"With my wife, youngest son, and his friend we journeyed from Texas to Traverse City in late July 2015, and were fortunate enough to have reserved this amazing cottage for the week. The owner was great to visit with, and a fountain of information about NW Michigan. He provided maps, brochures, and insider information that was very helpful. The house is painted in a striking manner, is filled with artifacts, pictures, paintings, wood sculptures, and mementos he has accumulated and/or inherited, and he patiently answered our many questions about them when we were checking in. It was unusually hot for MI (unusually cool for Texans), but the AC always kept the house cool, the beds were comfortable, and, although M22 passes in front of the house, it was quiet and serene by dark - sleeping was great!
My oldest son and his family, and the family we were there to visit, all came over one afternoon and we played games, went swimming in the lake, and cooked hamburgers on the propane grill provided. There were all the spices and staples you need, and plenty of cooking equipment and utensils, so we ate there daily for breakfast and for several evening meals. Great view while you are eating, with huge picture windows facing the bay by the table inside, and a nice, big deck in front with a table and chairs. The deck was cool, there were plenty of chairs (more in the shed), and everyone had a great time. As the sun was setting behind us we enjoyed watching the lights come on in the bay and on the peninsula every evening we were there. BTW, if you're an early riser, the sunrises were spectacular!
We loved the location, along West Bay just outside TC and close to Sutton's Bay, good restaurants and a grocery store within a few miles, immediate access to M22 and all that offers, and there is a winery just up the hill. We rented a 15 passenger van, and our son rented a car, so we had two vehicles parked there without any problems. We ventured from there to the Platte River to kayak, went to Sleeping Bear, Glen Haven, Glen Arbor, Leland & Fishtown, Empire, and to the Old Mission Peninsula to pick cherries and sample wines. Our last venture was to Mackinac Island and then to Tahquamenon Falls in the UP. All 14 people in our extended party (only 4 of us stayed there) agreed it was a wonderful place to stay and use as headquarters, and we fully intend to rent it whenever we come up to visit our friends in TC. Highly recommend!"
Guest: Ted K.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 7, 2015