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A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse

Donald Fullenwider

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Donald Fullenwider

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2015
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A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom (sleeps 2), 1 Bath, 1964 New Moon Mobile Home

Fully remodeled 1964 New Moon mobile home, 1 bedroom (sleeps 2) and one bath. “New Moon in the Pines,” our second home, is located in the heart of Mackinaw City. It is one block south of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and two blocks from Colonial Michilimackinac, a historically accurate recreation of the first fort in the area built by the French in 1715. We are just three blocks east of access to I-75 South and North. By automobile, Mackinaw City is 289 miles and 4 hours and from Detroit, and 405 miles and 6 hours from Chicago.

Our vacation home is a 10-wide by 47 feet, for a total of 470 square feet, equivalent to a small one-bedroom apartment. At the time it was built in Alma, Michigan, New Moon Mobile Homes were known as “The Cadillac of Mobile Homes.” It is perfect for adult couples looking for a cozy vacation home away from home.

“New Moon in the Pines” has been completely remodeled by its architect/owner and is virtually brand new. It has one bedroom with a full-sized bed (sleeps 2), a remodeled bathroom with all new fixtures, and a completely new IKEA kitchen with all new appliances. Upgrades include a new furnace, new modern plumbing and fully upgraded electrical systems. A fire extinguisher is in the cabinet next to the refrigerator; there are two “First Alert Battery Operated 10-year Lithium Sealed Smoke Detectors;” one in the bedroom and one in the main living space. A first aid kit (including a suture kit) is in the bathroom vanity; and GFI outlets are installed throughout the kitchen and bath. Bedding, blankets and pillows, towels and washcloths are provided for your use (please bring your own beach towels). There is a Laundromat just three blocks away.

The kitchen has all the necessary cookware, utensils, and supplies. There is a new Keurig coffeemaker (as well as a traditional CoffeeMate with filters), stove, oven, microwave, and toaster. The front deck has Adirondack chairs, and there is a brand new propane barbeque grill. We have cable TV; a DVD/VCR player; and high-speed wireless Internet connection.

From the kitchen window and new front deck you can see the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge through the trees (between the Bridge View Motel and the log cabin Super 8). To the east is a view of Lake Huron and Shepler’s ferries on their nonstop trips to Mackinac Island.

From “New Moon in the Pines” it is a short walk to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Park for picnics and to watch the sunrise on Lake Huron, and the sunset on Lake Michigan. You will find that Mackinaw City is a friendly family-oriented tourist destination, surrounded by amazing attractions like Mackinac Island (no automobiles -- just walking, bicycles and horses). All of the Mackinaw City attractions are within walking distance of 'New Moon in the Pines' – a short walk to the main shopping area and the Mackinaw Crossing shopping center with a movie theater.

For last minute food items there is a well stocked IGA market four blocks away. Across the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace is Doud’s specialty grocery and Glen’s Supermarket, and the Cheboygan Wal-Mart is a 20-minute drive south on US-23 along Lake Huron.

For the budget minded, Mackinaw City offers shopping, restaurants and nightlife without the cost of a ferry boat ride or the fee to cross the bridge—as well as many attractions of the Mackinac State Historical Parks. It’s a short walk to the restored Colonial Michilimackinac fort, and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. A short drive takes you to the Mackinaw Area Public Library with its interesting Mackinaw City historical collection, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

Historic Mackinac Island: on a trip to Historic Mackinac Island you can visit Fort Mackinac and Historic Downtown, as well as the other Island attractions.

Canoeing and kayaking on the Sturgeon or Pigeon Rivers is 30 miles away. We highly recommend Big Bear Adventures in Indian River for your outfitters.

Golf at one of Northern Michigan’s premier golf courses: a beautiful course, the Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, is just minutes away, and many other golf courses within an hour's drive of Mackinaw City.

The beautiful tourist towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix are within an hour’s drive of Mackinaw City.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donald Fullenwider (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2015

About Donald Fullenwider

Originally from Detroit, our family owned a cottage next to the lighthouse in Mackinaw City, where the Riviera Motel now stands. We went there every summer since the 1940s. My last few years at the cottage, when I was a teenager, we had front row seats to watch them build the Mackinac Bridge. We live in Plymouth, Michigan, between Detroit and Ann Arbor. After looking at many communities up north, found our second home once again near the lighthouse in Mackinaw City.

Donald Fullenwider purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Donald Fullenwider chose Mackinaw City

We were lucky enough to find this 1964 New Moon mobile home in excellent condition. It is constructed better than many contemporary homes today. Its dimensions are limited by its need for delivery to the site (fewer than 4% of mobile homes move after they reach their first destination), but it is superbly built. It was owned by one of the big name Mackinaw City Fudge Makers, who used it for his home during tourist season. We remodeled the trailer stem to stern and top to bottom, so it is in better than new condition. Through the trees, we can see the Straits of Mackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, and St. Ignace across the Straits.

What makes this cottage unique

'New Moon in the Pines' was exactly the right size for our second home. Construction met and exceeded the brand new 'American Standard A119.1 building code, which was subsequently adopted by the American National Standards Institute, and became the ANSI A119.1 code. From our kitchen windows and front porch we can see the Straits of Mackinac, a partial view of the Mackinac Bridge and St. Ignace. We are within two blocks of the major attractions and easy walking distance to downtown and Shepler's Ferry Dock to Mackinac Island.

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 13 traveler reviews

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A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
calumet, michigan
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a couple of days at "New Moon in the Pines" and really enjoyed our stay. Since we were meeting up with our daughters for the holidays, we cooked several meals in the well appointed kitchen to enjoy with them.

Thanks, Don, for sharing your second home with us!

Scott & Genevieve

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Dimondale, MI
5

Charming Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the New Moon cottage for a quick weekend. It was a pleasant experience working with the owner, Don. We didn't get to meet him, but his communications via phone and email were personable, informative, and very helpful.

The cottage is adorable! Clean, comfortable, and attractively furnished. It's perfect for a couple...cozy and yet surprisingly roomy in all the right places. It's obvious that Don takes great pride in his second home and has put a lot of thought into making the New Moon a very accommodating place for visitors!

It was a peaceful, relaxing place to unwind in the evenings. We also appreciated the cable TV, and speedy WiFi! Since our visit was in late October, we were thankful for the newer furnace. It heated incredibly well, so we rarely turned the thermostat above 63.

The New Moon is in a quiet area and feels very private. And yes, the home IS as nice as the pictures indicate! This was our first time staying in a vacation home through this website. Thank you, Don, for providing such great accommodations, and for making this a memorable experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your carefully written review of our place: "New Moon in the Pines." I am pleased when guests in our second home enjoy staying in a remodeled 50-year old mobile home -- and appreciated it as a modest fun place to spend week or week-end with fresh air from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron -- water water everywhere. You are welcome to stay in New Moon any time it's available.
5

Absolutely Wonderful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

First of all i would like to thank Don for letting my wife and I stay at the "New Moon" while we ventured around Mackinaw and Mackinac Island... This place was so clean you could eat off the floors.... If your lookin for a base camp while your visiting the area look no further..... One thing i would like to suggest to anyone staying in Mackinaw, is to take the 35 mile trip to Petosky and witness the Sunset from one of the Lookout parks made for this...... Simply amazing..... Thank you Don for all the advice you gave me through E-mails...... Priceless....

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Truly a gem!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I called New Moon home for nearly 10 days this July. How wonderful. Don has thought of everything you could want and more! I've rented so many properties through VRBO...this may not have been the biggest with the most bedrooms or the most incredible view. But this felt the most like home.

We've had so many mixed experiences that I bring so many things now when we travel. I didn't need any of them! Kitchen items - they're all present and accounted for - anything you could need. Every pan, cutting board, knife, colander. Everything is there. It may have been a fluke, but the week of our visit there were plenty of condiments in the fridge, spices in the drawer...we bought a few groceries to get through the week and that was it! There's an extra bed in the closet with bedding - plenty of linens - you name it, it's there.

WiFi is simple and crazy fast. Cable with tons of movies if you can't find enough to do. Books and a library of movies. Games games games!!

You're literally steps from the water. One block up affords you an incredible view of the bridge, and there are so many people downtown that we never had trouble finding a bench to ourselves on the beach. The peace of watching the water, listening to kids play, birds squawk, and waves roll in is just something else. Laundromat isn't far at all - we went twice - $3 to wash, about $1 to dry. Never was super busy. Your walk to Shepler's is about 10 minutes...walk along the water and you won't notice the time passing. :-)

There are SO MANY things to do around Mackinaw. We did numerous day trips and saw really incredible parts of the state. Don has so many awesome ideas for where to go and things to see. LISTEN TO HIM!! He's a wealth of knowledge and has so many interesting things to share. Don't just spend your time in t-shirt shops!! There's so much more to see! Go to the island! Get out of town! Drive until you can't anymore...it's all just incredible.

Communication with Don was cake. Easiest rental I've ever had. Don't think twice about this place...just go!!! You won't regret your decision! Thanks for such a great visit, Don! We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Macomb, Michigan
5

Peaceful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

After a couple of stress filled years, my husband and I were looking for a quiet, peaceful place and the New Moon fit that to a tee. The owner has done an extraordinary job of anticipating almost any visitor's need. I even picked up some tips to use in my own home. The cottage is beautifully decorated and well-maintained. But the owner has gone above and beyond and added touches that make the cabin so homey. Some of my favorites were the soap shaped like Michigan, the cozy sherpa blanket in the living room, board games and the birch bark canoe on the refrigerator. The cable channel guide was very helpful. (In fact, I am going to make one for visitors at our home.) In addition to an impressive collection of books on local history, there are popular novels, dvds and video tapes. They came in handy since we had a few cool, rainy days. In our past vacations, we would have been cooped up in our hotel room, bored out of our minds. But not this time. We watched movies, read and pigged out on the pizza we cooked in the kitchen.

Another highlight of our trip was the short walk to lighthouse and then to the shore at sunset. We got some wonderful pictures of the bridge as the lights twinkled against the sky. Another evening we got a fantastic photo of the bridge as half of it disappears into a fog bank.

We recommend the jet boat trip to Mackinaw Island. Some trips take you under the bridge before taking you to the Island. The Horse Carriage tour is a must.

If you have a sweet tooth, try Darrow's Family restaurant. Their menu includes at least a ten delicious homemade pies to choose from.

We would recommend this cottage to any couple who are looking for a quiet, stress free vacation. We look forward to planning another trip to the New Moon in the future

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Anniversary Getaway

  • 5 of 5

For our 30th anniversary our kids booked this adorable place for us. It was conviently located to everything and was so well kept. The owners were a pleasure to work with and even had flowers waiting for us. It was small but very cozy and perfect in so many ways. We look forward to working with them again and staying at this adorable cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
19.3 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport, Pellston, MI
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Keyhole Bar and Grill, Mackinaw City
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Shepler's Ferry to Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mackinaw Club, 11891 N Mackinaw Hwy, Carp Lake, MI
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
I-75
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Audie's Restaurant, 314 N Nicolet St
Nearest Ski
29.8 Miles
Nub's Nob Wintersports, Harbor Springs
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Straits of Mackinac
Car: recommended

“New Moon in the Pines,” our second home, is located in the heart of Mackinaw City, and according to the Pure Michigan advertising theme, is the 'number one tourist destination in Michigan.'

The most impressive attraction is the Mackinac Bridge, also known as “The Mighty Mac,” that connects Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. It is the third longest bridge in total suspension in the world, and one of the most beautiful. It is 26,372 feet in length, with a clear span of 3,800 feet. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 200 feet. The towers are 552 feet above the lake level.

The best swimming beach is a short drive west (about three miles) on Trails End Road to Trails End Bay and Cecil Bay, with beautiful sandy beaches. In a day trip to Historic Mackinac Island you can visit Fort Mackinac and Historic Downtown, as well as the other Island attractions.

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Rates & Availability

From $110 Per night

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Colors Special
Oct 3 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
$110
$700
 
 
Winter Wonderland
Nov 30 2015 - Mar 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$110
$700
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$130
$850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 470 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ikea linen closet.
  • Completely remodeled bathroom with new fixtures -- vanity, tub and shower, toilet, and IKEA linen cabinet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • New double bed with bedside tables, reading lamps, alarm clock, double closet and built-in storage drawers with lighted vanity mirror.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
TV, barbeque and deck furniture not available in the Wintertime. Car and passenger ferries not available in the winter when the Straits is frozen over (December - April (varies). Winter travel to Mackinac Island is available by air.

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