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Sweet Sara's by the Shore

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to 'Sweet Sara's'. This home is one of 8 houses in a secluded Lake Michigan bluff neighborhood. Sweet Sara's is a newer country home where no attention to detail has been spared -- a true 5 star accommodation. It's a perfect getaway from the city or a great meeting place for a girls' weekend away!

Walk the singing sands of Lake Michigan beach, watch the ever-changing sunsets from the bluff, celebrate the spectacular colors of autumn or sip hot cocoa in front of the fireplace on a snowy day. Whatever the season, the experience is always inspiring and delightful.

Take a short drive on scenic highway M-63, hugging the Lake Michigan shoreline, north to South Haven or south to St. Joseph and find good food, live music/theater, unique shops, museums and art galleries. Each town has its own lighthouse and boat-filled harbors, featuring individual charm and unique attractions -- memories you will not soon forget!

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Patti Ther
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Patti Ther

Originally from Glen Ellyn, IL.

Fell in love with the area in 1987. Built new in 2000, when I became a full time resident.

Patti Ther purchased this house in 1987

Why Patti Ther chose Southwest

The first time I experienced St. Joseph, MI. I knew I wanted to be here. Originally from Illinois, this was the perfect spot to chill out from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, and still is! Although I had been enjoying vacations here at Sweet Sara's since 1987, when the home was rebuilt in 2000 I moved up permanently. Hope you find in your visit what I discovered many years ago and still enjoy about Sweet Sara's and Lake Michigan. -- Patti

What makes this house unique

You will love the private beach here at Sweet Sara's -- everyone does. Take a swim, read a book, walk the "singing sands" for miles in each direction, it's all so good.

We are located a short drive to St. Joe, South Haven, Saugatuck, Holland. The wine country here in Southwest Michigan offers lots of individual wineries and fun group tours. Golf courses are some of the best, with Harbor Shores (a Jack Nicklaus signature course) right down the road, which hosts the Senior PGA every other year . One cannot visit St. Joseph without experiencing the Silver Beach Carousel, the Whirlpool Splash Pad, the Curious Kids Museums. Many of my guests claim that South Haven has the best Farmer's Market, and Saugatuck offers a place to visit more unique shops that you can fit in a day!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful labor day weekend at Sweet Sara's. your home is fantastic - so tastefully and beautifully "appointed" - so roomy - and casual - and elegant to boot! The lake is beautiful and all went down many times (except me - Grandma).

Patti - We all really loved your home. The only disappointment was Notre Dame's loss! Go Irish!

Thank you Patti! The house is fantastic, the beach is pristine, we all had a fantastic time! Hope to come back soon!

-- Donna & Joe Joyce (grandparents)
Sep 2007
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Coloma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double Sinks
    First Floor Bath - toilet , shower
    Second Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 full baths Master bath with jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower First floor bath with walk in shower Second floor bath with tub and shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Cranberry Room - 1 queen
    Periwinkle Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Yellow Bedroom - 2 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans throughout, skylights, central air, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, Jacuzzi tub in master suite, gas barbecue grill. 4 large bedrooms, 1 king, 2 queen, 2 double, 2 twin, down comforters, luxury sheets. We include a beach pass for entry and free parking for the famous Silver Beach in downtown St. Joseph, located a few steps away from the Silver Beach Carousel, Whirlpool Splash Pad and the Curious Kids museum. No pets and no smoking on premises.


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Sweet Sara's by the Shore
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Our son's wedding

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodation for our family! Spacious, clean, tastefully decorated and most of all meticulously equipped for us. Very homey. Excellemt location to Saint Joseph and access to the beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great find for wedding week!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Sweet Sara's! We were renting the house for the week of our daughter's wedding in St. Joe. The location was great, quiet, beautiful beach area nearby and lovely home. Spacious enough for 6 bridesmaids with 3 makeup/hair dressers to easily get ready before the wedding! Comfortable, beautifully decorated, and the bedrooms were perfect for our group. Children's bedrooms were so cute! The front porch swing was so relaxing! Thank you Patti, for sharing your lovely home!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My pleasure. Thank you for choosing us to host your wedding party.
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Grand Blanc, MI

Spectacular Home...Spectacular Beach

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Sweet Sara's was memorable. We stayed there for my daughter's wedding and Patti couldn't have been more helpful. It is a large home and we had so much fun getting ready there before the wedding. The photographer got some great shots at the house and everyone who was there couldn't believe the "gem" we had found to rent. Next visit..more beach time!! Thanks Patti!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marvelousl family get-away

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 8, including 5 adults and 3 small children, tremendously enjoyed our stay at Sweet Sara's. The home is very beautifully appointed, very roomy, clean & well-maintianed. The large jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom, the front porch with its swing, plus the deck & back yard were much enjoyed by all. The tandem bedrooms were perfect for small children, one of them esp. well-equipped for a young girl. We loved the beautiful private beach, and also enjoyed trips into St. Joseph for delicious meals (esp. @ Schu's!) and shopping. Silver Beach in St. Joseph, with its lovely views, terrific playground, scenic pier & lighthouse, and two fabulous children's museums, was a short drive away. The property owner, whose apartment adjoins Sweet Sara's, was extremely helpful & kind. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane, thank you for the kind review, and we would love to have you back as well!!!
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Cleveland, OH

sweet sara's is awesome

  • 5 of 5

We had our first official "family vacation" with my husband and my 1 1/2 year old son. We also had my in-laws with us too. This house was so wonderful and clean and very welcoming. It was very comfortable and the walking distance to the beach was amazing. Our very own private beach. I think we saw one other family out there all week on a daily basis. If we travel to St. Joe's again we will definitely stay at this house!!! Thanks for the accommodations:)

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Victoria, thank you for the great review. We surely enjoyed having you as our guests at Sweet Sara's. I just minutes ago came in from a long walk on the beach. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer such a wonderful "spot" along the shoreline. Looking forward to having you back.
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Fort Wayne, IN

Grand kids, daughter& hub...

  • 5 of 5

Grand kids, daughter& hubby and grandma and grandpa had a delightful time. We all preferred your beach over Silver Beach! Pictures do not do your home justice. Patti and Steve, you made us feel so comfortable. Thank you for the memories. Genny

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
South Bend or Kalamazoo
Nearest Barpub
2.8 Miles
Di Maggio's Pizza
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Point O Woods or Harbor Shores
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Amtrak, St. Joseph
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
St. Joseph
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Timber Ridge, Bitter Sweet, Swiss Valley
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Ice skating, Wine Tasting and Tours, Open Air Concerts


Rates & Availability

Coloma House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter (call for long term $$)
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $475
Tax Rate 6.0%

$200 cash cleaning fee will be collected upon your arrival.
Guests are asked to bring their own beach towels and chairs, and any extra towels besides the 8 provided.
Please call for long term rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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