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Sandy beach, 2 bedroom home, 10 min. to Traverse City WiFi, central air

Traverse City, MI, USA
  • Cottage800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

Traverse City Vacation Cottage

Our Traverse City Vacation Cottage - the Willow Cottage is one of 3 cottages that make up our small lakeside resort with 70 ft of sandy Silver Lake frontage. The cottage has all amenities (Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, cable, flat screen TVs in living room and both bedrooms, fireplace, central heat, fully equipped kitchen) We are located equally between Traverse City and Interlochen – 10 minutes in either direction. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore is 25 minutes away. The lake is a crystal clear 600 acre spring-fed lake; great for boating, fishing and swimming. There are two docks, a swimming raft, kayaks, paddle boards and hammocks that are shared by our guests. Each cottage has its own outdoor table, charcoal grill and campfire pits with wood provided. We live on the property and have an additional 30 ft. of lake frontage for our personal use. We have our seaplane docked there and would be glad to provide aerial tours to our guests.

Silver Lake has clear sparkling water, surrounded by pine and hardwood tress with islands and peninsulas, great for boating, fishing and swimming. The resort has been in existence since the 1930's when Silver Lake just had a few resorts and family cottages dotting the landscape. Our resort is on prime flat lake front property with mature trees. The 70 ft of sandy beach has a firm sandy bottom, with no stairs or steps. There is a large backyard for yard games. We have owned and managed the cottages since 1989 and take great pride in keeping them in tip-top condition. We strive to provide a peaceful and enjoyable experience for our guests.

Since our own home is located on the property, we are available for sight-seeing advice, restaurant recommendations. We have maps of nearby bike, walking trails, winery/brewery brochures and places only the locals know where to go and see.

The other cottage located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471 (Maple Grove).



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Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Marian

My husband, Tom and I were married in 1979. We moved to Traverse City in 1980 from the city of Detroit. My mother was raised on an local farm. My maternal great grandparents were pioneers to the area. My mother moved away when she was a young adult. I developed my love for the area as a young child as we vacationed every year in Traverse City. Tom and I honeymooned in Traverse City. We moved here 9 months later.

Marian purchased this Cottage in 1989

Why Marian chose Traverse City

We discovered and purchased our small resort in 1989. It was a diamond in the rough, but it had a great private sandy beach and was in close to Traverse City. We remodeled the cottages as we raised our 5 children. We worked on the cottages as a family. Over the years, our children have learned many skills and developed a great work ethic as everyone helped over the years.

What makes this Cottage unique

We take great pride in providing clean/comfortable/updated homes that our guests will call home during their stay. You will be able to relax and enjoy your vacation as we are very available for assistance as we live on site.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Both bedrooms have a queen size bed and flat screen cable TV. All bed linens are provided
        note, we DO NOT provide towels-bath or beach towels) Maximum occupancy for adults is 4, but we allow up to 2 more if they are children. The leather sofa sectional is large enough for the children to sleep on. Maximum occupancy: 6


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • The bathroom is a full, ceramic tiled bathroom with a tub/shower combination.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Silver Lake is located a few minutes south of Traverse City in north west Michigan. Our frontage is one of the best on the lake. The cottage is just 10 feet from the edge of the beach.
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Seating for 6, natural gas fireplace, flat screen TV.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Fireplace
                      gas fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Heating
                      natural gas forced air furnace
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      Bed linens are provided. We DO NOT provide towels unless you are flying in.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      central air conditioning
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      We have off street parking for 2 cars. We limit the number of vehicles to 2, no RVs.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          service for 6
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, pots/pans, dinnerware, flatware, glasses.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          pots, pans, cookie sheets, casserole dishies
                        • Oven
                          Gas oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          full size
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining room table accommodates 4. chairs, just outside on the deck there is table that seats 4. the deck overlooks the beach and lake.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Cable TV
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen cable TVs in living room and both bedrooms. No DVD players. Being that the TVs are wall-mounted they cannot accommodate a plugged in a DVD player.


                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      covered, open-sided porch 10 ft from the beach with great views of the lake.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Two kayaks,
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Nice open, dedicated area for yard games behind the cottages.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      charcoal grill and picnic table
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      2 paddle boards


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • marina
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • churches
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Please note: We are recognized by Traverse City's township to legally operate as a short term vacation rental. The Willow is part of a 2 cottage, family run resort. It has with 70 ft of sandy beach frontage. We have an additional 30 ft for our use, but are welcome to use it as well. The Willow is 10 ft from the beach. There are 2 docks (1 for boats, 1 for people), a swimming raft, the row boat, 2 paddle boards and 2 kayaks are shared by our guests. Picnic tables, charcoal grills and campfire pits with wood provided. The other short term rental cottage is located in our little resort, is property ID # 361471.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Willow Cottage - A Northern Oasis

                                                              Heather B.

                                                              We just spent a week in the most amazing Willow Cottage. The cottage itself was impeccable and cute beyond words. You couldn't get any closer to the clear water of Silver Lake if you tried. Marian and Tom were amazing hosts and available to answer any questions. They've truly built themselves a little oasis up north. We cannot thank you enough for the most memorable family vacation! We hope to be back next summer, if not sooner!!!

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              Thanks so much for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and your family. So glad that you found our oasis!

                                                              We look forward to your future visits.

                                                              Marian and Tom Brady

                                                              All the comforts of home away from home!

                                                              Diane P.

                                                              This was a beautiful place with a great view of Northern Michigan, Silver Lake right out the windows. The dock just feet from our cottage was perfect for our boat. The entire experience was great! The cottage was just the right size for the two of us, but would be equally fine for four. It was neat and very clean. Looking forward to going back again next summer! Thanks for everything!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Hi Diane,

                                                              Glad you and your husband enjoyed your time here. You are welcomed back anytime!

                                                              Marian and Tom Brady

                                                              Five Stars!!

                                                              Sunil U.

                                                              We are a family of there who visited the cottage in May 2016. We had a great time. The cottage is amazing right by the lake with all that is needed for fun for a family. But you probably already know this from the pictures and the descriptions. In addition to what is mentioned in the profile/descriptions there were other reasons why we really liked the cottage. I mention a few that comes to my mind below…

                                                              • The whole enquiry, booking and rental process was managed seamlessly, with clear and prompt communication by Marian Brady.

                                                              • High-speed internet at the apartment has amazing speeds. I checked and I was pleasantly surprised to see download speeds were close to 20 Mbps. The ability to instantly connect with friends and family while on vacation and the ability to quickly check for and research locations was priceless.

                                                              • There are 3 flat screen TVs in the cottage with cable connections and a good line up of channels for the whole family. No fighting over channel selection among family members!

                                                              • The kitchen was equipped with enough cutleries/bowl/pans that you can cook almost anything. We did not miss our home-kitchen anytime during the visit and still made some amazing food.

                                                              We enjoyed the vacation cottage and we felt right at home!

                                                              Thanks, Marian!

                                                              Squeaky clean cottage on a beautiful sandy lake!

                                                              Rita G.

                                                              Our cottage was right on the edge of a very clean sandy lake and only 10 minutes from Traverse City! This adorable cottage was squeaky clean from top to bottom!  The deck overlooking the lake allowed us to totally relax as we were able to watch not only lake activity during the day but in the evening witness the most beautiful, awesome moonrises! It was just wonderful only having to bring our own towels, washcloths and food as ALL the other amenities and appliances were provided.  The decor within the cottage was so charming and the beds were very comfortable.  The cottage owner, who came to meet us the first day was just so pleasant and helpful.  She made sure to point out to us a binder that she had made up that had a list of all the sights to see in the area, good restaurants to eat at, local grocery stores and emergency numbers.  I was very happy that she also had the address of the hospital in town should we have needed it.  Our family had a wonderful, relaxing, bonding vacation in large part due to the lovely cottage we were so fortunate to be at.  We will definitely be coming back to this ‘dream cottage of ours’ in the future to see the amazing sights we weren’t able to see this time.  Thanks for the treasured family memories!! Marianne Livonia, MI

                                                              Clean, Comfortable, Close to TC -10 minutes

                                                              Donna O.Dearborn, MI

                                                              Great location right on the beach! This house is great for a week stay due to the central air, comfortable beds,all amenities. House is very clean. So close to Traverse City makes it a wonderful find!

                                                              Relaxing & Calming

                                                              Debbie T.

                                                              We rented this cottage because my brother was visiting from Florida and we wanted him to experience Michigan on the Lake. We were very, very pleased with the accommodations, property and lake view. Marian was very pleasant and wonderful to deal with when making reservations and upon our arrival. The cottage was exactly as described and we will be returning at some point in time. Traverse City is very close and easy to get to and there's a lot to do in the area, regardless of what your interests are. Marian was very helpful in restaurant referrals and directions. My only complaint, wish we could have stayed longer.


                                                              Traverse City, MI, USA

                                                              The Willow Cottage is located 10 minutes from Traverse City on Silver Lake. The cottage is a few minutes from golf courses, wineries,shopping, live theater (world renown Interlochen Arts Academy) restaurants, hiking, biking and fishing. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park is 25 minutes away. Historic Mackinac Island is a day trip adventure away.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $0 - $20
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              This cottage is one of only 3 cottages that the township has approved for legally operating as short term rental.

                                                              To make a reservation we need a 50% installment within 7 days of the taken reservation. The second installment is the remaining 50% plus a 6% MI Use tax which is due 45 days prior to arrival. Also due at that time is the cleaning fee of $60 as well as a refundable Damage and Excessive Cleaning Deposit in the amount of $500.00. Proper

                                                              11 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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