2 bedroom, 2 bath close to the beach
About catherine grossman
I have spent nearly every summer somewhere along the Lake Michigan shore. My husband grew up near a lake in Up-State New York. We both are community college professors who believe that people need to get away from their daily work and get out into the woods. We are amateur naturalists, and enjoy learning about the dunal woods and it's inhabitants.
catherine grossman purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why catherine grossman chose Michigan City
We have always wanted a cottage within driving distance from our home in West Lafayette. I dreamed of being further north in Michigan, but if we were going to spend time at our little cottage, we knew it needed to be close. We had not spent much time in Michiana Shores, but when we decided to buy a cottage, this was the only place we looked. It's beautiful. Deer, wild Turkey, birds and of course Lake Michigan. We like the quiet, the proximity to the lake, the tennis courts nearby and places to cross-country ski. We like that there is canoeing and hiking nearby. We like what we have come to call "cottage time" that we enter once we arrive. We don't know why we waited so long to buy this little place.
What makes this Cottage unique
We fell in love with this little cottage because of it's location, our new neighbors and because this cottage had been so well taken-care of. The wood floors glow, the modern kitchen and baths are nicer than what we have at home, the comfortable beds, the nights that cool down in the summer, and the snow in the winter! There can be so much unreported lake effect snow--all said this was a place where we could be comfortable.
Children allowed - The backyard is fenced in. The street is quiet.The backyard is fenced in. The street is quiet.
Pets allowed - With owner's prior permissionWith owner's prior permission
No parties/events - Be mindful of the neighborsBe mindful of the neighbors
No smoking - Smoking is not allowed in the house.Smoking is not allowed in the house.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - The guest who rents must be at least 25The guest who rents must be at least 25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Very relaxing and cozy
Very pleasant escape. My dog and I walked all over down lovely wooded streets. Should be beautiful when the fall colors arrive.
Tree-top rental in the Indiana Dunes
Surrounded by beautiful older trees, our rental felt like a tree-top. It was nicely furnished, quiet, and it looked as if it was recently painted. The backyard was perfect for reading and sunbathing. I was very familiar with the area and took advantage of the beaches, shopping, restaurants and events. I wouldn't hesitate to rent it again.
Listing not accurate
The cottage was clean and nice however they do not accurately describe the home. First off they DO NOT have internet and should be required to change their description. I needed to rent a place that had internet because I had to work a couple days while there. We got there and couldn't get a signal. We searched the entire property looking for a router to reset and couldn't find one. Low and behold we find out they DONT have internet. What they do is try to pull the internet signal from their neighbor's internet. You have to be out their front door and in the drive to get a strong signal. Because they did not have internet, cable or basic tv the only way to watch anything is if you bring dvds. As we live in the era of netflix, hula, etc. We expected we would have that available to us because they said they had internet -but we didn't. We had to try to use our hot spot which does not work well for streaming. Then they tried to say they didn't understand why we were having a problem because noone else had. However in the guest book at the house people also comment they can't get internet. It's an issue and they either need to be required to change the description or stop siphoning off the neighbor's weak internet signal and actually get their own internet. Secondly getting the house hooked up and going is ridiculous. They require renters to turn on the water heater, flip breakers, empty the water lines, etc. We even had to lite the pilot lite on the water heater. It's dangerous and inappropriate. They either need to have the property ready or hire a property manager to have it ready. Renters should not have to do those things upon arrival. Also the water would not heat up so we turned the water heater up further than they had asked us to and it still took an entire morning to warm up. I have never rented any property on VBRO or home away where we have had to do these types of things. We would not recommend this place.
My daughter said, "Mom, you have to respond. That's how this works." And so, finally, almost a year later, I'm responding. I have had nothing but delightful interactions with our guests; I am sorry that these guests did not have a relaxing week. I wish them all the best. I don't feel comfortable airing my defense; I'll just say that our little place is well kept up, well maintained, has good internet, as a nice fenced in backyard--really a sweet little spot for a holiday if you have the right frame of mind.
Perfect size, perfect location!
The cottage is the perfect size for a couples' or two couples' getaway! Despite the overall small size of the cottage, it is surprising that each bedroom has its own full bath! Clean and close to Hwy 12 that gets you anywhere, I'd highly recommend this place to anyone looking to explore the coast of Lake Michigan. Convenient that the owners allow use of the bikes, as there is a beach nearby with no vehicle parking. Great place on a Great Lake!
A Peaceful Retreat
Wish we were stil there. Beautiful home in the woods. House was clean, kitchen well stocked for cooking. Fenced in yard was a great treat - I was able to sit out there and do some work or read while my dog rested on deck. Owner was great to work with and quick to respond to my questions. We would certainly stay here again.