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Great location on inland lake within minutes of Lake MI beaches, M-22, & ATV fun

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, Sleeps up to 10 people.

Welcome to your lakefront cottage experience! Listen to the loons on this 80-acre all sports lake. Dock belonging to the rental is available with paved public boat launch. We provide canoe, paddles, swimming raft and paddleboat for your enjoyment.

Location is perfect for relaxing and also for fun day trips to the surrounding area. Only 30 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches,

This vacation rental on Harper Lake is in Irons, Michigan. Irons is a small town located just northwest of Baldwin, about 30 minutes from Ludington and Manistee and just 50 minutes from Traverse City. White Pines cottage is quiet, super-clean, and nestled in a peaceful wooded setting with 129 feet of lake frontage.

Besides dining area and eating bar, there is a large deck with gas grill, sitting benches and picnic table overlooking the lake. Lawn and beach chairs available along with a lakeside fire-pit for nighttime relaxing and/or marshmallow roasting.

Canoeing or tubing on the Little Manistee River is only a few minutes away. Pere Marquette and Pine River nearby also. Just minutes from Tippy Dam as well as the North Country Trail system. Also, Irons has miles of public trails for quad, dirt-biking, and mountain biking as well as hiking. Famous Dublin jerky (plus all your grocery needs) can be bought at the Dublin store - only a few miles away!

Traverse City is located 50 minutes to the north and offers fantastic wineries, dining, and shopping. Bass, perch, and pike can be found in Harper Lake. Little Manistee Casino 35 miles away.

White Pines is located only 1/2 hour from M-22. M-22 is 116 miles of scenic highway winding through the countryside and a reputation for one of the prettiest color tours you will ever experience! M-22 will allow you to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline, climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, discover art galleries, wineries and dining. The colors are delightful even in other seasons!

Check-in is Saturday after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and checkout the following Saturday 11:00 a.m.Eastern time.

Keywords: Cottage, vacation home, lakefront getaway near Traverse City and Ludington, bungalow, wooded setting, all sports lake, fall color tour, M-22, located near casino, ORV, ATV, quads, trails, North Country Trail System, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, fire pit, Lake Michigan beaches, wine tours

More Details

Kathy Rose
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Kathy Rose

We are working professionals who are extremely busy with work, families, and friends. When the weekends roll around, we head up to our favorite lake 'up-north.' When we are not entertaining, we love to take advantage of the lake as we canoe, kayak, and boat.

Kathy Rose purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Kathy Rose chose Irons

Our family has been retreating to Harper Lake for the past 30 years. We have found Harper Lake to be one of the most relaxing places to unwind and de-stress after a busy workweek. Nothing beats the soothing nature of being on the water and the tranquility of star-gazing away from city lights. In August, the aurora borealis display is awesome! We bought our cottage because it is an easy drive from home and the perfect getaway from the busyness of our normal lives.

What makes this cottage unique

The wooded setting with the private lake frontage creates a beautiful view no matter what window we look out. Our most favorite ritual is going for a walk around the lake each morning sipping our favorite coffee. We love this location because it is surrounded by national forest and recreation areas - all of which are beautiful places to hike and walk.


Irons Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • PLEASE LEAVE THE COTTAGE AS YOU FOUND IT! We work really hard to have an exceptionally clean cottage for you to enjoy.
  • REMEMBER – no sheets or towels are provided. You must bring your own. There are 2 queen beds, 1 full size bed and 2 twin beds. If you elect to use the
  • PETS are not permitted in White Pines Cottage without prior authorization.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • full bath with shower and tub - need to bring your own towels
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - optional queen size sleeper sofa
  • Queen size Beds (2) 1 queen in main floor bedroom and 1 in sleeping loft, Double Beds (1) located in sleeping loft, Twin or Single Beds (2) located in sleeping loft, for additional sleeping - 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in living area- all pillows have pillow covers changed weekly to guard against stains and cross-contamination - need to bring your own linens
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
private dock, paddleboat, canoe, swimming raft, picnic table, fire pit, firewood and kindling provided, lawn and beach chairs, coffeemaker, toaster, toilet paper, paper towels, pillows, blankets, gas grill


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Great location on inland lake within minutes of Lake MI beaches, M-22, & ATV fun
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

Lovely Quiet Place in the Woods, plus lots to do

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the lovely cabin, the quiet and peacefulness of the area, and the great fishing. Caught a 15" large mouth bass right off the dock at dusk. Caught several more on the lake near the swim platforms.

Fun eating spot in Irons, the Oak Grove Tavern. All the locals turned out on a Tue. for $1 hotdog night, and they had a fun 7 piece lively band. The BBQ ribs were also good.

Great supermarket/hardware store/jerky superstore, the Dublin General Store is a few miles away.

Walk around the lake, or cross the road for some hiking trails in the woods. Take a drive to Lake Michigan, we went up to Traverse City and enjoyed it.

Overall, great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had fun fishing! And it is so fun you discovered one of the local eating places. Oak Grove Tavern does some really fun events throughout the year and it is always an experience! We would love for you to stay with us again.
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Clarkston Michigan

Deer Camp

  • 5 of 5

It was awesome as soon as I opened the door it was super clean and plenty of room for everyone!!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi guys! We are so glad you liked staying in our cottage! We work really hard at keeping it extra clean and happy you noticed! It sounds like you are interested in staying with us again. We will definitely accommodate you in the best way we know how! Thank you.
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Cozy getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Super clean, very cute cabin. Close to downtown Manistee and great hiking! Will definitely come back with our kids in the summer to enjoy the lake and all its amenities.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at White Pines Cottage on Harper Lake! We are glad you explored Manistee - one of many places to visit and explore near here. Please come back with your kids - they will love the canoeing, paddle-boating, swimming and hunting for our plentiful turtles!
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Beauty by the lake

  • 5 of 5

Had a very nice time! Just didn't seem like enough time to get all we wanted to do done. By the time we got to cottage and unloaded at 3pm. We need to go to the store. Which we got lost because of no wifi in the boonies lol. But found our way. It rained most of our next whole day there. So we did not get to enjoy the lake for fishing. Which was gorgeous. It was peaceful there. And next morning was packing and cleaning to be out by 11. Just wish we could of had another night! Thank you Kathy and Roger! We hope to make up again next year for an extra night.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great time! We agree with you about the peacefulness and the gorgeousness of the area. Please do come again next year and stay a little longer! Roger and Kathy
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Chicago, IL


  • 5 of 5

A lovely, cozy home. Great view of the lake. We love that it provided a canoe and paddle boat. Overall, great stay. We would definitely come here again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: October is a beautiful month to visit Harper Lake and stay at White Pines Cottage! We are so glad you took advantage of the canoe and paddle boat to explore our awesome 70+ acre lake. You are welcome back anytime!
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We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time! The cottage and lake were so peaceful, relaxing, quiet and fun. The owners are very friendly and helpful, plus the cottage is wonderfully clean. Since the cottage is only 30 minutes from Ludington, Manistee and Lake Michigan, we expected to do quite a bit of exploring. We changed our minds once we got to the cottage, however, and spent the majority of our time at the cottage and on the lake because we had such a great time! Definitely a do-over! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great time! We, of course, are prejudiced - but we think the location is perfect. We can stay "at home" and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet at the lake OR we have a short drive to all kinds of sightseeing, shopping and exploring the west coast of Michigan. We would love for you to come again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Manistee County Blacker Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Oak Grove Tavern
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
SS Badger Car Ferry
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Fawn Crest Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Jackie's Place
Nearest Ski
24 Miles
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Lake Michigan
Nearest Point of Interest
White Pines Cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Harper Lake Public Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
Irons Cafe & Oak Grove Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Jackies Place
Nearest Point of Interest
The Dublin General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Dublin Fudge
Nearest Point of Interest
Kayak/Canoe Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
North Country Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Tiny's Bait Shop & Trading Post
Nearest Point of Interest
Na-Tah-Ka Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Granny's Kitchen
Nearest Point of Interest
Sand Lake swimming beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Blossom's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Little River Casino
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Manistee National Golf
Nearest Point of Interest
Fawn Crest Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Club 37
Car: necessary

Lake Michigan is 30 minutes away - great beaches at both Ludington State Park and Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee.Rivers - Little Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Pine River for canoeing, kayaking or tubing, Tippy Dam, North Country Trail system and other public trails for hiking, dirt-biking, ATVs or quads, Famous Dublin jerky, Boat rentals available in Traverse City, fishing charters on Lake Michigan offered right out of Irons, Big M Mountain Bike trails for biking and hiking, Little River Casino in Manistee, M-22 for the most popular scenic drive in Michigan, Manistee National Forest, Sand Lake swimming and sandy beach, winery tours near Traverse City, Great Wolf Lodge Resort, Lake Michigan public beaches only 30 minutes away, geocaching, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 1 1/2 hour beautiful scenic drive. For golfers, there are numerous golf courses from 15 -

30 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $80
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

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