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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs **AUG 17 - AUG 24, WEEK AVAILABLE** Union Pier

Bedrooms 2
Space 585 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Yes, we really are that close to the beach and we took pictures to prove it. So be sure to check out the last three pictures in our photo album. These pictures, together with our owner's map of Union Pier say it all. (view map, then magnify a few times).

We have DEEDED access to our beach through the Luna Gowdy Beach Association. Our beach is private for the residents of our small subdivision of about 50 homes. The designated beach area is 300 feet of lake frontage, so there is plenty of room. Our beach is seldom crowded.

Another nice feature regarding the beach is that our unit is located on the lake side of Lake Shore Road. You never have to cross that road or any other road to access the beach.

Our cozy condo/cottage (a little under 600 sq. ft.) is one of only nine units, surrounding a spacious courtyard. Our cottage is connected to another cottage. Recently renovated, we kept all of the 1930's charm, but added lots of contemporary comforts.

We loved all of our cottage's wooden, wrap-around casement windows, but we added plenty of skylights as well.

We couldn't part with the original, antique kitchen sink, but we also put in new custom cabinets and brand new appliances.

When it came to the bathroom, we looked for a simple vintage design for replacing the fixtures, but we couldn't resist installing

a Jacuzzi bath tub.

Even though it's cooler by the lake, we thought central air conditioning was a must for when the temperatures pushed too high.

To eliminate those inconvenient trips to the New Buffalo Laundromat, we installed a brand new LG combination washer/dryer (locating it in a bedroom closet, hiding it from view, but

making it very, very handy). Doing laundry now is so much easier. However, we kept our outdoor clothes line up for those who still like to air-dry their wet bathing suits and beach towels.

We wanted much faster WiFi, so we just put in Comcast Internet along with Comcast Cable TV. Now we not only receive numerous TV stations, but HBO and Showtime. We still have our DVD library, but guests can bring their own DVDs for movies and programs that they or their kids enjoy seeing.

We also have a hooked-up gas grill right outside our back door---no propane needed!

Now how convenient is that?

Our cottage includes two parking spaces and a huge backyard for picnicking and ball playing and of course, the use of our spectacular Lake Michigan Beach (personally, we think our private Luna Gowdy Beach is one of the clearest, cleanest and best beaches in Union Pier!).

Besides being so close to Lake Michigan, we are an easy walk to the Whistle Stop Grocery and Deli and the Red Arrow Road House Restaurant (3 to 3 1/2 blocks).

We think our cottage is wonderful, but please keep in mind that our cottage is not a party house. Our cottage is much too small for a wedding or family reunion or any kind of party with lots of people. Also keep in mind that we only have parking for TWO cars.

More Details

Mike and Rosemary Stelzner
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About Mike and Rosemary Stelzner

I am a general contractor and construction manager in Chicago. My wife and I have been enjoying this area for well over twenty years. We now reside in Riverside, but Union Pier will always be our first love.

Why Mike and Rosemary Stelzner chose Union Pier

We searched for a long time before we purchased our cottage.

Proximity to the lake and old world charm were the characteristics that we were looking for and our unit at Whispering Pines fulfilled both requirements.

What makes this cottage unique

Not only do we have a great location, but it has all of the vintage details that only an older cottage could have...the arched entryway into the kitchen, the old hand-sawn hardwood floors, 6 lite casement windows and that wonderful original, antique kitchen sink. Plus we are close to everything that Harbor Country has to offer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"...I wanted to tell you again how lovely your home is and how nicely appointed. We've rented in Union Pier many times, and your home is far-and-away the nicest we've experienced. You've done a wonderful job

restoring it and retaining the charm and we hope to rent you cottage again in the future. There is really something special about Union Pier and I can't wait to get back up to see the sunsets.

Aug 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Union Pier, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 585 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) In the guest bedroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
We also provide four Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs, a beach umbrella and some beach toys for the kids (noodles, paddle board, pales and shovels for sand)


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75 Steps to Private Beach Stairs **AUG 17 - AUG 24, WEEK AVAILABLE** Union Pier
average rating of 4.975 based on 45 reviews

Practically perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was a cozy get away. We cooked extensively and were thrilled with high quality knives, pots and pans. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, all the linens were top notch, and such a lovely touch to have a fresh flower on the dining table. This was a great getaway! Only suggestion would be a docking station to play music. We forgot our Bluetooth speaker and wore out their one non classical CD. But otherwise, it was a great stay and we would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: 25-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marie, thank you for your fantastic review and for your wonderful suggestions! We are looking into a docking station. We have to admit that right now almost of our cd's are classical. So we have added a number of new cd's. For the most part they tend to be "a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll" and we just had to add a little bit Frank Sinatra. Of course, once we have a docking station, our guests can listen to their own favorites. Again, thank you for some really great suggestions!
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Beautiful, very clean and private with a perfect view of the lake!

  • 5 of 5

As idyllic as the property was, the hospitality of Mike & Rosemary was incredible!! Their home was clean & well stocked with essentials. They truly thought of every detail to make our stay everything we hoped for.

We loved how private the property was, it’s proximity to the beach, and how close it was to dining, shopping & wineries. We absolutely would stay again.

  • Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle, thank you for your glowing review and especially for mentioning our attention to detail. We try very hard provide our guests with the best experience possible. We look forward to your return!
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Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently enjoyed a perfect 3 night stay at this cottage. Not only was the cottage clean, sunny, comfortable, and well-appointed, but the activities surrounding the facility were perfect for us. We spent a lot of time on the beach, but also hiked in Warren Woods and strolled the tree-lined streets of Union Pier. We enjoyed a romantic Italian meal at Brewsters in New Buffalo and had lunches on the beach thanks to provisions from the Whistle Stop. We cooked a meal together after visiting Falatics meat market on the red arrow highway. We had so much fun and we can't wait to stay here again! The owners are incredibly helpful and obviously care about your comfort.

  • Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alice, it is always wonderful to have you and your husband as our guests. We certainly appreciate your glowing review and for mentioning all of the great food options in and around our area. We look forward to your return!
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Beautiful place in an amazing spot

  • 5 of 5

This two bedroom condo is beautiful, well kept, and clean and is in a great spot for a getaway. It is close to so many wineries and great restaurants and antique stores. It is also close to the state park as well! I'd recommend this place to anyone interested in visiting the area. The owners are very hospitable and also inform you of local spots for dining and activities. A wonderful place and we hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your five star review! We were delighted that you mentioned not only our efforts as host and hostess, but some of the wonderful attractions in and around our area. Please keep us in mind for your next trip to Harbor Country!
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Beautifully furnished and maintained property right by the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway!

  • Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful five star review!
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Lovely cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

This property is lovingly cared for and it is immaculate. The owner is very warm and welcoming. Location and accommodations are better than the photos show. We had a wonderful stay! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, thank you for noticing all of the care and attention that we have put into our little cottage and for taking the time and effort to write about it. We would love to have you back!
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Union Pier, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 15 2018 - Jun 28 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July Week
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 30 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 6 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2018 - Oct 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Oct 8 2018 - Nov 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2018 - Jan 3 2019
3 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2019 - Mar 14 2019
3 night minimum stay
Mar 15 2019 - Apr 18 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$96.59
Damage Deposit C$386.34



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.
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