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Lake Michigan Family Vacation Home - A Family Treasure

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Lakehouse, Private Beach, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

Come fall in love with what we have loved for four generations: incredible sunsets, a sandy beach, clear waters, a big deck, and lots of memories…

- Private sandy beach on Lake Michigan’s Trails End Bay

(Because the waters are protected by the bay they are calmer, shallower, and therefore typically warmer than the rest of the great lake, making it perfect for family swimming.)

- 3 miles from downtown Mackinaw City and the Mackinaw Island Ferries

- 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 downstairs, wheelchair accessible (including handicap shower)

- 1 king-sized bed, 1 queen, 5 singles

- completely furnished kitchen

- DIRECTV & DVD player

- washer and dryer

- propane grill

- boardwalk enclosed fire pit

- kayaks and bikes available upon request

- towels and linens provided

More Details

Al Smith or Brooke Smith-Jaksa
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017


Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Handicap shower located in room adjoining to the bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 11 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(14 traveler reviews)

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Lake Michigan Family Vacation Home - A Family Treasure
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

A little Slice of Smitty Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The Cabin is in a great location so you can spend time in the city or on the island if you want but my guess is you will probably spend most of your time on the beach or hanging out on the deck. Sunsets are not to be missed. The cottage is very clean and well laid out, you can easily fit two families (8 people) without feeling crowded. Brooke and Al were also great to work with, thanks for everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad you and your family had a great time! That's what Smitty's Heaven is all about! :)
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Great cottage on a stunning Lake Michigan bay!

  • 5 of 5

Smitty's Heaven was the perfect spot for a peaceful and relaxing family vacation. Trails End Bay is a truly special place -- essentially undistirbed and a true Northern Michigan experience. The cottage is tastefully decorated and very homey. Tons of outdoor seating and beautiful views -- nightly sunsets included -- make this the perfect place. We are already talking about returning for another stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our family vacation. The house is spacious, very clean and well maintained, and has breathtaking views of the sunset over Lake Michigan. The beach is beautiful and peaceful - great for kids, big and small. It only took a few minutes to go into Mackinaw City where we could shop, eat, and explore the attractions, like the lighthouse and Fort Michilimackinac, and take the ferry to Mackinac Island. The owners were very thoughtful and went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great stay. Smitty's Heaven is definitely a little piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh thank you so much! We are so glad you and your family had a great time!
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Great vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Fun location. Very clean and comfortable home/cottage. We loved the private beach, beautiful Lake Michigan and fire pit. We would love to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and your family had a great time! Of course you are welcome back anytime... well almost anytime. You will need to check the calendar. :) Thanks again!
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Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival, property was clean and in advertised condition. The house was fully equipped for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Mackinaw City is less than 10 minutes away for dining and shopping.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as the listing said. A good surprise was the large icemaker in the front foyer--if that is in the description, I had overlooked it. I had wondered what the distance is from the house to the water, but it's quite close--the picture which looks up to the house from the sand was taken from the water's edge.

Everything was clean and well maintained. It was very homey--we felt we could relax. There was plenty of room for our family of seven, with some beds unused.

The management provided excellent service--answered my questions in a timely manager and even called during the week to let us know there was a good chance we'd be able to see the Northern lights that night. (Alas, we didn't, but we sure appreciated knowing enough to try!)

We enjoyed the beach, the two kayaks, the TV and DVD player, board games in the house, the grill, the washer and dryer, the fire pit, the picnic table on the beach, and the deck chairs. We didn't use the two bicycles or the swim raft.

The house is only a few minutes from Mackinaw City, where we had a good meal at the Dixie Tavern and especially liked Pancake Chef (went back more than once)--family-friendly, with a great buffet and good breakfast pastie.

We spent a day on Mackinac Island and enjoyed the outdoor Pink Pony Patio at the Chippewa Hotel, with a view of the waterfront.

Our granddaughter enjoyed the Mystery Spot, and we also drove up to Pictured Rocks--were too late for the boat trip, but the visitor center gave us a map to scenic overlooks, which saved the day.

The girls in the family had our nails done at Le Nails and Spa in Cheboygan, about half an hour's drive.

There are many other attractions in the Mackinaw City area, but we enjoyed a lot of time just hanging out at the cottage.

In addition, we had a family photo shoot on the beach at the cottage--Lorie Axtell of Crowtree Photography did an excellent job at a very reasonable price.

We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with a family vacation, and we had a great time. I would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2.5 Miles
Mackinaw Island Ferries
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Wilderness Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Private Beach

Enjoy all that Northern Michigan and the Mackinaw/St. Ignace area has to offer or retreat back to your own private haven set along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. With this area being a popular attraction rich with history there is a lot to entertain the family including; various restaurants, shopping, Mackinaw Island, Fort Mackinac, Mackinac State Historic Parks, the Headlands and Wilderness State Park (hiking), Historic Mill Creek, Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows, Thunder Falls Water Park, golfing, miniature golfing, parasailing, nightly laser light shows, movie theater, casino and much more. But that is just in the immediate area! Whitefish Point, Soo Locks, Garlyn Zoological Park, Tahquamenon Falls, and the beautiful scenic drive down old M-119 to Harbor Springs known as the Tunnel of Trees are just a fun day trip away. The choice is all yours!


Rates & Availability

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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