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Charming cottage in downtown Elk Rapids

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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 Elk Rapids

One weekend in 2011 while Kristi and Doug were visiting her parents and out for a run, they 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. We started renting the place in the summer of 2012. 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
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • 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
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Charming cottage in downtown Elk Rapids
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Thanksgiving weekend

  • 4 of 5

Cute house. Perfect for our small family.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ozark MO

Great house - exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

This is a well maintained property and it is exactly as advertised. We were very comfortable there and if we ever come back to this area, we would love to rent it again! The fenced and lovely back yard was great for our Cairn Terrier and it was quiet and restful in the evening. The kitchen is well stocked and everything was super clean. Keep up the good work - we need more rentals this good!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: June 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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Corunna, Mich


  • 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: September 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: September 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: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Town Club
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Elk Rapids Golf Course
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Traverse City Train Station
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Siren Hall
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Mt. Holiday Ski Area
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Elk Rapids Public Beach




Additional information about rental rates

Additional dogs $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100 + 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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