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Beautiful Lake Michigan Cottage-open all winter!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3BR, 2BA Sleeps 6 (+2 with the sofa-sleeper)

SAWYER COTTAGE--on Lake Michigan





*LAKEFRONT-on Lake Michigan

*3 cottages surround Sawyer that are also available for rent

Come stay at a beautiful home on Lake Michigan. Enjoy the open floor plan, 2 bathrooms, washer/dryer, comfortable furniture, fireplace, large windows and a master bedroom with views of the lake, The Master bedroom has cable tv. The main bathroom has a fabulous jetted tub to take away the stress of the city. The screened in porch is attached to the master bedroom and is easily accessible from the living room. It's an ideal place to enjoy an evening glass of wine and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Enjoy the spectacular sunset views from inside and out. It is great for family vacations, romantic getaways for the weekend or family reunions. Whether you are coming to enjoy the fresh air, star-shooting sky or bonfire on the beach, the Sawyer Cottage has a lot to offer. Come and create water-filled memories that will last a lifetime.

The Sawyer Cottage is next door to the Brandon Cottage, with separate sitting areas and decks for each family to enjoy. Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, it is easy to see the walkway entryway. While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 3 cottages as they use the walkway to the beach. There is a public access point on the opposite side of the Brandon Cottage, so often the other cottage's take that shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach. The Sawyer Cottage is situated with a private deck sitting space, with 72 steps down to the water.

The "private" beach is actually shared by 4 cottages (Brandon, Grace and Alex) with a shared walkway to the beach area. This one-story home has the closest access to the walk-out 2-level deck (shared by the Brandon, Grace and Alex Cottages) that will guide you down to your Lake Michigan beach area. ("Private beach" in Michigan means that anyone outside these 4 cottages are not supposed to stop, sit, set up their beach gear and/or have a campfire, etc. on this private beach space. Still, with Michigan Beach Walker laws, anyone can walk through the private beach area, even though it is deemed "private.") . This private" beach area is situated on the shoreline between the Sawyer and Brandon Cottages, directly on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Sawyer Cottage at Union Pier is open all-year round. From the beautiful fall colors in late September to the sounds of the various birds mid-spring, the cottage is perfect for tranquility, rest and rejuvenation.

There are also 3 other cottages that surround the Sawyer Cottage, which makes vacationing with guests or extended family perfect. Come reunite at Union Pier.

** 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. 2 spaces have been allocated to the Sawyer Cottage.

Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount. (1 night stays do not apply.)

Bedroom organization: All bedrooms are on the main floor

Bedroom 1: 1 Queen Beds

Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds

Bedroom 3: 2 Twin Beds

Bed option: We have a king-sized bed bridge converter for the 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.

Location: 90 minutes east of downtown Chicago, Illinois

1/2 hour north Notre Dame, Indiana

3 hours west of Detroit, Michigan

2 1/2 hours south of Traverse City, Michigan


Firewood: Yes! We have firewood provided for you under the blue tarp across from the kids play area.

Privacy: While our guests have traditionally been very respectful of each other, the cottages are very close together with shared walkways to the cottages and to the beach.


Winter fun:

Outdoor ice-skating rink & sledding hill: Bring your skates and sleds! Less than 5 miles away! Oselka Park: 601 E. Indiana St. New Buffalo, MI 49117


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 in Indiana.

Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery:

Winery Tours: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south. For more winery tours check these out:

Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillary and a winery all combined in one trip. 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within a day
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

• 734-284-5677



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.

Our philosophy

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.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Southwest Michigan

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.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the large 2 tiered deck winding down to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. We enjoy the large door walls facing Lake Michigan, the panoramic views, and sunsets are a sight to see! We also have a screened in porch facing the lake which is great in the summer!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Several friends and I stayed at the main house in April. The weather was chilly but perfect for cooking meals in the enormous kitchen (all needed pots/cutting boards/utensils provided) and drinking wine near the fire-place. The property was very well maintained and the house beautifully decorated. Even though it was a little cold, we took a walk on the beach (right outside the back door) and into the cute little town for coffee, about a mile. I could not have asked for a better vacation house and cannot wait to go back again!
Apr 2013
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • laundry stackable machine is in Master bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 2 twin size beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 2 twin size beds
  • Bed option: We have a king-sized bed bridge converter for the 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Lake Michigan Cottage-open all winter!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews

Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our group consisted of 5 women. The location and the house were perfect! The house was very clean and ready for our arrival. Our only complaints: 1) the parking lot was very full but we were able to find a spot when we needed it. The spots were rarely the assigned spot for our unit but it didn't seem to cause any issues. 2) the location of the dining table and the sofa chairs should have been reversed. The big draw of the house for us was the fantastic lake view. When sitting on the sofa/chairs next to the kitchen you couldn't see the lake! Please consider rearranging the furniture. Other than that, the house was perfect and I have already recommended it to a friend. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view!!

  • 5 of 5

5 star living, this is not. But if you're looking for a nice 'lived in' cottage feel this is amazing! You really can't beat the view for the price. We loved everything about it. Fire on the beach was perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Return Visit

  • 5 of 5

Once again, we had a great experience renting the cottages! Easy check-in, great location, quiet, even thought this year there were additional groups renting at the same time. Staff was very accommodating and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Loved it! The view, the beach, clean and plenty of room. Needed very little except a little extra cutlery, pans and dish towels but it was worth the drive. Will probably be back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very spacious with perfect beach access and lake view

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Sawyer Cottage over Summer 2015. This is our third summer trip to Union Pier with kids. We've always had a great time, but our accommodation in the past has been nowhere as good as this!

We were immediately impressed by the size of the place and the layout. The bedrooms were all big and the communal space was very spacious. There are several dining locations inside and outside, all of which are beautiful and practical. The place has a very lived-in feel, which we found charming but others might feel as if its slightly run down.

The outside areas---decks as well as screened in porch---were great and the beach access was perfect. The private beach below the house was also perfect and never crowded.

We had a couple of issues with the rental---a broken dishwasher and problems with trash collection---that could not be resolved during our stay. Management were very apologetic however and promptly provided a partial refund. Obviously we were disappointed with the problems, but they didn't spoil the trip and we were most impressed with the manager's polite response.

Top notch. Will definitely come back in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great winter getaway weekend spot

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place..clean, well kept....location right on the beach....went there with a group of 7 to get away from the city for the weekend and could not recommend this place highly enough. Be sure to drop in to Greenbush Brewery for a cold one.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We love being able to offer this great waterfront cottage year 'round in Union Pier. Personally, it is my favorite Union Pier Cottage, as it's equally as nice for a couple, time alone, or a small group. We look forward to having you back again in the future! Sincerely, Cara Owner, Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
South Bend - 30 mi, Midway -45mi, O'Hare
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
113 Miles
Muskegeon to Milwaukee (Lake Express)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Dunes Club
Nearest Train
4 Miles
'New Buffalo', MI or 'Carrol Ave', Mich.City, IN
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-94, exit 6.
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse -Skips - 1 mile
Nearest Ski
54 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
right out the back door to the Lake Michigan beach
Car: necessary

Exposed to the Michigan lake waters property sits on the dune. Most attractive to those who love nature surroundings and quiet atmosphere. Area compliments variety of lifestyles: from afternoon leisure, sports to shopping in boutique stores, Lighthouse Outlet , etc.


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