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Sunsets and Serenity

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Will be taking reservations for 2017 around November 1.

Michigan sunsets and crystal clear waters equals life on "Cross Village time". Located on Michigan's #1 scenic drive, the towns of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinaw City and Cheboygan are all within a 30-minute drive. The great room is all windows offering an unrestricted view of Lake Michigan. A spacious deck, just a few steps out the door, juts out over the beach for sunning and star-gazing.

Rentals during the summer season 6/10 - 9/16 are Saturday to Saturday. Before or after those dates minimum stay is 3 nights. Spring rentals are available May 20 - June 9 and fall rentals available September 17 - October 28.

If your idea of vacation is active, the area offers boating, hiking the north country trails, biking, antiquing and shopping. Three Pines Gallery and the famous Legs Inn are a one mile walk into Cross Village. Seven miles north of Cross Village, Bliss Park has acres of climbing dunes and sandy beach.

Bringing water shoes is recommended for swimming and beach-walking because the beach and water are a mixture of sand and rounded rocks. The beach in front of the house is sandy but the amount of sandy lake bottom varies from year to year.

The deck rests on large boulders jutting out over the beach. If your children are under the age of reason, constant supervision would be required to prevent them from climbing through the railings.

Keywords: Lake Michigan family cottage

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Julie Appel-Hill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016
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About Julie Appel-Hill

Our father, Carroll Appel, built this lake house when his family was young with the help of a local Indian carpenter and stonemason. They named it Shimnikon 'place of the apples'. When the family grew, Dad built a retirement home across M-119 and up the bluff which the family now uses. We rent the lake house to help preserve our family tradition for yet another generation.

Julie Appel-Hill purchased this cottage in 1963

Why Julie Appel-Hill chose Northern Michigan

Cross Village and the changing moods of Lake Michigan provide a getaway that restores perspective to our hectic lives. The view from inside the house feels like you're on a boat overlooking the water. See reviews.

What makes this cottage unique

The beaches along this stretch of Lake Michigan are sparsely populated. You can walk the waterline for miles and encounter few souls. Wildlife is abundant.


based on 35 traveler reviews

Sunsets and Serenity
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Perfectly peaceful slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful cozy beachy serenity in the heart of the Michigan's busy Fall Color season. These three sisters had a wonderful time exporing the area during the day..but we were just as happy to return to this private little gem to sit on the deck, stare at the water and wait for the stars to come out. Very clean, comfortable and homey.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed our little slice of heaven.
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Lovely place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here and it was just as much fun this time as the first. You can be out and about exploring and on the go or just hanging out on the property. The deck is awesome! We had coffee there in the AM and drinks PM. The fireplace is really nice and gives just the right amount of cozy to the cabin. We never saw any neighbors or had anyone bother us. Didn't even miss our cell phones!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's lovely to hear when others love the place as much as we do. Thank you!
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Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely cottage from 9-3-16 to 9-10-16. You can't ask for a nicer view from the deck or the living room. Even though there are houses nearby, we walked the beach everyday with our dog and never saw any other people. Needless to say, the dog had a blast running the shore-line everyday and chasing the birds. Legs Inn restaurant is a great place to stop for authentic Polish food and it's only 5 minutes away, the decor is worth the trip! Crows Nest and Moose Jaw are nearby restaurants worth checking out. We also enjoyed staying in and grilling and having dinner on the deck enjoying the wonderful view. One of our favorite sites was a bald eagle gliding over the deck one morning while we were having coffee. I also never realized how many stars there are in the sky at night, the view was amazing! We really had a great time here and would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a relaxing place to stay but close to some really nice towns to explore also. Thanks Julie, we hope we can come back again! Jan & Dave

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breath taking sunsets, wonderful beach, cozy cottage. Perfect for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year of vacationing at the cottage! We fell in love with it last year and counted the days until we could return last week. Jan and Julie are truly wonderful people. They are full of information about the area, very considerate of your privacy and really want you to enjoy your time there. Our time there this year was perfect! Warm weather, warm Lake Michigan water, sunshine and clear skies at night for star gazing and enjoying the Northern Lights . Our group included myself, my husband, our daughter and 9 year old granddaughter plus 2 water crazy dogs. It couldn't have been be better for any of us. Swimming during the day, playing games by the fire at night. We intended to stay there and enjoy the scenery and quiet and that is pretty much what we did. When we left for a run for groceries or ice cream we hurried back not wanting to miss any of our time there! I am so grateful to have found this place and look forward to returning again next year! Thank you Julie and Jan for sharing this special place with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad our cottage facilitated a memorable family vacation!
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Our new favorite place

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous setting with panoramic views from the deck. We had beautiful sunsets at night followed by hours of optimal stargazing. The beach was delightful, the water clear and refreshing and the kayaks were a definite bonus! The cottage offered everything we needed, comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, wall of windows to view the lake, all centered around a magnificent stone fireplace. Julie made sure we had everything we needed and offered great suggestions on what to do and see in the area. In all honesty, we never even wanted to leave the cottage. Can't wait to return!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you found a new " happy place". May it sustain you through the long cold winter!
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Extraordinarily beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was right on the water and the views were spectacular. Cross Village is so natural and remote, it served as an excellent retreat. The water was very warm and perfect for swimming. Water shoes *were* necessary. The location is private and quiet. I found the whole thing a very healing and rejuvenating experience.

The cell service is minimal to non-existent. We were able to get texts through sporadically, but that was it. I have Verizon. Also, no wifi - anywhere it seems. I relied on the kindness of the 3 Pines gallery to conduct a little bit of necessary business via wifi, but had to drive to Harbor Springs to get some work done.

The lights in the kitchen and dining room were not working, but the proprietor, Jan, had an electrician in asap to get it fixed. He even brought over some lamps and fresh-picked corn as well.

As far as attractions go, the 3 Pines gallery was one of my favorite places nearby. They had a lovely garden, were very welcoming, and had onsite workshops for certain textile crafts. I created a lovely sarong with indigo Japanese patterned dyes. The Good Hart creperie provided a charming and atmospheric morning. Pond Hill Farms was delicious and gorgeous. There was a brand new nature preserve across from Rose's Antiques that felt straight out of Last of the Mohicans. And, as I mentioned, the swimming was incredible.

I would definitely consider renting again. My father and his girlfriend came to visit and loved the place as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We apologize that you experienced our problem with the lights, and were most gracious about the inconvenience necessitated by repairs. Please know that wifi is available at the town hall in Cross Village as described in our welcome literature. Thank you for your kind words and we'll look forward to seeing you again.
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 17 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Cancellation Policy - If a renter wishes to cancel their reservation 45 days or more prior to their beginning rental date, their deposit will be refunded (less service charges by credit card company).

If a renter cancels in less than 45 days from the beginnng rental date, a refund will be made (less carrying charges by the credit company) only if the owner is able to book another renter for the same rental period.

Check-in is at 3:00pm on the first day of rental. Check-out is at 11:00am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • bathtub with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • king in first bedroom, 4 twin trundle (single) beds in second bedroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw City and Cheboygan are all within a 30-minute drive.

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