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On West Grand Traverse Bay -Private Carriage House -Sleeps 4

61 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Suttons Bay - Restful Nest

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This property offers 100 feet on West Grand Traverse Bay across from Power island. Half way up the dock is a sitting deck with adirondock chairs- perfect for reading and catching some rays and enjoying the breezes off the water. Sit there in the early evening at sunset to experience the changing colors of the sky. We call it the "afterglow"once the sun has set. There are some awesome moon rises to the East. If you bring your boat, we have a a public launch 5 minutes north. There is room on site here for the boat and trailer. There is a fire pit down at the water for bonfires and roasting marshmallows- we usually have wood available. You can toast to downtown Traverse City aglow to the South and see the stars shining like you can't believe. It creates an evening experience that you don't want to end.

This carriage house apartment is decorated in fun beachy colors with white trim. There is second floor deck with waterview and gas grill. Interior offers a kitchen with electric stove and cooking utensils. Living room has tv with cable, internet,wireless), dvd player- couch converts to full bed . Bathroom is fun UPNorth style with beadboard, large tiled shower and antique wicker vanity with vessel sink. The bedroom has a queen bed eith pillow top mattress and walk in closet.

We invite you to share this wonderful place with us. Our location is nicely located as a base for enjoying Leelanau County and the Grand Traverse Area.

Keywords: Restful Nest is located on the West Grand Traverse Bay between Traverse City and Suttons Bay. Enjoy fabulous Northern Michigan sunrises. Includes private upper deck with views, kitchen, a/c, cable/ internet - free public boat launch just 2 miles north, fire pit at water's edge, use of 2 person kayak. Very close to Leelanau trail for hiking, biking and cross country skiing . Enjoy driving scenic M-22 around Leelanau County 30 minutes to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park- voted the Most Beautiful Place in America 2011!! We now have a bowling alley in Northport with a new restaurant. We are located within minutes of the approximately 25 wineries of Leelanau Peninsula and 9 miles south of downtown Suttons Bay's with beach and marina. We are directly across from the Mission Peninsula which also has some wonderful wineries to enjoy.

If you enjoy gambling or want to try something new, we are about 15 minutes from the Leelanau Sands Casino- Many entertainers are featured through out the year for live shows.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Nancy or Victor
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Nancy or Victor

We are an active working couple who moved into what was our Traverse City cottage 9 years ago. That is when we built the carriage house with the apartment above so there would be room for our children to come visit. We have a rescue dog on site- Scrappy, our 7 yr old Australian Shepherd mutt.

We are avid golfers, love wine ,art and music- which is why we found this to be an area perfect for us. It's amazing how many people we have met since living here who are so much like ourselves.

We are husband and wife home builder/remodelers- Grand Bay Building and Remodeling. We moved our business Up North from the Pinckney Chain of Lakes Area of Livingston County. We wanted to be somewhere our children and future grandchildren would loved to come and visit. Traverse City and Leelanau County have far surpassed our expectations. We absolutely love the activity and social aspects of the area. If you are looking for things to do and see- we can be very helpful.

We totally understand couples who are looking to move to the area. That's why we love the business that we're in- we can make the dream happen for others like we did for ourselves!

Nancy or Victor purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Nancy or Victor chose Northern Michigan

We used to come up north with our oldest son's travel soccer team for tournaments. Over a five year span, the entire family looked forward to our week here in August. We decided to look for a cottage that we could eventually move to when all of the kids were out of high school.

We checked out the entire area over the years- we knew that we needed parking- so some of those small lots right on a road were not for us. We also knew we would be working and needed to be close to town for meetings, supplies etc. Being just north of Traverse City allows us to miss the summer traffic from festivals and hotels on a daily basis. We are within 10 minutes of the action when we want it and we can enjoy wonderful Leelanau County every day.

Our place is located down at the water on a 1 acre site. M-22 is a wonderful access road to everything but we have lots of privacy and parking- exactly what fit our needs.

This area offers much in the way of entertainment.- The Dennos Museum always offers a wonderful exhibit and music performances in the Milliken Auditorium. There are many art galleries to showcase the talent here in Northern Michigan. Two small theatres: The State Theater downton Traverse City and The Bay in Suttons Bay are restored wonderful old theaters featuring great movies. Interlochen for the Performing Arts is a venue for wonderful music performances. Traverse City has The Old Town Playhouse for community theater.

The list goes on- as members of the 2 local Chamber of Commerces we have a really good source of knowledge for what's happening.

What makes this apartment unique

Vic and the dogs fish the Bay for salmon and lake trout so our boat is set with downriggers. We can boat to dinner from our dock-north to Knot Just a Bar in Omena Point or downtown Suttons Bay or south to Harbor 22. This is why we love West Bay- there are great places to travel to by boat . Sometimes we'll take a bottle of wine out on the boat to the island and watch the sun set and the moon rise. During Cherry Fest, we motor down by West End Beach and listen to music from the Cherry Festival Stage. We can anchor by the Holiday Inn on Friday nights and relax to music. Nothing beats watching the Air Show and fireworks from the water. Being located between Suttons Bay and TC has been perfect for us. Both have wonderful downtowns and restaurants. Festivals are a huge thing in this area and we're located close to all of them.

We are near the trails for biking, hiking and cross country skiing. We happen to love our closest golf course- The Leelanau Club. As avid golfers, the problem is finding the time to enjoy all of the courses.

The best thing about this place- you can hear the nosies of the bay- water lapping or waves crashing, seagulls & ducks, wooshing as swans lift off. The bay calms you down and brings you back to nature. Lately we've had herons spending lots of time in the beach grasses or our artesian well. We think it's a wonderful place and would really miss it.


based on 61 holidaymaker reviews

On West Grand Traverse Bay -Private Carriage House -Sleeps 4
average rating of 4.9344263 based on 61 reviews

Great, cozy little place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the Restful Nest. It's the perfect size for 2 people! Very cute, cozy and relaxing. We enjoyed sitting on the dock and relaxing while looking out at the water in the morning. The location is great too. It's not far from downtown Traverse City but also very close to Sutton's Bay, the Leelanau Penninsula wineries and the TART bike trail. I would love to come back sometime. Thanks for a great stay Nancy and Victor!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quite

  • 5 of 5

Our week at this property was wonderful! The place was extremely clean and well decorated. It was great to see the water and hear the waves at night. We truly enjoyed our week, and would highly recommend it. We will be planning on returning. The place had everything we needed, and we found it very relaxing and peaceful. In fact, we did not want to leave. The location is great, between Suttons Bay and Traverse City, with many things to do. Thanks (9/24/16)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, view, and experience!

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely fell in love with Northern Michigan and Traverse City during our stay, and the Restful Nest was a large part of that. The house is clean, well appointed, and cozy. Check in/check out and parking were an absolute breeze, and when we needed to contact the owners regarding a late summer fruit fly appearance, they were responsive and appeared as soon as they could to solve the problem. I would recommend this home to anyone wishing for a quiet, scenic getaway. Convenient to all that Leelanau Peninsula and Mission Peninsula have to offer. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, comfortable hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location on the Bay. Apartment is peaceful, tastefully appointed, clean, and very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Restful nest is a beautiful spot tucked away off the beaten path, with great views and access to the bay. It is centrally located for exploring the Lelanau pinninsula and 10 minutes to Traverse City or Suttons Bay. Victor and Nancy are gracious hosts, great care is taken to make the place cozy and furnished with everything you will need.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed our Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Restful Nest the week of 8/13/-8/20/16. The pictures online are very accurate and the unit was very clean when we arrived. Everything worked and was well maintained. The only recommendations we would have is to install a ceiling fan in the bedroom as it can get a little stuffy at night when it's warm out.There was a small oscillating fan in the closet that we used but it was old and fairly noisy but not enough to keep us from sleeping. The A/C unit worked great. The WiFi worked well.The coffee maker is advertised as being able to use K-Cups as well as regular coffe so we brought cups with us but that side of the maker didn't seem to work so we ended up buying some ground coffee and that worked fine. It would also be nice if the trees in the yard were trimmed back to offer a better view of the bay from the balcony. The only strange thing was that we crossed paths with the owners a couple of times during the week but they never introduced themselves to us or asked how our stay was or if we needed anything. We appreciate having our space but it just seemed a little strange. That being said, we would definitely recommend the Restfull Nest to anyone looking to rent in the area. The location approximately halfway between Traverse City and Suttons Bay means you're not too far from anyplace the area has to offer. We visited both lighthouses, Sleeping Bear Dunes, downtown Traverse and even took a day trip to Mackinac Island which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Some must visit places besides the Dunes are, Suttons Bay Ciders located on Hilltop Rd not to far north on 22- The view from their deck is awesome and the ciders are very good too. Knot Just a Bar in Omena on 22 is a great place to stop for cocktail or lunch and take in a great view of the bay from their deck. Our favorite was driving up the Old Mission peninsula on our last day. There are some awesome views there and we wish we would have discovered it sooner. Resturants: 45th Parrallel Café in Suttons Bay has a very good breakfast. Bella Fortuna in Lake Leelnau is very good. Fischers Happy Hour Tavern on 22 between Leland and Northport has reasonable and good food. Our favorite although a little pricey is The Riverside Inn in Leland. Although we didn't eat there, I would try the Mission Tavern if we visit again.There is too much to see and do in the area for one week. You can't go wrong staying at the Restfiull Nest!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Appreciate hearing about the fan- not sure we can put a ceiling unit in with the angled ceiling- but I can replace the fan with something newer! You happened to have arrived the weekend of my father's funeral. As you can imagine- things were not quite right that week. Sorry about that- we are usually very friendly.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
TVC Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Harbor 22 at Cherrybend Rd/M22
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
from Leland to Manitou Islands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Leelanau Club at Bahle's Farm, Suttons Bay
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Harbor 22,Tuscan Bistro or Boones Pub in Suttons B
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Holiday Hills
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
WestEnd Beach, Trav City or dowtown Suttons Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Leelanau
Nearest Point of Interest
Bingham Township West Bay Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Brengmann Winery at Crain Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Leelanau Trail Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Trail Head for Tart Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedar Lake Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
Power Island
Nearest Point of Interest
West Bay Public Boat Launch
Nearest Point of Interest
Leelanau Club of Bahles Farm
Nearest Point of Interest
Sleeping Bear Dune Climb and Pierce Stocking Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Traverse City
Nearest Point of Interest
Black Star Farms
Nearest Point of Interest
Leelanau Sands Casino
Nearest Point of Interest
Fishtown Leland
Car: necessary

The Leelanau Peninsula has about 25 wineries and Mission Peninsula offers close to 20. This area is definitely known for the quality of the grapes producing award winning wines. Micro breweries have also blossomed- for the beer lovers.

Not to miss is a day trip around Leelanau County following M-22 (which we are located on) thru Suttons Bay - north to Northport and around the peninsula to the Sleeping Bear National Park. All along the shore are wonderful beaches and hiking trails- make sure to visit historical Fishtown located in Leland. Make a stop in Glen Arbor as you're getting closer to Empire. These small Michigan towns each have a unique feel to them which offers a real Northern Michigan experience.

Another day trip is to take M22 south toward Traverse City and follow US31 north - stop at Elk Rapids, continue north to Charlevoix and lastly to Petoskey.

If you continue past Petoskey on US31 north you're heading to the Mackinac Bridge which is site to see and to drive over to the Upper Peninsula .

A full day trip from our place is to head directly to Mackinac City - take the ferry over to Mackinac Island. A step back in time with no cars- only walking, bikes and horse drawn carriages for transportation. Rent a bike and travel around the island for a beautiful site seeing trip. Dress up and visit the Grand Hotel for a real treat.

Once you're here we are very happy to answer questions and give you other ideas of things to do. During the summer it seems that every weekend another town has a festival going- much art, music and wine tasting!!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Suttons Bay, Northern Michigan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
30 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Spring-Early Summer
29 Apr 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
10 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer/Fall Color
2 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Standard Off Season Rate
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £41

Weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday with afternoon 3pm check in and Saturday 11 am check out -
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Suttons Bay in Michigan

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bathroom has large 3x5 shower/ no tub. Towels, soap, shampoo, hairdryer provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) located in bedroom- linens provided, Sleep Sofa located in living room - full size bedding in bedroom walk in closet
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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