Harbor Haven Union Pier

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HARBOR HAVEN (Union Pier, MI): Blocks from Lake Michigan, fireplace, Sleeps 5, Wi-Fi and Smart TVs







Perfect home for a family of 4 looking for a simple, clean, vacation spot. Harbor Haven is just a short 8 minute walk or 3 minute drive to a gorgeous beach on Lake Michigan! The home comes with wood planked ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 1 and ½ bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, and beautiful deck with patio furniture for guests to relax. On the back of the house is also a screened-in porch where you can enjoy nature bug-free!   A washer/dryer and electric grill are also present for guests to enjoy!

Union Pier is a fabulous summer city with wineries, casinos, and great restaurants nearby. With the Michigan City Outlet Mall only 20 minutes away, and golf courses galore, mom and daughter can enjoy shopping, while father and son hit the course!


A/C: Yes

Animals: Birds and small animals like squirrels and raccoons.

ATV/Snowmobiles: Not the ideal place for snowmobiling or ATV's. Can not ride from house to trails and there is no room for parking a trailer. Best to leave those home and enjoy the amazing views of Lake Michigan!


Bathroom 1= Full bath with stand up shower

Bathroom 2 = ½ bath

Beach/Swimming: Gordon Beach is a short 5 minute walk. From house, looking at road, turn right onto Lakeshore Rd. Turn right onto Town Line Ave. Take all the way to the beach stairs. 

Bedroom Configuration:
Bedroom 1= King

Bedroom 2= Bunk bed (twin on top, full size below)

Boat Rental:  Oselka Marina in New Buffalo.

Bugs: Typical flies, mosquitoes, spiders,  and ants.

Cell phone service: Great service with most carriers.  AT&T may not be as good as others


* Michigan City Outlet Mall: 20 minutes (14 miles)

* Chicago: 1 hour 14 minutes (74 miles)

* Detroit: 3 hours 18 minutes (210 miles)

* Notre Dame University: 44 minutes (37 miles)               

* Grand Rapids: 1 hour 41 minutes (107 miles) 

* Toledo, OH: 3 hours 3 minutes (185 miles)

 Fire Pit: You are able to build bonfires on the beach, but there is not a firepit at the house. Whatever driftwood you find or purchase some firewood at the local grocer.

Fireplace: There is a wood burning fireplace in the home. Please bring your own wood.


Fishing: Bring your poles.

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online 

Grill: Charcoal grill-please bring your own charcoal

Handicap Accessible: If you can navigate a few stairs in/out of the house, you will be able to enjoy this one level home.

Hunting: Not Onsite

Internet: WiFi included

Linens:  Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

OUTDOOR SHOWER:  Currently under repair

Parking:  2 cars in driveway and 2 in- front if necessary

Pets: Pets are not allowed. Enjoy this allergen-free Lodge.  


Privacy: There is a home on the one side of the home that is visible. The backyard is semi-private. With mature trees on one side of the home and white picket fence, you will enjoy the comfort of the backyard. 

Security: There is a Ring Doorbell on the front door.

Space: ranch-style home

Store: 4 miles away. It is called Barney’s - 10 North Thompson, New Buffalo  269-469-1210.    A convenience store is within walking distance, which hosts basic supplies.


Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.

TVs: 2 Smart TVs. One is in the master bedroom and one in the main family room. Roku for one TV.  No Cable or Satellite boxes. Streaming only.  Feel free to bring your Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon accounts! If you don’t have Netflix, we can allow you to use our account during your stay.

Washer and dryer: Yes! Laundry soap is provided.  

Wood:   Wood NOT provided. Please bring your own.  Can be purchased at Barneys, about 4 miles away -  10 North Thompson, New Buffalo  269-469-1210.


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Screened-in porch
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku, Chromecast, Streaming Abilities
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Keurig---bring your own K-cups
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Patio Chairs
Local Amenities
  • Winery

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


16000 Lakeshore
So cute & comfortable. Perfect location, close to beach & town. Would rent this property again.

Angie, we're so glad that you had a great stay.  Being close to Lake Michigan helps to make this a great property!  Hosting you was a pleasure, and we look forward to your return.
Nov 2023
2nd year and still loving it!
Everything was perfect! Clean and had everything we needed for a weeks stay. Beds are comfortable. Kitchen had cookware and utensils needed to cook our meals. There was a full size refrigerator that wasn't there last year with an icemaker...fantastic! Close to beach (5 minute walk) and quiet neighborhood. Can't wait to return! 


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Kristin! We are so happy to know you enjoyed another stay at Harbor Haven, and had a chance to appreciate the upgraded fridge, as well as the other convenient amenities the home has to offer! We can't wait to have you back! 
Aug 2023
Well Stocked
Harbor Haven was generously stocked. However, the stove worked only intermittently, and the mattresses and pillows badly need to be replaced.


Thank you for reviewing your stay, Corrine! I'm sorry to hear about the stove not working properly, as well as the conditions of the mattresses and pillows. Our maintenance team has been notified of these issues, so we can work on getting these issues resolved for future guest stay. All and all, it is good to know you found the home to be well stocked; hopefully we will have a chance to host you again
Jul 2023
review of Harbor Haven
Unit was clean and as advertised. In a nice quiet neighborhood and close to the beach. Some small areas could have used touch up painting and wall repair, and no hair dryer in the unit. Would definitely rent this unit again.

Tony, we're glad that you had a good stay, and we appreciate your feedback.  We look forward to your return.
Jan 2023
We did very much enjoy our stay. Proximity to the beach, layout of kitchen, dining, living, back deck and screened in porch. We would definitely come back. Would be so much better if the small bedroom bed could be taken out and replaced with a full bed only, bedside tables and lamps. Getting into the bed was much like getting into a tent and we are getting a little too old for that. The bunk shelves weren't useful. No hangers in closet. Small dresser. Master bedroom good except overhead light didn't have cover. Another chair in living room would be nice. None of this would keep us from coming back but thought that you might want to know.
Dec 2022
4 stars
Appreciated the extended stay til noon. The bathroom and kitchen soap smelled terrible. There weren't many towels other than the beach towels. But overall, we had a great time!

Cindi, we're glad that overall you had a great stay and we're glad that we could give your a late c heck out.  We appreciate your feedback and hope to work with you again.
Nov 2022
Wonderful time'
Roomy and comfortable, very nice screened in porch and table/chairs on porch. Close to beach, grocery store, bakery. Definitely come back.


Hi Ruth! We are delighted to know you enjoyed your stay at Harbor Haven, and found the location convenient for getting to all the things Union Pier has to offer. Wwe would love to have you back!
Aug 2022
Mom's Trip
Location was perfect. Quiet and close to beach and short walk to donut shop and market. Very clean.

Anita,  we're glad that Harbor haven worked out so well for you.  Being close to a donut shop is a big plus!  We hope to work with you again.
Jun 2022
5 stars
Had a wonderful time at Harbor Haven. Close walk to the beach, house was super clean and comfortable, out two kids had a great time too. Would definitely return.

Bridget, we're so glad that you and your kids had such a good time at Harbor Haven!  Having access to Lake Michigan is such a bonus, and we love that you plan on returning.
Mar 2022
Harbor Haven
Cute and clean rental house in a great location. Easy walking distance to beach, restaurants and shops. Will definitely stay again next time we're in Union Pier.

Carol, we'd love to have you back again!  We  love knowing that you had a good stay.
Sep 2021
Perfect place for a getaway
This was our second time staying here, and we enjoyed it just as much as we did the first time. The location is perfect - walking distance to the beach! (Which is what we were mostly looking for). The house is clean, the beds are comfortable, and the deck was nice on those beautiful summer days. We took many walks around the area and also walked the beach. The staff was quick to respond when needed. We will definitely be back!


Michelle, we love our returning guests!  That is always the best review possible, so thank you for that.  Walking on the beach is so relaxing, so we look forward to your return for more beach combing.
Sep 2021
Quiet and relaxing and short walk to beach
Roomy enough for 4 adults. 10 minute walk to McKinley Beach to the north. Fresh towels and comfy beds. Enjoyed the outdoor space for cooking outside. A/C was wonderful and cool. Very quiet neighborhood. Hope to visit again!



Suzy, we're so glad that Harbor Haven worked out so well for you, and that you enjoyed the outdoor space for cooking.  We hope that you do return!
Aug 2021
Harbor Haven
The property was wonderful and a short walk to the beach. We had everything we needed for our stay. Thank you

We're happy that you enjoyed your time here! This home is perfect for those looking to escape the stress of daily life and enjoy a nice walk on the nearby beach. We hope to have you back one day! -Freshwater Vacation Rentals Team
May 2021
4 stars
Very nice and cozy

Cheryl, we are glad to know that you had a good stay.  We'd love to work with you again.
Dec 2020
Great little cottage very close to the beach access.

Jeff, thanks for this review.  We agree Harbor Haven is a great little cottage.  Located just blocks from Lake Michigan, it sleeps 4 and has a fireplace.  We'd love to see you back again.
Jan 2020
“Wow! What a find. Very cute cottage, just right for a couple or a small family. Place was exactly as described and was very clean. Quiet little lakeside neighborhood (though it was probably because we were there in December ;-) ). Great launching point for seeing the area wineries and breweries, as well as very close to Michigan City to see the Christmas Lights in Washington Park. Then back to the house to cuddle by the fire and watch a movie. Exactly what we needed to get away and unwind. We are already talking about when we can go back! Highly recommend this place.”

FVR response: 
Paul, we would love to have you back!  We are so happy to hear that you so enjoyed Harbor Haven.  We agree it is a great spot to go to get away for a bit.  we appreciate your enthusiastic review.  Harbor Haven sleeps 4 and is just a short walk to Lake Michigan.
Dec 2019
Great place, close walk to the lake, nice, clean house

Brian, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Harbor Haven.  It's a joy being so close to Lake Michigan and to have a fireplace to warm up next to on cold days.  Its located in a neighborhood and sleeps 4.  We hope to see you again!
Dec 2019
Spotlessly clean, rental company was quick with response to any questions or needs. Went over Christmas so there was no one in any of the homes near us. Hard to find a public place to get to the beach. Private homes line the coast. Not much space between homes so glad we came in the slow season. Fireplace was great but had to supply own wood. Home is starting to show need of upkeep. Some trim missing along the floor, closet doors did not latch, hole in ceiling where smoke alarm used to be, paint peeling off deck, water cooler/heater had no water and would not heat the water when we got some. Nothing that would prohibit our staying here again. But noticeable.

FVR response: 
Lori, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your Christmas at Harbor Haven.  Located in a neighborhood in Union Pier and just an 8 minute walk to Lake Michigan beaches, Harbor Haven has a gas fireplace and a washer and dryer for guests to use.  We appreciate your observations for improvement and will be certain to let the owners know.  We would love to have you back again.
Dec 2019
Nice location near the beach. Description is accurate. Place was clean and tastefully done. Communication with the owners was easy and prompt.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Carl, we are so happy that you enjoyed Harbor Haven.  It is great being just a short walk to Lake Michigan beaches.  It sleeps 4, has a washer and dryer and a fireplace for these snowy days.  We hope to see you again.
Nov 2019
Beautiful space would like to visit in the summer.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Karla, we would love to have you back to Harbor Haven next summer!  Just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, this is a ranch style house, with a deck and a screened in porch.  
Oct 2019
The house was sparkling clean and perfect for the weekend for my mom and I. The space was so cozy and welcoming.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Mia, we agree that Harbor Haven is cozy and welcoming.  Situated in the Union Pier community and only blocks away from Lake Michigan, Harbor Haven sleeps 4, has a fireplace and a lovely screened in porch to relax in.  We hope to see you back again.
Oct 2019
This home was very clean and comfortable. A great place to stay!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Heather, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Harbor Haven.  Located in Union Pier, and just blocks from Lake Michigan beaches, Harbor Haven sleeps 4.  It has a washer and dryer and a fireplace for guests' comfort and convenience.  We hope that you come back again.
Oct 2019
Harbor Haven
I loved the cottage. The key pad was inconsistent; I believe the battery was wearing down. I appreciated the extra paper towels, garbage bags, and toilet paper. There were a few things I would have cleaned up if I were housekeeping. The pans under the stove burners were dirty; I would change them once or twice a year. The area in front of the fireplace needed to be swept. These are minor issues. The rest of the cottage was clean. I liked the openness and natural light. The deck and screened area were nice additions. I am planning to return. Just hope the lock works this time.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Catherine, we are happy to hear that you loved Harbor Haven.  Just a few blocks from Lake  Michigan, it sleeps 4 and has a fireplace for guest comfort on cool mornings.  We apologize that there were areas that needed attention.  When you work with us again, if you find anything like that, please call us and we will have the cleaner come right back out.  We do look forward to your return!
Oct 2019
Great Family getaway
This was a perfect location for our family getaway! The location is great, and this cute little cottage worked out perfect for us. The cottage was supplied with a good amount of essentials. We would come back again. Thank you!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Cassandra, thanks for taking the time to write this lovely review.  Staying at Harbor Haven is a great way to end the summer season.  There is nothing better than having access to Lake Michigan beaches.  We do hope to see you again.  
Sep 2019
Great place for a beach getaway
This house was a great beach getaway with family! Very clean and a nice place. The enclosed patio area was a nice & quiet place to relax at the end of the day. Walking distance to the beach - which is exactly what we were looking for. Easy check in process.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Michelle, thank you for this great review.  We are pleased that you enjoyed your time at Harbor Haven.  It's in a nice neighborhood just a short walk to Lake Michigan.  We'd love to work with you again.  
Aug 2019
Week to Relax
Very clean and well equipped home. Located very close to Gordon Beach. Internet worked very well to keep us in touch with the outside world. Warren beach and Michigan City were only minutes away offering a multitude of choices for the wayward traveler. But for us, the beaches by day and comfortable house at night were all we needed.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Dennis, what a great review!  So glad to hear that you were not wayward!  Being walking distance to Lake Michigan beaches is such a joy and the patio and screened in porch are great areas for relaxing at home.  We'd love to have you back again.
Dennis E
Aug 2019
4 stars
We had a wonderful time. We lived the cottage and all it had to offer. The few problems we had were addressed immediately. Thank you for helping make our vacation awesome! I

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Laura, it's good to hear that you had a wonderful time at Harbor Haven.  Guests are a short walk from Lake MIchigan beaches, where you can build bonfires, swim or simply walk the beaches.  It has a great deck and a screened in porch.  We'd love to see you come back again.
Jul 2019
Comfortable for a small family
Location is great, short walk to beach and to little shops. Close to New Buffalo and Redamaks for burgers (cash only)! Stray Dog is a great spot too. Close to Warren Dunes and short drive to St. Joseph Beach. Electricity went out the last night and management was quick to respond (didn't ruin our time). The outside needs a little TLC and we were not able to get the outdoor shower to work. Other than that, great time and would love to go back! Thanks much

Anne, we are so happy to hear that Harbor Haven worked out so well for you.  Being able to walk to Lake Michigan is such a joy.  There is nothing like Lake MIchigan beaches.  It's close proximity to Chicago is great for people that want to see the city but enjoy the lake as well.  We hope that you return.
Jul 2019
Nice place!
We had a nice time at this location! Sadly it rained 2 out of our 4 days there, but cannot control that. Wish there was more closer by for little kids on rainy days, but my husband and I had never been up there so were just searching on google. For those with kids, there are some beach toys in the closet and an umbrella and some chairs so you won't necessarily have to buy those. The property managers were fantastic! The house tends to run a little warm, but they were super helpful and were working to get it resolved for future guests. Enjoy!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Corrie, what a bummer about the weather.  You'll just need to come back again for some sun.  This property is just a short walk to Lake Michigan beaches, where you can build bonfires on the beach.  It's got a cute patio area and a screened in porch.
Jul 2019
Great rental close to the beach
We enjoyed our time thoroughly at Harbor Haven- the home was in great condition just as described and as seen in the pictures. The beach is a quick 5 minute walk down a quiet street, which is the main reason we chose this rental. Since it's a one story house, the AC worked quite well and kept us cooled off during our hot vacation week. Only small issues were the outdoor shower not being usable, and the fridge is quite small- something to keep in mind for those of us who buy groceries and cook for ourselves on vacation! We would definitely use this rental again if visiting Union Pier.

Lexi, we are so glad that Harbor Haven worked out so well for your vacation.  It is great to have a place with AC when it is hot in Michigan!  Plus close access to Lake Michigan is so sweet.  Union Pier is a fabulous summer city with wineries, casinos, and great restaurants nearby. We'll let the owners know your thoughts about the fridge, and we hope to get the outdoor shower fixed soon.
Jul 2019
union pier
The lovely home was perfect for entertaining family in the area. A close walk to the market and the beach. Very clean. Loved our stay!

Lisandra, we are so happy that Harbor Haven pleased you.  It's in a great neighborhood, and having Lake Michigan so close is a real bonus.  Great shopping 20 minutes away, plus day trips to Chicago or Grand Rapids offer loads of things to do.  We hope you come back again.
Jun 2019
Cute house close to beach
The house was very nice, walking distance to the beach. St. Joseph is about 20mins away with lots of shops and cafes. Silver beach is there also and a lighthouse. We enjoyed our stay and will be back!

Diana, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Harbor Haven.  It's such a comfortable property with a great patio and a wonderful screened in porch, so there is no worry about bugs.  Being just blocks from Lake MIchigan, plus having a fireplace, adds to its charm.  We look forward to your return.
Jun 2019
Very clean cute place next to several beaches and places to go. Backyard is very nice at night . My husband and I and two kids stayed here and plenty of room for all of us. Thank you !

Bryn, we are happy to hear that Harbor Haven worked out so well for you and your family.  It is a sweet property, and being walking distance to Lake Michigan is a bonus.  We look forward to working with you again soon.
Mar 2019
Very nice vacation bungalow easy to find and comfortable for a little getaway.

Maggie, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Harbor Haven.  It is a sweet property, and as you said, it's the perfect getaway location.  We hope to see you again!
Jan 2019
Amazingly cute & family friendly
This place was absolutely charming from the moment you step out of the car! Beautiful inside! Comfortable beds! Even had a few treasures for the kiddos to play with while we got settled in. Loved everything about this place! Beach was a very short drive away (not even 3 minutes, could have walked, but I was on vacation). We can't wait to go back!

Karl, we are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Harbor Haven!  Having close access to wonderful Lake Michigan is such a treasure, plus the community of Union Pier is great. Comfortable beds are a must for a successful vacation!  We hope to see you back again.
Nov 2018
Happy Texas Travelers
Was a joy the arrive at this nice property after a long trip. Well maintained and you can tell that the owners take pride in ownership.

Dan, we  love when our out-of state guests appreciate our properties as much as we do!  Harbor Haven is such a sweet property.  We hope that y'all come back to visit again!
Nov 2018
Wonderful Escape
Beautiful location and wonderful home. We would love to come back again.


Belinda, knowing that you enjoyed Harbor Haven as much as you did simply makes our day!  We'll look for you again next year.
Sep 2018
Very simple VERY clean!
Property was fenced in, quiet and well stocked with necessities. The beach near by was smaller, but Michigan City has a public beach that was awesome. Would stay again!


Fred, we are so glad that Harbor Haven worked out so well for you.  Having access to fabulous Lake Michigan is such a treat.  The beaches, the sunsets and the sunrises make the heart sing!  We look forward to seeing you again.
Aug 2018
Cute cottage
Close to beach Great size Great patio area


Ann, you're right, Harbor Haven really is a cute cottage with a great patio.  We're glad that you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again.
Aug 2018

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