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Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin


About the property

3 BR, 1.5 bath, cabin on the beach

** Fall availability October 2017 , flexible start and stop, minimum 4 days.**

Lakefront hand crafted cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan, a peaceful retreat built by artist/teachers in a natural setting, 3/4 mile south of Cross Village, north of Harbor Springs on the 'Tunnel of Trees' Lakeshore Drive, on a short winding drive off the main road.

Enjoy a relaxing, carefree, back-to-nature vacation on the big lake, lakeside dining, bright starlit nights, wake to the soothing sound of waves lapping on the shore. Ideal for naturalists, cyclists, families, couples, or you and a few friends.

Enjoy summer play on the lake. Unwind and relax where cellphones barely work and sunsets are the daily attraction. Beachwalk several miles of open beach in either direction. Ideal for catching up on reading, writing, sunrise yoga, cycling back roads. Walk, bike or canoe to the village, bring your own windsurfer, kayak or small sailboat (rentals nearby). Sandy public beaches with small boat launch in Cross Village and Sturgeon Bay.

Complete kitchen for cooking, or dine out or carry-out in Cross Village at famous Legs Inn (plus music and dancing on weekends), or nearby, The Fish, Levering Cafe, the Tearoom and Crepe Shack in Good Hart. Cross Village also is home to the Cross Village General Store and a friendly little post office, Three Pines Studio and art gallery, who offer workshops just right for a week long vacation.

Explore Wilderness State Park a short drive up the shore. Nearby day excursions by ferry to Mackinac Island and Beaver Island. Enjoy a lighthouse tour by boat. Golf, tennis, performing arts, shopping, dining, in Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Cheboygan, and Mackinaw City.

Quote from a visitor: 'What I love about your vacation home is the location in the Tunnel of Trees, no steps down to the beach (wonderful for my mother and grandchildren), and the lovely, artistic and beautiful job you have done on the place.

New in 2017, we now have wifi....

Keywords: Lakefront Cottage

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D R McPharlin
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

Why D R McPharlin chose Harbor Springs

This land has been in our family for multiple generations. The rental property is a cabin that was built on a portion of the original parcel. It is owned by 'the kids' now, all of whom grew up summering on the lake. Thirty acres above the waterfront property were donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy. Over three acres are retained as part of the waterfront home, with a conservation easement. We have opened the cabin for paid guests, during weeks when the family is not using it. We are pleased to be able to share our piece of heaven with others.

What makes this cabin unique

Just being down here on the big lake is a peaceful and refreshing experience. After a few days, you can feel yourself unwind and feel at home. Being close to the lake, the weather and wildlife is good for the soul. The sun doesn't always shine. Sometimes there are storms. They are wild and beautiful. Being close to the variety of weather is all part of the experience. The original artwork was created by family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Got back last night and missed the cottage already. I managed to paint every day and had a wonderful relaxing reflective time. ...will be in touch about booking my next stay.
Sep 2010
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Harbor Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets and guests pre-approved, even if for one day
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (3) one Queen in each bedroom., Twin/Single Beds (1), bunk (2 singles)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Directly on the beach. Lakeside deck. TV-VCR-DVD with Video Classics Library, Board Games and puzzles, a Full Kitchen with Gas Cooktop, Convection Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher and Refrigerator, Full Bath, Half Bath, Full Size Washer and Dryer. Fire pit by the shore. Well Behaved Dog Welcome, with pre-approval.


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Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 26 reviews

Another wonderful week in CrossVillage

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year in a row at Diane's home. It is a wonderful rustic home in the perfect location. Our kids really enjoyed the beach, and water. We had a few days of storms that made Lake Michigan a huge wave pool. It was a lot of fun. We took trips to Harbor Springs, and Petoskey, and also the near by sand dunes at Wilderness State Park. Overall another great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like a good time all around. Glad your family enjoyed their time at our lake house
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Peaceful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The absolutely perfect, peaceful up north retreat! The cottage has rustic charm, full of beautiful art. Beds comfy, and the cottage is well stocked with everything you need. The location could not be better. The views of Lake Michigan, breathtaking. Close enough to hear the waves inside the cottage! We cannot wait for our return trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Lake Michigan setting.

  • 5 of 5

Good size, well furnished, quiet and relaxing. Beds were comfortable, living room furniture not so. Loved being so close to the beach. Other than the fruit fly invasion, we have no complaints and would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, wonderful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

This property is obviously very well loved and full of character and charm!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cottage on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th trip to the cottage, so visiting has become an end of summer tradition for our family. We hope to return next year as well. The cottage feels more like a home than a rental, and is full of the family's art and collectibles. We appreciate the well stocked kitchen since we tend to eat most of our meals there. There are also tons of DVDs with movies our kids haven't seen for cloudy days. The cottage is close to the water so it is easy to keep an eye on the kids and the dog playing on the beach. The cottage is close to Cross Village and the landmark restaurant Leggs Inn. Mackinaw City or the ferry to Mackinac Island are an easy drive (about 30 min). This year we sometimes had cell service (with Verizon) but the wifi was a great addition! We had a great time and highly recommend Agamiing Minwendam.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your lake house vacation again, Karen. We'd love to have you back
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Absolutely Charming

  • 4 of 5

Our family loved our stay at Agamiing Minwendam. The cottage is so cozy and quaint and quiet. It is old so a bit rustic but very clean and everything worked. Absolutely no problems. The beach is awesome as well. Short trip to Mackinac or Harbor Springs. We could walk to Legs Inn. Pictures are all accurate. I look forward to returning to this fabulous getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Pelston International

Ferry excursions nearby to Mackinac Island and Beaver Island, Bike the Tunnel of Trees, Hike the North Country Trail, Dark Sky Park and Wildnerness Park nearby, many Golf Courses nearby, Fishing in inland lakes, Arts and Museums, Wild Mushroom and Berry picking, Wildlife and Bird watching.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
housekeeping $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

All guests and pets must be pre-approved, even if staying for only one day. 1-2 well-behaved pets considered. Must be neutered, up-to-date w/shots, leashed or under strict voice control at all times, and not left unattended. Cancellation policy: 100% up to 30 days prior to reservation date, thereafter only the amount able to replace with another paid guest. Earliest notice possible is appreciated. We understand things come up unexpectedly. Please consider carefully before reserving. We have limited weeks available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.