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

Bedrooms 3
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 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 'smart' TV, 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 new 'smart' tv (49' in lvg rm) with Netflix and Hulu Plus access (provided), 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.

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Darlene Rushing
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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 Michigan

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 charter Township

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • 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
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

Port Huron - code word for HAPPINESS! Sandy Feet Cottage, steps to Lake Huron
average rating of 4.862069 based on 29 reviews

We LOVED Sandy Feet Cottage! I would highly recommend it to my family and friends!

  • 5 of 5

Sandy Feet is beautifully decorated and super clean. Very comfortable! Everything you may want or need is included in the price for rental. Lots to see and do for everyone, adults and kids, in this area. Darlene was WONDERFUL to work with and certainly knows how to make you feel at home. Thank You for a wonderful weekend! I can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Fun!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! The decor was nautical and beautifully done. Very clean and everything we needed was available. You can probably hear our laughter still,-- we had lots of giggles.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

As in the past, we enjoyed our time at Sandy Feet. Our host, Darlene, was very attentive. Everything we could ever need was available to us. From the décor, surroundings, beach, and shopping, we had just what we needed for our stay. My family enjoyed our time here, grilling, riding bikes, the beach, walking to the Blue Water Bridge. Thanks again, Sandy Feet!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 3 of 5

The house is amazing - it is a perfect picture of what you imagine when you think of the beach - nautically themed, nice outdoor area, covered porch. It was also incredibly well stocked with everything you could ask for from beach towels to kitchen implements.

It was however a little close the local main road, and there was a bit of a background hum outside when BBQing etc. No noise inside though.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

Sandy Feet Cottage was a fabulous experience. Everything we needed was available and the cottage was clean and charming. Darlene was attentive and easy to work with and I would definitely use the Cottage again. Thanks Darlene!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and accurately described. Very nice.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Sandy Beach! All descriptions of property are accurate. Very comfortable sleeping choices. Clean, decorated in classic cottage style yet mixed with trendy style with nostalgic touches as well. Appliances in great condition. Plenty of extras are supplied. Found this to be especially important for spur of the moment ideas. Games, Netflix, and other forms of entertainment- for days when you need to take a break from your swimming in beautiful Lake Huron. The owners were pleasant, informative and available to contact at any time. Highly recommend for a great "Up North" vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, 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 charter Township

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
3 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
Mem. Day - June 2017
26 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
August - Labor Day 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
Sept. 2017
5 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
early Winter 2017
27 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
January 2018
2 Jan 2018 - 28 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
late Winter 2018
29 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$402.03

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! If interested in an extended stay (more than 2 weeks), please call for a quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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