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Dr. Murlene McKinnon

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, Cewa, some Spanish

Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Awake to the early morning breathtaking beachfront 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 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 week in the workplace.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Dr. Murlene McKinnon (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, Cewa, some Spanish

About Dr. Murlene McKinnon

I have just retired from running a training business for the criminal justice field - police, judges, dispatch, and federal agents. Before that I was a professor of communications. Served in Peace Corps in Africa. Have traveled extensively.

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.

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 Lake 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. This is a place to be really lazy - or indulge in as many activities as one pleases -- biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, reading, sunbathing, skiing, wine drinking, etc.


based on 20 traveler reviews

Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews

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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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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Relaxation at it's best

  • 5 of 5

What a great get-away. Very clean and well stocked. There wasn't anything that we needed or wanted. Mac was very helpful with suggestions for dining and places to visit. Can't wait to see the cabin in the winter. Thanks Mac!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to the Cottage for the last four years. The owner, who lives next door, is delightful. In addition to being fun to be around she makes sure the Cottage is in immaculate condition. Tawas and it's surrounding areas provide a beautiful scenery and a relaxed life style. If you want to relax, enjoy Lake Huron and meet delightful people the Cottage is for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very nice comments! We have great guests who are fun and interesting. That makes renting easy for us! See you next year.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Mr. Jack'ss
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Huron Breeze
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Tawas Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 17 2016 - Sep 10 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $75

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.

A week long reservation made and 1/2 paid by April 1st receives a $100 break on the overall price. The rest is due upon arrival. For those who make reservations after April 1st - 1/2 payment due when reservation made. Other half due upon arrival.

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Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom contains shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) New pillowtop mattress with 400 count linens, Twin or Single Beds (2) New pillow top mattresses and bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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