2 cottages. Ea has 2 bdrms , kitchens, & sleeps 12 total
The Gray cottage has a pillow-top queen bed, a pillow-top double, a double hide-a-bed and an extra thick double futon. The Red Cottage provides queen pillow-top mattresses in the bedrooms and a queen hide-a-bed.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - max 2 dogs. Contact owner to confirm rulesmax 2 dogs. Contact owner to confirm rules
Max guests: 12
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- Summer rentals are for 7 days, Saturday to Saturday check in 4pm and check out is noon
- Fall rentals can be either cottage or both. Minimum rental is 2 nights.
Baldwin is 2 miles away. Great local eateries such as Jones Ice Cream parlor (great ice cream!), Debbie's Bar and Grill and Government Lake Lodge Restaurant. Marquette Trails Golf Course (76th St) is a friendly yet challenging course that has reasonable rates.There is even the local bowling alley. Baldwin hosts the Blessing of the Bikes In May each year and the Troutarama Festival is in July. Manistee National Forest and Pere Marquette River are just a few minutes away providing great hiking, biking, hunting and fishing. Lake Michigan and great sunsets are just 30 minutes away. Charter fishing, airplane rides, and balloon rides are available. Crystal Lake and Looking for entertainment for the adults? Manistee hosts casinos and Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula are great for delicious food and wine. Even the fabulous Mackinac Island is just a couple of hours away.
Other Activities: snowmobiling
About Peggy Herman
Born in Kalamazoo MI and raised in Texas has made me a traveler. I bought these cottages in hopes of having myself a lake cottage for retirement. And I will one day! So I treat them as if I was going to be there soon and invite my guests to enjoy them until I can get back to Michigan, which I do every chance I get. I also have this great love of remodeling and decorating and so I have many projects for the cottages. We completed the re-do the living room in the red cottage by tearing out the massive (and leaning) fireplace and opened it up with more windows and higher ceilings and a new wood-buring stove. We built a concrete walkway to connect the buildings (helps keep the cottages clean) and added a new deck on the gray cottage a couple of years ago. We updated the interior of the gray cottage with new flooring, new paint and updated furniture. **2020** Added a new deck overlooking the lake. It is large (12'x32') connected to the red cottage with steps to the water just 30 feet away. Imagine breakfast at the water's edge sitting among the trees and looking at the peaceful lake.
Peggy Herman purchased this cottage in 2006
Why Peggy Herman chose Baldwin
Baldwin is where the fishing and hunting and swimming in a clean lake is. It is comfortable and clean cottages. It is summer time in northern Michigan (like the song.) It has a great fall show with all the colors and then, like I can't say enough, there is great water, great fishing, and friendly folks in nearby Baldwin.
What makes this cottage unique
The cottages look out on a wonderful lake that if you will just paddle out to the middle of the lake at night and look up at the milky way (yes, it is still there) and then be prepared to count the falling stars (last time it was 5) you will find yourself at peace, enjoying your family and company. Growing up, we always had one special trip to Lake Michigan with a bunch(!) of cousins and friends, and now when I am at the cottages, I feel like I am doing it all over again, just it is now at Whalen Lake, a lot more intimate and a lot more comfortable when we fall asleep!