Pine Garth

2-Night Stay at Pine Garth in Union Pier, MI

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Historical Country Estate next to Lake Michigan

At the turn of the 20th century, successful Chicagoans began flocking to the less-crowded southeastern side of Lake Michigan to spend their summers in private vacation cottages along the shore. One of these Chicagoans, an urban industrialist, built his on a lakeside bluff. The building now constitutes the main house of Pine Garth, a collection of guesthouses located across the street from a 100-foot stretch of Lake Michigan beach. Travel writer Bob Puhala praised Pine Garth for its "breathtaking vistas" in his 2001 book Recommended Country Inns, while the Chicago Tribune noted the inn's "loads of homey touches—a mix of antiques and twig furnishings, books and plants, and flowers in each room."

The property's five guesthouses vary in size and style. Some have the rustic trappings of a farmhouse, and others have subtly elegant touches such as a Queen Anne table. Each cottage includes a large wood-burning fireplace and an enclosed deck with a hot tub. Tesi's Folly, the largest guesthouse, features a separate dining area and plenty of space for spreading out. Niece's Nest, Lil Ray's Hideaway, and JJ's Last Resort have their own screened-in porches.

Union Pier, Michigan: Charming Hamlet on the Shores of Lake Michigan

Union Pier belongs to the cluster of southwestern Michigan communities known as Harbor Country, which hugs the coast for 15 miles. Located just north of the Indiana-Michigan border, this stretch of lakeshore is especially popular for city-dwellers coming from Chicago, about an hour drive away. In the 1870s, cargo boats docked at Union Pier before shipping loads of timber and hot-dog relish across Lake Michigan to Chicago. Tourism has long since surpassed the timber trade in Harbor Country's charming beach towns such as New Buffalo, where the quaint streets are lined with antique shops and galleries. At Warren Dunes State Park, fewer than 10 miles north of the inn, hiking trails become paths for cross-country skiing in the winter.

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What You Get

2-night stay for four in any guest house

  • Option 1: $209, valid for check-in Sunday-Thursday; not valid for Saturday night stays (up to a $420 value)
  • Option 2: $259, valid for check-in Friday-Saturday; not valid for Monday-Thursday night stays (up to a $520 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 2/20/14
Travel window: 1/2/14-4/30/14

  • Blackout dates: No blackout dates.
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $50 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 6% tax not included.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • 200 yards away from beachfront
  • Fireplaces and hot tubs
  • Daily maid service
  • Screened porches

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 2/20/14 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 1/2/14-4/30/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $50 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 6% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Lil Ray's Hideaway and JJ's Last Resort

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Tesi's Folly, Niece's Nest, and Dee & Dave's Den

  • Two queen beds and one queen pullout sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 for each additional adult; kids stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 50 miles from Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY); about 78 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • By car: about 75 miles east of Chicago

Customer Reviews

The location is very nice.
Paul M. · May 19, 2014
The cabin itself was very, very clean, very comfortable, had skylights, and was very nicely furnished! It was close to public access to Lake Michigan. We'd stay there again!
Waunetta H. · May 13, 2014
cozy cottage, nice host
Sophia B. · May 7, 2014
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