Welcome to Harbor Country and my woodsy cottage set on a 2 acre lot; just a short drive, walk or bike to several pristine beaches. Bike through wine country, enjoy local restaurants and stroll through the best of Michigan antiquing.
The cottage is in top condition, all one level, with a doggy door accessible through the screened-in porch leading to 3/4 acre picket fenced yard.
This cozy, colorful house is fully equipped with quality linens and kitchen accessories.
Enjoy rocking on the front porch or gather on the rear deck for a bbq, croquet and marshmallow roast over the fire pit.
Lots to do in the area...or just 'be'.
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Keywords: Cottage, wooded,dog friendly, lake michigan
I live in downtown Chicago and I love the energy and everything the city has to offer; however, I live for the moment I can escape to Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan. Within an hour and a half I'm here...all the stress of everyday life melts away and I feel on 'vacation' even when I'm here less than 24 hours. I also experience great joy in sharing my home with family and friends. And now that I'm renting my home, I feel the same happiness as my guests report in and recount how much they enjoyed the home, the nearby beaches and the country setting. I feel very lucky to be the owner of 'It's a Dog's Life Getaway'.
Pam Lynch purchased this cottage in 2004
I purchased this home because of it's easy access from the highway, yet you feel completely removed and isolated. I also wanted a home that was set back from the road, had a large yard for my dogs, offering them freedom in a secure environment. I love the open floor plan with high ceilings, yet feels cozy and warm. I also always wanted to 'rock' on a front porch and have a screened in porch...I never tire of relaxing in these areas with a magazine, cup of coffee and dogs under foot.
Although I seek the feeling of being 'remote' while here, I love that within minutes you can be at the beach, satisfy a 'purchase' urge at one of the many boutique style shops, and find a good meal at a small restaurant for breakfast. lunch and dinner. I don't feel the area is 'touristy' or commercial, even though most people here are enjoying a vacation. A recent surprise was how fun the wineries are to visit...especially on bikes. The area is enjoyable each season and by no means is just 'a summer home'.
I'm a big fan of a local (with broader following) dog blog - two pitties in the city - they do a feature on being a tourist with your dog, and I submitted our July getaway. The feature ran today:
My dog and I stayed for a couple of days as work was being done to my home. The house is close to everything-lots of attractions, restaurants and other interesting parts of Michigan all within a 30 drive or closer. Perfect place to relax with a dog-charming back porch and a lovely wooded yard. Great way to enjoy everything southwest Michigan has to offer! House was immaculately clean and felt like home.
My husband and I have vacationed in several dog-friendly homes in Michigan and Wisconsin over the past five years or so. We stayed at "It's a Dog's Life" for the first time Christmas week and it's our new favorite - so much so that we've already asked to schedule a week over the summer and another week next holiday season. It's exactly as described in the other reviews - only a 90-minute drive from downtown Chicago, but seeming to be hundreds of miles away. The layout is perfect and the living room is very comfortably furnished. Our city dogs loved the huge yard and my city husband loved the fireplace and fire pit. Given the winter weather, we didn't venture out much, but we did make it to the famous Stray Dog Bar & Grill in New Buffalo - surprisingly busy for the "off" season, but great space, good food and excellent service. (They told us we have to come back when the adults-only rooftop deck is open in the summer.)
Owner Pam could not have been more responsive or helpful - even texting us a picture after we left of some kitchen items we'd left behind and offering to bring them back to Chicago with her. We can't wait to go back!
This is my second visit of the year - no pets necessary to "unleash your fun" here! Love the deor and all the special touches. Recommendations were all "spot on" and I can't wait to go back. So nice to have beach gear, firewood, candles and a well stocked kitchen. See you soon!
My two dogs and I needed a break from the city (badly) and found this place through another website. Pam was wonderful to deal with, prompt to answer questions, send info and get the process started.
The location is perfect...secluded but not completely isolated, with short drives to Sawyer, Three Oaks and lots of other places.
The house is clean, stylish, comfortable and well-stocked. I felt like I was staying at a friends house, to be honest! There would definitely be enough room for several people without feeling like you were at sleep away camp, and all the rooms were nicely furnished.
My dogs were in heaven. They loved the yard, the deck, our trips to Warren Beach...and the quiet time in general. It was a perfect weekend.
Id go back in a second...and am looking at a winter trip now!
My wife, two kids and our dog just spent a glorious week at "It's a Dog's Life" and we can't stop talking about what a fantastic time we had. The house is beautiful, wonderfully decorated and filled with every amenity you can imagine. The back deck and back yard are huge and made our dog's dreams come true. Also plenty of room to play T-ball with the boys and spend fun nights making s'mores around the fire pit. The house is just minutes away from Cherry Beach and from Warren Dunes State Park, which has a fantastic beach. We've been coming to this part of Michigan for years, and the location really can't be beat. Easy access to St. Joseph, New Buffalo, and a great bakery about two minutes from the house in Harbert.
One of the many things we appreciated were the small details in and around the house. At night you start to notice little dragonfly lights hanging in the bushes in the back yard. The front porch has two huge rocking chairs and a welcoming bench. The living room is filled with candles and a fireplace, tasteful accent lighting and comfy chairs.
We just can't recommend this house highly enough. It made for one of our most memorable family vacations. We're already talking about going back for a trip in the winter!
Stayed at the "cottage" the second year in a row for our annual "Dog Vacation". Read my first review and add a few stars to it....we love it here. The house is perfect, the beautiful yard was fully hunted by our dogs and we loved the screened in porch for relaxing every evening. Thanks again, Pam, for making our vacation one of the best. We even built a few bonfires this year...mmmm...smores.