The SpaceTwo bedroom, one bathroom classic 1950s ranch home that's only 86 miles from downtown Chicago in the town of Bridgman, MI which is Exit 16 in Michigan---16 miles from the Indiana/Michigan border on Interstate 94. The kitchen and bathroom in the house and the side porch have been rehabbed in the last year--all were professionally designed and new pictures are needed for the side porch. The living room is undergoing a facelift, but looks pretty much like the pictures--a new couch is coming soon, and may be in the living room by the time you arrive!
Central heat and a/c, off-street parking on driveway, large yard, outdoor fireplace, washer/dryer, cable TV and wi-fi. Linens and towels are provided. A king size California style/platform bed is in the master bedroom, and a queen size bed is in the guest bedroom. The living room has a long mid-century couch which works well if you need another 'single bed'---I end up sleeping there often when I have friends visit, and I find it quite comfortable. There's a large porch off the sliding glass door on the side of the house, as well as a back deck off another sliding glass door that goes off the master bedroom in the back of the house.
Check out the wineries, bike trails, restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more that Southwest Michigan has to offer. Bridgman is 15 miles from New Buffalo and the Four Winds Casino, 10 miles from St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, and very convenient to Stevensville, Sawyer, Harbert, Union Pier, Buchanan, Three Oaks, Niles, South Bend (IN) and all the quaint Michigan towns that 1000s of visitors go enjoy all year long!
Check out the new TAPISTRY Brewery in downtown Bridgman, or the very popular Greenbush Brewery in downtown Sawyer. Also, Lake Street Eats and Transient Artisan Ales are now open in downtown Bridgman. Tabor Hill Winery is located in the country between Bridgman and Baroda--and is set in a beautiful location with a great restaurant that is open year-round! Walk up the street to D'Agostino's and the Navajo Lounge---busy almost every night of the week! Couple great little breakfast spots in town, too--the greasy spoon downtown called Eric's, and a newer spot on Red Arrow Highway.....but, my favorites for breakfast are Luisa's next to the Swedish Bakery in Harbert and the Blue Plate Cafe in Lakeside--in the summer, you can eat on the patio with your dog, too!
And, of course, the most visited tourist attraction is LAKE MICHIGAN which is walking distance from the house--albeit it's about 1.25 miles....walk west along Lake Street from the house, and Lake Street ultimately ends at Lake Michigan! Bridgman has a beautiful sandy beach called WEKO Beach, and a beachhouse is also located at the beach. Each night in the summer at sundown, taps is played LIVE!
There's a convenient grocery store in town called HARDING's and a RITE AID drug store next to the Harding's, or if you need a larger grocery store, there's a huge 24 hour Meijer store in Stevensville--at Exit 22, or just go north on Red Arrow Highway about six miles until you see the Meijer.
If you're looking for more sleeping space, you can consider renting my other house in Bridgman which shares a driveway with this ranch house--I call the other house a 'cottage' and it's also listed on airbnb, and it can provide another sleeping area for you and your guests if you're traveling with more people.
The house IS pet-friendly, though no animal lives there full-time. YOU MUST PROVIDE ME THE BREED, AGE and WEIGHT OF ANY PET or PETS YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE HOUSE FOR ME TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PET WILL BE ALLOWED AT MY HOUSE. No dogs over 80 pounds are allowed, and no more than two dogs are allowed. Any pet under 50 pounds is $20/night/pet; and any pet over 50 pounds is $30/night/pet. The pet fee must be paid at the time of booking. Any pet at my house without paying the pet fee will result in the full forfeiture of the deposit paid for your trip. Guest AccessThe whole house is yours during your stay!
Check out time is NO LATER THAN NOON. If you wish to extend your check out up to 5 PM, then an additional $50 is charged to you. If you wish to extend your check out after 5 PM, an additional night must be reserved. Interaction with GuestsSometimes I meet guests when they arrive--occasionally I'm staying in the adjacent cottage during your stay. The NeighborhoodThe house is close to all sorts of great restaurants, breweries, wineries, antique shops, galleries, diners, bakeries---and just over a mile to Lake Michigan! Getting AroundI believe there is a cab you can call, and I think there is some sort of 'bus' that comes thru Bridgman a couple times per day. Amtrak stops in New Buffalo and St. Joseph, and the SouthShore line stops in Michigan City and South Bend--if you want to do a day trip to Chicago! Other Things to NoteThe kitchen and bathroom were gut rehabbed--as shown in the pictures. The living room and side porch have also been substantially renovated and modernized, and new pictures will be added as they are completed.
There is one king size bed and one queen size bed. Also, the couch is fairly comfortable for one person to sleep on---and, there's room for an airbed in the living room, but I don't have one to offer; you'd have to bring your own airbed.
If you are sensitive to night time noise, there is a train track behind the houses across the street. The train blows its horn at the main intersection in Bridgman and the intersection down the street--you WILL hear the train and its horn overnight---until you are used to it, or unless you sleep very well! Also, there is a sump pump in the basement as the water level in the town of Bridgman is high--and may be disturbing to some guests though there are times, of course, when it rarely runs, and other times when it runs frequently.