Snug Haven Lakeside Resort: The Nest

A Harrison, Michigan vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 3
  • Bathrooms - 3
  • Sleeps - 8
  • Pets Considered
  • On beautiful all-sports Budd Lake

Are you tired of paying $200 and up for one room with two beds with a view of the parking lot in some 15-story beach hotel? Sharing the beach with 300 strangers? Listening to the band in the lounge or partiers in the hallway late at night? Eating at restaurants for every meal (adding way more to the cost of each day you're there)?

Perhaps you're ready for a change in how to "do" your vacation this year? Have you considered renting an entire 2-3 bedroom resort home on an inland Michigan lake with a private beach shared with no more than 3 other families? Having your own private deck (with picnic table and gas grill) facing the lake? Fishing from the dock less than 100 feet from your door? Preparing steaks on the grill instead of eating fast food on the run?

Welcome to our resort -- designed for maximum comfort, convenience, relaxation, and 300 feet of sandy beach FUN.

The first floor of the Nest is wheelchair/scooter accessible: ramp to the front door, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable dining area, living room with king-size pull-out daybed, cable TV, and a large bathroom with ADA-compliant fixtures and shower. The front door opens to a covered deck overlooking our spacious beach and Budd Lake.

Enjoy a variety of unpowered watercraft (kayaks, paddlewheel boats and rowboats), included in your stay. Bring their own watercraft and inflatables too. The Nest is part of a 4-cottage resort (perfect for family reunions). The Nest is modern, comfortable and completely furnished. The covered deck is just feet from the beach, making it possible for you to sip your morning coffee and watch the eagles search for their fish breakfasts or just watch the waves roll in. If you're bringing children, they can play in the sand under your watchful eye from the comfort of your picnic table. Once you settle into your home away from home, you might not want to leave.

Sleeping arrangement: On the second story are two comfortable bedrooms with queen-size beds in each. Each upstairs bedroom has its own private full bath with oversize shower, creating two mini suites, making this cottage perfect for two couples with children.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Handicap Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • WiFi Internet
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Seasonal Rental

Unique Features

You also have access to our 70-foot wide floating dock, which is an excellent spot for fishing, sunning and just plain relaxing in a beach chair. Our swimming area is enclosed by this "C"-shaped dock, which provides a protected swimming space for the youngsters in your group. It's even a good place to learn to kayak.

When it comes to location, Snug Haven is unique: Surrounded by little towns with unique shops, and dozens of lakes and several streams. "Twenty lakes in twenty minutes" is our motto. Take a day trip in either direction - about 2 hours to Lake Michigan to the west (sunset coast), or Lake Huron to the east (sunrise coast). It's a similar distance to other Michigan attractions to the north: Traverse City and Leelanau wineries; arts/crafts events in Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Petosky, and other waterside towns; The Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac City; Mackinac Island; and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy all kinds of unique Michigan attractions but return to the comfort, security and low-key relaxation offered at Snug Haven.

Things To Do

Bring the fishing poles because Budd Lake is teeming with a varieties of fish, including musky. The Nest sits directly on the main beach. Meet other guests at one of the beach fire-pits that are lit nearly every nice evening during the summer. Just make yourself at home while visiting our home. Bring a guitar, if you are so inclined.

If sight-seeing is your thing, there are lots of area activities. Though the deck is the prefect place to prepare dinner, you might want to eat out. Mt. Pleasant is 30 minutes south of us; at last count there were over 100 places to eat there. For example, Mountain Town Station has steaks and chops served with a variety of home-brewed beers. Clare is home to the now world-famous Cops & Doughnuts Bakery. Enjoy one of their famous fritters and get your photo taken in the "jail." You might also visit an Amish farm in Clare or search out an Amish bakery; watch fireworks in July; explore the Clare County Fair; visit the world-famous Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island; go tubing and canoeing; play miniature golf; ride go-karts; and enjoy casino gambling at Soaring Eagle Casino. Whatever you decide to do to fill you day, your Nest will be waiting for you when you return.

Rates & Specials

$175 - $300 night

$1050 - $1995 week

See our website for rates:

Woohoo! We are offering vacation rental special(s)

20% discount on the Nest, Hideaway and Retreat 7/6-7/12. Call us: 989-539-3117.


Elizabeth Blair- 07/13/2014. We love Snug Haven! Great place for kids and adults alike!!
Rebecca VanDrie Koetje- September 15, 2013 at 3:45pm. Spent a beautiful week at the Retreat cabin. I would highly recommend this resort!
Bethany Parker- July 27 at 7:58am. Our family had an amazing week at Snug Haven! Thank you so much!
Shelly Johnson- September 2 at 2:37pm. Love, love, love Snug. Its so clean and relaxing. No bed bugs there!

Contact Information

1410 Hillcrest Ct
Harrison, MI 48625
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About the Owner/Manager

The owners--Donn, Nancy and Alice--opened Snug Haven in 1995. Since then all of the original cabins have been replaced by new vacation cottages. The name of the resort was changed from Nelson's Resort to Snug Haven. Donn and Nancy are retired academics and Alice is retired from Dow Chemical. Donn is a semi-retired musician who can be persuaded now and then to bring a guitar down to the fire pit for some campfire sing-a-longs.

Sometimes more IS better. Like more cottages available in one location, especially if you’re planning to vacation with friends and family. Snug Haven Lakeside Resort is the perfect getaway whether you need one cottage or four. We’re located on beautiful all-sports Budd Lake in Harrison Michigan (swimming, boating, and fishing for everything from panfish to sport fish to walleye to muskies). All of our cottages share our 300-foot sandy beach, the 70-foot C-shaped floating dock that can be used for fishing and sunbathing while providing a protected swimming area for youngsters, two fire pits, and a variety of unpowered watercraft (kayaks, paddlewheel boats, and fishing boats). Every cottage has a gas grill and at least one picnic table; three have covered decks so you can grill in the rain (if, heaven forbid, it happens to rain while you’re here). And every cottage is fully equipped and ready to move in: beds are made, kitchen is modern and well-stocked with cookware and serving dishes, and the living areas are comfortable. Most of the furniture is Amish-built: rustic, sturdy, and beautiful at the same time. Two cottages have laundry facilities and three have gas fireplaces. On top of all that, we are pet-friendly.

The first thing you will notice is that our cottages are CLEAN and neat. Each one is different so we can accommodate groups of different sizes and configurations. Let us know what you need in terms of bedrooms and beds; we'll find you the cottage that will fit your needs and preferences.

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