Thimbleberry Cottage Manistique

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THIMBLEBERRY COTTAGE: Sleeps 6, Garden Peninsula (outside of Manistique), directly on the shores of Lake Michigan







**Has a geothermal cooling system. Please see below for details.

 ***Located on Lake Michigan

Your small family adventure to the Thimbleberry Cottage begins when you turn off of US-2. Soon pavement turns to gravel as you inch your way down the Garden Peninsula toward Lake Michigan. Then, as you move closer to the Lake, you will turn onto a decent 2-track road. Following a terrain where you need to drive slowly, plus pay attention to your markers is a part of the experience; the building anticipation as you wind your way closer to the Thimbleberry Cottage.

Once you arrive at this newly built cottage, you will rejoice you have found this unassuming home, just behind the parking area.
Keep in mind that the phenomenal view is just an opening of the door away....
Ta-da... The wall of windows overlooking Lake Michigan is sure to capture your heart.

Every detail has been attended to at Thimbleberry Cottage. The décor exhibits a simple, yet thoughtful, essence. Being able to cook while you gaze at Lake Michigan or watch a movie (via streaming or DVD) while soaking in the view of Lake Michigan are treats. Simply enjoying the sunrise over the Lake as you sip your morning coffee gives you time to reflect on this wonderful slice of heaven.

Walking down to the beach, you'll experience tide changes which display varying amounts of sand and rock. At certain times of the year, there is even a labyrinth of stones set up to provide further relaxation with a walking meditation. Calm, balance, and creativity seem to be easily drawn out of your experience at the Thimbleberry Cottage.

Sitting around the campfire at night is the classic Michigan way to wind down those days along the lake. Bring your marshmallows and stories to share. The ambiance is picturesque. The best of Michigan-- tucked between large trees on both sides with Lake Michigan in your frontal view.

One of the most convenient aspects this cottage offers is that all the basics are on the main floor. This is a bonus for anyone in your family with mobility challenges. A comfortable birds-eye view of the Lake, plus one (1) bedroom, the bathroom, kitchen, and outside deck facing the lake are all just steps away.
Plus, there are two (2) other well-appointed bedrooms, plus an additional living room/gaming area all on the lower level. In addition, the lower level provides easy walk-out access to the outside fire-pit and lake.

Although you cannot easily see the neighboring homes through the trees, we do ask that quiet times be adhered to, as we have working families living nearby. The sense of privacy is apparent.

On your way home, don't forget to pick up some local thimbleberry jam on your way home. Our hope is that the family memories you made at the Thimbleberry Cottage are etched in your heart forever.


Air Conditioning: This property does not have traditional air conditioning. It is a geothermal cooling system that draws cool water from the ground and uses it to cool the air in the house. Although it is not as cooling as central air it does keep the house at a comfortable temperature.

ATVs: ATVs may be brought with you to use during your stay but are not permitted for use on the property. 

Animals: Deer, chipmunks, porcupines, skunks, squirrels, coyotes, and turtles are native to the area. 

Bathrooms: The bathroom is located on the main level, and includes a sink, toilet, and shower/tub. 

Beach/Swimming: Bring your water shoes! This property has 400ft of sandy/rocky waterfront along Lake Michigan.

Bedroom Configurations:

Main Level: Bedroom #1 with a King bed

Lower Level: Bedroom #2 with a Queen bed

    Bedroom #3 with two Twin beds

Boats: Blue-Mystique Boat Rentals is 24 minutes away (12 miles)! Please note that there is no dock at this property. Guests are welcome to bring/rent kayaks or canoes, however, it is not advised to bring any boats that require a dock if you wish to keep them at the property. 

Boat Launch: The closest boat launch is located in Garden, MI 25 minutes away (13.4 miles). 

Bugs: Flies and mosquitoes are common in this area. Ticks are common in the UP during the warmer months as well. 

Cable: There is no cable at this property, however, a DVD player. An antenna has been added for 30 channels.

Cell Phone Service: Verizon works best in the area!

Coffee Maker: A drip coffee maker with filters is provided. 

Distances (In Order of Distance):  

*Detroit, MI: 6 hours (395 miles)

*Chicago, IL: 6 hours & 15 minutes (371 miles)

*Madison, WI: 5 hours (302 miles)      

Dock: There is not a dock at this property. 

Drinking Water: Well water is used at this property. Some guests may want to bring bottled water with them for their stay.

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks: Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at a Freshwater location for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if it is legal in that city.

Fireplace: A free-standing, vented, wood-burning fireplace is at the home. 

Fire-pit: The firepit is located on the beach. 

Fishing: Bring your poles! Fishing can be done in nearby creeks. Chinook Salmon, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout are common in the area. 

Fishing License:  A license is required in order to fish in Michigan. 

Golf (In Order of Distance):

*Stony Point Golf Course: 18 minutes (11 miles)

*Garden Golf Course: 22 minutes (12.3 miles)

Grill: A propane grill is at the property for guest use. 

Grocery Store: Jack’s Fresh Market is 22 minutes away! (17.6 miles)

Handicap Friendly: This property has no additional handicap features. 

Heat: Geothermal heating is used at this property

Hunting: Hunting is not permitted on the property. Please follow all state and local guidelines for hunting in the area.

Internet: Starlink is the WiFi provider

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and bath towels.

Parking: 4 cars and a trailer can park at the property.

Pets:  This rental is NOT pet friendly.

Privacy: Neighbors are within 200ft on either side of the home. They are not visible; however, they are within earshot. 

Quiet Time: Between 11pm-8am, please be especially mindful of noise

Snowmobiles: a person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit. 

Space: Contemporary one-level cottage with walkout basement. 

Seniors: This property is senior-friendly! 

Televisions: A 43” TV with a DVD player is located in the living room. 65" Smart TV in walkout basement.

Towels: All bath and kitchen towels will be provided during your stay. Please bring beach towels with you!

Washer and Dryer: Yes! There is a Washer & Dryer available to use during your stay

Wood: Firewood is provided.


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Blankets
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Central air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • DVD's
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
  • Washer & Dryer (plus Detergent and Dryer Sheets)
Kitchen Amenities
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Dishwasher (plus Detergent)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Stove
  • Toaster Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
August 2022 - December 2024 08/23/2022 - 12/31/2024 4 $299.00


Thimbleberry Cottage
This was a perfect location for our family's summer getaway. The house is spacious, clean, and well-equipped. The location is amazing; the gorgeous beach is located right on Lake Michigan and the yard and decks offer a perfect place to enjoy the scenery or a picture-perfect sunrise. I wouldn't hesitate to book this location again. We stayed for 5 days and I wish we could have stayed for 5 more.

Jesse, we would love for you to come back and stay 10 days!  Your review radiates such happiness.  We're glad that you had a  great stay.
Aug 2023
We had an incredible stay on the property: the beauty of nature and Lake Michigan are unsurpassed. We had bonfires and played in the water the whole time. Our family loved every aspect of this trip! :) We will always remember our time here and certainly hope to return. Also this cottage was perfect. Clean, well- appointed, well- designed and fulfilled all of our needs. Thank you for all you efforts put into this property. It really shows that you care.
Aug 2023
We loved our stay! Beautiful spot that allowed our family to explore the beauty around with us and our time together!
Ryan & Anne
Aug 2023
Lovely property
This is a lovely, clean, well appointed property. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen has newer dishes, and the two living rooms (one upstairs and one downstairs) provide ample room. But it is the beach that steals the show--the views are stunning! The beach itself is a combination of rocks and sand, with a rocky landing as you first get into the water, but it becomes sandy a further ways out. To get to the beach you do have to go down a sandy hill that might be challenging for young children and older adults with mobility issues to manage. It is a very quiet and serene property, but renters should be aware it is remote. The driveway to get to the property is not the easiest to traverse, especially if one had a compact car. Even though the property says it is in Manistique, it is actually about 20-25 minutes from town. Given its remote location, the WiFi was not always reliable and ran very slowly most of the time. It was concerning at points when it would stop working altogether, given there would be no way to call out in the event of an emergency because cell service was difficult too (we use Verizon). It seems a though the property may still be on the newer side, as none of the bedrooms in the basement have closet rods installed and there is exposed metal edging in the basement where the carpet is yet to be completed. It would've been nice to have the closets completed, as there is limited drawer space and we had to leave our clothes in the suitcases. The exposed metal edging also seemed dangerous, given it is right in the main walkway from the walkout basement, and we had to be vigilant to keep our 6 y/o away from it to avoid injuries. Finally, it would really be helpful if more hooks were installed in the bathroom, as it was difficult to find places to put wet towels with only one towel bar and one hook on the door. Overall, we would definitely choose to stay at this rental again, as it was clean, comfortable and had beautiful views of Lake Michigan. 


Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review of your stay at Thimbleberry! We love knowing that you enjoyed your time at the house, as well as having a chance to enjoy the wonderful beach and views of the lake! We also appreciate you bringing to our attention the areas that could use some work, and potentially be a safety concern, as we certainly want our guests to not have the extra worry of any injuries! Our maintenance team has been updated regarding everything mentioned here, so we can continue to work towards improving guest stays. We look forward to potentially having a chance to host you again next time you're in the area, and hope you think of us for your next Michigan getaway!
Jul 2023
The views are always there!
This place is a dream! We really enjoyed the views of the lake from wherever we were- eating, sleeping, lounging on the awesome porch, the lake was always there! The cottage was so comfortable and we really enjoyed the firepit- we made smores :) One of our favorite parts about this place is all the trees and rocks and wildlife (we even saw 2 deer drinking from the lake!) Thank you!!!
Aug 2022
Great location for exploring the UP
Thank you for sharing your home with us. We loved the lake views and sound of the waves. Our family was able to slow down a bit and spend time together before sending our youngest off to college. We visited Kitchitikipi, Pictured Rocks, and Mackinac Island this trip. We loved the Riptide boat ride around Grand Island. We saw several bald eagles- one flew right over the boat. So much fun!! Thank again!
Aug 2022
Feels like you are the only people on Lake Michigan
Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It made us feel like we were the only people on Lake Michigan. The deck was the best part!
Tanner and Melissa
Aug 2022
The views and serenity are priceless!
The only place that could provide more peace and rest is Heaven. We live a very full life and rarely have time together. Thank you for sharing this wonderful cottage with us. The morning sunrise is breathtaking! The views and serenity are priceless. You are now our #1 place to be. We hope to be back soon. Thanks and God Bless!
Aug 2022
Great location
Perfect if you want to spend some time in a nice secluded location. Clean, modern cottage with a large deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. We really enjoyed our stay there and we will definitely go there again!!!

FVR RESPONSE: Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay along Lake Michigan! We hope to see you again in the future!
Aug 2022

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