|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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This quaint and spacious 2-story cottage is ideally situated on Lake Michigan overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Owned for 5 generations by the same family, it has been lovingly maintained and reflects the history of the Mackinac area. This 19th century lakeside cottage still offers the quiet and peaceful cottage living of another era but is fully updated to meet the needs of todays traveler. The cottage is located on the water in a peaceful Northern Michigan lakeside neighborhood, just outside of the quaint Village of Mackinaw City. You can walk to town for your evening ice cream cone; walk to Sheplers Ferry to catch a ride to the beautiful Mackinac Island or just sit waterside with a good book. This vintage cottage will take you and your family back to a simpler time with your days spent at the beach and your evenings around a campfire. Mackinaw City is a perfect location to serve as a base camp for all Northern Michigan has to offer. Swim, bike, hike, golf, parasail, hunt or fish - all within minutes. If you like to shop, there's plenty of that. There are lots of specialty shops in Mackinaw City and a day trip from Mackinaw City to Petoskey on US 31 will offer abundant opportunities for antiquing.
The cottage is clean, comfortable and very charming. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a front and back porch. The kitchen is open to the dining room and has a full size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave. All dishes, pots & pans are included. The dining room comfortably seats 6 people. There is also a laundry room with a washer/dryer. The Living Room opens to the back deck and features a grand stone fireplace, rocking chairs and a comfy sofa for relaxing. This is a place you will want to come back to year after year. This is a historic cottage containing some antiques which may not be suitable for small children.
Our cottage was originally built in 1896 and was the first structure on this beach. The original owner/builder was a larger than life character who is reputed to have made some money in the Alaska Gold Rush and inherited the beach from his father. He settled on this small point of land (Harding Point) to build what was essentially a one-room shack (what is now the kitchen). It was added on to over the years numerous times to become the 2-story structure that it is today.
He then built the cottage next door and began to parcel off the land and build cottages for the new owners according to their desires. Many of the cottages along the beach that he built can still be seen today.
My daughter is the fifth generation to own the cottage and he was her Great, Great, Great Uncle! Both she and I have been going to the cottage since we were babies. We are very attached to it, to say the least.
The cottage is two stories and has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has spectacular views of the straits and the bridge. We have 2 porches, front and back. The porch on the lake side is being restored to look like the original porch, but is currently a deck.
Our beachfront is large, but is not sandy or particularly good for swimming. It is a nice place to sit, however, and enjoy the views and watch the passing boats and freighters. You can also build a fire in the pit and toast marshmallows - one of our favorite activities. Nearby Trails Bed Beach is a nice sandy beach for swimming and playing in the water as is Wilderness State Park.
The cottage itself is full of family memorabilia and antiques from the time that my grandmother lived there. It definitely has that old 'cottage' feel to it.
Over the firerplace is the remains of the sign from the old Wawatum Inn that burned down. It used to be behind where the Catholic Church now sits.
This is a quaint and cozy cottage that is very well kept. Loved that it's a family heirloom and appreciated how they have mixed the old with the new to create a warm welcome for their guests. We visited in the Fall, colors were beautiful, too cold to enjoy the water but loved warming up by the fireplace. Views are simply amazing. We went out every night just to look up and enjoy the Northern sky and the beautiful skyline of the Mackinac bridge. We liked that the owners are keeping the grounds in a more natural state. We were not there for the beach, we were there to relax and it felt like we were tucked away from everyone else and we appreciated that. We enjoyed a visit to Tahquamenon Falls, which in my opinion is a must see for everyone. We also enjoyed visiting the Soo locks, and of course Mackinac Island. We also climbed Castle Rock for some amazing views of the UP. Diane was wonderful to work with and very prompt and helpful in setting up our stay. Would definitely visit again. Thanks for sharing your family treasure with us.
We stayed at this gem for Memorial weekend and the only thing that we didn't like was that our time there was too short! It has everything you could possibly want and then some. The highlight is the newly added covered porch that faces Lake Michigan and gives fantastic views of the Straits and the Mackinac Bridge. We didn't find it necessary to go anywhere - we just enjoyed the cottage and the Lake. It is vintage and sweet and comfortable yet has all the modern amenities. Amazing water pressure, Wifi, dishwasher? Really! We were told that it's been owned by the same family for 5 generations but it has been so lovingly cared for. It is clean and well equipped and the bed is the master was pure heaven. It had a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the sweet music of the waves lulled us to sleep. We awoke to the sounds of chickadees and then a symphony of wildlife. We saw a bald eagle, an osprey and a pair of Loons - all from the comfort of the porch. Amazing! I would highly recommend this place and would come back again and again.
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 shop, visit the historic Fort Michilimackinac or the McGulpin Point Lighthouse or the Old Mackinaw Point Light House. Take Sheplers Ferry to the 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 resturants. Access the many bike and snowmobile trails in the area. 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!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Admin fee||$50 + Tax|
|Cleaning Fee||$115 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Maximum of 6 guests. Pet fee is $20/pet per night. Additional security deposit of $100 will be applied for pets.
Check in is 3pm; check out is 10am; minimum of 5 night rentals