Union Pier-Grace Cottage Union Pier


UNION PIER- GRACE COTTAGE: Just steps to Lake Michigan, natural wood-burning fireplace (firewood included) -  3 Bedrooms/2 Bath
Bedrooms

3

Baths

2

Sleeps

6

GRACE COTTAGE
SLEEPS: 6 
BEDROOMS: 3
BATHROOMS: 2
PARKING SPOTS AVAILABLE: 2 MAX
*STEPS FROM LAKEFRONT (Lake Michigan)
*3 Cabins surround Grace that are available for 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, fireplace, & 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.


Bonus: This cottage is also surrounded by 3 other cottages, which makes it perfect for vacationing with multiple families. Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount.  (1 night stays do not apply.)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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



ATV's: None are allowed onsite.

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

Bathroom:


     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. Just to the left, in front of the large Brandon and Sawyer lake front cottages, you can enjoy the private access shared by our 4 Union Pier cottages.  Swimming is divine on Lake Michigan. In 2019 the Lake Michigan water levels are high.  The beach is not as wide as it has been in year's past. Nature changes each and every year. 



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



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!
 


Distances:
              * 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! Fuel is provided.
 


Grocery Store: In New Buffalo, just minutes away.


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 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: 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:  Colonial style home (stairs).


Televisions: 3 Televisions: Living room, master bedroom, and 1 upstairs. All have basic Comcast Cable.


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

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.


 


Amenities

Property/indoor Amenities
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Linens & towels included
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • Telephone/Landline
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
SeasonPeriodMin.StayNightlyWeekly
08/19/2019 - 09/05/20192$300.00
09/06/2019 - 11/01/20192$175.00
11/02/2019 - 12/31/20202$125.00

Reviews

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.
Bernadette
May 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.
Jordan
May 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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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! 
David
Jun 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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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
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!!!
Nancy
Aug 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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Thank you for your positive feedback. We agree, the view is wonderful! Thank you for booking with Freshwater! 
Katherine (Kathy)
Sep 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. 
Erica
Nov 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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Michele
Nov 2017
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!
FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Amber
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.
 

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!

 

Sara
Dec 2017
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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
 
Mary
Feb 2018
Very pleased with the property
Enjoyed your place a lot, will be back!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
Alexey
Apr 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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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
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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Mary
May 2018
Good place
Hi. This is a good place to be



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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.
Igal
Jun 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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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
Nijika
Aug 2018
Wonderful house and right on the water

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

Annie, we are so happy that Grace Cottage worked out so well for you.  Having access to Lake Michigan is a joy onto itself. 
Annie
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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Lisa
Aug 2018
Great location
Great location, close to the beach, we had 6 people, the cottage was perfect


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Catherine
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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Melissa
Aug 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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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
Janice
Sep 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
Brittany
Oct 2018
GREAT GETAWAY COTTAGE
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


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Coleen
Nov 2018
Comfortable for four of us..
Great stay.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
Elizabeth, we are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Grace Cottage, and we hope to see you back again!
Elizabeth
Nov 2018
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.



FRESHWATER RESPONSE:

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!
Linda
Dec 2018
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!

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
Cathleen
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.


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Matthew
Apr 2019
Grace Cottage
Very cozy and comfy cottage, so close to the lake! Enjoyed our stay!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Rachelle
May 2019
Fantastic!
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.

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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.
Meghan
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!!


FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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
Jacqueline
Jun 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:.)

FRESHWATER RESPONSE:
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!
David
Jun 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!
Shelley
Aug 2019


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