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27 Reviews
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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Traverse City - Rock Shop 2

1 Bedroom Guest Suite With Kitchenette, Sleeps 4

Welcome to our home! We just finished building it in June (2013). It is one of the coolest houses in Northwest Michigan. We live on the 2nd and 3rd floors with an amazing view of West Grand Traverse Bay. It is a passive and active solar home. We are 2 blocks west of downtown Traverse City - on West Bay across from the West End Beach. Our guest suite is on the first floor of our home AND it has a private entry off the front door. It includes a living room, bedroom (with a Queen size bed) and a full bath with a tub. The living area has a sofa bed (with a memory foam mattress), TV with cable, WIFI, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette has a full size refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, sink and a coffee maker.

Most Importantly......you are downtown across from West Bay within walking distance of everything that Traverse City has to offer. Park Your Car!

Walk, bike or drive to our many restaurants, wineries, breweries, bars and food trucks:

Come for all our festivals, for the Great Lakes, for family and new friends. Use our place as a hub for all your explorations to the surrounding counties!

You can connect to miles of paved trials just across the street. Mountain bikers and cross country skiers will enjoy 3-25k loops at the Vasa trail system. Bike, kayak and stand-up paddleboards can be rented at the Bayfront Park, approximately 1/4 mile away. Hiking and fly fishing are superb on the Boardman River, a blue-ribbon trout stream. Just 30 minutes to the north, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was recently named the most beautiful place in America.

There are museums - the north's only children's museum and Dennos Museum, which holds the world's largest collection of Inuit art. There are numerous art galleries. Our downtown is one of the most vibrant in the state - unique shops abound.

Named a top five Foodie Town by Bon Appetit, we love our local restaurants and will point you in the right direction. The best bakery in town is a half block away and you can often smell fresh bread and cinnamon rolls baking at night. There are a number of wineries on both our peninsulas and microbreweries abound.

Traverse City is home to the State Theatre, just named the top small theater in the country - you can walk to the State and its new sister theater, Bijou by the Bay. Art and first run films are shown at the theater, along with kid's 25-cent matinees and classic films on Wednesday mornings. Traverse City's Film Festival takes place the first week of August - it is in its ninth year, attracting film makers, actors and producers from around the world.

Just down the block -

Bay Bakery - the best bakery in town.

Frenchies (Breakfast and Lunch)

Sledders Restaurant - kiss the moose!

Wonder Freeze Ice Cream

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Bob Eichenlaub
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Bob Eichenlaub

I am a retired Special Education Teacher and builder and Becky is manager at a local foundation. We are avid runners, bikers and skiers. I have biked all over the world and love biking here the best. We have lived here for decades and love Traverse City!

Bob Eichenlaub purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Bob Eichenlaub chose Northern Michigan

The ‘Rock Shop 2’ started 3 years ago when my wife and I were looking for a new home. We stumbled onto an old storefront with a house attached. The “Davidson Rock Shop” had been polishing Petoskey stones and selling them to tourists for over 50 years. The building was part of Traverse City’s original downtown and was built just after the Civil War. It sits across the street from the public beach on West Bay - an awesome location, just 2 blocks away from downtown.

We decided to tear down the commercial side and sell the small house to some friends. The design was particularly difficult due to the fact that the commercial infill lot that was left was 25’ wide and 117’ deep AND we needed a ‘one hour fire rated wall’ on the long sides. That means no windows on the long sides. A big challenge was bringing light into a ‘shotgun’ style house.

The other big design consideration was that I wanted to build the most energy efficient building in Traverse City. The building follows a German design standard called Passiv House. This design standard has four main criteria 1) Super-insulation 2) Very tight envelope 3) an Energy Recovery Ventilator to bring in fresh air and is 4)Solar heated.

I retired last June from teaching and started tearing down the old building the next day. The final design (I went through 4 major design changes) has a small apartment and a garage on the first floor. The second floor has the main living space and has a ‘clear story’ that goes up to the third floor and the decks, flooding the house with light. The floors and the domestic hot water are heated by the solar panels on the roof. Last week we got a courtesy call from DTE saying that we would not be getting a bill for the month of May because they do not send out bills less than $ 30.00.

What makes this apartment unique

We are so very happy with our new home, it is nothing short of amazing! It has turned out better than we expected. Look out your front window on one of the most pristine bays in the world!


based on 27 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Traverse City Gem

  • 5 of 5

The house owned by Bob and Becky is truly the coolest house in TC. It is within easy walking distance of downtown with all its restaurants and shops. Its also just down the street from the best breakfast restaurant in the city. The unit is the bottom floor of a three story home right on the bay. The view is beautiful and expansive. Although it is close to the main road, noise is not an issue - the whole unit seems to be soundproofed. The unit is well laid out, cozily comfortable and well appointed. Everything you need for your stay is already there. Bob and Becky were unobtrusive hosts. I would return there again in a heartbeat when in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. It was good to meet you. Come back anytime :)
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Perfect Home Base!

  • 5 of 5

Rock Shop 2 was a perfect home base for our visit to Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes. It's an easy drive to both penInsulas and an easy walk to downtown TC. Bob and Becky were perfect hosts. They anticipated our every need and provided several great suggestions. We won't hesitate to stay here again when we return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us. We're glad you enjoyed it. Becky
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Clean, cozy, great location

  • 5 of 5

This property is across the street from a small beach, walking distance to ice cream, sandwiches, pies, and Frint Street shopping. The hosts respond almost immediately to texts, but let you have your privacy on the first floor of their house. Our little one loves looking out the windows at the cars, and bikes, and boats and going got the beach each morning and evening.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, clean and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, within walking distance to many amenities. The place is very clean a cozy perfect for a small family. Bob and Becky were super nice and very insightful on local restaurants. Overall we had a great stay and will definitely look forward to staying again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C'mon back! We are glad to have another satisfied guest.
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Exactly what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We spent Cherry Festival week at this property and it was perfect for our needs. We watched fireworks and air show across the street, bayside. Location is perfect for biking and walking to all events. Parking was never a problem. Interior is beautifully decorated and stocked with everything we needed. Living above the apartment, Bob and Becky were very helpful but not obtrusive. There is a party store down the street (also one of the best bakeries in town only a 1/2 block away) so we had plenty of people watching going on during the rare times we were home at the apartment. Traverse City kept us busy with all the special events and neat places to visit. We were more than satisfied at our Cherry Festival accommodations!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location and rental

  • 5 of 5

This was our anniversary weekend and first time away with out our two toddlers. The rental was beautiful and in a great location! We will be using this location again in the future! Try Frenchies if you go... great food!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sledders - Kiss the Moose!
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Elmbrook, Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 31 & M-72
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sledders - Great Burger
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Across the street
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Traverse City, Northern Michigan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Sept 2016
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £82
Cleaning Fee £41
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Traverse City in Michigan

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Full sized tub and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen sized bed with a Memory Foam Mattress, (second bed is in the living room sofa-bed)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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