Sunsets and Serenity

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Last updated: 07/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Michigan sunsets and crystal clear waters equals life on "Cross Village time". Located on Michigan's #1 scenic drive, the towns of Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Mackinaw City and Cheboygan are all within a 30-minute drive. The great room is all windows offering an unrestricted view of Lake Michigan. A spacious deck, just a few steps out the door, juts out over the beach for sunning and star-gazing.

Rentals during the summer season 6/18 - 9/17 are Saturday to Saturday. Outside those dates minimum stay is 3 nights. We are currently booked until the last week of August. Summer weather typically continues through mid-September, and you may want to consider spectacular fall color weekends.

If your idea of vacation is more active, the area offers boating, hiking the north country trails, biking, antiquing and shopping. Three Pines Gallery and the famous Legs Inn are a 1 mile walk into Cross Village. Seven miles north of Cross Village, Bliss Park has acres of climbing dunes and sandy beach.

Bringing water shoes is recommended for swimming and beach-walking because the beach and water are a mixture of sand and rounded rocks. The beach in front of the house is sandy but the amount of sandy lake bottom varies from year to year.

The deck rests on large boulders jutting out over the beach. If your children are under the age of reason, constant supervision would be required to prevent them from climbing through the railings.

Keywords: Lake Michigan family cottage

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    over 21 only please...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Not recommended for children under the age of reason. The deck is supported by large boulders and juts out over the beach. It would be possible for young children to climb through the railings so constant supervision would be required....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Your well-behaved pet welcome but please dispose of solid waste. See detailed rules in rental agreement. The beach is dog heaven....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • king in first bedroom, 4 twin trundle (single) beds in second bedroom

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw City and Cheboygan are all within a 30-minute drive....moreless


  • DVD Player:

    DVD/VCR player with classic and popular tapes/discs...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Cable for iPod or MP3 player available to play through tuner....moreless

  • Television:

    TV with DVD player and easy connections for video game systems you bring with you. No cable or antenna....moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVD/VCR player with classic and popular tapes/discs...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Cottage is located within 30' of lake with deck situated over the beach....moreless

  • Lakefront
  • Village:

    Cottage is located one mile south of Cross Village, home of iconic landmark Legs Inn....moreless

  • Water View:

    See photos for view from cottage and deck....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer in cottage but we request renters not use unless circumstances are urgent....moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    No Wifi due to location of cottage at bottom of a bluff. Cell service erratic depending on provider and voodoo we don't understand. Free WiFi available at Cross Village township hall within 1 mile....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Kitchen towels provided but not bath or beach. Sheets, pillows, blankets provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    No more than 3 vehicles please. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Not adviseable due to narrow shoulders...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    local service only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Kitchen only...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer in cottage but we request renters not use unless circumstances are urgent....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen, but no dishwasher...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    basic supplies - salt, pepper, flour sugar...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    no icemaker...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck close to lake with table and chairs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two one-person kayaks, lifejackets provided....moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
summer 2016
Jun 18 - Sep 17, 2016
7 night min stay

Fall 2016
Sep 18 - Oct 24, 2016
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59


Cancellation Policy - If a renter wishes to cancel their reservation 45 days or more prior to their beginning rental date, their deposit will be refunded (less service charges by credit card company).

If a renter cancels in less than 45 days from the beginnng rental date, a refund will be made (less carrying charges by the credit company) only if the owner is able to book another renter for the same rental period.

Check-in is at 3:00pm on the first day of rental. Check-out is at 11:00am on the day of departure.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 07/17/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1963

About the owner: Our father, Carroll Appel, built this lake house when his family was young with the help of a local Indian carpenter and stonemason. They named it Shimnikon 'place of the apples'. When the family grew, Dad built a retirement home across M-119 and up the bluff which the family now uses. We rent the lake house to help preserve our family tradition for yet another generation.

Why the Owner Chose Harbor Springs, MI, USA:
Cross Village and the changing moods of Lake Michigan provide a getaway that restores perspective to our hectic lives.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The beaches along this stretch of Lake Michigan are sparsely populated. You can walk the waterline for miles and encounter few souls. Wildlife is abundant.

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Speaks: english



  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Sunset on Lake Michigan

    Sunset on Lake Michigan

VRBO #410253

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, July 22, 2016

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Harbor Springs, MI, USA #410253

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