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Pet-Friendly Suites Just Steps from the Beach

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Serendipity/Manitou: Five charming suites just steps from the beach.

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Last updated: 07/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Serendipity House offers year-'round lodging in five suites just steps from the beach. Each suite has its own entrance, kitchen and bath with views of the resort town and a large front porch for relaxing and enjoying the passing parade.

Pack your beach gear and head west a block to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Or turn east to enjoy wander through downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants; enjoy a first-run film in the recently restored Garden Theatre; or celebrate the season with an award-winning crafted beer at the Storm Cloud Brewery. Then come back for fall colors, winter skiing, and spring awakenings.

With five suites--some of which are inter-connecting--we're especially well-suited for wedding parties, family reunions or for sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly!

Along with the large, front porch, we provide a picnic table at the rear of the property, comfortable chairs, Weber grilles, and a rack for your bike.

This listing presents the Manitou, a 4-room suite that sleeps 4 guests, with a private bedroom, plus living room, large dining room and full kitchen, and a full bath.

If the Manitou is booked on your chosen dates, please check the calendars for the Betsie (HomeAway #195186); Nannybird (HomeAway #186194); Lakeview (HomeAway #188035); or Sandune (HomeAway #185719).

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Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 610 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    We have two Pack-'n'-Play cribs and a rollaway bed, when necessary....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We are pet-friendly throughout the house, with lots of room in the backyard and a nearby beach that is pet-friendly for your four-legged family member....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Manitou: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • Manitou: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    sleeps 2...moreless

  • Serendipity/Manitou has a private bedroom with a queen bed and a living room with a queen sofa bed. One or two more guests may be accommodated for an extra charge. The Manitou inter-connects with two suites and is perfect for wedding parties or family reunions....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Manitou: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Serendipity/Manitou has a full bathroom with tub and shower combination and lots of light....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We are able to offer cable service from May to November. During the remainder of the year, we have a host of DVDs and tapes on hand when the weather drives you indoors....moreless

  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Serendipity House sits on Frankfort's Main Street, a block from the restored Garden Theatre and adjacent Storm Cloud Brewery and the start of the downtown retail and restaurant area....moreless

  • Water View:

    Serendipity House sits across the street from Betsie Bay and a block east of Lake Michigan. The City of Frankfort maintains an extensive public beach, which is also open to pets. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The Dining Room sets adjacent to the kitchen, making entertaining and serving easier....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Serendipity/Manitou has unsecured wireless to make things simpler during vacation....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens and multiple sets of towels are provided, as well as coffee, tea, and popcorn. You simply need to bring your own personal bath products....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Serendipity/Manitou's living room is spacious and airy, with both a/c and a ceiling fan on hand for really hot summer days....moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    All linens and multiple sets of towels are provided, as well as coffee, tea, and popcorn. You simply need to bring your own personal bath products....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Serendipity/Manitou has unsecured wireless to make things simpler during vacation....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Serendipity/Manitou has a full kitchen with adjoining dining room. Along with a microwave and full stove, there is plenty of counter space for vacation cooking....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Serendipity/Manitou has its own porch looking toward the east, as well as a spacious front porch looking out onto Main Street and the passing parade....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are several challenging courses just a few minutes outside of Frankfort, while 10 miles to the south lies the internationallly acclaimed Arcadia Bluffs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    The local surf shop rents both kayaks and canoes for exploring the Betsie and Platte Rivers....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The backyard has lots of space for playing games when you choose not to walk to the beach, plus there is an outdoor seating and cooking area....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We provide Weber grills of two different sizes and a picnic table to serve what comes off the grill. There's also a fire pit and lots of comfortable seating for evening gatherings and s'mores....moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
HIGH SEASON 2015
Jun 15 - Sep 7, 2015
2 night min stay
$229 $249
Fri, Sat
$1,585
MID-FALL 2015
Sep 8 - Oct 31, 2015
1 night min stay
$149 $169
Fri, Sat
$995
LOW-LATE FALL 2015
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2015
1 night min stay
$109 $119
Fri, Sat
$675

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

Reservations made with less than 30 days to arrival are paid in full. Holidays and adjacent days are charged at the weekend rate. Guests will receive 50% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel four or more weeks before the start of their reservation. Guests will receive 25% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel less than four weeks before the start of their reservation.


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Location

35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Villa Marine
80 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Champion Golf Course
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
M-22
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Storm Cloud Brewery
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain Resort
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan Public Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Located in Benzie County on Michigan's Northwest Coast, historic Frankfort was noteworthy in the 1800s as a lumber, shipping and railroad town, as well as a summer getaway for families.

Today, it continues to be a popular destination for vacationers and has acquired a reputation for great fishing and as an outdoor person's dream with hiking and bike trails, as well as swimming, sightseeing, fall color touring, and winter sports.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park; 100 miles of Michigan's extensive trail systems; and the Interlochen Academy, home to music and cultural festivals, add to a rich palate of activities.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2007

About: The Bannister got into innkeeping accidentally, when Tim's stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort in nearby Arcadia with a motel and 12 cottages. It was a long, colorful and rocky road until the resort was sold off in 2007, but Tim learned a great deal as an innkeeper and decided to build off that experience.

Why Frankfort:
Pierside Lodging had been a bed-and-breakfast that had closed some 4 years before Tim purchased the property and renamed it 'Serendipity House.' Built in 1890, the house has always served as an inn, going back to hosting the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Light and Pier.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn configured for vacationers who value a unique experience that includes their accommodations. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Frankfort's charming downtown district, the inn recalls earlier times when residents would exchange greetings from their front porches. Serendipity has the front porch, as well as updated living space with all the amenities for those vacationers who enjoy something unique.


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Speaks: english

 

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  • Serendipity/Manitou: Five charming suites just steps from the beach.

    Serendipity/Manitou: Five charming suites just steps from the beach.

  • Serendipity House:  All dressed up for the annual July 4th parade.

    Serendipity House: All dressed up for the annual July 4th parade.

  • Nothing like a big front porch for summer reading.

    Nothing like a big front porch for summer reading.

  • Just across the street is the beautiful Betsie Bay.

    Just across the street is the beautiful Betsie Bay.

  • The Manitou living room features comfortable seating, plus a queen sofa bed.

    The Manitou living room features comfortable seating, plus a queen sofa bed.

  • Manitou's comfortable living room flows into a spacious dining area.

    Manitou's comfortable living room flows into a spacious dining area.

  • The Manitou bedroom is private and inviting.

    The Manitou bedroom is private and inviting.

  • Just a block east is the restored Garden Theatre and the new Storm Cloud Brewery

    Just a block east is the restored Garden Theatre and the new Storm Cloud Brewery

  • We're 40 minutes from nationally acclaimed Sleeping Bear National Dunes.

    We're 40 minutes from nationally acclaimed Sleeping Bear National Dunes.

  • Frankfort's annual Fall Festival offers parades and lots of family activities.

    Frankfort's annual Fall Festival offers parades and lots of family activities.

  • Cross-country skiing and downhill skiing are readily available.

    Cross-country skiing and downhill skiing are readily available.

  • Who says you need to hibernate during winter?!

    Who says you need to hibernate during winter?!

  • Serendipity House overlooks the sparkling Betsie Bay.

    Serendipity House overlooks the sparkling Betsie Bay.

  • We offer 5 suites year 'round with varying accommodations and rates.

    We offer 5 suites year 'round with varying accommodations and rates.

  • Weddings? You bet! And we work well for family reunions, too.

    Weddings? You bet! And we work well for family reunions, too.

  • The front hall foyer leads into the Manitou Suite's living room.

    The front hall foyer leads into the Manitou Suite's living room.

  • The Manitou Suite's living room offers lots of room to spread out.

    The Manitou Suite's living room offers lots of room to spread out.

  • Like to cook on vacation? Serendipitiy/Manitou has the best kitchen in the house

    Like to cook on vacation? Serendipitiy/Manitou has the best kitchen in the house

  • The Manitou features a full bathroom, complete with tub.

    The Manitou features a full bathroom, complete with tub.

  • Guests and locals regularly pull walleye and steelhead off Frankfort Pier.

    Guests and locals regularly pull walleye and steelhead off Frankfort Pier.

  • Come back for the fall colors and our annual Fall Festival.

    Come back for the fall colors and our annual Fall Festival.

  • Master Pumpkin Carver Ed Moody's work highlights the Frankfort Fall Festival.

    Master Pumpkin Carver Ed Moody's work highlights the Frankfort Fall Festival.

  • February features the annual Shiver By the River Festival.

    February features the annual Shiver By the River Festival.

  • It's spring, and a young person's fancy turns to...surfing!

    It's spring, and a young person's fancy turns to...surfing!

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