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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 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. 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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Charming Cabin - Lake Michigan/Harbor Shores Golf Resort/Private Beach
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 30 reviews


  • 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: Jul 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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We had an overall good experience here. The home was very clean and comfortable. Neighborhood felt very safe. The A/C units kept the home cool but were a bit loud when all 3 were going. There were 3 grills (charcoal, infrared and acorn) so we cooked a lot. The private beach was about a 10 min walk with little ones. We ended up electing to ride our bikes and burley just down the road to Jean Klock Park. (There's a big hill to navigate down so be aware.) The park has a bathroom/shower, playground and nice sized beach that wasn't too busy. There are more mostly paved trails in the surrounding area as well. Daily admission is $8 if you drive but $0 if you bike in :) St. Joseph is a short drive where there are little shops, a great carousel with surrounding activities (cornhole, coloring pages, checkers and rocking chairs), splash pad and extensive beach. There's a pizza place within the area as well. Parking is free in a lot of areas near the big beach. Kristi was very friendly and accommodating. Neighbors were very welcoming as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing & cozy getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our last minute long weekend at the cabin. We had a fabulous time & loved the accommodations. It had everything we needed & more. The beach is gorgeous & we love that we were so close to St.Joseph & so many other great places! We fit in so much~Beach days,winery,kayak,dinners,shopping,art festival. We were 90 mins. from home & felt like we were a million miles away! Thanks Kristi!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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
3 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

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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