Get Sand Between Your Toes at Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Opening Thurs., Feb. 25 in Novi

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Prepare for warmer weather with every feature of cottage and lakefront living for property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent at the pre-season ninth annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, Feb. 25 - 28 in Novi. Exhibits focus on spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront living and include The Log and Timberframe Showcase, Cottage Fine Art Show, Lakefront Marketplace, Cottage Living Seminar Stage, The Beach, Cottage Living Center, Water & Woods Photo Contest Display and products and services.

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Feb. 25 - 28 in Novi

Breakaway from winter and get ready for summer fun, create some new family memories and come put your toes in the sand at our comprehensive showplace

The ninth annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show for property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build or rent opens Thur., Feb. 25 and runs through Sun., Feb. 28 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

“Our preseason event can help bring about your dream cottage or vacation home this year,” said Dawn Baker, show manager of ShowSpan, Inc. “Showgoers will find plenty of exhibits for building or renting a cottage, replacing a dock or seawall and adding cottage furnishings or water toys.”

Adults and children are welcome to build sand castles at The Beach, the show’s giant sandbox. Everyone can try walking on water inside a giant inflatable transparent plastic Zorb Globe at the Cran-Hill Family Fun Zone full size pool.

The Log and Timber Frame Showcase will include floor plans, profiles, roof options, log species, cedar siding, full logs, post and beam and do-it-yourself or contractor-built home packages. Scheduled private consultations with builders, remodelers and contractors can be arranged in advance through the show’s website.

Cottage Living Stage experts will explain how to set up a cottage family succession plan; guidelines for smart gardening by the lake; what to watch for when buying lakefront property; advice on finding your dream cottage; fishing tips; information on vacation homes as an investment property; and the opportunity to explore other ways to make it the best season at the cottage yet.

DreamCatcher BoatWorks of Grand Rapids will display custom-built stand up paddleboard and kayaks and demonstrate handcrafted building techniques. Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic boats, will have restored boats on display.

Michigan artists at the Cottage Fine Art Show will present photography, art, furniture, jewelry, cottage décor and paintings for sale. Home décor, decorative accessories and handcrafted items will be available for purchase at the Lakefront Marketplace.

The Cottage Living Center, sponsored by Michigan Blue magazine, will provide the opportunity for attendees to look at the Cottage for Sale or Rent Board, relax and play board games, place a pin in an oversized Michigan map to show where their cottage is located and meet authors and purchase their books from the 2016 Summer Cottage Reading List.

The Water & Woods Photo Contest Display allows showgoers to choose the photo that best captures cottage and lakefront living.

Landscaping ideas to increase outdoor living space are incorporated into displays that include wooden cabins, fireplaces, cooking options, patios, decks and garden products. Entry level to luxury pontoons, fishing boats, bowrider boats, family sport boats, jet boats and runabouts will all be on display. Other exhibits with information and educational materials for property and vacation homeowners or those looking to buy, build, rent or maintain cottage and lakefront property include lakefront homebuilders, new construction log, timber frame and cedar homes, realtors, cottage rental, cottage furnishings, lakeshore maintenance, boats and docks, outdoor recreational equipment, financing and other products and services. Experts throughout the show will provide tips, advice and knowledge on purchasing, renting, planning and maintaining spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront homes.

“Breakaway from winter and get ready for summer fun, create some new family memories and come put your toes in the sand at our comprehensive showplace,” said Baker.

Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, Mich. Show hours are from 3 – 9:30 p.m. Thursday; Noon – 9:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10; $4 for children 6-14 and children 5 and under admitted free. Discount coupons for $2 off Thursday or Friday box office adult admission are available at show’s website and participating Wendy’s restaurants. Free crossover admission from the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show to Outdoorama. On-site parking is available for a fee. For more information, visit, or call (800) 328-6550.

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