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Shipyard Cottage: on the Beautiful and Historic Betsie Lake.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1- 1/2 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This one bedroom cottage with sleeper in family room, has been completely remodeled inside with all new furninshing and appliances. The cottage will easily accommodate the entire family comfortably. Walking distance to Lake Michigan beach, marina, restaurants, coffee shop, and newly remodeled playground. The Crystal Lake Bike Trail is steps outside your door. This cottage is ready to stay and play!

Betsie Lake is right out the back door and there are two marinas within walking distance for charter fishing. The Betsie River is close by for all your fishing and kyaking desires. Frankfort, Elberta, Arcadia, and Empire, are all located on the Lake Michigan Shoreline. Manistee and The Little River Casino is only a short 25 minute drive from Elberta!

We also offer private guided flyfishing tours on the Betsie River, also, Kyaking or Canoeing available on the Betsie. Ask owner for more information.

Keywords: Lake Michigan, Frankfort, Elberta, Lighthouse, Beach.

More Details

Tom or Rita Watts
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Tom or Rita Watts

We have lived in northern Michigan for 30 years, enjoying all aspects of the outdoors. We have two married daughters and five beautiful grandsons. We live in Traverse City where Tom owns a construction company called, Thomas Company. Rita has worked for the Traverse City Area Public School System for 28 years.

We both look forward to helping you experience northern Michigan at its finest. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information regarding the cottage, or activity suggestions for the area.

Why Tom or Rita Watts chose Michigan

Elberta is the hidden gem of northern Michigan. There is so much to see and do in a close proximity. Frankfort is a close, two minute drive around Betsie Bay. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of Lake Michigan you will ever experience.

The breathtaking scenery and picturesque sunset will have you coming back year after year.

Betsie Bay is known as one of the premier spots in Michigan for charter fishing.

The famous M-22 drive is just minutes from our cottage, and stretches from Manistee to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

One of the few remaining Drive-In Theatres' in northern Michigan is a short drive from the cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

Within walking distance to Trick Dog Coffee shop & Elberta Community Park & Beach on Lake Michigan. Walking distance to local resturants & biking enthuisiats will enjoy the Betsie Valley Trail, that stretches from Elberta to Beulah.


Elberta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), 1 Full size Futon in Family/Deck room, 1 Full size Sofa bed in Living Room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Shipyard Cottage: on the Beautiful and Historic Betsie Lake.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Excellent Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here this summer for a week, and loved it! It was extremely clean, which I noticed right away! The decor was so adorable, I loved the style. There was one private bedroom, and another back room with a sliding door that had a futon that served great as a second bedroom. We were so happy- parking was easy, we were within walking distance to quite a few restaurants/cafes, and even a kayak rental. We drove into Frankfort often, but it was so quick. It was peaceful and quiet, and I would highly recommend this for your next stay :)

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kate - Thanks so much for your wonderful review!!! I am so glad that you found the cottage to be a restful and relaxing place to enjoy your vacation in northern Michigan! We look forward to your return! Tom & Rita Watts
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Fantastic location, quiet town

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Shipyard Cottage in June. We put in our kayaks right behind the cottage, and paddled upstream and then floated down. The bike path to Frankfort was so helpful, and on our way back one evening, we were surprised by fireworks overhead.

The cottage is very tidy and clean. Nice, clean bathroom! We enjoyed the two main rooms, used the picnic table and grill, and generally had a good time relaxing, kayaking and biking. Will definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place for our Frankfort Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The cabin was just perfect for our small family. You can tell that it has been recently refurbished as everything was clean and fresh. Granted it's not beach front property but the Elberta Beach is just about a 1/2 mile away and is as nice as any ocean beach I've seen. Three great resturants are within walking distance-go to the Trick Dog Cafe for coffee and cinnamon rolls, hit the Conundrum Cafe for lunch and you can't beat the Cabbage Shed for dinner (my favorite-the pretzel crusted Walleye). The fishing was great-we landed 10 King Salmon averaging around 10 to 12 pounds each!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over the 4th of July week this year and it was perfect. The cottage is very clean and beautifully decorated. Air conditioners worked great (quite hot). It's on a quiet street in Elberta and just about 5 minutes from the busy side of the Frankfort beach and 2 minutes to the quiet Elberta beaches...we preferred Frankfort. We cooked every night - stove, refrigerator, grill were all great. We sat on the back porch looking out over the Betsie Lake and a deer and her two fawns came running home every night at about 9:30 p.m. Really nice. The cottage is on a quiet street in little Elberta (we had never been there) where there are several cottages being updated and others that are not. Owners were very nice to deal with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great little cottage with A/C

  • 5 of 5

This quiet nice two bedroom cottage is conveniently located in Elberta with easy access to the bike trail and just minutes from the wide open Elberta beaches. Futon in one bedroom with A/C, firm Double in the other. One other A/C for the main area. Full bath. Owners very easy to deal with and prompt in all responses.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoughtful Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our two children. It gave us some space to spread out in. Quiet street in overlooked Elberta. Right on the bike trail to Frankfort and Beulah. Owners provided plenty of towels and bedding. Very nice remodel. Contact with owners was prompt and efficient. Very clean and well-maintained. We loved the Road House restaurant in Benzie.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
Cabbage Shed
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
Cabbage Shed/Mayfair Tavern
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
Elberta Beach/Frankfort Beach
Car: recommended

Famous M-22 Drive, Sand Dunes & miles of beautiful northern Michigan lakeshore.


Rates & Availability

Elberta Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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