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Cozy cottage on Boardman River. Within minutes of Traverse City.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Traverse City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath cottage sleeps 4 people with river view.

Charming 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage. 1 bedroom has a queen size bed, and there is another room with 2 twin size beds. A complete kitchen for all of your cooking needs. Gas fireplace in the living room. Slider opens onto a large wrap around deck with a gas fire pit looking out at the river. Gas grill and outdoor table for entertaining and dining. Large lawn leading down to a river front dock. Fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Come enjoy all the river has to offer, and be within minutes of all Traverse City attractions!

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dawn and Jeff Ameel
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 30, 2016
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About Dawn and Jeff Ameel

My husband Jeff and I both grew up in Traverse City. We bought this property 15 years ago as a summer home for our family when our children were growing up. We originally bought the 3 bedroom house adjacent to this property, and then bought the cottage to use as a guest house.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Dawn and Jeff Ameel chose Northwest

Having grown up in Traverse City it was important to us to own a home back in T.C. We were living in Asia at the time this property was purchased. We wanted a place to bring our children for the summer. Having lived in large metropolitan areas such as Tokyo and Hong Kong we were looking for a place that was quiet and surrounded by nature.

What makes this cottage unique

We chose this property mainly for the peace and quiet. It is at the end of a two track road with no traffic. We can sit on our front deck and see deer, rabbits and birds. We love the sound of the rippling water of the river. We have learned to enjoy kayaking, tubing and fishing on this beautiful clean river.


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Cozy cottage on Boardman River. Within minutes of Traverse City.
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
Charlotte, NC

Perfect Boardman getaway

  • 5 of 5

We picked it for the location - close enough to Traverse City to enjoy the Film Festival, but we also loved the up-to-date cottage in a bucolic spot. We enjoyed eating and sitting on the deck, watching kayakers and canoers float by, and the quiet at night. The kitchen had everything we needed and the grill on the deck was a bonus. And the secluded yard was perfect for our dog who enjoyed being lazy in the sun or in the shade on the deck.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

It was a great place just to get away from it all, but still close enough to the restaurants and bars in Traverse City. It was also within an hours drive to Sleepy Bear Dunes, which we traveled to twice (once for the Dune Climb and another time just to go to the beach). It was extremely peaceful at night and a great place to have a good cookout. The cottage was extremely clean once we arrived and vacation-ready!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quick Get Away Before School Starts

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cabin. Everything was clean and ready for us when we got there. IT was easy to check in and all the contact information was available and the property managers responded right away with answers to our questions ( how do we go tubing and laundry) The cabin is on the smaller side but plenty of space for a family of 4. Loved the fire pit and ability to tube down the river. We spent a majority of our time exploring the area. Traverse City, Empire and the peninsula. It was nice to come back to a place to rest and cook if we needed. Played lots of games as a family and had a fire pit..

It would be nice to have laundry at the cabin as well.. As we were on a week long road trip through Michigan. That being said Lindsay allowed us to throw in a load at the house which is the adjoining property. This was so nice and incredibly helpful!! Very accommodating.

I think next time we will look into booking both properties as the cabin has a rustic feel and the house is a little more modern, upscale and additional amenities. Put the older kids at the cabin and adults at the house :)

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and comfy!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay last week! The cottage was clean and comfy:) We were also able to make use of the kayaks and had some fun on the river. Will definitely stay again when we return to Traverse City!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Such a cozy, perfectly located cottage! Thanks so much Dawn and Jeff for making this a great vacation for us! We had so much fun relaxing on the deck, lounging by the river, and sitting around the fire. We went tubing down the river, and had a blast! Thanks for exceeding our expectations! We will definitely be coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nathan! I hope to see you again next year! Dawn
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Clean and great setting on the river.

  • 5 of 5

We had a family vacation with our toddler. We thought this place was super clean and well kept. We loved having the space to feel like we were at home on vacation, yet close to amenities and Traverse City. We went to sleeping bear dunes for a day, went to a lighthouse and beach another day north of traverse city. We loved having the cottage to retreat to in the evenings to relax near the river and fire pit. I rarely write reviews, but we would stay here again if we traveled back to Traverse City. Highly recommend the stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alyson for your wonderful review, and for letting future guests know of some fun places to visit in the area. I hope you get a chance to come stay at our river cottage again! Thank you! Dawn
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Grawn / Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many Locations
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 31 / 37
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many Fine Restaurants
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Holiday Hills
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Traverse City
Car: necessary

Charming 1 bedroom 1 bath cottage on 100 feet of beautiful Boardman River. Sleeps 4 people comfortably. Bedroom has a Queen Size. 2 twin beds in open area of cottage. A completely stocked kitchen is ready for any level of cooking you desire. Gas grill, patio furniture and outdoor dining table is ready for outside dining. Open living room with gas fireplace and satellite T.V. All linens and towels are included. Large wrap around deck overlooking the front lawn and river. Large lawn with fire pit and riverfront dock. Great river for fishing, kayaking and tubing. Cottage is located 10 minutes from downtown Traverse City and 5 minutes from the Soccer field. Traverse is known for it's beautiful waterfront, winery tours, fine restaurants, festivals, shopping etc.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 10 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Now available for 3 night minimum stays! Check-in at 3:00pm; check-out at 11:00am. Owner has the right to change rates at anytime. 50% due when booking dates. This amount is non-refundable. The other 50% is due 30 days before arrival. . When booking please send address for hard copy contract.

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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with shower comes with towels and washcloths. Sink, toilet and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • One bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is a queen size bed located in an open room with a curtain divider with views to the river. All bath towels and linens are provided. Beach towels are not provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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