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SAWYER LAKE HOUSE (Union Pier): Sleeps 6, on Lake Michigan, open year-round






SAWYER COTTAGE--on Lake Michigan

*LAKEFRONT (on Lake Michigan)
*3 cottages surround Sawyer that are also available for rent (None of our Union Pier Cottages accept pets.)

Come stay at a beautiful home on Lake Michigan. Enjoy the open floor plan, 2 bathrooms, washer/dryer, comfortable furniture, fireplace, large windows and a master bedroom with views of the lake, The Master bedroom has cable tv. The main bathroom has a fabulous jetted tub to take away the stress of the city. The screened in porch is attached to the master bedroom and is easily accessible from the living room. It's an ideal place to enjoy an evening glass of wine and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. 

Enjoy the spectacular sunset views from inside and out. It is great for family vacations, romantic getaways for the weekend or family reunions. Whether you are coming to enjoy the fresh air, star-shooting sky or bonfire on the beach, the Sawyer Cottage has a lot to offer. Come and create water-filled memories that will last a lifetime.

The Sawyer Cottage is next door to the Brandon Cottage, with separate sitting areas and decks for each family to enjoy. Yes, you are within earshot of each other, so it is fun to rent both places together. Since the walkway leading to the private beach area is in front of the Sawyer Cottage living room window, it is easy to see the walkway entryway.   While it isn't commonplace, you may see guests from the other 3 cottages as they use the walkway to the beach.  There is a public access point on the opposite side of the Brandon Cottage, so often the other cottage's take that shortcut of just 26 steps to the beach.  The Sawyer Cottage is situated with a private deck sitting space, with  72 steps down to the water. 

The "private" beach is actually shared by 4 cottages (Brandon, Grace and Alex) with a shared walkway to the beach area. This one-story home has the closest access to the walk-out 2-level deck (shared by the Brandon, Grace and Alex Cottages) that will guide you down to your Lake Michigan beach area. ("Private beach" in Michigan means that anyone outside these 4 cottages are not supposed to stop, sit, set up their beach gear and/or  have a campfire, etc.  on this private beach space.  Still, with Michigan Beach Walker laws, anyone can walk through the private beach area, even though it is deemed "private.") .  This private" beach area is situated on the shoreline between the Sawyer and Brandon Cottages, directly on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

Sawyer Cottage at Union Pier is open all-year round. From the beautiful fall colors in late September to the sounds of the various birds mid-spring, the cottage is perfect for tranquility, rest and rejuvenation. 

There are also 3 other cottages that surround the Sawyer Cottage, which makes vacationing with guests or extended family perfect. Come reunite at Union Pier. 

** 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.  2 spaces have been allocated to the Sawyer Cottage.

Rent all 4 cottages grouped closely together for a 10% discount.  (1 night stays do not apply.)

Bedroom organization: All bedrooms are on the main floor
                                       Bedroom 1: 1 Queen Beds
                                       Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds
                                       Bedroom 3: 2 Twin Beds

                     Bathroom #1--Full bathroom with shower only
                     Bathroom #2--Full bathroom with tub/shower

Bed option: We have a king-sized bed bridge converter for one (1)  set of the 2 twin beds, so if you would prefer that we make a king-sized bed out of the 2 twins, just let us now upon booking and we'll have that set for you upon arrival. (The other set of twin beds are not matched perfectly in order to make the king conversion work.)

Location:   90 minutes east of downtown Chicago, Illinois

                  1/2 hour north Notre Dame, Indiana

                  3 hours west of Detroit, Michigan

                  4 hours south of Traverse City, Michigan

Coffee Pot: Traditional auto-drip coffee pot. Bring your ground coffee. We have the standard filters.

Firewood: Yes! We have firewood provided for you under the blue tarp across from the kids play area.

Privacy: While our guests have traditionally been very respectful of each other, the cottages are very close together with shared walkways to the cottages and to the beach.


Winter fun:  
Outdoor ice-skating rink & sledding hill: Bring your skates and sleds!  Less than 5 miles away! Oselka Park: 601 E. Indiana St. New Buffalo, MI 49117
Four Winds Casino: Just 5 miles from the cottage!
Blue Chip Casino: A larger casino. Located in Indiana, just 22 minutes away from Union Pier, try your luck at this exciting casino!
Big 10 University-Notre Dame! Just a half-hour from this prestigious school in Indiana.

Wineries: Take a tour or visit a local winery:
Winery Tours: http://www.harborcountry.org/winerytour/  The closest starting point to the cottage is in New Buffalo, approximately 5-10 minutes south. For more winery tours check these out: http://miwinetrail.com  http://www.fruitfulvinetours.com
Round Barn Winery: A brewery/distillery and a winery all combined in one trip. http://www.roundbarnwinery.com/ 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.

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.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Basic paper products included.
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Screened-in porch
  • Firewood is provided.
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Internet/ WI FI
  • Washer & dryer
  • Telephone/Landline
  • Blow Dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • 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
06/15/2019 - 08/18/20192$600.00
08/19/2019 - 09/05/20192$600.00
09/06/2019 - 11/01/20192$325.00
11/02/2019 - 12/31/20202$275.00


Sister time
My sisters and I stayed at the sawyer house. It really was fantastic. Very clean, comfortable, beautiful views, and they had everything there that we needed. It’s very close to shopping and restaurants. Prior to our stay, I had a lot of communication with the rental team. They were timely with all of the answers to our questions. We look forward to our next trip there. The only thing that was a negative, is the shared deck with the house next door. That is their route down to the beach, and it was a little invasive to our privacy, but as long as you’re aware, it’s ok. I highly recommend this location

Heidi, staying right on Lake Michigan is magical, that's for certain. We are happy that you and your sisters enjoyed staying at the Sawyer House.  It's a great property.  We at FVR make it our #1 priority to make sure that our guests are satisfied, so we are always happy to help with any questions or concerns.  We hope that you return again soon.
Jun 2019
Sister stay
This property was great. Thank you

Heidi, we love that this was a "sister stay" and that you enjoyed Sawyer Lake House.  Being on Lake Michigan is magical, and this property with the fabulous deck overlooking the lake makes it even better.  We hope to see you again!
Jun 2019
Heaven on earth!
The house was perfect for the 5 of us! We were two couples and a friend and the space was perfect! The view is of the beautiful Lake Michigan which is literally a few steps away from this home down the stairs that lead to the beach. We have made plans to rent this place again soon! The communication was easy and the person we coordinated with was very helpful and answered promptly by text. Can’t wait to come back for our next trip!

Radhika, we are thrilled that you enjoyed Sawyer Lake House as much as you did.  It's a great property and being right on Lake Michigan is pretty spectacular that's for sure!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Apr 2019
We just loved the Sawyer house
It was a cozy place with a beautiful view!, Great place to stay any time of year!

Kari, we are so glad that you had a great stay at the Sawyer House.  You just can't beat being right on Lake Michigan, and,as you said, it's great any time of year.  Do come back again!
Mar 2019
We have now stayed are all 4 cottages and we love them all! We had a Great time look forward to coming back soon!!

Jennifer, we love our returning guests reviews!  The Union Pier properties are pretty special, and being right on Lake Michigan makes it the perfect spot to be, no matter what sesason you are there!  We look forward to your next visit.
Feb 2019
Everyone we dealt with was so professional
We enjoyed our stay.

Elizabeth, we're so happy that you enjoyed staying at the Sawyer Lake House.  It's such a great property, plus being right on Lake Michigan gives it even more added charm.  We hope to work with you again!
Nov 2018
Gorgeous View Of Lake Michigan
My girlfriends and I spent a long weekend at the Sawyer Cottage and thoroughly enjoyed the view, the fireplace, the direct beach access and the proximity to fun activities (Warren Dunes, wineries, breweries, distilleries, antique shops, restaurants, etc...). The cabin is well equipped for most peoples' needs. I was impressed to find both a regular coffee maker AND a Keurig as well as a coffee grinder! I recommend a few more wine glasses. ;-)

Amy, a fall weekend, a fabulous fireplace and a view of Lake Michigan makes for a perfect girlfriends get-away!  We are so glad that you chose Sawyer Lake House for your fun weekend.  We'd love to host you again in the future.
Nov 2018
Stunning view from cozy cottage
We enjoyed our first sisters' weekend at the lake house and loved it! Beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked (perhaps a new saute pan would help), and the view/beach access was amazing. I think that is why we all come to Union Pier! We are looking forward to returning next year.

Leanne, we love the idea of a sister's weekend, and that you went to the Sawyer Lake House to do it!  Union Pier is a great city, and being right on Lake Michigan is a special gift.  Walking on the beach, no matter the weather, is a wonderful experience.  We'll look for you and your sisters again in the future! 
Oct 2018
“What a wonderful location! This is exactly what you envision when thinking of a cottage on the lake. Staff was quickly accomodating when a request was made for assistance when we arrived. We were not troubled by the adjacent cottages using the stair access point from this cottages deck, all were lovely families- just be aware when scheduling. Great family spot.”


Anne, we are thrilled that the Sawyer House worked out so well for you.  Being right on Lake Michigan makes it even more special I think.  We'd love to work with you again soon.
Jul 2018
Very Relaxing
We loved the Sawyer Cabin. The rental was easy and we really enjoyed the lake-view and sounds of the waves from the master suite. The screened in porch was perfect for playing board games when it rained.


Ryan, so happy to hear that the Sawyer House fit your needs.  The sounds of waves from Lake Michigan can be so mesmerizing, a great way to be lulled to sleep!  We hope that you come back again.
Jun 2018

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