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Beautiful, Peaceful Retreat on Grand Traverse Bay

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths3
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 9 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 19-22)

This large and gracious home is one of a kind: large enough to comfortably accommodate an extended family, family reunion, or retreats and small conferences with 9 bedrooms, 3 half baths and 4 full baths. It is a beautiful property with a private beach, breathtaking views, gracious rooms and furnishings, and lots of amenities. We have decided to make Omena House available to share with other families for special get together. A few summer weeks are still available. Omena House is a delightful venue in all four seasons. The two fireplaces and outdoor firepits promise to ease the Autumn chill for trips to enjoy fall color and winter snow play.

Village and Regional Charm

Located in the charming village of Omena, “the bend at the first knuckle of the little finger” of Michigan’s Leelanau peninsula between Northport and Suttons Bay, this spacious and well appointed house is situated directly overlooking Omena and Grand Traverse Bays, with a secluded private beach. Enjoy wonderful days filled with sun, swimming, boating, beachcombing for Petoskey stones, bicycling or hiking on the many back roads and dedicated trails, and spending quality time with your family and friends. From the house you will experience shimmering sunrises over the water and woods each morning and sublime evenings. When you look up you can count stars and see the Milky Way.

Within easy reach are the attractions that define the very best “up north” experience: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, charter fishing, casinos, excellent restaurants and bakeries (from pub fare to Zagut rated delights like Bleu and Martha’s Table). There are historical and cultural amenities including Interlochen Center for the Arts, amazing natural and human history, including the new tribal museum at Peshabestown, and several historic light houses and museums. And there are bounteous farmers markets, 20 wineries and cideries in Leelanau county alone. The Traverse City area sports 5 microbreweries, several distilleries, and there’s a “u-pick” flower garden just down the road.

You can walk to the quaint village of Omena and the Leelanau Cellars Winery and Tasting Room, gallery, general store, historical museum, post office, restaurant, and park with play equipment and wide sandy beach. The setting offers a sense of seclusion screened with trees and a vista onto protected conservancy woodlands and Omena Bay.

Omena House

This expansive 5,000 square foot home has bright and bold indoor spaces with large windows offering unobstructed views of the bay and conservancy lands. The home’s interior has been architect-updated with comfortable furnishings, colorful artwork, and two fireplaces. It features a convenient laundry room off the main kitchen. The large living room with it’s stone fireplace offers a perfect place to relax with a piano, large flatscreen tv, books and games for all ages.

The dining room faces the bay with tall window walls on three sides, and seats up to 20. The large kitchen includes 2 dishwashers and stone countertops, providing ample space for all the family to come together and create gourmet meals. It is fully equipped to allow a caterer to serve special occasions as well. The large adjoining deck includes a convenient gas grill, built in seating surrounding a sheltering old maple tree. There is a large glassed-in sun porch with white wicker furniture, paddle fans and a fabulous vista overlooking Omena Bay.

With 9 bedrooms, 3 half and 4 full baths), it sleeps up to 22 people, perfect for a large or extended family. All the bedrooms are spacious with ample closets, and feature new mattresses. The first floor has 7 bedrooms with lovely views of the bay or woods. The second floor has a large and dramatic suite perfect to retreat from the bustle of activities downstairs and features a two compartment bath, Jacuzzi tub and dramatic window wall looking out at the treetops. There is a fully equipped galley kitchen, unique crows nest den with comfortable club chairs, balcony, private study, and spacious sitting room with a dramatic European fireplace, all overlooking Omena Bay. The master bedroom is unusually spacious with ample closets, king and full beds. The large second bedroom has a king and two twin beds bunked.

The beach opens onto beautiful Omena Bay. The sandy cove of Omena Bay is inviting, with calm protected waters for swimming. In the evening enjoy the colors of the sunset and gather around a beach fire (there is a stone fire pit and seating on the beach.) Or, if you prefer, walk down the road to the nautical themed “Knot Just a Bar”restaurant, and enjoy a gourmet dinner outdoors watching the sun set and the moon rise.

The fantastic “up north” experience does not end with summer. Enjoy spectacular foliage, hiking, biking, and winery tours while making this beautiful house your home base at off season rates. The fireplaces and firepits offer a warm glow for crisp cool weather occasions. Also closeby are cross country and downhill skiing to entice your winter fancy..

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Omena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 27
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , located in the hallway between bedrooms 2 and 3
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , located within bedroom 5
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , located on the main hallway downstairs
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , two compartment bath located upstairs
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , sink located inside bedroom 3
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , toilet and sink. Located in bedroom 4
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , toilet and sink located in bedroom 6
  • Downstairs: 4 full baths and 3 half baths Upstairs: 1 full bath
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 27
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , 1 double
    Bedroom 9 - 1 king , 1 bunk bed , bunk sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1 - 7 are on the first floor, all accessible. Bedrooms 8 and 9 are on the second floor.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Has a private beach on Grand Traverse Bay 100 yards from the house lined with lilac bushes, large shaded backyard.


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(17 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful, Peaceful Retreat on Grand Traverse Bay
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews
Ann Arbor, MI

Wonderful for our big group

  • 5 of 5

We try to get together each fall with a big group of old friends, and have always had trouble finding a place to accommodate our group. Omena House was perfect in every way. There are ample common areas, many rooms (several with private/semi-private bathrooms), several common bath rooms, and best of all, two kitchens! The grill and the two ovens allowed us the ability to cook a full five-course "thanksgiving" meal for almost 20. The semi-private upstairs area let those of us with small children have a space away from the hustle and bustle of the main floor.

Omena itself is a lovely spot. There's a corner store just on the corner, and Northport/Sutton's Bay are short drives away. the house was a great base for many different day trips. Various people went on long runs, bike rides, cider visits, winery trips, lighthouse tours, and hikes at the National Lakeshore.

Mark, the caretaker, was very helpful. He got us set up and explained any questions we may have had, and let us enjoy ourselves . He was always accessible via phone in case of emergency, but none were to be had.

Overall, a wonderful home, a wonderful trip, and I give it the highest possible recommendation.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Views

  • 4 of 5

The house is located just a walk away to the bay. They have their own private area with chairs, swing, and picnic tables. You can view the lake from the house. Our group numbered 17. The house was spacious enough to accommodate all of us. It was like having your own private motel. There were plenty of towels and blankets. If you cook, spices and other staples were available. Also plenty of firewood for those evening fires. We had a couple problems with our stay. The garbage was not picked up before our visit which attracted gnats. There was no dishwasher detergent which was needed as you have to run the dishwasher as part of the checkout. We needed to buy garbage bags and toilet paper. Overalll, it is a very nice place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of fun with the family.

  • 5 of 5

New mattresses! Well kept up, clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olivet, Michigan

We loved the house and the location.

  • 5 of 5

Soronian Sorority sisters from Olivet College from the 1960s get together every few years. The Omena House quickly became our favorite house - we had rented others over the last few years. There were 11 of us. We loved that it was so "homey." The sun porch was our "hang out" place, but we did use the large dining table to play some games. We could walk to the restaurant nearby. Traverse City and Suttons Bay were close by. AND we will definitely rent again next year. Thank you for sharing your great home with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for a family or girls getaway. Close to the lake, shopping, and amazing wineries!!best part was this house was spacious with plenty of room for all! Would love to come back

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property is located in such a beatiful area and is close to many attractions.

  • 4 of 5

This house was close to many attractions. The guys went Salmon fishing while the gals did a wine tour. We had 5 families and had plenty of room for all. It was helpful having the second kitchen. And, if you forgot something for the kitchen they had it. After dinner seating space on the porch and upper balcony were very accommodating for all. We had excellent balcony seats to view the shooting stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elizabeth Tuckermanty
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018

About Elizabeth Tuckermanty

The owners are Dale Manty and Elizabeth Tuckermanty. Dale grew up in Michigan and has brought the family “up north” for vacations every year since he left. Chirstmas vacations were filled with cross country skiing and winter fun and summers were filled with berry picking, hiking and swimming. Dale has family in the Upper Peninsula and down state as well. Omena House has been a perfect family reunion spot. Since acquiring Omena House in 2003 they are eager for other families to enjoy this very special house.

Elizabeth Tuckermanty purchased this house in 2003

Why Elizabeth Tuckermanty chose Omena

We chose to buy our vacation home in Omena because, we love the Grand Traverse Bay area and the “Up-North” experiences it brings us. We love floating in the beautiful lake water; canoeing quiet streams, sailing on the open bay, harvesting the fruit and vegetable bounty either from U-Pick farms or farmers’ markets. This beautiful area needs to be shared with other families looking for time to be together. We felt this is a welcoming place and should be shared.

What makes this house unique

When we are up in Omena we love to relax on the beach, walk to the “Knot-Just-A-Bar” restaurant, visit the wineries and even just drive around beautiful Leelanau peninsula. Often summer mornings we load up our pails and go to U-Pick farms and pick strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The afternoon is taken freezing whole berries and making freezer jam to take home and bring the summer back all year long. We go to farmers’ markets and gather the best in local food and cook together as a family. We love driving around the lakes edge and going through the beautiful rural landscape inland from Omena. Most of all, we enjoy being together and playing games with our daughters and their husbands. We have been known to have a bonfire and s’more roasting on New Year’s Eve.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Travere City
Car: necessary

Short walk to the quaint village of Omena with winery, restaurant, country store, post office and gallery. A wide range of opportunities for recreation including quiet forest walks, miles of pristine National Lakeshore with Sleeping Bear Sand Dune climb, and also friendly pubs, theater and live casino entertainment. Seasonally varied activities include boating, charter fishing, tall ship cruises, ice boating, skiing, fall color tours. Leelanau county has over wineries, ciderys, and breweries open for tasting year round. Many festivals throughout the year feature local foods, wines and beers, music. World reknown Interlochen Center for the Arts nearby and Traverse City Film festival a feature of summer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

Please contact owner for any clarification

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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