About the property
- Cottage2400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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
*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
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
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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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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 Lakeside
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Charmingly decorated 5bedroom house.
Our extended families enjoyed our third visit at this home. It offers games,bikes,toys and even baby furniture for a new grandson. It's in a walkable and interesting neighborhood with beach access. There's always newly discovered dunes,trails,endless beaches ,antiquities and breweries. We find peace,fun and joy here.
As a host, I feel responsible for providing a comfortable, relaxing and fun backdrop for my guests getaway. Jill’s comments make me very happy and I am grateful for their loyalty.
The place was perfect for our needs. My wife and I, three grown kids, three spouses and one grandchild.
Plenty of room to spread out, very clean, bedrooms were comfortable, kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed for cooking and front porch was outstanding for just hanging out. Television worked well so we could watch the Michigan/Penn State game (not that it was worth watching).
Walk to beach took about five minutes and beach was terrific.
Rickie was easy to work with.
Really just can't say enough about this place.
Already planning on renting it again next year.
Love this property!
This is the second time I have stayed at this property. The first was with 9 girlfriends and the second time, 2 weeks ago, we took our family for a birthday weekend. The house is so cute and bigger then it looks. It is well equipped and really gives you the small town lake experience to totally relax. Although the weather was cooler then expected, we had a great time walking to the beach 2 blocks away, visiting New Buffalo, the nearby Farmers Market and enjoying the fire pit. The host was very responsive with any questions or concerns. Will definitely try to return next year.
Perfect Michigan summer cacation
The spacious cottage was perfect for the six relatives who came together for a vacation. Close to beach, quiet roads for walking, great weather. Cottage was a traditional one in good repair and updated with washer-dryer, dishwasher, wi-fi. We were very happy we chose this cottage.
Great family home
Charmingly decorated, spacious, comfortable, close enough to a good beach, well-supplied
Great family vacation
We were six relatives who shared the cottage. We liked the close proximity to the beach (a short walk, then 40 steps down s staircase), pleasant roads for walking , short drives to nearby towns. Plenty of room in the cottage. We had no complaints. Just what I was looking for in a Michigan summer vacation.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Minimum age of renter must be 25 years old and occupy the premises at time of rental. Copy of driver license to be submitted upon request. Names of all occupants to be submitted upon request. Any damage to premises must be reported prior to check out and documented in writing and pictures. 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