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Charming Cabin - Lake Michigan/Harbor Shores Golf Resort/Private Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Landmark cabin beautifully renovated and appointed. 2 bed:1 bath. Sleeps 5.

This charming 2 bedroom cabin is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and elegantly sculpted terrain of the Harbor Shores Signature golf course designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus. The private beach is a short walk and 50 steps (decent/ascent) away.

The home features modern furnishings (Pottery Barn) and appliances, beautiful artwork, a soaking tub and separate shower. The 2 story living room has a gas fireplace and is crowned with a 12 candle iron chandelier.

Fluffy bath/beach towels, high thread count linens, heavy stainless flatware, Calphalon cookware, and attention to detail give you the ultimate 'Rustic Ritz' experience. Queen bed downstairs; Twin daybed, a second Twin bed and a Double bed in the upstairs sleeping loft. The LR sofa (downstairs) hides a bed. Be aware, the stairs to the loft are steep.

Discover why this has become the preferred destination for memorable anniversary and birthday celebrations, reunions and family vacations.


Construction on a new house across the street is expected to commence in August 2017. If you believe this might detract from your experience, please consider a visit in 2018. Activity is not expected to occur on weekends and if you are an active guest/family and anticipate being away (at the beach or exploring the area's attractions) most of the day, you may find it to be a minor distraction. Be sure to inquire about the status as this building project has been delayed more than eight times during the past year.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Kristi

Single professional woman living in Chicago seeks challenging project transforming neglected property into the most magical, charming home in Southwest Michigan. That unlikely match was made in 1999 and the vision was realized after many years of hard work and thoughtful investment. I love this home, as does everyone who stays in it! It is a cozy, comforting retreat year round. For several years, this has been my principal residence, and I think you'll find that reflected in everything from furnishings to flatware. In 2011, I began sharing it with others and I love helping guests make memories. That's how I view my mission. Welcome.

Kristi purchased this cabin in 1999

Guestbook comments from the owner

My friend and I both retired and decided to celebrate by meeting half way between where we each lived. From the moment I contacted Kristi, I knew that we would have a wonderful experience. The communication was great and also sweet, as she asks that you call her to make sure you arrived safely. My friend, who knew nothing of the cottage since I did the arranging, arrived first. When I drove in, she was waiting for me excitedly, showing me every enchanting detail both outside and inside the cottage. The red door welcomes you into a lovely and comfortable living room complete with leather seating and fireplace. Everything is immaculate and artistic. The town of Benton Harbor is charming as well. We both will be returning with our husbands, next time. This truly is a treasure.
Sep 2012
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Benton Harbor Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • While in the house, at the beach or anywhere between, Guests will be responsible for their own safety.
  • From time to time but no more than twice in one week, Guest may invite friends and/or relatives to use the private beach while in company of Guest.
  • At no time shall the size of Guest party (by occupancy or invitation) using the beach exceed ten (10) persons in number.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Loft. Beds are separated by screen.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The house can accommodate more than five (to sleep) but the limiting factor is a single bathroom. Please describe the composition of your party if you will be 5+.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.892857 based on 34 reviews

The cottage was charming.

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was perfect for us, and Benton Harbor was a wonderful place to spend a long weekend.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Virtinia

A wonderful and peaceful retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at this Higman Park retreat. The place is so tastefully appointed in every way and provides all the necessities one would need. It's very cozy and comfortable and the landscaping and surrounding area is lovely. Thanks for a great visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a great location. Would love to stay here again in the future.

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Kristi's cottage. Beautifully decorated and very clean. Can't wait to plan another visit to the area and to this cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Lake Cottage

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I were

Impressed with the small but mighty cottage near the beach and my 3 kidos are already asking if we can come back next year. Thanks Kristi for sharing a little spot of heaven on the Michigan shoreline.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we parked our car we were in love with Kristi's charming cottage! We had everything possible at our fingertips! Such an awesome vacation for our family! We can't wait to come back again! I definitely recommend this cottage!!! You've got 4 picky people (mom, dad, 13 yr & 11yr old boys) & we had a wonderful stay!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had the best time during our stay at the cabin! Kristi is probably the best renter we've ever encountered, and her corespondence before, during and after our stay was very informative and appreciated. Our small children loved everything about the cabin and were also very fond of meeting Kristi when we arrived! The kept saying "this is the best vacation EVER! Needless to say, we had a blast and can't wait until our next visit! Thank you Kristi!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Chicago Midway or O'Hare
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Harbor Shores Signature Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
St. Joseph - Benton Harbor
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 94 - Highway 31 or M-63
Car: necessary

Located on Lake Michigan, overlooking the new Jack Nicholas Signature Golf Resort, Harbor Shores and the newly renovated Jean Klock Park. Benton Harbor hosts artist galleries, music and dance studios, a blown glass foundry, coffee houses, superb restaurants and boutiques where you can enjoy gelato while shopping for hand crafted jewelry. Across the river (5 minutes) from Silver Beach and the numerous family-oriented attractions (Carousel, Curious Kid's Museum, Water Park, etc.) and downtown shops in St. Joseph, Michigan. Within 20 minute drive of South Haven, New Buffalo and Union Pier. Amtrak service. PLEASE NOTE: Google Map search address: 185 Prospect Avenue. The house is adjacent to Jean Klock Park to the north - on the small oblong/circle. The cabin is located within a five minute walk to the Higman Park PRIVATE beach, just north of Grand Blvd. It's a 50 stair descent.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

If you book a Sat/Sun (w/out Friday) the weekend rate applies to Sunday. Holiday rates are 3 night minimum @ $235 ($705) for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter; 3 night minimum @ $310 for Memorial, July 4th and Labor Day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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