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Rickie Hawkinson

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Charming 1930s Blue Cottage a Stroll Away From Lk Michigan Beach

49 Reviews
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Lakeside Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 2 full bathroom, sleeps 11

Located in historic Lakeside and just steps from Pier Street Beach, this newly renovated cottage marries the charm of yesterday with modern amenities. Great care and attention to detail was paid to assure that our guests would walk into the cottage and feel that they were in for a treat. *Original beaded board ceilings

*Douglas Fir wood floors

*french doors

*screened front porch and rear sleeping porch

*two HVAC system

* new windows with full screens

*50 gallon hot water heater

*47 inch HD flat screen TV with cable and Internet in Great Room

*36 inch HD flat screen TV with cable and DVR in parlor

*outdoor shower

The cottage is decorated in an eclectic style that mixes and matches vintage pieces with comfy furniture. Bathrooms and kitchen have tile floors and new fixtures. Ceiling fans create cool breezes on the main floor rooms and porch. Games, books, and toys for young and old are on hand for family night gatherings. A plus is two bedrooms and full bathroom on the main floor for guests who may have mobility issues.

In the evening, gather around the fire pit on the brick paver patio while the Grill Master works his magic cooking on the natural gas Charbroil 5 burner grill.

Stored in the boat house are toys, lawn games and bikes for the whole family to enjoy. A backyard swing is a favorite. Beach towels, beach chairs, beach toys and umbrella are available for your use.

Situated in Harbor Country, there is no shortage of leisure activities to be enjoyed.

•Antique buffs can hunt for treasures

•Cyclists can hop on backroad trails

•Hikers can explore nature

•Farmers' Market

•Vineyards

•Art galleries

•Outlet mall

•Casino

•Craft Breweries

A stay at the cottage is about family and traditions and shared experiences; Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks and sparklers, sand castles and sun burn, lightning bugs and hide and go seek. It is my intent that the guests who stay at the cottage will create their own special memories and family tradition and look fondly back or look forward to their vacation at 'True Blue'.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rickie Hawkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Rickie Hawkinson

I grew up on the East coast and summered at the shore in New Jersey. It was a pleasure that was taken for granted. When I relocated to the Midwest, Lake Michigan became a worthy counterpart. The waves aren't as dramatic and the water isn't salty however I no longer have to worry about those jellyfish!

Rickie Hawkinson purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Rickie Hawkinson chose Southwest Michigan

When we found the cottage, it was in a state of neglect after being left vacant for a few years. I like to say that she had good bones. I am a sucker for bead board ceilings and wide baseboards and trim. Throw in six paneled wood doors French Doors and hardwood floors and I am in heaven . The cottage has all this plus rooms that have angled ceilings and exposed rafters. This is authentic, not new to mimic old. We could imagine what she could look like with some hard work and determination. We had a vision of a cheerful, cozy cottage coming to life and being a wonderful place for friends and family to gather and to make memories like the cherished ones that I have of my childhood spent at the Jersey shore.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has history with its platted deed dated from the late 1880s and sits in the center of historic Lakeside, a beach community that dates back over one hundred years as a summer destination along Lake Michigan. There is a sense of being in touch with nature as you meander down paths lined by decades old pine trees with the roar of the lake on a blustery day in your ears. It is not uncommon to sight deer in the ravines and bluejays and cardinals perched in the trees. A highlight of the day is watching the breathtaking sunset over the lake with the orangery afterglow lighting up the sky. The cottage offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and allows one to take a deep breath and step back if only for a short respite.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved staying at the Blue Cottage. It was so charming and you can instantly tell Rickie has put lots of care into every detail. We loved how close it was to the beach and we loved the fire pit in the backyard. We had a large group of 12 women for a weekend and the house was perfect for us. We opted for a wine tour and the cottage was a great location to get to the wineries

This was a great place for our getaway. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

From Centralia, IL · April 2015
Apr 2015
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Reviews

4.9
based on 49 traveler reviews

Charming 1930s Blue Cottage a Stroll Away From Lk Michigan Beach
average rating of 4.897959 based on 66 reviews
5

Nice house in great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 really enjoyed our extended weekend stay. We walked to the beach and enjoyed s'mores with the fire pit in the backyard. The tree swing was a big hit with the younger ones, too! Would definitely recommend the house!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

Great harbor country rental

  • 5 of 5

Six adults and two children had a lovely stay at this cottage for two nights in August. The cottage is beautifully updated with plenty of room for everybody with inviting furniture . Beds and pillows all comfortable and nice usable and updated bathrooms. The kitchen is thoughtfully stocked and easy to work in. Nice space for communal living or private time. Beach is two blocks away with beach towels available as well as chairs and toys for the beach. Great barbecue grill out back as well as a nice fire pit, fun extra to have. Good location for harbor country. Owner was delightful to deal with. Would surely stay here again and highly recommend to anybody else looking for a great getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome, spacious and charming house

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for an amazing stay! The house is perfect for a big family. You had everything we needed and we all feel so refreshed. We love the area and will come back in a heartbeat. So many memories made on the sun porch, beach and local area!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

What a charming, cozy Michigan getaway cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family, including 3 adult daughters and their mates and my husband and I found this cottage a great gathering place for a week!

Everything we needed - and more- was there for us. The kitchen was well stocked for cooking and little "extras" were readily available if we had forgotten something. Living areas, so nicely furnished, were perfect for gathering and many games were played at the dining room table. All of the bedrooms were comfortable and provided privacy. And, everything was super clean! We could not have asked for a better place to spend a week. Thank you, Rickie, for providing such wonderful lodging in this "fairy tale" cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Wonderful cottage for a family Lake Michigan vacation

  • 5 of 5

My large family has enjoyed this beautiful cottage for the last two years in a row and we booked it on our way home for next year. It is charming, well-equipped, clean, and spacious. The yard is perfect for kids to play in, adults to grill and have a drink in, and the entire family to enjoy a fire-pit. There are great places to eat near by and a zoo in Michigan City that the kids loved. A lovely berry picking farm is down the street. The older kids went kayaking. The beach is lovely too. And the owner couldn't be more gracious or accommodating. I highly recommend it!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming house! There was 10 of us and there were plenty of towels and toilet paper for all. Those are things we've always run out of in other rentals! Not one thing was over looked it was lovely. Enjoyed the outdoor space too, plenty of room for our large group.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review. I especially appreciate you noticing about towels and TP. I don't believe in providing bare bone necessities for my guests who I consider company.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Chicago Midway
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Union Pier
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Buchanan
Nearest Train
4 Miles
New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Red Arrow
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Union Pier
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pier Street
Car: recommended

Lakeside is the heart of several beach communities that straddle the shores of Lake Michigan in an area designated as Harbor Country . It is a quaint village dating back to the late 1800's and has been a vacation destination for over 100 years The historical Lakeside Inn was the gathering place of Chicagoans wanting to escape the heat of the city. One of its infamous guests was Al Capone who gathered here with his cronies for a game of cards. Today, it is as popular a place to stay as it was in years past.

Visitors can choose from a plethora of activities to entertain themselves. Antique shops and art galleries are dotted along Red Arrow Highway. There are several wineries that offer tours, tastings and food and entertainment. Three Oaks offers a theater with live performances and is the home of the Featherbone Factory which features shops and a micro whiskey distillery.

There are dedicated bicycling paths for the casual as well as the seasoned cyclists. Hiking and trails can be found in Warren Woods and Warren Dunes. The Galien River is a waterway for kayaking and canoeing. New Buffalo has a public boat launch.

For the thrill seekers, there is a casino to test one's luck.

A visit to Redamaks for their famous hamburgers and fries is a must as well as a trip into New Buffalo to eat at The Stray Dog.

There are may casual eateries as well as ones for fine dining such as Timothy's and Heston's. Luisa's Swedish Bakery is a local favorite for breads and sweet rolls and serves breakfast and lunch. There are long lines on weekends so get there early.The Farmers' Market is open weekends in Union Pier and should be on your list to visit to stock up on locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Last but not least is our Great Lake Michigan,where one can be entranced by its sights and sounds and fabulous sunsets.

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Rates & Availability

Lakeside Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
New Year's Eve
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Jumping June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$375
Fri,Sat
$2,400
 
 
Sizzling Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
From
$375
Fri,Sat
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $175

Minimum age of renter must be 25 years old and occupy the premises at time of rental.
Copy of driver license to be submitted prior to check in.
Names of all occupants to be submitted upon request.
Any damage to premises must be reported prior to check out and documented for insurance reporting purposes.
Any housekeeping issues should be made known to owner either by email or phone call ASAP
Check in is at 3 pm EST
Check out is at 10 am EST
No refunds for cancellation of reservation

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Lakeside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • New vanities, fixtures and ceramic tile floors in both bathrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Second floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Second floor
  • Bedroom one and two are located on the main floor of the cottage and are ideal for guests who have physical limitations. There is a full size bathroom for their needs on the same floor. Daybed is in the enclosed back porch and sleeps one. The other three bedrooms are located on the second floor and have access to a full bathroom with whirlpool tub.. All bedding, sheets, pillows, spreads, quilts, comforters are new for this first time available property. Folding cot and pack and play are available for added sleeping arrangements.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Wagon to cart items such as beach chairs,beach umbrella and children to the lake. Yard games for outdoor entertainment: horseshoes, bocci ball, frisbee and swing. HE washer and dryer located in basement. Outdoor hand shower.

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