Union Pier-Alex Cottage Union Pier

ALEX COTTAGE (Union Pier) Sleeps 4, Great family fun, 2 Bedrooms/1 Bath cottage steps from Lake Michigan









The Alex Cottage is located steps away from your private Lake Michigan beach, so scoop up the little ones and walk on down! The Alex Cottage is a cozy ranch, fully-renovated with all your major appliances and Wi-Fi. Sleeping 4, there are 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in this home. In addition, there is a grill for your convenience on the patio. It is a peaceful and quiet place, away from the street and has a convenient parking. In addition, The Alex has a grassy area with playground for small children. This is a good vacation spot for small families or couples.

Linens, beach towels and all supplies are on-hand. Enjoy the sunsets, stroll along Lakeshore Dr., visit galleries in New Buffalo, go shopping at Lighthouse Place, visit the Zoo in Michigan City or just simply soak your feet in the tranquil lake. 

**Parking is at a premium at our Union Pier location.  While we do not have an on-site parking attendant, please keep the neighbors in mind and park as close together, and as close to the cottages as possible. 
Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount.  (1 night stays do not apply.)


Air Conditioning: There is a window air conditioning unit.

ATV's: None are allowed onsite.

Animals: You will see birds, deer, squirrels, racoons, and of course fish.


     Bathroom #1: Full bathroom with shower

Beach/Swimming: You will walk around another cabin and down stairs in order to get to the private stretch of Lake Michigan beach used by our Union Pier Cottages. Swimming is divine on Lake Michigan. The 2019 Lake Michigan water level is very high. Therefore, the beach is not as wide has it has been in the recent past.  Each year is slightly different when it comes to nature.

Bedroom Configuration:

   Bedroom #1: 1 Queen

   Bedroom #2:  2 Twins which can be converted to a King upon request

Boats:  There are no boats that come with this rental. However, if you are interested in Fishing for Steelhead (Trout) you can do so in the St. Joseph River (25 minutes from the cabin) in October, November (Kory at Boozer's Guide Service says that November is the best month), December, March and April.  Discounted weekend rates if book a guide in conjunction with your lodging.

Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs

Cell phone service: Good!

              * Notre Dame University: 35 minutes (28 miles)
              * Chicago: 90 minutes (82 miles)
              * Detroit: 3 hours (170 miles)
              * Traverse City: 2 hours and 30 minutes (135 miles)               

Dock: No dock

Grill: Yes and it is propane! Fuel is provided.

Grocery Store: In New Buffalo, just minutes away.

Handicap Friendly: Yes in terms of there is a very small step to enter the cottage and it is only one floor, however, it is an extremely cozy space and would not work well with wheelchairs. Also, you need to walk down steps in order to get to Lake Michigan.

Internet:  There is basic internet (wi-fi) service here. Our Internet service is not high speed and does not normally do well with streaming or large files.

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, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: Guests of the Alex will be provided one parking space next to the cottage. Parking is extremely tight.  There is not any street parking. Please be respectful the neighbors and not park in front of any other house but the Alex.  The only place to park an extra car would be at the Four Winds Casino, in New Buffalo.

Pets: No pets are allowed at any of our Union Pier Cottages

Privacy: There are cottages right next door.

Snowmobiles: Snowmobile trails are open from New Buffalo to Galien. The trail from Galien also extends into Indiana. The trails are well marked with a trailhead in Three Oaks and one in Galien. Visit  www.fishweb.com/recreation/snowmobile/trails/swl.html for updates on trail conditions. Snowmobiles must be registered and display a 3 year registration decal as well as a current trail user permit decal. In the State of Michigan there is a $25 charge for a trail users fee. This permit is good from October 1- September 30. Permits may be purchased at Knoll Bros Gas Station or Captain Cook’s Sports in New Buffalo. The Featherbone Restaurant & Lounge in Three Oaks or the Bungalow Inn in Galien provide snowmobile trail information.  You may also purchase a permit by calling the Michigan Snowmobile Association at 269-361-2285.

Space:  Ranch style home, cozy.

Televisions: Living room has a TV with basic Comcast Cable.

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer:  There is not a washer/dryer onsite. However, there is a laundry mat in New Buffalo just 10 minutes away

Winery Tours: The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south. 
Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. Just 14 miles from the Union Pier Cottages, about a 20 minute drive.
Saint Julian Winery: Enjoy a great glass of wine at this local vineyard.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Linens & towels included
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Heat type: furnace
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard kitchenware & utensils
  • Stove
  • Oven
Outdoor Amenities
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on property
  • Patio chairs
  • Deck/patio
  • grill-propane
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
  • Playground on site
Local Amenities
  • Winery
Special Features
  • AirBnB Rounding Adjustment
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09/06/2019 - 11/01/20192$125.00
11/02/2019 - 12/31/20202$60.00


Alex Cottage-- very basic, great location
Being right by the beach was such a fun experience for our family-- we usually stay in houses that are a little further inland. The cottage was VERY basic, but that is what fits our budget if we want this location. There were some issues with towels, which was a bit frustrating since there isn't laundry at this location. The cleaners left 3 regular towels and 1 beach towel for the four of us, because they needed to launder the rest. Shouldn't they plan ahead knowing they'll need to take towels away to wash? We did have our own beach towels, but just one day at the beach and they were a mess. Thankfully we just stayed two nights. Any longer and I would need to rent a house with laundry, because days at the lake with kids are wet/sandy/messy. The house was clean, but a bit beat up. Clean beds, and basics for the kitchen made it easy to cook our own meals. It varies from house to house, but this house you'll need to bring EVERYTHING for cooking... even coffee filters and oil. I might stay again if it was just 1-2 nights, but will probably look somewhere else next visit.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Erin, being right on Lake MIchigan is a big plus.  There is nothing like Lake Michigan beaches and sunsets/sunrises.  We apologize for the towel issue.  Typically plenty of towels are left for the guests.  We will speak with our cleaners about this.  We have many properties throughout MIchigan, so we hope that we can find you the perfect place for next time.
Aug 2019
Quaint, comfortable cottage
Great experience from start to finish. Location is ideal, close to beach, quiet neighborhood, walk to restaurants and ice cream. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and cozy for our family of four. When we return to Union Pier, this cottage will be our #1 choice.

Catherine, we love that Alex Cottage is your #1 choice in Union-Pier!  It is a great cottage and being right on Lake Michigan is the best.  We look forward to your return.
Jun 2019
Cozy, quiet yet kid friendly

Cozy little cottage set in wooded area but close enough to others to feel safe. Kid friendly area, they met new friends while there. Only problem was we didn't have a long enough stay. Bring what you need since there isn't a McDonalds or Walmart in sight. Loved the short walk out the back door to the beach.  Fun couple of days while the weather was nice. Loved the convenience of the beach. Would have liked to know more kid friendly restaurant options. All in all it was a lot of fun.

Deana, we are so glad that you enjoyed the Alex.  There is so much to do when you are right on Lake Michigan.  The beaches are the best, and the grassy area with playground for small children gives children lots to do.  We hope to see you back again for a longer stay!
Jun 2019
Nice beach getaway
Nice property. Playground set was nice to have right next door. A little spendy, but we were very comfortable and had a great time.

Sara, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Alex Cottage.  One can not beat staying at a cottage right on Lake Michigan.  The sunsets and sunrises and the fabulous beach are simply the best.  We hope to see you again soon
Jun 2019
Quaint cottage, attentive owner
When we arrived, the cottage was spotless, and there was a bouquet of fresh flowers and a bottle of local wine waiting for us. Our only complaint was that the hot water didn't last long enough to fill the bath tub, so I couldn't take a hot bath, and we encountered plumbing issues on day two of our stay. When we called the owner at 11pm when our toilet overflowed, she immediately answered and addressed the problem. She was very attentive and made sure we walked away happy. Overall, the cottage is cute, the beach is just steps away and is lovely, and cute restaurants and shops are just a mile away.

Mandie, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Alex Cottage.  There is nothing better than having Lake Michigan at your doorstep!  We are sorry that you had to deal with plumbing issues, and we appreciate your positive comments about how we handled the issue.  Our guests' comfort is our #1 priority.  We hope to work with you again in the near future.

Apr 2019
Comfortable and Close to the Water
This was an excellent and cozy little cottage: very clean, very well maintained. It's also right on the water. My family and I had a wonderful stay. We intend to return!

P, we are happy that you and your family enjoyed staying at Union Pier-Alex Cottage.  Being right on Lake Michigan is pretty special.  We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Oct 2018
It was fantastic!! very quaint little place, great location would go back again.


Samantha, we are so glad that Alex Cottage worked out so well for you.  Having access to Lake Michigan during the summer is simply the best!  We do hope to see you again.
Aug 2018
Cute Cabin
This is a nice, cute cabin and very close to a wonderful beach. The owners were great about answering questions. We had a terrific time!


Anne, we're so glad that you enjoyed the Alex Cottage, and that you had a good time. Lake Michigan makes it easy to forget about everything except relaxing!
Jul 2018
Alex Cottage
We loved staying here and plan to come back next year. The cottage was clean, bright, cozy and it was so close to the beach! We enjoyed the big kitchen area and we cooked most of our meals there. It was very peaceful and relaxing We also enjoyed the short walk to the bakery and coffee shop.

The town is so convenient and quaint. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to host you next year!
Sep 2017
Alex Cottage in Union Pier
Alex Cottage is great. It is bright and airy, clean, comfortable, and a short walk to the beach. With air conditioning and wifi, it met all the needs of our family. We would use it again in the future.

  We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope you do reserve with us again. We have already opened up 2018 for the Union Pier properties...so let us know!
Jul 2017
Perfect little getaway
I stayed here with 4 other ladies, no problem. The house is so cute, its just perfect to sleep, eat and hangout. Its literally 30 steps from the beach. The other rentals are on the same grounds to where you can just walk house to house, as we did. The couch pulled out and the owners were very helpful all times of the day to order pizza, get house codes and how to leave the house. Its located close to town for groceries, restaurants and markets. The kitchen is big enough to eat around with others and lots of kitchen counter space. The bathroom is large as there is only one but you can make it work. If your looking for a little place to just getaway thats on the beach this is your place. We loved this place and I hope to stay here again!
May 2017
Just Perfect for a little weekend away
I stayed in this house with 4 other girls and we all slept fine, even with one bathroom. Its so close to the beach (walking about 25 steps away), grocery and little restaurant nearby (Frankies for Martinis), we just had a blast. The owners are very easy to get ahold of no matter what time of day. Its close to the other houses we had no problem fitting our large party of 14 between the 2 houses (Grace cottage). I wish we had better weather, but we made the best of it. I would defiantly stay here again. The area is so cute, easy to get too and plenty of walking for us to look at. For a girls trip, this is the place!
May 2017
Great Time
We have been staying at the Alex Cottage for our girls weekend for the past five years, and have enjoyed every minute of it. It's a nice cozy cottage that works well for us! We plan on going there for many years to come!
Mary Jo
Sep 2016
Great small family cottage
Being from Kentucky we do not get to visit Lake Michigan as much as we would like, so when we discovered the Alex Cottsge we were excited to bring the family up for an extended weekend visit. The beach access was a perfect proximity when making trips up and down from the cottage with a 9 week, 2 year old and 5 year old. The bedrooms were a decent size for our family of five and the bathroom was large enough to help our young kids get ready for bedtime. All of which you wouldn't expect from a smaller cottage. The eating area was fun for the kids and great way to eat as a family each night. Freshwater rentals were so great to work with that I would recommend this cottage to any family, so much that our extended family is already working to book the larger Brandon cottage for our 2017 summer vacation.
Jun 2016
Great Place
The only thing I would say that could use a little improvement is the cleaning of the place. Other that that is was a great location and has everything that you need. All of the people were great to deal with and very helpful.Thanks so much for the good time.
Apr 2016
Great Place
The only thing I would say that could use a little improvement is the cleaning of the place. Other that that is was a great location and has everything that you need. All of the people were great to deal with and very helpful.Thanks so much for the good time.
Apr 2016

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