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Port Huron - code word for HAPPINESS! Sandy Feet Cottage, steps to Lake Huron

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 1 bath updated vintage cottage, loads of charm, short walk to beach

At the end of a row of 5 cottages, along a private street, sits a 1935 cottage, Sandy Feet, that embraces 21rst century living without letting go of its beloved past. This quaint & timeless cottage sleeps 7 - 8 comfortably in three private bedrooms (Master with king bed, 'Beach Room' with 2 XL twin beds & pullout twin trundle, & 'Bunk Room' with 2 twin bunks & antique Ranch Hand's bed). Sandy Feet's daily & weekly prices are completely *inclusive* of cleaning fees and taxes. All the basic amenities for guests (paper goods, soaps, spices/condiments & coffee/tea/hot chocolate) are included as well.

Relax at Sandy Feet in a living room with leather couch, large screen TV (Netflix & Hulu), board games & puzzles, a new kitchen, dining room, bathroom with shower, and sunroom/enclosed porch (with a small view of the lake). Located across the street from Lake Huron, a giant deck wraps around two sides of the house with gas grill, umbrella table, chairs, and loungers. The huge yard, great for badminton, bocce ball & croquet, also has a fire pit for evening bonfires. There's a garage with bikes, scooters, and all the beach toys & games imaginable for the young and young-at-heart. Grab your lightweight wagon with beach chairs, towels and cooler (provided) and head down the block to the paved path to the beach where you can gaze over miles of open water, with it's ever-changing waves & sand. And there's no better place on earth to sip a cup of morning coffee and watch the sun rise.

Sandy Feet Cottage is in a superb location in Fort Gratiot Township on the 'north end,' only 1 mile from the mall and all of the major superstores and restaurants (both local-owned favorites & all the chains) - and less than 5 min. to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Books, and Krafft 8 Movie Theater. You're in downtown Port Huron in 10 minutes, with all of the great shops, restaurants, farmer's market, River Walk, marinas and more. The picturesque vacation village of Lexington, with their great summer music series, quaint shops, fun beach and long pier walk is only 15 - 20 minutes to the north of Sandy Feet. And for those visitors not from SE Michigan, it's no more than 60 minutes to Tiger Stadium and the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit to catch a ballgame or professional theater.

This charming cottage has antique wicker in the sunroom, local vintage postcards on the walls, a very unusual antique 'ranch hand's' bed, mission rocker, maple Shaker dining set, and other retro touches. But there also is a 'smart' tv (49' in lvg rm) with Netflix and Hulu Plus provided (and very basic cable for a bit of network TV), a recently-remodeled kitchen with microwave and all needed small & large appliances, a Bluetooth music system (streams music from apps like Pandora or Spotify or play your own stored tunes in your smart phone or tablet), washer & dryer (supplies provided), and high speed internet augmented with an additional router to be sure there is plenty of strong Wi-Fi access for all of your devices. We want you to be able to relax on your vacation, so in addition to linens & towels (both bath & beach), all paper goods, shampoo, soap, spices, coffee, tea & hot chocolate are provided. There's even extra sunscreen, bug spray, toothpaste, & deodorant if needed! Cozy throws & blankets are located throughout the cottage, but a new gas forced-air furnace will make Sandy Feet toasty in an instant. And for those 'dog days' when fans & the lake breeze are not enough, there's central air conditioning. Vintage, yes, but re-imagined for the 21rst century.

In the spring of 1919, Harry S Truman returned from duty in World War I & married Elizabeth 'Bess' Wallace. The couple spent part of their honeymoon at the Harrington Hotel in Port Huron, MI. Their daughter, Margaret, wrote in her biography of Bess, 'For the rest of his life, whenever Harry Truman wanted to regain the radiance of those first days with Bess, he simply wrote 'Port Huron.' For him it was a code word for happiness.' It's our code word for happiness too, and it will be yours as well as you discover the Blue Water region and all that it has to offer on your beach vacation.

More Details

Darlene Rushing
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Darlene Rushing

We left Port Huron in 1989 for the shiny lights of the big city (Pittsburgh, PA), but our heart and home was always in the Blue Water Area. This is the place where we had our first jobs, met, fell in love, did a bunch of community theater, got married, bought our first house and made a lifetime of great friends. We kept returning most every year since leaving, renting various cottages and staying with friends. Whenever we returned, it just felt like coming home. Over the past 25 years, we've grown up and so has Port Huron. It's now a major tourist location with many beautiful (and free!) beaches, lots to do along the river and lakefront (we love the lighthouse), and an increasingly-dynamic downtown with great antique stores, shops, restaurants & coffee shops. For convenience, there's the Birchwood Mall and the vast assortment of superstores on the north end less than 1 mile from the cottage, which was just farmland, Cheap Charlie's, Kmart and McDonald's when we left. We found that with each visit, we found more and more to do and see in this fabulous region as well as visiting with all of our wonderful friends.

Darlene Rushing purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Darlene Rushing chose Fort Gratiot Township

In addition to Port Huron, we've traveled the world renting homes, cottages and apartments, all across the US and in Sicily, Turkey, Ecuador, Canada, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal, Mexico, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Belgium and more. After years of renting others, it's great to have a cottage like Sandy Feet to call our own, and to share with family and friends, both old and new!

What makes this cottage unique

Sandy Feet charmed us with the many features that have been unchanged over the past 80 years - the proximity to the beautiful Lake Huron, a little-used beach in a quiet residential neighborhood of cottages & homes, the three giant trees in the yard (especially the enormous pine tree in front), the great wood wainscoting in the 'Beach Room' (original living room), the log wood-grooved exterior visible on the enclosed porch and the Bunk Room, and the original wood front door with beveled glass and skeleton key. And the fact that it's at the end of dead-end private street with a spacious yard and huge deck. As time goes on, we plan to continue restoring this 1935 cottage back to more of it's historic origins while enjoying all four seasons along Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Mostly, we plan on relishing more opportunities to come back to our heart's home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Fort Gratiot Township

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Noise - Fort Gratiot Township has a noise ordinance from 9 PM to 8 AM which must be observed by all guests. Violators will be immediately evicted.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Shower only, no tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Large closet & dresser in addition to luxurious king bed
    Bedroom 2 - Beach Room - 3 single bed , 2 XL twin mattresses plus 3rd twin trundle, large closet
    Bedroom 3 - Bunk Room - 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed , 1 bunk bed with 2 twin mattresses, plus 'skinny' twin bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Port Huron - code word for HAPPINESS! Sandy Feet Cottage, steps to Lake Huron
average rating of 4.868421 based on 38 reviews
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Excellent hosts and stay near Lake Huron

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is very cozy, nautically decorated with many vintage items and full of everything you could want during your stay. It is very clean and well-maintained, so it was easy to feel at home. The beds were very comfortable and while it's a cottage, the layout felt roomy for everyone. Air conditioning worked great on a super hot weekend. The beach is a two minute walk. It's small and shared with others, but never got overly crowded while we were there, and once you're on the lake, it's irrelevant anyway. The kids loved looking for rocks and found many Petoskey stones. The beach is pebbly and very hard to walk on barefoot so definitely bring water shoes. There is a very big sandbar with waist-high water within swimming /floating distance that became our home base for water games. We used beach chairs and floaties provided and brought our own kayaks which we walked down to the beach. The cottage is on dead-end road across from houses that face the water. The cottage does not back up to main road (there is another property behind it), but the road traffic noise was noticeable during the day, and less so at night. We used air conditioning so can't say if it's noticeable if you're indoors and windows are open. There is a cute screened porch which gives a long-distance view of the water between the across-the-street neighbors' yards, but it was really too hot to enjoy while we were there. The neighbors we talked to were very nice and we saw a few coming and going. Lexington is a great town a 20-minute drive north with nice restaurants and shops and public beach and breakwater you can walk out on. Totally recommend if you're looking to enjoy the Michigan great lakes a short drive from metro area.

  • Review Submitted: 05/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay at Sandy Feet Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five highly enjoyed our stay at Sandy Feet Cottage! We are from Port Huron, and we appreciated having our own place to call home while we visited with relatives and friends. The cottage is darling and has all the amenities included! We will definitely consider repeating here when we visit again! Thanks for everything, Darlene!

  • Review Submitted: 23/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Everything you need to stay like it's home

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed having a convenient place to land, with kitchen and laundry. It was 0 degree weather when we were there, so no lake action for us! But we very much enjoyed the location for the convenience of all the stores and restaurants on the north end. Also, we liked having a garage to park our car in, so we did not need to clear off snow or ice. Having Netflix, we got started on a bunch of shows new to us, think we will get that service now that we are home.

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Currently live in Sitka, AK

A wonderful home away from home where you can relax and have no worries !

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at Sandy Feet. Once in the Spring for a few weeks and this time for 2 months. Both were to have and recover from surgeries. Darlene is a wonderful host and has her home stocked with everything one needs to be comfortable. I love this house because it’s clean, quiet, and I feel safe there as I was a single woman most of my stay. It’s s great place for a family as well because there is everything you would want for entertainment! Indoors or out, the RUSHING’s have thought of everything!

Instructions on how to check in and out are clear and thorough. I highly recommend this beautifully decorated cottage for your next stay when you come to Michigan. You will be happy you did!!

  • Review Submitted: 20/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Kept Secret on Lake Huron

  • 5 of 5

This little gem has it all. Just when you think you have to run to the store for extra plates, a colander, olive oil, spices, laundry detergent. . .and much more, you just open a cupboard and there it is. The owners have thoughtfully, thought of everything! In the evening you can sink down into the couch and watch multiple shows and movies on either Netflix, Amazon, and more. That is if your group can agree on what to what with over 1000 choices. Then when you are finished for the day, you can sink into the most comfortable beds and from the master bed room fall asleep with a nice glimpse of the lake. During the day we used the paddle board that is provided to guests and in the evening we used the ping pong table in the garage for a little competition. This is just a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful offerings of the Lake and Port Huron. It has everything you could possibly want and more!

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Time was Had by All!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sandy Feet! Darlene is very professional and responsive and has thought of everything. You really just need to bring clothes and groceries. There is plenty of paper products and condiments. We very much appreciated the use of the wagon, boogie boards, and beach chairs. Do bring water shoes as Lake Huron is very rocky. Each person in our family had a favorite spot in the cottage...mine was the screened in porch in the morning and during an afternoon thunderstorm. We had family over for dinner on the deck and was very appreciative of how nice and how many deck chairs were available. Thanks so much for a wonderful time. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 19/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cheap Charlies, Tally Ho, Freighters
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Marine City, MI from Sombra, Ontario
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Black River Country Club - open to public
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak Station, Port Huron
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Cottage is approx. 5 miles north of end of I-94.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Lots of options, locally-owned & national chains
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Pine Knob in Clarkston (or x-country on the beach)
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Down the block to short path - 5 min. walk!
Car: recommended

The Blue Water area is a year-round destination! The beach and waterfront on Lake Huron & the St. Clair River are amazing no matter the season. There are festivals & fairs in all of the nearby towns nearly every weekend in June, July and August (Yale Bologna Festival, Lexington Art Fair, Floatdown, Antique Yard Sale Trail, & many more) and lots of fall, winter and spring events & activities as well (Festival of Trees, St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl & Parade, Tom & Jerrys during December at the famous Brass Rail Bar, fresh apple picking, cider mills and Christmas tree farms). Port Huron's most famous July event is the Bayview Yacht Club's 'Port Huron to Mackinac Sailboat Race', the largest freshwater sailing event of its kind in the world. With over 300 contestants, the event brings boaters and tourists from all over the world to what has become a week-long festival of parades, vendors, and parties. And the start off of the race happens right in front of the beach at Sandy Feet Cottage!

Sixty miles north of Detroit, Port Huron is the seat of St. Clair County. St. Clair County is known as the Blue Water Area because its eastern and southern boundaries are formed by the waters of Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair. The St. Clair River forms the natural boundary between the United States and Canada. The river flows along the southern part of the city until it reaches the twin Blue Water Bridges under which is the mouth of Lake Huron.

The bridges link Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario making this beautiful community unique. These magnificent side-by-side spans offer unlimited opportunities for year-round fun and recreation. The views are pretty incredible, too! The huge freighters from all over the world that make their way through the river & under the bridges are a breath-taking sight. More freighters pass under the Blue Water Bridge than flows through the Suez and Panama Canals combined. The historic Fort Gratiot Lighthouse (1829) is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, and tours are available May through December. We also love the tours of the historic lightship, the Huron.

Sandy Feet Cottage is located in Fort Gratiot Township, with not only the small, neighborhood beach (shared with just a handful of vintage cottages on our block), but lots of other free, large beach options just a few miles in either direction. These larger park facilities (city, township, county and state parks) have hiking trails, playgrounds, concession stands and more; and all less than 5 miles from the cottage. Port Huron and views of the St. Clair River are just a few miles to the south of the cottage, with its restored Main Street of quaint shops, antique stores, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Lexington, with it's wonderful marina, free public beach and more quaint shops (and numerous music events & festivals in the summer) is located just 15 - 20 minutes north of Sandy Feet Cottage.

These are just a few of the many recreational, sporting, eating, relaxing and plain old fun that you can have while vacationing in this terrific region. Or, there's always books, games, puzzles and simply resting at the cottage on the beach, on the porch or around the campfire at the fire pit. Do lots or nothing at all!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Fort Gratiot Township

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018, high season
29 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
early Fall 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
late Fall 2018
29 Oct 2018 - 20 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2018
21 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 22 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day 2019
23 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 1 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
early Fall 2019
2 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
late Fall 2019
1 Nov 2019 - 26 Nov 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2019
27 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$404.34

All-inclusive price - cleaning and taxes are included in the rental amount. Included in the price are also all basic necessities for your stay - paper goods, soaps, & even coffee, tea and hot chocolate!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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