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Bright, Colorful Cottage Close To Beach And Activities.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2- Bed Loft, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7

Everything you need to relax and enjoy your vacation:

MI Retreat features...

Master bedroom with king bed and master bath

Bedroom with queen bed and adjacent bath

Loft with two twin beds

Pull-out full sofa bed

New fully-equipped kitchen

Central A/C and heat

Screened-in porch

New outdoor deck with BBQ grill

New flat screen TV, cable, DVD movies

WiFi internet

Washer and dryer

Wood-burning fireplace

High ceilings, skylights, many windows and natural light

Colorful artwork throughout home

Note for people with severe pet allergies: Renters are not allowed to have pets, per association rules. However, i do have dogs that stay once or twice a year.

More Details

Jena Hollensteiner Armistead
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Jena Hollensteiner Armistead

I bought the house in 2009. I renovated the kitchen, guest bathroom, added an outdoor deck and made other improvements in 2013. I cherish the place but am not able to use it as often as I'd like. I enjoy sharing it with family and friends.

Jena Hollensteiner Armistead purchased this house in 2009

Why Jena Hollensteiner Armistead chose Southwest

I looked for two years before buying MI Retreat. I loved the open floor plan, skylights, and creating a colorful/relaxing space.

What makes this house unique

Abundant natural light. Screened-in porch. Outdoor deck. Modern kitchen. All the comforts of home. Colorful artwork. The place is unique and unlike most rentals. Furnished not like a rental property, but like a real home! MI Retreat is Your Retreat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Jena! I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know about our AWESOME time really was as close to perfect as it could possibly be... We loved everything - I actually cried real tears when I realized it was time to go! Thank you so much for everything!!!
Apr 2015
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Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large soaking tub with shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , New tile on floor and in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master - 1 king , Master bath attached.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Large loft with two twin beds and sitting area. No closet.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full pull-out bed in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mi Retreat offers all you need for a relaxing or adventure filled vacation. Beach toys, umbrella, chairs, blankets, towels provided. Outdoor shower.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Bright, Colorful Cottage Close To Beach And Activities.
average rating of 4.962963 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful Week at MI Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved this open and bright cottage. The screened porch in the evenings was always a great place to gather. We had everything we needed and the beds were comfy. Jena was a great host and returned texts if we had a question.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm and Cozy!

  • 4 of 5

Had a great Girls weekend, it was the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, The place was clean and very well supplied with everything you may need and the Owner was very flexible and extremely easy to deal with. Thanks again and would truly recommend to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anita - Glad you all had a great girls weekend. I understand that two of the ladies who stayed are allergic to dogs and hence perhaps the 4-star rating. Although my association does not allow renters to have dogs, owners can have their dogs, which i do once or twice a year. Unfortunately, despite that the home is thoroughly cleaned after each use, some dog hair may remain. Thanks for letting me know of your concern and I'm giving others a heads up... NOTE: Any prospective renters who have severe allergies to dogs should find other accommodations.
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Great place to reboot

  • 5 of 5

Nicely redone and the perfect size for a group. Very well stocked (Love the dishes Jena so cute) and easy to find. Neighbors were very nice too. My group had a very nice time.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Never Disappointed

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed this property for a number of years now. It is a quiet, clean, colorful place that is well taken care of by an owner who truly wants you to have a great experience. Our most recent stay with my wife and 4 kids found us enjoying a beautiful fall weekend in Harbor Country. The short walk to the beach, the local restaurants and all the available activities in the area added up to a wonderful family getaway. Such a comfortable place to call home for a few days. Can't wait to get back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great location and a great house. Thank you very much!

One note to those who may arrive late and only have Google maps directions. If you enter the first driveway at the large sign, park in an angled spot on the left side about halfway down near the gate on the left. Then walk through the gate and keep to the left. Or, go to the second small driveway which is right next to the unit. It was pretty dark when we arrived and we almost walked into the wrong unit!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean. Comfortable. Well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

Good experience. Only complaint-weak internet receptions. However, could be my service

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Richard - Sorry you had issues with the internet. I had spoken to Comcast during your stay and they stated that all was working fine. 50MB service. I wonder if you might have been connected to a different wifi instead of MI ReTreat? Regardless, I will check in with them again. Jena PS Comcast confirmed all was in good working order. I also had the next renter (who's a techie friend and had 3 kids on devices) check internet service and they had no issues. Again, sorry you had issues as i know how frustrating that can be!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Chicago-Midway Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Frankie's, Timothy's
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Whittaker Woods Golf Course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 94
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Timothy's, Frankies, Nana's, Pumpernickel Inn
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Union Pier
Car: recommended

MI Retreat is situated a just few blocks from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Although it provides a relaxing, serene environment, you can also choose to ride bikes to Stray Dog in New Buffalo, shop the local boutiques, go wine tasting, ride go-carts, or hit the nearby casinos. MI Retreat offers a great location with many activity options or simply a comfortable place to relax, play games and enjoy yourself on the couch, outdoor deck or screened-in porch.


Rates & Availability

Union Pier House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 High Season
May 4 2017 - Sep 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
2018 High Season
May 3 2018 - Sep 17 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $80
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

If you have any special requests or considerations, please let me know. I'm flexible and want you to enjoy your stay at MI Retreat. Pricing is inclusive of a one-time cleaning fee after your departure. Reservations are not confirmed until payment has been made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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