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Enjoy a view of Betsie Bay from your studio suite

Bedrooms Studio
Space 245 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Studio suite with 1 bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom. Sleeps 4.

Located in Frankfort a block from Lake Michigan, Serendipity House offers five charming suites just steps from the beach. Pack your beach gear and head right to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail. Or head left to enjoy downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants.

Then come back for hiking or driving through the autumn colors; winter downhill and cross-country skiing; and the trillium and morels awakening to spring in the area forests.

With 5 suites, we're also well-suited for wedding parties, family reunions, or for sharing vacations with friends. And we're pet-friendly!

We're listing the Betsie Suite; but if the dates you'd like are not available on the calendar, we invite you to visit one of our other suites: Manitou (HomeAway #180215); Nannybird (HomeAway #186194); Lakeview (HomeAway #188035); or Sandune (HomeAway #185719).

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Bannister
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Tim Bannister

Tim Bannister got into innkeeping accidentally, when his stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort with a motel and 12 cottages in nearby Arcadia. It was a long, colorful and rocky road until the resort was sold off in 2007, but Tim learned a great deal as an innkeeper ad decided to build off that experience.

Tim Bannister purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Tim Bannister chose Frankfort

Pierside Lodging had been a bed-and-breakfast that had closed 4 years earlier when Tim purchased the property. Built in 1890, the house had a long history as an inn, going back to its hosting of the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Pier.

What makes this lodge unique

Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn tailored to vacationers who want a unique experience that incorporates their accommodations. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and at the edge of Frankfort's charming downtown district, the inn recalls earlier times when residents called out greetings to passersby from their front porch. Serendipity House has the porch, as well as updated living space with the amenities for vacationers who enjoy something unique.


Frankfort Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 245 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 baby crib
  • The Betsie Suite looks out over the Betsie Bay across the street and provides a roomy studio setting with kitchenette, dining area, and full bath.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Location, location, location! We are a half-block from the start of the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail; one block from the start of miles of Lake Michigan beach; one block from the restored Garden Theatre and our very own Storm Cloud Brewery; and two blocks from the start of Frankfort’s unique shops and restaurants.


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Enjoy a view of Betsie Bay from your studio suite
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Owner is very accommodating and provided everything needed for a great stay. Great location as well

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a thoughtful review. Come back often. I will remain accommodating, as will the location! Tim Bannister, Host
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Convenient to the lake, walking to good restaurants, comfortable beds.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed coming to Frankfort. Good side trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes well worth the time.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive review. It's true; we are in a geat location to support your vacation adventures! Tim Bannister
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  • 5 of 5

Nice,clean,easy access.Perfect location.Will be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Villa Marine
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
M-22 and M-115
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fusion Restaurant
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

Serendipity/Betsie is located in Frankfort, Michigan, across from Betsie Bay and a block from Lake Michigan and its sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Frankfort began life as a central point for shipping lumber, and with its proximity to water, woods and sand dunes, it eventually evolved to a vacation destination.

Today, Frankfort features a walkable downtown with quaint shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and a restored movie theater. The 22-mile Betsie Valley Biking Trail begins across the street, while within a half-hour drive are several vineyards, organic markets, and art galleries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $35
Tax Rate 6.0%

Reservations made with less than 30 days to arrival are paid in full. Holidays and adjacent days are charged at the weekend rate. Guests will receive 100% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel up to 30 days before the start of their reservation. Guests will receive 50% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel up to 14 days before the start of their reservation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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