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D E P O S I T
A one-night deposit is required to secure your reservation. Once your request has been processed, we will charge your credit card to secure your reservation and send you an email confirmation. Deposit refunds are given if the cancellation is made 8 days or more in advance, less a $50 service fee.
C A N C E L L A T I O N S
No refund is given if cancellation is made less than 8 days in advance of reservation date. In the case of cancellation due to an emergency or weather, refund will be made at B+B's discretion. Deposits and reservations are non-transferable.
H O U S E R U L E S
- No pets allowed. (We have a resident cat who does not have access to guest areas, so the B+B is allergen-free.)
- Smoking inside the B+B is prohibited.
- Firearms and illegal drugs are not allowed.
The violation of any policy constitutes a breach in contract. Guest will forfeit deposit and be asked to stay elsewhere. Please call the B+B if you have any questions about these policies. Thanks for your understanding.
F A Q s
What is a bed and breakfast?
A bed and breakfast is a private home with official licensing from the city (to ensure safety and other protections) that offers overnight accommodations for guests. Our B+B has three guest bedrooms, and each has a private bathroom. Guests have access to public spaces including the front room and seating in the front yard.
How does it all work? We’ve never stayed at a B+B.
Check-in is between 4 and 6 pm. Once you arrive, we greet you, show you around and answer any questions. Then make yourselves at home! Your room is completely private and we will not enter it unless you ask us to. We clear the bathrooms of trash and used linens daily.
When is check-in? Check-out? And when is breakfast?
Check-in is between 4 and 6 pm and check-out is at 11 am. Breakfast is served at 9 am. The B+B is closed to check-ins between 11 am and 4 pm unless arrangements with guests have been made.
Where do we park when we get there?
Many guests choose to park in front of the B&B on Elmwood with very easy access to the front door. Alternatively, there is a parking directly behind the B+B. From there, take the walkway from the parking area alongside the house to the front door. Turn the old "key" on the door to ring the bell. Guests are given the code to the keypad lock.
What’s for breakfast?
Gather at 9 am in the breakfast room to in-season fresh fruit with yogurt, or citrus in winter months (our brown-sugar broiled grapefruit is very popular) and coffee or tea. We serve our signature house-baked scone or muffins, and sometimes a local baker's amazing coffee cake. The main course is a savory egg dish such as a frittata or egg scramble with different types of cheese, vegetables, and fresh herbs. Guests love our locally sourced bacon and sausage. Vegan, vegetarian and other special dietary restrictions are readily accommodated. We also enjoy serving authentic Scottish food including broiled tomatoes, “nips and tatties” (potatoes and turnips), or potato scones. With bread from a local baker, we serve toast with local preserves or house-made jams or marmalade, and butter.
Is your cat nice? Plus, what about allergies?
Pico is very affectionate, and a bit shy. He never has access to guest areas, so all guest accommodations remain allergen-free. (To keep the B+B allergen-free, we are unable to host guest pets of any type.)
How long have you been running the B+B?
Melinda’s parents opened the B+B in 1999 and retired in 2013. Eager to become innkeepers ourselves, we (Melinda and David) moved up from downstate to assume daily operations of the business. We have been delighted and gratified by the B+B's success!
Is there a curfew?
Not at all; guests may come and go freely.
Can we walk to town from the B+B?
Yes! We are very lucky to have such a walkable location. It’s about 4 blocks from the B+B to the paved trail along West Bay, which gives you access to beautiful beaches and the shoreline, as well as an easy walk into town. We’re 3 blocks from Front Street, and the heart of downtown is just 7 blocks away (7/10 of a mile total).
How far is it to trails for hikingor biking?
The B+B is located within a mile of two extensive hiking trail systems, and just 4 blocks from the TART Trail where you can enjoy over 17 miles of easy biking -- into and all throughout Traverse City or up to Suttons Bay.
Can we walk to a beach?
Yes! We are within easy walking distance to the wonderful in-town beach at Clinch Park on Grand Traverse Bay. And it's just 25 minutes in the car to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Empire Beach, voted "most beautiful place in America" many times over the last few years. A quick look at any area map will show how easy it is to get to water from the B+B.
If you have any additional questions, please email or give us a call. We'd love to hear from you!
About the B+B
The house was built in 1896 in the Traverse City neighborhood of "Slabtown." Originally sided in wood planking ("slab" wood), the house exterior was "stoned up" in the mid-1920s with small, fist-sized cobblestones harvested from Old Mission Peninsula. The owners also added a blessing: "Whoever lives in this house will always have prosperity." And just to be sure, above the uppermost window on the front of the house, a ceramic piggy bank was mortared in along with the stones. Money was placed in the bank, ensuring good fortune!