Union Pier-Grace Cottage Union Pier

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UNION PIER- GRACE COTTAGE: Just steps to Lake Michigan,-  3 Bedrooms/2 Bath 

Pets Welcome







*One cabin is adjacent to Grace that is available to rent.


Stay steps away from the Michigan lakefront, Grace Cottage is a great family vacation spot or a romantic getaway for the weekend. Opened all year round, the cottage is comfortable, relaxing and will meet all your needs. Enjoy the walk-out deck and patio under a magnificent maple tree. Throw some dinner on the grill or wake-up to a cup of coffee connecting with nature. This cottage has an open kitchen, beautiful master bedroom, & cable.  There are 3 TVs in the cottage:  one in living room, one in master bedroom and one upstairs.

Groceries, wine store, restaurants, and bakery are only a 10-minute walk along a peaceful tree-lined country road. Grab your loved ones and enjoy this peaceful and playful retreat.



Air Conditioning: There is central air conditioning in this cottage!

ATV's: None are allowed onsite.

Animals: You will see birds, deer, squirrels, and raccoons


     Bathroom #1: main floor--Full bathroom with shower and tub

     Bathroom #2: upstairs—Full bathroom with shower only

Beach/Swimming: You will walk through the children's play area toward the 26 steps leading toward the public beach access. 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. 
**Please bring your own beach towels.""

Bedroom Configuration:

   Bedroom #1: main floor-- 1 Queen

   Bedroom #2:  upstairs-- 2 Twins (**can be converted to a King, just ask!)

   Bedroom #3: upstairs—2 Twin beds
      **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: Varies depending on carrier you are welcome to turn on WiFi Calling on your phone. This will enable to send and receive text messages and phone calls. 

              * 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

Fireplace: Yes, it is gas

Grill: Yes! Fuel is provided.

Grocery Store:Union Pier Market.  A gourmet grocery store:  Whistle Stop Grocery 

Internet:  There is basic internet (wi-fi) service here (400bps). 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 Grace will be provided two parking spaces 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 Grace.  The only place to park an extra car would be at the Four Winds Casino, in New Buffalo. 
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.

Pets: 1 dog welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

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. Best to leave those home and enjoy the amazing views of Lake Michigan!

Space:  Colonial style home (stairs).

Televisions: 3 Televisions: Living room, master bedroom, and 1 upstairs. Main TV in living room has Roku

Towels: Yes, we provide basic, indoor bath towels.  **Please bring your own beach towels. **

Washer and dryer:  There is a washer/dryer for guests to use. Laundry soap is provided!

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
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace -Gas (with Remote Control)
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Telephone/Landline
  • TV with Roku
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $129.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


4 stars
A great well located home for a fun weekend with friends for a great price!


Hi Don! We're so happy to know you were able to have a good time, and enjoy the home's location, and that it worked well for your budget! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again! 
Jan 2024
Grace Cottage
We enjoyed our stay. Comfy beds and couch. Chairs in living room look nice, but not too comfy. Wanted to let you know the one cookie sheet in the kitchen does not fit in the oven. It is too big. :) Thank you!


We appreciate you taking the time to review your stay Cynthia! It's great to know you enjoyed your stay and found the bed to be comfy, though it's unfortunate to know that wasn't quite the case for the chairs. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, as well as letting us know about the cookie sheet! Our team will be looking into making improvements in these areas, and hopefully we will have a chance to host you again! 
Nov 2023
Grace Cottage July 2023
Another great week at Grace Cottage! We love the close proximity to the private Beach. Issue on arrival - Delayed our entry, due to previous renter, was addressed by Donna as quickly as she could. Candie addressed our problem with smoke detector, Missing Roku(living room) and coffee pot , promptly! Donna delivered items as promised! I Can not say enough about Donna and her service . She is great !!⭐️⭐️ We hope to stay again next July! Please notify me as soon as Rental opens for reservations! Thanks again for the Freshwater staff ! Michelle B & Family

Michelle, being on Lake Michigan and having access to the private beach, makes Grace Cottage the perfect spot to be.  We will pass on your compliments to Donna and Candie.  We're glad that we could get everything taken care of expediently for you.  We'll put you on our priority list for Grace Cottage 2024.  We look forward to your return!

Jul 2023
Great stay at Grace Cottage
We stayed at Grace Cottage, Union Pier, MI for 1 week. The cottage was very cozy, clean, and well-furnished. additional towels and linens (very useful when traveling with children) were provided. The beach was very close and, although a small public beach, on weekdays seems our own private beach. The service from freshwater rental was very responsive to my various questions and inquiries. I loved it and plan to return next summer.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Natascia! We are truly grateful to know that you and your family enjoyed your time at Grace cottage in Union Pier, and would love to have you back again!
Jun 2023
Last Minute
We booked this trip very last minute and it did not disappoint. Anything we needed, the response was quick and efficient. The location was fantastic. We enjoyed our quiet time in the beach before it got busy on the weekend. We would stay here again!


Hi Caiti, thank you for taking the time to review your stay! As a last minute stay, it is definitely good to know that the home, and your interactions with our team provided you with a good experience! It's great that you were able to stay before things picked up more for the Labor Day weekend, and hopefully we get a chance to host you again for a future stay!
Sep 2022
4 stars
Of course loved the closeness to the beach as we are Lake Michigan lovers!!!! Only thing bad was being sad that “our” lovely Sawyer wasn’t there. Please thank owners for opening Grace for a while this summer tho. Susan


Hi Susan, thank you for sharing your review! It truly does break all of our hearts that Sawyer wasn't there for our return guests this year, but are happy to know you were able to still enjoy your time at Grace! I'm certain the owners also appreciate your thanks, and being able to provide guests with a continued stay in the area. We look forward to hosting you again in the future, as things continue to develop in the Union Pier area!
Aug 2022
Relaxing, refreshing stay.
I have always loved Union Pier with family and for a personal escape. I always enjoy staying in the Freshwater Rentals! I stayed in the very clean, bright simply furnished Grace Cottage! My stay was comfortable, the walk on the beach perfect, good lighting, nice fireplace and the bed comfy! I gave it 4 stars for some minimal/missing kitchen supplies since I needed to make my own meals....(lacked basic coffee grinder, different size pans, no liquid dish-soap, e.g.) No problem, though....I loved my stay! I would love to stay there again, maybe this winter!

Bonnie, we love having you stay with us!  Nothing is better than being right on Lake Michigan for relaxation.  Thanks for your feedback - it is always appreciated.  We look forward to your next visit.
Oct 2021
Union Pier is Exquisite
I won’t blather on about the amenities, the location, or the ease of a vacation at Grace cottage. Simply put, it’s the best week of my family’s year, year after year. We arrive, carry all of our stuff down on the day of arrival. We beach and eat and gather with friends on the beautiful private beach…the days pass all too quickly. Before you know it’s time to carry your stuff back up the stairs and leave this little slice of paradise. As long as you don’t try and horn in on ‘our’ week…don’t overthink it; this is the move for a great family vacation.


David, you are the best!  You pretty much have said it all.  Our returning guests are our best recommendations.  A private beach on Lake Michigan, food and friends - it simply doesn't get any better than that.  Welcome back and, hopefully, we'll see you next year!
Jul 2021
5 stars
We had a great weekend in Union Pier. Grace cottage was very clean and comfortable and it was only steps away from the beautiful beach.
Jun 2021
5 stars
First off the customer service was fantastic. My main contact was Rebecca and she was phenomenal. She was so kind and made the process of booking so easy and made sure that any requests we had were fulfilled. I also spoke with Andrew and he was great as well. Their customer service not only speaks to the quality of them but of the company. We enjoyed our stay. The Grace was fantastic - so cozy, a lot of light and we absolutely loved the fireplace. Great place for a weekend getaway!

FVR response
Sameera, thank you for this wonderful review.  We really appreciate your kind words for our staff.  Our customers are our #1 priority.  We would love to work with you again in the future 
Feb 2021
5 stars
Great getaway. I few issues that were promptly resolved Thanks for a few days away

Jennifer, we were happy to have you as our guest!  We're glad to hear that you had a  great time, and we hope to see you back again.
Dec 2020
Another perfect week in Union Pier
Grace Cottage is perfect for our family of four. This year we let each child bring a friend making us a party of 6....and it was our best visit ever. Two rooms upstairs with two twins each met the kids needs; the downstairs Queen was just right for me and my wife. We’re accustomed to the patterns of a beach vacation at Grace Cottage: lug your stuff down to our private beach on day one...leave it there for the week...haul it back up on getaway day. Very easy - and what I’ve found - quite a rare setup. The private beach sign is somewhat obscure and there are the occasional interlopers...but nothing to get worked up about. On 4th of July weekend the Miller Beach public space was packed hoof to jowl while we enjoyed plenty of elbow room in our slice of heaven. As long as you don’t try to take our sacred weeks in UP, I couldn’t recommend Grace Cottage any more .

David, thank you for this delightful review!  We love hosting you and await your arrival next year!
Jul 2020
Great Location
We loved the cottage and close proximity to beach!! A negative would be the continuous foot traffic from the larger cottages, through our private patio. Maybe could install decorative fencing to deter ?

Michelle, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  We will send your suggestion for improvement to the owner.  We enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you back again.
Jul 2020
Charming, wooded cottage by beach
The Grace Cottage is a perfect beach treat that makes you feel secluded with all the trees nearby, but also among other vacationers! Inside, it is quaint and cute--perfect for a girls weekend, or small family. To get to the private beach you can go down a number of stairs or walk a bit extra to the public beach access--just depends on your health and ability to climb stairs! The vacation rentals also seem to share the decks that overlook the water. A nice surprise! Recommend if you are in need of some lake time!

Kathleen, thank you for this great review and recommendation!  We are so glad that you enjoyed Grace Cottage.  We were happy to have you as our guest and look forward to your return.
Jul 2020
Grace Cottage
Loved the cottage, the amenities, and the beautiful beach!

Renee, we are glad that you love Grace Cottage as much as we do!  Nothing beats being right on Lake Michigan, for the beach as well as the sunsets and sunrises.  We hope to work with you again.
Jun 2020
Grace Cottage Getaway
Wonderful accommodations located right next to the best beach in Union Pier. The Grace Cottage has all the amenities one could ask for and made our extended stay so enjoyable. Can’t wait to come back.

Jeanna, thanks for this wonderful review!  We agree  Grace Cottage  is pretty special.  Guest can't beat being right on Lake Michigan with a private beach.  The cottage sleeps 6 and it has a wood burning fireplace for cool mornings and evenings.  We look forward to your return!
May 2020
Great restful vacation
Cozy home close to lake. Very clean well equipped and a lovely fireplace who could ask for more. Talked to some great folks at reservations too. Thanks for a nice vacation.

Jackie, thank you for your kind words for the staff at FVR.  We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  There is really nothing better than staying at a property right on Lake MIchigan.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Mar 2020
Very cute and clean place ! very close to the lake and restaurants

FVR response:
Carlos, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  There is nothing better than looking out over Lake Michigan.  The cottage sleeps 6  and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  It also has a natural wood-burning fireplace for the wintery days.  We look forward to your return!
Nov 2019
The folks at Freshwater couldn’t be friendlier. Family members were on the fence about coming, so I had to call Freshwater a few times to arrange quotes and book the houses. Every call and email was pleasant. The customer service was phenomenal!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
John you made our day!  Our #1 priority is to make certain that our guests have the best experience possible, so we appreciate hearing that we've been successful.  We look forward to working with you again soon.  
Nov 2019
Absolutely lovely place to stay. Perfect for our girls weekend
Can’t wait to stay again next year. Was perfect for our girls weekend. We had 6 in our party and was just enough room for all of us.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
And we can't wait to see you all again next year, Jamie!  We love that you had a girls' weekend at Grace Cottage.  One can not beat being right on Lake Michigan to relax and have fun.  Plus, on the cold evenings and mornings, the natural wood-burning fireplace is perfect.
Oct 2019
5 stars
Loved our stay at beautiful cottage. Will definitely be back.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Barbara, your review says it all!  Returning guests are our best recommendation. We look forward to your return.
Sep 2019
Cozy and comfortable
Freshwater Team: friendly, available and professional! Cottage: comfortable and welcoming!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Shelley, thanks for your kind words about the staff of FVR.  It is our #1 priority to make our guests' visit the very best possible.  Steps from Lake Michigan, with a walk-out deck and patio under a magnificent maple tree, Grace Cottage is a perfect getaway spot.  Everything you may need is within walking distance, plus there is a children's play area for the kids.  We hope to see you back again!
Aug 2019
It's our two best weeks of the year
We have been renting at Union Pier for 12 years and have fallen in love with the Michigan beach lifestyle. It’s a great spot! Since you’re on the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, the days are long. It’s light until 10 pm. With that, you can never give up on a day here. We’ve had some of our best beach days following rainy mornings or even early afternoons. Tabscott We’ve stayed in all four of the Union Pier cottages, and I’m hesitant to tell you which cabin we rent as we don’t need additional challengers to “our” weeks, but, we like the Grace. It’s not lakefront - but, it is at a price point that allows us to stay for two weeks rather than one. We can hear the surf on big wave days and can be on the path to the beach in 15 seconds from the front door. It’s perfect for us and may be perfect for you on weeks when we’re not there:.)

David, what a wonderful review!  We so love when our guest (especially our returning guests) love our properties as much as we do.  the fact that you have  come for 12 years now says everything.  The allure of the Lake Michigan beaches is forever strong.  We'll see you again next summer!
Jun 2019
Great vacation!
Great vacation!! The beach is really steps away. I was very pleased that everything was there for us to use like laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, toilet paper, paper towel, etc. Some homeaways we've stayed at only provided a certain amount and after that it's on you. Kitchen was well stocked. The bakery and market were a few blocks away. We brought our bikes and infant seat and went on family bike rides! If I could change anything about this stay it would be: 1. The dishwasher is small (but hey we barely had to do the dishes). 2. Not small child friendly. No gate for the steep stairs or fireplace, no plastic plates, cups, or utensils. We had to keep a very very close eye on our smallest. 3. The TVs in the master and upstairs bedroom did not work (or I wasn't doing something right to get them to work haha). That wasn't a huge deal because the main TV worked, and we were here for the beach! 4. I wish there was a hose or something to rinse off outside after we went to the beach. We tried our best, but with 2 kids and a hubby it was hard not to track sand inside. Overall, it was a really good vacation (minus the one day of rain). But we want to come back with extended family and stay in one of the larger cottages :) Thank you again for letting us use this lovely home!!

Jacqueline, we love that you had a great vacation!  Grace Cottage is the perfect place to enjoy summer in Michigan.  Nothing beats being right on Lake Michigan with the great sunrises and sunsets.  Plus the beach!  We'd love to see you come back and stay with us again
Jun 2019
Perfect location, +/- 2 minute walk to feet in the sand. Clean beach with fine sand and not a lot of rocks/debris. Our beach days were not crowded at all so plenty of room to spread out. The house is lovely, just as described with clean, comfortable beds and everything we needed. The grill took a bit to get hot enough to really cook anything so maybe checking into a new grill would be my only suggestion. There is a little swing/playset next to the cottage which our kids really enjoyed. Quick responses to any questions we had. Wished we could have stayed longer and would DEFINITELY stay here again!! :). Milda’s market close by had good sandwiches, and a tasty cranberry orange scone.

Meghan, it's heaven to stay a place right on Lake Michigan and Grace Cottage fits the bill.  We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay.  We will take care of the grill issue - thanks for the heads up.  We'd love to have you stay longer next time.
Jun 2019
Grace Cottage
Very cozy and comfy cottage, so close to the lake! Enjoyed our stay!

Rachelle, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  Having Lake Michigan as your front yeard is pretty amazing!  We hope to see you again.
May 2019
Charming Cottage
My sisters and I really enjoyed our stay! We enjoyed fires at night, the lake was beautiful and a short walk. St. Joe's is a short drive and cute little town. Would definitely come back! **my only criticism--you need a new microwave! I tried to melt some butter and after 2 minutes the stick was still rock hard! Thank you!

Cathleen,  we are so happy to hear that you and your sisters enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  Walking at the Lake Michigan beach can be so relaxing.  Thanks for letting us know about the microwave - we will get that taken care of.  We hope to work with you again soon!
Apr 2019
Nice Place
Clean and comfortable cottage. Quality beds, pillows, and bedding. Fast internet. Well stocked kitchen. My only negative is the pine tree drips pitch in the parking area for this cottage. This may only be an early spring problem. (First week of April.) With all this said, I would stay again and recommend this cottage to a friend. My stay: 10 days at $66/day. Thanks.

Matthew, thanks for the great review.  We love that you enjoyed Grace Cottage.  It's a sweet property with all the advantages that you listed, plus being right on Lake Michigan is fabulous! The pine tree issue is a spring thing.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Apr 2019
I had a very nice stay. It was comfortable, and had everything I needed. I was disappointed I couldn’ t walk the dog on the beach, but we had some very nice walks. I especially liked all the trees and homes and resorts.


Linda, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Union Pier Grace Cottage.  Although you could not walk your pup on the beach, it's always great to find a vacation spot that allows our dogs to join us.  We hope that you come back again!
Dec 2018
Comfortable for four of us..
Great stay.

Elizabeth, we are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Grace Cottage, and we hope to see you back again!
Nov 2018
A small group of ladies from work rented this as our first ladies weekend getaway. We had a wonderful time. The Cottage was in a great location to the beach, to New Buffalo shops, and the casino. We had no complaints with the cleanliness of the cottage, everything was very clean and comfortable

Coleen, we love that you used Grace Cottage as a ladies getaway weekend!  It's so perfect for that.  Being on Lake 
Michigan, even when it's cold outside, is such a treat, plus shopping and access to the casino makes for a perfect t weekend.  We hope that you come back for ladies weekend #2!
Nov 2018
Weekend Getaway with Friends
We had 5 adults (2 couples and a single) and this was a great location! The directions on the email are perfect, kit the neighborhood is dark, so pay close attention if arriving after daylight! Lots of great restaurants near by! We had 2 minor issues and I received an immediate response from Kara handling both!!! The kitchen is small, but had the basic necessities for us to fix breakfast. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and felt the price was very fair!

Brittany, we are so happy to hear that Union Pier-Grace Cottage worked out so well for your group.  Getting away with friends is the best, and you can't beat being on Lake Michigan!  We hope to work with you again
Oct 2018
Nice housekeeping cabin. We stayed two extra nights.
No view, but close to beach access. Cozy. Clean. Comfortable bed; we slept very well. The kitchen was functional, although mildly undersupplied with items such as soup or cereal bowls or non-serrated knives. Overall, it was fine for non-complex meals. The outdoor grill worked well. We enjoyed nice patio and deck.

Janice, we're happy that you had an overall positive experience at Grace Cottage.  Being on Lake Michigan is such a treasure.  Thanks for the suggestions for additions to the kitchen.  We'll get right on that
Sep 2018
Great location
Great location, close to the beach, we had 6 people, the cottage was perfect


Cathy, we are so happy that Grace Cottage worked out so well for you all.  It is such a great location on Lake Michigan, where you get the fabulous beach and the amazing sunsets.  We hope to see you again!
Aug 2018
This place was great! It is a few steps from the beach, easy to get in and out of, and easy to park at. Great for 6 friends getting together. Location is great, because it's close to New Buffalo but far enough to be more quaint. The private beach was a great plus, and the neighborhood was quite pretty. We walked over to The Whistle Stop a few times and really enjoyed our stay. Hopefully, we will be able to visit once again!

Nijika, we are so happy that you liked Grace Cottage as much as we do.    Getting together with friends at a cottage is the best!  We hope that you come back again
Aug 2018
Grace cottage was just a few feet away from the beach! The front patio was a beautiful place to start your morning off reading the newspaper with a hot cup of coffee. A truly relaxing enjoyable location. We brought my parents and family here to celebrate my 94 year old fathers birthday. Truly memorable we will be back next year. The toiletries that you all provided was a very nice touch.


Lisa, we're really glad that Grace Cottage worked out so well for you and your family.  Hoe cool to go there for your father's 94th birthday!  We'll look for you again next year!
Aug 2018
Wonderful house and right on the water


Annie, we are so happy that Grace Cottage worked out so well for you.  Having access to Lake Michigan is a joy onto itself. 
Aug 2018
Union Pier Grace Cottage
Very nice cottage, had everything we needed. Very clean. Easy to get to with lots to do all around. We would definitely book again.


Melissa, we're happy to hear that you like Grace Cottage as much as we do, and we'd love to have you come back!
Aug 2018
Good place
Hi. This is a good place to be


Hi Igal,
So happy to hear that you liked Grace Cottage.  Being right on Lake Michigan can't be beat.  We hope that the weather allowed you to spend some time on that lovely patio.  We'd love to work with you again in the future.
Jun 2018
My girlfriends and I enjoyed our stay at Grace cottage. It was clean and well-equipped. The only negative feedback we would have is that the laminate floor in the kitchen was really slippery, like it had somehow gotten furniture polish on it. We almost fell multiple times. Also, it would be a good idea to have a small coffee table in the living room to have somewhere to set drinks or to use as an ottoman to prop one's feet on. Also, the batteries in in the bedroom remote for the TV were dead, so I borrowed the batteries from the living room remote when I needed to use the TV in the bedroom. I couldn't find any AA batteries in the cottage. Therefore, the living room remote now needs new batteries. FYI. Thanks for your hospitality! We had a great time!

We are so glad you and your girlfriends had a wonderful time at the Grace cottage! We greatly appreciate your  honest feedback! It is guests like yourself that we truly appreciate, we welcome ideas for how to improve the interior of our cottages. So thank you very much!

I do apologize that the batteries in the remote were not working! We will be sure to address batteries and furniture polish on floors with our cleaning staff. We are very happy to hear that no one in your group fell due to the slippery floor. We will look into that at once and correct whatever error may have been made from our staff.
May 2018
Fantastic as always!
Again, we had an amazing time at Grace cottage. It’s definitely an unbeatable value in the Union pier area. You literally just need a toothbrush and some clothes and you will find everything else you need already there!


We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Grace Cottage.  Ther eis nothing like being on Lake Michigan!    We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Jerome (Jerry)
Apr 2018
Very pleased with the property
Enjoyed your place a lot, will be back!


Alexey, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. One can not beat being on Lake Michigan!      Please keep in mind that have we have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Apr 2018
Great place for our winter getaway!
We used this cottage for a ladies’ weekend. It was wonderful! There were only two things we could possibly think to suggest. One is to either supply (or suggest that guests bring) Duraflame logs. There was no kindling available to start a fire in the fireplace. We had to get some Duraflame logs at the market. The other idea is a coffee table...there isn’t one. But really, we had to work pretty hard to come up with those suggestions! We would definitely stay there again.


We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for your recommendations for the cottage.  We will take care of that.    We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Feb 2018
Wonderful getaway
Thank you so much- the accommodations were amazing and the intricacies were such an amazing touch. Having a Christmas tree and all amenities made available was so very thoughtful. My family will definitely keep this in mind for future visits to the lake!
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed Christmas here at the Grace Cottage! We hope to see you again in the future.
Dec 2017
Girls Get away weekend
The house was perfect for our needs. We had an issue with down stairs bathroom, but one phone call and it was immediately taken care of. Watched a beautiful sunset on the lake in the back yard. It was very clean and easy to find and located very close to shopping, casino, and the beach.


So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.   Sunsets over the lake are the best ever!  I'm glad  that the bathroom issue was taken care of to your liking.  Check out all 72 properties.  We give returning guests a 10% discount when they book directly through us.  We look forward to working with you in the future!


Dec 2017
Dad, Mom , daughters weekend get away
Exactly what we needed for our 2 night stay for us - party of 4 adults. Well equipped. Fireplace a plus.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Please check out another one of our 66 Michigan properties for your next vacation! On Freshwatervacationrentals.com you will find deals and weekly specials. Hope to see you again soon!
Nov 2017
Lovely Location!
Not much of a yard and very close to other cottages, but LOVED being so close to the beach! Clean and comfy and enjoyed using the fireplace! A bonus that I've seen in other rentals is having a few board games, DVD's, and maybe some books for guests to enjoy while they stay...

Freshwater response: Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. Many of our cottages do indeed provide board games, DVDs and books.  We have not yet added those amenities at the Grace Cottage. 
Nov 2017
September on the Lake
I was one of the three friends (from 3rd grade) celebrating our 70th birthday. We had spectacular weather. . .the lake and sunsets did not disappoint! Hard to go wrong. The cottage was ample, clean and fairly well stocked (although clean towels were hiding in the dryer. . .we didn't find them until the day we left). If I were to revisit, I'd be sure to stop in New Buffalo for groceries (Union Pier has bare essentials within walking distance). The cottages are quite close together, with limited parking. . .I'm not sure what high season would be like, but I can highly recommend mid-September.

Thank you for your positive feedback. We agree, the view is wonderful! Thank you for booking with Freshwater! 
Katherine (Kathy)
Sep 2017
Happy family times!
We loved the ease and convenience of staying at Grace Cottage. We could step outside and be at the beach in a few moments. The staff (Cara, Janelle, Kari, Joan, Kathleen) and fix it up/cleaning personnel (Sonia and Sarah) were terrific and very helpful if we had any questions or needed anything. You could walk to the Union Pier stores and to delicious gelato and other restaurants. It felt like a beach house. Everything you need, but not too much where you were afraid to touch or use anything. (and you do not need to clean before you leave like other places in the area.) As they said, it is your vacation, leave the work to us! They were very accommodating. See you soon!!!
Aug 2017
Family Fun!
We brought our three and four year old kids for a week long summer vacation and came from NW Chicago Suburbs. It was a quick drive, the house was perfect and the service Freshwater Vacations provided was five stars. Responsive to requests but more than anything, their welcoming and kindness made us feel like part of their family, too! Will return to rent from them, no doubt!

We are so happy you loved The Grace! Thank you for being such great guests. It is a quick jump over from Chicago, which makes for the perfect vacation spot! Remember we have 4 other places in Union Pier to check out for your next Michigan adventure! Thank you for your positive feedback! 
Jackie & Eric
Jul 2017
Best week of the year
We've been staying at Grace Cottage for 10 years running. Bright cottage with everything you need and steps from the beach. The kids love the playset! Our best memories are of Union Pier.

THANK YOU! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your patronage. There's nothing like being steps away from Lake Michigan! We hope to see you next year! 
Jun 2017
Cute Little Place for Friends
I would have gave this house 5 stars but I slept in the other house. Its a nice size for 8 people and everyone fit perfectly. Large kitchen, rooms and bathrooms for 8 girls! It was great. The parking is a little tight at times but you can make it work. I would stay here again with a large group.
May 2017
A Great Time
The only glitch was with the cable, we were there to have a Kentucky Derby Party and without the television it would have been a problem.Luckily, the problems were resolved one day later via Joan from the management office and finally the cable company. The cottage was just enough for 6 women but I would suggest more silverware. Overall we enjoyed the cottage and would come back again.
May 2017

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