Minakwa Cottage in Mackinaw City

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This cozy cottage is the perfect Michigan get-away for all 4 seasons! The cottage features birch ceilings, ash hardwood flooring, a living room, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a full kitchen and even a laundry room. Stocked with everything you’ll need to enjoy your stay, just bring the groceries!

We also have an separate Bunk House located on the property for an overflow of guests. The Bunk House sleeps 2 and has it's own bathroom and kitchenette which you can rent for an additional fee.

They say “location is everything” and you won’t find a better location to enjoy all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

If you are interested in star-gazing, the cottage is located just a few minutes from the Headlands - recently designated as a 'DARK SKY PRESERVE' - one of only 10 locations in the USA! This is given to a few special areas that are free of artificial light. The night sky is breathtakingly beautiful!

In the winter, you can be on the slopes of Nubs Knob or Boyne Mountain in less than 30 minutes. If you prefer snow-shoeing or x-country skiing, the area offers the Headlands, Wilderness State Park or Mill Creek - all minutes away. The beautiful Mackinaw to Midland snowmobile/bike trail is easily accessed from Mackinaw City. Interested in a little more adventure? Try a dog-sled ride through the wilderness from a local musher! Also a great base-camp for hunters.

In the spring, birdwatchers gather from all over the country to catch a glimpse of the incredible hawk migration.

In the summer, you can be soaking up the sun on one of Lake Michigan’s most beautiful sandy beaches in a few minutes. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Historic Fort Michilimackinac and the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse are all within easy reach – as is Shepler’s Ferry dock – the ultimate transportation to Mackinac Island. The cottage also comes with kayaks and bikes for your enjoyment.

In the fall, take the color tour through the “tunnel of trees” or enjoy spectacular scenery in the Upper Peninsula, an easy drive across the mighty Mackinac Bridge. There’s nothing quite like the sound of bugling elks during mating season at Pigeon River or the mysterious call of the loon on a quiet lake. It’s all here! Hunt, fish, hike, canoe, bike – you can do it all or you can just relax by the cozy fireplace with a good book.

We can help you find additional accommodations for your next family reunion, wedding or other small get-together.

We're offering a variety of Ecotour packages in the summer and fall. Interested in kayaking the Straits of Mackinac or the Les Cheneaux Islands? How about a guided bike tour or a birding excursion? We can hook you up with an experienced guide (all equipment included) for an unforgettable adventure.

If we don't have openings, we'll help you find a cottage in the area!

Book your perfect Northern Michigan getaway today!

Keywords: Cottage,Family Reunion,Wedding Parties

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Bunk House bathroom (if adding Bunk House to reservation)...moreless

  • Tub/shower combination Handicap accessible Bunk House bathroom is a tiled shower - no bathtub...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Bunk House may be added for an additional nightly fee. The Bunk House includes a kitchenette with a mini frig, microwave, coffee pot and toaster, crock pot and electric griddle. It includes a full bath and sleeping space for 2....moreless


  • Books:

    Large selection of books available for your reading pleasure....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games and cards available for all ages....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Water View:

    Located 2 blocks from Lake Michigan....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining table in front of the cozy fireplace - seats 4 - 5....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located in the cottage...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    fully winterized for year-round use....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    2 sets of sheets as well as quilts and wool blankets provided...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Large turn-around driveway to accomodate your vehicle...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Large, fluffy bath linens provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Located in the cottage...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Available in the area but not provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, glassware, silverware for 4-6 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Side-by-side refrigerator/freezer...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Refrigerator, gas oven/stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, fully supply dishes, pots and pans. Bunkhouse has a kitchenette with mini frig, sink, microwave, griddle...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:



  • Bicycles:

    2 Mountain Bikes and 1 Road Bike ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 kayaks available...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Also outdoor firepit. Gas Grill is provided but we do not provide propane...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Across the street from cottage....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 21 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Rates
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$165 $175
Fri, Sat
$1,100 $4,000

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$150 $160
Fri, Sat
$1,000 $4,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Administrative Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


Check in is 3pm; check out is 10am

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pellston Airport
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Keyhole Lounge
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Sheplers Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mackinaw Golf Club
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Audies; Darrows; Chippewa Room
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Nubs Knob
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Trails End

Car: Recommended

Mackinaw City is a great base camp for all of your 'Up North' adventures. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, graced by the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, everything is so accessible. You can shop, visit the historic Fort Michilimackinac or the McGulpin Point Lighthouse or the Old Mackinaw Point Light House. Take Sheplers Ferry to the beautiful Mackinac Island for a step back in time. Horse-drawn buggies and bikes are the only forms of transportation there! Lots of great shopping and fine resturants. Access the many bike and snowmobile trails in the area. Visit Taquamenon Falls, Oswald Bear Ranch, Whitefish Point, Saulte Ste Marie, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Indian River - all within an hour. Some of Michigans finest sandy beaches are within minutes. If you enjoy casinos, there are 3 within 45 minutes! This is a great, year 'round destination. Fishing, birdwatching, kayaking, hunting, snowmobiling, Eco-tours, boating, biking...the possibilities are endless!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: When Chuck and I met, one of the many things we had in common was that we grew up vacationing in Northern Michigan. As a result of those wonderful summers, we came to love the outdoors. It was such a part of us that we knew some day we'd have our own cottage there.

Why the Owner Chose Mackinaw City, MI, USA:
Our son and his wife were married on Mackinac Island a few years ago and that was when we decided to purchase this great cottage. We wanted to provide a special place for our children to bring their children in the years to come and we found the perfect spot. In 2012, we completely renovated the Bunk House to give us some additional space as our family continues to grow.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We can walk to the beaches, Mackinac Island ferries, the lighthouse, the fort or any number of great restaurants or shops. We can drive to Sault Ste Marie, Whitefish Point, Tahquamenon Falls, St. Ignace, the Les Cheneaux Islands, Drummond Island or Petoskey in about an hour. We love the outdoors and the possibilities are endless here. Swim, fish, kayak, canoe, sail, hike, bike, scuba dive, hunt, bird watch - you name it! It's all available there.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Fully equipped kitchen.

    Fully equipped kitchen.

  • Bunk House on property may be added for additional space.

    Bunk House on property may be added for additional space.

  • Bunk House Bed

    Bunk House Bed

  • Mackinaw Bridge

    Mackinaw Bridge

  • Black Bear in the Upper Penninsula

    Black Bear in the Upper Penninsula

  • Barred Owl - photo taken Feb, 2013

    Barred Owl - photo taken Feb, 2013

  • Kitchenette of Bunk House

    Kitchenette of Bunk House

  • Bunk House bed (full)

    Bunk House bed (full)

  • Freighter at sunset under the Mackinaw Bridge.

    Freighter at sunset under the Mackinaw Bridge.

  • Barred Owl - Feb 2013

    Barred Owl - Feb 2013

  • Sunset at Trails End Bay, Mackinaw City

    Sunset at Trails End Bay, Mackinaw City

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Minakwa Cottage in Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City, MI, USA #164294

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