Cat's Meow

Cat's Meow
Cat's Meow

From $139 / night

Traverse City, MI 49690
Cat's Meow
2 bedrooms
4 guests
7 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Home
Per week: $975 - $1,875
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the Traverse City vacation home rental
The expression, "it 's the Cat's Meow", coined by American cartoonist Tad Dorgan, is a superlative to represent outstanding, and this cottage situated on the beach of the tranquil waters of Cathead Bay at the Northern tip of Leelanau Peninsula is indeed just that.

With 2 bedrooms and one bath, Cat 's Meow will accommodate up to 5 people. One bedroom features a queen-size bed; the second 2 twins and a roll away for an additional guest.

Cat 's Meow is the ideal vacation cottage for a young family, or a spacious beach hideaway for the couple that desires plenty of space to move about. Set back from the private road, with dunes to the rear, and open stretches of pristine white, sandy beaches in front, a week-long stay will flash by in a wink. Yet, at an affordable weekly summer rate of $1,900.00, why not consider staying for two'

Ella Cooper-Froehlich

Area Information
Cathead Bay, with dune grass-fringed beaches lapped by tranquil waters of Lake Michigan, combines an idyllic secluded lakeside hideaway with close proximity to a host of activities Northern Michigan has to offer. Cathead Bay Vacation properties are all located at the "Tip of the Little Finger" of the Leelanau Peninsula on Lake Michigan. Leelanau, a Native American term that means "land of delight", appropriately represents the splendid nature of this region. What's more, unlike the pebbled or rocky coastline so typical to Lake Michigan, access to the waters of Cathead Bay is by way of smooth, endless, white, sandy beaches.

With three diverse and comfortable cottages all nestled on their private beach, a vacation in any one of Cathead Bay Vacation properties will create memories to last a lifetime. Choose from the cozy Cat's Meow; the more spacious Cathead Cove, roomy enough to accommodate 8; or the rambling Cathead Pointe, an entertainer's delight with sleeping quarters for a group of 10. Each cottage boasts tasteful décor, modern conveniences, seclusion and privacy.

Now you're sold on one of our Cathead Bay Vacation Properties, "What is there to do Up North", you ask'

Cathead Bay, snuggled into the northernmost tip of Michigan 's renowned Leelanau Peninsula, is the perfect place to relax and 'get away from it all. But, if our sun-drenched, sparkling, sugar-sand beaches are not quite all the glitter that you had in mind, don 't worry. Cathead Bay offers easy access to all of Northern Michigan 's tantalizing pleasures.

Seven miles to the south, the tiny village of Northport is still large enough to boast several ideal dining choices, quaint antique stores and a busy recreational harbor, where all summer long Friday evening open-air concerts wow locals and visitors alike.

Only a few miles further down the coast, Sutton 's Bay expands on the theme, adding art galleries and interesting boutiques, not to mention a good dose of 'Olde English atmosphere. For several weekends during the summer, Sutton 's Bay throws off its quiet, old-world persona and plays host to some of Northern Michigan 's most exciting tourist events. Jazz Fest, in July, draws some of the nation 's finest jazz musicians and thousands of visitors each year. The Sutton 's Bay Art Festival, in August, attracts artists from all over the United States to compete in juried shows and to display and sell their creations. No media is left unrepresented, so a stroll through the stalls here is just like visiting a great, open-air art gallery. In September, The Harvest Stompede offers visitors an opportunity to savor a variety of home-grown products. Local chefs compete to create dishes that will tempt you and our vintners, many already heralded nationally, with growing respect every year, regale you with their finest products -- a fun and filling time for all. For those with a taste tending toward the esoteric, The Bay Theatre, a Sutton 's Bay landmark, offers not only Hollywood blockbusters, but also a selection of fine independent films, of the kind one might normally be challenged to find, and it presents them all in an old-time cinema setting.

If area history is more to your taste, just a few miles to the west lies the village of Leland. Here you might be tempted to soak up more sun on their silver-sand beaches, but more adventuresome choices await you. Charter a fishing boat for the day and pit yourself against the mettle of Lake Michigan Tuna. It 's a great way to enjoy our Northern Michigan camaraderie as well as our indigo waters. The fish will give you a good run too.

Leland is also a mecca for art lovers and home to specialized vendors like Reflections Art Gallery, the Mary Frey Studio or Becky Thatcher Designs. For a more exotic display, try Tampico Imports, and while you are wandering, savor the sweets from Murdick 's Fudge Shoppe, whose products have enticed so many visitors to this area for so many years that the locals affectionately call tourists 'Fudgies. Murdick 's is, without a doubt, a must-not-miss treat. For a different kind of treat, however, consider visiting for the Leland Wine and Food Festival, yet another opportunity to sample northern fair and flair.

But for the history minded, the real draw of Leland is 'Fishtown. This wonderful, wharf-side 'village within a village, with its boarded walks and weathered fishing shanties, has remained virtually unchanged since frontiersmen settled the area � and 'virtually only because, today, the tiny wooden shanties house a selection of specialty and gift shops. This is still a working wharf , where, each morning, a few boats set sail to ply their nets, and each afternoon they return, loaded with fresh lake trout and salmon which will find their way into the best local restaurants � like The Cove, nestled next to the weir and overlooking the long wharf of Fishtown. Ah yes, the fish can be purchased too, if a quiet beach barbecue at your Cathead Bay Cottage is on the evening agenda. Some of Fishtown 's specialty shops feature the day 's catch amongst their wares.

If cooking for yourself is one of those things your vacation was meant to help you escape, Northern Michigan abounds with fine restaurants, many of which will rival the best in the nation in quality and presentation. For the most elegant experience, try La Becasse, or watch the sun set over the lake from the terrace of Le Bear. Both can be found south of Leland, near the artistic community of Glen Arbor.

Once again, in Glen Arbor, you will find the ubiquitous galleries and boutiques, but this is town known for its nightlife � clubs and restaurants abound � and also, by way of contrast, for its environmental consciousness. It is home to the Leelanau Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of this area, and is also the launch point for a visit to The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. No visit to Northern Michigan is complete without this experience, although climbing the Dunes (it is permitted in a couple of controlled areas) is definitely not for the feint of heart. Sleeping Bear, of course, is one of our country 's National Parks, and there is a small entrance fee, but it is well worth the cost. It is an area of delicate ecological balance, where you will see flora unknown to the world beyond this area. Look out for the bright orange petals of 'Lilium Michiganensis, in July. This hardy, little, wild lily, unique, as its name suggests, to this part of the country, is in fact the parent of most of the bright oriental-style lilies we grow in our gardens today! And the Dunes, these amazing mountains of sand, were immortalized a few years ago as the answer to the puzzle 'Where are you' in the national magazine Conde Nast Traveler. Tremendous lakeviews from their summit can be accessed, sans climbing, from Pierce Stocking Drive, a couple of miles south of Glen Arbor. Just to the south again, right outside the village of Empire, the Park Headquarters houses a Museum and rangers who will organize guided tours and relate the sad Indian legend for which the area was named.

Of course, no visit to Northern Michigan would ever be complete without a stop in Traverse City. Though located a little further from your Cathead Bay home-base than the aforementioned villages, Traverse City will draw you back for more than one day with its special attractions. Here you will find opportunities galore for active � or passive � enjoyment. There are tall ship tours of the bay, parasailing, sailboat and personal watercraft rentals. You can take an early morning balloon ride or an evening cruise on a catamaran. Sample specialty beers at micro-breweries, or just stroll through the stores, where you will find everything from Armani to Zac Posen. The Visitor's Center in Traverse City is complete with brochures and maps of all must dos in the area. Be sure to check it out!

The Opera House, Traverse City 's 'gilded lily, a beautifully restored example of nineteenth century theatre design, is located right in the middle of town. It is worth a visit even if no special event is on schedule for the day, but this beautiful setting is still used � for plays, movies and special events of all kinds.

Traverse City offers its own series of spectacular events too. Starting with Cherry Festival, in early July, a week long fiesta and one of the nation 's biggest, offering parades, live entertainment nightly, and of course, cherries by the ton, the city doesn 't sleep throughout the summer. The Traverse City Film Festival is rapidly becoming one of the World 's best too. Again, it 's a week-log event, offering dawn-to-dusk movie presentations (some on a 60foot screen overlooking the Bay) and an opportunity to join live panel discussions with famous movie-makers and actors.

The Traverse City Old Town Playhouse offers a well-rounded repertory schedule, The Traverse Symphony offers the music lover auditory excitement, and The Dennos Museum will undoubtedly attract the art lover. The Music House, just east of Traverse City on US31, has one of the finest collections of old pipe-organs, pianos, jukeboxes and phonographs in the World. And of course, no Northern Michigan town is complete without its array of fine restaurants. Try Trattoria Stella, located on the first floor of the old, newly-reclaimed, and soon-to-be spectacular Traverse City State Hospital. The building, with its institutional-gothic towers, is a treat, but the food is even better.

And for that late-night experience, there are casinos. Turtle Creek, just east of Traverse City on US72, is the bigger of the two, but only a few miles from Cathead Bay, Leelanau Sands offers gambling, restaurants and a showroom. Or choose something from Interlochen 's full tableau of concerts. The World-famous music school, alma-mater to many of Hollywood 's finest, presents fabulous Nationally-known acts all summer long.

But it is Northern Michigan 's countryside with which no other vacation spot can compete. Gently undulating, hillsides covered with woodland, acres of delicate cherry blossom, fields full of wild flowers, crystal clear inland lakes, babbling streams. Emerald, azure, turquoise and indigo; jewel tones are the colors of Northern Michigan. You must plan a day just to drive. There are tiny antique stores, artists ' studios and galleries tucked into out-of-the-way corners. And, of course, wineries everywhere, each with their tasting room and selection of specialties.

Whatever your taste, Northern Michigan offers something to whet it, and your Cathead Bay beach front cottage offers you just the right place to enjoy it. Happy vacationing!!

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May 03 2017 May 30 2017 - - $975 - 1 Week
May 31 2017 Jun 13 2017 - - $1,125 - 1 Week
Jun 13 2017 Jun 28 2017 - - $1,500 - 1 Week
Jun 28 2017 Aug 29 2017 - - $1,875 - 1 Week
Check In: 5 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 6%
Deposits: 50% of base weekly rental. May be satisfied with a "Hold" and Credit Card Authorization.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $30.00 processing fee (non-refundable) $75.00 cleaning fee upon check-out
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