About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
Ruthie's place is located in a private beach neighborhood, less than 10 minutes North of St. Joseph, and 15 minute south of South Haven, along the lake shore. The drive from chicago is 2 hours or 2.5 hours from Detroit. This home's eclectic design sets the theme for your summer escape. Awesome sunsets from 2 different decks. Windows throughout frame the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan. The kids will love building sand castles, swimming, rock finding and exploring. Pull up your lounge chair on the deck at night and watch the shooting stars perform a light show, or bring your telescope and view the galaxies. This property is located on a bluff looking over the best beach around! Only 134 stairs to the beach. Walk or jog in either direction to your heart's content. We'll see you on the beach!
Special Fall Long Weekend packages available. Inquire for details.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had a wonderful stay at Ruthie’s Fun in the Sun. The kids had a blast swimming in the Lake. While the steps heading down (and back) from the beach were daunting at first, we got used to it. The main thing that made our trip so wonderful was staying at Ruthie’s Fun in the Sun. The cottage was welcoming, and enjoyable to just hang out in. The screened in porch was like being in a treehouse. We truly felt at home. Well, actually better than home. There were many spaces that had appeal and charm. The kitchen was very well stocked with utensils and anything you would need to cook. We all enjoyed meeting the owner.
-Ann age 48
I think Ruthie’s cottage is the lovliest place you can find in years. It has a lake, outdoor shower, a big house, and a nice relaxing room. I liked the leather couch. I liked the kitchen. It has a beach. And when i stayed there, i felt like i was on vacation because i was. Stay at Ruthie’s cottage.
-Rowan age 9
I loved the beach, and the house was very great.I loved the house. I wish it was my house. My favorite room was the upstairs room. The outdoor shower was great, i never took a shower outdoors. The woman had a great game called shuffleboard. The rules were you had little things with sand on a board, and there’s numbers on each side, and you have to get on one two or three.
-Evan Age 7
great Fall getaway
My husband and I had a great time staying at Ruthie's in Michigan. The house is very charming and cozy with a great wood-burning fireplace for the chilly Fall nights. The deck overlooks Lake Michigan where we were able to take long walks with no one in sight! There were several golf courses to play at nearby and very cute towns within 5-20 miles to shop and dine out in. I definitely plan to go back again next Fall!
Fun in the Sun At Ruthie's Place
We had a great stay at Fun In The Sun Ruthie's Place this summer where all our expectations were met and then some.
We all enjoyed the variety of activities in the area: the men played golf on several courses during our two weeks stay; we all enjoyed the area's wineries and home-grown veggie and fruit stands. Even bought an arms-load of sunflowers at a roadside field where there was no attendant...just a jar for your money!! We spent a couple of afternoons shopping and sight-seeing in St. Joe and South Haven, both vibrant and charming communities.
We really felt like we got away this summer and look forward to exploring more next time!
Perfect vacation spot
Just a quick two hour drive from downtown chicago, this charming house will make you smile from the moment you arrive! We bring our dog...she is welcome and loves to run along the unobstructed beach. My husband loves being close to so many championship golf courses and I love everything about my time here. Kitchen is fully stocked making eat in dining easy. Outdoor shower is a hoot. Great Lake views from expansive deck make sunsets magical. We think this is the perfect beach retreat and return every year. Also do annual girls visits. Great shopping opportunities close by.
Chill Out at Ruthie's Place
From the moment you walk into Ruthie's place, you'll know that you are on vacation. Her view of the lake from her bluff is fabulous and you can enjoy it from her deck and very cool porch. Lots of sitting areas so that you can follow the sun and shade.
She has created a very warm and welcoming spot to call home for as long as you stay. The beach is spectacular - very private with miles to walk.
I have stayed at Ruthie's on and off over the years and have never been disappointed.
Fun place for Family Time
This property is accurately described "Fun in the sun at Ruthies Place". Our family of grown children spent a relaxing fun weekend together. We enjoyed the lake and the beach. You could walk for miles on the beach and the water was clean and not too chilly. We stayed in most nights to eat together and play games. Ruthie has four different dining spots to chose from and each accommodated all 6 of us. The kitchen is well stocked for preparing all types of dinners. Ruthie was kind and helpful. We hope to come back and enjoy the deck where you can truly relax while listening to the waves and the breeze through the trees.
There is an indoor 24 foot shuffle board table.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are based on maximum number of 8 guests. If additional guests are approved, additional charges will be $50/night/person. Bring all of your own bed linens, bath & beach towels/chairs. Dogs are allowed if approved.