Stay in the “Most Beautiful Place in America”… You’ll love it!

Birch Shores Resort

Located on Little Glen Lake with sunset and dunes views

Birch Shores Resort is located adjacent to Alligator Hill on the shore of Little Glen Lake. Just 2 miles to Glen Arbor and 3 miles to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, we’re the perfect location for your getaway. 

2 Cottages, 8 guests & 3 bedrooms each

Preserving the heritage of these family cottages since the 1980’s, both cottages at Birch Shores were remodeled in 2022. Enjoy long-time traditions with modern comforts.

Making Memories

Enjoy stunning sunsets, a sandy lakeshore, dock access, woods, outdoor seating, campfires, kayaks & canoes, shooting stars and even the Northern Lights.


Cottages on Little Glen Lake

Our cottages are situated in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – an area named “Most beautiful place in America!”

Your family will be inspired by the grandeur of massive dunes, sweeping, untamed shores, miles of beautiful beaches, forests and expansive waters. Come stay in the most beautiful place – You’ll love it! 

Stunning Sunsets

Admire awesome sunsets and an unmatched view of the Sleeping Bear Dunes across Glen Lake

Things to Do

From boating and fishing on site, the wildlife, family friendly fun, plus all the recreation the area has to offer, discover our favorite spots to eat, shop and plenty of things to do.

Abundant Wildlife

Fawns, ducklings, birds, foxes and fish. There’s so much wildlife to enjoy on the grounds, water and surrounding Lakeshore.

Lake Views

Just outside the cottages, the sandy bottom of the Little Glen stays waist deep for 100 yards from the shoreline.

Birch Shores on Little Glen Lake is comprised of two cottages, Aspen and Hemlock.  They have been in the Seward family for decades. The Sewards are preserving the heritage and tradition of these family cottages. They represent the idea that regular families can have access to one of the most beautiful lakes in America and be on one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

aspen cottage with new deck

Aspen Cottage

A family-friendly retreat that provides guests with the perfect spot to unwind and experience lakefront living at its finest. Upon entering Aspen, the Scandinavian half-timbered interior reflects the builder’s national heritage.

Hemlock cottage at Birch Shores Resort view of fire pit and hammock

Hemlock Cottage

Just slightly larger than Aspen, Hemlock has a nice lake view from the family/dining room.  For those Fall Color and Winter Ski expeditions, Hemlock also has central gas heat to keep you warm.

Voted “Most Beautiful Place”

Voted the Most Beautiful Place in America in 2011 by viewers of Good Morning America.



My wife and I had our honeymoon here in 1976 & have been back all but two of the intervening years. The present management dates to 1988 and they are wonderful hosts. The cabins are well maintained & attractive, the lakefront is private and quiet. 

Dr. David Fletcher

Nice cabin, great amenities, beautiful view.

Eight of us stayed in the Hemlock in July and had a fantastic time. The cabin was clean and comfortable, with plenty of sleeping space. We appreciated the well-equipped kitchen. The view from the cabin window is incredible. Outside, we loved relaxing in the hammock, cooking out, and couldn’t believe how many stars we could see at night. I especially enjoyed kayaks, taking trips out on the water each morning. We also loved nearby activities like hiking, biking and making many stops at Cherry Republic, and kayaking the Crystal River. But honestly… we could have had a wonderful week without ever leaving the cabin. Both the management and owners were friendly and accommodating, and made us feel welcome. We range in age from 10 years old to 40-something, and we all had a fantastic time in the Hemlock.

Susan K.

Amazing place. Extremely Beautiful!

Great place for a weekend getaway.  We spent the Memorial Day weekend here and had a great time! The view is stunning and the lake is beautiful. The cabin is small(ish) but not cramped. It is not a luxury cabin but it’s not bad by any standards. You don’t go to Glen Lake to stay in a cabin all day. There were kayaks and a canoe that was free to use which was a HUGE bonus that led us to this place. 

Free firewood is usually available on site. You may have to go around collecting starter twigs but that is an experience we enjoyed as well. 

Great landlords! They treat you like guests and not merely customers. 

 We will definitely go back! 

Joseph I.

We have been coming up for more than 8 years and wouldn’t even try to look for another place in the area. Just the perfect cabins on Little Glen Lake.  Just the way you want your time away from home. On one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.  The Birch Shores Resort cabins can’t get any better.  Both Cabins sleep 8 and have 3 rooms and with 2 of them with bunk beds perfect for the kids, a full kitchen and a Grill outside. Very Clean inside and made for that relaxing vacation right on the water. 

Aaron M.


Stay at Birch Shores Resort on Little Glen Lake 

• Hemlock available 6/1 to 7/13 and 8/17 to 1/4/2025
• Aspen available 8/17 to 10/26
• Hemlock is insulated with central gas heat. Available for Fall Colors and snow skiing 10/31 to 1/4/2025.
Ask about our service member discount.

Reserve your stay - Contact us by phone or email today!

Looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle? The Seward family has owned Birch Shores Cottages since the 1980’s. We have many repeat guests that have been coming here for decades. 

For questions or booking, contact Agape Vacation Rentals General Manager, Eric Hann by email or by phone (231) 383-1180