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Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting

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


About the property

3 BR, 1.5 bath, cabin on the beach

** Available due to cancellation: August 26 - September 2 ** 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 a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 30, 2017

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 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 6
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Agamiing Minwendam - Lake Michigan Cottage in Natural Setting
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 17 reviews

Idyllic cabin on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We walked in the door and felt immediately at home. This place is just short of perfect! We enjoyed the solitude of the woods while being steps from the beach. What a wonderful time of year to visit with the forests blanketed in white trilliums and the spring peepers chirping all night long. Good central location to visit wineries, Mackinack Island, and cute little resort towns that were sleepy in early May. If you're a beach comber the abundance of fossils is absolutely staggering. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a bit further than we thought but well worth the drive.

The cabin itself is clean, cozy, and well appointed with all one would need and the views from the two lake facing bedrooms is amazing! Plenty of videos to watch and really didn't care that we didn't have wifi as we could drive into nearby Harbor Springs if we needed a dose of civilization. I only really missed it when I thought storms were moving in and couldn't check the radar. We absolutely would stay here again!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it so much! We are installing wifi this week and hope the reception works well. Because we are situated right down on the shore, the Big Lake and awesome sunsets are the main attraction, it is a challenge to have wifi work. Fingers crossed !
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Wonderful Getaway Week

  • 5 of 5

For the past four years we have taken our granddaughters on a vacation up north. This year we chose to stay at this cottage right on Lake Michigan. We had a wonderful time. The girls could swim right out in front of the cottage, build a sandcastle village, and play lots of games at night. The owner was very helpful and welcoming. We found lots of things to do in the area. We especially liked the Three Pines Studio, the Old World Cafe, and the crepes at Good Hart. When we asked the girls if they wanted to come back here next summer, they each answered immediately with a big smile and an enthusiastic "Yes!" Thank you Diane!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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

Harbor Springs Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 23 2017 - Nov 4 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

housekeeping $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $35 + 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.

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.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.