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Serendipity House: Five Suites Just Steps from Lake Michigan Beach

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Serendipity/Sandune is a block from beautiful sunsets on Lake Michigan.

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Last updated: 12/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Frankfort house description

Located in Frankfort a block from Lake Michigan, Serendipity House offers five charming suites just steps from Lake Michigan beach.

Pack your beach gear and turn right to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking on the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Or turn left to enjoy downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants. Then come back for fall colors, winter skiing, and spring awakenings.

The Sandune is adjacent to our other suites, making us especially well-suited for family reunions, wedding parties, or sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly! Special prices when you book off-season after Labor Day through late June.

Serendipity House offers relaxation on our big front porch and a chance to enjoy the passing parade. Moving upstairs, the Sandune Suite offers a front bedroom with a queen bed and a bath just across the hallway.

Down the hallway is the living room and adjacent kitchen and dining area with the larger bedroom that sleeps four guests at the rear of the suite. A full sofa bed in the living room provides accommodation for two more guests. Off the kitchen is a private entrance and deck with stairs leading to the beach.

This listing is for the Sandune, but if the dates are not available on our calendar, check out our other suites: Betsie (#195186); Manitou (#180215); Nannybird (#186194); or Lakeview (#188035). Come stay with us soon!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1150 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:

                Sandune's separate bedrooms offer some privacy for parents....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered:

                All five of our suites are pet-friendly....moreless

              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Accessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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              • Bedroom 2: 2 queen

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              • Convertible bed(s): 1 double

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              • 1 queen size bed in Bedroom 1; 2 queen size beds in Bedroom 2, full sleep sofa in Living Room; full rollaway bed and PortaCrib also on site, as needed....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1

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              • Provides a walk-in shower, pedestal-style vanity and standard toilet

              Other Amenities

                  • Location, location, location. We're a block from Lake Michigan, a block from the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail, a block from the restored Garden Theatre, a block from Storm Cloud Brewery, and a block from the edge of the downtown district, with its specialty restaurants and stores....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
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

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

                  Location Type

                  • Downtown:

                    Serendipity House sets on Main Street just at the edge of Frankfort's downtown district, full of unique restaurants, retail shops, a bakery, a brew pub, and a restored movie theater....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Betsie Bay sits across from Serendipity House, while Lake Michigan and the City's extensive public beach--is a block up the street....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • 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
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    A dining table in the kitchen will seat 6, while TV trays and the coffee table provide seating for 2-4 additional guests....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    We provide all linens and towels, as well as paper products, coffee, tea, and popcorn. You'll need to bring bath products....moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Parking On Street
                  • Shampoo
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided:

                    We provide all linens and towels, as well as paper products, coffee, tea, and popcorn. You'll need to bring bath products....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    Serendipity/Sandune's Internet is unsecured to keep things simple, while you're on holiday....moreless

                  Kitchen

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

                    Full kitchen with microwave and stove...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Bicycles:

                    (2)...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Serendipity/Sandune has an upper deck off the kitchen....moreless

                  • Golf:

                    We're 15 minutes away from several challenging public courses, including the internationally renowned Arcadia Bluffs....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    The Surf Store, just down the street, rents kayaks and canoes, as well as bikes for use on the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Plenty of room in the backyard to exercise your pet, or play lawn games with the family. And lots of outdoor chairs to circle around the firepit for making s'mores or star-watching....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    We provide two different-sized Weber grills and a picnic table to serve what you cook. We also provide several comfortable outdoor chairs and beverage tables, as well as a fire pit and firewood....moreless

                  • Walkway To Water

                  Payment Type

                  • Amex
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included
                           

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          LOW-2 2014
                          Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2014
                          1 night min stay
                          $119 $139
                          Fri, Sat
                          $835
                          LOW-WINTER 2015
                          Jan 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                          1 night min stay
                          $129 $139
                          Fri, Sat
                          $795

                          Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

                          MID-SPRING 2015
                          May 1 - Jun 14, 2015
                          1 night min stay
                          $179 $199
                          Fri, Sat
                          $1,185

                          Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

                          HIGH SEASON 2015
                          Jun 15 - Sep 7, 2015
                          2 night min stay
                          $269 $289
                          Fri, Sat
                          $1,855

                          Rates are based on 8 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

                          MID-FALL 2015
                          Sep 8 - Oct 31, 2015
                          1 night min stay
                          $179 $199
                          Fri, Sat
                          $1,185

                          Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

                          LOW-LATE FALL 2015
                          Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2015
                          1 night min stay
                          $129 $139
                          Fri, Sat
                          $795

                          Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest


                          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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                          Last updated: 12/04/2014
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                          Location

                          40 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Cherry Capital Airport
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Storm Cloud Brewery
                          60 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Ludington
                          10 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Arcadia Bluffs
                          40 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Traverse City
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          M-22
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Fusion Restaurant
                          8 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          Crystal Mountain Resort
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Lake Michigan Public Beach

                          Car: Not Necessary

                          We are across the street from the start of the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail; 2 minutes from the restored Garden Theatre and adjacent Storm Cloud Brewery; and a block from the City's extensive public beach on Lake Michigan. We are 10 minutes from some of the area's 100 miles of hiking trails; 15 minutes from the Betsie River access for canoes and kayaks; 20 minutes from Interlochen Arts Academy; and 40 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, voted the most beautiful national park in the country.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2007

                          About the owner: The Bannisters got into innkeeping accidentally, when Tim's stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort in nearby Arcadia, complete 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 the Owner Chose 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 had always served as an inn, going back to its hosting of the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Pier.

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


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                          • Serendipity/Sandune is a block from beautiful sunsets on Lake Michigan.

                            Serendipity/Sandune is a block from beautiful sunsets on Lake Michigan.

                          • The Sandune Suite sits at the rear of the inn, with a private entrance and deck.

                            The Sandune Suite sits at the rear of the inn, with a private entrance and deck.

                          • With our inter-connected suites, were well-suited for weddings and reunions.

                            With our inter-connected suites, were well-suited for weddings and reunions.

                          • View of the living room from the north.

                            View of the living room from the north.

                          • View of the full kitchen.

                            View of the full kitchen.

                          • The south bedroom sleeps 2 guests.

                            The south bedroom sleeps 2 guests.

                          • View of the bathroom.

                            View of the bathroom.

                          • Guests often pull walleye and steelhead right off the public piers.

                            Guests often pull walleye and steelhead right off the public piers.

                          • Come back in the fall for spectacular colors.

                            Come back in the fall for spectacular colors.

                          • Master Carver Ed Moody's work is one of the Festival's highpoints.

                            Master Carver Ed Moody's work is one of the Festival's highpoints.

                          • February features the annual Shiver By the River Festival.

                            February features the annual Shiver By the River Festival.

                          • Serendipity House: Four-Season Lodging at the Water's Edge. -Frankfort, Michigan

                            Serendipity House: Four-Season Lodging at the Water's Edge. -Frankfort, Michigan

                          • Serendipity/Sandune sits across the street from Betsie Bay.

                            Serendipity/Sandune sits across the street from Betsie Bay.

                          • Front porches were made for some serious vacation reading.

                            Front porches were made for some serious vacation reading.

                          • The Serendipity/Sandune foyer.

                            The Serendipity/Sandune foyer.

                          • The sofa converts to a full bed as necessary.

                            The sofa converts to a full bed as necessary.

                          • View of the Serendipity/Sandune dining area.

                            View of the Serendipity/Sandune dining area.

                          • The north bedroom sleeps 4 guests.

                            The north bedroom sleeps 4 guests.

                          • View of the bathroom.

                            View of the bathroom.

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

                            We're 40 minutes from nationally renowned Sleeping Bear Dunes.

                          • Frankfort's annual Fall Festival is always a treat.

                            Frankfort's annual Fall Festival is always a treat.

                          • Cross-country and downhill skiing are readily available.

                            Cross-country and downhill skiing are readily available.

                          • Spring turns a young man's fancy (and young women) to...surfing.

                            Spring turns a young man's fancy (and young women) to...surfing.

                          • The kitchen is full-service, with a door accessing a deck and Main Street below.

                            The kitchen is full-service, with a door accessing a deck and Main Street below.

                          VRBO #178405

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                          This listing was first published here in 2008.

                          Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                          $119 - $289 per night (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

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                          Minimum stay: 1-2 nights
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