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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms and loft sleeping space, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6-8

This beautiful year round home has over 2000 square feet of exquisite living space and is a short walk to the shores of Lake Michigan. Designed in Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style it features wide open spaces and cozy side rooms. French doors separate living areas and stained glass accents the windows. Step onto one of the decks to enjoy the colorful gardens that surround this half acre private yard. No shortcuts were taken in furnishing the home blending the comfort of Crate and Barrell with treasures from local antique haunts and nearby art galleries. Cozy up on winter evenings with steam shower and wood burning fireplace after cross country skiing or touring local wineries. Fall offers bike trails, apple picking, bonfires and nearby Notre Dame football. Fly a kite or play bocce ball on the beach in the spring and float on a raft or body surf in the lake on a warm summer afternoon. The home is ideal for family time or romantic getaways in any season

Water Sports: While our family enjoys the simple life of sand and water we do recognize that some people like to boat. There is a marina in New Buffalo, 5 miles south of our property that offers docks for your boat. There are jet skis available to rent in Michigan City, Indiana, and the local boating store in New Buffalo rents canoes and kayaks. If you do bring your own small boat you may store it in the dunegrass near the base of the stairs while you are renting. We have some rafts, a kayak, boogie boards and beach toys for your use in our garage.

Off Season or Rainy Day Fun: We are never at a loss for a new art gallery or antique store to explore in Harbor County. The town of Michigan City to the south has a large outlet mall for the shopper in your group. East is Three Oaks, known for the Acorn Theatre and a new distillery, and north is Bridgman, home to Warren Dunes State Park and the famous 'Tower Hill'. They have well groomed cross country ski trails, marked hiking trails and a toboggan slide in the winter. Apple and fruit farms are dotted throughout the county for berry picking and several area wineries offer tours and tastings. There are massage and day spas in New Buffalo and restaurants for any palate. You'll need more than one trip to the Harbor County area to do it all.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mary Pat Bay
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Mary Pat Bay

I grew up in South Bend, Indiana and spent my childhood summers with my family renting various cottages in the Union Pier area. My parents had nine children and wanted an area that allowed for smooth sand walk in to the lake and not too many steps back up to the house at the end of a long day. My life took me to Iowa but I convinced my family that Union Pier was worth the 225 mile drive... one visit and they were sold!

Mary Pat Bay purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Mary Pat Bay chose Southwest Michigan

This home offered our family of five children the best of both worlds.. a chance for the children to all be together in the open living room, or enough cozy private areas to get a little distance from siblings when that might be needed... The three girls adore the loft space to spread out their messes (barbies years ago, now clothes and computers) and the boys love the TV room to set up the Wii ( we can close off the french doors and not even hear their chaos :)

What makes this cottage unique

The large side yard has been ideal for volleyball and badmitten, bocce, snow forts and even large family parties when my family of origin is able to join us and to revisit their childhood memories as well. With the Gordon beach Inn just up the block my siblings and their families book there and we serve large picnic style meals in the yard for all 50 of us... As many of us as can gather at the home every december 26th to celebrate our white elephant christmas.. 13 years of that tradition so far


based on 13 traveler reviews

Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent nearly a week here in October of 2007 and loved it! We enjoyed fires in the big fireplace and cooked several meals in the well-equipped kitchen. There is also a very nice gas grill. The home is comfy and charming, the yard is big and beautiful, and the area is really cute. It was a short walk (less than five minutes door-to-sand at a slow pace) from the house to the homeowners beach. We had a great time and hope to return again.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, New York

Beautiful home and beautiful area!

  • 4 of 5

The house was in the most beautiful location! So close to the beach and in a beautiful neighborhood. We had a wonderful stay. The only reason I am giving 4 stars and not 5 is because the house was not cleaned when we arrived. However, once I called Mary Pat and informed her of the issue she was very accommodating, apologetic, and ended up making it up to us. I couldn't ask for a better hostess and we will definitely stay here again if we are in the area. It's a great home, and I wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a weekend at Mellow Yellow and everyone loved it.

The pictures of the house do not do it justice on its actually size. It's quite large and we had a group of 10-everyone had plenty of room to stretch out. We especially loved the openness of the kitchen area and main living area. The sun rooms are gorgeous and peaceful.

The deck is large and there's a gas grill that we used to cookout one day. The side yard is beautiful, well maintained and very large for playing games etc!

The association beach is beautiful!! It's also a private beach so it wasn't too crowded even on a beautiful summer Saturday. Mary Pat has toys in the garage (kayaks, beach floats, etc) if that's something you would want.

It's a short 5 minute drive to town-there's a delicious restaurant at the end of the road called Timothy's if you want a nice night out!

The home has truly everything you could need! Mary Pat was quick to answer questions. We all will enjoy the memories we made there!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WE are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home. We also enjoy the easy walk to Timothy's even if we just get a late night dessert there. It makes for a perfect moonlight destination stroll. Thank you for taking such good care of oulittle oasis in Union Pier and we hope to have You return again soon.
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Charaming, airy house with beautiful landscaping

  • 5 of 5

The house has very appealing architecture, 3 big roomy areas to relax and visit in, including a beautiful sun room. The house is very clean and bright. There are two smallish but adequate bedrooms with a Jack & Jill bathroom in between, and a much larger master bedroom & bathroom. There is a loft with 3 beds for the little ones, although the steps going up to it are kind of like a ladder with steps instead of rungs. We put my two grandsons, 4 & 7, up there and there were no mishaps. It is extremely well provisioned with all the kitchen plates, silverware, pots & pans, etc. you could ever use. This example is followed throughout the house with every drawer containing a pair of scissors, and other odds & ends you might need. Mary Pat is kind and helpful and will respond to text messages promptly. There is a small grocery/general store and a hardware store, etc. about a 10 minute drive away. I don't know if there are other points of interest in the area because we spent all our time at the beach. Overall it is an excellent rental, we had a blast, and I will certainly recommend it to our friends.


  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking such good care of our home Dan. The beach is definitely the main attraction this time of year but I will be happy to provide you with a list of rainy day or off season ideas for fun when you return. Mary Pat
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Chicago, IL

An amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here recently for a girls' weekend and had a great time. The location in Union Pier is wonderful and the vibe of the area is very laid back and friendly. It doesn't seem like a subdivision or develpment of homes, but rather a neighborhood. Also, unlike a lot of rental homes, this place felt very "homey." A lot of nice decorative touches made it special.

Take note that to the side of the house there is a half lot of yard for games such as bags, sprinkler, etc. This is great combined with the wrap around porch! There's a sunroom that is newly finished and the hot tub is now outside (pics don't show this, just an fyi). Definitely an improvement to the home.

During our stay, unfortunately the hot tub was not working. This was a bummer because it was one of the features that drew us to the home. Owner tried best to see that it was fixed, but we were indeed partially refunded for this. Much to our surprise, the weather was nice enough to beach it most days so we didn't miss it as much as we would have if the weather wasn't as nice.

We would definitely consider going back for a future girl's trip! This would also be great for families, too. House was very accommodating for kids. Older kids would love to sleep in the loft space!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our apologies again about the hot tub Suzanne. Thank you for the kind review. It makes us happy to think of you and your friends enjoying the home, yard and beach so fully. Please come back.
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  • 5 of 5

I rented this beautiful home for a family get-together, and I couldn't have chosen a better rental. This home is gorgeous! The many skylights and windows let lots of natural light in, and allow a great view of the surrounding yard. The interior is very nicely decorated in a casual, eclectic way. The beach is just a short walk away. Our only comment would be to upgrade the t.v. to something a little larger, or possibly put another t.v. in the living room. The t.v. in the family room was a little small for a group of six to watch a movie on. We would definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
South Bend Regional
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Warren Woods
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 12 and I 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Gordon Beach
Car: recommended

Union Pier is a charming area 5 miles north of the Indiana border. There are no chain restaurants, no traffic and no strip malls... just quiet roads to bike on and easy access to larger cities. Our home is only a few miles off Highway 94 and yet feels centuries removed from it. Many people from Chicago who got fed up with the pace and competition there moved to this area to create their dream.... be it building a lake shore home, opening an art gallery, trying out their recipes as a one of a kind restaurant owner or operating a B & B. Lake Michigan offers a rare gem. A great lake with waves that lap along its shore, clean clear water warm enough for adults to swim in for hours and proximity to a major metropolitan city (Chicago is an hour on Amtrak). You can enjoy the feel of being on an ocean shore in the middle of the country. It's an ideal retreat for all ages and we have designed our home to allow you to 'escape the ordinary.'


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
winter 2016-17
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation must be made thirty prior to start of rental to receive a full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , steam shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Deck - outdoor shower , outdoor and indoor hot tub
  • The home has two full baths, the one is shared by the two bedrooms with queen size beds and the other is off the master bedroom. This bathroom has a double size steam shower, tiled by a local artist representing the wildflowers indiginous to southwestern Michigan. There is also an outdoor shower on the back deck for cleaning the sand off before coming in from the beach.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , attached bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , attached/shared bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , shared bath
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft space
  • The home has three large bedrooms, two with attached bathrooms and one that shares the bathroom just a few steps away. All have down comforters, hardwood floors with throw rugs, beautiful wooden headboards and fine linens. There is also a twin size trundle bed and a double size futon in the sleeping loft. The loveseat in the family room pulls out for an extra guest if desired as well.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Steam Shower
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The home is wonderfully stocked with appliances for the kitchen gourmet. The owners leave their spices and non perishables for you on the top shelf. They also stock up on toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, laundry soap, etc when they are there but if renters use it and do not replenish it, there is no guarantee there will be any when you arrive. We recommend bringing at least a starter roll just in case. Also, the laundry service does the sheets but the renter is expected to clean the towels. For that reason, you may want to bring a set from home to use on the last day and take home to wash. It makes check out so much easier. There is a large dryer in the basement for extra towels and a new full size washer and dryer off the master bedroom. Thanks!!

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