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Spectacular sunset views over east bay near wineries and minutes to downtown TC!

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Studio with mini kitchenette in "The Shores" steps to the beach

Perfect for a romantic getaway, a friends getaway, small families (sleeps 3 or can fit a pack and play) or even traveling solo! We are close to everything that the Grand Traverse area has to offer including beaches (which is just steps from our unit!) shopping, wineries, breweries, golfing, skiing or just relaxing on the balcony enjoying the amazing northern Michigan sunsets! Traveling in a group or with a larger family rent out the studio suite next door with an adjoining (but securely locking doors on both sides) at a reduced price! During the colder seasons enjoy all that the area offers: cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or curl up with a good book and enjoy the beautiful water views. We are 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City and just minutes from restaurants, the casino, Old Mission Peninsula and two beautiful relaxing spas! For golf enthusiasts there are three championship golf courses less than 1/2 mile away at the Grand Traverse Resort. Traveling with a large group? No problem rent this unit along with VRBO# 611106 which has an adjoining door to this unit. We also have a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo in the same building one floor below which is VRBO #447022 when rented together get a group discount! You get to be close to your family or friends yet still enjoy your privacy!

Dawn VanVolkinburg
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Dawn VanVolkinburg

Both my husband and I grew up near Grand Rapids, MI where we currently live. If we could we would live in Traverse City now but my husband works at a hospital in Grand Rapids and enjoys what he does so we just visit the area as often as we can!

Dawn VanVolkinburg purchased this studio in 2014

Why Dawn VanVolkinburg chose Elk Lake

We bought this suite along with the one next door because we have a condo in the same complex and just one floor down from these. We love the location and the view so much we decided to buy another! We both love northern Michigan especially the Traverse City area and have been coming here for years. We plan to retire in the area. In the meantime, we enjoy down time at our beautiful condo on the East Bay. When we can't be at the condo we like to have others enjoy it.

What makes this studio unique

We fell in love with the area because how beautiful the area is. Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Torch Lake, Mission Point and so many other beautiful things to see and enjoy! What kept us coming back is amidst all the beauty are wonderful welcoming people.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Spectacular sunset views over east bay near wineries and minutes to downtown TC!
average rating of 4.285714 based on 14 reviews

Awesome Trip to TC

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at The Shores. Condo was cozy, and very clean.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

Walked into unit and Wow, "it is cozy"! But it is perfect for two people who are looking to relax after a long day at the numerous wineries around and near Traverse City. We were too late for the sunsets but I'm sure they were great. Cons: We did have to get a bag of ice for our cooler as the small fridge/freezer did not have the space for ice. And my husband would have liked a listing of the TV channels as the guide on the TV did not work and he was looking for the FS1 Channel and had to cruise through the entire channel lineup twice before he found it. We'll be back as we have many more wineries to check out.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The pool and beach were nice.

  • 3 of 5

Obviously the high price was for the view and pool. The room however was very small, much smaller than I expected for the price. The room itself was clean and the owner was very nice on the phone. There were a lot of stairs to climb ( before my hip replacement that would've been a real problem). Personally I believe this property is way over priced.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 1 of 5

Really. For what we paid for a 4 night stay. The only nice thing about this place was the view. The condo needs updates BIG TIME. Its small. 2 chairs were uncomfortable. Plug hanging from the wall the coffee pot was plugged into. Also in the bathroom but not as bad and the bathroom sink was cracked. The lights over the kitchen sink didn't work and the freezer needs to be thawed. The outlet outside on the balcony had bees going in and out. We've been in condo before but nothing like this. I did contact the owner. She said she would check into all of this We would have been better off in a hotel with a view. A lot of money was spent. Very disappointing. I would not recommend this property.

P.S. A fresh coat of paint wouldn't hurt either.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Very nice one bedroom unit

  • 4 of 5

The condo is very small but comfortable for two people. It is conveniently located near the Grand Traverse Resort where my husband played golf on "the Bear" course. We enjoyed the condo pool and beach and rented a Sea-do to cruise the Bay. The air conditioner broke down during our stay but Dawn had someone repair it within a few hours. The condo is on the 3rd floor and didn't appear to have access to an elevator so I would not recommend it to anyone who has difficulty with stairs. It wasn't a problem for us. We enjoyed our stay and recommend to others who do not mind the tight quarters.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect spot for a couple's long weekend getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Close to vineyards, downtown and not a far drive to the dunes, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, etc. Beautiful sunsets as well!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Mr. C's Pub and Grub
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
US31 and M72
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Mexican Restaurant - Osarios
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Beach
East Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan
Car: recommended

Called the 'Gold Coast' the Traverse City area is a beautiful place to relax, walk, bike, visit wineries and breweries, go shopping, in the winter you can enjoy the lights and cross country and downhill skiing, watching the waves on Lake Michigan, snow shoeing and snowmobiling. There are activities for kids, adults, singles and couples to enjoy. There are 25 wineries on Leelanau Peninsula and many more on Old Mission Peninsula. Traverse City is also close to Elk Rapids, Alden, Leland, and Suttons Bay, these are quaint towns that are a must visit spring through fall. Torch Lake is a must see! It is one of the world's most beautiful lakes and looks like the Caribbean Ocean! Another must see is Good Harbor Beach miles of soft sand and views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Sleeping Bear Dunes was rated the most beautiful place to visit in 2011. Charlevoix, Petoskey and Glenn Arbor are all within a 45 minute drive and are a must visit as well.


Rates & Availability

Williamsburg Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off season
Oct 31 2016 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 3 2017 - May 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring II
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Color Season
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Williamsburg Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 356 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bath with tub/shower combo
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed with a twin air mattress for a third person
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We are located in the beachfront location for the Grand Traverse Resort. In warm weather, water sports flourish, with Jet Skis, pedal boats, kayaks and pontoon boats available. During winter, the area offers snowmobile rentals, ice skating, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, wineries, Casino, world class restaurants, shopping and more.

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