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Hikers, Bikers, Birders Delight only 1 hour from Chicago!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom cottage.

This is a lovingly-decorated cottage with a nautical theme in the least-touristy Indiana Dunes beach town: Miller Beach. It is the perfect place to get away from it all for a weekend or longer stay. We are within walking distance to the lovely Lake Street beach, and a quick drive or walk to Marquette Park, which has been restored and re-landscaped recently and is stunning. We are even closer to the gorgeous Miller Woods Trail and Douglas Center. The Douglas Center hosts everything from nature walks to kid classes, all free. We are also close to jogging and biking trails. Miller Beach is a funky, artistic community with several outstanding restaurants, a celebrated microbrew pub, and a Sunday farmer's market, among other things. We are close to Portage, which has more mainstream chain restaurants, a roller rink, and a bowling alley. The South Shore line runs from Chicago to Miller frequently and takes exactly one hour. The drive from the city is also around an hour, sometimes less.

Our family uses this house so it is fully outfitted for a family and guests to enjoy the beach and hiking trails ad family time at home. We have a ton of beach stuff like chairs and coolers and toys, yard sports like frisbee, badminton and croquet, board games, and toys for your children to play with like a train set, blocks, and numerous books. We also have a record player and a lot of records for you to enjoy, a vintage console tv that gets Roku (Netflix and Amazon Prime and Boomerang) and a DVD player and collection of movies to watch.

More Details

Sarah Boone
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Sarah Boone

We live in Chicago and rent out th first floor of our building there, in addition to our Miller Beach property. So, we are experienced hosts. We travel a lot and love to read and learn.

Sarah Boone purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Sarah Boone chose Miller Beach

We feel in love with Miller Beach and were so excited when we found a cute house there. We love the beach, so we wanted to be within walking distance or easy driving distance but we love the woods even more. We are right next to the Miller Woods. If you are a hiker or a walker it takes no time at all to be in these beautiful wood and feel like you are a million miles away. Also, our home in Chicago has a tiny yad and this one has a nice big yard. We love being able to play frisbee, croquet, and hang out in a hammock in Miller Beach and really feel like we are on vacation.

What makes this cottage unique

Miller Beach is SO CLOSE to Chicago.

Miller is undergoing a little artistic renaissance and it is fun to see all these new places opening up and people working together to make the community a better place. It is not a cookie-cutter resort town.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Miller Beach in Gary

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Kid Bunkroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Bunkbed, pplus 2 air mattresses
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , this a bunkbed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Hikers, Bikers, Birders Delight only 1 hour from Chicago!
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Wonderful artsy funky surpringly large comfy home

  • 4 of 5

My blended family from all corners of the US all drove in to Gary, a little nervous of the location at first, then once we stepped inside the property, everyone fell in love with the charm, warmth and retro-vintage-funky vibe of the place and all of the perfect placed vintage collectibles (books, toys, TV, record player and record collection, games, new kids toys, bunk beds, soft luxury linens, storage space, beach gear, high-end cookware and flatware, and appliances). You can see Lake Michigan from the end of the street you turn in on to get to the property. Screened in porch with air hockey and fooseball table, art supplies, fire pit, swing with awning, deck off the dining room... The list goes on and on. I gained so many points for finding this little gem for my family and was able to accommodate ten people around the dinner table for a full on Thanksgiving dinner with all the sides that I prepared there in that kitchen. I will always have the fondest memories of Thanksgiving 2017, and Sarah made it all possible. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oak Park

Lovely beach vacation home.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, and everything in it - ship models, maps, books. The location is very peaceful, and the deck looks out over the adjoining forest. There were many birds at sundown, and the area is very quiet. We hiked to the Lake Street beach several times, and enjoyed the laid-back feel of Miller Beach. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
18th Street Brewery
Nearest Train
1 Miles
South Shore Line
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Chicago Skyway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Carribean 444
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Street Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £56.39
Damage Insurance £44.36

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.