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A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse

Bedrooms 1
Space 470 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom (sleeps 2), 1 Bath, a completely remodeled 1964 New Moon Mobile Home

Fully remodeled vacation home, 1 bedroom (sleeps 2) and one bath. “New Moon in the Pines,” our second home, is located in the heart of Mackinaw City. It is one block south of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac, a historically accurate recreation of the first fort in the area built by the French in 1715. We are just three blocks east of access to I-75 South and North. By automobile, Mackinaw City is 289 miles and 4 hours and from Detroit, and 405 miles and 6 hours from Chicago.

Our vacation home is a 10 feet by 47 feet, equivalent to a small one-bedroom apartment. It is perfect for adult couples looking for a cozy vacation home away from home.

“New Moon in the Pines” has been completely remodeled by its architect/owner and is virtually brand new. It has one bedroom with a full-sized bed (sleeps 2), a remodeled bathroom with all new fixtures, and a completely new kitchen with all new appliances. Upgrades include a new furnace, new modern plumbing and fully upgraded electrical systems. A fire extinguisher is in the cabinet next to the refrigerator; there are two “First Alert Battery Operated 10-year Lithium Sealed Smoke Detectors;” one in the bedroom and one in the main living space. A first aid kit (including a suture kit) is in the bathroom vanity; and GFI outlets are installed throughout the kitchen and bath. Bedding, blankets and pillows, towels and washcloths are provided for your use (please bring your own beach towels). There is a Laundromat very nearby.

The kitchen has all the necessary cookware, utensils, and supplies. There is a new Keurig coffeemaker (as well as a traditional CoffeeMate with filters), stove, oven, microwave, and toaster. There is a brand new propane barbeque grill. We have Dish cable TV; a DVD/VCR player; and high-speed wireless Internet connection.

From the kitchen window and new front deck you can see the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge through the trees. To the east is a view of Lake Huron and Shepler’s ferries on their nonstop trips to Mackinac Island. The next dock in the Municipal Marina has boat slips and a boat launch.

It is a short walk from the cottage to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Park for picnics and to watch the sunrise on Lake Huron, and the sunset on Lake Michigan. You will find that Mackinaw City is a friendly family-oriented tourist destination, surrounded by amazing attractions like Mackinac Island (no automobiles -- just walking, bicycles and horses). All of the Mackinaw City attractions are a short walk, and a short walk to the main shopping area and the Mackinaw Crossing shopping center with a movie theater.

For last minute food items there is a well stocked IGA Market on Central Avenue. Across the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace is Doud’s specialty grocery and Glen’s Supermarket, and the Cheboygan Wal-Mart is a 20-minute drive south on US-23 along Lake Huron.

For the budget minded, Mackinaw City offers shopping, restaurants and nightlife without the cost of a ferry boat ride or the fee to cross the bridge—as well as many attractions of the Mackinac State Historical Parks. It’s a short walk to the restored Colonial Michilimackinac fort, and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. A short drive takes you to the Mackinaw Area Public Library with its interesting Mackinaw City historical collection, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

Historic Mackinac Island: on a trip to Historic Mackinac Island you can visit Fort Mackinac and Historic Downtown, as well as the other Island attractions.

Canoeing and kayaking on the Sturgeon or Pigeon Rivers is 30 miles away. We highly recommend Big Bear Adventures in Indian River for your outfitters.

Golf at one of Northern Michigan’s premier golf courses: a beautiful course, the Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, is just minutes away, and many other golf courses within an hour's drive of Mackinaw City.

The beautiful tourist towns of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix are within a half-hour or hour’s drive of Mackinaw City.

More Details

Donald Fullenwider
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Donald Fullenwider

Many decades ago, our family owned a cottage next to the lighthouse in Mackinaw City, where the Riviera Motel now stands. We live between Detroit and Ann Arbor. After looking at many communities up north, found our second home once again near the lighthouse in Mackinaw City.

Donald Fullenwider purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Donald Fullenwider chose Northern Michigan

We were lucky enough to find this cottage in excellent condition. We remodeled the cottage stem to stern and top to bottom, so it is in better than new condition.

What makes this cottage unique

'New Moon in the Pines' was exactly the right size for our second home. Construction met and exceeded the brand new 'American Standard A119.1 building code, which was subsequently adopted by the American National Standards Institute, and became the ANSI A119.1 code.


Mackinaw City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 470 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , new linen closet.
  • Completely remodeled bathroom with new fixtures -- vanity, tub and shower, toilet, and linen cabinet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • New double bed with bedside tables, reading lamps, alarm clock, double closet and built-in storage drawers with lighted vanity mirror.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
TV, barbeque and deck furniture not available in the Wintertime. Car and passenger ferries not available in the winter when the Straits is frozen over (December - May (varies). Winter travel to Mackinac Island is available by air.


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A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse
average rating of 4.804878 based on 41 reviews

Absolutely oved our short stay at New Moon

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I spent most of our weekend in Mackinaw City cycling the Big Mack Fall Scenic Shoreline Bike Tour and then pedaling around town. Honestly, we spent very little time in New Moon, but the time we were there was fabulous. We cooked our own breakfasts and had a cozy, quiet spot to sleep. There were no worries about noisy hotel neighbors and no worries about our bikes being three floors away from us. Instead we had peace and quiet while knowing that our bikes were mere feet away on the porch. If time had allowed, New Moon was stocked with intriguing books, interesting maps, along with info on local attractions that would have kept us busy. Neighbor, Mitch, was helpful and friendly as well. Although our cycling was amazing, I was kind of disappointed that I didn't have the time to just kick back and enjoy New Moon more. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased you had a chance to enjoy Mackinaw City. Our family has been coming to Mackinaw for vacations for over a hundred years (beginning in the 1890s) and enjoy the breeze off Lake Michigan and the quiet wonderful neighbors. It may be a small town, but there is always someone who will help get out of a snow drift and make suggestions on new things to do in town. Of all the exciting experiences I miss the car ferries the most. We stayed in Mackinaw City, so we didn't need a car in the Upper Peninsula. A passenger ride on the car ferry was pocket change, and the sea gulls loved to dive for pieces of Wonder Bread from the ferry. The passenger ferry boats to Mackinac Island remind us of those times in the 1940s, and Sheplers schedule trips over and under the bridge on the way to the Island at no extra charge. We hope you can come back soon and enjoy the Straits of Mackinac again. It can become habit forming.
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Perfect getaway for two!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i enjoyed our 4 day stay at the New Moon. The New Moon is centrally located in Mackinaw City and is within walking distance to the light house, fort, downtown, gift shops and more. The home was clean and had everything we needed. We felt right at home and would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 stars for sure

  • 5 of 5

Perfection!!! Everything was just as promised.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Cottage with Character

  • 5 of 5

We will never want to stay in a hotel again! In addition to being comfortable and cozy, the Blue Moon had a unique, fun personality. This place is a rare find!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The experience was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroghly enjoyed our week in the cabin, it was spotless, extremely well equipped and well located near everything we wanted to do! We both felt that it was one of the best vacations we had!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review of New Moon in the Pines. We tell people that New Moon is small, but it works well for two people. We do everything we can to provide as nice a vacation get-away as possible. We cannot make the trailer larger, nor can we rebuild the plumbing system which was built 50 years ago with small sized pipes, and a few other things we'd like to remodel, but there comes a time when improving a vacation rental does not make economic sense. We can, however, do our best to keep it sparkling clean, and provide a full kitchen of cooking utensils and cups, dishes and other useful equipment so our guests can fix a family sized lunch or dinner. It's a way to cut down on eating out for every meal. We notice that restaurant prices are slowly increasing during these good economic times. New Moon gives you ways to save money and spend it on special trips and tours that can add up quickly.
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Great location!

  • 3 of 5

Great location and perfect size for us. It was close & within walking distance to everything, nicely stocked with the essentials (coffee pot, towels etc). We weren't there much, too busy being out & about! Bed was a bit small was the only slight negative.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Nearest Airport
19.3 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport, Pellston, MI
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
American Legion Hall & Keyhole Bar, Mackinaw Cit
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Shepler's Ferry to Mackinac Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mackinaw Club, 11891 N Mackinaw Hwy, Carp Lake, MI
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
I-75 North and I-75 South
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Audie's Restaurant, 314 N Nicolet St
Nearest Ski
29.8 Miles
Nub's Nob Wintersports, Harbor Springs
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Straits of Mackinac
Car: recommended

“New Moon in the Pines,” our second home, is located in the heart of Mackinaw City, and according to the Pure Michigan advertising theme, is the 'number one tourist destination in Michigan.' The most impressive attraction is the Mackinac Bridge, also known as “The Mighty Mac,” which connects Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. It is the third longest bridge in total suspension in the world, and one of the most beautiful. It is 26,372 feet in length, with a clear span of 3,800 feet. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 200 feet. The towers are 552 feet above the lake level.

The best swimming beach is a short drive west (about three miles) on Trails End Road to Trails End Bay and Cecil Bay, with beautiful sandy beaches. In a day trip to Historic Mackinac Island you can visit Fort Mackinac and Historic Downtown, as well as the other Island attractions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $50

Owner'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.