Camp Birch

Welcome! We're excited to have you as our guest. We've curated this guide to help you fully utilize our home and discover our favorite local places to eat, drink, shop and experience. Enjoy!
🏠 Address:
3342 S Skeba Road South
Lake Leelanau, MI (Directions)

Save the time of shopping and packing groceries! Stocked delivers to our home and  fridge before you arrive or while you're out

🕓Check-In: Check-in time is 4:00 pm. (Early check in is only available by approval from Bayshore Vacations, please message us for assistance).

🅿️ Parking: Drive way parking available.

🔓 Entry: Enter through the front door, with the lockbox code (provided one hour before check in of your stay via email & text).

🛜 WiFi Login:
Network Name: 3342 Skeba
Password: 88JZ92LX

Television: Turn on Apple TV with the Apple remote (small skinny one).
Input use INSIGNIA remote and select Apple TV.
Select menu with the Apple remote.

***You may then login into any streaming device of your choice. Please make sure you log out upon your departure.

Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are from 10 pm - 7 am. Have fun and enjoy, but do so respectfully :)

House Rules:Please follow these rules out of respect for the cottage and our neighbors:
No smoking, no pets.
No large gatherings or parties.
No campers or tents on the property.
Noise levels: Most people enjoy a fire pit at night and no one minds the sound of people having fun, but please respect our neighbors as the evening wears on.

🗑 Trash & Recycling: Place all trash in the large blue container by the road. Pick up is early Monday morning.

Fruit Flies: We have “fruit fly catchers” that look like tiny apples on the counters (as well as ant traps) to prevent the breeding and nuisance of fruit flies. Please leave these out, and be sure and keep fruit put away. Please do not leave empty beer cans/wine bottles out, as these attract the flies.

Grill: A charcoal grill is located on the deck. An electric lighter is located under the grill. To use grill pile charcoal on the metal loop and then plug it in for about 10 minutes. Be very careful where you put it to cool off as it is extremely hot! The tools under the grill are for use with the hot coals. Barbecue cooking tools are in the drawer below the oven. If you like to grill with the top on, be sure to open the vents both in the top and bottom of the grill. We try to keep the silver ash bucket below the grill empty, but if you find it full, it comes off with a twist and the cooled ashes can be left in the woods.

Holding Tanks: Our cabin operates on holding tanks (the small, green caps sticking out of the ground on the roadside). The lack of septic tanks helps to protect the lake. These collect all water used inside the home, which needs to be pumped out at the homeowner’s expense when full. We know you are on vacation, but please try to conserve water when you can please and thank you. Examples: Limit washing machine usage, and please don’t leave faucets running unnecessarily. We strongly encourage use of the outdoor shower, for it is great and drains naturally. Additinally it doesn’t fill the holding tanks.

***If the alarm sounds, please contact us as soon as possible 231-268-0145.

Outdoor Toys: You will find a variety of life jackets in the storage locker next to the deck. (A key is included with the entry door key). In Michigan, all children under 13 MUST have a life jacket on at all times in a boat. In fact, the county sheriff patrols the lake often, so it might just be better for anyone out on the paddle boards to wear a life jacket. Please bring the boards well up onto the shore in the evening and let the life jackets dry out before returning them to the deck box so they don’t get musty.

We provide 2 paddle boards, 1 kayak, and 1 lily pad! We hope you'll make use of them all!

***PLEASE, every night, make sure these items are placed back on their rack. Please also ensure the lily pad is tied around the tree (as you found it at check-in), to ensure they do not blow or float away!

Fire Pit: A fire outside by the lake is one of our favorite evening activities, so feel free to take advantage of it. We’ve left some wood for you either next to the pit or next to the shed by the parking area. This is hard wood and needs kindling to get started. If you find you need more wood, many local gas stations and nearby neighbors provide bundles for purchase! At times there are fire advisories in effect during the warmer months so please keep the flames low and make sure the fire is completely out before you pack it in for the evening. Please never leave the fire unattended!

Fireplace: This may be the last thing you're thinking about in the summer, but in the cooler weather you may want a fire indoors. Use the wood as mentioned above. Be sure the slide below the mantle is all the way to the RIGHT to open the damper. There is no need to close it when you are finished. PLEASE keep fires small and do not let the flames get above the top of the firebox. This will help prevent chimney fires

Outdoor Shower: We hope you'll enjoy our outdoor shower! You will find shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in the shower for use. This is also a great option to clean off before coming inside for the night! We do ask that if you use the shower, to please ensure the water is fully shut off when you're done!

Swimming: Be very careful when entering the lake via the ramp. We recommend entering the water from the ladder on the dock, as the ramp gets VERY slippery. Wearing “beach shoes” is recommended for better traction and to protect your feet from the sticks that continually appear on the lake bottom. Swimmers Itch is present in all the Northern Michigan lakes, but a few simple precautions can save you from its misery. I've attached a brief explanation and what to do to avoid it. PLEASE don't feed the waterfowl as they are the source for swimmers itch.

Flowers: Not required, but we would appreciate if you could give the flowers a little drink every few days. Thank you!

Chair Cushions: The chair cushions are also located in the storage locker next to the deck (if not already left on the chairs for you). Please put them back in the locker for the evening as it often rains overnight without warning.

Door Wall Curtains: Just a quick note. They are not intended for regular use. (We only close them when we shut down for the winter). If you want them closed, you’ll need to pull them very slowly from the top, for they do not slide easily. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.

Dining Room Light Switch: Located in the kitchen behind the paper towel rack.

Washer/Dryer: Be sure to empty the lint filter before using the dryer. We find the highest heat setting works best. The washer is not intended for heavy use, but works great for the little things.

☕️ Coffee: You'll find a full coffee & tea station on the counter in the kitchen. There are coffee grounds, tea, creamer, sugar, and coffee filters for your use above the coffee maker!

🍴 Kitchen: Cooking oils and spices (and salt & pepper) can be found in the cupboards!

Pillows & Blankets: Extra pillows and blankets can be found in the closets of each bedroom.

📋 Before checking out we ask that you:

  • Please load the dishwasher and run it.

  • Place all used towels in the bathrooms.

  • Remove all food from the refrigerator & freezer.

  • If you have extra trash/ recycling, please take it to the appropriate bins located outside.

  • Double check to make sure you have not left any personal items in the property.

  • Close and lock all doors & windows.

🔒Check-Out: Check-out time is 10:00 am. Our cleaning service will arrive at the house promptly at 10:00 am. There are more check-out instructions listed below. Please message us 24 hours prior to your check out to request a late checkout. Late checkout without approval will be subject to fee.

Put keys back into lockbox & safe travels home.



Seasonally driven breakfast menu - Sugar 2 Salt


Sugar 2 Salt

Breakfast & brunch restaurant
1371 Gray Dr, Traverse City
Local's tip: No reservations. Totally worth the wait! Grab some English Muffins to go!

The Towne Plaza

Breakfast & lunch restaurant
203 Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the blueberry pancakes!


Gourmet sandwiches, Italian market & wine
424 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab their pasta, sauce, meatballs & focaccia for a quick authentic meal!

Charles and Reid Detroit Pizza

Pizza, salads & sandwiches. Beer & wine to go
113 E. State Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: They have a great $7 beer & slice Lunch Special!


Tacos & tequilas
305 W Front St, Traverse City

Red Ginger

Asian cuisine & sushi
237 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Elegant/casual dining room dress code. Casual attire accepted in the bar

The Burrow

California-inspired restaurant
12930 S W Bayshore Dr, Traverse City

Taproot Cider House

Mostly organic restaurant & tapped ciders
300 E. Front Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great food and excellent selection of tapped ciders


Brick-oven pizzas & authentic Italian
104 Main Street, Lake Leelanau
Local's tip: For a next-level dining experience, ask to meet Eric!

Dairy Lodge

Local ice cream shop
405 N Division St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Cash only. They are open late during Summer
Craft Cocktails - Mammoth Distilling


Mundos 305

Coffee bar
305 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the Cheddar Lime Hash Burrito!

Silver Spruce Brewing Company

Local brewery with food truck on-site
439 E Eighth Street, Traverse City
Distance: 0.3 miles
Local's tip: Comfortable place to hang out. Great beer!

Rare Bird Brewpub

Local brewery & food
229 Lake Ave, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great beer & cocktails on draft. Try the pork belly nachos!

Mammoth Distilling

Craft cocktails lounge
221 Garland St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great live music most Wed-Sat. Bring in food from Archie's at The Workshop

The Parlor

Craft cocktails, wine, MI beers & food
205 Lake Ave., Traverse City
Locals Tip: TC's best Happy Hour. 1/2 OFF Cocktails 4-6pm. Live music Thurs, Fri, Sat

The Pub

Downtown Gastropub
160 E Front St, Traverse City

North Bar TC

TC’s only year round rooftop lounge
160 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great place to watch sports

Left Foot Charley

Urban winery & tasting room
806 Red Dr Suite #100, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great patio. Try the Cinnamon Girl cider. Delish!

Bonobo Winery

Old Mission Peninsula Winery
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City

Shady Lane Cellars

Leelanau Peninsula winery & vineyard
9580 E Shady Ln, Suttons Bay
Local's note: Great place for good wine with a great patio and outdoor bar.
Scenic Drive - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Things to Do

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

Local produce, baked goods, flowers & more
Parking Lot B, Corner of E Grandview Pkwy @ Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Open Saturdays 730am-12pm(May-Oct) & Wednesdays 8am-12pm(June-Oct)

Clinch Park

Beach, splash pad, restrooms, cafe & more
161 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
Local's Tip: Great place to enjoy a beautiful sunrise

State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay

Local downtown movie theaters
Downtown Traverse City
Local's tip: Saturday 10am Kids’ Matinees(State Theatre). All tickets only $1!!!

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Beaches, hiking & dunes along Lake Michigan
6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor
Local's tip: Dunes get hot. Morning climbs in Summer are best. Take the scenic drive!

Elmbrook Golf Course

Mature Par 72 Golf Course with great views
1750 Townline Rd. Traverse City
Fresh produce & meats - Oryana



Organic Grocery Store and Café
260 E. 10th Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: The $5 Roasted Chickens on Wednesdays are the best in TC! Get them early!

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Burritt’s Fresh Markets

Specialty Grocery & Meat Market
509 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Fresh seafood and great brats for the grill

Bay Bread Co

Local artisan bakery
601 Randolph St, Traverse City
Local's tip: If you like cheese, try the Cheddar Cheese & Onion Loaf!

Cherry Republic

Cherry products & gifts
154 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Make sure to sample the cherry salsa and BBQ sauces!
Bike & XC ski rentals, sales & service - Brick Wheels


Brick Wheels

Bike service, sales & rentals
736 E 8th St, Traverse City

Leelanau Boat Co.

Boat rentals, service & storage
8585 E Bingham Rd, Traverse City
Local's tip: They have 2 NEW tritoons and a new pontoon for rent. They deliver!

JJ’s Just 1 More, Northern MI Tour

Transportation & tours
Norhtern MI


Local grocery delivery service
Delivering Northern MI
Local's tip: Deliveres made into the rental & directly into the frigde before arrival

Green Mitt

A luxury, eco-friendly auto spa
1840 N US 31, Traverse City
Local's tip: The BEST free vacuums ever!

If you need to speak directly, please don't hesitate to call

(231) 342-3232

~ The Bayshore Vacations Team