Why We RecommendEverything in life boils down to vacations. It’s what we work for. It’s how we recharge. It’s where we make our happiest memories. So make the most of your next trip by staying in one of these four quaint vacation homes, with views of beautiful inland lakes in the greater Traverse City area.
Both Maple Grove Cottage (sleeps up to 8 people) and Willow Grove Cottage (sleeps 4–6) rest on the edge of Silver Lake, a 600-acre spring-fed lake with crystal-clear water and a firm sandy bottom. These two completely renovated cottages were part of a long-established family-owned resort and have some of the best real estate in the area. The shore is just 10 feet from your back door, so you’ll feel like you’re in your own private paradise. Have fun without leaving the property, or rest assured knowing there are countless vacation activities, restaurants and shops just a hop, skip and a jump away in Traverse City.
Or enjoy a slice of Americana by staying at Manor Wood, a stately 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath colonial home that was once a centennial farmhouse. This rental is a nature lover’s dream. There are calming views of a mature apple orchard (often visited by deer and turkey.) The front porch swells with the charm of four rocking chairs, the ideal vehicle for breathing fresh air and forgetting the hustle and bustle of normal life. Best of all, this home boasts 250 feet of frontage on a small, private lake. For a larger lake experience, Bass Lake is a 1/2 mile down the road, and Long Lake is only 6 minutes away. And just 20 minutes away you’ll find Lake Michigan and the world famous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Lastly, the Pines Cottage is a perfect low-key vacation destination. The yard is complete with a campfire pit and Adirondack chairs for relaxing and socializing after the sun goes down. (Firewood is provided!) Plus the large yard is perfect for picnicking and lawn games. With 4 bedrooms and 2,100 sq. ft. of indoor space, this home has successfully hosted many small family reunions. There’s even space to park a boat trailer. From Pines Cottage, drive a short distance to beaches (the home offers guests peek-a-boo views of the water) or enjoy the walking paths at the Silver Lake Recreational Park just 2 miles down the road.
You can’t go wrong when you choose this beautiful corner of Northern Michigan to play and unwind. Happy vacationing!
What's Up RecommendationWhen staying at Manor Wood, Maple Grove or Willow Cottage, take advantage of the complimentary row boat and kayaks to explore the private lake. Your Instagram photo feed will thank you!