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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,020 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Mary Pat Bay
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Union Pier

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


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2020 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Beautiful Lake Michigan Retreat in Union Pier, Michigan
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews
Chicago, IL

Guestbook Comment

  • 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: October 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and comfy Arts and Crafts Bungalow

  • 5 of 5

I am a big fan of Arts and Crafts style living. This cottage fit our Thanksgiving gathering fine for the 14 guests- 11 overnighters! Clean and comfy. M

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home and Location

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect home for a 4 day girls get away. The house is spacious and has all of the comforts of home. It is a short walk to the beautiful beach to enjoy during the day and for watching the gorgeous sunset in the evening. The home is also a short drive to many fun activities - wineries, shopping etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THank you Kathy for reviewing our home. I am so glad you and your friends had a good weekend and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and the quieter beach time that the off season offers. Please visit again!
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This is a lovely property and home. It is decorated beautifully and the kitchen is well stocked.

  • 4 of 5

We have a wonderful time at your home for the weekend with 8 ladies staying. Great for spaces to being together and spreading out. Would rent again.


  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, really fun time.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights around New Year's Eve here, and we had a blast. Very spacious, plenty of room for a party of eight. Huge yard, nice decks, barbecue. Fireplace with stocked firewood made a big compliment to the already awesome house. Dining area and kitchen are very convenient, everything was well stocked, and we found all kinds of kitchen utensils, appliances, and dishes that possibly needed. The best feature, and to our pleasant surprise was the entertainment system with built in speakers in the ceiling. It could be easily hooked up to a laptop, or another device, and makes for a great party. Overall, excellent stay, and would definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

Mellow Yellow was just as advertised. Beautiful, well taken care of home. Very clean and easy to live in. My wife and I were there with two of our daughters and their husbands. Plenty of room for all of us, large bedrooms were as advertised and the walk to the lake was about 300 yards. Beautiful beach and within walking distance to a couple of markets.

Owners took very good care of this home and the kitchen was well stocked. We went out for groceries but everything we needed for prep work was in the kitchen. Good quality stuff.

Deck at rear was large and a great place to sit out.

We have done several VRBO sites in the past and while they were generally good, Mellow Yellow was easily the best. Mary Pat could not have been more easy to deal with. Will definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your time at our "HomeAway" from home. I hope you'll be able to come back in the summer months to really enjoy the proximity to the Lake. You will be welcome anytime. Mary Pat and Randy
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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