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Property Details

Updated: Jan 6, 2015
Cottage, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 5 Sleeps

This lakefront, charming knotty pine cottage is on beautiful Higgins Lake. There is a sandy beach with firepit and patio w/ swing overlooking the water. A dock and watercraft mooring are available. The cottage is surrounded by beautiful flower gardens and a well manicured lawn leading the 50 yards down to the beach.

The cottage sleeps up to five (No tents please). There is one bedroom with a double bed and two twin beds and futon in living room. Updated carpeting, furniture, and accessories. Beautiful climate controlled gas fireplace, premium cable television, WI-FI, VCR, DVD player, full kitchen with microwave, toaster, coffee maker. All furnishings, blankets,

pillows and dish towels are provided. We ask that you please bring

your own bed sheets, wash cloths and bath/beach towels. There is no

washer/dryer available at the cottage.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom

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Sunnyside Cottage on Beautiful Higgins Lake
Higgins Lake Northern Michigan

A week in paradise

  • 5 of 5
This was one of the most amazing vacations we have taken in Michigan. Upon arrival we were greeted with a friendly smile and welcoming warmth. The cabin is homey and cute with all provisions necessary. We were able to walk out in water for a mile in amazing clear blue water with no weeds! I could not believe a lake with no weeds! There is a nice sandy area where the kids could play, making sand castles. We were able to build fires in the fire pit, also down by the water, each night. Enjoying s'mores and the amazing sunsets. The lake is huge which allowed us to take the kids tubing and skiing. There are sand bars through out the lake, something good to find out about if you bring your own boat. We would anchor on them for the afternoon and snorkel the reefs.
We cooked dinner most nights and went to a local restaurant a couple times. I believe it was called The Cabin, great food with well known Bloody Marys! They were delicious along with the food! We frequented Nibbles an ice cream shop close by the south shore camp ground. we knew it was going to be good when we pulled up and the line was 15 people long.
All in all we could not have asked for a better family vacation!
Oh! And the fireworks! They were around the lake all weekend.
A neighbor put on a nice amateur show the kids were able to enjoy from our beach.
On the 4th there were professional fireworks on the north shore we watched.
So much fun!

The lake put on their own professional show on the 4th as well.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you had a fabulous vacation!
Sunnyside Cottage on Beautiful Higgins Lake
Higgins Lake Northern Michigan
St. Clair Shores, MI

First time stay

  • 4 of 5
We were excited and a little apprehensive to be staying at a cottage for the first time with a 2-1/2 year old. My husband and I had communicated with the owner a few times and felt very comfortable in securing our spot for the week. The cottage was extremely clean and just like the pictures posted. The cottage is just feet from the lake, with a nice ladder that our daughter used to get into the water. There were plenty of dishes, glasses, and pots and pans for our use, which was also great. The only concerns I had were that it did seem quite hot in the cottage for the most part. There was only one fan provided, so, if you are planning to stay when it's muggy, bring some extra fans! I think a few ceiling fans would have been nice.. I also did think that the owners could have been a bit more hospitable. It's not that anyone was out and out rude to us, my husband and I just had the overall feeling that we were bothering the owners in some way. I just didn't get that warm and homey feeling I was expecting. I was not asking for anyone to roll out the red carpet and entertain us or come by every hour to check on us, but, on the few occasions where we had contact with the owner or their family, the mood just seemed a bit cold, which was unfortunate. Also, there are signs warning guests about swimmer's itch in the cottage as well as at the South State Park we went to, which seems to be pretty prevalent in the area. It would have been appreciated to be notified by the owners of this prior to our arrival so that we could take precautions or to just be aware. Luckily, my daughter and I did not get it, but, my husband did (we think from the State Park water). Other than that, our stay was very nice. I would recommend this property to others with the understanding not to expect much in the way of hospitality. I do not think we would personally stay here again, but, what bothers one person might not bother someone else. I just think it's nice to read honest reviews before making a decision on where to stay.
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing a review of our property. I am glad that you and your family had a good time on your vacation. I am sorry that you felt we were being inhospitable in some way. Our family has always taken the approach that because we live on the property as well, we should stay out of the way of our tenants as much as possible since it is your vacation. We try to stay off of the beach, dock and yard while you are enjoying your stay. It was not intended to come off as being cold or that we were being bothered. We simply feel that because you are paying for the right to use those facilities we should not interfere.

In regard to the swimmer's itch notification, we post signs in the cottage during times of the year when our township says there are higher levels in the lake. We have no control over when the levels are higher as it is a freshwater lake and not maintained like a pool.

Thank you again for the review and if you should decide to stay with us again, please do not hesitate to ask for extra fans or anything else that your family may need to feel comfortable on your vacation.


Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Activities at Higgins Lake are unlimited


Jet Skiing




Watersports (Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing)


State Parks Recreation



Within a short distance:



Go Karts

Water Slides

Aracade and Batting Cages



From $1,100 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 22 2015 - Sep 8 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

A non-refundable security deposit of $250 is paid at the time of reservation. The remaining balance is paid upon arrival.

Saturday 3:00 pm move in
Saturday 11:00 am move out
PEAK SEASON (Memorial Day-Early November)
$175 per night
$1100 per week
$3300.00 per month (4 weeks)

OFF SEASON (Early November - May)
$100 per night
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Security Deposit:
$250.00 security deposit is required at the time of reservation, or
you may pre pay for your vacation week in full. We wi

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1


  • The cottage amenities include: Full kitchen with new and updated appliances -Microwave -Toaster -Coffee Maker -All dishes and silverware provided Living Room -Gas Fireplace -Premium cable television -DVD/VCR/WI-FI -Blankets Parking -Parking available for up to two vehicles and one watercraft trailer -Garage space if necessary Beach/Water -Sandy Beach -Private Lake access with private dock -Boat Mooring -Charcoal Grill -Picnic Table Upon your departure, we would appreciate it if each renter please left the cottage as they found it. We ask that you leave the kitchen clean, put the dishes in the cupboards, collect your trash and put it in garbage bags and put all dirty towels and washcloths on the counter. Cleaning supplies, vacuum, etc. are provided. Please shut all windows and doors and return your key if one was issued. Sunnyside Cottage is uniquely decorated and expresses the personality of its owners. The owners shall not be responsible for providing any additional furnishings. Equipment failures will be repaired as quickly as possible after being reported.

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