Located in historic Lakeside and just steps from Pier Street beach, the original details of this newly renovated 1930s' cottage retains the charm of original beaded board ceilings, Douglas Fir wood floors, french doors and screened porch . New and vintage furniture mingle with cheerful accents to create an eclectic and casual ambiance. The cottage is spacious with a screened porch, front parlor, large living/dining room, 5 bedrooms and 2 full baths and back porch. The beautifully landscaped yard, complete with a brick patio, BBQ station, fire pit and picnic table provides a charming and peaceful outdoor recreation area. Stored in the boat house are toys, lawn games and bikes for the whole family to enjoy.
Situated in Harbor Country, there is no shortage of leisure activities to be enjoyed. Antique buffs can hunt for treasures, cyclists can hop on backroad trails and hikers can explore nature. Visit the Farmers' Market, Vineyards, art galleries and casino too.
A stay at the cottage is about family and traditions and shared experiences; Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks and sparklers, sand castles and sun burn, lightning bugs and hide and go seek. It is my intent that the guests who stay at the cottage will create their own special memories and family tradition and look fondly back or look forward to their vacation at 'True Blue'.
Great care and attention to detail was paid to assure that our guests would walk into the cottage and feel that they made the right decision in choosing this one over others. The cottage is decorated in an eclectic style that mixes vintage pieces with new furniture creating a warm and comfortable style in a pleasing pallette of colors. As part of the renovation, new windows with full screens, two separate HVAC systems, one for each floor,along with a 50 gallon hot water heater were installed. Bathrooms and kitchen have tile floors and new fixtures. Ceiling fans create cool breezes on the main floor rooms. The Great Room has a 47 inch HD flat screen TV with cable and internet access. The Front Parlor has a 36 inch flat screen TV with DVD. Games, books, toys for young and old are on hand for family night gatherings.
A Beach umbrella, adult and child size beach chairs, beach towels and a red wagon to cart them make it easy to have everything you need for your day at the lake. An outdoor shower makes clean up convenient after swimming and sunning at the beach Bocce ball, horseshoes, frisbee, and other outdoor games are provided as well as sand pails and shovels.
A 5 burner natural gas self cleaning Charbroil Grill is provided for cookouts. Meals can be served at the picnic bench on easy care tableware and accessories. Think Pottery Barn style and Target practicality. Lounge around the fire pit and toast marshmallows or head over to Oinks for homemade ice cream.
With children in mind, a small step stool is provided in the bathroom so that 'little ones' can reach to wash their hands. A Pack and Play, High Chair,safety gate and plastic tableware make it easier for parents to relax.
Historic Lakeside is one of the beach communities that make up 'Harbor Country'. It is a quaint village dating from the late 1800's and has been a summer resort for decades for people who yearned to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. If you are looking for a 'get away from it all ' and for peace and tranquility, Lakeside is perfect. Perfect for hearing the birds chirping and the waves lapping the shore. Perfect for seeing glorious sunsets and starry nights. Perfect for long walks and short naps. All this is just a short drive of @ an hour from Chicago and its suburbs. Amtrak Train service is available from Chicago to New Buffalo which is @ 4 miles away.
I grew up on the East coast and summered at the shore in New Jersey. It was a pleasure that was taken for granted. When I relocated to the Midwest, Lake Michigan became a worthy counterpart. The waves aren't as dramatic and the water isn't salty however I no longer have to worry about those jellyfish!
When we found the cottage, it was in a state of neglect after being left vacant for a few years. I like to say that she had good bones. I am a sucker for bead board ceilings and wide baseboards and trim. Throw in six paneled wood doors French Doors and hardwood floors and I am in heaven . The cottage has all this plus rooms that have angled ceilings and exposed rafters. This is authentic, not new to mimic old. We could imagine what she could look like with some hard work and determination. We had a vision of a cheerful, cozy cottage coming to life and being a wonderful place for friends and family to gather and to make memories like the cherished ones that I have of my childhood spent at the Jersey shore.
The cottage has history with its platted deed dated from the late 1880s and sits in the center of historic Lakeside, a beach community that dates back over one hundred years as a summer destination along Lake Michigan. There is a sense of being in touch with nature as you meander down paths lined by decades old pine trees with the roar of the lake on a blustery day in your ears. It is not uncommon to sight deer in the ravines and bluejays and cardinals perched in the trees. A highlight of the day is watching the breathtaking sunset over the lake with the orangery afterglow lighting up the sky. The cottage offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and allows one to take a deep breath and step back if only for a short respite.