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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Another awesome visit!

  • 5 of 5

The New Moon in the Pines is such a great place to stay when visiting the Mackinaw area. This was my second visit and when I walked in, it was like coming home. It's comfortable, welcoming and very clean. Everything is within walking distance. I've stayed there in the Spring and in the Fall. I think I like the Fall best because almost everything was still open and there were lots of sales everywhere! I may try another visit in the winter but I realize the weather may present some interesting challenges at that time of the year. I had a great visit to Petoskey(D&W Grocery Store can't be beat and there is a great yarn store in the same plaza), Good Hart (do not miss the Good Hart General Store!) and Alanson (another awesome yarn store that can only be accessed through a bakery!). The New Moon is a place I plan to visit often!

Deanna B

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice just what we needed for a long relaxing weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Cute, perfect for one or two people. Very clean and comfortable. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable stay in a great little town.

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of history to learn and sights to see. Quiet little downtown with shops and restaurants. Close enough to drive and explore nearby cities down the coast. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Excellent - home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Don is excellent to deal with, the New Moon has all the convience of home! Very close and within walking distances to town (Main Street) the boats to Mackinac Island and of course within walking distance to the Mac Bridge, which my husband and I love to walk to the park just view the bridge and folks in this area are very friendly as well! Only an hour to Canada if your up to crossing the border. I would HIGHLY recommend New Moon as your place to stay if your in the area!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review of New Moon in the Pines. We do what we can to make the 1964 travel trailer/mobile home experience as fun as possible. Hard to imagine that this was the largest mobile home available.
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Perfect little gem for 2

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are very familiar with the Mackinaw area. We try to plan a few days here every other year. We have chosen locations near the Fort for the past few trips---just a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of the main hotel strip. We have booked stays at motels and cottage rentals, but New Moon in the Pines far exceeded our expectations and will certainly be our choice for future trips. As previous reviews indicate; New Moon is spotlessly clean and well stocked with anything you might need. It is just a few blocks from Central Street--no problem to walk to shopping, restaurants, ferry to the Island, etc. while still having the privacy, peace and quiet to relax. Don responds to questions quickly and was very easy to work with. Highly recommend!

Mike and Laura, Plymouth MI

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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comfy and cozy

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the New Moon Cottage. The place was clean and so comfortable. The small neighborhood it is in is very quiet and the Bridgeview Park, Lighthouse and shore line of the Great Lakes was just a few short feet from the door! The bustling strip is just a few blocks away, we walked to it, but you cannot hear or see any of it from the cottage, just the beauty of the area really! The kitchen is set up so nicely and easy to use. We loved it and loved our time there. A delightful resbit after the long drive North from Indiana and St. Louis. Thanks again Don, for the place being so well stocked with towels and sheets and books and maps, etc..

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Colonial Michilimackinac Park
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.


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2 night minimum stay

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.
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