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'Little Bay Getaway' Cottage on Beautiful Lake Michigan

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


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

'Little Bay Getaway' is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan, or to serve as a hub for your adventurous getaway vacation. This adorable little cottage is ideally located across the street from Van Cleve Park and Little Bay De Noc and is within 5 minutes walk of the following attractions...

* Gladstone Beach (Rated one of the Top 5 Beaches in Michigan)

* Kids Kingdom Play Area (see link to Pics)

* New Public Fishing Dock complete with lights for night fishing and a fish cleaning station

* Fitness Course

* Skateboard Park

* Scenic Lagoon, Marina, Boat Launch and Gazebo

It is also just steps away from the trailhead of the brand new Little Bay de Noc Trail, a paved, non-motorized trail that follows the shoreline from Gladstone to Escanaba (opens in mid-summer 2017). A limited number of bikes are available for rent for a nominal fee, please inquire when booking.

Little Bay De Noc is the Walleye fishing capital of the world and is home to many major fishing tournaments. In addition to Walleye you can also fish for Salmon, Bass, Trout, Perch, and several other species. Charters are available locally or you can fish from the newly constructed fishing dock which is just a few minutes walk from the cottage.

In the winter months you will find Gladstone to be an ideal place for your skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, or snowmobiling getaway. Snowmobiles are permitted on Gladstone city streets and local trails connect you to the rest of the Upper Peninsula and beyond. The recently renovated Gladstone Sports Park is perfect for beginner to intermediate downhill skiers and it boasts 3 rope tows, 1 wire, and 1 t-bar. It also has a snowboard run with a regulation half-pipe and an indoor chalet with concessions. The cottage is just 38 miles from the stunning Eben Ice Caves which is becoming one of Michigan's top winter destinations!

There is plenty to do in Gladstone and the surrounding area no matter what the season. Other activities include lighthouse tours, gambling, golf, cross-country skiing, ATV trails, wreck diving, etc. etc. etc. Just let us know what you are interested in and we will try to help you arrange an unforgettable getaway!

The 'Little Bay Getaway' is well-furnished and features both front and back decks to you can chose whether to enjoy the great view of Little Bay de Noc in the front or sit and relax under the trees in the large wooded back yard. Inside you will find a newly-remodeled kitchen and a large master bedroom with a sitting room to enjoy the view. The fold down couch in the living room is very comfortable and is a perfect spot for up to two children to sleep after a long day at the park. The bathroom includes a premium showerhead and full bathtub. There is even an acoustic guitar available for guests to use around the fire at night. Be sure to click the link under the calendar section for additional pictures and information.

Upper Michigan has been named one of the Top 10 Travel Values in the World by Lonely Planet, the only place in the USA to receive this honor. Come up for a visit and discover why!

Keywords: Cottage, Lake Michigan, House, Little Bay de Noc. Lonely Planet's Top 10 Value

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About Ron

I am a native 'Yooper' with roots in the Gladstone area. Although I moved away more than two decades ago I still visit several times per year. The cottage is a perfect place to unwind and take a break from my hectic work schedule which has me traveling all over the world through most of the year. I am the father of two young boys who love to spend time at the cottage as the location is perfect for kids. Gladstone is also a very friendly town where you will immediately feel welcome as you explore all that the area has to offer. In my spare time I am a musician and I love to collect guitars and antiques, you will see some evidence of this at the cottage too :)

Ron purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ron chose Little Bay de Noc

My mother and grandparents are from Gladstone so I had the benefit of spending a lot of time here as a child. It's a great place to just hang out and enjoy the friendly local people and small town charm. The lifestyle here is very relaxed and the scenery in the area is truly beautiful. It is the perfect place for a 'Getaway'.

What makes this cottage unique

The location is great because Van Cleve Park and Little Bay de Noc (Lake Michigan) are just across the street. The park is beautiful and it offers everything from a public beach (where the water is actually quite warm due to the shallow bay) to a kids playland, to a new public fishing dock. Little Bay de Noc is known as one of the best Walleye fishing areas in the country and there are local charters available. In the winter you can enjoy the Gladstone Ski Hill which also offers tubing, and snowmobiles are allowed on city streets to allow easy access to the extensive trail system. Gladstone is small enough that you can walk to a local restaurant for a meal or visit the charming specialty shops downtown.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage. We have a second home, and it's often that we are there and missing some simple item, a can opener, trash bags, etc. There was nothing we needed that wasn't provided at Little Bay! I appreciate how thoughtful that is, thank you! The internet was working fine. We would definitely stay there again; my local family also thought it was great, and took the info so they could mention it to anyone looking for accommodations. Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality!
May 2014
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Gladstone Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch in living room folds flat to form a full size bed. Very comfortable!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Front and rear decks, large back yard with mature trees, Coffee maker with timer, iPod Dock, In-town location offers access to shops and restaurants. Wifi provided free of charge.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

'Little Bay Getaway' Cottage on Beautiful Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.962963 based on 29 reviews
Auburn Hills MI


  • 5 of 5

As always, great location, great views and well appointed.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always great to have you as a guest, looking forward to your return to the area! All the best, Ron
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Auburn Hills MI

Great Location and Property

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and well appointed cottage. We come up 4-6 times a year for work and will be staying here or at eagle's nest down the street.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place to relax!

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice, quiet, and very clean rental. It is in a very pleasant location with a view of the lake. The breezes were very consistent and we did not need the air conditioning at all. Thanks Ron for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, I appreciate you choosing the Little Bay Getaway and I hope you will return in the future!
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Baltimore, MD USA

Great house, great location. We loved our stay at Little Bay Gateway, thank you very much.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Little Bay Getaway and we loved it just as much as the first one. House is very comfortable and cozy and has everything you can possibly need for a great vacation. When we arrived it was very clean and totally prepared for us. Special thanks to Ron for meeting our request regarding allergy to house chemicals and fragrances, we appreciate that very much.

Location is great. We really enjoyed our walks in park. We also liked going to near by Escanaba to visit park there and also have a meal at Sweedish Pantry. Little Bay Getaway is great point for exploring attractions of Michigan Upper Peninsula such as Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore and lovely city of Marquette.

Another reason why we love coming to Gladstone for vacation is cool weather. We live in Baltimore, MD and vacation in Gladstone provides us with escape from hit and humidity there. We would also like to compliment farmers markets in Gladstone and Escanaba, fruits, vegetables, egs and fish are always fresh and taste fantastic.

We definitely consider coming back in the future

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, you and your husband are always welcome in Gladstone! I also appreciate you listing some of the great things to do in the area which is very helpful for future guests. Hope to see you again next summer! All the best, Ron
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Yupper Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Little Bay Getaway was fantastic! I was up there from Minnesota with three college friends and having a base of operations right on the best beach on Lake Michigan but also close to Pictured Rocks and all the Lake Superior waterfalls, as well as only a few hours away from Mackinac Island was perfect.

The cottage was great. The beach across the street is extremely sandy and Lake Michigan is so clear and clean and surprisingly warm to do the position of the beach.

There are a lot of wineries and breweries and fantastic roadside shops in the area as well as Big Spring State Park (Kitchitikipi)—which was a lot of fun.

I would highly recommend Little Bay Getaway to anyone. Ron was great and got back to us right away and answered all out questions about the area. We used the grill everyday, and the place is extremely well cared for.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Adam! Thanks for the great review, really glad you got to experience so much of what the area has to offer! All the best, Ron
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Highly reccomend this rental.

  • 5 of 5

The house is everything the owner portrays it to be and more. Highly recommend it for small families. Everything you need is there except your food. Beautiful area and lots to do. Would definitely rent the house again.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback! Hope you will visit us again when the fish are biting!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
The Bluff
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
4J's Family Restaurant
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Gladstone Ski Hill
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Gladstone Beach
Car: necessary

Skateboard park, Kids Playground, Beach House with Showers and Concessions, fitness course, sand volleyball courts, boardwalk follows the shoreline - great for walking or biking. Bikes for touring Gladstone are available free of charge at the Yacht Harbor in the park across the street. Don't miss Gladstone's charming downtown district with local shops and friendly small-town service.


Rates & Availability

Gladstone Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Fall 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Initial payment due of $200 is the booking and security deposit, which is refundable after your stay. The rental amount is due 30 days prior to check in.

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.

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