Planning a Traverse City vacation can be daunting, but for good reason: there’s so much to see and do. Finding the perfect accommodation is a big part of that equation these days, as visitors seek to snag places that are destinations in themselves – the perfect vacation home is no longer just about location, but also amazing amenities like fully equipped kitchens, waterfront access, adventure gear like bikes, paddle boards and kayaks, even thoughtful touches like free wood waiting next to the fire pit .
If you’re looking for the perfect cabin, cottage, or condo for your next trip to Traverse City, we’ve rounded up a dozen to get you started. Each is highly rated on vacation rental site VRBO.com; Bookmark them for future travels or let them inspire you to dream of your next getaway.
The following listings were active and accepting reservations at the time of publication. Be sure to check each listing carefully for special guidelines and specific policies, especially for pets and children. More Michigan listings are available at VRBO.com.
Deluxe Suite at the Village: It’s not hard to see why this spacious stunner of a vacation rental has all five-star reviews: The 2,300 square foot condo in historic Grand Traverse Commons is beautifully appointed with dining, hiking, and shops within walking distance. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8. Full list here
Brown’s Bayside Retreat: This spacious and sparkling Traverse City condo offers quick access to all local amenities along with luxury details like a fully equipped kitchen and all new appliances. Guest reviews rave about the location and excellent communication from the host. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8. Full list here
Charming lakeside cabin with boat ramp on a sandy beach:This freshly remodeled cutie is on Lake Rennie, a rustic sports lake about 15 minutes southeast of Traverse City. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 5 beds. Full list here
Traverse City Front Street Victorian house: A newly renovated apartment in a sweet Victorian with lots of charm and a killer location just two blocks from the beach. Amenities include plenty of on-site parking, outdoor BBQ, smart TV and more. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 8. Full list here
Private Carriage Shed on West Grand Traverse Bay: This oceanfront carriage house features 100 feet on West Grand Traverse Bay. It’s close enough for quick trips to Traverse City but also far enough to provide tranquility even during peak tourist seasons. The waterfront fire pit for bonfires and s’mores is an added bonus. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here
Cozy Home on High Lake: This charmer of a tiny house sits on the edge of 50-acre High Lake, with a kayak and canoes ready for you to go on an adventure. Reviewers loved the location, which offers a restful and peaceful stay while being close to the action in Traverse City. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here
Spider Lake Waterfront Cottage: From serene waterfront sunrises to a boatload of lake house amenities (paddle boards, paddle boats, enough kayaks for an entire crew), this Spider Lake cabin has it all. need for a vacation in the North. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6. Full list here
Waterfront Cottage on the Boardman River: There’s just something dreamier about being on a river. This Boardman River cabin is fully stocked, with a riverside firepit for stargazing in any season. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6. Full list here
Top floor condo for 2 in the heart of downtown Traverse City: A brand new condo (with parking!) that puts you right in the center of Traverse City’s amazing restaurants and shops, not to mention walking distance to the sandy shores of Grand Traverse Bay. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here
Bay Bliss at Traverse City Beach: Explore the Traverse City area, then come home to a sandy beach and sunset views right outside your door in this bayfront condo, freshly updated with new appliances. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here
Beach House within walking distance of downtown Traverse City:Reviewers (including one who has returned to this spot four times) rave about the sunsets and the location of this little beach house, which is only a 15 minute walk from the town center. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4. Full list here
Cabin on Lake Chandler: A lovely lakeside vacation rental just about 10 minutes from Traverse City, with all the charm you’d hope to find in a cabin tucked away in the North. Perfectly sized for a solo retreat, a getaway with best friends, or a couple’s trip. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 beds. Full list here
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