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Charming cottage in downtown Elk Rapids

Elk Rapids, MI, USA
  • Cottage900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This in-town cottage is perfect for couples or families, with kids, of four offering the opportunity to enjoy the variety of comforts available year-round in one of the most charming of all harbor towns in Northwest Lower Michigan. Bordered by East Grand Traverse Bay to the west, Elk Lake to the east and Bass Lake to the north, the village is comprised of one square mile and everything is within walking distance: public beaches, unique dining, quaint shops and a modern marina for boaters navigating the waters of Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay.

The 900 square foot quaint cottage comes fully furnished with all the amenities and conveniences of a modern vacation rental, including all new kitchen appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher), a brand new mud/laundry room with stackable washer and dryer, and a huge backyard and deck perfect for watching the daily sunset or the fireworks during the annual Harbor Days Festival.

The large master bedroom on the back of the house features plenty of storage, a closet, and a king-size bed that can be easily split into twin beds. The front bedroom has a fire-engine red, metal bunk bed that kids of all ages will love. Both of the rooms are located off of the main room (family and dining combined). Off of the kitchen in the rear of the house is the bathroom (with full shower and tub) and the laundry/mud room, which has a door opening onto the back deck and back yard.

Join the thousands of Midwest travelers every year who visit Elk Rapids and are thrilled with the just-minutes walk to the variety of activities in the quaint downtown, or hop in your car and take advantage of the close proximity of Elk Rapids to other Northern Michigan vacation destinations, including a 30-minute drive to Traverse City, 40 minutes to Charlevoix, 60 minutes to Petoskey and Sleeping Bear Dunes (voted the 'Most Beautiful Place in America' by the viewers of 'Good Morning America'), and only two hours from Mackinaw City.

Keywords: house, private home, cottage


Kristi Gilbert

Member Since 2011
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Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 21, 2018
About Kristi Gilbert

Doug, Kristi, Lynne and Dan are great friends and travel companions who also happen to be related to each other (Lynne is Kristi's aunt). Lynne and Dan are high school sweethearts from Muskegon, Michigan (Go Big Reds!) who have been married for over 40 years, and Kristi and Doug are also high school sweethearts from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Pioneers!) who have been married for 20. Until recently, Lynne and Dan lived in Traverse City. After buying, renovating and renting the house in Elk Rapids they fell in love with the town so much that they purchased a lot in Elk Rapids, built their home and left their house in Traverse City with waterfront access on the Bay to start their next phase of life in Elk Rapids. The four of us are avid dog lovers and long-distance runners and every spring we vacation together in Siesta Key, Florida.

Kristi Gilbert purchased this Cottage in 2011

Why Kristi Gilbert chose Elk Rapids

One weekend in 2011 while Kristi and Doug were visiting her parents and out for a run, they came across this "fixer upper" for sale, which, at the time, was the last piece of property for sale in Elk Rapids. After a brief conversation with Lynne and Dan and additional investigation into the house, it was an easy decision to buy, renovate, and rent. We started renting the place in the summer of 2012. We love meeting people from all over the country and having them fall in love with Elk Rapids the way we have.

What makes this Cottage unique

While the house is just blocks from downtown, it is also located on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood. The location affords the best of both worlds-easy access to activity or nice, quiet, seclusion.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Bedroom 1 - 1 king size bed Bedroom 2 - 1 bunkbed Living Room - 1 queen size sleeper sofa


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Tub and shower, vanity, toilet, towels and storage

          Location Type

            • Village
              The home is located in the downtown Village of Elk Rapids.


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There is a window unit in the master bedroom and a portable unit that stays in the dining room and vents out the window.
                    • Free Long Distance
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Linens provided for the king size bed, bunk beds and the queen sleeper sofa
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Stackable waster and dryer. Also a clothes line in the back yard
                    • Parking
                      There is a stone "drive way" outlined in brick on the front yard. There are also two parking spots in the back yard off of the alley outside the fence.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Parking is permitted in the front of the house on the easement year round as long as there is no snow and the city isn't plowing the streets.
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels are provided for the bathroom-please do not take these to the beach or use for other purposes.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Stackable washer and dryer
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  NEW Blu Ray DVD player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  Minimal beach/outside toys for kids
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Bicycles
                                      2 bikes for adults with helmets
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The back deck is directly off the house and is huge! Also included is comfortable lounge deck furniture, a table with covered umbrella and chairs and a covered swing.
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • cinemas
                                        • restaurants
                                        • winery tours

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • photography
                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • gambling casinos
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • skiing
                                                    • snowboarding
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing


                                                        • Wagon to transport items to beach

                                                          8 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Thanksgiving weekend

                                                          Jennifer S.

                                                          Cute house. Perfect for our small family.

                                                          Great house - exactly as described

                                                          Carol P.Ozark MO

                                                          This is a well maintained property and it is exactly as advertised. We were very comfortable there and if we ever come back to this area, we would love to rent it again! The fenced and lovely back yard was great for our Cairn Terrier and it was quiet and restful in the evening. The kitchen is well stocked and everything was super clean. Keep up the good work - we need more rentals this good!

                                                          Relaxing vacation!

                                                          Viki E.

                                                          We had a wonderful stay in Elk Rapids and were so happy to find a rental within walking distance to town and the park. When we arrived the house was opened up and lights on, making us feel welcome. The neighborhood felt very safe. We enjoyed taking walks and met several people (all very friendly). Our two dogs loved being with us and enjoyed the fenced back yard. I loved sitting on the patio reading my book while my husband fished down at the dam. The king sized bed was very comfortable and I slept great. We only needed to use the A/C the first day, but it was nice to have it. The owners live close by and are ready to assist with any problem that might arise. We actually enjoyed meeting Lynn and Dan to discuss what it is like to retire to their community. We hope to rent from them again sometime in the future.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thanks so much for the positive review! We are so glad we were able to accommodate you. I'm glad you had a good time and that Lynne and Dan were able to chat with you about how wonderful life can be in Elk Rapids!

                                                          All my best,


                                                          RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! YOU DIDN'T SPOIL OUR GOOD TIME

                                                          Donny & Marie & Lucy & RickyCorunna, Mich

                                                          We can't thank you enough for our second visit to your wonderful home. Thank you for being so understanding of our special circumstances. The weather was great (lol lol) and we still had a good time and so did the kids. The house was spotless as always and everything we needed was right there. I love that little town, not much has changed since I was a little kid and hope it never does. Love the beach, and the bakery. Great walks morning and evening. We took advantage of the games in the house during bad weather and take out food from the local hot spots. Thanks again, and hope to see you next year.

                                                          Donny and Marie and the Furballs

                                                          This rental home is great.

                                                          Katy O.Benton Harbor

                                                          This home is wonderful. We had everything we could possibly think of provided for us. The home is very clean and newly decorated. The backyard is nice and large for our dog to play in. The deck was perfect for enjoying coffee in the morning. The close proximity to town was convienent for shopping and dinners. The beaches were beautiful and dog friendly.

                                                          The owners were easy to reach and answered all questions promptly. I will definitely stay there again!

                                                          Bay Watcher

                                                          Deborah M.Plano, Texas

                                                          The property was as listed. The owner did a good job in relaying information during the process prior to our stay. It was enjoyable to not have to use a car-walking to the beach, stores, and dining. Very relaxing and comfortable home.


                                                          Elk Rapids, MI, USA


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Check in is on Saturday after 3:00 p.m.. Check out is Saturday by 11:00 a.m.

                                                          8 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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