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A great family place, slps.6, playset, grassy playground + patio

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Union Pier Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3BR, 2BA, slps.6, playset, grassy playground + patio


SLEEPS: 6 (sofa sleeper can sleep an additional 2 people, if needed)





*3 Cabins surround Grace that are available for rent

Stay steps away from the Michigan lakefront, Grace Cottage is a great family vacation spot or a romantic getaway for the weekend. Opened all year round, the cottage is comfortable, relaxing and will meet all your needs. Enjoy the walk-out deck and patio under a magnificent maple tree. Throw some dinner on the grill or wake-up to a cup of coffee connecting with nature. This cottage has an open kitchen, beautiful master bedroom, fireplace, cable.

No car is needed once you arrive; groceries, wine store, restaurants, and bakery are only a 10 minute walk along a peaceful tree-lined country road. Grabbed your loved ones and enjoy this peaceful and playful retreat.

Bonus: This cottage is also surrounded by 3 other cottages, which makes it perfect for vacationing with multiple families.

**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. Also, please use the parking passes that we will provide.

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



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: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south.

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


Beds: Bedroom 1 (main floor) 1-Queen

Bedroom 2 (upstairs) 2-Twin

Bedroom 3 (upstairs) 2-Twin

Living room: option of the sleeper-sofa

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 both the living room and master bedroom.

Fishing: Try your reel at fishing the gorgeous Lake Michigan for steelhead. Guided tours avaialble 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 2016 reservations in October 2015. 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.

Just one night?: We would be happy to accommodate you between November and April (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) at the regular weekend nightly rate + the cottage set-up/cleaning charge of $110 + 6% MI Use tax.

Kitchen: Fridge, dishwater, stove/oven. The "dining room table" is a bar counter top with 4 stools. Many of our guests enjoy eating outside on the patio.

Located: ~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 Grace will be provided two parking spaces.

Telephone: While cell coverage is generally very good in Union Pier, we do have a land line phone with unlimited local and long distance service for your sole use.

Television: 2 tv's-1 in the living room and 1 in the master bedroom.

Towels: Yes, we do have bath towels (plus a washer-dryer for your sole use), including some beach towels. Still, beach towels do grow legs at times, so you may want to bring your favorites along with you.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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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

Just steps down to the private beach along Lake Michigan. The patio with propane grill and tables, chairs is a great place to gather for a BBQ. We also love the large deck on the front of the cottage-lots of room for everyone. The cozy fireplace is great during the winter months.


based on 4 traveler reviews

A great family place, slps.6, playset, grassy playground + patio
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Above and Beyond - Fantastic Rental

  • 5 of 5

I can't speak highly enough of the Grace cottage. A friend and I spent a winter weekend there, and had one of the best weekends we've ever had. The lake was incredible and the town was quiet and peaceful. The property itself was excellent; we really couldn't have asked for more. It was very comfortable overall and almost exactly what I expected, the description is pretty accurate. The cottage was clean, all the kitchen utensils were provided, and there were plenty of little things that we enjoyed. There were a few logs in the fireplace already, hot chocolate mix in the cabinets, and the grill was even nicer than the one I have at home with a full tank of propane. There was Comcast cable and wifi, too. The little patio and balcony were very cool. It was my friend that dealt with all the booking and payment, but she said it was a very easy, pleasant, and professional experience dealing with the rental agent. If we get a chance to go back, we'll stay at the exact same place.We couldn't have asked for more, and couldn't recommend it more, either.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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We will stay here in perpetuity! Best ever!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Union Pier! U.P. Michigan Rentals, Cara arranged 3 cottages on one property for our large family. The view from the front deck of the Lake Michigan sunsets was magical. All 3 cottages were spotless, perfectly appointed with everything we needed, and provided plenty of space for socializing, cooking, reading, and just plain fun. We hope to rent here for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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3 bedroom cottage

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our 2 week stay. We have been staying in Union Pier annualy for 20 years. The cottage was in "better than most" condition. The furnishings were more than adequate. The kitchen & bathroom while outdated were serviceable. The location, though not on the beach was very close. Access to the private beach without going through the public beach would be nice. Parking is tight but worked out fine.

Vilma was very helpful.

Garbage disposal could be improved. The available containers weren't adequate for the volume generated.

Overall it's been a great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay in the Two Story Beach House

  • 4 of 5

This is the second year that my family and I rented the two story beach house in Union Pier. We love coming and my granddaughter refers to it as "The Beach House".

The grounds and house are clean and inviting. The design of the house serves our purposes beautifully. Some of our family stay and others have been able to come for a day, enjoy the house and beach and leave.

The furnishings are old but adequate and one would expect that in a cottage. The availability of a washer/dryer is very helpful especially since we have little ones and they tend to go through things quickly.

The TV worked intermittently. We were not sure if the weather had something to do with that. We do not come to a beach house to watch TV, but this year we were staying tuned in to the Olympics and missed a few of the programs.

The kitchen is adequate, however, the pots/pans are old and there were not enough of them. In my perfect world, there would be a large pot, smaller pot, large fry pan and a smaller fry pan with lids. The blender did not work. (We brought our own.) I enjoy keeping the environment clean while we stay and Vilma did bring a vacuum cleaner but it too is quite old and probably did not do as good a job of picking up the sand. We only used the dishwasher once.

The location and house are beautiful and a treat to experience but the cost is becoming more difficult for middle class working people. Is there any chance of offering a discounted rate to returning patrons? To senior citizens? Once you are finished laughing at my suggestion, please consider it.

All in all, we absolutely love coming to the house and look forward to doing this annually. Vilma is a delight. She is pleasant and very accommodating. She makes herself available and responds to our inquiries immediately.

Sincerely, Nijole Pabst

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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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!"
Skip's Restaurant & Catering
Mario's Pizza
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
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

The lively resort town of Union Pier and the whole Harbor Country Area provides a multitude of fun activities for the whole family.


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  • 6% MI Use tax
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , Main floor with a private connected bathroom
    Upstairs - 1 twin/ single , 2 twin beds
    Upstairs - 1 twin/ single , 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. An additional sofa sleeper is available in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
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
  • sailing
  • swimming
Just 30 minutes from Notre Dame University and 90 minutes from Chicago.

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