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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

Gladstone is also a perfect location for exploring all that the Upper Peninsula has to offer. Within one hour drive you can enjoy...

* Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore

* Fayette Historic State Park

* Big Springs (Kitch-iti-kipi), the largest natural spring in Michigan located in Palms Book State Park

* Sugarloaf Mountain, Presque Isle Park and historic Marquette

* Iron Mountain Iron Mine

* Dozens of gorgeous waterfalls and walking / biking trails

* The Island Resort and Casino

* Eben Ice Caves

* Miners Castle Rock and the Lake Superior Shoreline

* Hiawatha National Forest

* Numerous golf courses, lighthouses, museums, and more!

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

More Details

Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Ron

Ron is a native 'Yooper' with roots in the Gladstone area. Although he moved away more than two decades ago he and the family make the trek from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to visit several times per year. The U.P. is a perfect place to unwind and take a break from Ron's hectic work schedule which has him traveling all over the world through most of the year. Ron and Katrina have a total of 4 kids who love to spend time in Gladstone as the location is perfect for kids. It is also a very friendly town where you will immediately feel welcome as you explore all that the area has to offer. In their spare time Ron and Katrina love to travel to exotic locations. Ron is a musician and guitar collector while Katrina enjoys puzzles and volunteer work.

Ron purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ron chose Gladstone

Ron's mother and grandparents are from Gladstone so he 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. The sunsets over the lake are spectacular and you can occasionally even see the Northern Lights! 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.


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'Little Bay Getaway' Cottage on Beautiful Lake Michigan
average rating of 4.969697 based on 35 reviews
Lake Placid, FL

Cozy, great view, clean, and well equipped!,

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month at Little Bay Getaway. We couldn't have asked for anything more. Ron was great to work with, and very responsive. We have rented a lot of vacation properties over the years, and this one was the cleanest and best equipped property we have ever rented.

The view from the cottage was beautiful, and right across from the park. On Thursday evenings there was a free music concert in the park. Also, down by the yacht club there were bikes you can use all day for free.

Gladstone is a small community with a very friendly atmosphere. The best pizza available in the area is at the Saloon in Gladstone, and the best Friday night fish fry is at the Swallow Inn just down the highway in Rapid River.

We took many, many day trips while at the cottage. You're only a little more than an hour to Pictured Rocks and Marquette. Escanaba has many great places to visit, museums, Ludington Park, the Farmers Market, and many weekend activities along the lakeshore. Check out the various area lighthouses around the bay.

We had a great time, and you will to.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kay, Thank you for the great review and for being such a wonderful guest. It was a pleasure to deal with you and hope you will return again next summer!
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Very Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our week stay during ice fishing season was very relaxing. The house was clean and comfortable and the location is perfect. Ron and Katrina are EXTREMELY responsive. I like that they keep improving the property. We would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse city

Wonderful time definitely would come again

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this property

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback, we would love to have you visit again! All the best, Ron
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We had a fantastic stay at Little Bay Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is adorable and the location perfect. We loved the proximity to the bay and the park. It's a perfect location to take day trips to places like Pictured Rocks and Kitchitikipi. Hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review and you are welcome back any time! All the best, Ron
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Nice, quiet place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I was in town for work at the Logging Expo so I didn't spend much time there but when I was it was great. Glad I didn't have to deal with full hotels and parking lots. Having a kitchen was great too.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The rental was impeccably clean, and well appointed. Attractions, groceries, restaurants, and a beautiful beach were all close. The rental had Upper Peninsula feel without sacrificing comforts!

Craig and Sigrid

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review and for being such amazing guests! Hope to have you again in the future!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.