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2 cottages on Whalen lake near Baldwin Michigan

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 cottages. Ea has 2 bdrms , kitchens, & sleeps 12 total

Come here to Northern Michigan in the woods and away from the city to TWO COTTAGES linked to each other and to the water's edge. Walk down the sidewalk with a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine and smell the pine and watch the ducks and geese swim.

Red cottage

•Bedrooms have queen-sized, pillow-topped beds

•Sleeping sofa also queen-sized

•Large living room with picture window overlooking lake

•Large dining table, plenty of seating

•Well-equipped kitchen with plenty of room for many chefs

•Updated bath with shower/tub combo

•Covered porch with view of lake

•Deck with steps to beach

•wood-burning stove

Gray Cottage

•Two bedrooms

•bedroom One has queen-sized bed

•bedroom Two has double bed

•Sleeping sofa and daybed provide additional sleeping arrangements

•Updated bath with step-in shower, warm tile floors

•Fully equipped kitchen with antique sink

•Super deck for lounging and outdoor eating

Cottages are on the water

•Sandy beaches

•little/no vegetation, great for swimming

•Dock for fishing or stepping into the provided boats


•Private no-wake lake

Fire pit at water's edge, Sunsets and star gazing from either the picnic tables or on the water in the pontoon paddle boat...

Other amenities include internet access and satellite TV, washer/dryer

Golf course, gambling, wine country, excellent fishing streams and sand dunes near by:

Cottages are just east of Baldwin MI, between Ludington and Reed City on US Highway 10.

5 minutes to Baldwin offers iconic eating establishments, ice cream parlor, fudge and coffee shops.

7 minutes to Pere Marquette trail head, canoe and kayak rentals. Baldwin River fishing, Manistee National Forest

10 minutes to Marquette Trails 18 hole golf course

30 minutes to Ludington for antiquing, Lake Michigan charter fishing, and balloon rides

45 minutes to Silver Lake Sand Dunes

1 hour to Manistee and Little River Casino and Lake Michigan

1 and a half hours to Traverse City shopping and Ole Mission Peninsula Wine Trail

More Details

Property Manager
Peggy *** I live in Texas but born in Kalamazoo. Payments sent to Texas only
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Peggy *** I live in Texas but born in Kalamazoo. Payments sent to Texas only

Born in Kalamazoo MI and raised in Texas has made me a traveler. I bought these cottages in hopes of having myself a lake cottage for retirement. And I will one day! So I treat them as if I was going to be there soon and invite my guests to enjoy them until I can get back to Michigan, which I do every chance I get. I also have this great love of remodeling and decorating and so I have many projects for the cottages. We are planning to re-do the living room in the red cottage by tearing out the massive (and leaning) fireplace and open it up with more windows and higher ceilings and a new wood-buring stove. We built a concrete walkway to connect the buildings (helps keep the cottages clean) and added a new deck on the gray cottage a couple of years ago. One day will re-do the enterior of the gray cottage so it will be open concept. My neighbors on the lake are nice and helpful. I'm not too far away from Baldwin. I enjoy the refreshing lake and the lovely trees and sunsets.

Peggy *** I live in Texas but born in Kalamazoo. Payments sent to Texas only purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Peggy *** I live in Texas but born in Kalamazoo. Payments sent to Texas only chose Western Michigan

Baldwin is where the fishing and hunting and swimming in a clean lake is. It is comfortable and clean cottages. It is summer time in northern Michigan (like the song.) It has a great fall show with all the colors and then, like I can't say enough, there is great water, great fishing, and friendly folks in nearby Baldwin.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages look out on a wonderful lake that if you will just paddle out to the middle of the lake at night and look up at the milky way (yes, it is still there) and then be prepared to count the falling stars (last time it was 5) you will find yourself at peace, enjoying your family and company. Growing up, we always had one special trip to Lake Michigan with a bunch(!) of cousins and friends, and now when I am at the cottages, I feel like I am doing it all over again, just it is now at Whalen Lake, a lot more intimate and a lot more comfortable when we fall asleep!


Baldwin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Red
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Gray
  • Both cottages have totally remodeled bathrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Red Master - 1 queen , Pillow top
    Red 2nd - 1 queen , Pillow top
    Gray Master - 1 queen , Pillow top
    Gray 2nd - 1 double , Pillow top
  • The Gray cottage has a pillow-top queen bed, a pillow-top double, a double hide-a-bed and an extra thick double futon. The Red Cottage provides queen pillow-top mattresses in the bedrooms and a queen hide-a-bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Pedal Boat
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
Fire pit is located next to the lake.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

2 cottages on Whalen lake near Baldwin Michigan
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for a long weekend for a birthday. It's a beautiful property for a family to be together. Great accommodations and amazingly affordable. Not only will I recommend this place and be back, but you are missing out if you pass this property by.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family fun

  • 4 of 5

This is a great spot for a wonderful family vacation!

We had the time of our lives

The Roses

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

A very nice place to stay within close distance of Baldwin. Easy drive to river(s) for kayaking,canoeing, fishing, etc. Lake is nice, with a decent bass population. Owner worked with us to meet our needs.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Beautiful relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family of 12 rented the two cabins at the end of June, we have went on numerous vacation over the years, cruises, disney, gatlinburg. And we all agree this past vacation was our favorite. The kids loved the boats, swimming, fishing. The adults enjoyed relaxing and fishing and havering adult time at Nite with a drink by the campfire. Owner and caretakers were very friendly and helpful. Cabins were clean and plenty of room for all of us. Would definitely recommend, we plan on returning next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean,well kept and family friendly.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the cottages with our family. They we're clean and well appointed. We went with our children and grandchildren and it was perfect. Peg was responsive and answered all our questions quickly and thoroughly. We were pleasantly surprised to find a brand new rail trial within 1/4 mile of the cottage! It goes from Baldwin to Reed city to Midland. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottages, Great Host!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cottages for a dual family vacation with my brother in law and his family and it couldn't have been more perfect! The red cottage is very large, cozy and is great for entertaining, but the best part is the view from the front window! I could wash dishes all day if I could look at THIS VIEW! The gray cottage was nice as well but we didn't spend much time there as it was the other families' cottage. Both were very clean and well maintained. I do love how both have decks and both are so close to one another. The extra patio on the red cottage is great for early morning coffee and picture taking. The boats are a great benefit as well, as is the fire pit! The satellite tv and board games came in handy on the cold and rainy day! And last, but not least, the store(s) are within minutes of the cottages. All in all we have a FABULOUS TIME at these wonderful cottages! Thanks Peg for your awesome hospitality!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Ferry
33 Miles
Nearest Motorway
14.5 Miles
US Highway 131
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
33 Miles
Car: necessary

Baldwin is 2 miles away. Great local eateries such as Jones Ice Cream parlor (great ice cream!), Debbie's Bar and Grill, Government Lake Lodge Restaurant, and Cattails Cafe for homemade bread/toast for breakfast and lunch. Marquette Trails Golf Course (76th St) is a friendly course that has reasonable rates.There is even the local bowling alley. Baldwin hosts the Blessing of the Bikes In May each year and the Troutarama Festival is in July. Manistee National Forest and Pere Marquette River are just a few minutes away providing great hiking, biking, hunting and fishing. Lake Michigan and great sunsets are just 30 minutes away. Looking for entertainment for the adults? Manistee hosts casinos and Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula are great for delicious food and wine. Even the fabulous Mackinac Island is just a couple of hours away.

Other Activities: snowmobiling


Rates & Availability

Baldwin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Dec 4 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

linens $50
Refundable damage deposit $125



Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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