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Spacious, Fun and Family Friendly Beach Home

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

About Miller Beach

Miller Beach is Lake Michigan’s hip but family friendly beach getaway, and the Blue Butterfly is its best bang for the buck at under 1.5 blocks from the beach. As one of only four beach communities nestled between the sandy shores of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, Miller Beach is located only 45 minutes from downtown Chicago and has something for everyone. Miller Beach’s blue waters, towering dunes and diverse ecosystems are ideal for beach goers, families, hikers, nature enthusiasts and those looking for a couple’s getaway or even a brewery tour.

About the Blue Butterfly

The Blue Butterfly is a spacious home with three floors of living that features four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, granite countertops, a dishwasher, a washer & dryer, a walk out deck, Internet & cable, four flat screen televisions, a Weber charcoal grill, a high chair, playpen, foosball and other entertainment including bean bag toss (corn hole) and board games.

Floor one features bedroom one, The Master, with a new California King memory foam mattress, a 40-inch television and a walk-in closet. The first floor also includes a fully equipped kitchen, a full bathroom, a living room, a dining room and a family room with a sliding door that leads onto the deck.

Floor two features two large bedrooms and a full bathroom with a jetted tub and skylight. Bedroom two, The Captain’s Quarters, includes two new queen size beds, a full size futon, a 40 inch flat screen television with Blu-Ray and a walk in closet. Bedroom three, The Pilot’s Cabin, includes a new queen size memory foam bed and is ornately decorated in honor of aviation pioneer, Octave Chanute, who designed and tested gliders in the Indiana Dunes. His ideas and advice helped lead the Wright brothers in creating the first successful airplane.

The basement features bedroom four, a half bath, laundry and the family/game room. Bedroom four, The Beach Hut, includes a new queen size bed, and the game room includes foosball and other games.

The backyard and driveway are enfenced and feature a swing set, patio set, adirondack chairs, Weber charcoal smoker and Weber charcoal grill. The Blue Butterfly accommodates parking for six.

We are happy to discuss ideas for planning your trip. We provide all guests with a Guide to Planning Your Trip to Miller Beach. Below are some upcoming events in addition to the premium outlet malls, casinos, world-class breweries, fall colors and much more listed in our guide.

Select Upcoming Events:

Crown Point Oktoberfest (10/1)

Portage Brewfest (10/15)

More Details

Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 June, 2018


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Second Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Basement - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Captain Quaters - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Pilot's Cabin - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Beach Hut - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Spacious, Fun and Family Friendly Beach Home
average rating of 4.857143 based on 42 reviews

Adorable, beachy cottage has everything you need for fun and comfort.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at the Blue Butterfly! Elizabeth was great at communicating and answering questions prior to our arrival. The home is adorably decorated and very comfortable. There are multiple common areas as well as enough private spaces (rooms and bathrooms) for our group of five to spread out and enjoy ourselves comfortably. Everything was extremely clean, the bathrooms and kitchen are well-stocked and Elizabeth has thoughtfully compiled lots of information about the area and where to eat/go out/spend an afternoon. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with 7 adults. Plenty of room. Nice dining/living room we could all fit in. Well maintained. Lots of helpful extras (kitchen utensils and board games.) We liked the quick walk to Miller Beach. Very enjoyable stay!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This house had so many little extras that we didn't even expect. Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Here are some of the extras: book cases stocked with classics; many personal products; detergents for dish and clothes; beach accessories such as awesome chairs, an umbrella, a few inflatables, some sand toys; a really nice swing set, corn hole, and a paddle and ball game; fire pit with fire wood; charcoal and lighter fluid; grill tools; first aid kit (which we needed); a few board games; a portacrib; a high chair... So many little -and big- things that we often have to purchase or lug when on vacation were provided for us. It made it seem like home. Also, our group was 13, so I was worried about how well we would really fit, but it worked out just fine. There was even a fold up table and folding chairs so that we could extend the dining room table and all sit together. We were so pleased. The kitchen was small, but also very well equipped and stocked with some basic pantry items. We found it to be so user friendly. We used four different beaches in the area and every day was great. We did use the fold out sofa one night and those sleepers found the bed was not comfortable enough to sleep on. Sleeping on the couch itself was preferable. And there were three couches to choose from, so it worked. Nice and clean when we arrived. Kudos to the Blue Butterfly staff.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, well-kept vacation home - perfect for a family trip to the Dunes

  • 5 of 5

We cannot speak highly enough of our week at the Blue Butterfly. The home is perfect for a family with elementary school & up children - foosball & games are inside; cornhole & a swing set out back - plus a garage for keeping your bikes, scooters, etc. and a big driveway for playing. That allowed the adults to have some downtime and the kids to have plenty to do. Also, just 2 miles to Marquette Park, which has both the beach & a great playground.

Inside, the house is well-furnished, clean and well-maintained with plenty of room for large families to enjoy time together...or separately. The table fits 8 and there are 3 sitting rooms. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, pots & pans, serving dishes - everything you need for a week away from your own kitchen.

The house is just 2 blocks from the beach and walking distance to a few restaurants in Miller Beach, including Miller Beach Cafe & a BBQ place which we unfortunately didn't get to. The house is also a short drive to the West Beach entrance to the Indiana Dunes National Seashore which are great for both swimming & walking on trails through the magnificent dunes.

I hope we have the opportunity to come back to the Dunes - and if we do, we'll be back at the Butterfly.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house in a good location. I wish my home was as nice as this house.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with 5 adults and 5 children and it felt like there was a ton of space. Elizabeth was extremely nice to work with and responsive. The house had board games, speakers for music, a fire put, a swing set, a TV in nearly every room and was very well kept. We were walking distance from the beach, a few blocks from a public park, and only 15 miles from Indiana National Dunes.

Lake Michigan had all the perks of the ocean without the saltwater, Jellyfish, sharks, etc. We had a great time and I hope to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was clean and very well stocked.

  • 5 of 5

My family was in town for a wedding and we used the house as a home base. Everything we needed was on hand or close by. The beach was simply stunning, and we flew kites at sunset. I will recommend the house to everyone I know.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Beach
Long Lake Trail, Succession Trail, and Marquette Bike Trail. No parking fees in the off sea...
County Line Orchard
Great orchard with tons of family fun activities especially in the fall. There is an animal...
Gelsosomo's Pizzeria
Great Southside Chicago Style pizza for dine-in with kid friendly atmosphere.
Miller Beach Market -- CLOSED
Carmella's Miller Beach Market Place is a centrally located market place providing healthy, ...
Vintage Kitchen (Coffee & Breakfast) -- CLOSED
Great breakfast and coffee shop within walking distance.
18th Street Brewery
Good restaurant and with good beer options. Children allowed on restaurant side. Limited m...
Miller Bakery Cafe
Good white table cloth restaurant that is open for lunch. My husband loves the Chopped Sala...
444 Grill -- CLOSED
Terrific wings with a kick!
Recently renovated and on the National Historic Registry. Nice playground next door that ov...
Bass Pro Shops
Paul H. Douglass Center
Educational Nature Center that includes arts & crafts room for kids plus some local reptiles...
Three Floyd's Brewery
Excellent food coupled with world class beers. Tours on Saturday mornings.
Flamingo Pizza of Miller
Great bar and food including breakfast. Note that this is a smoking restaurant/bar that doe...
The Beach Cafe -- CLOSED
Solid restaurant with good bar and patio seating.
Indie Indie Bang Bang
Accessories and Gift Shop.
Albanese Confectionery Group
Deep River Waterpark
49ER Drive-In Theatre
Shoreline Brewery
Indiana Beach Amusement & Resort
Latitudes at Marina Shores
Waterfront Dining at the marina with good food. The french onion is one of the best I have ...
Pleasant House Bakery II -- CLOSED
Pleasant House Three Oaks is a new family restaurant and microbrewery located in Three Oaks,...
Journeyman Distillery
Bill Welter started Journeyman Distillery on Oct. 7th 2011. He's producing small batch organ...
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets
Great discount shopping! Be sure to sign up for coupons online before you travel there, and ...
Thrive Acupuncture
seven peaks water park
Family and Budget Friendly Water park
Miller’s Marine Center
Canoe/Kayak, fishing and power boat rentals
Lake Street Gallery
Lake Street Gallery in Gary, Indiana has been proudly serving Northwest Indiana with origina...
Miller Beach's Farmer's Market
2015 Season -- Sundays, 10 AM to 3 PM May thru September Stop by for fresh veggies, coffee,...
Gary Shakespeare Theater
Check out our local artists perform a wide variety of shows at a budget friendly prices. ...
Fab 4 Restaurant & Yellow Submarine Lounge -- CLOSED
Burger restaurant with bar upstairs. The decor is Beatles memorabilia throughout both floors.
Nearest Airport
46.2 Miles
Midway International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Flamingo and the Beach Cafe
Nearest Ferry
151 Miles
Lake Express in Muskegon, MI
Nearest Golf
9.4 Miles
Robbinhurst Golf Club and Driving Range
Nearest Train
3.4 Miles
South Shore Line (Miller Stop)
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
Dunes Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Vintage Kitchen, Flamingo, and Beach Cafe
Nearest Ski
84 Miles
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Miller Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Miller Beach, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Summer
5 Jun 2018 - 20 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
21 Jun 2018 - 11 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
12 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
4 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall (Non-Holiday)
1 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
18 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.93
Pet Fee £75.29 + Tax

*Discounts available to returning guests, military and teachers.
*Check-in at 3 p.m. CST and check-out at 10 a.m. CST
*To secure your stay, 50% of your rental rate is due at booking with the remainder due 15 days prior to your stay
*Guests and pets permitted upon approval and disclosure prior to booking. Failure to disclose will result in cancellation and/or immediate eviction.
*Parking is limited to six spaces with no public street parking
*Quiet hours after 10pm
*Exterior video surveillance onsite

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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