We visit the thumb region of Michigan annually to visit with family. This was the first year that we did not book a house on the lake/beach and I was a little worried that our kids (5,10,13) would be bored. Nothing could be farther from the truth! The cottage was clean and comfortable. The yard is very large and has a tire swing, fire pit and lots of grass to kick a soccer ball. The lake is a short walk down the street.
Wagener Park is a short drive, maybe a mile. We went swimming, beach glass hunting and played on the playground every day. We also got out to Harbor Beach (beautiful and sandy) and Port Austin for a fishing trip. We took a charter boat out and landed 7 HUGE lake trout and 2 small salmon. There were also cute shops in Port Austin.
My parents enjoyed the porch swing. We were able to get together for dinners and there was room for all 7 with the counter seats. The kids thought that was neat.
The lake breezes kept us cool most nights. There are plenty of fans and the wifi kept the kids entertained during any downtime. There were also several games and movies for rainy spots and evenings before bed. In all, we were happy with our first rental off of the waterfront!