image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image

Far Niente

Union Pier, Michigan

Sun filled, central open plan kitchen with sky lights, screen porch, deck and gardens, fire pit, all 1½ blocks to 2 Lake Michigan beaches

Rental: $2,755/week

Location: Union Pier, Michigan

Highlights: Sun filled, sky lights, central open plan kitchen with sky lights, screen porch, deck and gardens, fire pit, all 1½ blocks to 2 Lake Michigan beaches

See more photos Print page

Inquire About This Property


$2,755.00  Available only Mon-Mon, July 9-15, 2018

About Far Niente

Far Niente means “sweet to do nothing.” It is the perfect name for this cottage. See yourself enjoying care-free days on the beach, or a quiet nap in the hammock or sunroom. Plan an activity, such as a round of golf or a tour of a local winery. Or, better yet, plan on “doing nothing.” (Far Niente also refers to the Far Niente Winery founded in 1886 in California.)

With 2100 square feet, “Far Niente” has an open floor plan; 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, living room, kitchen, office space, dining area and a beamed-ceiling 3-season sunroom. The sunroom, the dining room and the master bedroom all access the large back deck. The deck itself overlooks a blooming perennial garden and shady yard, enclosed by a crisp white picket fence. The cottage features skylights, a gourmet kitchen area and a harvest table that seats at least 8. The deck features seating, a dining area and a state-of-the-art Weber gas grill. Freshly painted and decorated, “Far Niente” is waiting for your family to come and enjoy.
In the evening, after you stroll back from the soft-sand beaches which Midwest Living magazine ranks “#1 place to watch a sunset,” you can huddle up with a book, or play a family game.


  • The cottage is in Union Pier, Michigan. Union Pier is 4 miles north of New Buffalo, Michigan and is the second village in the string of villages of New Buffalo, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer and Bridgman, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, and then there is Three Oaks to the east not to be missed.
  • The area is called Harbor Country and it is 50 to 75 miles from Chicago (depending where in Chicago or the suburbs you are coming from.) It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to drive from the city or from any of the western Illinois suburbs (ex: Aurora is 100 miles & 2 hours). The AMTRAC train leaves Chicago twice a day and returns the same.
  • The cottage is between Lake Michigan/ Lakeshore Road and the Red Arrow Highway–the most desirable peninsula of cottages that are treasured for their closeness to the beaches.

Far Niente’s Cottage Layout

  • The gourmet  kitchen, living room with fireplace, the office space and the dining area are designed as an open plan. They face the sliding glass doors to the deck and the gardens.
  • The kitchen and office space are sun lit by sky lights. There is a sunroom,( or 3-season porch) with an exposed beam ceiling and more sliding glass doors to the deck with windows on 3 sides facing the gardens.
  • The dinning room harvest table seats 8 and there are 3 alternative dining tables, one on the back deck and another in sunroom.
  • The deck overlooks a blooming perennial garden and a shady yard, enclosed by a crisp white picket fence. The deck has lounge chairs, a patio table and a state of the art Weber gas grill.

 3 bedrooms and 3 baths

  • The master bedroom:  king bed / private bath/shower
  • The 1st guest room: 2 twin beds
  • The 2nd guest room:  queen bed
  • The 2 guest rooms share the 2 bathrooms. One tub, one shower only
  • One sofa can be used for 7th person to sleep on in dining room or living room

The beaches

  • Far Niente is just a 3 minute walk to 3 of Lake Michigan’s finest beaches–beaches which were just ranked as the #1 place to watch the sunset by Midwest Living Magazine. One beach has a gradual sandy slope (Berrien Street) and the other (Miller Beach) has a set of stairs.

There are at least 6 public beaches very close by:

  • McKinley Beach 1 ½  block away
  • Miller Beach 1 ¼  blocks the other direction
  • Berrien Beach, the only one without stairs, about 1/2 mile away.
  •  Cherry Beach you can drive to and park 3 miles away.
  • Town Line Road Beach, 8 blocks away
  • Warren Dunes State Park, 6 miles north

Kitchen Amenities

  • Sky lights in center of kitchen area
  • Granite counters
  • All kitchen utensils; silverware, serving pieces and dishes you would ever need.
  • Dishwasher, microwave, coffee-maker, ice-maker.
  • Basic foods: ketchup, salt and pepper, etc.
  • Basic paper products: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins

Other Amenities

  • Central air conditioning  and heat
  • Laundry room: washer and dryer
  • Linens: sheets, bath towels, beach towels, soaps
  • All new furniture interspersed with country antiques

Outdoor Features

  • Gas grill with electric starter
  • Perennial gardens
  • Back deck and small front porch and stone patio
  • Outdoor fire pit for s’mores and story telling
  • 3-season porch with another dining

Communication and Entertainment

  • Internet connections: WIFI, DVD & CD players, with some DVD’s and CD’s
  • Three TV’s: 1 is a 47″ flat screen; the others two are smaller, one in the master and one in the guest room.
  • Cable
  • Board games, books puzzles, some toys
  • No telephone in cottage; bring cell phone; they work fine


  • One car in the drive and 1 car carefully parked on street—off road. No more cars allowed than two.

Activities in the area

  • Art Fairs, Children’s Museum and carousel (St. Joseph, Michigan to the north) Michigan Dunes State Park (8 miles north of Union Pier). Fishing and kayaking in the Galien River (New Buffalo), Hesston Steam Train Museum (near LaPorte, IN) and a smaller train museum in Chamber of Commerce, (New Buffalo) Or just do the Red Arrow Highway ramble and see it all.
  • Golf, tennis, shopping, kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, antiquing, live theater, miniature golf, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, cinema/movie theaters, museums, Zoo, restaurants, hiking.
  • Many shops in New Buffalo, antique stores up the Red Arrow Highway, Farmers Markets, beer breweries (Sawyer) and wineries abound. Restaurants galore. Walk the beaches for miles. Or, it is “sweet to do nothing.”


  • Kid friendly
  • Smoking not allowed