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ALEX COTTAGE (Union Pier): Steps to Lake Michigan-Sleeps 4-wifi & Cable!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom/1 bath-sleeps 4









*3 other cabins surround Alex that are available for rent. (NO Pets are allowed at any of our Union Pier Cottages)

This cozy cottage 'The Alex' is placed behind 2 larger homes and a 2-story cottage on this compound directly on Lake Michigan. The beach just a short stroll away. No need to cross the street, just walk behind the cottage, and in less than 1 minute you are relaxing with your family on the beach! This ranch-style cottage is ideal for a small family. It is 2BR, 1BA, and can sleep 4. The cottage has been fully renovated w/all appliances and WiFi. Outdoor grill on the patio. It is a peaceful and quiet place, away from the street w/convenient parking and grassy area w/playground. 'The Alex' cottage is sandwiched 2 cottages from the road and 2 cottages from the beach. Very easy parking and unpacking to get your family set for your wonderful Lake Michigan beach vacation. Private beach access is right behind the house. Linens, beach towels and basic kitchen supplies are on-hand. Enjoy the sunsets! Stroll along the Lakeshore Dr., visit galleries in New Buffalo, go shopping to Lighthouse Place, visit the Zoo in Michigan City or just simply soak your feet in the fabulous Lake Michigan water.


Beds: At the cabin we have 1 Queen-sized bed and 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.

Cable: We have basic Comcast cable in the living room.

Fishing: Try your reel at fishing the gorgeous Lake Michigan for steelhead. Guided tours available in the area between late October, November, December, March and April. The St. Joseph River is a great fishing river as well, just 25 miles north of Union Pier. Guided fishing trips are available.

Internet: There is basic internet (wi-fi) service here.


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

Parking: Guests of the Alex will be provided one parking space next to the cottage.

More Details


Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • No washer-dryer in the house. It's a work in progress. We aren't giving up on the idea. The cement slab floor is making it challenging.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two 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. Sofa-sleeper in the Living room - single size; pack-n-play available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming ...
There is a very small sitting area facing the public access to the beach. If you turn your head to the left, you can see the beach and Lake Michigan. 2 beach chairs are provided.


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ALEX COTTAGE (Union Pier): Steps to Lake Michigan-Sleeps 4-wifi & Cable!
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Very tranquil and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Best place we've stayed at by the beach. We were spoiled by being so close to the lake for morning and evening strolls. Will definitely be back to this cottage. It was so cute and comfortable.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yeah! We love the Union Pier area too! Thank you for booking with Freshwater Vacation Rentals! We look forward to hosting your stay in the future! ~Freshwater Team
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Steps to Beach!

  • 4 of 5

Was a last minute reservation but all went smooth. You can't get much closer to the beach than with this little rental! Has an outdoor swing/playset for kids, which was great, but yard is very tiny and close to other rentals. A couple suggestions would be add some more lamps/light-fixtures and maybe a book for guests that include ideas of things to do in the area/menus of local eateries. Was great for a weekend visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yeah! We are thrilled you loved your stay. Thanks for the "things to do in the area" suggestion, along with the added lights. I will pass this along to our maintenance department. We just added 7 new properties within the last month. So be sure to visit our website to book again. With 54 properties, you surely can take another adventure with us! ~Freshwater Team
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Loved the entire property & the location

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I loved the Alex Cottage! It was perfect for our needs, which was just for a weekend getaway. Even though it was October, we still took long walks on the beach & even walked down to sit & listen to the waves in the dark late at night, so the proximity to the beach was great. Because it was an unusually warm weekend, the heat did not need to be on in the cottage when we arrived, but after a quick phone call to the office, to learn how to turn it down, that problem was solved in no time. My only complaint is that it would be better if there was actually a regular sized couch to sit on instead of a love seat & some chairs. I was also interested in looking at the other houses on the property, to possibly rent in the future with the rest of my family, & after making another call to the office, we were given access to be able to tour the Sawyer & the Brandon houses. (The Grace was occupied) They were both absolutely beautiful with stunning views of the lake. We hope to be able to return & stay at any of the properties in the future with more members of our family. We are frequent visitors to the area & so far this is my favorite place that we have stayed.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy we were able to help! We look forward to having you back again, and perhaps bringing additional family to spread out in the other cottages. It is a fabulous set-up for a larger family gathering. I've passed along your feedback about the love seat and chairs vs. a larger couch. Thanks! We offer a 10% discount for returning guests. We look forward to having you back again. Sincerely, Cara
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Location was excellent. Quiet and relaxing. Great!

  • 4 of 5

Property was in a great location. Very quiet in the off-season. Beach beautiful. People friendly. Able to do day trips easily. Inside needs updates. Windows leaky. Tiles in bathroom sometimes felt wet (toilet leaking?). Living room furniture very uncomfortable. Mark was pleasant and helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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So close to the water :)

  • 4 of 5

Such a cute cottage, we will be back. Great location, so many activities just a short drive away. Nice community too, we enjoyed many walks even though the lake was still covered in snow :)

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Family Loved Our Early September Stay

  • 4 of 5

I would've scored the place higher but about a third of the dishes were dirty. I suspect it was because the dishwasher needs some "babying" to get it to work well. Perhaps this is a new and by now already fixed problem. I did alert Vilma of the issue.

Vilma, by-the-way, was a great hostess-- very attentive, friendly, helpful in every way.

Aside from the dishes the cottage was immaculate, nicely decorated, and well stocked.

We aim to go back and I'll recommend Union Pier and the Yellow Cottage to friends. Wonderful location.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Manager

Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

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 Union Pier

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

Perfect size for small families to enjoy. Easy walkway to the beach.


Warren Dunes State Park
Whistle Stop Restaurant
Red Arrow Roadhouse
"Fabulous food- I've never had anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy here!"
Mario's Pizza
The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Redamak's Tavern
New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
Brewster's Italian Cafe
"Our guests have had rave reviews on the food here."
El Rancho Grande
The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
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, Amtrak
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

Open ALL year! We own 4 cottages in this beautiful compound along Lake Michigan. Union Pier is a fantastic resort community, just 90 minutes from Chicago. 10% discount if you book all 4 cottages!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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