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Whitehall Guesthouse near Lake Michigan, Duck Lake State Park & pottery studio

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Potter's Guesthouse

6211 Michillinda at Lamos Road

Whitehall, MI 49461

South of town 'in the country'

The Potter’s Guesthouse is located on the property of Terrestrial Forming Pottery Studio where Peter 'the Potter' Johnson has been creating art for over forty years. 

The clean and comfortable, newly renovated two-story is a former 1800’s school house that was moved to this location in the early 1900's and joined to a farm house. 

There are three fully furnished bedrooms, two up and one down; one full bath down and another up; a large fully equipped kitchen; a spacious living room; a breezeway with washer and dryer; and a deck with a charcoal grill.   It will sleep six: two queens and two twins, all with quality mattresses. Linens are included as well as cable TV, wireless internet, microwave, and dishwasher, all the comforts of a home away from home. 

There are acres of land to picnic or to take walks in the adjacent woods which lead you to Lake Michigan's white, sandy beaches and dunes. For a nominal fee, you can arrange time with the potter to work in the studio with clay.

This beautiful area of west Michigan has much to offer. Lake Michigan (Duck Lake State Park), White Lake, and Duck Lake are all less than one mile away. In addition, we are close to  Michigan’s Adventure Park, bike trails (The Hart-Montague  rails-to-trails paved path is now over 25 miles long.), White Lake Light Station (great walk from lighthouse to beach via the channel), art galleries, unique shops, a book store, yoga studio, candy shop, boating and fishing (free launch sites), canoeing,  kayaking, dune rides, hiking and bird watching (Owassippi), free weekly outdoor concerts, numerous golf courses, antique stores, Howmet Theater, 1950's root beer drive-in, the state's oldest soda fountain, and the world's largest weathervane. (Or just relax under the shady maples or the millions of stars.)

Welcome to our paradise!

We rent by the week  with a refundable security deposit of $500 due at time of reservation.  Check-in is Saturday at 3; check- out is Saturday at 11. Available late May through October.

Keywords: country house, two-story, farmhouse, cottage, Michigan Adventure Park, bike trails

More Details

Jan Johnson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Jan Johnson

Peter is a full time potter, part time mountain biker, cross-country skier, and kayaker; Jan is a retired teacher and ceramic tile maker. “We both love the outdoors, the woods we live in, and the three lakes we can walk to.”

Jan Johnson purchased this house in 1990

Why Jan Johnson chose Whitehall

This house is next to our pottery studio and near miles of beaches, bike trails, woods, rivers, close to towns but yet away from 'it all.' There is a small grocery store about half mile away so that we can provision without going far.

What makes this house unique

Duck Lake State Park is unique in that it does not provide camping but has beautiful sandy beaches and dunes. If we want excitement, we are close to Michigan's Adventure Park or bike trails and rivers.


Whitehall House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The main floor bathroom has a tub and a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(21 traveler reviews)

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Whitehall Guesthouse near Lake Michigan, Duck Lake State Park & pottery studio
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Canon City, CO

Magical Experience

  • 5 of 5

Another delightful week at the guesthouse. It really has become our second home & I dream of it all year long from sunny, dry Colorado. The house is just perfect with everything we need & I have grown attached to all its beautiful rooms. My highlights are early morning coffee on the porch with Squeaky the cat, daily bicycle trips through the forest to the beach, the tunnel of trees overhead, the peaceful green of the trails, an occasional encounter with wild turkeys, finding a solitary place on the beach near the seagulls whose cries & the pounding surf seem the absolute essence of a beach vacation. The swimming in Lake Michigan is wonderful & the inland lake & connecting lagoon, perfect for kids. After a busy, stressful year you can just feel it all drop away & healing takes over. Jan, Garret & Peter are the perfect hosts & a joy to spend time with. This is our third year with them & they feel like family. One of our guests is handicapped & the first floor bedroom accomodates him nicely. Can't wait to return next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage with two little children and it was a delight. The house is spacious and clean. There is a large back yard with a patio table and a fire pit, which makes every evening a treat. The location is perfect -- close enough to the town, but tucked away and a short bike ride from the beach. And the pottery studio adds to the charm. Also, Jan is a delight to deal with. All in all, we liked it and would like to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Another Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

We just love our Potter's Guesthouse.

It was our 4th year renting this charming house. We have everything we need and are close enough to all the fun things we love to do in Whitehall/Montague, but far away enough to enjoy the peace and quiet that we love.

Fun days at the beach, beautiful sunsets, yummy ice cream, wonderful restaurants and putt-putt golf, just to name a few things that we love there.

If you want the comforts of home and a beautiful location, then the Potter's Guesthouse is for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto, CA

Peaceful, charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three weeks at the wonderful Potter's Guesthouse while we were dealing with a personal family situation. It was such a relief to come "home" every night to a well-appointed, quiet, and tidy place where we could unwind from the stresses of the day. The kitchen is well-equipped, the beds are comfy and there is plenty of room to spread out. There is a lovely back porch and beautiful woods all around the house, in addition to Peter's pottery studio next door which is always worth a visit. For vacationers, this a perfect place to be close to Lake Michigan and White Lake, Duck Lake State Park, a golf course and the White Lake Yacht Club. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Midland, MI

charming cottage close to Michigan's Adventure and Lake Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at Potter's Guesthouse! It was perfect for our family of 4 and my husbands parents. Everyone had plenty of room and comfortable beds. The bikes were a real bonus! We loved being able to bike to the beach or Duck Lake and one day all six of us rode to the lighthouse! It was also really great being so close to Michigan's Adventure- my boys love it there! The beach down the road was perfect for the kids to swim too. We all loved the pottery studio and my boys loved the chance to make there own pottery pieces. We had a fantastic week and would love to come back next summer!

The Miller's- Midland, MI

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had another amazing week at the Potter's Guesthouse! My family loves it here. We have everything we need and more. The house is comfortable, with all the amenities and in a beautiful setting.

The beach is not too far away and this year the weather was perfect! The water felt great, best swimming we've had in years. All of our favorite things to do in Whitehall and Montague are still there, like ice cream and mini golf at C's Extreme Ice Cream and eating at our favorite restaurants, Pub 111 and Peckadill's.

It is so wonderful to have a nice, comfortable home to come back to after a day of play or sightseeing. This summer we went to the Silversides Museum in Muskegon and toured a submarine. My family really enjoyed that and my kid even wrote about it for AP History class. The teacher really enjoyed the report :)

If you need a place to relax with your family, I highly recommend the Potter's Guesthouse. We will definitely be back next summer!

The Chappell Family

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
White Duck Market
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Light House
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Bike Trail
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Lake Michigan Beach
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Michigan Adventure Park
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White River Gallery
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Terrestrial Forming Pottery


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Additional information about rental rates

No extra cleaning fee $0
Tax Rate 5.0%

A $500 deposit holds the reservation and doubles as a damage deposit; it is returned within two weeks of rental. A downpayment is due sixty days prior to rental dates and the balance is due upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.