The SpaceA bright beach cottage in a tranquil wooded setting of gardens, trees, and birds, a 10-minute walk or 4 minute bike ride [4/10's of a mile] to clean, private Lake Michigan beaches. Large well-furnished screen porch lets you enjoy the outdoor beauty. It's a guest favorite! Tree lined neighborhood invites peaceful walks and miles of beach-front bicycle riding. Two furnished patios for open air eating [two dining tables with chairs and cushions; 1 bistro table and chairs] and relaxing [4 comfortable chaise lounges, plus one folding]; charcoal grill and fire pit are provided. 3 furnished bedrooms with queen size beds [two are deluxe pillow top, one a Karen Neuburger firm], and one with a single. 2 modern bathrooms with showers. Spring water bubbler for drinking. Washing/bathing water is filtered from on site well. Central heat & air conditioning. Fully equipped eat-in kitchen. Living room with expanded cable HD t.v.. Cable t.v. with dvd player also available in master bedroom. Wireless internet is available inside and out. We treat this cottage like a second home. This means lots of LOVE has gone, and continues to go, into it. From the furniture to the bedding, from the garden to the fabrics, it meets our standards of quality and beauty. Scattered around the cottage are handmade fabrics, furnishings, and decorations from Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, Yemen, Pakistan, Jerusalem, Jordan, and the American southwest. We choose to host people who will love it back, at least for the brief time they are here. Guest AccessYou will have private access to the entire cottage [1400 sq. feet] and over 400 square feet of outdoor patio grounds, plus gardens. Internet and HD cable [including extended sports channels], fire pit, charcoal grill, and full kitchen are included. Ample parking. Clean bedding, bath towels, and beach towels are provided. As this is a traditional Michiana cottage, one of its features is limited closet space. We have done our best to provide some drawers for guests and we are happy to share the closet space we have. Interaction with GuestsWe will be available by e-mail, text, or phone during your stay to answer questions and insure that your stay is the best it can be. The NeighborhoodOur cottage is in a serene, tree-lined beach community adjacent to the shores of Lake Michigan. You will find the uniqueness, charm, and respect for guests, grounds, space, and peace that characterize an owner occupied community. Miles of beachfront are a 10 minute walk away for relaxing, swimming, reading, walking, or whatever you care to do. A park with playground and tennis courts is 1/2 block away; horse back riding stable and summer theater within a block. Golf and yoga are nearby. 5 minutes from both Blue Chip and Four Winds casinos. Great eateries in nearby Long Beach, New Buffalo, Michigan City, and LaPorte, as well as Stop 50 wood fired pizza within 1/2 mile. Kayaks, canoes, bikes and other rentals in New Buffalo. Terrific outlet mall is located in Michigan City. Wine tasting and micro-brewery nearby and wine country with multiple wineries 20 minutes away. Independent films and Old Town School-type music are in Three Oaks, Michigan. Farmers markets and antique fairs abound in the area. If you prefer to drive rather than bike or walk to the beach, New Buffalo and Michigan City beaches are less than 10 minutes away. Getting AroundWe are a short 1.5 hour drive from Chicago or Indianapolis, or an easy train ride from Chicago on the South Shore Line from Millennium Park to Michigan City, Indiana or on Amtrak from Union Station to New Buffalo, Michigan. We are 3 hours from Milwaukee or Detroit and less from Ann Arbor or Lansing, by car or Amtrak. Other Things to NoteWe do not allow smoking or pets, to protect the health of all of our guests.