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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 a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 11, 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 Elberta

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.


The Fusion Restaurant
"The Fusion Restaurant offers an Asian fused menu. Nicely decorated and looks out over the B..."
Cabbage Shed and Waterfront Pub
"We really enjoy the Cabbage Shed, great restaurant and has live music most every weekend. G..."
Bayview Grille
"Nice restaurant - great menu. This restaurant uses the local farm to table practice as much..."
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.


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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Shipyard Cottage: on the Beautiful and Historic Betsie Lake.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Very clean, very accommodating.

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place in Elberta, which is a nice walk or short bike ride to Frankfort. It is steps away from the Cabbage Shed which always has live music as well. The property was originally one large house and is now broken into two units so the layout is a bit chopped up. Furthermore, I would have liked a bit more clarity as to if both upstairs and downstairs are included in the rental.

That being said, Tom and Rita did a great job of giving it charm and all the amenities that you could need. I rented the property not for myself but my college hockey players. I am the coach and we used Frankfort for a teambuilding weekend. The guys grilled out on the back deck with the gas grill provided and used the greenspace in the back to play catch. Parking on the lake side is plentiful as well.

It's a great place that is fairly priced, and just off the beaten path. I will definitely consider this property in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Little Gem on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable accommodations in a great location. Elberta, MI is an "off the beaten track" find that is right on the lake a close to all the wineries, parks and restaurants that one could ever want. The owners of the this unit were very responsive and kept the place extremely clean. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ryan - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to your return!! Tom & Rita Watts
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Loved the cottage & location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Shipyard Cottage. It was very clean and had all the amenities needed. We loved the location, beaches & nearby restaurants. We would definitely book this place again!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Holly, Thanks so much for your kind words, and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We look forward to hosting you and your family in the future!! Tom & Rita Watts
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Nice time in Elberta

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean and had plenty of room for our group of 6. (though my son said the fold out couch was a bit uncomfortable - the bed in the bedroom and futon in the sun porch were comfortable and the porch had a great morning view of fishing boats going by!). It was nice to be right on the water of Betsie Bay and very quiet. The cottage had all the necessary kitchen dishware, cookware and utensils. The coffee shop up the road is closed down, and there were a lot of properties on the street that seem to be empty or shuttered up, but that didn't bother us. It was a nice walk to a bluff with a great sunset view, and down to the Elberta Beach. The Cabbage Shed restaurant was just steps down the road and had friendly people and good food. Just a 5 minute drive was the very cute town of Frankfort with lots of shops and a really amazing beach. It was close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. Overall really great trip and a nice place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review!! We are sorry that your son was uncomfortable on the sleeper sofa; we have a new mattress on order, it just has not arrived yet. Elberta and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to vacation - we sincerely hope you will consider the cottage when you book your next trip to the area!! Warm Regards, Tom & Rita Watts
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Very clean and newly appointed.

  • 5 of 5

Clean and quite. Great for Sleeping Bear day trips. Hosts were responsive and had helpful suggestions for activities in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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everything newly remodeled, neat and tidy

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six stayed comfortably in shipyard cottage. The kids assigned to the pull out sofa bed in the living room decided they preferred sleeping on the sofa (the mattress is thin). The futon and the queen bed are great. We made most of our meals on the grill and in the kitchen. We visited sleeping bear dunes, frankfort beach, and elberta beach, and biked the sleeping bear heritage trail and the betsie valley trail. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review, and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage!!! Thanks as well for your insight into the mattress on the sleeper sofa - we will change that out and get a much more comfortable one on there. Please consider us again when vacationing in the area!! Take care - Tom & Rita Watts
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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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