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Diane Moreno, Manager

Member since: 2008
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Wonderful Lakefront Family Cottage

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3-bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6-10

This lovely family cottage is located on Lake Huron, 3 minutes south of Mackinaw City. Away from the hustle and bustle of town but close enough for a quick trip for your evening guilty pleasure of Mackinaw fudge or a fresh churned ice cream cone. Enjoy the incredible views of Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Island and the Mackinac Bridge from the privacy and comfort of the spacious sun room. With seating for 10, it will be the focal point for your family gatherings. There is space for everyone and the room welcomes you to sit back and relax. Play a game of cards, or tell ghost stories - it's a perfect place to reconnect with your family or friends. The cottage was completely remodeled in 2010 - everything, including appliances, are new.

The Mackinaw House is an opportunity to find peace, tranquility, joy and adventure. With a view of one of the world’s most beautiful bridges, and Mackinaw Island which is majestically set between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas our home is a perfect vacation destination. Nestled in Northern Michigan, the Mackinaw House is a safe and charming location for your next visit to the shores of the Straits of Mackinac.

The Mackinaw House is a two story structure with an interior decorated with family heirlooms and paneling made from native species of wood. The first floor is inviting and calming with one bed room, a mud room including a washer and dryer, a full kitchen and dining room, a small den, and a full bathroom. The Mackinaw House is a getaway, a true oasis away from the rat race, with stunning sunrises and a palette of colors at sunset.

The second floor has a rustic feel with log walls in the family room, two bedrooms and a second bathroom. The walls in the bedrooms are a combination of light cheery colors and knotty pine wood. The family room has a television, couch, and an additional dining room table and hutch. There is a very small kitchenette in the back of the family room. The Mackinaw House was built with our own hands with the intention of creating a lake house with that “welcome home” feel. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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 night sky over Lake Huron is beautiful. You can also drive 10 minutes to 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.

Lake Michigan,Historic Fort Michilimackinac and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, the ferry docks to Mackinac Island - are all minutes away.

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.

A vacation at the Mackinaw House is an opportunity for family fun. There is something for everyone where the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The area is rich in natural beauty, history, and unique opportunities on Mackinaw Island; to visit a place that really is “somewhere in time.”

Activities within a few miles include golf, hiking, guided tours, jet skiing, parasailing, bicycle paths, sightseeing, lake cruises, local cuisine, Fort Mackinac, horse- drawn carriage rides, historical treasures, state historic parks, butterfly conservatory, ferry boats, and much more…

Activities within forty-five minutes or less of the house include downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow mobile trails, the historic downtowns of Petoskey and Harbor Springs and all of the opportunities of music, entertainment, and culture available year – around in Northern Michigan.

Mackinaw Getaways is now able to offer cottage accommodations to sleep up to 40 people. With many 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.

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.

We can help you plan a variety of Ecotour packages in the summer and fall. Interested in kayaking the Straits of Mackinac or the Les Cheneaux Islands? How about a guided bike tour or a birding excursion? We can hook you up with an experienced guide (all equipment included) for an unforgettable adventure.

Book your perfect Northern Michigan getaway today!

The beach is rocky so bring your water shoes.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Diane Moreno, Manager (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 23 traveler reviews

Wonderful Lakefront Family Cottage
average rating of 4.478261 based on 23 reviews

Great stay in this lovely lakefront cottage!

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful views of Mackinaw Island and the bridge. Just a short drive from downtown. Loved the tranquility of the cottage location, so homey and plenty of room to gather family and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, amazing views

  • 4 of 5

This house is very charming, with a somewhat unusual, but functional floor plan. We loved the view of Lake Huron, Mackinaw Bridge, and Mackinac Island. We explored the lake with the available canoe, very enjoyable. There were biting flies by the shoreline, but if it was breezy, they disappeared. The enclosed porch area was delightful, however not all of the windows had screens, and one of the screens was bent with a gap. We would have preferred to have a TV downstairs. The laundry room was a huge bonus for us, kitchen was well supplied, and beds were comfortable. Wish the bedrooms had ceiling fans since there is no AC, although there were a couple portable fans provided, and we also brought our own fan.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, private, right on the lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great vacation in this home. It is very large and easily accommodated our group of 9. The upstairs pullout couch was broken, however we had an air mattress which easily solved that problem. The lake views are gorgeous, the fire pit was wonderful to use each night. The house was in a wooded area and felt very private. It's right on the lake, so if you have kayaks it would be a great place to use them. Everything is convenient to Mackinaw City, and 5-8 min drive into town. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location and space was perfect, cleanliness overall was very poor.

  • 3 of 5

Some windows didn't have screens, including bathroom downstairs and the windows were filthy in and out. The dehumidifier needed to be ran constantly, very musty in backroom and bedroom. Rug under kitchen table was covered in stains. Dead bugs and lots of dust/dirt on window ledges and floors and cobwebs. Bonfire area was disgusting! I cleaned it out in order to have a fire. Sewer smell after one night of our stay and it continued thru entire stay. Both manager and the owner were notified of the poor conditions shortly upon our arrival. It was unfortunate that I/ we felt that the owner was giving us excuses for the poor conditions.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that you found he property less than satisfactory. The owners have addressed each of your concerns.
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Great property, great location, beautiful view

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 1 week for our once a year family vacation. Love this part of Michigan. Overall the property is great. Comfortable beds, clean and well kept. The house could use a few new kitchen pans, utensils but overall very well stocked with anything that you would need. Even though the 2 adjacent houses are close, you would never know it, due to the thick woods that surround the property. The beach is a standard Lake Huron beach front, which had a lot of rocks and very little sand; so that limited my 2 little ones with beach front playing and wading opportunities but that is what to expect when in this part of Michigan. I give this home 2 thumbs up! Would come again!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view of the straits

  • 4 of 5

This location provided us with an excellent space for a family get-together. It offered a prime location right on the lakeshore, a good distance from Mackinaw City. We enjoyed excellent views of the Mighty Mac from the backyard, and even found some good trees to set up our hammocks. The house was very clean and well looked after, if a bit dated in its décor. Most cookware, appliances, and other amenities were provided. We enjoyed playing cribbage and other family games in the sun room.

The major complaint that we had is that the space was too small for the amount of people we had (10) when it came to sleeping arrangements and meal time, as not all of the pull out couches worked (and the ones that did were rather uncomfortable), and there were not enough chairs to go around the tables.

Overall, staying here was a pleasure. Would definitely recommend for a smaller group of people. If planning on having around 10 people, we would suggest bringing an air mattress or two.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Star, Arnold or Sheplers
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mackinaw Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Several in town
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Cottage on Lake Huron
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mackinaw City Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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

Minimum stay may be required for peak seasons.
Additional fee of $10/night per guest over 6 which may not show on quoted rates.
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:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the main floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the 2nd floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Located on main floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , two beds, bunked - located on 2nd floor.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Located on 2nd floor.
  • Total of 5 sofas, 2 are sleeper sofas.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Firepit and firewood provided Charcoal Grill

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