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Fully Renovated Guest House on Old Mission Peninsula, Pure Sand Beach & Sunsets

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Guesthouse/Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2), garage, private beach

Our guesthouse is uniquely situated in a quiet neighborhood of summer homes on the spectacular all sand beach of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay. Ten miles from town, It is southwesterly facing with panoramic views from left to right of the Bowers Harbor Marina, Traverse City, beautiful Bowers Harbor, Power Island, Leelanau County and Neahtawanta Point. It is on the same piece of property, side-by-side with the owner's house on 110' of the most beautiful beach in the entire area, with 25' for your own private use.

Enjoy swimming in the gently sloped sand bottom lake with it's clear blue water and have a beach fire while you watch the sunset at night. Your smaller boat, kayaks and jet skis can be pulled up and kept on the beach. Our guesthouse has it's own natural path to the beach and the road is well behind the property, not between the guesthouse and the lake. Many guests have told us that this property is even better than the photos show.

There is wonderful walking and biking on trails and quiet roads right out the door of the guesthouse.

Day trips to the quaint villages of Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Lake, Northport, Leland, Omena, Empire and the sand dunes, Beulah and Charlevoix make wonderful excursions. Old Mission Peninsula has many well known wineries, one within walking distance. Amazing restaurants are also nearby, including the Boathouse, a short 1000' walk down the beach from the guesthouse. A specialty grocery store with gas station are a mile away.

The guesthouse has central air conditioning and has been completely updated, see pictures. Outdoor accommodations include beach chairs with a table and beach umbrella on the beach, chairs and table in the shade over-looking the beach, as well as chairs on the covered patio.

Color tours and wine tasting are spectacular in the fall.

Traverse City area ammenities include 2 fabulous farmers' markets each week, the new Warehouse District with it's brew pubs, other downtown brew pubs, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons with it's unique restaurants (Stella's), Mercado and specialty shops, Interlochen Arts Academy concerts, and the state of the art Traverse City State Theatre with it's annual film festival in August.

Because of the nature of this property, only 2 people may occupy the guesthouse and no others are allowed to visit or accompany the renters. A damage/extra use deposit is collected at the time of the reservation. THE GUESTHOUSE IS FOR 1-2 QUIET, NON-SMOKING ADULTS, PLEASE NO PARTIES OR OTHER GUESTS AT ANY TIME.

To get a wide angle picture of the beach area go to Google Earth and enter Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City, MI 49686. We are the 4th or 5th dock to the right of the restaurant as you face the water. Also scan out to see Power Island, a beautiful county park.

Keywords: Beachfront cottage with garage, 1 bedroom, all sand private beach with views of sunset and lights of nearby Traverse City, quiet and tranquil, day trips, wineries and restaurants, foodie destination.

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Nancy Nordfjord
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About Nancy Nordfjord

My husband and I live on the property year-round, while most of our neighbors are summer residents. We are long-time professionals in the community. We love the area, our piece of this beach, and being able to share it with others.

Nancy Nordfjord purchased this house in 1984

Why Nancy Nordfjord chose Traverse City

Our section of Bowers Harbor Beach is all pure, clean sand. Amazingly, it is not rocky and is pebble-free! We face southwest so sunset views happen on the beach with a fire in the fire container if you like - we supply the wood. It is the most beautiful beach and view in the area. The combination of gradual slope to deep water adds comfort and safety to water activities. We love the gorgeous east-to-west view of Bowers Harbor Marina, Traverse City (especially the lights at night), Power Island, Leelanau County and Neahtawanta Point. A very unique panoramic opportunity. Prior to 1984 we searched for years looking for everything this property has.

What makes this house unique

Our house and guesthouse are in a neighborhood of older or newly restored summer homes. It is uniquely beautiful, quiet, and has the best beach anywhere - did I mention it's a perfect pure sand beach with NO STONES? The original guesthouse has been updated throughout.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, you have a lovely cottage and we enjoyed it. The beach is wonderful!
Aug 2010
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Traverse City Regional Airort
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Jolly Pumpkin
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Awesome stone-free beach In front of guesthouse
Car: necessary

Our beach is unique in that it's all pure sugar sand with literally no rocks or pebbles. There are only 26 houses on this strip of beach, and other than the more public beaches, there is no other beach like it. The property is a beautiful and quiet place where tranquility and peacefulness abound. Many people have told us they have felt renewed by their time spent here.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We consider the 25' directly in front of the guesthouse for out renters' use only. We ask that you stay within that area when using the beach.
  • Only the two renters are allowed on the property. No extra people are allowed due to the quiet neighborhood setting.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the property.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has a beautiful tiled shower and new fixtures.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Our property is located 10 miles out Old Mission Peninsula, with a beautiful drive into Traverse City past cherry orchards, vineyards and views of both East and West Bays seen on either side of the Peninsula. Farther north on Old Mission Peninsula is Mapleton Market and Gas Station, the Old Mission Lighthouse, the village of Old Mission, public beaches and park lands. Upscale restaurants on the Peninsula include the Jolly Pumpkin Brew Pub, Mission Table (previously Old Mission Inn), the Boathouse, Peninsula Grill and Mission Tavern. Traverse City has become a major "foodie" destination in Northern Michigan. Wineries on the Peninsula include Blackstar Farms, Peninsula Cellars, Chateau Grand Traverse, Brys Estate Vinyard and Winery, Bowers Harbor Vinyards, Chateau Chantal Winery, Hawthorn Winery, Bonobo, Villa Mari and Two Lads Winery. Many other great restaurants and wineries available in the Traverse City area.


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Fully Renovated Guest House on Old Mission Peninsula, Pure Sand Beach & Sunsets
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

The place was what I was looking for.

  • 5 of 5

I was so happy with the house, it was everything we were hoping for. The owners were very nice. We all loved it including my dog.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We really enjoyed having you here.
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Perfect Old Mission Cottage for Couples

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I needed a place to rent on Old Mission for our wedding week and this place was perfect. The cottage exceeded out expectations and the owners were very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway spot! Private, cozy, and clean.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property! So cute and quaint, everything we needed, and we were thrilled to bring our two chihuahuas with us. The private beach area was wonderful, spent every evening there for the sunset and only saw other people (a few properties over) one time. Exploring the peninsula was lots of fun and we took a wonderful day trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes (truly a must see!) Several great restaurants are located on the pen sulfa too. One of our favorite vacation spots ever, we hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view, and a darling guest cottage. This place looks small on the pictures, but it is like staying in an oversized hotel suite. With the separate bedroom, and a pleasant sized living area, it is a great place. Spotlessly clean, and a great view. What more could you want??

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful!! Everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

This adorable, newly renovated, squeaky clean cottage far exceeded our expectations! It has absolutely everything two people would need for a peaceful, relaxing vacation by the water. Gorgeous beach and in perfect proximity to all the fun stuff - downtown Traverse, the Wineries and of course the Jolly Pumpkin, (which we visited twice during our 2 night stay! :) Private and cozy, we will definitely be back, and for a longer stay! Two nights just wasn't enough. :)

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I'm from Traverse City, but down live downstate now. I wanted a special getaway up north with my boyfriend. This was a perfect place to stay, whether you're familiar with the area or not. It was absolutely perfect! Nancy and her husband were easy to get ahold of before we arrived and were so friendly during our stay. The spot is quiet and romantic, the house was comfy and charming, and we loved going down to our own "private beach" first thing in the morning or at night for some relaxation. The location was nice too; we could do some wine tasting on the peninsula or go into town for more adventure. Thank you for a wonderful stay!!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $95
Pet Fee $55
Refundable damage deposit $100

Only 1 or two people are allowed as renters of our guesthouse. The $100 (or $200) damage/extra-use deposit is forfeited if more than the contracted 1 or 2 renters are allowed on the property. We do this for the privacy of our neighbors who are summer-only residents, respecting their need for privacy and quiet.

Spring and Fall weekend nights are an additional $35 each night and Summer weekend nights are an additional $50 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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