This quaint and spacious 2-story cottage is ideally situated on Lake Michigan overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Owned for 5 generations by the same family, it has been lovingly maintained and reflects the history of the Mackinac area. This 19th century lakeside cottage still offers the quiet and peaceful cottage living of another era but is fully updated to meet the needs of todays traveler. The cottage is located on the water in a peaceful Northern Michigan lakeside neighborhood, just outside of the quaint Village of Mackinaw City. You can walk to town for your evening ice cream cone; walk to Sheplers Ferry to catch a ride to the beautiful Mackinac Island or just sit waterside with a good book. This vintage cottage will take you and your family back to a simpler time with your days spent at the beach and your evenings around a campfire. Mackinaw City is a perfect location to serve as a base camp for all Northern Michigan has to offer. Swim, bike, hike, golf, parasail, hunt or fish - all within minutes. If you like to shop, there's plenty of that. There are lots of specialty shops in Mackinaw City and a day trip from Mackinaw City to Petoskey on US 31 will offer abundant opportunities for antiquing.
The cottage is clean, comfortable and very charming. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a front and back porch. The kitchen is open to the dining room and has a full size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave. All dishes, pots & pans are included. The dining room comfortably seats 6 people. There is also a laundry room with a washer/dryer. The Living Room opens to the back deck and features a grand stone fireplace, rocking chairs and a comfy sofa for relaxing. This is a place you will want to come back to year after year.
Our cottage was originally built in 1896 and was the first structure on this beach. The original owner/builder was a larger than life character who is reputed to have made some money in the Alaska Gold Rush and inherited the beach from his father. He settled on this small point of land (Harding Point) to build what was essentially a one-room shack (what is now the kitchen). It was added on to over the years numerous times to become the 2-story structure that it is today.
He then built the cottage next door and began to parcel off the land and build cottages for the new owners according to their desires. Many of the cottages along the beach that he built can still be seen today.
My daughter is the fifth generation to own the cottage and he was her Great, Great, Great Uncle! Both she and I have been going to the cottage since we were babies. We are very attached to it, to say the least.
The cottage is two stories and has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has spectacular views of the straits and the bridge. We have 2 porches, front and back. The porch on the lake side is being restored to look like the original porch, but is currently a deck.
Our beachfront is large, but is not sandy or particularly good for swimming. It is a nice place to sit, however, and enjoy the views and watch the passing boats and freighters. You can also build a fire in the pit and toast marshmallows - one of our favorite activities. Nearby Trails Bed Beach is a nice sandy beach for swimming and playing in the water as is Wilderness State Park.
The cottage itself is full of family memorabilia and antiques from the time that my grandmother lived there. It definitely has that old 'cottage' feel to it.
Over the firerplace is the remains of the sign from the old Wawatum Inn that burned down. It used to be behind where the Catholic Church now sits.
Mackinaw City is a great base camp for all of your 'Up North' adventures. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, graced by the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, everything is so accessible. You can shop, visit the historic Fort Michilimackinac or the McGulpin Point Lighthouse or the Old Mackinaw Point Light House. Take Sheplers Ferry to the beautiful Mackinac Island for a step back in time. Horse-drawn buggies and bikes are the only forms of transportation there! Lots of great shopping and fine resturants. Access the many bike and snowmobile trails in the area. Visit Taquamenon Falls, Oswald Bear Ranch, Whitefish Point, Saulte Ste Marie, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Indian River - all within an hour. Some of Michigans finest sandy beaches are within minutes. If you enjoy casinos, there are 3 within 45 minutes! This is a great, year 'round destination. Fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, hunting, snowmobiling, Eco-tours, boating, biking...the possibilities are endless!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event||Minimum Stay|
|Pet Fee||$15.00 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200.00|
|Maximum of 6 guests. Pet fee is $15/pet per night.
Minimum stay may be required for peak seasons.
There will be added fees of 9.5% (6% Michigan Tax; 3.5% processing fee if paying by credit card.)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.