The Sweetest Cottage on Lake Michigan

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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

A small, rustic cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. Built in the 1930s, it remains very 'up north' feeling, almost like a Hollywood version of a cottage in all its simplicity and woodiness. This is a soulful getaway from the busy world. Watch the sunrise over the lake, walk for miles on the white sand beach. Rest, read, draw, paint, play board games, build sand castles. In winter the place is transformed into a different, but equally beautiful kind of landscape with ice formations along the lake and crispy moonlit nights.

There is no television or internet here, but there is a stone fireplace and an area to make beach fires at night. The stars are the brightest you've ever seen. If you need to detox from a fast paced urban life, this is the place to reconnect with nature and the ever-changing beauty of the lake. People often say that this is one of the most beautiful places they have ever been in the world.

The cottage has one bedroom with a full-sized bed and bathroom. It has a bunk room for the kids near the second bathroom. It also has a pull out couch. The kitchen is large. Outdoors, a stone patio overlooks the lake. You can grill here and enjoy morning coffee. Beach chairs and a hammock are also provided as well as a kayak and water toys.

On rainy days or when you crave an outing, Sheboygan is only 13 miles north. There are several excellent restaurants here and a world class contemporary art center. State parks are within five miles on either side of the cottage. The small town of Kohler has the Kohler Design Center, where they showcase upscale bathroom fixtures. Sheboygan also has a indoor water park for restless rainy days with the kids.

The cottage is best suited for two people but four works too. Well-behaved dogs are welcome guests, especially if they aren't too hairy.

Keywords: Cottage, lake house

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Toys


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Beautiful white sand beach. Endless miles of walking along the shoreline....moreless

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area


  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Taxes Not included


Half of payment to hold reservation. Second half within 30 days of stay.

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Last updated: 09/30/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: I own a contemporary art gallery in Milwaukee, who also teach college art history. I have three children and a dog. This cottage is our most special place in the world.

Why the Owner Chose Oostburg, WI, USA:
The cottage is only 45 minutes from where I live in Milwaukee and it has a beautiful beach. The minute you step into it, you are 'away,' both mentally and physically.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This place offers total relaxation and a profound connection to the sand, sky, water and woods. The colors are brighter up here and the air smells good. Walking on the beach is immensely soothing and pleasurable. It is indeed a magical place. Even after owning it for 16 years I still marvel over this place. We have intentionally kept it low-tech. I have children and when we are at the cottage, I like them to unplug as much as possible. (Full disclosure: I also need to unplug). We have annually debated the internet issue and have finally decided not to install it at the cottage. There is no microwave either. There is, however, a new cafe in town (two miles away) that offers wifi and does not seem to mind if people camp out at the tables.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cottage Buddha. It came with the place when we bought it in 1994.

    Cottage Buddha. It came with the place when we bought it in 1994.

  • Bathroom with shower.

    Bathroom with shower.

  • The water in the summer.

    The water in the summer.

  • Guest book responses in all forms.

    Guest book responses in all forms.

  • View of beach from the porch.

    View of beach from the porch.

  • Stone fireplace. Wood provided.

    Stone fireplace. Wood provided.

  • Second bathroom, off main bedroom.

    Second bathroom, off main bedroom.

  • One of many artistic pages in the cottage guest book.

    One of many artistic pages in the cottage guest book.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Oostburg, WI, USA #264333

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