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1/2 Block To Lake Michigan Beach, Fire Pit, In Union Pier.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Our cottage is located only 1/2 block away from one of the quietest, family friendly beaches in Union Pier (McKinley Street Beach). In a secluded setting it is surrounded by tall trees and set far back from all roads. It is difficult to find and we like it that way.

The master bedroom (with a king size bed) on the first floor, with a door that opens to a large deck and screened in gazebo. The adjacent living room has a vaulted ceiling and wood burning fire place. A new, fully equipped kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances is located between the living room and cozy dining area, with large windows and a patio door that leads to the spacious deck and Weber grill.

On the second floor is the 2nd bedroom with a queen size bed. This bedroom and adjacent bath are private with views of a huge front yard sheltered by 100 year old tall trees. The 2nd floor also has a sleeping loft with a full size futon sofa that can sleep 2. All ceilings on the second floor soar to 12 ft.

Our deck is equipped with a gas grill and a screened in dinning area. There is also additional sitting outside the gazebo for a more open feeling.

The setting is private with only two neighbors nearby; one in a single family home and the other in a cottage identical to our own adjoined to ours.

We think our cottage is wonderful, but please keep in mind that this is not a party house and is much too small for a wedding, a family reunion or a party with a large group of people. Also keep in mind that we only have parking for TWO cars.

More Details

Mike and Rosemary Stelzner
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Mike and Rosemary Stelzner

We are a unique team. Artist and building contractor with a strong interest in art and architecture. Our cottage has provided us with an opportunity to experiment with bright colors and angular living space.

Mike and Rosemary Stelzner purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Mike and Rosemary Stelzner chose Southwest

The architecture of this little cottage has the unique quality of high ceilings and well designed space that makes you feel comfortable and free. A perfect place to relax.

What makes this cottage unique

We are close to all that Harbor Country has to offer and yet secluded in a quiet retreat close to Lake Michigan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you! We really enjoyed our stay and the cottage was perfect!

We loved the (new) kitchen! We hope to return soon!
Jun 2014
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Union Pier Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Additional sleeping (futon) in upper level family room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

1/2 Block To Lake Michigan Beach, Fire Pit, In Union Pier.
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Fabulous updated cottage by lovely beach

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay at this wonderful Union Pier cottage. It is imaginatively decorated and extremely well cared for. The three separate seating areas on the wraparound deck are a great asset, as are the thoughtful details in the cottage itself. The beds are excellent (rare enough in rental properties) and the linens are top notch (even rarer in beach rentals). McKinley Beach (1/2 block away) is small and not overpopulated. In my many years in the area, I was surprised to discover it. In short, pretty much a perfect two bedroom rental for a small family or two couples.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are trilled that you appreciated our decorating since all decorative items and artwork are either our own or items we have collected over many years. We are also delighted that you noticed the quality of our mattresses. Whenever we vacation one of our main concerns is getting a good night's rest and firm, comfortable mattresses make that possible. We want our guests to experience the same and we made quality beds our priority. Thank you for your appreciation of our efforts and for your thoughtful review!
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Comfortable, cozy and terrific location.

  • 5 of 5

Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't wait for your return!
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Bloomington Indiana

Lovely cottage, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a very charming and comfortable and serves as a fully furnished home-base to visit the shores of Lake Michigan and the lovely towns of SW Michigan. Close to the beach, the owners provide everything one could want for a relaxing visit. The downstairs bedroom and bathroom have been beautifully renovated, and the kitchen is fully equipped with quality appliances and all the utensils one might need. The upstairs second bedroom is nicely decorated and the windows and light make it feel like one is sleeping in a treehouse-- it is a great escape. The second bathroom is small, and a medium or tall height person would be challenged by the short shower, but other than this minor inconvenience, the bath functions very well. Best though is the lovely deck, with a great gazebo, a sitting area with Frank Gehry chairs, and around the corner of the deck, a fire pit! There is also the gorgeous setting close to the beach, and the helpfulness and kindness of the owners Rosemary and Mike. This is my second time at the Cottage and I will be back again.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean, It is always a pleasure to have you and Julia stay at our cottage! Thank you for taking the time and effort to write this thoughtful review. We are planning to renovate the upstairs bathroom and we will certainly take into consideration your helpful comments about the height of the upstairs shower. Given the tall ceiling height of the second floor, I think it is something we can easily remedy. Hopefully, we will have it completed by your return trip. See you then!
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So Fun!

  • 5 of 5

This charming house was so easy to get to from Chicago. We grilled. We sat on the deck. We went to the beach. We trampolined. Everything in the house is perfect. Comfortable, easy, close to the beach, beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally, We are so glad you enjoyed our cottage. We hope to see you again!
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  • 5 of 5

Mike and Rosemary's cottage was the perfect place for a long weekend getaway at the beach. It was clean and well organized and the kitchen had everything we needed. It's a very short walk to the beach through a nice, quiet neighborhood. Thanks to Rosemary for the tip about breakfast in the gazebo. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Check, Thank you for your five star review! It was such a pleasure to have you and your friends as our guests. Please keep our cottage in mind for your next trip to Union Pier! Rosemary and Mike
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Best getaway long weekend ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I found this beautifully appointed cottage to be the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. Mike and Rosemary, thank you for being such welcoming hosts and providing a clean, comfortable, and relaxing cottage to escape from busy daily business life. Thank you for the celebratory bottle of bubbly in the frig. You thought of every possible consideration for us to make us feel like we never wanted to leave your beautiful place. We can't wait to schedule our next getaway at your cottage.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try hard to make our cottage the perfect romantic get-away and we are so delighted that it worked so well for you! It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to your return!
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Nearest Airport
14.6 Miles
Michigan City Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Downtown Union Pier
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Whitaker Woods Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
New Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cross Country skiing @ Love Creek Nature Center
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
McKinley Beach
Car: necessary

Union Pier is the center of Harbor Country where recreational activities abound. Visit the numerous antique shops, wineries, nature centers, state parks, or relax on the beach or dine at one of the many excellent restaurants. Local farms and orchards produce some of the Midwest's finest fruits and vegetables, and restaurants practice a 'farm to fork' philosophy. Quiet country roads beckon cyclists and Lake Michigan provides opportunities for any imaginable water activity or sport.


Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping/Linens Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $300

Rates are subject to change until your reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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