Union Pier-Alex Cottage Union Pier

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ALEX COTTAGE (Union Pier) Sleeps 4, Great family fun, 2 Bedrooms/1 Bath cottage steps from Lake Michigan (NEXT TO A FIRE DAMAGED PROPERTY)

Pets Welcome








*PLAYGROUND ONSITE (next to fire-damaged cottage)


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.

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.  Please keep the neighbors in mind and park in the designated parking space for Alex Cottage ONLY. There is only 1 designated spot. The bedroom windows do overlook the parking space and headlights do shine into the room through the bedrooms at times.


Air Conditioning: There is a window air conditioning unit. It is small and only provides for the living room. If you are looking for the whole house to cool, the Union Pier Alex will not your best choice. The Union Pier Grace Cottage next door DOES have central air.

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: The Public Access begins adjacent to the to the Alex Cottage patio. Just 26 steps down to the beach. Use this public access to stroll onto the private stretch of Lake Michigan beach.  Swimming is divine on Lake Michigan. Keep in mind that nature keeps us on our toes each year, as the width and water levels vary. There are no fires allowed on the beach due to local ordinances. 

Bedroom Configuration:

   Bedroom #1: 1 Queen

   Bedroom #2:  2 Twins (**can be converted to a King upon request)
      **Please request bed conversion a minimum of 48 hours prior to check in date

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)  

Click here to check out some of the options to explore in the Harbor Country area

Dock: No dock

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

Grocery Store:Union Pier Market:   9905 Town Line Ave, Union Pier, MI 49129 - 269-586-3775.  A gourmet grocery store:  Whistle Stop Grocery:  15700 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier, MI 49129   269-469-6700.  

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, pillowcases 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: Yes, pets are allowed. 
Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay.

Privacy: There are cottages right next door.

Snowmobiling:  Not the ideal place for snowmobiling. Cannot ride from house to trails and there is no room for parking a trailer. 

Space:  Ranch style home, cozy.

Televisions: Living room has a TV with Roku.

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 (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • TV with Roku
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Playground on Site
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Local Amenities
  • Winery

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $109.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Love this sweet getaway
This is probably my fifth time staying at Alex Cottage. I love this super sweet spot practically on the lake. It is easy to access Union Pier and Warren Woods. The place has just the right supplies, is kept up impeccably, and the team at freshwater is always available with questions. Will keep coming back!


This is such a wonderful review to read, Barbara! We truly appreciate the compliment to our team, regarding the service and home conditions! It's so great to know the home has been able to continue to work so well for your needs while in Union Pier, but it truly is hard to beat the location! We look forward to having you back again for a future stay! 
Jan 2024
Great stay close to the beach!
Great stay for a family of four. Very close to the beach and was able to walk to restaurants in town. The residence was clean and was a great value.


Hi Scott! We're so happy to know you enjoyed your stay and found the location to be ideal and the home itself to be clean and well priced! Hopefully we can host you again! 
Aug 2023
Cottage in Union Pier
Such a cute cottage! A perfect weekend getaway. The decor was cute. The company was very helpful and communication was 5/5. The cottage backs up to walkway to the lake, this was disappointing because we thought it was on the lake and would be able to see the lake. It was down a walkway. You do not have a view of the lake from the cottage. The beds are okay but not super comfortable. I also recommend a new can opened and measuring spoons. Overall a great visit and would go back

Melissa, we're glad that you had a perfect weekend getaway.  Thank you for your kind words for FVR - it means a lot to us.  We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your return.
Nov 2022
5 stars
Everything was neat and clean. All facilities worked fine.

Richard, we're glad that everything was to your liking, and we hope that you come back again.
Oct 2022
Alex Cottage - Union Pier
Loved the unit and location. Kitchen needs a large spaghetti pot, but we made do. Wifi password never worked, but we made do. It was perfect and very comfortable.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Claire! We appreciate your suggestion for adding a spaghetti pot, and sincerely apologize the for wifi issues that occurred during your stay. It is great to know that even though you experienced those two hiccups during your stay, you still found your time at Alex to be a perfect and comfortable stay! Hopefully we get a chance to host you again! 
Oct 2022
Cute, clean and charming!
My husband and I were very impressed with the cottage. It looks small on the outside, but it is very open and spacious. The water was just a few steps away. And we were able to bring our dog! The area is great too, with plenty of restaurants. Glad we found this place. 


Hi Kristen! We are glad you found us as well! It's good to know that you found the home spacious enough to comfortably move around on the inside, while only being a short walk to the water! We've only recently started allowing dogs, so we are delighted to know you were able to enjoy your stay with the fur baby included! 
Sep 2022
4 stars
Really enjoyed our stay at Alex cottage! The location was perfect and just a short walk to the private beach. Only complaint was that the Wi-Fi was very spotty and sometimes hard to access the internet. Outside of that it was great. Would definitely recommend


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Toni! We sincerely apologize for the wifi issues you experienced during your stay, and have worked to get this improved for future guests. Other than the internet, we are so happy to know you enjoyed your stay and hope we can host you again!
Aug 2022
Perfect little house
Had a wonderful stay!! The house was great perfect for what I was looking for. I would like to suggest one thing hanging above latched locks or deadbolt on all 4 doors. The front door had one being so many doors they all need them. Thank you for letting us stay with our dogs and enjoying such a beautiful spot!!!

Shaylyn, thank you for your suggestion.  We appreciate that.  We're so glad that you had a wonderful stay and that your dogs had fun also.  I'm sure they loved running on the beach.  We hope that you come back again.
Mar 2022
Relaxing by the lake
Alex Cottage is located a short walk from the beach and you can see Lake Michigan through the trees from the house. The house is very clean and well kept with everything we needed. The twin bed mattresses and living room furniture are in need of an upgrade but for the price, this is a great place to stay. Service from the Freshwater staff was very prompt and helpful when we needed a larger sheet to cover the Queen bed than the double bed sheet that was on the bed. We will be back.

Tom, Alex cottage is a very special place and nothing beats being right on Lake Michigan!  We're glad that you enjoyed staying there.  We will pass on your suggestions to the owners, and we look forward to your return.
Oct 2021
Alex Cottage
Alex Cottage was the PERFECT spot for our family getaway! Location cannot be beat. It is literally steps from the beach! The cottage itself is cozy and has everything you need. Plus having a swingset for our little girls to play on and a grill outside were some nice "extras." Thanks, Alex Cottage - we will be back!



Meghan, what a wonderful review!  Thank you for taking the time to write it.  We agree, the Alex is the perfect spot on Lake Michigan for a vacation, so we're glad that you enjoyed it so much, and we look forward to your return.
Jul 2021
Terrific stay at cozy place near beach
Such a lovely, cozy little place right near the beach. It was clean, bright, and enfolding. Sometimes 'steps from the beach' doesn't really mean that, but this truly does. Even in winter, I walked along the beach every day. Highly recommended!

Barbara, thank you for this recommendation!  We are so glad to hear that you had such a great stay.  Walking on the beach in winter can be absolutely magical.   We would love to work with you again.
Jan 2021
Great little place
Location safe and quiet and very close to the beach Great spot to walk to other places Unit is cute Unit is basic minimalist but has all we needed for kitchen, towels, basics Comfortable for 2 people or a small family VERY responsive management company, answered our inquiries immediately

Marcia, we're glad tat you enjoyed your stay!  Thanks for the kudos for FVR staff.  It is our #1 priority to make our guest's stay the best possible.  We'd love to have you back again.
Oct 2020
Alex Cottage is a hidden gem!
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay at Alex Cottage. The cottage itself was clean and cheery, and the beach access was a big bonus!

Susan, pleasing our guests is our #1 goal, so thank you for that!  It was great having you as our guest and we hope to work with you again.
Aug 2020
Very nice cottage near the beach
The cottage is an updated two bedroom beach house steps away from Lake Michigan. It is exactly the right size for a family of four. There is a gas grill and an outdoor table. We really enjoyed our stay.

Adam, we love hearing that you enjoyed staying at Grace Cottage.  There really is nothing better than being right on Lake Michigan.  We hope to work with you again!
Jun 2020
Excellent stay
My boyfriend and I had a fabulous stay over Memorial Day Weekend! The cabin is located in a prime location- just steps away from the boardwalk to the beach!! It is equipped with all you need and quite comfortable. We will be back. Wonderful stay!

Nicole, we love hearing that you had an excellent stay!  Alex Cottage is right on Lake Michigan, where guests have a private beach.  The sunsets and sunrises are hard to beat!  The cottage sleeps 4 and is the perfect getaway for small families or couples.  We look forward to your return!
May 2020
5 stars
Great customer service

Eraldo, thank you for the compliment on our customer service.  Excellence in customer service is our #1 priority at Freshwater Vacation Rentals.  We hope that Alex cottage fit your needs.  It sleeps 4 and is just steps from Lake Michigan.  This is a good vacation spot for small families or couples.  We look forward to working with you again!
Feb 2020
Great, cozy, convenient location

Hermelinda, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Alex Cottage.  It is wonderful to be right on Lake Michigan, with its magnificent winter power.  Snowmobile trails are nearby.  We'd love to have you come back again.
Jan 2020
The Alex cottage was a great place to stay for our family of five. Our three children (6, 5, 1) slept in one room and my wife and I in the other. Everything necessary for a short stay was provided and met our needs. The wifi could be better and the kitchen wasn't spotless but that was only a minor inconvenience. The cottage was less than 300 feet from the beach and only a few miles from multiple restaurants, bars and natural attractions. We really enjoyed our stay and would love to come back. Thanks!

FVR response:
James, we would love to have you return!  Thanks for taking the time to write this review of the Alex.  It's a great spot for many of the reasons that you stated.  It's a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom that sleep 4 adults.  We are sorry to hear about the kitchen not being up to your standards for cleanliness.  In the future, when we work together, if you find any issues, please let us know immediately and we will rectify it right away.  It is our #1 priority to make certain that our guests are pleased with their stay
Dec 2019
This was a great pick for a quiet getaway. Close to the beach and lots of local locations to eat. Easy drive to the Lighthouse Outlet shopping and nearby museums. Will be booking again.

FVR response: 
Lawrence, the very best review a guest can give is to say that they will be returning, so thank you for that!  Alex Cottage is a gem.  Sleeping 6 and just steps from Lake Michigan, this cottage is the perfect getaway in any season.  We look forward to your return.
Dec 2019
The Alex
Hello. I enjoyed my stay at the Alex. The cabin was warm and clean and provided all essentials to make my stay comfortable. You could include a pair of scissors as there was none to be found. Also, the walkways were littered with leaves and was dangerously slippery after the rain started. Maybe a good gardener could be utilized for the Fall season. I believe it is your responsibility to keep your clients safe from household and exterior dangers. Tripping and falling injuries and the aftermath are alive and well on your sidewalks and walkways. I would definitely stay at your cabin again, with the stipulation that walkways are clear of debris.

FVR response:
Phyllis, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Alex Cottage on Lake Michigan.  This 2 bedroom, 1 bath sleeps 4 and includes a private Lake Michigan beach.  It is peaceful and quiet.  Thanks for your recommendations for improvement.  We will get scissors, and we will make every attempt to keep the walks clear .  We'd love to work with you again. 
Nov 2019
Adorable cottage ! Loved it

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Lisa we are so glad that you loved staying at the Alex Cottage.  Overlooking Lake Michigan, Alex Cottage is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath that sleeps 4.  It is a peaceful and quiet place to stay.  We hope you come back again.
Nov 2019
Amazing places & great service
My family rented the four beach houses all together for a wonderful weekend together. The property is gorgeous, the accommodations were perfect, and every interaction I had with Freshwater was outstanding. Even on the day it poured rain, we had a great time!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
John, renting all 4 cottages in Union Pier is such a great thing to do for large groups.  We are so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you again!
Nov 2019
Alex Cottage is comfortable and clean and offers wonderful access to the path to the beach. Great amenities (fully stocked kitchen, 2 nice bedrooms, skylights everywhere, nice dining and living rooms). We completely relaxed and enjoyed our time there and will absolutely return next year!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Melinda, thanks for this great review.  Nothing beats staying at a property right on Lake Michigan.  The sunrises and sunsets are the best.  We'll look for your return. 
Oct 2019
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
Fantastic home within steps of the beach! We loved our stay.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Rachel, there is nothing better than having access to Lake Michigan and those fabulous beaches.  The Alex Cottage is a cozy ranch, fully-renovated with all your major appliances and Wi-Fi.  We hope to see you again!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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