The Sandtrap Cottage

The Sandtrap is a cottage located in "Harbor Country" Michigan in the quiet little town of Lakeside. The Sandtrap is available for rent on a daily, weekly, or semi-monthly basis and includes access to a private beach. There are many exciting things to do in Harbor Country, and we hope that you will stay with us and take advantage of the area's diversified activities.


Jan and Frank Tomecek
P.O. Box 88, Lakeside, MI 49116
(269) 469-4859

About The Cottage

The Sandtrap has four bedrooms (one king, two fulls, one double twin, and a double/trundle bed in the porch area) and two bathrooms. It can comfortably sleep ten adults. A deck and a large yard can accommodate plenty of outdoor activities including croquet, badminton, and volleyball.

The Sandtrap is equipped with the following:

  • Kitchen: New electric stove, microwave, toaster, 10 cup coffee pot with one package of filters, pots & pans, lids, serving dishes, wine opener, measuring spoons/cups, kitchen towels, potholders, 7 trash bags, and 3 rolls of paper towels. Large cooking pots are available.
  • Dining area: Plates, drinking glasses, bowls, coffee cups, utensils and knives
  • Living area: A VCR and cable TV, assorted puzzles and games, fireplace and a stocked wood pile
  • Outdoors: Charcoal grill with utensils, picnic table and 10 chairs, large hammock,
  • Bathroom: 3 rolls of Toilet paper, bar soap, toilet cleaner/brush, plunger
  • Cleaning supplies: Broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, canister vacuum, small ironing board and iron
  • Safety: Smoke detector and first aid supplies are on the premises

For an additional charge, we will provide one set of sheets per bed, one bath towel, one hand towel, and one washcloth per person. If you are staying longer than a week, you are responsible for laundering items at your discretion. Some renters prefer to bring their own bed pillows.

There are no washer/dryer facilities in the cottage. A Laundromat is located in New Buffalo.

There is NO telephone in the cottage.


About Your Stay

Beach Access: The beach access is about a block away, and you must descend 134 stairs (Yes, 134). Beach chairs and sand toys are available upon request. If you choose to bring your own beach items, they may be stored at the base of the stairs. You cannot launch a boat from the property.

Pets: Please inform us if you plan to bring a pet. You must have 100% control of the animal and PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOUR PET HAS BEEN TREATED FOR FLEAS AND TICKS.

Check in/out: The official check in time is 3:00 P.M. MICHIGAN TIME (remember that we are one hour later than Chicago) and Check Out time is 11:00 A.M. Example: If you arrive on Sunday at 3:00 P.M., and leave Wednesday at 11:00 A.M., your stay time would be 3 days. Saturday at 3:00 until the following Sunday at 11:00 would be a total of 8 days.  You may check in earlier or remain a few hours longer depending on whether or not another party is leaving/arriving at the cottage on the same day. Please refer to the contract stipulations for your rental period. 

Rental Fees: The cottage rental fees are determined by the number of people occupying the house. Call or e-mail us for current rates.

Detailed Information (Downloads)


Step 1: Get around the lake

I-94 East is the ultimate goal. It can be reached by taking I-294 South to I-80 East or direct from the city via the I-90/I-94 East (Dan Ryan Expressway.) The Dan Ryan splits into I-94 (Calumet Exprwy.) and I-90 (Skyway). The Skyway is quicker (and has less traffic) at a high cost of tolls. Take Exit 21 (Detroit-Lake Station) to get back on I-94 East.

Step 2: Exit 6, Union Pier, MI

After crossing the Indiana-Michigan border (there is a rest area at the border), continue on I-94 for another 6 miles until you reach Exit 6 for Union Pier. Follow the map below to the cottage.

Travel Notes
  • Travel time from downtown Chicago is approximately one hour and twenty minutes.
  • Michigan is in the Eastern time zone and is always one hour ahead of Chicago. Plan any meeting times or reservations accordingly.
  • Michigan City is in Indiana - don't worry about passing up all the exits for it.