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Best deal in Elk Rapids! 5 Blocks to Beach, 3 to Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This in-town cottage is perfect for couples or families, with kids, of four offering the opportunity to enjoy the variety of comforts available year-round in one of the most charming of all harbor towns in Northwest Lower Michigan. Bordered by East Grand Traverse Bay to the west, Elk Lake to the east and Bass Lake to the north, the village is comprised of one square mile and everything is within walking distance: public beaches, unique dining, quaint shops and a modern marina for boaters navigating the waters of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay.

The 900 square foot quaint cottage comes fully furnished with all the amenities and conveniences of a modern vacation rental, including all new kitchen appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher), a brand new mud/laundry room with stackable washer and dryer, and a huge backyard and deck perfect for watching the daily sunset or the fireworks during the annual Harbor Days Festival.

The large master bedroom on the back of the house features plenty of storage, a closet, and a king-size bed that can be easily split into twin beds. The front bedroom has a fire-engine red, metal bunk bed that kids of all ages will love. Both of the rooms are located off of the main room (family and dining combined). Off of the kitchen in the rear of the house is the bathroom (with full shower and tub) and the laundry/mud room, which has a door opening onto the back deck and back yard.

Join the thousands of Midwest travelers every year who visit Elk Rapids and are thrilled with the just-minutes walk to the variety of activities in the quaint downtown, or hop in your car and take advantage of the close proximity of Elk Rapids to other Northern Michigan vacation destinations, including a 30-minute drive to Traverse City, 40 minutes to Charlevoix, 60 minutes to Petoskey and Sleeping Bear Dunes (voted the 'Most Beautiful Place in America' by the viewers of 'Good Morning America'), and only two hours from Mackinaw City.

Keywords: house, private home, cottage

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Kristi Gilbert
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Kristi Gilbert

Doug, Kristi, Lynne and Dan are great friends and travel companions who also happen to be related to each other (Lynne is Kristi's aunt). Lynne and Dan are high school sweethearts from Muskegon, Michigan (Go Big Reds!) who have been married for over 40 years, and Kristi and Doug are also high school sweethearts from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Pioneers!) who have been married for 20. Until recently, Lynne and Dan lived in Traverse City. After buying, renovating and renting the house in Elk Rapids they fell in love with the town so much that they purchased a lot in Elk Rapids, built their home and left their house in Traverse City with waterfront access on the Bay to start their next phase of life in Elk Rapids. The four of us are avid dog lovers and long-distance runners and every spring we vacation together in Siesta Key, Florida.

Kristi Gilbert purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Kristi Gilbert chose Northern Michigan

One weekend in 2011 while Kristi and Doug were visiting her parents (moved to Elk Rapids in 2006) and sister and niece (moved to Elk Rapids in 2010), they were out for a run in the downtown neighborhood and came across this "fixer upper" for sale, which, at the time, was the last piece of property for sale in Elk Rapids. After a brief conversation with Lynne and Dan and additional investigation into the house, it was an easy decision to buy, renovate, and rent. 2016 is our fifth year of renting the place out in the summer, fall and early winter and we love meeting people from all over the country and having them fall in love with Elk Rapids the way we have.

What makes this cottage unique

While the house is just blocks from downtown, it is also located on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood. The location affords the best of both worlds-easy access to activity or nice, quiet, seclusion.


Elk Rapids Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub and shower, vanity, toilet, towels and storage
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king size bed Bedroom 2 - 1 bunkbed Living Room - 1 queen size sleeper sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Wagon to transport items to beach


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Best deal in Elk Rapids! 5 Blocks to Beach, 3 to Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Elk Rapids and were so happy to find a rental within walking distance to town and the park. When we arrived the house was opened up and lights on, making us feel welcome. The neighborhood felt very safe. We enjoyed taking walks and met several people (all very friendly). Our two dogs loved being with us and enjoyed the fenced back yard. I loved sitting on the patio reading my book while my husband fished down at the dam. The king sized bed was very comfortable and I slept great. We only needed to use the A/C the first day, but it was nice to have it. The owners live close by and are ready to assist with any problem that might arise. We actually enjoyed meeting Lynn and Dan to discuss what it is like to retire to their community. We hope to rent from them again sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the positive review! We are so glad we were able to accommodate you. I'm glad you had a good time and that Lynne and Dan were able to chat with you about how wonderful life can be in Elk Rapids! All my best, Kristi
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  • 5 of 5

We can't thank you enough for our second visit to your wonderful home. Thank you for being so understanding of our special circumstances. The weather was great (lol lol) and we still had a good time and so did the kids. The house was spotless as always and everything we needed was right there. I love that little town, not much has changed since I was a little kid and hope it never does. Love the beach, and the bakery. Great walks morning and evening. We took advantage of the games in the house during bad weather and take out food from the local hot spots. Thanks again, and hope to see you next year.

Donny and Marie and the Furballs

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Benton Harbor

This rental home is great.

  • 5 of 5

This home is wonderful. We had everything we could possibly think of provided for us. The home is very clean and newly decorated. The backyard is nice and large for our dog to play in. The deck was perfect for enjoying coffee in the morning. The close proximity to town was convienent for shopping and dinners. The beaches were beautiful and dog friendly.

The owners were easy to reach and answered all questions promptly. I will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plano, Texas

Bay Watcher

  • 5 of 5

The property was as listed. The owner did a good job in relaying information during the process prior to our stay. It was enjoyable to not have to use a car-walking to the beach, stores, and dining. Very relaxing and comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So perfect for relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This little place in Elk Rapids is so perfect for our yearly family vacation to Northern MI! The owners have nailed each and every little detail when it comes to accomodating visitors. We will definitely pack less when we stay there this year because all amenities are covered. It's so close to the beach & downtown that you can walk everywhere from this location. The deck and backyard are so nice - big deck, nice patio furniture... all that you need to enjoy the outdoors from your own rental if you choose to stay in one spot. Very comfortable bed to sleep on at night. The home is very clean and they take very good care of the inside/outside. It's only 20 minutes from Traverse City. You must try Pearl's Restaurant in E.R. - the food and cocktails are so fantastic! Don't pass this one up - it's very affordable & worth the trip!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hobart, IN

Your dog said rent this house!

  • 5 of 5

Great space! We loved our stay and will definitely be bringing the dog in the future. So close to town and beaches, with all the conveniences of home. Thanks for opening up your home to us! Future renters, bring your growlers or go get a new one and enjoy some great fresh beer from Shorts on the deck!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary and Carole: WOW! 5 out of 5 stars! Thanks for the great review! And thanks so much for being the first-ever, summer-time renters at 112 Chippewa (That's history making stuff, ladies)! We were just as thrilled to host you as you seemed to be hosted. We can't wait for you to come back next year and to bring your pup! Happy Summer! Stay cool! Cheers, Kristi, Doug, Lynne and Dan
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Rates & Availability

Elk Rapids Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Additional dogs $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Check in is on Saturday after 3:00 p.m.. Check out is Saturday by 11:00 a.m.

A $200.00 reservation fee is required to secure the reservation, which converts to a security deposit upon "check in." If there are no damages, you will receive the deposit back within 14 days of check out. Rental fees are collected in one payment due six-weeks prior to check in. Rental fees and deposits for fall/early winter reservations are due in full with the signed Rental Agreement.

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