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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.

JULY - AUGUST AVAILABILITY REINSTATED. (See below.) 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 cabin is now available for prime weeks in July and August (because owner blocked dates in anticipation of Scandinavian relatives visiting sometime during that period). Please be aware, however, that construction on a new house across the street is expected to commence in July 2017. Please inquire about the status (this project has been delayed more than eight times thus far, so it could very well be a non-event during the dates you are interested in!

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.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

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. I've been grounded in Chicago since the beginning of 2010 by a new business venture and so I've decided to rent it and share the experience. My goal is to exceed your expectations!

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:
  • 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


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Charming Cabin - Lake Michigan/Harbor Shores Golf Resort/Private Beach
average rating of 4.95 based on 26 reviews

Perfect Getaway Cottage on Prospect Hill

  • 5 of 5

My family and I LOVED our experience at this Charming Cottage tremendously. We created many new memories. The accommodations were exactly as was stated plus more! We had everything we needed to make our family reunion (children from Chicago and Parents from Pittsburgh) perfect. We enjoyed many hours sitting on the patio enjoying conversation and laughter long with viewing the beautiful landscape, played many games, took walks, rode bikes around town, enjoyed great restaurants, watched several sunsets, sun bathed and as well as being greeted by friendly and kind neighbors. We are seriously considering returning next year as an annual event with our daughters!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weekend at the Cabin

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year staying at the Cabin. Love this place, so welcoming and comfortable! The view and access to Lake Michigan is awesome.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is amazing.

  • 5 of 5

First off, Kristi is an awesome host and having rented from many people, she is easily the best I've had the pleasure renting from. She is flexible and just a nice person and easy to get along with.

My fiancé and I took this little trip on a whim and it was nothing short of awesome. Rather than go spend thousands of dollars on cruise or some beach, we came to this lovely little cabin. The cabin looks exactly like you see in the pictures. It's décor is even better in real life. It is comfortable, homey and cozy. It has everything you need, except food, bring that. The Kitchen has every utensil needed and is spacious and easy to cook in.

The surrounded towns of St Joseph and Benton Harbor are incredible as well, great restaurants and bar pretty much anywhere you turn and the people are ridiculously nice. It is a pretty big swing compared to my home of Chicago.

This little getaway was completely worth it and Kristi will work with you on scheduling or anything else that comes up. I can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was nothing short of magical! We spent Labor Day weekend in this adorable cabin. We especially enjoyed the short walk to the private beach. The neighborhood is just something out of a storybook! And kind neighbors to match. We plan on making this a yearly trip! Kristi is the sweetest, most flexible host. 5 magical stars indeed!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thoroughly enjoyed your visit - even though I was 100 miles away! Through a text and a voice mail message, you shared your experience with me and it was fun - and gratifying - for me, too. Thank you. You are the reason I rent. Welcome back!
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin is ideally located in a great neighborhood with easy access to a wonderful portion of Lake Michigan. We spent most of our time at the private beach, but also visited the public beaches in the area. We normally vacation in Northern Michigan and we were very pleased that the water temperature here is quite a bit more comfortable for swimming. The cabin itself was clean and very comfortable for our family (Mom, Dad, a 5 year old son, a 3 year old daughter, and Mother-in-Law). Our kids enjoyed being in the cabin as much as anything else! Plenty of dining options within minutes. The owner provided great information before and during our stay. We would gladly recommend this cabin to others and we'll probably be back in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nathan and family: It was such a pleasure to have you visit Higman Park. You were fabulous guests and you're welcome back anytime. You are the reason I rent!
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Amazing rental and hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is amazing and so welcoming. You literally only need to bring your clothes because everything you need is already there. Loved the private beach. Kristi was so friendly and great to work with. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Every year, I am so fortunate to welcome so many amazing guests. You and your family were a JOY to host. You are the reason I rent. I just provide the setting and it is pretty special. I am grateful to my neighbors who are so warm and welcoming. But the bottom line is: YOU create the experience. Thank you for depositing your spirit and good cheer in Higman Park. Look forward to your return! And a special thank you for your referral to another family!
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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

Benton Harbor Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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.
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