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Driftwood Inn: large 3 bed/2bath home, steps from beach + town"""

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Detach from your busy life + connect with family and friends...create memories!

Signer of lease must be at least 25 years old. From late-June through the middle of August, there is a 7 night minimum. House accommodates 8 people max. House offers:

-huge, open living space, perfect for bonding and entertaining with family and friends but allows for private retreats at bedtime.

-DirectTV or watch some of our DVDs we make available on our 48" flat screen plasma TV

-master bedroom has private master bath; queen bedroom and bunk room share a hallway bath.

-outdoor shower

-gas grill

-screened in gazebo with bar table and 4 chairs

-inside fireplace

-fire pit with adirondack chairs


-chef's kitchen with quartz countertops/butcher block island and fully stocked with dishes/serving platters/pots, pans, utencils

--board games, toys, books

The cottage is located in Paradise Villa, a rare gem of a neighborhood that offers a pebbled walkway leading to the beach. It's incredibly safe for children as they have to cross no big streets to get to the beach and have plenty of space to run around wild. Property has a Lakeshore Road address but is set back from the actual street. Parking is abundant on Lakeshore and there is a nearby stop sign so drivers are going slow (25mph is speed limit on Lakeshore as it is). Lakeshore Road is teaming with runners, bikers, walkers, rollerbladers all year round, perfect for you to enjoy the 2 adult and 2 children's bikes that we offer up for use at the cottage.

The beach is less than 1/4 mile walk and although it's considered a "public" beach, there is no parking there so it is never crowded. It's so private that residents of Paradise Villa often leave their folded up beach chairs at the bottom of the stairs. We provide 4 beach chairs and plenty of beach toys for kids. The water is incredibly kid-friendly and is mostly flat, has a gradual deepening and often times has a sandbar that is within swimming distance. Rent a paddleboard or floating "lily pad" raft for the day and have it delivered to and picked up from the beach; or rent or bring a kayak, rent a jet ski or boat from the harbor in New Buffalo, only a 5 minute drive away.

Dining options are abundant... visit the relatively bustling New Buffalo and eat at famous Stray Dog, Redamak's, Brewster's, Casey's, or choose to stay in Union Pier and eat at Timothy's, Frankie's, Nani's, Red Arrow Roadhouse, etc.

There are microbreweries all over the area, within 5-10 minutes drive, as well as an impressive number of local wineries. You can rent a chauffeur and van to take you around to the wineries with pick up and drop off service.

There are many small, gourmet grocery stores that are walkable, but full service grocery stores (Barney's in New Buffalo and Sawyer Garden Market in Sawyer) are within a 5-10 minute drive that offer both staples as well as organic, locally farmed food. There is also a farmer's market that is about 1 mile away (ride one of our bikes there!) that happens on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer and fall months.

If you want other options outside of beaching it, we offer a big directory in the house with lots of different options, including a wide array of children's options. Enjoy hiking, biking, walking in the many forest preserves in the area, or go to Cap'n Mikes (a small vintage amusement park), hit golf balls at Whittaker Woods (an excellent course, highly recommended), see a movie or go to a small zoo or hit the outlet mall in Michigan City (20 min drive), go antiquing all over Harbor Country, horseback ride, pick blueberries/strawberries/apples, hit the Children's Museum and Silver Beach in St. Joseph (20 min drive), go to one of the many parks in the area, play tennis, go to Hesston (10 min drive) if you want to ride some old fashioned trains, get ice cream at famous Oinks in New Buffalo, rent a kayak and enjoy the Galien River kayak course, catch a show at the Acorn Theatre or art movies at the Vickers in Three Oaks (15 min drive), enjoy some of the local festivals like Ship and Shore and Art Attack. Rent floating rafts, scooters, boats in the area. In the colder months, cozy up with wine and a nice fire in the fireplace at night while during the day you can ski (50 min drive), sled, cross country ski, snowmobile, ice skate all around. There is more to do here... too much to list!

No pets, no smoking. Inventory will be taken before and after each visit. Bath towels must not be used at the beach, you must bring your own beach towels.

**As of June 16, 2017, Uber has announced that they will service this area at least during the summer season if not longer. Please check the Uber app for up-to-date details if interested.**

Travel here-- it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to drive here from Chicago and there is an Amtrak express train that leaves Union Station and goes directly to New Buffalo that runs a couple of times per day. As well, there is a South Shore train line that runs very often during the day that goes from Chicago to Michigan City. If you are flying in, I recommend Midway Airport and it will be about 1 hour 15 minutes drive.

More Details

Erica Carli
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Erica Carli

We live in Chicago and discovered Harbor Country through a family member, who has a home in New Buffalo. We fell in love with the area as it is a very short drive from Chicago, but makes you feel like you are a world away from the hustle bustle of the city. We know you will love this area of the country as much as we do. We are very detail-oriented when it comes to furnishing a home and have tried to think of everything to make your stay fun, relaxing and enjoyable. We are fair, level-headed and love to hear feedback about how to make your stay even better.

Erica Carli purchased this house in 2013

What makes this house unique

-new home, all new furnishings

-screened gazebo

-4 bikes for your use

-4 beach chairs

-DVD library

-book library

-board games

-gas grill

-enclosed outside shower


-very family-friendly, kid-friendly: safe

-perfect location, steps to beach/grocery/restaurants

-directory in the house listing lots of activities

-bench in the yard for bird watching

-chef's kitchen with quartz and granite and butcher block

-free wi-fi


Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We strongly encourage everyone showering, especially children, in the outside shower immediately after the beach.
  • Put all wet towels either into the washer or in the hamper to save our floors from unnecessary damage. Please start one load of laundry before leaving
  • Return everything to its original place upon departure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 2 inside baths: hallway bath has tub and shower and double-bowl sinks and the master has a single-bowl sink with stand-up shower. Both have granite or quartz countertops. 1 outdoor shower: perfect for use after the beach or any other time! It is fully enclosed with raised deckboards so water doesn't accumulate at your feet. There is a step stool for the smaller kids in one of the closets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , king sized bed with dresser for clothes and master bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , queen bed with dresser for clothes
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , One set of twin bed bunk beds; 1 set of full /twin bunks
  • All measurements are close approximations: Bedroom #1-- queen sized bedroom, 11'x11'; Bedroom 2— 2 sets of bunks: twin bed bunks and a full with twin bunk bed, 13'x11; Bedroom 3—15.6'x 15—very spacious master bedroom with private master bath. In the closet, there is a pack and play for use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Driftwood Inn: large 3 bed/2bath home, steps from beach + town
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Indianapolis, IN

Loved the Driftwood Inn; great time

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house. Modern updates throughout the home. Toys and games for young kids were a welcomed bonus. Outdoor shower is great to have. Nice area with shops, restaurants, parks, outdoor activities, etc. Short walk through a scenic walking path and down some stairs to a nice beach. Great host. Responsive, welcoming, accommodating; made the process easy.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you....please come back anytime. You were an equally responsive, respectful guest and made my hosting job very easy.
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Terrific house in a terrific location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five came for a holiday weekend in the fall and we were delighted by the beautiful decor and design of this home. Our children loved the toys and DVDs, and we all loved the giant windows and unique off-street location that made us feel we were out in nature while we were inside. We saw deer and many squirrels. We shopped at the local bakery (amazing!) and quaint convenience stores, all of which were such a short walk away. The home was well equipped for winter, with down blankets available for every room. Heaven! We had a small question for the owners and they were kind and very responsive.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderful. Quality rooms, kitchen, bedrooms, windows, firepit, easy walk to the beach. This rental lived up to the description. Would definitely rent again. Great location, good house for families and kids. Just about everything you need!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Elgin


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, beautiful setting, and very easy access to a beautiful beach!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burr Ridge, IL

Updated, clean cottage close to McKinley Public Beach

  • 5 of 5

Kitchen was fantastic for cooking, three bedrooms/two baths were perfect accommodations for two couples and kids sharing bunk bed room. We spent every night by the fire pit relaxing and our days at the beach. Beach was small but close by, approx 1 1/2 block walk.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Knoxville, TN

Great house in Union Pier!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at Driftwood Inn in Union Pier. The house had everything we needed for a family that ranged in age from 2 - 58. Would love to come back again for a visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Red Arrow Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Whittaker Woods (public)
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak express Chicago-New Buffalo, MI
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Swiss Valley
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
McKinley Beach

From the glistening white sands of Lake Michigan’s beaches to the lush, beautiful countryside, this property is located in Harbor Country which combines the best of two worlds: rustic country charm coupled with highly sophisticated shops, lodging, restaurants and galleries. Fun, relaxation and discovery to be enjoyed year around.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

++Changeover day for weekly rentals is always Friday so think Friday - Friday even if the dates above might not jive right. VRBO has a glitch but the calendar will reflect the Friday-Friday rentals.

****Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August****

Cancellation policy: 100% refunded at least 60 days before arrival date.

Owner'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.