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Large Family Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, sleeps 6

This cottage was beautifully renovated from top to bottom in 2013. It is spacious, will sleep 6 and features 2 bedrooms plus a sleeping porch. It also has 2 bathrooms and a laundry room. The kitchen/ dining area is roomy and has a nice island and cook top. It is large enough to accommodate your large group. Tastefully decorated with attention to every detail, the cottage exudes warmth and comfort. It comes complete with everything you need to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Mackinaw. It is located 1 block from Lake Michigan and a short walk to Mackinaw City. You can walk to the Mackinac Bridge, Fort Michillimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and to the restaurant/shopping area of downtown. They say “location is everything” and you won’t find a better location to enjoy all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

If you are interested in star-gazing, the cottage is located just 3 minutes from the Headlands - recently designated as a 'DARK SKY PRESERVE' - one of only 10 locations in the USA! This is given to a few special areas that are free of artificial light. The night sky is breathtakingly beautiful!

In the winter, you can be on the slopes of Nubs Knob or Boyne Mountain in less than 30 minutes. If you prefer snow-shoeing or x-country skiing, the area offers the Headlands, Wilderness State Park or Mill Creek - all minutes away. The beautiful Mackinaw to Midland snowmobile/bike trail is easily accessed from the driveway of the cottage. Interested in a little more adventure? Try a dog-sled ride through the wilderness from a local musher! Also a great base-camp for hunters.

In the spring, birdwatchers gather from all over the country to catch a glimpse of the incredible hawk migration. You can view it from the spacious yard!

In the summer, you can be soaking up the sun on one of Lake Michigan’s most beautiful sandy beaches in 3 minutes. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Historic Fort Michilimackinac and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse are all within walking distance – as is Shepler’s Ferry dock – the ultimate transportation to Mackinac Island.

In the fall, take the color tour through the “tunnel of trees” or enjoy spectacular scenery in the Upper Peninsula, an easy drive across the mighty Mackinac Bridge. There’s nothing quite like the sound of bugling elks during mating season at Pigeon River or the mysterious call of the loon on a quiet lake. It’s all here! Hunt, fish, hike, canoe, bike – you can do it all or you can just relax by the cozy fireplace with a good book.

We are able to offer cottage accommodations to sleep up to 35 people. With 8 cottages to choose from, this is the perfect location for wedding parties, family reunions or other small gatherings. If you're planning a Mackinac Island wedding and need accommodations for your guests, we have the perfect solution. Cottages are now available. Enjoy charming cottages, all with fully equipped kitchens (some even include a washer/dryer), screened-in porch, picnic area and firepits for evening campfires with friends and family - all a stones throw from the Mackinac Island ferries. Call us for more information.

Book your perfect Northern Michigan getaway today!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Diane Moreno, Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2016
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About Diane Moreno, Manager

Todd and Jackie, the owners are from Holland, Michigan and have been coming to Mackinaw City for years with their family. They have a lovely cottage in Mackinaw City and Todd is a professional builder. They recently completely renovated 3 additional cottages in the MC area for their friends and family to enjoy.

Diane Moreno, Manager purchased this cottage in 2010


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Large Family Cottage
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews


  • 4 of 5

This cottage is actually better in person. The pictures don't do it justice. The decor was perfect. Not at all overdone.

We are short term Grand Rapids MI residents. Everyone kept telling us to take a Mackinaw weekend. So glad we did. This area of MI has so many pleasant surprises.

We were very fortunate to pick a weekend when the trees we're at PEAK. We thought we would be a few weeks late but got VERY LUCKY.

We ate about half our meals at the house. The kitchen is well equipped and the dishwasher was a pleasant surprise.

We honestly didn't need as much space as we had, it was just my husband and I and my parents. We all had plenty of space. The internet was perfect our entire trip too-maybe even better than my home internet.

The house is truly in the PERFECT location. It took us about 3 mins to get to the ferry/Starbucks/restaurants. There is a local grocer in short walking distance as well.

The ONLY reason we gave this a 4 star rating is bc of the double bed in the smaller of the two bedrooms. It wasn't the best option for my husband and I. We ended up sleeping in different rooms the last night to solve for this. My parents said the master queen bed was delightful. The bed in the sun room was great too.

Overall, great experience! I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a dream cottage with such lovely décor. Furniture was comfy, kitchen was well equipped, and the sun room was delightful. Not only was this a beautifully decorated home, it was also within walking distance to Mackinaw City. A few minutes and a few steps brought us right into the shopping/restaurant area. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who planned to visit the area. Loved the roominess and the hominess of this cottage located in a private, quiet neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well kept up!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic place to stay!!! The cottage was clean and decorated so cute. It was definitely a home away from home!!! We are all looking forward to booking again!!! Thanks for a wonderful vacation!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

I don't like to be the first one to write a negative review and know it looks bad when others are all giving it five stars. However, we are boiling hot in this cottage and if not for the fact that we'd be out our money, we would have moved to a hotel. Mackinaw is experiencing unseasonably hot temps. This cottage isn't air conditioned. We go to the island for the day, get sweaty riding bikes and come back to a hot cottage instead of an air conditioned hotel. Miserable. Son is getting heat headaches at night. Yes, my fault for not noting that AC isn't mentioned in the property description. Yes, we are probably wimpy. Yes, fans are provided and windows are plentiful. Yes, others have told us this weather isn't typical. This doesn't change the fact that we're roasting at night. I monitored the thermostat yesterday and noted the cottage temp didn't get below 79, even at 11 PM. I feel bad writing this because the owners have obviously poured blood sweat and tears into renovating this lovely property. However, anyone with a sensitivity to heat might want to consider other options.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I understand your frustration with the weather but it doesnt seem reasonable to give us a poor rating because of it. Unfortunately we can't control the weather. Perhaps you would be better suited for a hotel room. Diane
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Nice family vacation cottage.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage decor was beautiful. Kitchen was well stocked. Washer and dryer came in handy. Loved the closeness of the mall and restaurants. We made good use of the patio area. Diane was amazing to work with, responding quickly to any questions we had. Living room Furniture and mattress need some updating for comfort purposes. We were glad we brought fans with us, surprised to find no heating and air conditioning. This made for a couple sticky nights, but we managed with our fans. Over all, we had a nice vacation, wouldn't trade our family's together time, in mackinaw, for anything.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for ;your review but I want to make a correction. The Dutch Harbor does have heating (a thermostat controlled gas fireplace that heats the cottage up very nicely). Very few of our cottages have A/C - it is generally not needed here as the summer temps are generally very mild with cool evenings - this was an exceptional year!! We enjoyed having you! Diane
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house and could not be happier with our stay! The home had everything we needed and was clean and comfortable. We went as a family and it was nice to have the extra space to spend time together. There are store and restaurants in walking distance. I would recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Keyhole Lounge
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Sheplers Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mackinaw Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Audies, Chippewa Room, Darrows
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nubs Knob, Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Trails End Beach
Car: necessary

Mackinaw City is a great base camp for all of your 'Up North' adventures. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, graced by the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, everything is so accessible. You can walk to shopping, the historic Fort Michilimackinac or the McGulpin Point Lighthouse or the Old Mackinaw Point Light House. Walk to Sheplers Ferry Dock and catch a ride to beautiful Mackinac Island for a step back in time. Horse-drawn buggies and bikes are the only forms of transportation there! Lots of great shopping and fine restaurants. Hop on a bike or your snowmobile right from the cabin and access the great trails. Visit Taquamenon Falls, Oswald Bear Ranch, Whitefish Point, Saulte Ste Marie, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Indian River - all within an hour. Some of Michigans finest sandy beaches are within minutes. If you enjoy casinos, there are 3 within 45 minutes! This is a great, year 'round destination. Fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, hunting, snowmobiling, Eco-tours, boating, biking...the possibilities are endless!

Rates & Availability

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Administrative Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Minimum stay may be required for peak seasons.
Check in 3pm; check out 10am
$20/guest/night for over 6 guests which may not appear on the quote.
Check in is 3pm; check out is 10am

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Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Sleeping Porch - 2 twin/ single
  • There are 2 more twin beds in the sleeping loft but requires climbing a ladder. Kids love this!!
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Guests to provide their own paper products, soaps, shampoo and firewood.

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