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Vicki Henning

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

We help Create Memories!--Betsie Bay House

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Savor the Four Seasons . .

Located in Frankfort a few blocks from Lake Michigan, Betsie Bay House offers four-season lodging.

Betsie Bay House is located on a beautiful, tree-lined street in downtown Frankfort; a beach town that is known for its restaurants, ice cream shops and colorful surfing culture. Stroll the beach for hours, take a walk on the piers, visit some of our quaint shops; Enter a world that reflects a simpler time, where children chase fireflies and parents remember how good it feels to dig their toes in the sand.

Betsie Bay House is especially well-suited for family reunions, wedding parties, or sharing vacations with friends; and we offer special prices when you book off-season after Labor Day and into early June.

A home with natural surroundings will put every guest at ease. . . We invite you to explore all the activities that Frankfort offers you!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Vicki Henning (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Why Vicki Henning chose Northern Michigan

Betsie Bay House is a one-of-a-kind house for vacationers who see their accommodations as part of their vacation experience.

Situated a couple blocks from Main Street and Lake Michigan and adjacent to Frankfort's downtown district. Our home recalls earlier times when residents would exchange gossip from their front porches. Betsie Bay House has that porch, as well as updated living space, with the amenities for vacationers who enjoy something special.

What makes this house unique

Betsie Bay House offers many unique attributes. An older home with spacious living room and air conditioning, Direct TV and secured WiFi ; large dining room with table for nine; main floor bedroom with queen size bed, fully furnished kitchen with all your basic cooking supplies; full size bathroom on each floor; upstairs features large master bedroom with queen size bed, ceiling fan and walk-in closet; third bedroom with queen size and twin size bed, ceiling fan and walk in-closet. The fourth bedroom has two twin bed, ceiling fan and walk-in closet.

Downtown Frankfort is just a couple blocks away, where you can enjoy dining, and historic sightseeing, a show at The Garden Theater or a beer at the local brewery.

Betsie Lake is just down the street and there are two marinas within walking distance for charter fishing. The Betsie River is close by for all your fishing and kayaking desires. The Little River Casino is only a short 25 minute drive from Frankfort!


based on 15 traveler reviews

We help Create Memories!--Betsie Bay House
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews

very clean

  • 4 of 5

very clean,could use a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and I will consider your suggestions; however, there is a laundromat located one block away and we do have an extra-large clothesline in the back yard for your beach towels or items you hand wash.
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Clean, perfectly maintained rental!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect rental for our group of 10. Every amenity you could want or think of was provided to make our visit as comfortable as possible. Lots of love and thought has gone into this home with many updates. Within walking distance of downtown Frankfort and within driving distance of all the local attractions. Enjoyed our stay very much and would not hesitate to return. Thank you Vicki for making our visit to Frankfort so comfortable and so much more enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments. Our goal is to make sure our guests are comfortable and enjoy their stay and this year we really seem to be accomplishing that thanks to our new renovations. I hope you do stay at Betsie Bay House again next time you visit our quaint little town.
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Great vacation home for a family stay

  • 5 of 5

Great home. Very clean. Super neighborhood Close to downtown and beach. Owner is very responsive. We lost power due to weather and she sent someone to turn breakers back on immediately. I highly recommend this rental and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A good time was had by all!!

  • 5 of 5

My family just had a delightful time staying at the Betsie Bay House. We found the reality of the actual house to match the posted photos, which hasn’t always been our experience. It’s obvious that a great deal of thought and effort has been made to make the house and yard a home for its visitors rather than just a place to stay. We read and ate on the front porch and on the back patio. We played cards at the table and ate S’mores at the fire pit. And we walked to town numerous times for swimming at Lake Michigan in the afternoons and again in the evening for ice cream at all the various ice cream parlors. A good time was had by all. In fact, we’re scheduled to do it all again in 2016! PS: a tea kettle would be a welcomed addition. 

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind remarks. So far this year we have had nothing but happy guests--possibly the updates including central air! I am so happy that you chose our home to return to and look forward to having you back again next year!
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Even Better Now with Improvements

  • 4 of 5

Vicki is a pleasure to interact with - attentive to our questions and always helpful. Everything was in order and exactly as Vicki explained it. This was our second summer at the Betsie Bay House - yes, we liked it well enough to return! It's obvious that Vicki is taking great care of it - new siding, central air conditioning, a new grill, small touches here and there, and so clean. As with last year, the kitchen is well-equipped with every appliance and dish you could possibly need - it makes vacation cooking so much easier! The house is within walking distance of downtown and just 7 blocks or so from the beach. It's also near a grocery store and a laundry mat. Two couples and five kids total in our crew - we stayed there comfortably and will likely be back. We really do love Frankfort so very much!!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind remarks and that you appreciated all our improvements. Our mission is to keep our guests happy so that you will come back to visit us again. We hope we do see you again next year.
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Toronto, Ontario

Beautiful Frankfort

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful street, friendly people and great scenery. Loved the house, kitchen needs work but everything else was great. I would go back

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed our house and area! I admit the kitchen is small and that is why we added a counter in the Dining Room and a portable kitchen cart. That just might be next year's update! Thank you for choosing our home for your summer vacation.
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Frankfort North Breakwater lighthouse
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Frankfort Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Several Bars Downtown
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Champion Hills
Nearest Motorway
M-115 and M-22
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
One Block Away
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Michigan
Car: not necessary

Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the most famous activities of Northwestern Michigan. This is one activity that you won't want to skip.

If you are into biking you will want to try out Frankfort-Elberta beach-to-beach trail. 4.2 mile trail connecting the beaches of Elberta and Frankfort. The trail also connects to the Betsie Valley Trail which goes from Frankfort-Elberta through Beulah to Thompsonville (22 miles).

If golfing is what you are after you will want to try out Champion Hills--Beulah, Frankfort Public Golf Course, Pinecroft Golf Course--Beualh or Crystal Mountain--Thompsonville. All of them are excellent courses.

If you are into the arts you will have to visit Interlochen Center for the Arts a home to the Interlochen Arts Festival, an annual presentation of more than 750 student, faculty and guest artist events. Corsen Auditorium, Interlochen's premier indoor venue, accommodates up to 1,000 people for music, theater and dance productions. Interlochen Center for the Arts is located 16 miles southwest of Traverse City.

For a local artist you will want to visit Gwen Frostic's well-known original block prints are featured at this wildlife sanctuary and printing shop. Open May-November, Monday-Saturday. No admission Charge.

If canoeing is your scene then you will want to try out the Upper Platt River that flows around the town of Honor. The upper portion of the river is better suited for more experienced canoeists; the lower portion is slower-paced for family-style canoeing and flows through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake shore to Lake Michigan.

Don't forget the wineries. If you travel around the Leelanau Peninsula there are several wineries within the area.


Rates & Availability

Frankfort House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 4 2016 - May 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
May 30 2016 - Jun 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer I
Jun 18 2016 - Jul 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th Week
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer II
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Short Week
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 1 2016
1 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathrooms 1 - toilet , shower , no tub on first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Shared bathroom on 2nd Foor
  • One bathroom on first floor One bathroom on second floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , First floor bedroom located off Living Room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Large Queen bedroom on 2nd floor w walk in closet
    Queen Sofa Bed - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sofa Bed in Parlor
    Queen Inflatable Mattress - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , 3 Twin beds on 2nd Floor with ceiling fan
    Master Suite - 1 queen , Master Suite has walk-in closet and ceiling fan
  • CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONED 4 Bedrooms 3 Queen size bedrooms with Ceiling fans and walk in closets 1 Bedroom with 2 Twin beds with walk in closet Room for extra guests: Queen-Sized Sofa Bed Queen -Sized Air Mattress
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 9 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We provide a queen sofa bed for 1-2 additional guests @ $50/week each. Rates are based on occupancy of 9 guests are are subject to change without notice. The house provides bed sheets and linens.

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