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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan

Mary Pat Bay

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms and loft sleeping space, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6-8

This beautiful year round home has over 2000 square feet of exquisite living space and is a short walk to the shores of Lake Michigan. Designed in Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style it features wide open spaces and cozy side rooms. French doors separate living areas and stained glass accents the windows. Step onto one of the decks to enjoy the colorful gardens that surround this half acre private yard. No shortcuts were taken in furnishing the home blending the comfort of Crate and Barrell with treasures from local antique haunts and nearby art galleries. Cozy up on winter evenings with steam shower and wood burning fireplace after cross country skiing or touring local wineries. Fall offers bike trails, apple picking, bonfires and nearby Notre Dame football. Fly a kite or play bocce ball on the beach in the spring and float on a raft or body surf in the lake on a warm summer afternoon. The home is ideal for family time or romantic getaways in any season

Water Sports: While our family enjoys the simple life of sand and water we do recognize that some people like to boat. There is a marina in New Buffalo, 5 miles south of our property that offers docks for your boat. There are jet skis available to rent in Michigan City, Indiana, and the local boating store in New Buffalo rents canoes and kayaks. If you do bring your own small boat you may store it in the dunegrass near the base of the stairs while you are renting. We have some rafts, a kayak, boogie boards and beach toys for your use in our garage.

Off Season or Rainy Day Fun: We are never at a loss for a new art gallery or antique store to explore in Harbor County. The town of Michigan City to the south has a large outlet mall for the shopper in your group. East is Three Oaks, known for its theatre, and north is Bridgman, home to Warren Dunes State Park and the famous 'Tower Hill'. They have well groomed cross country ski trails, marked hiking trails and a toboggan slide in the winter. Apple and fruit farms are dotted throughout the county for berry picking and several area wineries offer tours and tastings. There are massage and day spas in New Buffalo and restaurants for any palate. You'll need more than one trip to the Harbor County area to do it all.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mary Pat Bay (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mary Pat Bay

I grew up in South Bend, Indiana and spent my childhood summers with my family renting various cottages in the Union Pier area. My parents had nine children and wanted an area that allowed for smooth sand walk in to the lake and not too many steps back up to the house at the end of a long day. My life took me to Iowa but I convinced my family that Union Pier was worth the 225 mile drive... one visit and they were sold!

Mary Pat Bay purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Mary Pat Bay chose Union Pier

This home offered our family of five children the best of both worlds.. a chance for the children to all be together in the open living room, or enough cozy private areas to get a little distance from siblings when that might be needed... The three girls adore the loft space to spread out their messes (barbies years ago, now clothes and computers) and the boys love the TV room to set up the Wii ( we can close off the french doors and not even hear their chaos :)

What makes this cottage unique

The large side yard has been ideal for volleyball and badmitten, bocce, snow forts and even large family parties when my family of origin is able to join us and to revisit their childhood memories as well. With the Gordon beach Inn just up the block my siblings and their families book there and we serve large picnic style meals in the yard for all 50 of us... As many of us as can gather at the home every december 26th to celebrate our white elephant christmas.. 13 years of that tradition so far

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent nearly a week here in October of 2007 and loved it! We enjoyed fires in the big fireplace and cooked several meals in the well-equipped kitchen. There is also a very nice gas grill. The home is comfy and charming, the yard is big and beautiful, and the area is really cute. It was a short walk (less than five minutes door-to-sand at a slow pace) from the house to the homeowners beach. We had a great time and hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Chicago, IL

An amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here recently for a girls' weekend and had a great time. The location in Union Pier is wonderful and the vibe of the area is very laid back and friendly. It doesn't seem like a subdivision or develpment of homes, but rather a neighborhood. Also, unlike a lot of rental homes, this place felt very "homey." A lot of nice decorative touches made it special.

Take note that to the side of the house there is a half lot of yard for games such as bags, sprinkler, etc. This is great combined with the wrap around porch! There's a sunroom that is newly finished and the hot tub is now outside (pics don't show this, just an fyi). Definitely an improvement to the home.

During our stay, unfortunately the hot tub was not working. This was a bummer because it was one of the features that drew us to the home. Owner tried best to see that it was fixed, but we were indeed partially refunded for this. Much to our surprise, the weather was nice enough to beach it most days so we didn't miss it as much as we would have if the weather wasn't as nice.

We would definitely consider going back for a future girl's trip! This would also be great for families, too. House was very accommodating for kids. Older kids would love to sleep in the loft space!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our apologies again about the hot tub Suzanne. Thank you for the kind review. It makes us happy to think of you and your friends enjoying the home, yard and beach so fully. Please come back.


  • 5 of 5

I rented this beautiful home for a family get-together, and I couldn't have chosen a better rental. This home is gorgeous! The many skylights and windows let lots of natural light in, and allow a great view of the surrounding yard. The interior is very nicely decorated in a casual, eclectic way. The beach is just a short walk away. Our only comment would be to upgrade the t.v. to something a little larger, or possibly put another t.v. in the living room. The t.v. in the family room was a little small for a group of six to watch a movie on. We would definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Annual Ladies' Retreat

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked through the front door, we knew that we had found the PERFECT place to spend our annual girls' weekend!! The spacious, open floor plan was ideal for gathering to cook, tell stories, play games, laugh, and reminisce. The bedrooms were tastefully decorated and the beds were very comfortable. The large deck was a terrific place to spend a sunny, spring day. The hot tub was such a wonderful, added bonus after a long day of shopping the outlet malls or enjoying the casino. The hot tub was repaired and in perfect working order. The girls have already been commenting that this is where they want to spend next year's retreat! Thank you Mary Pat for sharing your home with us. And thank you & your husband for repairing the hot tub in time for our stay! We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sycamore, IL

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

My family just spent a full week at this home in Union Pier. It's absolutely lovely, peaceful, and the pictures don't begin to do it justice. The great room with huge harvest table was where we spent most of our time, but the family room in the back of the house was closed off with french doors for the TV watchers. Huge fenced yard, fabulous gardens...everything we had hoped the house would be. There was another review mentioning problems with the hot tub. We found the hot tub to heat up very well and quickly. It is older, and the jets are not as strong, but we enjoyed it none-the-less. The beach is a good couple of streets over from the house and not visible from the house, but we had no difficulty walking back and forth with small children. If you are planning to use the loft for adults, you may want to re-think that. It is only accessed by a very old ladder. Too hard for the adults in our party to get up and down. But for school age kids, or teens, it was just fine. Overall, we'd love to come back again and we had a wonderful, restful trip!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Chicago, IL

Birthday Away

  • 4 of 5

We thought the house was gorgeous. There was more than enough room to sleep 10 people (6 in double beds, 1on the futon, 1on the couch, 2 on the twin with the pull out bed) and we enjoyed grilling outside and cozying up to the fire. This is a great location if you are planning on doing a wine tour of the area, as we did. It was too cold to enjoy it, but the beach is only 2 blocks away, a 5 minute walk at most. The yard is huge and well-maintained. The house had everything we needed to cook with, which was great. The only negative was that the house is advertised as having a hot tub, as it does, but it doesn't work properly. We were able to use it, and we enjoyed it, but half of the jets don't work and the tub doesn't fill up all the way. This is mentioned a great deal once you get to the house, but not so much on the homeaway website. Another little thing, If you don't wash and dry the towels you used you get charged a hefty fee. Be warned: it takes a LONG time to dry anything in the dryer. Much longer than usual. We sat around on sunday waiting for towels to dry, not wanting to be charged!! Overall it was a fantastic experience though and we would love to come back. The owner was so kind and willing to accomomdate- she let us stay for just the one night and allowed us to bring my nephew, who just happens to be a pug. :-)

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend Regional
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Warren Woods
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 12 and I 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Gordon Beach
Car: recommended

Union Pier is a charming area 5 miles north of the Indiana border. There are no chain restaurants, no traffic and no strip malls... just quiet roads to bike on and easy access to larger cities. Our home is only a few miles off Highway 94 and yet feels centuries removed from it. Many people from Chicago who got fed up with the pace and competition there moved to this area to create their dream.... be it building a lake shore home, opening an art gallery, trying out their recipes as a one of a kind restaurant owner or operating a B & B. Lake Michigan offers a rare gem. A great lake with waves that lap along its shore, clean clear water warm enough for adults to swim in for hours and proximity to a major metropolitan city (Chicago is an hour on Amtrak). You can enjoy the feel of being on an ocean shore in the middle of the country. It's an ideal retreat for all ages and we have designed our home to allow you to 'escape the ordinary.'


Rates & Availability

From $350 Per night

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 4 2015 - May 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes deposit of $500 (refundable) to hold dates, half of retail money due one month ahead, the second half due 14 days ahead
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , steam shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Deck - outdoor shower , outdoor and indoor hot tub
  • The home has two full baths, the one is shared by the two bedrooms with queen size beds and the other is off the master bedroom. This bathroom has a double size steam shower, tiled by a local artist representing the wildflowers indiginous to southwestern Michigan. There is also an outdoor shower on the back deck for cleaning the sand off before coming in from the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , attached bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , attached/shared bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , shared bath
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft space
  • The home has three large bedrooms, two with attached bathrooms and one that shares the bathroom just a few steps away. All have down comforters, hardwood floors with throw rugs, beautiful wooden headboards and fine linens. There is also a twin size trundle bed and a double size futon in the sleeping loft. The loveseat in the family room pulls out for an extra guest if desired as well.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Steam Shower
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The home is wonderfully stocked with appliances for the kitchen gourmet. The owners leave their spices and non perishables for you on the top shelf. They also stock up on toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, laundry soap, etc when they are there but if renters use it and do not replenish it, there is no guarantee there will be any when you arrive. We recommend bringing at least a starter roll just in case. Also, the laundry service does the sheets but the renter is expected to clean the towels. For that reason, you may want to bring a set from home to use on the last day and take home to wash. It makes check out so much easier. There is a large dryer in the basement for extra towels and a new full size washer and dryer off the master bedroom. Thanks!!

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