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Cozy Beach Retreat- AMAZING BEACHES trails-lighthouses-submarine-FAMILY VACATION

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms - 1400 sq ft . Sleeps 8. A very short walk to the beach

4 Bedrooms/2Bathrooms -Book your family time to celebrate together. Beautiful mid-century cottage, with character. Quiet, quaint, spacious cottage. Great family and friend get-together vacation location. No steps inside the home. Walk-in shower with built-in bench. One small step into the front door.

Very clean and well-maintained. Located on beautiful sand-duned peninsula, only a short walk from Kruse Park Beach (Blue Wave Award Beach by the Clean Beach Council) on Lake Michigan. Very close to Muskegon Lake Beach and a 1/2 mile from Pere Marquette Beach (award-winning white sugar sand beach) . Take a sunset walk along the boardwalk to see the spectacular Lake Michigan sunsets as a perfect end to the day. Family-friendly cottage, with a huge back yard/fenced and gated. Perfect for family fun and activities. Playgrounds in several locations- Kruse Park(closest), Beachwood Park, Pere Marquette and Drake Park.

Hi-speed internet, WiFi, and basic cable TV are available with the rental. Cottage has central air and heating (natural gas) to keep the cottage a comfortable temperature for you. A cozy gas fireplace to take any chill out of the air and enjoy a family evening of games and other activities in the large livingroom/dining room.

For those guests seeking a pet-free/smoke free cottage environment, this will meet your needs. Unforgettable, relaxing time together.

Beach decor.




air conditioning

natural gas heating

gas outdoor grill

bright, well-lit for games, reading and relaxing

well-stocked kitchen

lots of outdoor space (large fenced and gated yard)

outdoor patio seating (6 chairs) and table

We supply linens and towels (please bring your own beach towels)

We also supply a starter 2 pack of toilet paper, roll of paper towels, clear food wrap, bar soap for shower, hand soap, dishwasher soap, dish soap, garbage bags, iron and table-top ironing board and hair blower.

Please bring your own laundry soap.

More Details

Rose & Gregg Dykstra
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Rose & Gregg Dykstra

We moved to this beautiful lakeside community known as Beachwood-Bluffton and fell in love with all of the water views and opportunities for family visits with so much to do with children and grandchildren and friends. Visitors have commented that they were unaware that these beach areas existed, and ...they are some of the best beaches they've ever seen...anywhere.

Pere Marquette has been mentioned as one of the top beaches in the United States (National Geographic). Kruse Park is a BLUE WAVE AWARD winning beach. Love the bike trails, the submarine (USS SILVERSIDES), the proximity of the playgrounds and the quality of the restaurants...several local restaurants, that are not part of a chain. Unique dining experiences. If you love American History, the Muskegon area is rich in historical homes and history...we are still discovering all the facets to the city. Muskegon has unique history and beach access, that just made this the vacation location for us and our family.

Rose & Gregg Dykstra purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Rose & Gregg Dykstra chose Muskegon

This property was such a beautiful cottage opportunity, that we knew it would be something we would appreciate staying in. It is so close to the playground, boardwalks, lighthouses, beaches, the channel and the submarine. The restaurant Docker's Fish House has had rave reviews by boaters and beach-goers and is a favorite of ours. A new restaurant opened up on the beach (Called 'The Deck') and is the perfect place to watch the gorgeous West Michigan sunsets, or buy an ice cream.

The history in the area is well-worth exploring as you learn that Muskegon was once a dominant city in the nation with the lumber baron era. The historical section of downtown Muskegon is loaded with history and beautiful architecture.

The area is so relaxing and will provide many great family and friend memories for your vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

So many outdoor activities near the water, beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan AND sunrises over Muskegon Lake. Love to have family and friends visit and bike the trails, walk the beach or board walks to any or all of the 3 lighthouses. This is a hidden gem and not as busy as some of the larger beach towns. These are incredible beaches and the City of Muskegon does an amazing job maintaining and grooming the beaches and parks.

Great access to miles of scenic bike trails and very close to a walking/biking trail (approx 2+ mile trail) of board-walk by the beach, wooded dune trail...all paved.

By the channel, there are 3 lighthouses to walk to or view. An amazing walking area.

Maps of the bike trails are in the cottage or online.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved staying at your house. It's got great access to the beach, walking trails, and we particularly liked great barbeque on W. Sherman.
Aug 2014
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Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No Fires-there are fire pits on the beach
  • Park only in the driveway. Underground sprinkling system in the lawn areas
  • Remove ALL trash. Please bag and place in trash bin. Excess trash, that does not fit in the trash bin, is your responsibility to dispose of.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , stack Bosch front-load washer dryer located in this bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 3 piece
  • We supply bath towels/wash cloths for 8 guests. Bathroom baskets make it easy to keep all your supplies in your room and carry in each morning or evening, and leave valuable counter space open and clear :)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk bed with Double bed on bottom bunk and single on top
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , twin bed with small dresser- lots of closet shelves/hanging
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Large, well-lit room. Lots of closet shelves and space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Sleeps 2. double bed, well-lit room/double closet & dresser.
  • 4 Bedrooms all on the main level. Linens supplied for all beds. All new bedding. Allerease pillow protectors for those who are concerned about allergies. Extra blankets in linen closet. Room for pac and play in any of the bedrooms. We have a pac n play available for use, please request with your booking.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Beaches in Muskegon are award-winning beaches and have been written up in National Geographic as some of the US and world's best sand beach areas. Muskegon's Michigan Adventure is a large theme park, with a spectacular splash/water park and rides. Great web site to check it out as a day out with the family. USS Silversides, is a working submarine, that you can tour along with the Naval Museum. Silver Lake Dune rides are one hour to the north for a group ride or renting your own dune buggy and riding the massive dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Cozy Beach Retreat- AMAZING BEACHES trails-lighthouses-submarine-FAMILY VACATION
average rating of 4.571429 based on 18 reviews

Amazing stay- can't wait for next year!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well stocked kitchen, linens and towels. Cozy and comfortable. Spacious and large bedrooms. It was so close to the beach! We spent most of our beach time at Kruse Beach, but drove to Pere Marquette and Muskegon Lake. All spectacular beaches! Loved walking the board walk every night and saw some incredible sunsets by the shore and lighthouses. The bike trails are some of the best we have had at a beach cottage.

The kids visited the playground every day and the submarine tour was a hit. Would highly recommend this cottage for families. Owner was prompt in answering our questions. We will be booking our stay here again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, convenient location, close to beach!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend stay at this little beach cottage, it was perfect for two families with small children! We enjoyed that there was a lot of room in the living/dining area that we could all relax and hang out together and plenty of sleeping areas. There was also plenty of linens and other necessities. It's always a concern whether places we stay will be child proof with a young toddler but this cottage was a great place for small kids and we didn't have to worry about a thing. The location was awesome, walking distance to the beach and multiple playgrounds. Thank you for the beach toys, the kids (and adults) really loved having them available to use! My only complaint is that we didn't stay a few more days :)

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place with all you'll need.

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed the house. It was clean and well-equipped. A bit far from the beach though.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John I am glad we talked. The beach park is a 2 minute walk away from this location. I will try to make the several beach options, that are family friendly more visible on a map in the cottage. I am happy that you enjoyed your stay! Rose
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Great, Clean, Roomy

  • 4 of 5

This house was great and the owner's were also very helpful in the whole process. We had stayed at one of their other properties last year and I would rate this one better as a home overall. The location was not the best but you could walk a little over a mile to the beach or a short drive with very easy parking. This house was great and we would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient,clean,perfect for our needs

  • 5 of 5

I rented this cottage to share with our son's family and it was perfectly suited to the needs of four adults and two children. The location was ideal for frequent beach and boat outings, dining, shopping, visiting local family. WIll definitely keep this one on file for the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of adult friends, and the house worked out great. Good location, clean, simple. Nice fireplace. It was exceptionally cold, so we did not take advantage of the nice big backyard.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Express LLC
"Watch the Lake Express Ferry from the beach. "
The Lakes Mall
"Hours of shopping, especially for rainy days or those items you forgot at home."
Muskegon Farmers Market
"Brand new Muskegon Farmer's Market - so many fruits and vegetables in season...and the best ..."
Fricano's Muskegon Lake
"Great view of Muskegon Lake"
Lakeshore Museum Center
CF Prime
Pints & Quarts
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lakeside Emporium
Frosty Oasis
"Great ice cream and children's play area"
Muskegon Country Club
Lake Effect Winery
Oak Ridge Golf Club
Mia & Grace -- CLOSED
Dockers Fishhouse
"Great summer atmosphere with live music on their outdoor patio overlooking Harbour Towne Mar..."
Lakes Crossing Shopping Center
Frauenthal Theater
"Special events, musicals, theatre, concerts"
Hot Rod Harley-Davidson
The Cheese Lady
"This is on my To Do list...everyone that I have spoken to sounds very impressed with the Che..."
Hab's Good Eats and Treats
"Local pizzeria! Best pizza ever!"
Port City Princess Cruises
"Fun way to see Muskegon Lake, the Channel and Lake Michigan, especially the sunsets. A littl..."
Michigan's Adventure
"Great day for the family! Splash/Water park and theme park."
The Hearthstone Restaurant
"Award winning entre selections and special deals for Mon-Thurs. So great to have so many non..."
Cherokee Restaurant
"Great breakfast menu...generous portions."
Mango's Grille & Bar
Walmart Supercenter
"A discount option for a little of everything. Not always the biggest selection of fresh, but..."
Shoreline Community Church
"Community Church - very welcoming"
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Muskegon is closest (Grand Rapids 38 miles)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dinner/Drinks - Dockers, The Deck, Mango's
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Lake Express to Milwaukee (Foot Passenger & car)
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Grand Rapids/Holland (Direct to Chicago)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US 31 and also Interstate 96
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Dockers/ The Deck/ Mango's/Mia & Grace/Hennessee
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Kruse Park, Lake Mi (on map) Pere Marquette Beach
Car: not necessary

Quiet family-friendly cottage, clean and well-maintained. Located on a developed sand dune/quiet neighborhood. Large yard with fenced and gated back-yard. Cozy, spacious home for a family retreat or friend get-together.

Winter sledding park (with stairs) and playground, just down the street in Beachwood Park. Muskegon State Park has a luge run and other activities for winter enthusiasts. Several playgrounds nearby.

Check out the Pure Michigan site for places to go within a short driving distance.

The beach (Kruse Park)and playground is a very short walk. Beach Dune cottage is a one minute drive to Pere Marquette Beach. Both sugar sand, award-winning beaches. Great walking for any season.

There is no view of the Lake, but you can hear the boats(Spring and Summer) on Lake Michigan from inside the cottage.

An outdoor seating area (with grill), give another area to rest and relax. Cool lake breezes make summer very enjoyable by the lake and taking in a sunset walk along the beach or the boardwalk/piers to see Western Michigan's spectacular sunsets.

Hi speed internet, Wifi, and cable TV are available. Cottage has central air and heating to keep the cottage a comfortable temperature for you.

Children's playgrounds are located at Kruse Park, Beachwood Park and Pere Marquette and Lighthouse Park.

If you have a boat, there is a boat launch at Harbour Towne Marina (for a fee) and the public boat launch on Lakeshore approximately 1 mile away.

For those guests seeking a pet-free/smoke free environment, this will meet your needs. An unforgettable time together!


Rates & Availability

Beachwood-Bluffton Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
WINTER JanFebMarAprMay
Jan 1 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 5.0%

Check in no earlier than 4PM & check out no later than 10AM on booked dates, This provides cleaning time to have the cottage ready for the next guests.Min age 25
$200 Damage deposit refundable - after cleaning/inspection to ensure no damage/excessive cleaning. Refund by secure payment program within 7-10 days of departure.
Absolutely No Smoking. Absolutely No Pets. No fires(except enclosed fireplace)/fireworks/candles.No Events, No hanging or attaching decorations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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