Traverse City Vacation Cottages: Willow Cottage

A Traverse City, Michigan vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 6
  • No Pets Allowed
  • On Silver Lake!
  • WEEKLY ONLY Weekly only (June 8, 2019 to Aug. 9, 2019

Please look at the availability calendar as I keep it updated.
The Willow Cottage is one three Traverse City Vacation Cottage resort rentals that shares 70 feet of sandy beach on the shores of Silver Lake. The Traverse City area waterfront cottage is only 10 feet from the beach where you’ll have lots of recreational options. There is a dock for boats, a dock for people, a swimming raft, two paddle boards, two kayaks and a row boat shared by Willow, Maple, and Pines cottages. You can consider renting more than one cottage to accommodate larger families or families vacationing together. Silver Lake’s spring-fed, crystal-clear sparkling water and hard sandy bottom is perfect for swimming. There are a few islands and several peninsulas in the lake that make great boating and fishing destinations to explore.

The modern 800 sq. ft Willow Cottage is on 1.2 acres of land with a large grassy backyard for all your favorite lawn games. There is off-street parking for two cars, but no RVs are allowed. The living room has beautiful hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, a spacious black leather sectional sofa, and a flat screen cable-connected TV. There is also a TV in each of the two bedrooms, so everyone can watch kick back and watch their favorite programs. Free WIFI too. But with lovely lake views from the covered front porch, living, and dining areas, you are more likely to be inspired to create an outdoor adventure. The bathroom has a ceramic tiled bathroom with tub/shower combination. All bed linens are provided, but be sure and bring your own bath, beach, and kitchen towels as they are not provided.

The updated modern kitchen is fully equipped with a refrigerator, gas stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster, pots/pans, dinnerware, flatware, glasses, cookie sheets, and casserole dishes. The dining table seats four and an outdoor table on the deck also seats four. A gas grill and fire pit with free wood create more cooking options for all those favorite vacation meals.

Sleeping Arrangements: Bedroom 1 – queen bed, Bedroom 2 – queen bed, sleeper/futon in living room. Maximum 4 adults + 2 children.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Deck/Patio
  • Extra Parking for Trailers
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Firewood Provided
  • WiFi Internet
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental
  • Sand Beach
  • Canoe/Kayak Included

Unique Features

Silver Lake is a crystal clear, 600-acre spring-fed lake with excellent boating, fishing, and swimming. The resort’s 70-foot sand beach swimming area has a firm sandy lake bottom and is perfect for younger children. There are hammocks, two docks, a swimming raft, two paddle boards, two kayaks, and a row boat that are shared by guests. Majestic pine and hardwood trees surround the lake, and there are numerous islands to explore in this place you will definitely call heavenly. Be sure and bring your fishing gear along!

This Traverse City area cottage is only 10 feet from the lakefront with gorgeous views from the living room and covered porch. You’ll love sitting outside under the shade of the covered porch or the yard’s mature trees and watching the sunbeams sparkling on the water. Willow Cottage’s interior has been updated with modern touches such as a gas fireplace, ceramic-tile bathroom, and stylish kitchen. If you want a view from the air, the resort owners even have their own seaplane if you want to arrange a tour.

Things To Do

This Northern Michigan lakefront cottage is located a 10-minute drive south of Traverse City and north of Grawn. In just a short drive, you can be right in the center of all the action in Traverse City – shopping, winery trails, live theater, and restaurants. Bring your golf clubs for a round of golf at the Elmbrook Golf Course, one of the oldest public par 72 courses in this area. It’s a favorite of locals and no wonder with its sweeping panoramic bay views, rolling hills, and mature stands of hardwoods and pines.

Celebrating a special birthday or anniversary with a loved one? Traverse City’s downtown nightlight offers lots of romantic options. Check out the events at the restored 1892 City Opera House and pair that with dinner out. There are so many restaurants to choose from, you’ll find the perfect match for your celebratory dinner. After your evening out, it’s just a short drive back to all the comforts of Willow Cottage and moonlight on the lake.



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* Please contact owner to ensure availability.

Rates & Specials

$110 - $225 night

$800 - $2100 week

2019 rates
Memorial Day Weekend $800 for 3 nights
May 3-June 7 $1000 week/weekend $250/night
Summer time: weekly only Saturday to Saturday
June 8-June 21: $1800/week
June 22 to August 9: $2100/week
Aug.10-August 23 $2000
Fall $1000/week, $225 weekend night, $175 for weeknight
Rates do not include 6% MI Use Tax


All the comforts of home away from home. This was a beautiful place with a great view of Northern Michigan, Silver Lake right out the windows. The dock just feet from our cottage was perfect for our boat. The entire experience was great! The cottage was just the right size for the two of us, but would be equally fine for four. It was neat and very clean. Looking forward to going back again next summer! Thanks for everything! Diane P.”
Willow Cottage - A Northern Oasis. We just spent a week in the most amazing Willow Cottage. The cottage itself was impeccable and cute beyond words. You couldn't get any closer to the clear water of Silver Lake if you tried. Marian and Tom were amazing hosts and available to answer any questions. They've truly built themselves a little oasis up north. We cannot thank you enough for the most memorable family vacation! We hope to be back next summer, if not sooner!!! Heather B.
Five Stars!! Sunil U. We are a family of there who visited the cottage in May 2016. We had a great time. The cottage is amazing right by the lake with all that is needed for fun for a family. But you probably already know this from the pictures and the descriptions. In addition to what is mentioned in the profile/descriptions there were other reasons why we really liked the cottage. I mention a few that comes to my mind: • The whole enquiry, booking and rental process was managed seamlessly, with clear and prompt communication by Marian Brady. • High-speed internet at the apartment has amazing speeds. I checked and I was pleasantly surprised to see download speeds were close to 20 Mbps. The ability to instantly connect with friends and family while on vacation and the ability to quickly check for and research locations was priceless. • There are 3 flat screen TVs in the cottage with cable connections and a good line up of channels for the whole family. No fighting over channel selection among family members! • The kitchen was equipped with enough cutleries/bowl/pans that you can cook almost anything. We did not miss our home-kitchen anytime during the visit and still made some amazing food. We enjoyed the vacation cottage and we felt right at home! Sunil U.

Contact Information

290 N. West Silver Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
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About the Owner/Manager

We live in a separate cottage on the resort with our own 30 feet of lakefront that you are free to use. Our seaplane docked there and would be glad to provide aerial tours to our guests. The resort has been in existence since the 1930's when Silver Lake just had a few resorts and family cottages dotting the landscape. We are recognized by Traverse City's township to legally operate as a short-term vacation rental. Since we also live on the property, feel free to stop by for sightseeing advice and restaurant recommendations. We have maps of nearby biking, walking trails, winery/brewery brochures and directions to places only the locals know about.

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