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Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4). Great front porch.

Awake to the early morning breathtaking lakefront sunrise. Take an early morning swim in Lake Huron or bike the 13 mile bike path from Alabaster to the Tawas Bay Lighthouse. Kayak Lake Huron, canoe or kayak the Ausable, shop Newman Street for the wines of the Brew Krew and Windjammer, look in the very upscale O'Connor's, and enjoy the Village Chocolatier's nationally acclaimed chocolates or catch a flick at the Family Theater. Cook on your own gas grill - or order in. Fish, golf, hike or just laze the day away. In Autumn enjoy the beautiful Harvest Moon which appears to rise directly out of Lake Huron in front of The Cottage. Enjoy the terrific fall color produced by the hardwoods of the Eastern Michigan shoreline. Ski in the winter on the well groomed ski trails of Corsair in the Huron Forest. A bottle of wine or box of chocolates welcomes you on arrival. This is an excellent place to get some well deserved down time, relax and regenerate your energy level for another year in the workplace. Suitable for all ages.

More Details

Dr. Murlene McKinnon
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Cewa, some Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Dr. Murlene McKinnon

I am retired from running a training business for the criminal justice field - police, judges, dispatch, and federal agents. Have pursued that career in the U.S. and foreign countries. Before that I was a professor of communications. Served in Peace Corps in Africa. Have traveled extensively. Born in Detroit, grew up in Farmington, lived in Malawi, Africa; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland. and Dublin, Ireland. Hobbies are reading, cross country skiing, travel, attending theater and concerts and eating out.

Dr. Murlene McKinnon purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Dr. Murlene McKinnon chose Michigan

I bought The Cottage because it is next to my home on Lake Huron and therefore easy to manage and deal with the needs of my clients. I also enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories! It is especially nice for those looking to get away and enjoy some quality time. Every morning on Lake Huron is a new beginning because the lake rarely looks the same. Bald eagles fly up and down the beach hunting a meal. The occasional loon dives and sounds it's eerie call. And, in the fall and spring the ducks and geese land and take off in their annual migrations.

What makes this cottage unique

Staying at The Cottage in the Fall is a real treat. Enjoy a later night fire and watch the moon rise over the lake. In the winter cross country ski in the Huron Forest on the Corsair trails. Sleep on a pillow top mattress and have the soothing waves of Lake Huron lull you to sleep. Sip a steaming cup of coffee or tea and watch the sun rise. Grab a glass of wine or make yourself a drink and watch the Harvest Moon rise. This is a place to be really lazy - or indulge in as many activities as one pleases -- biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, reading, sunbathing, skiing, shopping, wine drinking, etc. State park beaches also nearby.


Tawas City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom contains shower. All bath linens are supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Bed (1) New pillowtop mattress with 400 count linens, Twin or Single Beds (2) New pillow top mattresses and bedding. All bed linens are supplied.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Host is friendly and knowledgable of area. Welcomes you with a bottle of wine or 1 lb box of Village Chocolatier chocolates


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I spent a long weekend at "The Cottage". This place is in the perfect location if you're looking to relax & unwind. Mac (the owner) and her mate James couldn't have been nicer. They were very accommodating & gave great suggestions for things to do & where to dine in Tawas. The Cottage is the perfect size & very very clean (a must for me). Waking up to a beautiful sunrise sets the scene for the rest of the day. If you're thinking of a trip to the Lake Huron area, this is the place to stay. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to read the reviews that tell us people have really relaxed and enjoyed themselves. We work to make your stay carefree and fun so that you can go back to the "daily grind" rejuvenated. Thanks so much for your comments. We have great guests and meet some wonderful friends among them. Mac
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We found this spot ideal for our family... it was a short drive out of town (ideal for us, so we could feel "out of town" but still be very close to all of its conveniences). The view of the lake can't be beat, and the street itself is gorgeous for walks. It came equipped with everything we needed for a week's stay, and the owner next door was easily reached should we have encountered any issues. I didn't want to leave! Add'l notes for families traveling with smaller children: This house only has a shower (no tub) BUT, it's a large, bright shower that's VERY easy to use for small kids (use the non-slip bath mat and the shower's "hand sprayer," and little ones can sit in there for a "bath," no problem.) Both bedrooms have the floor space to set up a pack n' play/travel crib (you'd need to bring your own). And, I think this is mentioned in the description, but you'll want to watch kids outside, as there is water access and when the beach is "out," there is a drop-off into the lake water.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. They were very fair. We had a nice beach pit for evening fires until the lake level rose last year. We hope the beach is back for next year as we always appreciate the offers to join the campfire and have s'mores. The heat this summer has made Lake Huron very inviting, however the lake bottom changes with the weather. Currently the bottom is sandy. Great idea on how to use the shower for the little ones. Thanks!
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Saline, MI

Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are so happy we came across this wonderful cottage in Tawas. We have stayed here twice, and have enjoyed both visits. What a beautiful view of Lake Huron! We love Mac--so very genuine and accommodating. And we loved our wine--what a nice surprise! Looking forward to our vacation this summer!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your wine! We love surprises and figure that you do too! looking forward to your summer visit. WIne or chocolate?
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Sterling Heights, MI

Relaxing Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We found the cottage as advertised - clean and very well maintained. The owner was welcoming & delightful. Bike trail was accessible and beaches close. Despite her efforts to "shore up" the Wi-Fi connection, it was spotty. Since we were there to relax lack of Wi-Fi wasn't a problem, but if someone plans to work while vacationing here they'll be frustrated. Overall we had a great time staying at this cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad, as always that our renters enjoyed their time here. With regard to the Internet - during their stay here we were having technical difficulties with our cable internet connection which kept disappearing all along our street. That issue is fixed.
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Awesome Stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage in a picturesque setting. Mac is truly delightful and takes great care of her guests

.Everything you would need or want is at your finger tips. A great place to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very nice comments. Glad you two got the relaxation time you were seeking and that you enjoyed yourselves!
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Relax and Enjoy

  • 4 of 5

This is the 2nd year we've stayed at the cottage and we enjoyed our stay as much as the 1st time. We were completely satisfied with the accommodations. It's clean and quiet and has everything you need. Did I mention the view of Lake Huron. What beautiful sunrises. It was great to take a morning walk along the path that leads from Alabaster to Tawas. The water was high this year but that didn't stop us from dipping our toes in. We enjoyed canoeing and spent some time sightseeing. I would say we'll probably be back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
MBS Saginaw/Midland
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Mr. Jack'ss / G's / Barnacle Bill's
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Charity Island / Tawas Dock
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Huron Breeze / Red Hawk (15)
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Freight train at 2 a.m.
Nearest Motorway
U.S. 23 which is right up the hill
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Mr. Jack'ss / G's / Bikini's / Augie's
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Front of house
Car: necessary

Bike to and visit the Lighthouse on Tawas Point. Canoe or kayak the Ausable River in Oscoda. Visit Lumberman's Monument and Iargo Springs, both overlooking the Ausable. Golf at Red Hawk, Lakewood Shores and Huron Breeze. Work out at Huron Sports. Browse the shops on Newman street and get your favorite ice cream cone. Bike the recently extended bike trail. Go fishing with one of the charters. Visit Charity Island. Swim at the beaches of the State park or the city beaches in East Tawas and Tawas City. Visit the Saturday morning Farm Market, see a movie at the in town cinema or view a play at the local playhouse. There are numerous events throughout the summer, including the 9th annual Tawas Uncork'd and Blues on the Bay.


Rates & Availability

Tawas City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 22 2017 - Sep 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season
Sep 9 2017 - May 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $175
Cleaning Fee $80
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please note website has placed The Cottage on Lake Street in town. We are on Douglas Dr down the hill from U.S. 23 north of Lakeside which goes down on an angle from the highway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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