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Neat Cottage on a Nice Sandy Lake Michigan Beach

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Carp Lake Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Our cottage is located in the middle of the beautiful sandy beach of Trails End Bay, on Lake Michigan.

Trails End Bay is really one of the most beautiful beaches on this part of Lake Michigan. Trails End Bay is located just West of Mackinaw City at the Straits of Mackinac. The sandy beach and clear water is perfect for swimming and water sports.

Our two bedroom, 1 bath cottage, includes an open floor plan with a large living room and kitchen with eating area. One bedroom has a double bed and the other bedroom has two twin beds with a futon in the living room to accommodate six comfortably. The kitchen features a refrigerator, electric range, built-in microwave, garbage disposal and dishwasher. The cottage faces West which opens it up to the gorgeous views and spectacular sunsets of this part of Lake Michigan.

The Mackinac Straits Area is the home of three National Historic sites. Mackinaw City attractions include, Thunder Falls outdoor family water park, an unique shopping village with free nightly laser light shows at dusk. There is even a live evening lumberjack show. Mackinaw City is also the gateway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula via the 'Mighty Mac' Mackinac Bridge and ferries to Mackinac island. While in Mackinaw city you can tour the Ice Breaker Mackinac, Fort Michlimackinac or try your luck at one of the local casinos.

Keywords: trail's end bay, sandy beach, lake Michigan, Cecil Bay,

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

Why The Owner chose Michigan

The cottage has been in the family since 1966. It has been enjoyed by several generations of family members.

What makes this cottage unique

Just a few steps away to our sandy Lake Michigan beach. Downtown Mackinaw City with its many attractions is less than 10-minutes away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at the cottage! Thank you so much for letting us stay there. We would love to already reserve for next year July 18th through 25th.
Aug 2008
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Neat Cottage on a Nice Sandy Lake Michigan Beach
average rating of 4.9 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful location, sunsets were gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at your beautiful home. It was the cleanest place we have ever stayed! I really enjoyed cooking in your kitchen, every utensil I needed was within easy reach! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. The Williams family.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4 Generation vacation

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a week up at this cottage. Beautiful place. Location is perfect and the beach is out of this world. Pure sandy beach for a week, very hard to take. The grandkids loved playing out there even though temperatures were less than desirable for swimming. Flew kites as there were a few windy days, to be expected. Everything was clean, and more than we expected for supplies. The only downfall, no washer and dryer. Would definitely rent again from them. Excellent communication between me and the owner. Can't say enough good things about this cottage. Pictures do not do this one justice. Happy travels.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun on the Lake

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent a week in early September in order to visit his childhood home of Mackinaw City. He grew up there and knew where he wanted to be: on the shore of Trails End Bay, which he considers the best swimming in the area. We had a blast. Swam every late afternoon and then watched the most gorgeous sunsets. Spent the days visiting his childhood friends and favorite places. VERY impressed by the trails in Wilderness State Park. The cottage is comfortable, functional, traditional. The lot is perfect for views and access to great swimming. We participated in the famous Labor Day bridge walk. Loved working the challenging puzzles. Appreciated the DVD selection. Dick and Sue were helpful whenever we had a question. Almost no cell phone coverage, but we considered that a lucky break - granted us a real rest. Thanks for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Turner Family

  • 5 of 5

WOW is all we can say! Even though it rained 5 of the 7 days we were there we had a great time! From trying to count all the mooses in each room, playing the games or doing a puzzle we never ran out of things to do. Loved the bike trails, walking along the beach and going to Mackinac. House was stocked with everything we could have needed. Owners really care about their guests having a memorable time.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love it!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cabin very much. It was very comfortable and clean. It had a well-stocked kitchen if you want to cook. The cabin was in a great location close enough to enjoy day trips to local attractions. We would love to rent it again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Deforest, WI

Great cottage on the shore!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, adult son and I spent a week at the cottage near the fall foliage peak. The cottage met and exceeded our expectations. The welcoming gift package was well enjoyed and we enjoyed the MOOSE theme. On our first day there we committed to counting ALL the moose but we never completed the mission and I suspect we could not have arrived at an accurate count! The week we were there was unfortunately very rainy yet we remained very busy visiting sites in the area and we truly enjoyed our stay in the cottage. The cottage is very well appointed and very well equipped. We prepare most of our meals and I cannot think of any kitchen item which was not supplied. The yard and beach are awesome and the cottage is so convenient to town, just a couple minutes away. It is so much better than staying in a cramped motel room. Everything was so clean and nicely appointed, I cannot think of a single criticism. Thank you so much Dick and Sue for the great accommodations. We also playing with the nostalgic games and engaging books! We would not hesitate to return again in the future. With the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Wilderness State park, McGulpin Point lighthouse and Fort Michilmackinac all within a few minutes there is so much to do without even spending a minute in town or on the island. Great place to visit and much thanks for your reasonable rate during our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Key Hole Bar
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
to Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
numerous in Mackinaw City
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Carp Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

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Carp Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • tub/shower, toilet & pedestal sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , living room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon in living room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Wireless cell phone signal booster system, fire pit, picnic table, chaise lounge chair. For the kids on rainy days, we have an assortment of kids (adults can play too) games such as Monopoly, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, etc. An assortment of kids books are also on site.

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