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Cozy 'Merchant Street Retreat' - Family Friendly Walk-able to Beach & Much More

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bdrm, 2 bath, shady & private yard, walk to beach, town,spa & entertainment

This is the place to stay if you want to experience all that New Buffalo has to offer with your family and/or friends. This three bedroom, two bath 'Merchant Street Retreat' has something for everyone. Just blocks away from fabulous restaurants, boutiques, antique stores, the grocery, pharmacy, spa, and the beach - you won't need your car much.

Downstairs has one bedroom with a Queen size bed - perfect for individuals who do not want to climb stairs - and a full bath with a tub/shower combo. Upstairs are two large rooms with the second bathroom in between. The bathroom is accessible from both the master bedroom and the hallway and includes a large closet.

The front bedroom has four twin beds and a large closet with a bureau & TV/DVD. There is plenty of floor space to set up an inflatable mattress or a pack n play (available at the property w/ sheets & blankets) if needed. The back bedroom, also large, has a queen size bed and the remaining floor space could also accommodate an inflatable mattress or a pack n play.

The cozy front living room has lots of windows and natural light and the couch contains a fold away queen size bed. The dining room, right off the kitchen, is perfect for gathering and includes 8 chairs.

This cottage could accommodate a large family, multiple families, a girls trip or a guys trip. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, washer and dryer, and all linens are included. Grill out on the large back patio and enjoy the shady, lush yard.

For outdoor fun, beach bags, beach chairs, beach toys, rafts, as well as infant & toddler life vests are included. Beach is walkable but if you choose to drive, FREE beach parking pass included with rental. A covered umbrella stroller is available for your use during your stay.

Walk to the beach, The Stray Dog, Redamak's, Nancy's, Barneys Market, Whittaker Shops, the Marina and the Amtrak Station. You're a short drive to the Wineries & Breweries, Casinos (free shuttle to Four Winds), Outlet Malls, the sprinkler park, the Dunes, and the famous Silver Beach in neighboring St. Joseph.

Please note: We have a new HVAC system Fall 2015 and Our cottage is comfy and cozy but we still have to wear warm socks or slippers on our feet in the winter months.

More Details

Property Manager
Bluefish Vacation Rentals & Sales
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

About Bluefish Vacation Rentals & Sales

We've vacationed many times to Harbor Country and knew we'd want a place of our own here some day to make many (more) family memories. Fortunately, we found an amazing cottage with tons of space to accommodate us and our children as they grow from toddlers to teenagers. Both of us are from Indianapolis and are IU graduates. Like Bloomington and the Nashville, IN area, Harbor Country has a lot of outdoor activities to take advantage of year round with the benefit of the beach. Having lived in California for three years, New Buffalo is 'the other west coast' to us. The sunsets over large Lake Michigan are gorgeous!

Bluefish Vacation Rentals & Sales purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Bluefish Vacation Rentals & Sales chose Southwest

We're an active family. We picked this location in New Buffalo because once you are here, you won't need your car much. Everything is within walking distance - even for little ones - but when we're in this home, we feel the privacy and serenity we were seeking in a vacation home. It's the best of both worlds for us! The yard is shady and private and the street is quiet but we're blocks from walking to grab a coffee, ice cream, a cocktail, dinner, or take-out pizza. If it's a rainy day, we can go next door to the library or get in the car and head to the outlets, a movie, antique shops, boutiques, live theater, casino - so much more!

What makes this cottage unique

We love the big windows in the front room, the large dining room to gather as a family, and the openness and natural light in every room. The yard is shady but has tons of grassy areas to play. The patio is a favorite hang out for morning coffee and evenings around the chimnea. When it rains the mature trees create a natural umbrella from the street to the front door. Upstairs the front bedroom we call the 'kids room'. Our kids think it is fun to go up there and play on any of the four twin beds or snuggle in the papason and bean bag to read a book or watch a movie. The skylights in the Master bedroom give the room an even more open feel and the view from the window is gorgeous looking out at the mature, lush landscaping. We like how the upstairs bathroom is accessible right off the Master but also from the hall in between the two upstairs bedrooms. If the grandparents want to come up with us, they can stay in the first floor bedroom and not have to worry about climbing stairs. The arch over the kitchen reminds us of our first home together - an old Tudor - that had many arched doors.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Good Friends and Great Laughs!

Way too much fun.

Lots of laughs and wine!

Apr 2015
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New Buffalo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs Bath connects to Master & hall
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main floor bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs Master Bedroom - connects to bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , Upstairs large bedroom. Includes TV & DVD & seating
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Living room has pull out sofa bed
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1) Pack-N-Play available w/ sheets and blankets, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Front room couch converts to full/queen size bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Beach chairs, toys, umbrellas, and towels provided. Covered Umbrella Stroller provided.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Cozy 'Merchant Street Retreat' - Family Friendly Walk-able to Beach & Much More
average rating of 4.8 based on 37 reviews

Perfect for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Just checked out of the house a few hours ago. I rarely write reviews but thought this house and the folks running the operation deserved a high review! 1st the location of the house is perfect!! Walking distance to everything you'd need! Nice yard for backyard games, spacious bedrooms, great amenities! I have previously only used another company to book New Buffalo vacations, this trip has changed that! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay! We are thrilled that you liked the location and our home. This is not just a vacation rental to us - it's our home that we enjoy as a family and we often bring friends up with us to relax in charming New Buffalo. It means so much to us that you enjoyed all that we've provided and that you enjoyed working with our Management company. Please come back again! Sincerely, The O'Brien Family
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Evergreen Park, IL

Girl's Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Great weekend-beautiful, quaint home!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to let us know you liked the house! It's a great home for girls get-aways - I've had a few there too ;-) Come back again!!
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Fenton, MI

Winter Visit

  • 3 of 5

My husband and I, along with our son and girlfriend visited this rental in February. Although the house was very clean and cute it was FREEZING in the main areas of the house. They need to do some work on the heating.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at our home and thank you for the feedback. We are pleased that you liked the home overall, and we apologize that the living area was chilly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can address it immediately. We have scheduled a professional to meet us at the home this week to look at our furnace and we will make all necessary repairs as needed. Update: We had McGee's Heating and Cooling to the property today (2/17) around 2pm. The unit is working at full capacity and is functioning at 100%. There are no issues with the heating system. The front room of the cottage is all windows and the heating duct is aside the other wall. This is a wonderful feature in the warmer months but McGees said that is why that room was cooler than the rest of the house. It's been a pretty cold February but the technician said that the house did not feel "freezing" to him. Being that the home is a cottage, we layer more and wear our slippers in winter when temperatures are in the teens. We will note this in our listing. Sincerely, The O'Briens
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Very cute, clean and charming home!!! With lots of extras!

  • 5 of 5

Me and 5 of my girlfriends stayed here for a girls get away weekend. We usually have a hard time finding a place with a bed for everyone that suites everyone's needs - and that includes the price range. This house was perfect!! The bunk room was ideal - we had lots of fun staying in there and kids would just LOVE it! The owners have thought of everything and the house is very homey. We will definately be back and hopefully with my family next time so we can enjoy the yard and the area in the warmer weather. The mexincan restaurant w/in walking distance is delicious. The management company was wonderful to work with and very accomodating. This was my first time to Michigan and dealing with Bluefish and it was a great experience all around . Thank for sharing your home with us and we hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home. We're so glad it had everything you needed for your girls trip and you enjoyed the area. We're extremely appreciative you took the time to detail what you liked about the home and your overall experience staying at Merchant Street Retreat. Being that it's our family vacation home too, and not just a rental, we value the feedback regarding the management company who assists us in taking care of our guests. Please come back again! :-)
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Noblesville, IN

Girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends & I had a wonderful weekend at this adorable home! It had all the amenities we needed. I loved the back patio especially with the fire pit & having a glass of wine! There were several restaurants close by and a fabulous coffee shop up the street. We visited the winery close by and had such a wonderful time! I definitely plan to visit again soon both with friends & family.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The patio is our favorite place to hang out in the evenings too - we're so glad you were able to enjoy it with your friends. Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you enjoyed about the home and the activities in & around New Buffalo!
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Noblesville IN

Girl's Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Had an awesome time with my girlfriends on a weekend away at the cottage. It was so cozy but also had plenty of room to spread out. Would love to go back there again sometime!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed our home and were comfortable! You are welcome back any time :-)
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Stray Dog
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Grand Beach Golf Course or Whittaker Woods
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Rosie's (Breakfast & Lunch)
Nearest Ski
49 Miles
Swiss Valley
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
New Buffalo Public Beach
Car: not necessary

Walk to restaurants, grocery, the marina and the beach. Close to the train and minutes from both Four Winds Casino and Blue Chip Casino. Minutes from Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and Warren Dunes. Visit a variety of Harbor Country Wineries, Boutiques, Antique Shops and amazing Restaurants. Rent jet skis, take a sunset cruise on the lake or take the kids to the sprinkler park just down the road.


Rates & Availability

New Buffalo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov-May (Sun-Thurs)
Nov 1 2016 - Jun 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
June (First 3 Weeks Only)
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 22 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
June-Aug (Weekly Only)
Jun 23 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sept-Oct (Sun-Thurs)
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov-Dec (Sun-Thurs)
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Rate includes Housekeeping fees. Absolutely No Pets.

*Holidays are a minimum of 3-nights, at the weekend rates.

For deposits, we bill 1/2 the cost of the rental to your credit card, and the remaining balance is billed directly to your card the day of your arrival. Pet fees, if applicable, are also charged the day of your arrival. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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