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Beach Side Cottage!

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Vintage Lake Michigan Cottage:

• Beachside - No roads to cross over!

• 4 Bedrooms

• 2 Full bathrooms

• Fully equipped kitchen

• Living room, dining room

• Buffet area with dining/game table

• Patio, and lots of sunny windows

Simply, walk out your front door to step onto the sand path. It leads to the world's most beautiful beach. Sheridan Beach!

Like to walk... The historic Lighthouse with its Promenade, the Michigan City Zoo & Washington Park are just a short stroll down the beach.

Like to shop, boat or play... The Lighthouse Outlet Mall, Downtown Shops with fun & fancy Restaurants, the Port Authority & the Blue Chip Casino are just a quick 5 minute drive away.

An easy vacation for young families wanting to create a lifetime of memories, and for those who are looking to reconnect. Great for a large family, or two smaller ones. Well suited for family gatherings & craft groups, too.

Comfortably sleeps eight...

• 2 bedrooms each have 2 Twin Beds

• 1 Bedroom has a Twin over a Full Bed

• 1 Bedroom has a Queen Bed

Note: Bed linens & Bath towels provided

Fully equipped kitchen...

• Dishwasher & dishwasher detergent

• Liquid dish soap & sponges

• Oven/range & microwave

• Fridge/freezer with ice-maker

• Drip coffee maker w/filters & sugar

• Bagel toaster

• Pots, pans, pitchers & prep bowls

• Corkscrew, can-opener & cutlery

• Dishes, glassware & utensils

• Dish towels, paper towels & napkins

• Cooking & baking spray

• Salt, pepper, garlic powder & oregano

• Ketchup, mustard, vinegar & hot sauce

House items...

• Central air conditioning

• Broadband internet / WIFI

• Smart TV & DVD player

• Window screens in front rooms

Outdoor items...

• Patio table & chairs

• Weber charcoal grill

• Beach chairs & toys

• Bocce game, frisbee & football

• Kayaks, paddles & PFD vests

• Sand shower wand

• Clothesline

Indoor items...

• Board games, puzzles & books

• Loads of DVD's

• Hair dryer

• Ironing board w/iron

• Radios & alarm clocks

Health & Safety...

• KIDDE smoke & CO2 detectors

• Allergy pillow & mattress covers

• New furnace & central air conditioner

• Interior tested for mold - Passed

• Child caps available for outlets

• Cottage set back off road

• Rear entrance has one step

• Front entrance has 3 steps to patio +1 step

• Emergency numbers on fridge

• Flashlights & extra household lightbulbs


Nearby day/night, free public parking spaces are readily available on Colfax, Lake & California Avenues, most days of the Summer. It'll take a bit more effort on holidays.

Bring your suits, sandals, suntan lotion,

and a good book!

Important Note:

Like all area cottages, M&M Dune Cottage is separated from the lake by a naturally created, government protected dune. The pathways over the dune are marked & continually managed to keep their heights as low as possible. For those who want to avoid traversing the dune, there's a boardwalk in Washington Park.

Keyword: Beach Cottage

More Details

Donna Mueller
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Donna Mueller

We are 2 families who rented for years - taking our kids to this beautiful beach. We came so often that we decided to buy and enable others to share in our wonderful experiences.

Why Donna Mueller chose Michigan City

4 bedrooms, 2 baths, very close to the beach - what more could a beach lover want?

What makes this cottage unique

location, location, location


Michigan City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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Beach Side Cottage!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Adorable cottage and well equipped. Close walk to beach without crossing a road.

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious and clean. Would have liked a couple of windows with screens in living room but other than that it was great

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northport, MI

Beach Path Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great long weekend at the Beach Path cottage. The cottage is in a great location. You are one fine climb away from the lake. The house was the perfect size for 7 adults. Central AC was a plus! We shared many meals on the front porch and laughs in the living room. The owners were super helpful and the cottage was clean when we arrived. I would definitely recommend this place to those looking for along weekend/week long stay at the beach!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Comfortable; Wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

My family spent 4 days in this sweet bungallow. If you are someone who demands mordern and sleek , then this is not the cottage for you. But, if you appreciate and love traditional housing, then you will enjoy this cottage. The hardwood floors and gingerbread trim is reminiscent of early housing and this cottage has to be one of the original buildings at the beach... so, a definite "beach" feel to it! The sand dune is large that you cross to get to the lake, but not unbearable or impossible to navigate. When my husband forgot something rather important, Donna and Brian responded quickly and helped develop a plan to retrieve it. This was a good choice for our family and we would rent again---if the owners would agree to have us! 😊😊

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

There was a slight hiccup at the start but the owner went above and beyond to correct it. The house is in a perfect location. It was a wonderful weekend. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Ideal 4br for a beach vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not my first choice

  • 2 of 5

This property I would rate as just ok. If you are coming with kids, this is a good place because there is nothing they can break or damage. But be forewarned, if anyone in your group has allergies to mold and mildew, we do not recommend this home. When we arrived, it had been closed up for quite a while and both of our husbands have mold allergies, so it took the first 8 hours with most of the windows open and the fans running to air it out enough so they could go inside. It was my mistake not to ask about the mold issue. There is no central air, just window air conditioners. We felt the photos are a bit deceitful as this cottage is older and more worn down than we realized. It was built in the 1930s and that is evident by the lack of upkeep especially on the outside. The inside has plenty of bed space and an adequate kitchen, but all of the furnishings are very dated. The linens and towels are worn so I suggest you bring your own and all of the mattress pads are stained from previous tenants. There were also many stains on the bedspreads, so bring your own bedding unless these issues don't bother you. They advertise an outdoor grill but it was so dirty from previous tenants, it was not usable. We also were required to do quite a bit of the cleaning at the end of our stay, which we did, but we didn't have time to clean the cobwebs off the walls, ceilings and behind the doors. We repaired the coffee pot which was not usable and we also repaired one of the toilets which was not usable until we plunged up a plastic toy from a previous tenant. We went the extra mile in our assigned cleaning duties and swept under the beds, finding old socks, toys, food wrappers etc left by previous tenants. This is the first VRBO rental that we have used that required this much cleaning, trash removal and bed stripping as they do, so hopefully the renters who come after us will appreciate that.

Please note that this cottage is off the street, and faces the public access path to the lake so depending on the time of year, expect to have people walking in front of the cottage to and from the beach.

The beach and the water were the BEST part of our stay; it is a bit of a walk up and down the dune to get there but well worth it. By the way, we did let the owners know about the issues I have discussed here but they did not respond. They probably guessed we will not return.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cottage Snopes Fact Checker responds: Tough to respond to a review like this. Nothing we could say will redeem us in the eyes of this guest, and any response we offer appears as ‘sour grapes’. Nonetheless, after 7 years of rental with no similar reviews, our family felt it was important to respond. Nothing to could damage the reputation of a rental more than this assessment provided by this guest. We were concerned and so, hired Mold Solutions, Inc., to inspect the house. There is certifiably, (as those of us in our family with mold allergies would have guessed), no mold. The official report is available upon request. There is central air. The sheets, linens, spreads are new, save 1. We did expect this client to leave the cottage as they found it. Clean. We also asked the client to let us know if they had any questions or problems encountered so that we could fix them. Three phone numbers were supplied with instructions to call for any reason. Worth noting: - It is most interesting that we felt we went beyond ‘the call of duty’ with this guest. They requested early check-in and late stay. We honored both requests with no additional fees – wanting them to enjoy their stay. They did not contact us with any of these complaints. The first we learned of the issues was when, we, like you, read them, - regrettably, here on our site where we advertise. Additional reviews given, before we joined VRBO, happily available upon request.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.0%

Memorial and Labor Day Weekends are each 3 night minimum.
All fees payable with credit card.
Cleaning is included in the rate.
Owner will consider pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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