Traverse Bay w/ Fabulous Setting & Sunsets

Cottage Setting and ViewCottage EntranceSunsetView from Deck or glassed in sun porchCottage from Lake sideSandy BeachWater ViewDriveway In to CottageLiving Room & kitchen table (far corner)View from couchMaster BedroomGlassed in Sun Porch (two pull out twin sofa beds)Guest bedroom (queen and twin bunk bed)Eagle SoaringSandy beach and lake accessBon Fire pit on the beachView of the cottage from the beach
“ Excellent ”
27 Reviews
5352 Mackenzie Dr, Elk Rapids, MI 49648


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per night: $150 - $275
Per week: $1,000 - $1,600
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Elk Rapids vacation cottage rental
Tranquil and private setting on wooded & sandy beach lot with stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay & sunsets. Enjoy northern Michigan waters, golf, scenery, wine country, stars, nature, etc. Charming cottage with a glassed in porch, sprawling deck, sandy beach, swimable area and large bon-fire pit on the beach. Enjoy the sounds and views of the always changing Bay waters. Watch gorgeous sunsets that turn the sky into magic and see the millions of stars that light up the night. Enjoy walks on the beach and the fun of finding Petosky stones.

Great place to enjoy nature. Fill your senses with the fabulous Northern air, watch the eagles soar, hear the loons playing, enjoy the sound of the seagulls and hear the wind gently whistling through the trees.

Very cozy cottage inside but secluded property. Sleeps 6 people (2 bedrooms/3 separate rooms - glassed in Porch or pullout queen couch in living room). One bathroom with bath/shower but does have an additional outside shower with hot/cold water. Will allow well mannered dog (no cats). Linens included. Saturday to Saturday stay but short stays available (3 day minimum accept for mid-June, July & August are week only rentals).

Full kitchen stocked perfectly to prepare meals (dishes, pots/pans, utensils, spices and condiments). All paper products are provided. Grill, Washer/Dryer, TV/VCR/DVD/Stereo (lots of movies and music to chose from) plenty of board games and cards are there. For your outside enjoyment, we have Moon Valley furniture (chairs, end tables and picnic table), hammock, beach furniture, 2 kayaks (2 lifejackets) and beach activities/games.

Wood fireplace in the living room and wood burning stove on the glassed in Porch for those cooler evenings or Fall and Winter getaways.

Cottage is located off of a private road but just minutes from US31. Long secluded driveway from road. Cottage is nicely nestled in the woods but with a sunny & sandy beach.

Depending on the water depth, you have two ways to walk out to water (directly in front of the cottage or via the peninsula).
Area Information
Location is just 3 miles north of the quaint village of Elk Rapids and is perfectly centered between Charlevoix and Traverse Bay. Enjoy up north seasons, Cherry Festival, Elk Rapids Harbor Days, quaint shopping, great restaurants, wine country, golf, casinos, skiing and everything up north Michigan has to offer! Great place to create memories!!!!!

Many possibilities to rent or launch your own boat/waverunner on Torch Lake, Elk Lake or Grand Traverse Bay. Both Torch Lake and Elk Lake gives you access to the Antrim County chain of lakes (which offers over 45 miles of inland boating through the lakes and four rivers).

Many great golf courses, Turtle Creek Casino, Grand Traverse Resort and snow skiing nearby.

Elk Rapids has a beautiful play/beach area which offers a park setting for the kids, a beautiful beach with great swimming, tennis and basketball courts. Traverse City activities such as put put golf, go carts, water slide, bumper cars, etc is only 15-20 minutes south.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Oct 23 2014 May 01 2015 $150 $175 $1,000 - 3 Nights
May 01 2015 Jun 13 2015 $175 $200 $1,200 - 3 Nights
Jun 13 2015 Aug 29 2015 $225 $275 $1,600 - 1 Week
Aug 30 2015 Sep 07 2015 $225 $275 $1,500 - 3 Nights
Sep 07 2015 Oct 22 2015 $175 $200 $1,200 - 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: Included
Deposits: 50% deposit is due to reserve dates. Cancellation Policy exists and is spelled out in the rental agreement. Balance and Security Deposit is due 30 days before arrival. Please let me know if you will be bringing a dog in your rental agreement request. Weekend/Weekday rates are available except for mid-June, July & August (3 day minimum all other times).
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: $250 Security deposit. The $250 will be refunded to the tenant once property has been inspected and deemed in acceptable condition. Non-refundable fee of $50 for dog for week or $25 for 3 day stay. There is a $50 charge per hour if you do not leave at the checkout time of 11:00 unless previous arrangement have been made. Policies & pricing can be modified at any time. A signed rental agreement & deposit is required to reserve your dates. There is a 4.5% additional charge if you use Paypal.


  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 3 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Heating
  • Outdoor Shower
  • View (Lake)
  • Beachfront
  • Housekeeper
  • Parking Included
  • View (Water)
  • Deck
  • Kayak
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wood Stove
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lakefront
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • CD Player
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Restaurant
    (3 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (5 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (10 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
    (3 miles)
  • Boating
    (6 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (20 miles)
  • Lake
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Casino
    (10 miles)
  • Water Park
    (20 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (10 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (5 miles)
  • Golf
    (10 miles)
  • Snowmobiling
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (5 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (10 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (3 miles)
  • Playground
    (5 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Many options for boating, golf, dining and entertainment in a 30 minute radious (variety of restaurants, casino, activity parks,etc). You can almost find everything to do up there! A book is located at the cottage with ideas of what to do in the area and information. We do have two kayaks available for your use (2 life jackets - adult L & XL)

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Elk Rapids, Michigan

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Carmen Schillmoeller

Carmen Schillmoeller



January 1, 2015


David Silden

David Silden

Charlotte NC

Great fall getaway

November 28, 2014

Such a wonderful time at this spacious, cozy home on the water! Everything we needed was provided. Just brought our clothes and food. From the chilly, windy weather to the dynamite sunsets, a taste of fall was exactly what we needed. The trees had wonderful leaf colors. We took a few field trips and especially enjoyed the trip to Cross Village (Legs Inn). Hopefully we will return again. Thanks for making this a stress-free experience!

Rob Monica Bowman

Rob Monica Bowman


this place is perfect

September 16, 2014

I have never rented a cabin before so I was hoping it was as nice as the post was. It was as nice and more. As soon as you turn into the drive from the time you leave everything was perfect. I do not think we could thank the Nettler family enough for sharing their property with us. Many Thanks:Rob

Veronica Crescenti

Veronica Crescenti

Shelby Township, MI

Beautiful Property

September 8, 2014

This property is beautiful. It is very private. The home was clean and well stocked. We didn't have the best weather but it didn't seem to matter. One of our best moments was watching the intense storm moving across the bay through the glass enclosed room. It was spectacular. The home is midway between Traverse City and Charlevoix. We visited both. In my opinion, Charlevoix has a bit more charm. I highly recommend this property for a peaceful relaxing vacation!

Joe Sesi

Joe Sesi

White Lake MI

Elk Rapids Vacation

July 15, 2014

Great week and a great cottage!! More privacy then we could have imagined! Close to town but far enough away to be able to relax. The views are just as described. As everyone else said Heidi provides everything you could possible need from paper towels to ketchup!! Washer and Dryer are a HUGE bonus!! Thanks again for sharing your cottage with us!!

Christina Solomon Corey

Christina Solomon Corey

Beverly Hills, MI

Such a memorable vacation

July 7, 2014

Words can't describe what a wonderful time my family had at this beautiful cottage. My husband and I have been coming to this area for years but this trip was one of the best because of our amazing accommodations. From the minute we pulled into the driveway we were taken back by the beauty of the lake. It never got old! The cottage was so cozy and truly felt like a home away from home. It really was hard to leave. Highly recommend this cottage to anyone!

Dave Bacon

Dave Bacon

Woodhaven, Mich. USA

Dave and Pam

October 3, 2013

This vacation home was the best we ever rented. Fantastic views of lake Michigan with great sunsets. We had the whole beach to our selves and there was a very nice sitting area on the beach. The house had plenty of room with everything you could need. The sun porch was very nice. Barb and Jamie were very nice owners and easy to work with. Ace the dog came over for a treat each day, very smart dog as he knows right were the treat jar is inside the house. Looking forward to going back next year for hopefully a longer vacation.

Robert Callegari

Robert Callegari

Atlanta, GA


September 26, 2013

The place was wonderful and the owner, Heidi was great. The place was clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed. We only brought clothes. Spices, utensils, and paper goods were provided. We just had to buy meats and produce (which was locally fresh and abundant). Weather was chilly and fires inside and out were perfect. Convenient to Elk Rapids with Traverse City and Charlevoix within an hours drive.

Jason Owen

Jason Owen

Grand Rapids, Michigan


August 5, 2013

Absolutely perfect! Everything was better than what we hoped. Totally accurate in the description. Very comfortable and private. Great Northern Michigan getaway. Only wish I would have had a longer stay. Thank you Heidi!

Sharon Linscott

Sharon Linscott

columbus, Oh usa


June 28, 2013

All I can say is outstanding!!!!! The absolute best place we have ever stayed. Everthing you need is supplied. Great weather the entire 2 weeks and breathtaking sunsets!!!!!!!

Christine Green

Christine Green

Wapakoneta, ohio

Great cottage

June 12, 2013

Great cottage with fabulous view, very clean and comfortable. Especially love the sun porch and deck. Hope we can return sometime!!

Melissa Smith Martin

Melissa Smith Martin


great cabin

August 20, 2012

The cabin was better than we could have hoped for very clean and oh so relaxing .Everthing in the cabin was well thought of from soap to mixers we needed to bring nothing the owners are great people THANKS

Elizabeth Bott

Elizabeth Bott

Grand Rapids, MI

Ideal for a relaxing stay.

August 16, 2012

Our family of 5 and our dog had a great week. The view is fantastic and laying in the hammock gently rocking with the waves was a dream come true. All we wanted was a week of relaxation and peace and quiet and that's exactly what we got. The condo itself is absolutely beautiful and so well taken care of and stocked that it was shocking. The handyman even stopped by to make sure we had enough wood for our evening bonfires on the beach (smores!) and to see if we had any questions. We loved the kayaks that were available to us. The lake was so calm one day I even got my mother out on one and she doesn't even swim.:) You had to walk out quite a ways to actually swim but we had our 3 and 5 year olds with us so the depth was perfect. We visited downtown Elk Rapids quite a bit and loved the river with the "water slide" down the middle. It was a hit with our kids and the kids in town. We had never seen anything like it before. The park and beach down there were also great and entertaining for the kids. Thanks so much to the Nettlers for making this cottage available to us and we will definitely look into it again next year.:)

Scott & Ali Smith

Scott & Ali Smith

Kalamazoo, MI

Peaceful and Secluded

August 5, 2012

Our family of 4 enjoyed this cottage this past week. We loved kayaking (sometimes twice a day). We enjoyed that the cottage was well organized and supplied. We loved the view, the firepit and quietness (which was our main reason for choosing this property). We have rented several beach homes before throughout the US and we are very particular customers but we found this one to be the most quiet, peaceful and relaxing. We did enjoy the Harbor Days events in Elk Rapids but usually couldn't wait to get back to the cottage to swim and collect Petoskey stones (which we found 9 on the beach the week we were there). We had a very small issue with wasps (my 14 year was stung inside the house) but we sprayed for them again and we realized thats part of the beauty of their natural surroundings. I myself never took a shower indoors the entire week, they have an outdoor shower and that was perfectly fine. Because of the drought this year it wasn't ideal swimming until you walked out a ways but the water was so warm and serene that made up for the rocky entrance. We would stay here again without question.

Sheri Rogers

Sheri Rogers

Plymouth, MI USA

Cute Cottage was perfect!

July 30, 2012

The cottage was clean and very comfortable. My family enjoyed the kayaks, the hammock, the fire pit and the direct access to the water. It was very private and the low lake level was not an issue at all. We look forward to going back next year:)

Barbara Neuman

Barbara Neuman

cincinnati, OH

East Grand Traverse Bay cottage

July 23, 2012

Incredible setting right on the lake. Couldn't ask for a better setting and the fire pit on the beach was a hit with all. No air conditioning proved a slight problem as we were in the middle of a heat wave. It was only a problem for a few nights then became very pleasant.

linda diegel

linda diegel

shelby twp., mi

"Paradise in MIchigan

June 25, 2012

Most relaxing, accomodating place we have ever stayed in Michigan. All the comforts of home and with beautiful scenery, deck and living quarters. Nearby shopping and restaurants also available. We were looking for a quiet vacation with beautiful lake scenery and great living space and this had it all. Can not say enough about the great time we had.

Marguerite Cenkner

Marguerite Cenkner

South Lyon, MI

fabulous place

September 6, 2011

This place was fabulous - from the sandy beach and fire pit to wrap around porch. The house was super comfy and clean. We will definitely go back!

Laura H.

Laura H.

Grand Rapids, MI USA

A perfect Michigan vacation!

August 28, 2011

My husband and I and our two toddlers stayed at the cottage for a week in August and we left very happy. It was exactly as described/pictured. Right on the water with a small, private beach in front. It was fully stocked, well equipped, and very clean. We spent alot of time on the beach and in the water (water shoes are a must!). We also brought bikes and enjoyed many leisurely rides with the kids around the sleepy neighborhood. A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort is just up the road too. It's a beautiful (stunning views of Torch Lake) and challenging course. The best meal of the week was at Pearl's right in Elk Rapids. We really enjoyed the place/area. The view from the deck is incredible. The bay breezes are refreshing. This is a very special place. We hope to visit again next year. Thanks Heidi!

Kim Cirrintano

Kim Cirrintano

Chicago, IL

Very Relaxing Week

August 12, 2011

Our family plus dog spent the first week in August at this wonderful property. This is our first time renting and it was a pleasurable experience. From the beautiful setting to the very well thought through accommodations Heidi and Al thought of everything. Beautiful and private setting is what we were looking for and that is what we got, with no unexpected surprises. We enjoyed the use of this home and took advantage of the grill, beach, firepit, outdoor furniture, kayak, and the wonderful views that were there for us to enjoy. We have recommended this property to all our family, friends and co-workers who have inquired about our trip.

John Chickering

John Chickering

Rockford, MI

Great Place, Wonderful Week

August 1, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent. Cottage was neat, clean and well equipped. Owners obviously put a lot of thought into providing an excellent experience. Porch and beach decks were very nice, and bay views and sunsets beautiful.

Jennifer Richards

Jennifer Richards

Lincoln Park Michigan

Fun for the whole Family

July 5, 2011

We are a young family with small children and had an amazing time at this location!! There is much to see and do in the area or you can do nothing at all but watch natures beauty. Our young boys had so much fun looking for interesting stones and fish in the bay and we didn't have to worry because the water is shallow and they could go out pretty far. Our one year old daughter could walk around and splash in the water also! The beach is perfect and the firpit made for lovely nights and stargazing. The house was great with everything anyone could need and was very cozy yet spacious. The screened in porch is just wonderful for relaxing after being in the water. We had a great expierience and would suggest this location for couples or families.

Michele Przybylski

Michele Przybylski

Clarkston, MI

Perfect! morning, noon, and night!

May 23, 2011

You can spend your entire time at the cottage and enjoy the view, the water, God given nature, tranquility, reading, biking, grilling, watching the stars at night, hitting golf balls into the crystal clear water and then venturing out to find them, enjoying the grandkids, taking an outdoor shower. This cottage offers it all. And, because of its central location, you could hit the wineries, the town and beaches of Elk Rapids, the restaurants, the golf courses, bike trails, and more. Our family thoroughly enjoyed all it had to offer and the memories we made.

Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy

Clarkston MI

Great Memories

April 26, 2011

What a place, our family had one of our best vacations ever. This secluded cozy cottage has one of the best views of the bay from coffee on the deck to bonfires on the beach. What a location minutes from Torch lake, Traverse city and more golf courses than one could play in a week. This vacation will always be one of our great memories.

Karen Bates

Karen Bates

Clarkston, MI

Pure Up North Michigan

March 31, 2011

Great location, on Bay. Stunning sunsets, Suttons Bay and Northport via jetski. TC and wine country nearby. Elk Rapids, sweet downtown nearby. Home is surrounded by gorgeous pines, long private drive. Up north at it's finest.



Rochester, Michigan

Great Place to Relax and Get Away from it All

March 27, 2011

My husband and I went up there for a brief 4 day vacation and we really enjoyed the place. The beach has a beautiful view of Grand Traverse Bay and the 2 beach chairs were a perfect spot for us to sit and enjoy the view. My favorite place was the huge enclosed front porch. Great place to read in the morning and hang out at night with a glass of wine. The bed in the master bedroom was incredibly comfy - I slept like a baby. The house had all the furnishings and cooking supplied we needed. All in all I would recommend this place to anyone!

Debra Maitrott

Debra Maitrott

Clarkston, Michigan

Perfect Vacation Retreat!

March 24, 2011

Perfect get-away spot. Beautiful lake view and sunsets. Cozy cottage with everything you need for a great vacation experience. Relaxing and tranquil surroundings. Close to wine country and fun restaurants. Perfect spot for families to enjoy the beach and evening bonfires. Will return again and again!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

I was asked to post for renter: Gorgeous, private setting on the Bay. Beautiful sunsets from sandy beach with great firepit and porch. 20 minute jetski ride to Suttons Bay. Golf courses, ski hills and Torch Lake nearby. Wine country and TC, a short drive. Elk Rapids (great town) nearby. Wonderful dining choices. Beautiful Fall colors. Plenty of parking with long driveway and garage. Scented, spruce trees surround home. Sleeps 6 very comfortably. Up north at it's finest! kbinclarkston

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the most fun thing about our vacation rental?
A: Creating lasting memories for your family and your friends!!!!
Q: What makes our cottage so special?
A: The view of the Bay, tranquil setting, sunsets and bonfires on the beach.
Q: What is there to do in the area?
A: Location, location, location. It is located half way between Traverse City and Charlevoix and just north of the "Norman Rockwell" town of Elk Rapids. Very close to both Torch and Elk Lakes. Golf, parks, public beaches, putt putt golf, go karts, water slidesall close.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, and they will love it up there. However, there is an additional fee ($50 for the week or $25 for 3+ day stay). Also, you are responsible for cleaning up after your dog and any damage they may incur.

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    We have 3 grown kids and 2 Wheaton Terriors. We have always been Michiganders and LOVE northern Michigan. We enjoy being outside, golf, tennis, boating and that is why just we fell in love with this area and bought our little "Piece of Heaven". We no longer can get up there as much as we would...
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