Rustic and charming cottage right on Lake Michigan. Sunsets in the evening, star gazing at night. Fires on the beach. Bike riding through the orchards and around the country roads.
If you prefer rustic, remote and quite, this is your place for respite.
The cottage comes with million dollar views although this is not a million dollar cottage. This is an old fashioned cottage with old cottage , not a posh & sterile condo. There are no TVs, although there is low-speed Internet. One sometimes has to walk 100 yards up the road to get cell phone connectivity.
Like many other teenagers, our children love their social media and Internet-based games. When they come to the cottage, however, they end up being outside all day and reading books in the evening. When they need the Internet they ride bikes (provided at the cottage) to a village 2 miles away that has a cafe and Internet.
Although the location is remote, the twin-towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are 8 miles to the North and South Haven is 10 miles to the South. In these towns, there are fantastic restaurants, dozens of art galleries, charter boating, film festivals, crowded beaches (if you prefer that kind of thing) and so much more.
The Wau-ke-na nature preserve is also close and provides a great place to hike in the forests when one needs a break from all the sun and sand. A few tents are available at the cottage. These are wonderful for camping on the beach up or on the bluff. Sometimes it's fun just to set up a tent for children to play in.
If you like wine tasting or cider tasting, there are a plenty of vineyards and a few open wine cellars where you can sample the products. Closest to the cottage are Fenn Valley Wine Cellar, and Virtue Cider.
The cottage has a binder with information and descriptions of many of the local attractions. We enjoy them all but most of all the cottage is about respite and doing little or nothing.
On a very different topic, it should be noted that in the rental agreement guests will be informed that they need to sort garbage for recycling purposes, including using a compost bin. If guests do not wish to sort garbage then they are expected to take garbage with them.
Keywords: Cottage, rustic, Lake Michigan, Saugatuck, South Haven, Fennville, lake house, lake front, beaches.