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Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4). Great front porch.

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in the Tawases as the leaves turn red, yellow, orange and even purple. Large orange sunrises are not uncommon and are breathtaking. Enjoy one with a morning cup of coffee or two, on your front porch. Take an early morning swim in Lake Huron ( some of us do until the first frost ), or bike the Alabaster to the Tawas Bay State Park Lighthouse. Canoe or kayak Lake Huron or the Ausable, shop Newman Street for the wines of the Brew Krew and Windjammer, look in the very upscale O'Connor's, and enjoy the Village Chocolatier's nationally acclaimed chocolates or catch a flick at the Family Theater. Cook on your own gas grill - or order in. Or dine at the brand new Boathouse Brewery which offers an excellent variety of food. Fish, golf, hike or just laze the day away with a good book. In Autumn you can also enjoy the beautiful Harvest Moon which appears to rise directly out of Lake Huron in front of The Cottage. Enjoy the terrific fall color produced by the hardwoods of the Eastern Michigan shoreline. Then come back to see us in the winter and ski the well groomed ski trails of Corsair in the Huron Forest. A bottle of wine or box of chocolates welcomes you upon arrival at The Cottage. This is an excellent place to get some well deserved down time, relax and regenerate your energy level for another year in the workplace. Suitable for all ages.

More Details

Dr. Murlene McKinnon
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, Cewa, some Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

About Dr. Murlene McKinnon

I am retired from running a training business for the criminal justice field - police, judges, dispatch, and federal agents. Have pursued that career in the U.S. and foreign countries. Before that I was a professor of communications. Served in Peace Corps in Africa. Still travel extensively. Born in Detroit, grew up in Farmington, lived in Malawi, Africa; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland. and Dublin, Ireland. Hobbies are reading, cross country skiing, travel, attending theater and concerts and eating out. Until 2016, when we reached our goal of building a new library, I developed (with a great team) the Tawas Uncork'd Wine Festival which runs the first Saturday in August. My next trip - which I am about to start - is driving the North Scottish Coast 500 in September and October of 2017.

Dr. Murlene McKinnon purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Dr. Murlene McKinnon chose Tawas City

I bought The Cottage because it is next to my home on Lake Huron and therefore easy to manage and deal with the needs of my clients. I also enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories! It is especially nice for those looking to get away and enjoy some quality time. Every morning on Lake Huron is a new beginning because the lake rarely looks the same. It may look like a Monet painting one day and a |Turner or Constable the next. Bald eagles fly up and down the beach hunting a meal. The occasional loon dives and sounds it's eerie call. And, in the fall and spring the ducks and geese land and take off in their annual migrations. It is on the migration path for thousands of birds every fall and spring, so an ideal place for the Audubon folks.

What makes this cottage unique

Staying at The Cottage in the Fall is a real treat. Enjoy a later night fire and watch the moon rise over the lake. In the winter cross country ski in the Huron Forest on the Corsair trails. Sleep on a pillow top mattress and have the soothing waves of Lake Huron lull you to sleep. Sip a steaming cup of coffee or tea and watch the sun rise. Grab a glass of wine or make yourself a drink and watch the Harvest Moon rise. This is a place to be really lazy - or indulge in as many activities as one pleases -- biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, reading, sunbathing, skiing, shopping, wine drinking, etc. State park beaches also nearby.


Tawas City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom contains shower. All bath linens are supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Bed (1) New pillowtop mattress with 400 count linens, Twin or Single Beds (2) New pillow top mattresses and bedding. All bed linens are supplied.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Host is friendly and knowledgable of area. Welcomes you with a bottle of wine or 1 lb box of Village Chocolatier chocolates


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Lake Huron Beachfront Get Away - the Cottage
average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews

Lake Huron Cottage - Tawas

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing lake front cottage with access to bike paths along US23. Water level currently high, so no beach to speak of, but can get into the water to swim. Depth is knee high by sea wall to head high 50 feet out. Sand beaches are short drive 10-15 mins away in Tawas and E. Tawas. Inside was recently renovated and back covered porch with Adirondack chairs created pleasant space to read and enjoy the views.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alan and Susan, Thanks for your comments! Too true, our past beach fire pit for s'more making is gone! The Army Corps opened the gates from Lake Superior last summer and the lake level rose by 22 inches. This year the rain has raised it even higher! Based on my experience, I would say that the beach will return in a few years. The Tawas City beach has been enlarged and redone, with a new toilet building and a Mexican food stand. East Tawas has also enlarged their beach area. And, at the end of the bike trail, is the Tawas State Park, with lots of beach area, a lighthouse to visit and another food stand. Finally, it is actually our front porch with the Adirondack chairs that faces the lake. Our back porch, infinitely smaller, is on the road side. But we are pleased that you enjoyed that porch for reading and it's lovely views of the lake and State Park Point. We enjoyed having you as guests and thank you for taking the time to comment. Mac
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Wonderful cottage. Immaculate. Had everything we needed. TRight on the water, lovely neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Our hostess lives next door and was attentive and fun to talk with but very respectful of our privacy. The Cottage was perfect for our mid week R&R!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always fun to have great guests. You guys are interesting and fun. Please come again!! Mac
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Very nice vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were very nice and clean. The view was beautiful and the owner was very accommodating. There were many things to do in town since the community is very active.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renata, You and your family were a joy to have as renters. It was nice to see you get creative with the "beach fire" and use the movable fire pit. The additional water from Lake Superior and the high volume of spring and summer rains have taken away our beach fires, but new set up worked well. I was impressed with all the things you guys did to enjoy yourselves! You are welcome any time! Mac
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with a Great View! A Nice Cozy Cabin, near bike trail so we enjoyed many bike rides and long walks!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we thought it was great to have you. It was nice to see all of you relax and have a good time. Nice grandkids.
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Totally Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

My sister and I have spent our vacation at the "Cottage" for 3 years. We love this place for its location and solitude. There are plenty of things to do to occupy you if you so desire but our main interest was relaxation and this place delivers. We were happy just sitting on the front porch looking out over Lake Huron. The property is well maintained and has everything you need for a great getaway. The property owner is a lovely person and very knowledgeable about the area. We're already talking about next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I spent a long weekend at "The Cottage". This place is in the perfect location if you're looking to relax & unwind. Mac (the owner) and her mate James couldn't have been nicer. They were very accommodating & gave great suggestions for things to do & where to dine in Tawas. The Cottage is the perfect size & very very clean (a must for me). Waking up to a beautiful sunrise sets the scene for the rest of the day. If you're thinking of a trip to the Lake Huron area, this is the place to stay. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to read the reviews that tell us people have really relaxed and enjoyed themselves. We work to make your stay carefree and fun so that you can go back to the "daily grind" rejuvenated. Thanks so much for your comments. We have great guests and meet some wonderful friends among them. Mac
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Tawas Point Lighthouse
Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bike Path
Mr. Jacks'ss
Huron Breeze Golf Club
Iargo Springs
Lumberman's Monument
Boathouse Beer Co. & Boozery
New restaurant. Terrific food, lots of choice, very good beer and wine selections - had a ni...
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
MBS Saginaw/Midland
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Mr. Jack'ss / G's / Barnacle Bill's
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Charity Island / Tawas Dock
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Huron Breeze / Red Hawk (15)
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Freight train at 2 a.m.
Nearest Motorway
U.S. 23 which is right up the hill
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Boathouse Brewery
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
Front of house
Car: necessary

Bike to and visit the Lighthouse on Tawas Point. Canoe or kayak Lake Huron at your front door or the Ausable River in Oscoda. Visit Lumberman's Monument and Iargo Springs, both overlooking the Ausable. Golf at Red Hawk, Lakewood Shores and Huron Breeze. Work out at Huron Sports, or hike the Corsair Trails of the Huron State Forest or the Highbanks along the Ausable River. Browse the shops on Newman street and get your favorite ice cream cone. Bike the bike trail which extends both North and South from The Cottage. . Go fishing with one of the charters. Visit Charity Island. Swim at the beaches of the State park or the city beaches in East Tawas and Tawas City. Visit the Saturday morning Farm Market, see a movie at the in town cinema or view a play at the local playhouse. There are numerous events throughout the summer, including the 9th annual Tawas Uncork'd and Blues on the Bay. Or join us in September for the Triathaon. Eat at our new Boathouse Brewery and enjoy the chocolates of nationally known Village Chocolatier.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $175

Please note website has placed The Cottage on Lake Street in town. We are on Douglas Dr down the hill from U.S. 23 north of Lakeside which goes down on an angle from the highway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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