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 with 70 ft. of frontage
  • WEEKLY ONLY June 12-August 28, 2021, Saturdays are the change over days.

Our Traverse City 2 bedroom, 1 bath vacation cottage - Willow..
-One of 2 cottages that make up our small family owned and operated lakeside resort.
-It is located on one of the best 70 ft. of sandy beach frontage that Silver Lake offers.
- Silver Lake is a crystal clear 600 acre spring-fed lake. It is surrounded by pine and hardwood trees with islands and peninsulas. It is great for boating, fishing and swimming.
- It is an easy 10 minute drive to Traverse City.

-The cottage has: Wi-Fi, cable TVs, central air conditioning, gas fireplace, central heat, and a fully equipped kitchen.
-There are two docks, a swimming raft, kayaks, paddle boards and hammocks which are available to our guests at no extra charge.
-Each cottage has its own outdoor table, charcoal grill and campfire pits with wood provided.

-The resort has been in existence since the 1930's when Silver Lake had only a few fishing resorts and cottages. The original owners picked prime lake sandy beach frontage to locate this resort. It is on ¾ of an acre of flat lake-front property, 500 ft. from the road, with a large backyard for games.. Having direct frontage with no steps to the lake is a plus for lake living.

This is a vape/smoking of any substance free, pet free resort. No exceptions, please don't ask.

The other cottage located in our resort is Maple Grove:

PLEASE NOTE: Maximum occupancy, though it is 6* people, no more than 4 adults. All children and babies are counted per the health department restrictions. Minimum age to reserve cottage is 25 years old. No parties, no events, no day visitors/guests are allowed.

*The maximum occupancy is no more than 4 adults, and 2 children. The Willow sleeps 4 people in beds, one queen bed in each of the 2 bedrooms. We provide 2 twin sized foldable floor mattresses for up to 2 children.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Pier/Dock
  • Firewood Provided
  • WiFi Internet
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sand Beach
  • Canoe/Kayak Included

Unique Features

The crystal clear, 600-acre Silver Lake has excellent boating, fishing, and swimming. The resort’s 70-foot sand beach swimming area has a firm, gently sloping lake bottom that is perfect for younger children. There are hammocks, two docks, a swimming raft, two paddleboards, two kayaks, and a rowboat shared by guests. Each cottage has its own picnic table, gas grill, and fire pit with free wood.

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 is updated with modern touches such as a gas fireplace, hardwood and ceramic tile in all rooms except the bedrooms which are carpeted. The kitchen is equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffeepot, toaster , pots/pans, dinner and flatware.

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 Crown Golf Course or Interlochen Golf course, two of many golf courses in the area. .

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.

The Silver Lake Recreation center is only 2 miles away. It has both paved and unpaved walking paths, a kids playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, disc golf and 2 picnic pavilions. Blair Township park, just 2 miles to the south of us has not only picnic area, and kids' playground, but also a water feature for the kids. All free to use.



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* Please contact owner to ensure availability.

Rates & Specials

$175 - $250 night

$1200 - $2500 week

Please note: There are no additional cleaning, booking, administrative fees etc.
We do need to collect a 6% MI Use tax.

June 12-August 28, 2021 weekly rental only. Saturdays are changeover days.
May 14-May 21, 2021
Nightly rate: $175 week/night, $225weekend/night, 2 night minimum.
May 29-May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend)
$900 /3 nights
May 22-June 11, 2021
Nightly rate: $200 /night 3 night minimum

Weekly rentals only with Saturday change over:
June 12-June 18, 2021: $1900/week
June 19 to June 25, 2021: $2300/week
June 26-July 2, 2021 $2500 /week
July 3-August 13, 2021 $2600/week
Aug.14-August 20, 2021 $2200/week
August 21-August 28, 2021 $1900/week
August 29- Thursday, Sept 2, 2021
Rate:$1300 for 6 nights

3 night minimum resumes:
September3-September 6, 2021 (Labor Day Weekend)
Rate:$1000/3 night minimum
September 6-October 29, 2021
Nightly rate: $225/night, 3 nights minimum
Weekly rate:$1300/week

Rates do not include 6% MI Use tax.
We require a refundable $500 excessive cleaning/damage deposit for week long rentals,
$300 for shorter rental periods.


07/15/2020 Great place right on Silver Lake!
We had a wonderful summer week on Silver lake. Perfect place for our family of 4. We swam off dock in beautiful water and use the SUP board and kayaks every day. We rented a pontoon boat and explored the lake and kids tubed! Owners were very attentive and responsive. Great location for summer activities.
06/30/2020 Great getaway. We had a great five days in the Willow Cottage. There are kayaks and waterboards for use and we took advantage of both. The property is also convenient to grocery stores, downtown Traverse City and it's about a half hour drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes. We highly recommend a stay here.
7/15/2020, Peaceful relaxing getaway, Marian and Maple Grove Cottage was a cute cottage on Silver Lake - about 10-15 min to downtown Traverse City. We were a party of 2 adults, 4 young adults and 1 teen. The cottage was clean and we appreciated the updated furniture with USB ports and WiFi. Also very nice to be able to use our Netflix and Hulu accounts on the living room TV. We spent most of our time outside - swimming, fishing off the dock or using the kayaks and paddle boards provided. It was a little of a Bed and Breakfast feel as the owners live Next door and there is another cottage you share the beach and amenities with. This was a very friendly -family oriented place which was perfect for us. Marian was an excellent communicator and Tom even had to rescue us when our rented boat ran out of gas! How great was that! Thank you for allowing us a getaway during the COVID situation :)
9/30/2020 Relaxing Early Fall Getaway. We had a peaceful and lovely stay in the Willow Cottage in mid September. Marian was great! She was quick to respond to our request for a reservation and always responded with great detail to the questions we sent. The process of making the reservation and getting information was very smooth. The cottage was well kept and cozy. It worked well for my parents, my husband and I. It was a perfect fall getaway for us to get a change of scenery and continue our social distancing up north!
09/11/2020 Perfect getaway! Location was perfect. The cottage was clean and super cozy. The views of the lake were amazing. What a wonderful peaceful place!

Contact Information

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

We live in a separate home on the resort with our own 30 feet of lakefront. 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. Please 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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