USA Michigan Lake Michigan New Buffalo Listing #48478

Happy Thoughts Cottage - New Buffalo, MI

28 reviews
Max. occupancy: 4 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom No pets 
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Adorable Downtown Cottage w/ Firepit, Fireplace, WiFi, & Yard - Walk Everywhere!

With incredible wall-to-wall windows that let the natural light pour in, this quaint cottage tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of New Buffalo will place you mere blocks from the heart of downtown. Step inside to find a beautifully maintained, air-conditioned space with whimsical decor, vaulted ceilings, and an open-concept kitchen and dining area that give the home a decidedly spacious feel. Enjoy a kitchen with every essential and a peninsula breakfast bar, a dining space with a beautiful wood table, and a living room with a large, comfortable sectional sofa, a gas-powered fireplace, and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV.

Soak up the summer sunshine outside on the front deck, where cafe tables and chairs overlook the large, fenced-in yard with a lush lawn, mature trees, and an in-ground firepit surrounded by comfortable Adirondack chairs. There's also a rear patio with a grill for outdoor cooking, a table with seating for four, and an outdoor shower to welcome you home from New Buffalo Beach (three-quarters of a mile north) each afternoon. At night, two comfortable bedrooms - one with a queen-size bed and one with a pair of twin beds - and a full bathroom are adjacent to the kitchen.

And for those who love a nice stroll, downtown New Buffalo is only a two blocks away, offering great shopping and wonderful eateries such as Bentwood Tavern, Stray Dog Saloon, David's Deli, and Casey's, to name just a few.

Things to know:
Free high-speed WiFi
Full kitchen
Streaming TV services available
Outdoor shower
Cornhole game provided
Parking for two cars

This property is managed by Vacasa Michigan, LLC.

City/town permit number: 22-0023

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Kitchen & dining





Beach access





DVD library

DVD player

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Nearby activities & attractions

Golf nearby

On-site activities

Board games


Gas grill : Private


Beach chairs



Enclosed yard

28 reviews

Maureen R. Nov 2022
Loved the bungalow. Very clean and in a quiet neighborhood. Very close to downtown New Buffalo. Would definitely stay there again
Bruce G. Oct 2022
Clean, quiet and easy access to town
Amanda L. Oct 2022
We love Happy Thoughts.
The location is wonderful.
It is a very welcoming and homey cabin that is well appointed and maintained.
Debbie W. Aug 2022
The cottage was just what we needed. Close to everything and meet comfortable. Great for walking around and enjoying new buffalo. We took the train and really didn’t need a car.
Debbie G. Aug 2022
Beautiful cottage with everything you need for a wonderful stay. Walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. Highly recommend for couples getaway.
Elizabeth B. Jul 2022
Coffee at the fire pit in the morning
Chelsea M. Jul 2022
My family of 4 had a nice stay at Happy Thoughts Cottage during our first trip to New Buffalo. It is located close to the restaurants and shops on a shady lot that feels very private from the street. We were able to bike to restaurants and ice cream shops, which was really great.
I will say that it is not an ideal place for very young kids. There isn't space in either of the bedrooms for a pack n play. We had to construct a border of pillows and blankets to keep our toddler (who usually sleeps in a crib) from falling off the twin bed. Additionally, there are lots of breakable decorations hung very low- so I found myself chasing him around most of the time- making sure he didn't break anything. And the glass shower enclosure makes bathing a small child challenging.
The decor is quirky. The beds, in general, were pretty hard and the sheets scratchy. Nothing major, but definitely worth noting.
All in all we had a very nice stay. None of the issues were major- just things to be aware of before booking.
Pam K. Jul 2022
The home was roomy comfortable. Even though we were in a neighborhood we felt like we were in a park like setting with beautiful trees and flowers. Definitely recommend this place for a Michigan getaway.
Ann C. May 2022
Secluded and beautiful property but so close to town. We loved the 4 seasons room with all its windows and comfortable seating. Very well appointed, comfortable and clean with lots of personal touches.
ALLISON F. May 2022
We booked this cottage for a girls weekend and it was great. Firepit outside, cozy sitting area inside, and very eclectic and fun decor. Would book again.
Burak S. Apr 2022
Clean,Organized beautiful cottage.
Had great time , highly recommended.
Madison L. Feb 2022
We had a great time staying at Happy Thoughts Cottage for our weekend getaway in New Buffalo. The home was very clean, cozy, and conveniently located to the lake, grocery store, shops, casino, and restaurants. I loved the tall ceilings in the kitchen/dining area and beautiful living room. The kitchen also had everything we needed to cook with. We will definitely be returning in the future.
Jacqui E. Nov 2021
Accommodation was in a good area, walkable. House was clean but had cobwebs in some of the decor. Beds were small and uncomfortable. Kitchen was nice and well appointed.
Would return to new buffalo (excellent food scene) but would not rent this house again.
Manager response:
Jacqui, thank you for your review. We apologize for any cleanliness issues you experienced; please know this is not a common occurrence. We are sorry for any discomfort the beds caused. While they are in good working order, each guest has their own unique preferences. We appreciate your feedback as a means to improve and hope to have the opportunity to better impress you in the future.
Ryan S. Sep 2021
Perfect getaway cottage in New Buffalo. Comfortable to sleep. Great common area inside and fire pit outside. Walk to town in minutes.
Marie W. Jul 2021
The location of the cottage was perfect. We walked to the beach and ice cream nightly. It was a great starting point for our adventures.
Gina S. Jun 2021
Location near the beach is great. The fire pit in front is perfect!
Abby M. Mar 2021
Wonderful home for a couple or family get away. Home is cozy, clean, close to downtown. Adorable house and yard.
Kai . Jul 2019
Wonderful! We loved the home and its location
Ken . Feb 2018
Could not have been better. Wanted for nothing. It was a great experience.
Shannon . Sep 2017
we loved the house, it was cozy & perfect for a quick family getaway.
David . Aug 2017
Spectacular. We`d be happy to stay there again, at any time of the year.
Dale . Dec 2016
The Happy Thoughts Cottage is a delightful find. We shared the cottage with another couple. Clean and accommodating. Anxious to plan another get away to the area, my wife and I will be back over winter and just hunker in. The cottage is wonderful!
Barbara . Nov 2016
This group of women is thrilled to have been part of the inaugural season of Happy Thoughts cottage! It was comfortable, charming, clean and convenient and one of our favorite rentals in Harbor Country. On one rainy morning, we discussed how we wouldn`t even mind spending the day inside with a good book and just enjoying the charm of the this lovely home! One of the first things we did on arrival was to bring our drinks and snacks outside to the relaxing sitting area around the firepit and and discuss our plans for the weekend. Everything was impeccably clean, both inside and out. We enjoyed some favorite local restaurants Stray Dog and Casey`s and some delicious crepes just up the street from the house. An easy drive into Three Oaks to Journeyman Distillery, Staymakers restaurant, shopping and a movie; and the usual treks up and down Red Arrow for some unique antique stores, gift shops and eateries.