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.
-screened in gazebo with bar table and 4 chairs
-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.