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Beautiful air conditioned home on the Boardman River with deck and hot tub.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 bath home with gas fireplace located on the Boardman River.

This beautifully updated home has an open floor plan and vaulted ceiling. The entire back of the house has sliders that open to a large deck with beautiful views of the river. Master bedroom has a king size bed and attached bathroom with tub and shower. Slider to deck and 8 person hot tub. 2nd bedroom has queen bed with slider to deck. 3rd bedroom has 2 twin beds. 2nd bath has shower. Large combination living room/dining room with gas fireplace. Complete kitchen and laundry. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the pond on the front of the house, and large lawn with fire pit in the back leading to the deck/dock on the river.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Dawn and Jeff Ameel

My husband and I both grew up in Traverse City. We bought this property in 1999 when we were living in Hong Kong. We wanted a place to bring our children in the summer so that they could experience some of the same things we did at their age.

Dawn and Jeff Ameel purchased this house in 1999

Why Dawn and Jeff Ameel chose Traverse City

We chose to buy this house because we were living overseas at the time, and wanted a place that was quiet and gave our children a place to explore the outdoors. We loved being able to spend our summers in this quiet location on the River. We have spent countless hours kayaking, tubing, roasting marshmallows and making great memories on this beautiful river.

What makes this house unique

We love the peace and quiet of this location. We are at the end of a two track road so there is no traffic to worry about. We enjoy sitting on our deck watching the ducks, herons, deer, rabbits and many other kinds of wildlife. The river is very easily accessed off of our lawn for kayaking, tubing fishing or swimming.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom with the tub and shower is attached to the Master Bedroom. The 2nd bathroom has a shower. Both bathrooms have been updated with granite counters and tile floors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom now has a king size bed.
  • The master bedroom with the king size bed and the 2nd bedroom with the queen size bed face the river with sliding glass doors leading out to the large deck and hot tub. The 3rd bedroom has twin beds and looks out at the pond.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a great place for families, couples or anyone who enjoys being on the water. It is within minutes of historic downtown Traverse City.


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Beautiful air conditioned home on the Boardman River with deck and hot tub.
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
Detroit, MI

A wonderful weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time-- we stayed in early October and made full use of all the perks: The nearby wineries, hot tub, scenery (fall colors!), fire-top table, Bose speaker etc.

Such a lovely house!

When people say it's secluded, allow me to clarify-- it's on a winding dirt road, over a very....primitive wood bridge. We arrived at night and had to make sure we were on the right path, but it was all worth it! The house is very basic from the outside, but the inside is so spacious and creatively decorated. Cool art, great furniture.

The yard is very large, so much room for activities. Would love to come back, especially when it's warm enough to make use of the kayaks/river tubing potential!

So glad we stayed there, we'd love to come back and highly recommend to others!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Misha, I am so happy you enjoyed staying at the river house. Thank you for your fantastic review. I would love to have you come back again! There is so much more to do in the warmer weather. :) Thanks again! Dawn
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and can’t wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Inside and Out!

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect getaway for serenity but yet close to shopping, dining out, the beach and several wine tasting wineries. We found that it has all the comforts of a home. It is very obvious the owners takes great pride in their home!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Deanna! We hope you come back again! Dawn
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Serene Northern Michigan Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for my dad's 60th birthday. A surprise to him, we needed a place to stay that was close to downtown area of Traverse City and within driving distance to Arcadia Bluffs. The river house was perfect for our needs, easily sleeping our family of 6. we really enjoyed spending time in the backyard sitting by the river and watching the occasional tube, kayak or canoe pass by. We have a 9 month old and there was a lot of open floor for her to crawl around on without worrying, and also appreciated the high chair in the closet to use when feeding her. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better place to stay while visiting Traverse City!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Palatine, IL

Perfect Traverse City Area Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed at a good number of rental homes all over the U.S. and Canada, and this one ranks right up there with the best. You're only 15-20 minutes from downtown TC when you want great restaurants, boating, wineries, shopping, and the country's #1 ice cream spot down the road the other way! But what really makes this spot incredible is the lovely home with a picturesque backyard overlooking the beautiful/tranquil Boardman River when you want to just slow down and relax. The beds were extremely comfortable, decor tasteful, home clean and kitchen stocked. We so enjoyed sitting on the patio for a few meals, and the riverside deck watching the tubers with a glass of Cherry Wine (and tubing it ourselves one day right back to our deck.) We had no worries or issues the entire week, and felt so blessed to have found this house. Thank you Dawn and Jeff for sharing your special River House with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa! I am so happy you enjoyed our river home! I hope you come back again! Dawn
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Interlochen/Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Ludington Michigan
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Many Golf Courses
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 31 / 37
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many fine restaurants
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Grand Traverse Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 50 percent is due to reserve the dates and is non-refundable. The other 50 percent is due 30 days before arrival and may be refunded if the house is able to be booked for the same time frame.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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