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Donald Fullenwider

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donald Fullenwider (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

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.


based on 22 traveler reviews

A Cozy Little Cottage by the Lighthouse
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

New Moon in the Pines was perfect

  • 5 of 5

New Moon in the Pines was perfect for us. It was clean and well stocked to cook, relax, and sleep. It is close to the water and close to town. Also a plus is that it is close to the ferry to Mackinaw Island. All these things are within easy walking distance. The neighborhood was quiet too. Donald was very informative and helpful. If we are in the area again we will look into staying here again. Thanks Donald for sharing your second home with us. We really enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute Cottage in Makinaw

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this place. It was clean, updated, and a great space for us to stay at. My wife and I really enjoyed the neighborhood and how close it was to town where we walked into each night.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Clean and good value

  • 4 of 5

Good spot for a reasonable value given hotels on the Island are $275-$550. Friendly owner and very clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments about New Moon in the Pines. There is a wide variety of places to stay in the Straits of Mackinac area, some wonderful hotels on Mackinac island as well as other nearby towns. Our modest vacation cottage is a good value, and we work hard to keep it clean and neat. Hope to see you again next year.
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Cute, quaint and cozy cottage. Hope to stay again!

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at New Moon. It is fully stocked with everything you need right down to the big, plush, soft bath towels. It's a perfect location for walking to everything, Lake Huron, restaurants, shopping and even Sheplars ferry. I hope to stay again real soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Cute and Cozy!!

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect the furniture is arranged so it doesn't feel cramped. The cottage was really clean and I felt like the owner had added lots of special touches that made the place welcoming. The bed is really firm, a little too firm for my husband and I, we are pillow top mattress kind of people :) but it was a small thing in comparison to how much we enjoyed the place. Thanks to the owner for the recommendations, we checked out the tunnel of trees and loved the Legs Inn.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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  • 5 of 5

The New Moon was the perfect place for us to stay while enjoying the area. It is clean, comfortable, and charming. The small space is cleverly arranged and organized. We had everything we needed. It was very quiet, and we enjoyed the short walk to watch the sunset behind the bridge.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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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.


Rates & Availability

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

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Sep 15 2016 - Oct 31 2016
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3 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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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 470 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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