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D R McPharlin

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Northern Michigan Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3 BR, 1.5 bath, cabin on the beach

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. - **** No more spring availability. *** 2016 summer weeks currently open: Jun 25-Jul 2, Aug 27-Sep 3 ***

Thank you for your interest. CLICK the LINK BELOW TO SEE MORE PICTURES and INFO (link is below the calendar).

Keywords: Lakefront Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
D R McPharlin (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Why D R McPharlin chose Northern Michigan

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 only recently 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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based on 13 traveler reviews

Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting
average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews

Peaceful, inviting getaway

  • 5 of 5

Stayed several days for our annual Sister's Getaway...loved everything about the place..It was so inviting and every little thing we might need was provided for us...Very spacious, great location and beautiful setting..We are planning to return again next fall for a full week.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is fantastic, peaceful and quiet. The cabin is clean and comfortable, everything you need is here. The beach front on Lake Michigan is wonderful. When we arrived the owner was there to greet us. She was very nice. We enjoyed no internet service, only local phone calls, and what seemed to be a break from everyday living. The Mighty Mac is about 20 minutes away, the local gas station-general store had everything we needed. We will be returning next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family and I fell in love with this cottage! Clean and comfortable, with breath taking views! This property was beautifully located on a quite drive, yet a short distance to quaint towns with shopping and good eats. Enjoyed days by the lake and nights spent next to the bonfire..

Thank you for the wonderful and purely michigan memories!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Lyon, Michigan

Pure Michigan Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a private, quiet, cozy and homey cottage on the edge of Cross Village's Lake Michigan beach, look no longer. This cottage should be in a "Pure Michigan" commercial, complete with it's idyllic setting along the beyond words beautiful "Tunnel of Trees" of M-119. The charming family built cottage has intriguing artistic touches throughout as well as on abundance of books and games for everyone. These play second fiddle, however, to the competition presented by Mother Nature right outside the beach side French doors a few gently sloping steps to Lake Michigan! The golden sunsets make easy work of ones' camera lens, and continue to shine in a lifetime of memories with a simple request. The only downside we've found here is leaving...

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

This house is very special. The family's love of the place is seen and felt through the wonderful art and craft that is everywhere throughout the house. It is a home that welcomes you. And then there is the location. You are of Lake Michigan every moment of your stay as you hear its waves continually greet you. The changing water is mesmerizing and you want to stay forever listening to its secrets. Thank you for sharing Agamiing Minwendam.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and lovely cottage. Beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

If I had a cottage, I would want it to have some of the charm of Agamiing Minwendam. It was just as promised, and better than expected. Just the right amount of rustic, with enough modern amenities to make the week very comfortable for two families of four and one dog. We were blessed with beautiful weather and lovely sunsets. This is our fourth year doing VRBO in NW MI. While we typically prefer to seek out new areas to explore, we would definitely consider renting here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Pelston International

Ferry excursions nearby, Bike the Tunnel of Trees, Golf Courses and Tennis nearby, Fishing in inland Lakes, Arts and Museums, Wild Mushrooming and Berry picking, Wildlife and Bird watching.


Rates & Availability

Cross Village Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 12 2016 - Oct 22 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
housekeeping $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Beds - 3 queens, 1 single, and a bunk (2 singles). All guests and pets must be pre-approved, even if staying for only one day. 1-2 well-behaved pets, must be neutered, up-to-date w/shots, leashed or under strict voice control at all times, and not left unattended. Housekeeping fee is included in summer rates, extra for non-summer.

Check or money order. 50 percent to secure reservation, balance on or before one month prior to reservation date, (except advance deposits in Fall for next year are only $200 and the balance of the first 50% is due by the end of January.)

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Northern Michigan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • 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 -
  • 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) Queen in each bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1), bunk (2 singles)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
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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