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Speaks: english

Lake Michigan Cottage on Sturgeon Bay Sandy Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-8)

This architecturally unique cottage is on Sturgeon Bay Drive, two miles north of Cross Village. It is directly on Lake Michigan. The beach is private and sandy. The cottage boasts large windows upstairs and down, providing constant, intimate contact with the Lake.

The upstairs houses the newest two bedrooms (the white wooden Queen Bed and another has a 3 person Bunk Bed), a washer and dryer and a shower bathroom. The downstairs is where you'll find a full kitchen, eating area and living room, bedroom (Full Bed) and shower bathroom.

The UpNorth attractions are 30 minutes away in either Mackinaw or Harbor Springs. If you desire golf, shopping, movie theaters, kid's roadside attractions, or fine/casual dining, it's all there. All-The-Fudge-You-Can-Eat.


Our bet is that you will want to mostly stay right here.

Hike, ride a bike, kayak, boardsail, comb the beach. Climb the huge sand dune 150 yards to the south (you saw it when you came down the road). Or walk a 1/4 mile north on the road and as you first go downhill (at the bottom of the hill) peer into the woods on your right and see an old logging trail to walk.


Our family has outlawed TV in this place. But we could not give up the internet. The streaming internet content over DSL (with your laptop and our wireless router) gets you quite a bit of entertainment. But our rule: no screen time until after dark. Go OUTSIDE!

The ever shifting sand creates numerous sand bars, providing shallow, gradual depth to the water. Most summers an adult needs to go out 50-75 yards before the water is over their head.

Perfect water experience for kids. Perfect place to plant yourself, with your favorite beverage. Or take a stroll, looking for unique stones. The beach is not a crowded one. Early morning runs and walks are tranquil. On dead still mornings the loons can wake you. On other days the crashing waves are the first thing you hear and the play time in them are a blast.

The beach is not conducive to docks, so powered, noisy watercraft are rare. However you can launch watercraft in Cross Village.

Keywords: Family, Quiet, Secluded, Charming, Beach, Water, Fun, Lighthouse Views, Cross Village, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw, kid friendly, Private, Wooded, Unwind, Relaxing, Legs Inn, Crow's Nest, Tunnel of Trees, Cross Village, Wycamp

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About The Owner

We come back to this place every Summer and Fall. This past year, I have been back more frequently as I work toward upgrading this cottage for your use and ours. The purpose of renting this cottage is sustainability. Our desire is to share it and grow it. We are interested in forming relationships with people that may want to use it multiple years in a row. But that certainly does not need to be your interest. If you are interested in a clean, modest cottage at a fair price I gotcha covered.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1965

Why The Owner chose Northern Michigan

This is a long standing family cottage. I grew up here most summers since I was six! Although the subdivision has populated over the years, it has not lost its connection with nature. My family forged a bond with this place and now my kids have too. I suppose it will be in our family forever. Or my child's version of forever anyway! We intend on modernizing this charmer year after year (see downstairs bathroom most recently) and adding more amenities.

What makes this cottage unique

A drink or a meal at Legs Inn in Cross Village is an attraction for many (I grew up in that bar!)

Crow's Nest is another eatery 1.5 miles south of Cross Village (out State Road).

The 'Tunnel of Trees' is what they have named the 20 mile stretch of Lakeshore from Cross Village to Harbor Springs and is very scenic. But take State Road to Harbor if you need faster travel.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)
Lake Michigan Cottage on Sturgeon Bay Sandy Beach
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Perfect location with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage exceeded our expectations! It was everything the owner's promised and so much more! The water was crystal clear and the sunset was stunning! The woods outside the cottage was a fun place to explore and the dunes was a great hike to take so we could enjoy the view as well as a really cool sunset!

My youngest son spent hours catching and releasing wildlife (various bugs, frogs, dragon flies, and grasshoppers). My husband enjoyed relaxing on deck while watching a bald eagle fly overhead and my oldest son saw he first shooting star! So many unforgettable memories made!

Our first couple days there was little wind so the water was calm with no waves which was great...but then the wind came...and so did wave jumping and kite flying which we all loved!

The family time was great, getting used to no cell service for 7 days was hard but we loved it!

The traditions seen throughout the cottage such as rock painting was unique and fun! We added our own to the collection!

Thank you for opening your home up to us! It was a wonderful 5 star experience!

The Crouch's

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation get away!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Jerono's Arrowhead because we absolutely love the location, quietness and beauty! The house was very clean, had everything we needed in the kitchen and one bedroom featured a new bunk bed (sleeps 3) which my kids loved and said was very comfortable! We took advantage of all the games and puzzles in the closet when we weren't out swimming. The surrounding area is beautiful with the beach only steps away. We all enjoyed the new paddle boards in addition to the kayaks. It was a great week to wind down and spend time together as a family. Thank you for a great vacation home! We enjoyed every minute and hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnetka, IL

beautiful, quiet week, stunning water

  • 4 of 5

Spent a week in August 2015 with family (3 teens). What a great place. Exactly what I love. Isolated, super quiet (kind of place so peaceful that when a car drives by it's exciting....). Steps from a small sandy beach with cristal clear, shallow water, small dunes and an infinite horizon. House is well maintained, 3 great rooms, 2 nice bathrooms, huge deck. We spent the week in the sun, swimming, BBQ and reading. Great place with small kids & teens who like to read. Came home 100% relaxed & recovered

But alert: far for groceries, entertainment, so not recommended if you like dinning out, mini-golf, shopping, museums etc.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis

Beautiful, Secluded

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed up here for a week with our close friends and had a blast! The cottage was beautiful and very clean on our arrival. A little out of the way, so we didn't have cell service (verizon or att), but the internet worked well enough to stream music on occasion. The September weather was perfect for sitting outside, watching the waves or kayaking during the day, and sitting around the fire at night. It really is a gorgeous view from the house, porch and beach. We loved the sunsets over the water, and were even lucky enough to see the Northern Lights late one evening.

The cottage was about a half hour or so away from river rafting, fishing charters, Mackinac Island, etc, but a pretty enough drive and worth feeling as if you're away from it all. We'd highly recommend staying at this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage and views

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cottage was great. It was very clean and every room had a beautiful view of the lake. Washer and dryer was a was nice not bringing a bag of dirty laundry home for a change! Beach was sandy but small due to the water level this year. The Sturgeon Bay area has the best beaches in Michigan in my humble opinion! We hope to become regular renters!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and serene

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with our 5 kids (ages 7-17) and loved every minute of it! It was peaceful, quiet and away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The sandy beach and swimming in the lake was a favorite for all of us and the kayaks were an added bonus. We loved roasting marshmallows in the evenings in the fire pit and staying out on the beach to view all the stars and the Milky Way. That was a rare treat for us being from Chicago!

The kitchen was fully stocked with dishware, pans, etc. and the house had everything we could have asked for including games and puzzles. There were no TVs which was really nice since it forced the kids to actually talk to each other and spend time together playing games---something we don't do much anymore in this high-tech world. We really enjoyed all the windows in the main room which made it so nice and bright during the day and let in the cool breezes in the evening. The downstairs bathroom looked to be recently remodeled and was absolutely beautiful! All in all it was a great lake house.

Taking a trip to Mackinac Island is a must when staying in this area of Michigan. The short drive to the boat dock was only around 20 minutes or so.

All in all we LOVED this house and would definitely recommend it and hope to stay again next summer. We have stayed in many different places in Michigan in the past few years but this one was definitely our favorite by far!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Nubs Knob/Boyne Highlands
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 15 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Upstairs, Double Beds (1) Downstairs, Bunk Beds (1) Upstairs Top bunk is a Twin Bottom is a Full
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Two single person sit-on kayaks

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