My family stayed in Long Beach for a long fall weekend and had a great time. This house is one of the few where the photos did not do it justice. The furniture has been updated and you don't get a sense of how large the place is from the photos.
The main floor has three bedrooms - king, king, and two twins - the master bedroom has it own bathroom and another bathroom is available for the other two rooms. All the rooms were spacious. The front room now has a leather sofa with theater style seating. The kitchen has everything you could want including extra condiments and spices for cooking.
The lower level has a new couch and provided plenty of space for the two teenagers to watch TV and play cards. There is a third bathroom downstairs with an incredible steam shower. There is also a roll away bed and air mattresses in the closet if more beds are needed. The laundry room and garage access is also in the lower level.
Internet access was fast and there are TVs with cable access in both king rooms, the front room and downstairs.
Outside, there is plenty of parking and the owners allow you to use the garage, if you like. The backyard runs up against a wooded hill which provides quite a bit of privacy. The front is on the main street which is somewhat busy, so you need to keep an eye on the dog and small kids. However, you cannot hear any street noise in the house or the back yard.
The beach is about a ten minute walk down a quiet street. The evening I walked to the beach I was greeted by a family of deer that did not seem to be too afraid of people. It was quite a sight. However, if you are bringing your dog, please be aware that Long Beach does not allow them on the beach. :-/
The nice thing about the house was its location. You are ten minutes from the outlet mall, eight from the casino, and about twelve from Central Beach (National Lakeshore) which allows dogs!
We went every day to Central Beach to let the dog run and look for beach glass. The girls spent a whole day at the Outlet Mall, we enjoyed the Michigan City Zoo with the screaming goats, we went to see a play at the Footlight Players Theater, and ate lunch at Shoreline Brewery (great onion rings).
Pat, the owner, was incredibly easy to work with and was quick to respond to emails.
Overall the stay was quite relaxing and if in the area again, we would stay here.
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