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

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

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

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.

More Details

Erica Carli
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

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. 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.

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

-pull out couch in family room area

-free wi-fi


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Driftwood Inn: large, newly rehabbed 3 bed/2bath home, steps from beach + town
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were so amazed by the tranquil setting and beautiful home. The house was so cozy with lovely decor. Everything was immaculate. We came with 2 babies and a four year old who just loved the book shelves filled with games and of course the room with all of the bunk beds. Besides the house being absolutely perfect, the setting is out of a magazine for this time of year. Very peaceful. Can't wait to come back here. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Harbor Country home for families with kids

  • 5 of 5

This home is exceptionally well maintained and comes with so many extra amenities for kids, making the vacation all the more relaxing. They have plenty of toys, a pack and play, a highchair, washer & dryer, etc. Plus, the owner provides a comprehensive packing list so you're perfectly prepared for a week of relaxation. As other reviewers mention, it is in a community west of the main street, so it's a short and very safe walk to the beach. Outdoor shower and hose make it easy to keep the house from getting covered in sand when returning from the beach. All on one level, another big plus with kids. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brownstown Township, MI

Beautiful, spacious home that is away from it all yet close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

We had nine people staying at this house and we all fit comfortably with plenty of room for us all. Everything is provided including games, puzzles, and kids toys. The house is in a small community of houses that share a common pathway to the beach. The wooded area made us feel like we were away form all of the hub bub yet we were within a short walking distance from the beach and a short drive from many other things that we like to do. We took a short drive to the Round Barn in Baroda, drove to the Warren Sand Dunes, and to Three Oaks Michigan to walk around the quaint small town there. The owners are absolutely lovely to deal with and are very accomodating. We definitely would recommend staying at the Driftwood Inn!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy modern home in great location

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to find a renovated home that would accommodate our family of 5 with young kids. This house was just perfect. It had a great floor plan, charming yet updated decor, and everything you need to be comfortable and entertained. Location can't be beat just a couple of blocks to the beach. House sits in an enclave called Paradise Villas, a row of small single family homes with common green space and a walkway down the middle. It's a tranquil, heavily wooded spot - we just loved it and enjoyed our cookouts under the trees. House is well equipped for staying in or venturing out to the beach on foot or on bike. Owner was immediately responsive to our questions and feedback when needed. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay at Driftwood

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at the Driftwood Inn. There were six adults and one toddler and it was the perfect size for all of us. The house was nicely equipped. We appreciated having the pack n play, toys and books, booster seat and other items available at the house so we did not have to bring those. The location is great - very close to the beach. Also about a 20-30 min drive to St Joseph and very short drive to New Buffalo. The outdoor space was nice - fire pit and also a small yard for our son to run around. We were all very pleased with the house - very tastefully decorated and clean. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Excellent family cottage

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage for a weeks vacation and couldn't be happier that we rented this gorgeous cottage. The pictures on the internet were spot on and sold us on the place. The cottage has plenty of space for everyone, comfortable and very modern. The kitchen is beautiful! Bedrooms are good sized. We enjoyed many nights by the fire pit. Location to the beach is excellent. We are looking forward to renting again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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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

Union Pier House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall through Spring
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early summer wkdys.Mem day3nt+
May 1 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
4th of July week++
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Heart of summer++
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 17 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $120
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**** 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

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Union Pier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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