The Cottages

Located on the tranquil shores of Glen Lake, Birch Shores Cottages are a family-friendly retreat that provides guests with the perfect spot to unwind and experience lakefront living at its finest. 

About Us

Scotty’s Father, Bob Seward, came to Glen Lake in the 1950s. Looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Chicago, he drove to Northern Michigan. Needing a place to stay, he rented a cottage on Glen Lake and fell in love with the simple beauty of the place. Ever since, the Seward family has been coming here. Scotty and Gail bought Birch Shores in the 1980’s.  Many of our guests from that era still come to the same cottages for the same weeks every summer. Tradition was born, and we carry it on.

In 2022, both cottages were remodeled with new flooring and carpets, new leather sofas & loveseats, new dining tables, new bathrooms, new ceiling fans and table lamps, new cookware, silver and dishes, and new charcoal grills.

Aspen Cottage

Sleeps 8 happy travelers in 3 bedrooms with three double beds and two twin beds.



Sleeps Guests

aspen cottage with new deck

Upon entering Aspen, the Scandinavian half-timbered interior reflects the builder’s national heritage. The ambiance will embrace you. Connect your laptop to the internet or view on the 65″ TV monitor to connect and work remotely if needed.  Disconnect and unwind on the sun-dappled deck. The kitchen has the top-of-the-line Whirlpool convection gas range, beverage and large stainless GE Profile fridges. 

There’s a new 15′ x 30′ deck on Aspen to admire awesome sunsets and unmatched views of the Dunes.

birch shores cottage lawn chairs view of dunes on little glen lake
Aspen Cottage living room
Queen bedroom at Aspen Cottage
twin bunk bedroom Aspen Cottage
Full size bunk bedroom Aspen Cottage
birch shores cottage lawn chairs view of dunes on little glen lake


$1,500 per week (before taxes & fees) when you book a stay between 5/4 – 6/1/24.

Weekly Rental, Saturday-Saturday: $3,000 per Summer week (before taxes & fees). 2-day minimum stays after 9/16 until 10/29 to enjoy Fall Color. Aspen is uninsulated and has one electric wall heater. Weekly rentals begin May 4th. Aspen closes for the season on 10/31.

Hemlock Cottage

Sleeps 8 happy travelers in 3 bedrooms with a Queen bed in the Master bedroom, two double beds and two twin beds.



Sleeps Guests

Hemlock has a nice lake view from the family room-dining room.  There is a fire place, fire pit and a two-kid Hammock. Enjoy a 47″ Monitor to connect to the Internet for Netflix, Amazon, News and more. Dual overhead fans, gas ranges, beverage and large stainless GE Profile fridges. 

For those Fall Color and Winter Ski expeditions, Hemlock has central gas heat to warm you up. Hemlock is a little larger than Aspen.

view of little glen from hammock at Hemlock Cottage, Birch Shores Resort
hemlock cottage path to lake at birch shores resort little glen lake
hemlock cottage path to lake at birch shores resort little glen lake
Hemlock cottage living room
bathroom Hemlock cottage
Queen bedroom at Hemlock cottage
full size bunk bedroom at Hemlock cottage
twin bunk bedroom at Hemlock cottage


Book a stay on little Glen Lake for just $1,500 per week (before taxes & fees) form 5/4 – 6/1/24.

Saturday-Saturday weekly rental: $3,000 per Summer week (before taxes & fees). 2 day minimun stays after 9/16 until 12/31. Hemlock is insulated and has central gas heat  to enjoy Fall Color and Skiing in the winter. Book a stay at Hemlock cottage from 10/31/24 – 1/3/25.


Free WiFi

For your convenience. Choose to connect and work remote or check emails and keep up on social, or simply disconnect from it all and enjoy the surroundings.

Large Screen TV Monitors

Enjoy Netflix, Amazon, News and more.

Free Boats

Our renters have acess to 4 kayaks and a 14′ canoe for your boating pleasure!

Outdoor Seating

3 Sunset Viewing benches, a hammock and a large kids swing

2 Fire Pits

Each cottage lawn has it’s own firepit and access to free firewood.

New Charcoal Grills
Abundant Wildlife

Spot deer, ducks, 5 different woodpeckers, swans, foxes and more.

Surrounded by Recreation

Cottages are surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and have access to the Alligator Hill hiking trails directly across Day Forest Road. Trails & Scenic Vistas

Boat Launch

The public boat launch & boat wash for the Glen Lakes is nearby. Learn more.

Stunning clear blue waters

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.

Renter Rules

Please go over these rules at the beginning of your stay with everyone in your group. We hope you have an enjoyable vacation on Glen Lake! 

Boat & Lakefront Rules

Know best practices and expectations for swimming, boating and making the most of your lake experience while staying at Birch Shores cottages.

Cancellation Policy

We hate to see you cancel, but life happens! Please be aware of our cancellation policy when booking your stay. 


Stay at Birch Shores Resort on Glen Lake beginning Saturday, May 4, 2024 through January 3, 2025.

• Both cabins have openings from May 4 to June 1, 2024 (for a special rate of just $1500 per week) 
• Hemlock has openings to book a stay from 5/4 to 7/13; 8/3 to 8/10; 8/17 to 9/14.
• Aspen cottage has openings from 5/4 to 6/8; 6/15 to 6/29; 8/17 to 9/14.
• Hemlock cottage with central gas heat, is available for Fall color tours and skiing trips, October 31 to January 3, 2025.
Ask about our service member discount.

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