom. Each room has a TV.
The bathroom in an alcove of the master bedroom has a sink, and the adjacent bathroom contains a toilet and a jetted bathtub.
The other bathroom in the apartment is located in the hallway that leads to the bedrooms. It has a sink, toilet, and double-wide shower.
The linen closet that is across from the bathroom contains ample towels and washcloths. Help yourself.
The living room has a large, flat screen TV and combo DVD and video player. The living room seats eight, as does the kitchen table.
If your group needs more room, a suite of two bedrooms is available for rent in the walk-out lower level of the house. A hospitality table in the suite holds a microwave, coffee pot, and toaster. There is a small refrigerator beneath the table. The bathroom has a shower-over-tub, and the linen closet just outside the bathroom is full of towels and washcloths for your use. This suite is accessed via a private entrance.
In the largest bedroom of the suite, there are three beds. One is queen-size and the other two are single-size. There is a table and chair in this room, and a wall-mounted TV.
In the other bedroom of the suite, there is a full size bed, a project table, a TV, and a desk with chair.
Sightings from this house will keep your interest as you spot pleasure boats in the lake and wildlife in the orchard. You’ll watch serenely for the next freighter to power by, the next Coast Guard chopper to patrol the coast, the next flock of geese to fly over the house, and the next deer, turkey or rabbit to broach the Leelanau Conservancy forest that borders this 14 acre estate.
Sunsets over Lake Michigan enjoyed from the porch or picture windows of this house are memory-makers. A peaceful night will ensue as the stars seek to draw your attention from the glittering maritime night lights. Come back to the porch or to the picture windows before daylight and you'll see a moonset over the water that is just as lovely as the sunset was the night before.
All guests are welcome to the use of the fire-ring, picnic table, lawn furniture and yard games. Guest AccessApartment guests are welcome to enjoy the use of a two-person glider seat on the front porch, lawn furniture, picnic table, grill, and a patio fire pit in the yard. Board games and yard games are available, as are toys and books for children. Interaction with GuestsThe quiet, friendly hosts reside in an apartment in the walk-out lower level of the house whenever guests are staying in the primary, main-floor rooms. Each section of the house has its own access. Terry works full time in Traverse City. On weekends, he tends to the yard and to televised sports. Patti spends much of her time making the home clean and comfortable for guests. The NeighborhoodMid-May is cherry blossom time in the Leelanau Peninsula. This home is on a 14 acre cherry orchard, beside a neighbor's cherry orchard. Be sure to schedule a trip here to see the loveliness of the blossoms. This property adjoins 80 acres of Leelanau Conservancy land, so there are no nearby neighbors. The house faces west, and has no neighboring homes in its view of Lake Michigan. A retired college professor/minister and his wife live in a house to the south. A Northport bookstore owner and her artist husband live in the house to the east, which is not viewable from our house. An elderly farmer lives in a house to the north.
We hope that our guests will have the opportunity to experience the sun and moon rises over the cherry orchards behind the house and settings over Lake Michigan.
A one-mile journey toward Northport will bring you to Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern, one of the most popular family restaurants in the peninsula. Getting AroundThe Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) serves this household. With one day's notice, a public bus can pick up guests in our driveway for a trip to Traverse City or within the Leelanau.
There is ample room for guests to park private cars, boats and trailers.
To get to our house from the Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, exit the airport and turn right onto South Airport Drive. At the first traffic light, by the Burger King, turn right onto S.Garfield Avenue.
In 2.1 miles, you will come to a traffic light at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and East Front Street. East Front Street is also called US-31 and MI-37 and 72. Bardon’s ice cream stand will be on your right at this intersection. Turn left onto East Front Street.
In just a little less than a mile, you will come to a traffic light, at which point you can continue straight ahead into downtown Traverse City or you can merge to the right. Merging to the right keeps you on US-31 and MI-37 and 72. Take this right-hand split. At this point, the road changes names to East Grandview Parkway. The waters of Grand Traverse Bay will be on your right. Follow this road for 1.8 miles.
You will come to a traffic light. Continue straight ahead through the light, and the road name will become M-22. You will now be driving onto the Leelanau Peninsula, which some people refer to as Michigan’s Little Finger.
Take M-22 for 15 miles, to the only traffic light in Suttons Bay. Turn left onto M-204.
Take M-204 for 3.9 miles, to North Eagle Highway/County Hwy 641. It will be on your right just as you are entering the village of Lake Leelanau. Leelanau Pie and Pastry restaurant will be at the corner. Turn right onto North Eagle Highway.
In four-tenths of a mile, bear to the left in order to go onto North Lake Leelanau Drive. Go 5.4 miles, and North Lake Leelanau Drive will end at M-22. Lake Leelanau will be on your left during this stretch of road.
Remember, M-22 forms a horseshoe shape around the Leelanau Peninsula. That is how it happened that you will have left M-22 in Suttons Bay on the east side of the peninsula and are encountering it again on the west side of the peninsula. You have just cut across the "little finger" instead of following M-22 all the way north into Northport and then starting back down on the western part of the highway.
You have arrived at the section of M-22 that is between Leland and Northport. This stretch of M-22 is called North Manitou Trail. If you turn to the left, you will come into Leland. Instead, turn to the right and you are now heading toward Northport.
Lake Michigan will be on your left as you make this last 2.6 mile drive to the house. You will be passing Gills Pier Winery on your right, then Novotny Road on your right. After Novotny Road, you will pass two houses on your right. The third house on your right is the one you are seeking. It is a brown cedar house, high on a hill, facing onto M-22.
If you come to Fisher's Happy Hour Tavern, you will have missed our house by exactly one mile. The tavern, which is a very popular family restaurant, is a free-standing building that is on the same side of M-22 as is our house. Other Things to NoteOn this property, from the porch and the fire ring areas, you'll have a grand view of freighters, sunsets and stars over Lake Michigan. The scene is of the Manitou Passage including North Manitou and South Fox Islands. It is:
• ten miles to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
• five miles to Leland's Historic Fishtown
• six miles to Northport
• nine miles to the Leelanau Sands Casino
• fourteen miles to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in the Leelanau State Park