|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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SLEEPS: 11 (3,500 sq ft)
PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 3 MAX
*3 other cabins surrounding Brandon are also available for rent!
Stay at the gorgeous Brandon (New) Cottage located right on Lakeshore Avenue in Lake Michigan. With access to the private beach, enjoy a great family or romantic getaway. Panoramic views through large windows, campfires on the beach and beautiful furnishings await your stay. Enjoy the large walk-out deck that overlooks Lake Michigan, open kitchen, private beach, beautiful master bedroom with a soothing view of the lake & balcony. The bathroom has a heated floor, sunken tub and a shower. A TV with basic cable is in the master bedroom.
This gorgeous cottage has a wood-burning fireplace, TV, CD,DVD, at least one bedroom has cable, WiFi , and Ping-Pong table. Come relax, enjoy, and explore Michigan's natural beauty at your private vacation retreat.
** Parking is at a premium at our Union Pier location. While we do not have an on-site parking attendant, please keep the neighbors in mind and park as close together, and as close to the cottages as possible. There is a maximum of 3 parking spaces for the Brandon Cottage.
Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount. (1 night stays do not apply.)
Beds: Main floor: Bedroom 1: 2 Twin Beds
Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds
Upstairs: Bedroom 3: 5 Twin Beds
Bedroom 4: 1 Queen Bed
Bedroom 5: 1 King Bed (master bedroom with a private bathroom attached)
Bed option: We have 3 king-sized bed bridge converters for twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of 2 of the twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.
Location: 90 minutes east of downtown Chicago
1/2 hour north Notre Dame
3 hours west of Detroit
2 1/2 hours south of Traverse City
Four Winds Casino: Just 5 miles from the cottage!
Blue Chip Casino: A larger casino. Located in Indiana, just 22 minutes away from Union Pier, try your luck at this exciting casino
Big 10 University- Notre Dame : Just a half-hour from this prestigious school
Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery~
Winery Tours: http://www.harborcountry.org/winerytour/ The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south.
Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. http://www.roundbarnwinery.com/Just 14 miles from the Union Pier Cottages, about a 20 minute drive.
Saint Julian Winery: Enjoy a great glass of wine at this local vineyard
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
• Established in 2005
If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.
We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.
Having a place to go to directly on Lake Michigan where the family can enjoy the sand and swimming was very important to us. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago was ideal. "Harbor Country" has such a wonderful small-town feel that everyone can appreciate it here.
The open-concept design with many beautiful windows overlooking Lake Michigan. The master bedroom upstairs with private bathroom (jetted tub) and the balcony that faces Lake Michigan is just so tranquil and beautiful.
Loved the house. Beautiful view. Heated floors and great living space. Girls weekend was perfect!
I rented this cabin last winter with a group of friends and we are STILL talking about it almost a year later! The open floor plan is perfect for hanging out and cooking and the views are beautiful! The kitchen had everything we needed and we spent a majority of the trip cooking. The bedroom and beds were super comfy! Great rental and great staff! :)
Enjoyed our stay so much, we booked again for next year! Our reunion group has rented this property for 4 years and always has wonderful stay. The rental staff is excellent and very accommodating!
We had a small wedding that we'd planned to have out on the beach, but the wind didn't cooperate. The inside of the cottage was just big enough to seat 50 people while we got married in front of the windows, looking out over the lake. We could not have had a more perfect weekend thanks to this rental. :) We rented the other cottages (Alex, Sawyer, and Grace) for family, and the only difficult part was parking. There's definitely more space for cars than assigned to each cottage, but you just have to have someone willing to move cars around so people can leave when they need to. Honestly, such a beautiful place, and very well kept. We look forward to coming back soon. :) THANK YOU!
Rented the Brandon, Sawyer, Alex, and Grace for our wedding party. All the places were, particularly the Brandon, which has gorgeous finishes and amazing views. Woke up the sounds of waves crashing every morning! Everyone raved about the location and beautiful condition. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
Union Pier boasts a smattering of walking distance small-town groceries as well as shops featuring organic, premium quality fare. Our experiences in these local treasures truly spoke to the warm nature of this delightful town - when we strolled into a shop after finding ourselves caught in a rainstorm, a local immediately offered us a ride.The teens & children in our group enjoyed the independent shops & the ice cream parlor in nearby New Buffalo where we caught an Amtrak to and from Chicago.
I've utilized a great range of accommodations, from quaint B&B's, to a majestic castle in Ireland.Of all the venues where I've rested my head, this gem is my absolute favorite thus far. Visitors need only meander onto a balcony to take in the breathtaking Lake Michigan landscape, or tread a few yards to experience the private beach.As much as our family enjoyed our beach time, the Brandon cottage was so peaceful, comfortable, & tastefully furnished & decorated that it was tempting to just stay indoors.Our children never thought to raise a complaint when we experienced a rainy day - with plenty of lounging space, basement ping pong, & televisions to spare, there was no shortage of entertainment options, & the open design of the first floor kitchen/dining/living room space kept us "vacationing" together even as we took a break & pursued leisure tasks on our own.The highly accessible, accommodating staff at Freshwater Vacation truly anticipated our every need, which is no small order considering that the guests in our group ranged from an infant to a senior.The cottage was stocked with everything from basic cooking necessities and board games to the makings of an upscale, toast-worthy soiree with classic dishware & wine goblets, & I was relieved to have a grill, dishwasher, & other small kitchen appliances at my disposal. Our children barely resisted bedtime, so much did they love "the cousin room" - a versatile space with large closets, ample dresser space, & 5 twin beds that could be converted to kings..All of the accommodations far exceeded the "white glove test" for cleanliness, yet nothing about this exceptional hideaway felt sterile or commercial. It felt like coming home - in our case, it was like coming home to a home that is worlds nicer than our own home! While certainly not misleading, I felt that the listing couldn't do this endearing space justice, and I was overwhelmed by the proximity of the lake & pleasantly surprised by the added amenities. Encore!
The corner grocery store, bakery, and gourmet restaurants are all only a 10-minute walk away through peaceful country roads. Public tennis courts are only a 15-minute drive to New Buffalo. There are golf courses in the area, and rainy-day shopping at the outlet mall in Michigan City is about a 20-minute drive away. Explore the local art communities, Three Oaks, New Buffalo, and Sawyer, MI. Or try your luck at Four Winds or Blue Chip Casino in nearby Michigan City. A perfect place for cycling, running, searching for antiques, or taking long walks on the beach or through the countryside.
Other Activities: Biking, running, taking long walks on the beach.