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

Willow Cottage is one of three Traverse City vacation cottages in our small family owned resort. Willow along with Maple Grove Cottage and Pines Cottage make up our small lakeside resort, just 10 minutes from Traverse City. It is located on 1.2 acres of land, with 70ft of sandy Silver Lake frontage. There are two docks, a swimming raft, kayaks, and paddle boards that are shared by our guests. Each cottage has its own outdoor table, charcoal grill and campfire pits with wood provided. There is a large grassy area for all your family’s favorite lawn games. We live on the property and have an additional 30 ft. of lake frontage for our personal use-we have our seaplane docked there.

The modern 800 sq. ft Willow Cottage is a 2 bedroom, one bath cottage. The maximum occupancy is no more than 4 adults, and 2 children. It sleeps 4 in beds (a queen bed in each of the 2 bedrooms) with 2 twin sized foldable floor mattresses for up to 2 children. The living room has beautiful hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, a spacious black leather sectional sofa, and a flat screen cable TV. There is also a TV in each of the two bedrooms. 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 as well as bath and kitchen towels.

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
  • Pier/Dock
  • Firewood Provided
  • WiFi Internet
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Available for Monthly Rental
  • 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 has been updated with modern touches such as a gas fireplace, ceramic-tile bathroom, and stylish kitchen.

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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Rates & Specials

$110 - $225 night

$800 - $2100 week

June 13-August 29, 2020 weekly rental only. Saturdays are change over days.
May 4-May 21, 2020
Nightly rate: $175.weeknight, $225 weekend night, 2 night minimum.
May 22-May 24, 2020 (Memorial Day Weekend)
$800/3 nights
May 25-June 13, 2020
Nightly rate: $250/night 3 night minimum

Starting with the dates below, we rent only by the week with Saturday as the change-over day.
June 13-June 20, 2020: $1900/week
June 20 to June 27, 2020: $2100/week
June 27-August 15, 2020
Aug.15-August 23, 2020 $1900/week
August 22-August 29, 2020
Saturday, August 29-,Sept 5, 2020
September4-September 7, 2020 (Labor Day Weekend)
Rate:$900/3 night minimum
September 7-November 2, 2020
Nightly rate: $175/weeknight, $250/weekend night
Weekly rate:$1000/week

Rates do not include 6% MI Use Tax and the $60 cleaning fee.


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 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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