Two bedroom, two bathroom plus nursery or reading room. The cottage is situated on a beautiful private sandy beach. Swimming, hiking, kayaking, or just relaxing in your Adirondack chair or chaise under a covered pergola. Dark Sky Park is one of the best places in the world for viewing stars at night. Historic village, and lighthouses nearby. Biking trails take you through the woods or into Mackinaw City. Outdoor and indoor showers, updated kitchen, and dining tables by the stone fireplace. Cozy bedrooms and lakeside breezes. There is an internet in town but our internet in limited and weak.
- Cottage1000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay5 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, plus Nursery. Cottage Sleeps 4 (5 with permission)
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 16, 2018
About Susan Preston-Mauks
This cottage was built by the owner’s parents. We have built a new cottage next door and will be on site for additional assistance. This is a very quiet and private beach. It is part of the Trails End Bay Property Association . Owners are outdoor folks that can direct or lead you on hikes or kayak trips. * This property is only available on VRBO not on Craigs List or any other site.
Susan Preston-Mauks purchased this Cottage in 1957
Why Susan Preston-Mauks chose Mackinaw City
Beautiful natural surroundings, with amazing sandy beach and numerous outdoor and other activities. See Mackinac Island on a day trip and come back knowing you have a much nicer beach and place to lay your head. Great restaurants.. Dark Sky Park around the corner.
What makes this Cottage unique
local knowledge of activities and establishments cater to individual's interests when and if possible Will lead outdoor trips to unique places
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect in every way
If you are looking for a throwback, unplugged vacation where the view out every window beats anything on your iPhone, you have found the place. This cabin is darling. The bed is amazing. The shower is tiny (but, great water pressure). The kitchen is updated and well-stocked. The owners are delightful. The deck and casement windows bring the stunning outside in. There aren't many channels on the tv. No wifi. Bad cell service. All of which added to our enjoyment. The town of Mackinaw City is wonderful. We went to the Key Hole Bar and Grill 5 times in a week and felt like locals. We also loved the Island, Douglas Lake, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, the Upper Penisula, including Whitefish Point and Sou Saint Marie....I could go on and on. Oh, and we got married on the deck on a Thursday afternoon with a tiny few to witness and all of God's glory as our background. A slice of pure heaven in Pure Michigan.
This was our second wedding at the cottage, and this review nailed us. Gary and I will be happy to do all we can to make your stay pleasurable. This cottage is all about siting in the 1950's rocker on the covered pergola listening to Lake Michigan waves, and/or getting your feet sandy down at the private beach in the Adirondack chairs. It is about kayaking the cove, visiting the dark sky park, and sitting with a cocktail of your choice (yes we have wine glasses) while you are watching the glory of the 2-3 hour sunset.
Town and all it's funky fun is 4 miles away, so you are not too isolated. We have Dish TV but limited channels for all you techies. Verizon is the best service here and great wifi is free in at least 5 places in town including the Library and Starbucks (my choice for webinars).
This is a special place, we have decided to willingly share with others (we live next door). We don't want anyone to be unhappy and we want you to know what you will get when you come. We cherish our wonderful renters, so thanks again for reminding us why we think it's special. If you want amenities head to a hotel or B&B. If you want to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan come to a place where we don't lock doors and don't care much about sandy feet. PS Don't forget to bring your bathing suit and sweatshirt, after all this is Michigan.
Beautiful Lakeside cabin
Gary and Susan were the best!!! We felt right at home as soon as we arrived. The cabin has such a beautiful view of the Lake. We spent quite a bit of time on the porch. The cabin was very Comfortable. This was a girls vacation and we made many Great memories!!!!! Thank you Gary and Susan..
What a great group:
Wwe loved having you and glad your Up North experience was wonderful. I have a feeling that where ever these ladies go, it is all fun.
sue and gary
Very relaxing with great sunsets.
I loved the deck over looking the water. Every evening we had our dinner there watching the sunset, what great memories. The owners, who live next door are very nice and helpful. A great breeze off the water. The only thing missing was the wi-fi.
We enjoy all the renters. Unfortunately, currently our location only permits limited satellite so streaming is almost impossible, and very expensive for us. Most of our renters have been much more successful using their phones.
We also try to make accommodations by providing extra services for our renters (such as picking stuff up from town.. which we did for these renters).
Great place to relax
This cottage was very relaxing! The outdoor space was great, we ate every meal outside on the deck. The Lake Michigan sunsets were breathtaking. The owners/neighbors were very kind and helpful with suggestions of things to do and places to see. Loved it!
We loved having you. A week ago we had friends of a friend and they sent us a lovely note that we wanted to include.
Many thanks go to our wonderful hosts, Sue & Gary, for sharing their
cottage with us. We thoroughly enjoyed the cottage, private beach,
walks, biking in the Headlands, golfing at the Mackinaw Club, & all
that the Mackinaw City area has to offer. We have been coming to this
area for years & needed to find a new place. I do believe we have
found "our" place & certainly hope to return. Thank you for your
hospitality & making our stay a memorable one.
Bob & Margie
Your "Hoosier" friends
Amazing view !!!
Pictures are very accurate. Cozy beds. Nice kitchen.
Web posting matched reality. We enjoyed our stay in a restful, clean and beautiful setting. The host and hostess were careful and sensitive to being sure all our needs and wants were met.
Dark Sky Park
Biking and trail biking
Golf (Mackinaw Club 6 miles away)
Additional information about rental rates
No Cats are allowed on the property (allergies). Contact owner for permission to bring your dog. Dogs must be good with people and other dogs. If the dog is accepted (speak with owner (on site or phone) to confirm. They must not be left in the cottage for more than an hour or two and be on leash when outside. There are forest areas across the street for walking the dogs and letting them run. Dog bags and a disposal tin are provided. There is a nearby kennel and if you want to bring your horse a nearby stable that will house your horse. We value honesty and we understand that there can be situations that are unique. Please feel free to contact owner about any situation that involves extra individuals and/animals. If a renter shows up with an unannounced animal or extra individuals the owner reserves the right to terminate the week rental and/or deduct the entire security deposit for the rental days.