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Hope/Calvin...Book your family graduation weekend now! Enjoy the Pair-a-Dice!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Your Million Dollar View of Lake MI, laid back slow pace cottage life style here

Grand Haven cottage description

Pair-A-Dice is a quaint cottage in Grand Haven, Michigan. Built in 1906, it is located in historic Highland Park, an historic landmark. This turn of the century cottage community has attracted visitors for over 125 years. About 100 cottages are tucked in the sand dunes with a system of boardwalks and walkways built throughout the natural preserve. Pair-A-Dice, one of the few cottages over looking Lake Michigan and her beach.

The beautiful sun sets while you drink, dine and scream for ice cream on your large private deck.

Enjoy watching the Grand Haven Pier's catwalk lite up at night looking like a string of pearls! Take a midnight stroll through the Highland Park or dip in the lake below. Fall asleep with the sound of the waves . Awaken to the romantic sound of the Pier's foghorn on the mornings the boaters and fishermen need visual assistance.

A screened in front porch with an attached deck are ideal for reading, sunset watching, and experiencing the fall storms as they rumble in over Lake Michigan. No need to be scared as this cottage has survived over 100 years worth of wind, rain, hail, snow and ice.

There is a small back porch for storage, for your bikes, coolers, beach bags, fishing poles and kites.

There are 5 bedrooms, one full bath downstairs and one full bathroom upstairs. The upstairs is a deluxe new bathroom in 2016 with a separate shower/bath and toilet with vanity. Three bedrooms have full beds, one bedroom has a set of twin beds and a fifth bedroom has kids beds. Sleeps 6 adults and 4 kids comfortably. Bring your beach towels. Two bedrooms have lake views while you are resting in bed.

Pair-a-Dice retains much of its original charm as many items in the cottage are original.

In the Spring and Fall there is a wall heater to keep your downstairs cozy. The bathroom can be chilly depending on the weather so we provide a little space heater. This is a cottage that gets shuttered up for the winter at the end of October.

Click on the link 'More cottage Photos' for a virtual tour and click on the calendar to see availability. Also check out the link which is a live web cam; the view you see, is just 9 cottages North of where Pair-a-Dice is located.

September is the locals favorite time to be swimming in the Lake. Often the water is warmer than the air and the waves are perfect for body surfing, or watching the surfers. The beach crowds are gone however the city is still rocking.

More Details

Property Manager
Bob Minnema
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Bob Minnema

Family traditions are strong here as the cottages are passed down to future generations, with little turnover to new owners. My dream came true when I had the opportunity to buy Pairadice on the ridge overlooking Lake Michigan and the beach, in 2013. I love sharing Grand Haven with friends and now with your family. This is truly the most beautiful place in the world, (in the summer and fall). Come make your own family traditions and memories here.

Bob Minnema purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Bob Minnema chose Grand Haven

If you seek to experience a peaceful, relaxing, mother nature vacation, this is your spot. Overlooking the beach during the day and watching sunsets that rivals the sunsets of the Pacific Islands. Your choice to walk, saunter, bike, roller blade, skate board, run with little need or desire to drive your car. This is a vacation for living in the now, a time to be visiting life as it should be lived.

What makes this cottage unique

Experience what it is like to live like a local in this exciting friendly, safe summer tourist town. You will quickly feel at home here at Highland Park overlooking Lake Michigan Water. One of the few highland park cottages on the bluff with a boardwalk and stairs leading down to the private secluded sandy beach, fresh lake, no salt or sharks here, however there are waves for body surfing and paddle boarding.

Pairadice was built in 1904 and continues to have the cottage feel with a modern updates. On demand water heater, washer and dryer, and new bedroom and bathroom with separate vanity addition. My focus is to keep the cottage charm and simple slow pace life style.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is an extraordinary location with a full view of Lake Michigan and sunsets that are breathtaking. Located in the heart of historic Highland Park, Pair-a-Dice offers the experience of going back to an earlier time when life was less hectic and more relaxing. The setting is simply extraordinary and the cottage offers all the amenities needed to have a wonderful vacation. The only complication is that, after spending a week or two there, you won't want to leave! Truly a gem and a wonderful opportunity to experience the bounty of nature in the most relaxing setting available today.

Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Jun 2012
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Grand Haven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 5 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Must abide by Highland Park Association Rules see Rental Agreement
  • No animals or will be required to leave immediately with loss of security deposit
  • Understanding this is a cottage and expectation is to leave Pairadice in the same condition as you found it during check in with manager.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on first floor
    Bathroom 2 - Sink , 2nd floor with privacy. View of lake & beach
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , New addition 2016 vanity in next adjacent room
    Bathroom 4 - shower , Outside shower to clean up after a long sunny day at beach.
  • Hot and Cold outside private side shower to clean off swim suites and sandy legs and feet. Great shower if the two inside bathrooms are being hogged by others
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Beautiful view of lake and beach open windows to hear waves
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Beautiful view of lake and beach open windows to hear waves
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Addition 2016 enclosed room off of new bathroom woods view
  • Bedrooms are configured with an open ceiling. Bedroom #5 is designed for up to two children. Ideal for 6 adults and 4 children. Bedroom#3 is new and has closed ceiling adjacent to new bathroom overlooking back woods.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Grand Haven Beach and Lake Michigan is noted as a top ten destination in the world. Pairadice overlooks the Grand Haven private beach and just south of the Grand Haven State Park Easy walk into town for shopping, drinks and restaurants. There is a Highland Park Board walk connecting to your neighborhood consisting of 110 cottages throughout this private Highland Park Land Dunes and woods. Enjoy watching and experience nature's beauty and animals including deer, raccoons, birds, and at dusk a chance to see a skunk. Take a short walk into town before or after dinner visiting local breweries for live music and song.


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Hope/Calvin...Book your family graduation weekend now! Enjoy the Pair-a-Dice!
average rating of 4.733333 based on 21 reviews

We loved our views from the deck and front bedrooms. Plenty of room for 8 women to hang out.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the historical home, filled with many reminders of the past. The updated bathroom was a nice touch. We had a great time exploring grand haven, a place none of us already knew. Every day was an adventure. Would definitely return. Thanks for hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach retreat!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying at "pair a dice". The proximity to the beach and the view was the best part. We had to drive into town because the walk was a little too much for our little ones but this location would be perfect for biking into town. However we came mainly for the beach end it was so easily accessible even with lugging down our supplies and toys for three kiddos. Part of the house is very old. But I love how cozy and quaint the antiques made it feel. In the new hallway addition and bathroom was the just right amount of modern luxury needed. I only gave it four stars though because of the kitchen. It has all modern necessities in it but it would've been nice to have a few more updates. The grill could use a little maintenance too. But overall, it was just the beach getaway my family needed. Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Thank you for staying at the Pair-a-Dice and your review. We replaced our grill with a brand new Gas Weber! We are also taking your recommendations on updating our kitchen. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best, Bob
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Grand Haven, MI

Retreat Pair-a-Dice

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent a spectacular Girls' Weekend at Pair-a-Dice! We all live in the Grand Haven area, but we felt like we were miles away. This cottage has everything you need to enjoy a retreat/vacation. This property is perfect for hiking, a walk to charming downtown Grand Haven for shopping and a bite to eat, sitting on the beach, chilling on the spacious deck, playing cards around the darling dining-room table , AND viewing breathtaking sunsets that rival any Caribbean Island I've visited. You will LOVE this place!! Book soon because you won't want to miss out on your own relaxing and refreshing retreat!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Haven, Mi

Wonderful blend of the old and new..

  • 5 of 5

I and several friends ( 7 total) just spent a girls' weekend at this charming cottage over Lake Michigan with a view unparalleled anywhere. It was everything, in my mind, that a cottage should be...a comfortable place to relax and unwind. It was extremely clean and inviting, and the owner has done a wonderful job of blending the old with the new...plenty of beds (and bedding) for all, well appointed kitchen, and walkable to beach, shopping and restaurants. I felt removed from the bustle, yet knew I was a walk away from any of those things, should I want to do that. You will not be disappointed if you choose to stay here.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rogers, Ar

Sunset Spectacular!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this quaint cottage for 2 years in a row. It has a wonderful view and the owner has added a

new addition to accommodate more sleeping and another full bath. It is very clean and comfortable and sleeps 10.

It is in a wonderful location, just on the edge of all the activity during the festivities. You are just steps down to the

beach where you can have more privacy but only a very short walk to the city beach. On the walk down, we met many neighbors/owners and they were amazing! Everyone is so friendly and made us feel very welcome. A lot of great restaurants like the well known Pronto Pup is just down the boardwalk and make sure to hit the Dairy Treat across the street! Totally recommend this cottage for families of any age.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rogers, Arkansas

Family stay

  • 5 of 5

Spending a week in Grand Haven is all ways enjoyable during the summer. This cottage made the stay memorable. All though quaint, it can sleep many very comfortably. The porch and deck, not only add space, but increase the ability to see a fantastic view. It is the perfect place for us, as we like the experience of being over the beach with a walk to town, or a quick bike ride! The neighboring cottages and community was also enjoyable. Everyone goes at their own pace and makes all comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Muskegon Mi
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bil-Mar Deck
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Muskegon Mi
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Course 50 Public Courses
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrack from Chicago Holland
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Bil-Mar Deck
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Grand Haven City Beach
Car: not necessary

Pair-A-Dice is located in the Highland Park Historic District. Parkland of boardwalks, sand dunes, and forests.

This private district is a safe place for your family to play and relax. The majority of the 100 family cottages here are not available for rent.

Safe walking to the down town area. Your children do not need a car to have fun meeting others and to explore the many treats this small Michigan lake town has to offer.

Musical Fountain at dusk

Charter fishing boats

Farmer's Market 9 to noon -Saturday/Wednesday

Rent a bike for miles of bike paths

Sun Sport Rentals for all the water toys

Visit the best ice cream shops

Tip of Few -Best Wet Burrito in the world

Hoffsteaders for your news and books

Bakers Wife for the best scones and bread

Try a different coffee shop every day

If you are a member of the American Legion stop by for one of the best halls




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cleaning Fee $200.00, NO PETS
Inquire for rates up to 8 Adults
Private Parking - Cars only, no commercial vans or boats
2 Car parking spaces included, additional private parking for cars available for additional daily fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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