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Big Bear Lodge! Beautiful Log Home Close to Great Beach!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 232 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Located in Long Beach, Indiana, this home, that we call 'BIG BEAR LODGE' is less than a 5-minute walk to beautiful Lake Michigan private beach. Newer Log Home with master bedroom w/king size bed and futon with bath on 1st floor and 3 bedrooms (2 queen beds,3 twin beds and 1 trundle bed) on 2nd floor with bath. We have desk on 1st floor with Broadband Internet access for your lap top computer. We find this very useful for people who must stay in contact with their office. There is also an additional powder room on 1st floor. The kitchen adjoins large dining area with table that will seat 10-12. The great room and open floor plan are great for family gatherings. The 1st floor has an attached screened in porch that leads out to backyard deck equipped with patio furniture, table and gas grill. The 1st floor is approx 1500 sq. ft. There is an attached 4-car garage with a pool table and Foos Ball Table.

Drive 10 minutes to the 'Lighthouse Prime Outlet Mall” or drive north 10 minutes to New Buffalo Michigan for all the great restaurants and shopping. You are able to rent boats at Marina in Michigan City or New Buffalo (both 10 minutes away).

Amenities: Fireplace, Air Conditioning zoned for each floor, Cable Large screen TV, DVD Player (with great selections) VCR, CD Stereo, Computer with High speed Broadband, Fax, Fully equipped Kitchen, Microwave, Compactor, Blenders, Washer and Dryer, Ice maker, Gas BBQ Grill ,3 sets Golf Clubs, Misc. Beach Toys and Chairs. Sheets and towels are provided. BRING YOUR OWN BEACH TOWELS and toiletries. NO PETS. NO SMOKING.

Activities: . Roast marshmallows at fire pit in backyard or have bon fire at beach. Bike the neighborhood or up and down LAKE SHORE DRIVE. Play golf at one of many courses nearby. ( there are some clubs at house for your use.)

Fishing, Swimming, Boating, Parasailing, Water Park nearby and Zoo. Indiana Dunes or Warren Dunes in Michigan 15-20 minutes away. Michigan City Blue Chip casino is 10 minutes away. Harbor Country from Michiana to Warren Dunes is 5 minutes to 20 minutes away.

Area: Chicago- Downtown 1 hour

Chicago Ohare Airport- 1 1/2 hours

Indianapolis- 2 hours

South Haven, Mi.- 1 hour

South Bend/Notre Dame- 1/2 hour

Detroit - 3 1/2 hours


Louis - 5 1/2 hours

Louisville- 5 hours

Cedar Rapids- 5 hours

Toledo- 3 hours

More Details

Bob Gibson
Member since: 2002
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 May, 2017

About Bob Gibson

Please review guests comments on site, that will tell you a lot about me.

Bob Gibson purchased this house in 2003

Guestbook comments from the owner

Elzbieta 1/3/12 3:21 PM (4 hours ago)

Hi Bob , I put the house key in the mail today . We all want to thank you for renting us your beautiful house. We enjoyed the time we got to spend there , the "game room " in the garage was all the guys could ask for but all the ladies loved seating by the fireplace , watching movies and taking walks on the beach .We hope to have a chance to come back in the summer . We can only imagine how much fun it is to be there at that time of the year. We have rented so many houses in the past 7 - 8 years , but yours is the winner !

Thank you so much Bob and Have a Happy New Year !
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Michigan City

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 232 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , sleeps 4
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , sleeps 2
    Bedroom 4 - 3 single bed , sleeps 3
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , sleeps 2
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Big Bear Lodge! Beautiful Log Home Close to Great Beach!
average rating of 4.970149 based on 68 reviews

Great stay at Big Bear

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Stayed at Big Bear for a girls weekend. Close to great shopping and just a short walk to a beautiful beach. Highly recommend. Can't wait to plan another trip to Big Bear.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much, hope to see you again. Bob
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Chicago, IL USA


  • 5 of 5

I've been coming here for years!! Well, this was our 3rd year staying & boy was the family pumped!!! Driving up, the car stereo was playing "Holiday Rooooooooad" the whole way up as we anticipated a family fun vacation!

Big Bear Lodge......has now become an annual trip for our family for a little summer vacation! I already reviewed this lodge a few years ago, but thought it was due for a quick updated 2014 review. The lodge is very spacious and has lots of sleeping areas (please scroll thru the online photos for a better idea). Our family had 8 adults & 3 small there was plenty of room. Heck if you want you could even crash on a couch if needed! or if the wife/girlfriend gets mad at you, you can sleep on the front porch or screen room!

The house looks the same with several couches to sit on, a flat screen tv, several chairs for the front porch, & big kitchen table for all your eating needs or even late night games of Uno!! The walk to the beach isn't that far away, but be careful when walking there as some drivers go kinda fast! The beach itself is very nice. Now please don't be fooled by the amount of rocks you may see down by the water. That my friends is because the water level in Lake Michigan is either rising or going down. It was rocky the first day we went down but then all sandy the next day! You are minutes away from several fun activities, such as going for a tasty burger, or to the grocery store, or to New Buffalo, or for ice cream and even to go golf! The Lighthouse Mall is probably the furthest we had to drive. Overall, everything is pretty close! The only negatives was the ice maker on the fridge wasn't working (luckily we bought some ice bags anyway) and the couches had a few holes in it. Couches may be in need of an upgrade, but over all everything else was great! One thing we learned, Indiana does NOT SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAY'S! So please plan according if you're looking to tie one on!

You can take the bikes out for a spin, or shoot some pool and the addtion of the huge beach umbrella to take to the beach was awseome! Just awesome! secret tip, the tv in the upstairs bedroom also plays PAC MAN! That came in handy after a few cold beers several nights! As always it was a good time had by all. I'd highly recommend this house to anyone who is looking to get away for a little R & R. Big Bob, we thank you again for letting us rent out the house for our 2014 Family vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Bear made Christmas merry!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Big Bear for a week over Christmas and the house really made our holiday. It is a beautiful, clean house with plenty of room for our family. The layout made it perfect for us to have our small baby in the master and allow for the younger crowd to enjoy the upstairs without having to worry about noise. They even had a Christmas tree up! We had everything we needed to relax and enjoy the holiday with the rest of our family in the area. Thanks, Big Bear. We would definitely stay again and hope to visit you in the summer one of these days!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Il

Fall Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Bob for a great weekend. My sisters and nieces and I had a wonderful time sitting in the great room and enjoying the fire. We had planned on having a back yard fire but the weather did not permit. Instead we took a quick walk down to the beach (dodging rain drops) and marveled at the beauty of Lake Michigan. You have a great property and we will be back soon.


  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much, glad you enjoyed the time.
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Western Springs, IL

Big Bear has it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd stay at Big Bear and each time, we're blown away by Bob's generosity. He has bicycles, a regulation pool table, beach supplies, games galore and a GARAGE for your personal use. The kitchen/dining area is both huge and cozy at the same time. Living room so spacious you could throw a party (no worries, we didn't). Fireplace is a plus, as well as the fire pit in the back yard. And leaving the ingredients for smores was so sweet - pun intended. House was immaculate upon arrival. The beach is just a short stroll from the house; loved coming back after watching sunsets to find deer grazing on neighbor's lawns. I would recommend Big Bear to any and everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muskegon Michigan

Spacious and Lovely Lodge!

  • 5 of 5

Eleven of us stayed at Big Bear Lodge for our annual Girl's Weekend! Although we refer to ourselves as Girl's most of us are in our 60's! We loved the open floor plan, and spacious kitchen, the screened in porch was also nice and relaxing! Spent lots of time sitting around the dining room table playing Trivia and snacking. Took in the Light House Outlets and The Blue Chip Casino! The beach is a short walk and we encountered many friendly neighbors, a few deer and even a friendly fox! Skipped rocks at the beach and took lots of pictures. We were blessed with wonderful weather and had the best weekend! Thank you Bob for sharing your comfortable home, and we would love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Less than a 1 hour drive to downtown Chicago and 10 minute drive to New Buffalo Michigan, Indiana Sand Dunes


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Michigan City

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
17 Jun 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add A$63 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit A$631.7
cleaning fee for 2- 8 A$252.68
Pet Fee A$505.36
Tax Rate 5.0%

All rates are subject to change depending on number of people occupying residence.
Minimum Age Requirement: Must be 25 years of age to rent this property.

Cash,Check 30 days in advance or Pay Pay with an additional 2% fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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