The SpaceOne bedroom, one bathroom COTTAGE with a LOFT--with a single bed in the loft. The cottage is located in the town of Bridgman, MI--about 85 miles from Chicago! Only about 1.5 miles from Lake Michigan--it's a stroll down Lake Street in Bridgman, but a nice one! The lake can be enjoyed year round, but swimming in the lake is really only feasible in June thru August.
The cottage has a large color TV with cable. There is also wi-fi. Full size bed in the bedroom and a washer/dryer off the bathroom. Plenty of sheets, towels, blankets, etc for your stay. In the loft, there is a single bed with sheets and blankets for that bed as well. An industrial type ladder/staircase leads to the loft. Central heat and air conditioning, too!
If you don't know Southwest Michigan, the area serves as an easy getaway for a lot of Chicagoans who have summer/vacation homes.
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, 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. Tabor Hill Winery is located out 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 called Lydia's.....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! A brand new lunch and dinner place called LAKE STREET EATS is located downtown Bridgman! Also, a new brewery tasting room opened called CULTIVATE--just take Shawnee Road towards Berrien Springs, and it's about 7 or 8 miles east of Bridgman!
And, of course, the most visited tourist attraction is LAKE MICHIGAN---which is walking distance from the house--albeit it's about 1.5 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 beach house 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. 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.
NEW IN THE COTTAGE--A GALLERY OF ART WORK, and it's all for sale! The cottage has been loaded up with ART WORK, with each piece individually priced! If you are interested in purchasing any of the art work during your stay, all you have to do is remove it from the wall, leave me a note about which piece you purchased, and leave me CASH with your note that reflects the amount of the piece that you purchased!
If you're looking for more sleeping space, you can consider renting my other house in Bridgman which shares a driveway with this cottage--I call the other house a 'ranch' 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, or you may want to look into it if you want two bedrooms instead of just the one bedroom that this cottage provides.
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 cottage and the surrounding large back yard is yours to enjoy! Interaction with GuestsGenerally, I meet guests when they arrive, but am accessible by email, phone or text during your stay. The NeighborhoodResidential neighborhood and an easy walk to downtown Bridgman where you'll find Eric's Diner, Tapistry Brewery, Lake Street Eats, some antique shops, and a butcher as well as a dog self-bathing spot---where Bruce goes!
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! Getting AroundYou're in small town America, but I've heard that there is a cab service that you can call, and there's also some sort of bus that comes around a couple times per day, but I don't know the details. Other Things to NoteI'm constantly 're-modeling' the cottage---tweaking things and re-arranging. An industrial type stairway leading to the loft has been added recently for easier access to the loft. The pictures need to be updated, but as you can see from some reviews that the cottage looks better than the pictures---and, I agree! :)
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!