West Grand Traverse Bay Guesthouse on Old Mission Peninsula

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Beach with marina to the left, Power Island on the right, TC in distance


Last updated: 09/10/2015

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our guesthouse is uniquely situated in a quiet neighborhood of summer homes on the spectacular all sand beach of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay. It is southwesterly facing with panoramic views from left to right of the Bowers Harbor Marina, Traverse City, beautiful Bowers Harbor, Power Island, Leelanau County and Neahtawanta Point. It is on the same piece of property, side-by-side with the owner's house on 110' of the most beautiful beach in the entire area, with 25' for your own private use. Enjoy swimming in the gently sloped sand bottom lake with it's clear blue water and have a beach fire while you watch the sunset at night. It has it's own natural path to the beach and the road is well behind the property, not between the guesthouse and the lake.

Day trips to the quaint villages of Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Lake, Northport, Leland, Omena, Empire and the sand dunes, Beulah and Charlevoix make wonderful excursions. Old Mission Peninsula has many well known wineries, one within walking distance. Amazing restaurants are also nearby, including the Boathouse, a short 1000' walk down the beach from the guesthouse. A specialty grocery store with gas station are a mile away.

The guesthouse has central air conditioning and was completely updated in 2009, see pictures. Accommodations include beach chairs with a table and beach umbrella on the beach as well as chairs and table in the shade over looking the beach.

Fall color tours are spectacular in October.

Traverse City area ammenities include 2 fabulous farmers' markets each week, the up-and-coming Warehouse District with it's brew pub, other downtown brew pubs, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons with it's unique restaurants (Stella's), Mercado and specialty shops, Interlochen Arts Academy concerts, and the state of the art Traverse City State Theatre with it's annual film festival in August.

Because of the nature of this property, only 2 people may occupy the guesthouse and no others are allowed to visit or accompany the renters. A damage/extra use deposit is collected at the time of the reservation. THE GUESTHOUSE IS FOR 1-2 QUIET, NON-SMOKING ADULTS, PLEASE NO PARTIES OR OTHER GUESTS AT ANY TIME.

More photos are available from the owners. To get a wide angle picture of the beach area go to Google Earth and enter Boahouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI 49686. We are the 5th or 6th dock to the left of the restaurant.

Keywords: 1 bedroom, all sand private beach with views of sunset and lights of nearby Traverse City, quiet and tranquil, wineries and restaurants abound


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered:

    One small quiet dog, kept in a kennel when left alone....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • The bathroom has a beautiful tiled shower and newer fixtures.

Other Amenities

  • Our property is located 10 miles out Old Mission Peninsula, with a beautiful drive into Traverse City past cherry orchards, vineyards and views of both East and West Bays seen on either side of the Peninsula. Farther north on Old Mission Peninsula is Mapleton Market and Gas Station, the Old Mission Lighthouse, the village of Old Mission, public beaches and park lands. Upscale restaurants on the Peninsula include the Jolly Pumpkin Brew Pub, Mission Table (previously Old Mission Inn), the Boathouse, Peninsula Grill and Mission Tavern. Traverse City has become a major foodie destination in northern Michigan. Wineries on the Peninsula include Blackstar Farms, Peninsula Cellars, Chateau Grand Traverse, Brys Estate Vinyard and Winery, Bowers Harbor Vinyards, Chateau Chantal Winery, Hawthorn Winery and Two Lads Winery. Many other great restaurants and wineries available in the Traverse City area....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    An Apple TV device is provided for your use with your account on streaming sites accessed through the device. ...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    The guesthouse is directly situated on the water of West Grand Traverse Bay with a wooded private path to the beach. The gentle sloping beach is all sand and spectacular for swimming and sunset views. Guesthouse has 25' of private beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air conditioning...moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage with automatic garage door opener is attached to the guesthouse....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Larger boat and trailer can be parked on back of property in designated area. Kayaks can be pulled up on the beach....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with stove, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, blender and coffee maker. Leather bar stools, black granite counter and sink in May, 2011...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    The bedroom and livingroom are on the front of the guesthouse. Both have views toward the water with a patio and chairs outside between them....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Firepit container at the beach. Firewood supplied by owners....moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
September to May, 2014, 2015
Sep 5 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $80
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included


Only 1 or two people are allowed as renters of our guesthouse. The $100 (or $200) damage/extra-use deposit is forfeited if more than the contracted 1 or 2 renters are allowed on the property. We do this for the privacy of our neighbors who are summer-only residents, respecting their need for privacy and quiet.

Reservations are "penciled" into owner's calendar when arranged with owner, "inked" in when check is received. Early reservations can be made by paying half of rental amount and cleaning fee more than 2 months in advance, with the rest due May 1. Reservations made with less than 2 months to time are paid upfront. The extra people/damage deposit ($100/$200-refundable) is due on arrival.

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13 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City Regional Airort
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jolly Pumpkin
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grand Traverse Resort
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Traverse City
Nearest Beach
Awesome beach In front of guesthouse

Our property is a beautiful and quiet place where tranquility and peacefulness abound. Many people have told us they have felt renewed by their time spent here.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1984

About the owner: My husband and I live on the property year-round, while most of our neighbors are summer residents. We are long-time professionals in the community. We love the area and our piece of this beach and enjoy sharing it with others.

Why the Owner Chose Traverse City:
Our section of Bowers Harbor Beach is stone free and faces southwest. It is the most beautiful beach and view in the area. Prior to 1984 we searched the area for years looking for everything this property has.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Our house and guesthouse are in a neighborhood of older or newly restored summer homes. It is uniquely beautiful, quiet, and has the best beach anywhere. The guesthouse was updated throughout in 2009 and 2010.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Beach with marina to the left, Power Island on the right, TC in distance

    Beach with marina to the left, Power Island on the right, TC in distance

  • Bathroom with tiled shower and floor

    Bathroom with tiled shower and floor

  • Sunset and moon rise over Bowers Harbor

    Sunset and moon rise over Bowers Harbor

  • Walk along the sand beach

    Walk along the sand beach

  • Guesthouse includes 1 garage stall

    Guesthouse includes 1 garage stall

  • Comfy queen bed

    Comfy queen bed

  • Main house, next to guesthouse

    Main house, next to guesthouse

VRBO #345709

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Minimum stay: 2 nights
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