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The Blue Dog - Lake Michigan Cottage on the Beach - Good Hart

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lake Michigan Cottage on the Beach; 2 Bedroom , 1 Full Bath, 1/2 Bath

Grandpa built the Blue Dog in 1916 and it has been in the family ever since. With it's pine interior and stone fireplace, it has a unique rustic charm and is a great getaway for a couple or small family with up to three children. Enjoy drinks and beautiful sunsets from the porch swing on the large covered front porch; There is a sundeck on a dune below the porch (a good spot for star gazing!) and a fire pit on the beach-- perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores ! You can beach walk for miles, or ride bikes through the M-119 'tunnel of trees'. A shallow sandy swimming cove, and 2 kayaks provided.

Ideal for naturalists, cyclists, families, couples, or you and a few friends. Enjoy the weather and play on the beach  take a side trip or play golf nearby.  You can walk several miles along the Lake in either direction! Go kayaking , then kick back while watching the amazing sunsets over the Lake. If it rains, light a fire in the fireplace and catch up on your reading, card playing, or get the others to join in board game or satelitte TV.

There is a full kitchen for cooking.  

In Good Hart (7mi. South along M-119) be sure to visit the Good Hart General Store (groceries and deli wine and beer), Primitive Images (antiques, gifts, and tea room), the Crepe Cart, and A Studio Shop.

Groceries are available at the Cross Village General Store; gas,  deli, beer, liquor, party supplies, or the Good Hart General Store; gourmet goodies and deli, or the Harbor Springs IGA.

Restaurants in Cross Village include: famous Legs Inn ,a must see which also has music and dancing on weekends, the Crows Nest.

Restaurants in Harbor Springs include:  Turkeys for great pizza, breakfast, lunch and dinner - cocktails; The Pier, The New York, Mustang Wendy's, The Paper Station, Teddy Griffin's Roadhouse, and The Fish to name a few for fine dining and cocktails.

Property is available for the 2017 rental season, June 24to Sept. 16th for weekly rentals (Saturday to Saturday) at $1500 per week.;

Directions: 20 minutes North of Harbor Springs via M-119 or State Road /Robinson Rd. Then 1 mile North of Good Hart on M-119. Take Left drive down Chippewa Cove Woods, a hard right at bottom of hill and 50 yds. to the 'Blue Dog' driveway to arrive at your cozy lakefront cabin!

Keywords: Lakefront cottage, 2 bedrooms (one queen bed, 2 double beds), sleeps 2-5, large covered front porch with porch swing-glider (great for drinks, sunsets!) Lower sundeck on dunes below porch. 2 ocean kayaks provided.

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2018

About The Owner

The Blue Dog cottage was built by grandpa in 1916 and has been in the family ever since. The family has enjoyed many great times at this cozy cabin on the Lake as we have watched our children and children's children grow up there. We are sure that new visitors to the Blue Dog will be able to create their own special memories.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1916

Why The Owner chose Harbor Springs

Built by Grandpa, handed down to the grandchildren who now manage it.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace, solitude, great sunsets, amazing stars your can almost reach up at touch in the night sky, beach walks, campfires- a wonderful getaway on Lake Michigan.


Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Don't forget to bring sheets and towels.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Fireplace
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • downstairs bath features toilet, sink, and stall shower upstairs half-bath was added this year- features toilet and sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) one queen size bed in one bedroom, Double Beds (2) 2 double beds in 2nd bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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The Blue Dog - Lake Michigan Cottage on the Beach - Good Hart
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Millersville, Maryland

Beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to unwind and relax. The views of the lake are magnificent and the cottage is rustic but functional and in great condition for a place built in 1916. Best for 4 adults or a family of 6

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at this charming cottage, July 2015. Amazing sunsets every night. Kitchen and bathrooms are modern and clean. The tunnel of trees was fun to drive. Hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann arbor, Mi

classic up north cabin with great views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Blue Dog for a week in August 2011. The cabin was clean, comfortable and well decorated. It was well stocked with kitchen utensils and even had a charcoal grill. It has a great covered porch overlooking the lake with a swing along with a sundeck complete with lounge chairs.

The blue dog is a great place to relax and watch the sunsets. The owner is very helpfull and quick to answer questions. The beach is not great for walks or swimming-it has alot of vegatation/rocks and the swimming area had alot of algae (at least when we were there), so I would not say you can walk for miles. You can, however, bike along the tunnel of trees or canoe/kayak if you happen to bring one along.

We saw tons of wildlife, including a bald eagle. There is a great restaurant 7 miles away called Legs Inn that has waterfront-on bluff-dining. An excellent crepe food cart is only a mile away in front of the general store. There is a restaurant called the Fish which I had one of the worst meals I've seen in a restaurant-skip that one. The general store in good hart is famous for it's pies.

I would definitely recommend the blue dog for a relaxing vacation on the water with your dog-just don't expect too much from the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Dakota

Great Times in Good Hart at the Blue Dog

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Blue Dog 7/3-7/10/10 and had a GREAT time on the lake. The cabin was ideal for our family, and our Weimaraner, Sadie, had the dogcation of her lifetime. I've been spending time in northern Michigan for fifty years and the time spent at the Blue Dog was as memorable as any. We definitely will stay at the Blue Dog again and recommend the property to everyone. The lake, the forest, the tranquility of the time spent getting away from it all was exactly what we had anticipated.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Mackinaw City
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Legs Inn


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rented by the week = 7 nights. *This cottage rents Saturday to Saturday.* Check-in at 4pm, check-out at 11am
Cleaning fee is included in the rent.
Pet Fee $30 per week one well-behaved pet only

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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