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Historic Cottage right on the best beach in the Mackinac Island Area

Ross DeMeritt

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Ross DeMeritt

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Historic Cottage right on the best beach in the Mackinac Island Area

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 1 bath, 1 shower, sleeps 8

This 1925 beach cottage was the first cottage to be built on beautiful Cecil Bay. The sand beach directly in front of it has no stones or weeds, only sand stretching over a mile in length. It faces due west, so cool breezes and full sunsets are the norm. The cottage is very well preserved for that quintessential Northern Michigan experience.

Walk out your back door down the sandy path to swim in the warm water that pools in Cecil Bay. The sand extends out two hundred yards and at 50 yards is only 2 feet deep, perfect for sandcastles and the little ones who build them.

A four minute drive puts you at the ferry dock to Mackinac Island. Wilderness State Park, the Headlands Preserve, French Farm Lake Wildlife Refuge, Fort Michilimackinac, waterparks, golfcourses and the auto-free 'Crossings' retail development are within 3 miles.

Owner loves to blab (brag) about this beach and area, so feel free to call (865) 388-4490 (cell), or you can call toll free at (800) 735-5782. Both numbers between 9-6 EST

This beach has warm water blown in by the prevailing winds. It is crescent shaped and captures the warmed surface water. It is not uncommon for this water to be 10-15 degrees above that of the open lake. The prevailing winds also bring cool breezes off the lake on hot days.

The 30 foot long front porch is screened, but also has one 12 foot screen panel hinged at the top to hook the screen out of sight. This is where the hanging dual seat and a small couch are located. On most days you will not have to lower this screen because the breeze keeps bugs from entering. The porch is relatively high up from the ground (higher than what is commonly built today), so the view of the lake is improved.

Lake Huron or Lake Michigan?: Go to the local real estate office and you will find that the average lake Huron footage goes for less than $1,000

The average sales price of Lake Michigan footage on the mile of beach in the middle of Cecil Bay goes for over $4,000 per foot, when it is available.

This is because on Cecil Bay we get:

Full direct West Sunsets

Sandy beach, no weeds or stones (not even little ones close to shore), gently sloping out to five foot depth about 150 yards off shore. Perfect sandcastle area at water's edge. These are all related because the prevailing winds make the sandy beach, keep the bushes and trees from growing on the beach, cool the land, etc.

Cool prevailing wind breezes off the lake help blow bugs back into the woods

The prevailing winds and the shallowness of the two mile wide bay trap warmed surface waters

Wilderness Park Drive Really is Wild: This corner of Northern Michigan contains more public, undeveloped land than private land. Standing on the beach you can see miles of undeveloped shoreline. Emmet County's Headlands preserve is a short five minute walk down the beach. On the South side of the Cecil Bay Wilderness State Park stretches for miles into the horizon. On the other side of Wilderness Pk Dr there is the undeveloped State Forest, including French Farm Wildlife Refuge, the three mile long inland lake where the locals fish and birdwatch. Its entire shoreline remains undeveloped, but there are plenty of hiking and biking trails, along with a boat launch for fishing boats, canoes and kayaks.

But you're not really far from civilization because all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife of Mackinaw City is an easy 3 mile drive. If you haven't been to Mackinaw City in a few years you will be surprised. Of course the Mackinac Island ferry docks are there, but don't miss the historic lighthouses and fort.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Ross DeMeritt (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2015

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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based on 6 traveler reviews

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Historic Cottage right on the best beach in the Mackinac Island Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A Great Family Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We came to this area for a family gathering. Especially enjoyable was the large screened in porch (with swing) facing west, and the very short walk down to the beach. The sunsets were beautiful. The beach was great - sand, smooth bottom, no rocks, warm shallow water for a long ways out. Perfect for our grandchildren aged 3 and 6. The historic nature of the house and unique décor made this a real adventure for them! Close to Mackinaw City attractions for those that wanted to explore. Accurately depicted in the listing. Everything worked and we did not need to buy anything during our stay. Beautiful fireplace although we did not need to use it. I would recommend bug spray, and extension cords especially if anyone requires CPAP machines for sleep. Electrical outlets are sparse as you would expect in an historic house. The stairway to the 2 upper bedrooms is steep and a full flight. The frig has a very small freezer. There were 2

driveways for off-street parking which accommodated all of our family. Owner Ross and housekeeper Denay were friendly, helpful and responded to our phone calls/emails quickly. We didn't experience any problems during our week long stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Unique, rustic charm

  • 5 of 5

This well-kept, classic cottage right on the Cecil Bay beach took us back to the good old days on Cape Cod. Simple elegance is the operative term, and the sunsets over the bay are heavenly. A great base for exploration of the northern Lower Penninsula, including must-see Mackinac Island. Owner Ross and caretaker Denny were friendly and helpful. We'd book at return visit in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Fowler, Indiana

Fabulous Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our first week long vacation together in the 18 years we have been married and this quaint little cottage on Lake Michigan was SO MUCH FUN to stay at! Filled with vintage furnishings and personal touches, like pictures of the owner (some when he was a baby!!) made us feel like we were staying at a friend's home. Sitting on the two-seater swing on the screened in porch fast became our favorite place to be, watching people, boats, and sunsets, while we simply enjoyed each other's company. The surrounding area was fun to explore and we have already made our reservation for next summer and plan to bring the grandchildren!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Ann Arbor, MI

Very charming, vintage cottage.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spotted this cottage while staying at a lesser place down the beach and immediately knew we had to rent it. We splurged a few weeks later and rented it for a weekend getaway. This is a wonderful rustic cottage of 20's vintage. You can almost see Hemingway writing next the fireplace, occasionally looking out the french doors overlooking the shore. The furnishings are all in period as is the decor. The kitchen is small but very usable except the oven doesn't seem to work (stove does). The back porch is very nice to watch the sunsets over the water and the beach is great. All sand with no rocks for as far as you can walk. The shower is small and located in the bedroom which may be off-putting for some but if your looking for a quaint charming cottage with a great beach, fireplace and view, this place is something special.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your kind review. This is the experience we hope everyone is seeking, and which we have enjoyed in our cottage since we have had it (bought in1996, but first rented in 2010). We look forward to a great 2011 season starting around June 1st.
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

Best sandy beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been vacationing using homeaway rentals for a couple years now. Every time we rent a house on the beach in Michigan we have been disappointed a bit by the look of the beach (rocky) or the condition of the water compared to the descriptions. This was not one of those times. The beach was wonderfully sandy and the depth of the water was perfect for our two and four year old boys. Even our 8 month old loved floating in the water. The views from the screened porch were beautiful and relaxing with amazing breezes. (Loved swinging on the porch at night listening to the waves!) There were plenty of beach toys to entertain the kids and many sights to see in town.

That said...The previous review is accurate, too. It is a rustic, historic house. We were only there a couple days and we always ate out, so we never really used the kitchen (except the fridge and dishes for leftovers/breakfast cereal). I found it charming, though, with many curiosities to look at. The cottage felt bigger than 1500 sq ft because of the screened in porch. We would go there again, simply for the fact that the beach was so amazing. Ross was extremely helpful--Thank you, Ross, for accommodating us. --Amy and John

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Holt, MI

Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This is an adorable cottage on an amazing beach. The description is accurate – this is a historic cottage. It has wood floors, a small (but functional) kitchen, a small (but functional) half bath (stall shower is separate), good sized living room, bed rooms, awesome screened porch and an incredible view.

If you are looking for a hotel or resort experience, this is not for you. If you are looking for a quaint, homey and somewhat rustic cottage getaway, this is it.

The beach was PERFECT for our 3 year old and a 9 month old. The water was shallow and the sand was great for sand castle creations!

The cottage is near Wilderness State Park and Mackinaw City – so there is no shortage of things to do! Overall, a wonderful location to create some great vacation memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Numerous in Mackinaw City
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Mackinac Island, Mackinaw Island Ferries (3)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Two 18-hole courses within five miles
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Numerous in Mackinaw City
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Cecil Bay

Within 25 yards: Lake Michigan private sandy beach

Within 3 miles: Wilderness State Park, French Farm Wildlife Refuge (3 mile long uninhabited lake), Headlands County Park, 3 historic lighthouses, Fort Michilimackinac, the Crossings- auto free retail area, Mackinac Island Ferry docks, Mackinaw Bridge, 18 hole golf course, bike trails, hiking trails, bird watching, Straits of Mackinaw Underwater Diving Preserve

Within 5 miles: Mill Creek Historic State Park, another 18 hole golf course, St. Ignace Cruise car shows

Within 1 hour drive: Inland waterway, Petosky, Harbor Springs, Cheboygan, Burt Lake, Mullett Lake, Black Lake, Cross Village, Bois Blanc Island ferry dock

Other Activities: Bird watching, lighthouse tours, Mackinac Island, 2 historic forts, sand dunes, Ice Breaker 'Mackinaw' guided ship tour. Large, auto-free pedestrian shopping/entertainment zone called 'The Crossings' lets kids play while you shop/people watch. The Headlands 'International Night Sky Park- an internationally designated night sky viewing area is one mile from the cottage. Telescopes can be checked out from the Library.

Snorkeling can be done from the beach.


Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 8 2015 - May 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 29 2015 - Jun 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer Off-Peak
Jun 12 2015 - Jun 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
4th of July Wks
Jun 26 2015 - Jul 9 2015
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 10 2015 - Sep 3 2015
2 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 7 2015 - Sep 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
Leaf/Fireplace Season
Sep 18 2015 - Oct 18 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Taxes at hotels in town are higher due to occupancy taxes. Owner reserves the right to increase security for pets and Holiday weeks. Pet fees are $25-35 per night, depending on size.
$400 required to reserve. This reservation payment becomes your security deposit. 60% of total due 60 days from arrival, or at reservation date if less than 60 days in the future. Remaining payment due upon arrival along with taxes, not including the security payment.
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Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , toilet and shower are in separate rooms
  • For the first fifty years of existence for this cottage the lake was the only bath! The official bathing beach for the city of Mackinaw City is on this sand beach. Existing shower is in upstairs bedroom, but is very functional.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , Double bed in this roomwould be tight for two.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
TV is provided for movies. Library card allows free rental of DVDs and VCR tapes. Hundreds to choose from. Library is between Mackinaw city and cottage, less than a 5 minute drive and on the way to town. There is no internet access at the cottage except via cell phone, but the library has free high speed wireless and also free computers to use. The library is less than five minutes away and on the way to town. Many restaurants in town also have free wireless. Smoking allowed on the covered, screened porch. You will find that this is the place you would want to smoke anyway. Cocktail hour on the porch is not to be missed!! View the freighters, sailboats and sunsets.

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