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Sweet Sara's by the Shore

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2018

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 Coloma

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:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • 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 Room - 1 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
  • 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, gas barbecue grill. 4 large bedrooms, 1 king, 2 queen, 2 double, 2 twin. No pets and no smoking on premises.


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Sweet Sara's by the Shore
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Perfection! The pictures do not do this house's just so beautiful! Patti has left no detail out to ensure your stay is perfect here. 8 minute drive to St Joseph or 20 to South Haven....getting to the beach is no problem. What a memorable vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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great space for families

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Pattie, we really enjoyed our stay at Sweet Sara's by the Sea. The house was well appointed and was the perfect space for our family of 8. My only concern might be that the beach access contains a pretty rustic and steep staircase that might not work for small kids or some older folks. But other than that, the house is great!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robyn, we thank you for your review and thank you for the gift of Lemon Curd you left us. That was very thoughtful. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Sweet Sara's by the Shore and hope you took some good memories home with you. Just to clarify for future guests… The stairs down to the beach are 4 to 5 feet wide, 1½ to 2 feet deep, built into the bluff with railroad ties. We have never had any comments that the kids had a hard time with them. We do, however, have complaints that the kids find excuses to go up and down them, much to the parents’ chagrin! LOL. I agree that older folks could find them too difficult as there are 75 stairs and a few (4 or 5) individual stairs are steeper than a normal step. We inform our guests that we offer a parking pass to park at sand level at Silver Beach if they are traveling with family or friends that cannot manage the stairs. We want all, young and old, to enjoy memorable times with family and friends at Sweet Sara’s.
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Fabulous Stay at Sweet Sara's!

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for my daughter's wedding, and could not have been more pleased with our stay at Sweet Sara's by the Shore. The photos don't do the home justice. It is a beautiful home, and there was plenty of room for all 8 of us. The home was clean and well appointed, and the homeowner was so gracious and welcoming. The kitchen is large, and we found everything we needed for meal preparation. We made use of the large yard, grilling and sitting by the lovely fire pit. We also meandered down to the private beach just a block or so down the road.

The bridal party prepared for the wedding at Sweet Sara's and there were so many lovely spots for the photographer to capture beautiful photos.

I highly recommend a stay at Sweet Sara's and hope to return there myself sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous! Homey! Pristine!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from Sweet Sara's--three generations together with little kids for a long Labor Day weekend. What fun we had! This house is darling--well decorated, clean as a pin, lots of details and amenities thought of by the owner, Patti, who is a doll! The home is just north of St. Joe about six miles so it's an easy trek to St. Joe's great Silver Beach. The house has a large back yard for kids to play in and a great fire pit/grill area full of flowers, herbs, and comfy outdoor furniture to sit in. The interior has loads of closet space, lovely clean bedrooms and baths, and one cozy small bedroom for two little children (my 4- and 2-yr-old grandchildren loved it!). Contact Patti to rent! She is VERY accommodating and looks after every detail. Great to work with! We'd go back in a heartbeat. You can definitely book with confidence!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, clean and roomy.

  • 5 of 5

Fun family getaway. Patti's hospitality was fabulous!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Sweet Sara's has a huge backyard that the kids loved to play in as well as a great seating area by the fire pit. The inside was large, beautifully designed and decorated. It exceeded all our expectations!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $475

$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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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