Driftwood Inn: Large, Newly Rehabbed 3 Bed/2bath Home, Steps from Beach + Town
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
This home has just been completely rehabbed from inside out... it offers a huge, open living space, perfect for bonding and entertaining with family and friends but allows for private retreats at bedtime. Enjoy gazing at our huge old pine trees from our abundant windows in the main living space or gather around in our family room to watch DirectTV or watch some of our DVDs we make available on our 48" flat screen plasma TV. The master bedroom has private master bath; queen bedroom and bunk room share a hallway bath. Outdoor shower essential after beaching it all day, and the gas grill makes for a hearty meal after all-day play. Enjoy the gazebo where kids can play one of the many board games we offer at the house, or choose one of our books to cozy up with on a lazy afternoon. The inside fireplaces make for a cozy get-away in the cooler months, but they offer the right ambiance in the summer months as we fill them with glowing candles. Use the fire pit and sit on adirondack chairs telling ghost stories and making s'mores. Watch birds in the morning by drinking coffee on our bench in the yard. Enjoy a comfortable leather couch in the family room area that pulls out to a queen-sized bed. If you must plug in to your life, enjoy free wi-fi at Driftwood Inn.
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. Enjoy the 4 beach chairs we make available for your use and experience the gorgeous beaches of Harbor Country, some of the most beautiful we've ever seen (and we've seen a lot beaches!). 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. For added fun, rent a paddleboard for the day and have it delivered to and picked up from the beach; or rent or bring a kayak, rent a jet ski from the harbor in New Buffalo, only a 5 minute drive away. Don't forget that the sun sets over Lake Michigan so be sure to spend some time at the beach during sunset hours. It is unforgettable.
Dining options are abound... visit the relatively bustling New Buffalo and eat at famous Stray Dog or Redamak's or at other great eats there, or choose to walk to a romantic dinner at Timothy's, a beautiful and delicious restaurant with a cottage-y ambiance. Or, choose to cook in on our brand new appliances in our chef's kitchen with quartz countertops/butcher block island and gas grill on the back patio. There are microbreweries all over the area, within 5-10 minutes drive, as well as an impressive number of local wineries.
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. The produce is at its finest, I highly recommend it.
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. 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!
Getting here is a breeze-- 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.
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Member since: 2015
- 1600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- 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. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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....moreless
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Fall through Spring
Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Early summer wkdys.Mem day3nt+
May 1 - Jun 29, 2017
2 night min stay
4th of July week++
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Heart of summer++
Jul 8 - Aug 17, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Cleaning $120
- Tax Rate 6%
++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**** If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be booked for the remainder of the week.
Cancellation policy: 100% refunded at least 60 days before arrival date.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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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.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: 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. I swear when we come up here, I breathe differently. The air is so pure from the vast array of trees and greenery, the breeze is filled with bird songs we never get to hear in the city, and the stars are so luminous at night my kids can see constellations (an impossibility in 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
-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 -fireplaces -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 -pull out couch in family room area -free wi-fi
- Primary: +1 7738798686 Email is preferred
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Exterior of home
A letter from a renter coming this summer after seeing the house in person.
You won't believe your eyes... beach is gorgeous
brand new chef's kitchen
family room area of large open plan common space
one side of the fireplace
other view of dining area
King sized bed, tall armoire for clothing storage not shown
bunk room: set of 2 twin bed bunks, 1 set of full bed on bottom/twin on top
view of full bed on bottom/twin on top bunk
walkway to home with gazebo to the right
view of beach from top of stairs down to beach
side view of kitchen
view of family room area from the dining area
dining area with 6 chairs but 2 more dining chairs are in a closet if needed
sitting area for board games and cocktails and fireplace chats
master bath, single bowl sink
hallway bath-- double bowl sink, bathtub and shower
view of 2 twin bed bunks
outdoor shower, grill deck off of kitchen not shown
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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