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Experience all Silver Lake has to offer!

Bedrooms 2
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Book now to enjoy a fun-filled week at gorgeous Silver Lake, Michigan! 2 bedroom, 2 bath charming and quaint cottage in the popular Flora-Dale Association. Vintage Michigan cabin feel with knotty pine and rustic finishes. A true Silver Lake original - 'By the Way' was the first rental built in the association by Mac Woods, whose famous dune rides are just down the street. The location is perfect... 50 yards from Silver Lake and very close to the heated pool, recreation building, and other association amenities. Master has a queen bed, and the second bedroom has a full. There is a double sleeper-sofa also.

Whether you are a couple searching for a quaint, romantic getaway, or a family looking to create new memories, or anywhere in between, Silver Lake has something to offer for everyone. The area is famous for its sand dunes, which stretch over 2,000 acres, and are bordered by Lake Michigan and Silver Lake. Spend your day climbing the dunes, or if you feel spirited, rent a dune buggy or ATV to enjoy them. If you feel like relaxing, the dunes are a perfect place to lay out your beach towel and cooler, and spend your day enjoying the lake. Silver Lake offers boating (motor, pontoon, or sail), paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, wave runners, and more. The area also offers wine tasting, golfing, farm markets, a brewery, mini golf, go carts, and of course, ice cream :)

Make Silver Lake your vacation destination! By The Way is waiting! Any Questions? Just Ask!

More Details

Property Manager
Lisa Corwin
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Lisa Corwin

I was born and raised in Cadillac, Michigan, and now live in Bloomington, IL. I attended Kalamazoo College and the University of Illinois.

Lisa Corwin purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Lisa Corwin chose Mears

I was raised spending my summers at Silver Lake, and in 2014 I bought a cottage so my kids could spend their summers there too. In the fall of 2016 I purchased 'By The Way' as a rental property.

What makes this cottage unique

Everyone I know that has ever visited Silver Lake has fallen in love with the area. It is truly a one of a kind destination, with so much to offer.


Mears Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Very Good! 4/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews

Cute Clean Cabin with Everything you Need

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was absolutely adorable. It doesn't offer a ton of privacy, but it is clean, well-kept and Lisa was very accommodating. She went out of her way to make sure that we had everything we needed. It was a short distance away from all of Silver Lake's attractions and just a quick walk away from the beach. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a clean cabin with everything you need for a fun week or weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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macomb, mi

Great location

  • 4 of 5

We Really enjoyed our stay, cabin was small but nice. The lake along with a boat launch was within walking distance. The scenery is amazing. Lisa the property owner was very nice and helpful. I would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic charm!

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four had a great stay at By the Way. The rustic charm was just what we needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of our "normal" routine. We enjoyed experiencing all that the Silver Lake area has to offer, golf, jeep tour of the sand dunes, a day on the lake and of course the gorgeous sunsets. The cottage is charming, offering just enough amenities, the bed are comfortable and the fire pit offers a great way to relax at the end of the day. The owner was accommodating and available for any questions, and offered great suggestions for dinners!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice enough but kind of costly for what you get.

  • 3 of 5

I thought that the property was nice enough but for the cost I feel like there should have been air-conditioning, heat and cable TV. I would suggest maybe putting some games in the cottage and if there is not cable then put some DVD's on the shelf. I loved that there were towels and toilet paper and some soaps, nice to not have to pack that stuff:)

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rochester Hills

Great location on beautiful Silver Lake

  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed our stay. Located in a nice association with a pool and more amenities, the cottage is perfect for smaller families. Having 2 bathrooms was very nice since you spend your time at the beach and climbing the dunes. Owner, Lisa, is very nice and welcomed us with a bottle of wine from a local winery. She also recommended a new brewery nearby which was very good. There is so much to do nearby, we wished we could stay longer. We ended most days with a fire in the fire pit and enjoying the quiet of Northern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Needs Air Conditioning

  • 4 of 5

First off, we did have a great time in Silver Lake. The cabin is cute and clean and close to the lake. It did not have air conditioning like it said. What it did have, is a standing fan unit that says "cooler" on it. It is not an air conditioner, and did not cool the cabin. It did work as a fan, and luckily we had 2 more fans. There were a couple of days/times when you just did not want to be inside. The 2 bedrooms are more like one bedroom with a wall (that does not go to the ceiling) and a door between them. There is no privacy if you want or need it. The loft is not usable as is. It has nails sticking out of the ceiling, so if you are not careful, you can easily catch them. They did warn us when we checked in and we chose not to use it. The location is close to the lake, but it is also on a very busy street, and you only have about 20 feet of yard between the road and house. It was loud at times, but did quiet down by 10pm. The community pool was a hit and the shuffle board and tennis went over well also! We had a couple of small things come up, but the owner was right on top of taking care of them and getting back to me when I contacted her. We had a good time, and others can too, just know what to expect. If this cabin had a real air conditioner, I could have given it 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

kayak rental $50
Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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