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

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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. There is no central AC, but there are ceiling fans and floor fans. 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!

Dawn and Jeff Ameel
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

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.


Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • 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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Cozy cottage on Boardman River. Within minutes of Traverse City.
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Warrenton, MO

Charming cabin- fun and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Very nice clean cabin. Perfect for our party of 3. We want to say thank you to caretaker Mike. We had questions about using the kayaks on the river and he offered to give us a little lesson on his own time. His kindness was so appreciated. We enjoyed our time in Traverse City. The Lackey Family

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! I am happy Mike was there to help you! I hope you are able to come back again! Dawn
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Great Place To Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed staying at the cottage. Even though there are neighbors it is very private due to the landscaping. It was great to be on the river. We enjoyed sitting on the deck or at the fire pit. It was convenient to Traverse City. And not that far from the wineries and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore. The cabin hosts were very responsive to any questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Clarita, CA

Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a beautiful property! It was a perfect place to relax with our kids, away from the city where we live. And Dawn (the owner) was remarkably helpful with everything. Would do it again!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chris! I am happy you enjoyed staying at the cottage. I hope to see you again next year. Dawn
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Such a beautiful cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan on booking again

  • 5 of 5

So cozy and comfortable. We loved sitting out by the river. It was very relaxing. And watching a for and her fawns play across the river was awesome. Highly recommend this place for a weekend or even a week long get away. Quiet and not much traffic noise but still close to traverse city

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elizabeth! I hope you come back again! Dawn
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Terrific rental!

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin - first I loved that the landscaping is cut short from house to river, but that the sides of the property remain dense forest - you cannot see or hear the neighbors. However, 10 minutes and you're pretty much anywhere in Traverse City so it felt like being alone in the forest but there's a Meier's (and Lucky's if you lean more organic/healthful) a few minutes away. It is quiet and wonderfully dark at night - no bright street lamps to ruin the serenity. Thankfully firm mattresses - (if you don't like the mattress you seriously need a chiropractor.) The Master bed is actually built up so you can see the river over the window sill while laying in bed) Yes, there is Wi-Fi so you can connect to the world if you wish. My intention was to draft out the sequel to my book "Your Poisoned Plate" but the natural beauty kept ushering me outside. Highlight of the week - the elderly couple who originally owned the house and cottage stopped by for a charming reminiscence of times gone by. The owners - who are exceptionally accommodating and responded to any questions I had promptly - provided a drip coffee maker for my a.m. java AND a Keurig for my Matcha green tea afternoon fix. Rent this place (just don't do it on the week that I want ;) -- Allan Frank

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Allan for your review and also for the suggestions you left with Allison! I look forward to reading your book. Dawn
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Good Time

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean and large enough for my family of four. My young children enjoyed the fire pits, hammock and watching kayakers float down the river. It was not far from downtown Traverse City and an easy drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We really enjoyed our stay. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura! 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.