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Cozy cottage footsteps from Lake Michigan

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

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom/1 bath-sleeps 4

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.

Just one night?: We would be happy to accommodate you between on November and April (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) at the regular weekend nightly rate + the cottage set-up/cleaning charge of $95 + 6% MI Use tax.

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.

Future Dates: We will start working on 2017 reservations in October 2016. Guests who have currently reserved the weeks have priority. We try out best to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability. You are welcome to let us know the dates you are interested in, and we'll put you on the list. Thanks for your patience as we work through the many variables. We thank you for your business.

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

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

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

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 28, 2016
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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

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


based on 3 traveler reviews

Cozy cottage footsteps from Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

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: Mar 2015
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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: Mar 2015
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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: Sep 2010
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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!


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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • 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
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , New queen bed in 2015!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 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 ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • 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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