Aspen and Hemlock Cottages have the very best location on Glen Lake!
CURRENT 2024 AVAILABILITIES:
• Aspen Cottage has availabilities May 4 to June 22 and August 17 to September 30
• Hemlock Cottage has availabilities May 4 to June 22, June 29 to July 13, Aug 3 to 10, Aug 17 to Sep 30
• Dune Climb, Bike & Kayak on Little Glen Lake at the M22 Challenge, Saturday, June 8 – Four Free Kayaks!
• Note that our Repeat Guests have most Reservations from Saturday, June 22 through Saturday, August 17
Openings fill up fast! View the cottages at Welcome to Birch Shores Resort birchshoresglenlake.com to learn more and call (231) 383-1180 or email Eric Haan at [email protected] to book your stay.
Our Cottages are $295 for fall week nights (three night minimum) before taxes and fees. They rent for $3000 a summer week before taxes and fees.
Located on the tranquil shores of Glen Lake, this family-friendly retreat provides guests with the perfect spot to unwind and experience lakefront living at its finest. This is the area chosen by the viewers of ABC’s Good Morning America as the “Most beautiful place in America” – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Your family will be inspired by the grandeur of massive dunes, sweeping, untamed shores and miles of beautiful beaches.
We are just 0.4 miles off busy M-22 on bucolic Day Forest Road, steps from the National Lakeshore and adjacent to the Alligator Hill Trails. It is 2 miles to Glen Arbor and 3 miles to the Dunes. Stunning Lake Views and gorgeous sunsets. The sandy bottom lake in front of our cabins stays waist deep for 100 yards from the shore, greatly enhancing water safety for the younger kids. We are nearby the Public Boat Launch for our Guests with boats – and have 2 Guest deep-water boat moorings and room for parking Guest boat trailers on our property. There are 2 separate Docks for Guests enjoyment, with sunset viewing benches on each. Inside the Dock bench storage are an ample supply of adult and kids flotation vests. A woodsy side area is available for kids to have an overnight “Tenting and Camping” experience. The waterfront deck is ideal for alfresco dining with a memorable lake view backdrop. Use the picnic table and the gourmet charcoal grill for warm-weather barbecues. Gather around the fire pit to roast s’mores and tell stories when the night comes. Watch for shooting stars and admire the gorgeous starry night. Occasionally, the Northern Lights are visible on a clear night sky. Feeling adventurous? Then, pick any of the 4 kayaks available and take them to the sparkling waters of Glen Lake for a splash around the Lake with your loved ones. Got a couple of kids? Grab the paddles and go for a canoe trip around the Lake. And when it’s time to finally relax, take your favorite novel and chill-out in the dappled sunshine beneath the big oak tree.
Upon entering Aspen, the cozy Scandinavian half-timbered interior adds ambiance. Spend cozy evenings in the living room while watching a favorite internet show on the 65-inch Monitor. Connect your laptop to the internet and follow the Stock Market, check your emails and post on Facebook. Sunbath or take a nap on the sun-dappled deck. The kitchen is well-appointed. Guests may hookup their laptop to the internet and comfortably work or study while on the Deck if desired… Or, just keep your laptop closed when you are on vacation!
Hemlock has central gas heat for those Fall M-22 Color Tours and Ski trips to Crystal Mountain. Both cottages sleeps 8 happy travelers in 3 bedrooms. Three double beds and two twin beds in Aspen. Hemlock is the same except for a Master Queen-sized bed. Hemlock also has a two-kid Hammock.
ASPEN and HEMLOCK Cottages have undergone a 2022 major remodeling: new leather sofas & loveseats, new dining tables, new bathrooms, new ceiling fans, new cookware, silver and dishes, new flooring and carpets, new table lamps and new charcoal grills.
Four free Kayaks, free firewood, a 14′ Canoe, 2 fire pits, dual overhead fans, gas ranges, beverage and large stainless GE Profile fridges. Hemlock has a 47″ TV Monitor and Aspen a 65″ TV Monitor connected to the Internet for Netflix, Amazon, News and more. There are 3 “Sunset Viewing” benches, a large kid’s swing, a hammock, new mattresses and a new 15′ by 30′ Deck on Aspen.
Admire awesome sunsets and an unmatched view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes across Glen Lake. The public boat launch for Glen Lake is nearby. Cottages are surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with access to the Alligator Hill Trails directly across Day Forest Road. Abundant wildlife – Deer, Fawns, Ducklings and Mama Duck, 5 different Woodpeckers, Swans and Foxes can all be seen on Aspen’s 2 acres of grounds. The most beautiful inland Lake in America! In June, at a warm 72 degrees, Aspen has 2 deep-water moorings for guest’s ski boats… in contrast – at a frigid 58 degrees, Lake Michigan has no boat moorings available.
You’ll love being centrally located just two miles from Glen Arbor’s dining and shopping and three miles from the Sleeping Bear Dunes Climb. Glen Arbor has modern basketball and tennis courts. Local attractions include a beautiful playground for your tots, a kayak excursion down the Crystal River, charter a salmon fishing expedition or visiting the Lake Michigan beaches. Boondocks for outdoor music and dinning, Art’s Tavern for pool & local color, Becky Thacher’s for gorgeous jewelry, the Totem Pole for souvenirs… The Glen Arbor list goes on and on.
Birch Shores is just 0.4 miles from M-22 for enjoying the spectacular M-22 Fall Color Tour, 16 miles to the Cherry Bowl Drive-In and 28 miles from Crystal Mountain Skiing.
|Dune Climb – (Start & finish line of M22 Challenge, Bike & Kayak race)
|Glen Haven Coast Guard Station/Maritime Museum
|Dunes Golf Course
|Empire, National Park Headquarters
|Empire Beach Playground
|Empire Bluff Trail