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 west of access to I-75 South and North to the Mackinac Bridge and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 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 Charter fiberoptic/coaxial cable TV; a DVD/VCR player; and high-speed wireless Internet connection (up to 30 MBPS), the fastest and most reliable service in the area.
From the kitchen window and new front deck you can see the Straits of Mackinaw 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 their 7-screen 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, and stay at the Grand Hotel.
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.
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
About Donald Fullenwider
Originally from Detroit, our family owned the 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 put together. 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 Mackinaw and the Mackinac Bridge.
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 and a partial view of the Mackinac Bridge. We are within two blocks of the major attractions and easy walking distance to downtown and Shepler's Ferry Dock to Mackinac Island.