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Sunsets and Serenity

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,148 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

At this time our cottage is booked June 3 - September 30. If you want to be kept on a cancellation list, just let us know. 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 facing the lake 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 6/10/17 - 9/30/17 are full weeks only Saturday to Saturday. We are fully booked for 2017. You are welcome to e-mail to let us know if you'd like to be contacted if there is a cancellation.

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

More Details

Julie Appel-Hill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 30, 2017

About Julie Appel-Hill

Cottage is owned by a family trust. Our parents built this lake house in the early 60's when his family was young with the help of a local Indian carpenter and stonemason. When the family grew, they built another cottage on the bluff across M-119 which is reserved for family use. 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.


Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1148 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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-size in first bedroom, 4 twin trundle beds in second bedroom
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Sunsets and Serenity
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 37 reviews
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Amazing lake view, awesome fireplace

  • 5 of 5

We've been staying in Cross Village for years, but this was our first time staying here. We were immediately blown away by the amazing lake view and how close we were to the water. We spent our days reading books by the fire and looking out at the lake. We saw a herd of deer come down to the water one morning. It was an excellent experience and we will be coming back.

We are a vegan household, so we cook all meals in house when we're in Cross Village. My only very small gripe about the rental is that the glass cooktop was very difficult to work with, but that didn't detract from our overall experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. If you're not accustomed to using a solid cooktop, I know they require a learning curve. However, they certainly are easier to keep clean in rental property. Thanks for your feedback!
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Wonderful vaction

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic. Everything was just what we wanted. Loved the cabin, the water and the fireplace. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks!
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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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Naperville, Il

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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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Harbor Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
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 60 days before arrival date.
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