|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Aunt Dot's Cottage is the best of best worlds - so easy to get to about an hour north of Milwaukee just off Hwy 43, but a hidden treasure, 'a world apart,' when you arrive. Aunt Dot's accommodates 6 overnight guests, and is charming by all accounts. It feels restful the minute you walk in the door. The atmosphere invites you to reconnect with play, read and ponder, catch your breath and enjoy life. Leave busyness behind for a week or so! There are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchen ready to use, and a nice living room with a beautiful stone fireplace, well-stocked bookshelves, comfy leather furniture and a picture window overlooking Lake Michigan. The kitchen has that quaint cottage feel but provides a totally up to date gas stove and full size frig, plus a little desk to plug in your computer, fire up the WIFI, and check your email while sipping your morning coffee. The view from the master bedroom upstairs is wonderful, especially if you're fortunate enough to be here on a full moon night.
This room offers a comfortable king size bed and space to relax. The back bedroom upstairs can be made up with twin beds or a king - to accommodate a couple or a couple of kids! Downstairs, the bedroom is furnished with antique twin beds that reflect our local Dutch heritage. Outdoors, we have a canoe and kayaks, beach toys and chairs for your use. (Sorry, we don't allow personal watercraft.) Grill out on the patio - build a fire on the beach to roast marshmallows on a still night - enjoy the wonder of the star filled sky. Additional guests are welcome with prior arrangements. It is our desire though to assure a restful cottage atmosphere and provide the same for our neighbors, so if you would like to have more than the 6 daytime or overnight guests that Aunt Dot's is designed for, please let us know, and be aware that it may include an extra charge.
Most people who come hate to leave the cottage, but there are some great places to explore if you want an excursion. Kohler with its lovely golf courses, restaurants, and 'Shops at Woodlake,' is just 15 minutes away; Elkhart Lake and its exciting Road America races is within 30 minutes; Plymouth on the way there is known for antiques; nearby Sheboygan has much to explore, a great waterfront with restaurants and shopping, and Kohler-Andrae State Park with beautiful hiking on the sand dunes; our own little Oostburg just up the street has groceries, a fabulous bakery, a laundromat and restaurants; the Milwaukee Zoo or Harley-Davidson Museum make a fun-filled day in the city; and if you've come from afar to Wisconsin and want to take a day trip to our reknowned vacation destination, Door County is just 2 hours north of us. All fun, but really, most of our guests say nothing beats the unhurried life on this private beach! We hope you'll try it - we look forward to being your hosts.
Keywords: cabin, log cabin, beach house, cottage on the lake, lakefront property
Hi -we're Lynn & Sandi (you get to guess who's who!) and we own Aunt Dot's cottage. We actually live next door, so when you're here, you're our guests. Hospitality and sharing our love for this place is something we enjoy. We won't invade your privacy, but we're here to answer any questions or meet what needs we can. We have a sales business, and our office is in our home - sometimes you'll see our lights on, burning the midnight oil. We're always good for a wave, a joke, or that cup of sugar you might need to borrow.
Lynn's Aunt Dot actually bought this cottage in the 1930s so it has been a beloved place in our family for...ever. Aunt Dot transformed it along the way to have running water and a shower. We still enjoy fussing over the place, and try to do something each year to upgrade and maintain it without changing the character of the cottage. This year, it was new metal windows - they look beautiful!
Not unique, but truly remarkable - those waves have been rolling in for centuries, the sun rises every morning, the moon trail and stars no artist could duplicate, the quiet renews your senses, and you know God is in His heaven when you're here. The summer is idyllic, the winter is awesome.
We absolutely loved our visit at Aunt Dot's cottage. The view of Lake Michigan was amazing, and the private beach was wonderful. Very quiet and peaceful. We spent many hours on the beach either playing in the sand, kayaking, or having a bonfire. There were multiple kayaks and a canoe for us to use, so our family of four could all be out on the water together. There were also lots of beach toys for us to use. We even saw a fisherman up the way catch a large fish one evening at sunset! The cottage was very spacious and clean. And the owners were so helpful and friendly...treated us and our kids like family. We highly recommend a visit to Aunt Dot's - you won't be disappointed. We will definitely be back again!
Thanks for sharing this place. Very pleased with the place and easy atmosphere.
Our stay at Aunt Dots has to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we have had in a long time. We chose it because of its strategic location to our grandchildren, but it was ever-so-much more. Every morning we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise, and every evening we saw an equally fantastic sunset. In between we basked in the sun, took the family for a canoe ride, struck out in the kayaks, and took long walks on the beach. Our grandchildren played in the sand, rode the waves on their boogie boards, and the oldest learned how to kayak. Lake Michigan showed us a new face each and every day, from calm and crystal clear to noisy and churning. The cabin was extremely functional for us with two full bathrooms; one upstairs near the two bedrooms with king size beds, and one downstairs next to the bedroom with two full size beds. The living room was fully furnished with a nice fireplace...but we spent most of our time outdoors. The town of Oostburg is conveniently located down the road. Shopping for essentials at the Piggly Wiggly is quick and easy, and there is even a laundromat next to it. The grills are best served with brats from Miesfeld's in Sheboygan. My only suggestion would be to install an outdoor shower to eliminate the transportation of sand from the beach to the house. Otherwise, Aunt Dots is a well-deserved 5 star experience!
Our family of three especially enjoyed our recent stay at Aunt Dots. The view was incredible, the pace was relaxing and the environment was tranquil. Everything we needed (plus more) was available for our use. My husband and I enjoyed the kayaks so much that we are considering buying some ourselves! Our preschooler had too much fun playing on the sandy beach, chasing the occasional flock of birds and collecting the tiny shells. When we did need something, the grocery store and delicious bakery were literally “down the road”. Super close Sheboygan provided some extra entertainment for the little guy. All told, it was a perfect place with wonderful hosts. We enjoyed having the owners so close and greatly appreciated their suggestions and area knowledge. Five stars! Hope to return soon!
Our week at Aunt Dot's Cottage was just what our family needed for a great vacation. A cabin-like rustic place to stay with clean comfortable beds. Hearing the waves during the starry nights, lighting a fire in the morning to warm up during breakfast, having everything we needed to cook our meals in the kitchen, and all the excellent kayaking equipment pleased every member of our family. Town is just a quick drive away for the things we needed. Our sandy beach was beautiful for swimming, star gazing, sand castling, and walking along the water. We had a wonderful time.
My family and I had a great time relaxing and taking in the breathtaking view of Lake Michigan from the master bedroom. The cabin was rustic but with all of the comforts needed. The beach was awesome. Many thanks to our hosts Lynn and Sandy on their great hospitality.
|Linens for 6 people||$90|
Linens are to be provided by the renter, or may be requested. Charge to provide linens is $15/person/ stay, which includes sheets, towel sets, and beach towels.