11 Awesome Airbnb Stays near Traverse City, Michigan

February 2, 2021


Traverse City is a charming, small town located in northern Michigan at the foot of Grand Traverse Bay. A picturesque spot in all seasons with plenty of outdoor activities all year round, it's a great spot to get away and relax on a trip to Michigan. To help you find the perfect place to stay, I've put together this list of awesome Airbnbs and vacation rentals near Traverse City. 

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Visiting Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City is home to a variety of fun activities to keep you entertained during your visit. As it's the main inland port for the Grand Traverse Bay, it's a wonderful place for water sports. But is also a great spot for relaxing and enjoying the views. 

In warm weather, enjoy the beaches, play a round of golf, or take a hike. If you love tart cherries, why not attend the National Cherry Festival happening in Traverse City each July? For autumn aficionados, you'll love the brilliant shades of leaves you'll find in Traverse City. Or, come to Traverse City to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-fishing during its snowy winters. 

And no matter which season you visit, the local wineries, breweries, and shopping opportunities in and around Traverse City will delight you. 

Check out these 6 Fun Activities in Traverse City to start planning your visit!

Awesome Traverse City Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals

To help you find a great place to stay in Traverse City, Michigan, I've compiled this list of amazing Airbnbs and vacation rentals near the town. Some properties are located a bit outside of Traverse City but all are within a ~40-minute drive to the town. The approximate distance from downtown Traverse City is listed under each vacation home.

This list has a wide range of stunning waterfront cottages, cute log cabins, and unique houses with incredible views. Hopefully, you'll discover the perfect place for you!

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A charming log cabin on Mitchell Creek with a private hot tub in Traverse City.

Location: Traverse City, MI
Avg. Price per Night$407
Guests: 6 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1.5 baths

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Washer/dryer, BBQ grill, private hot tub, creek views

This adorable log cabin on Mitchell Creek is perfect if you're looking for a quiet getaway in a prime location close to downtown shops and restaurants. Wake up by the stream, relax in the private hot tub, then explore the town. Bring your furry friends with you as pets are also welcome!  

NoMI Cottage - Traverse City vacation rental

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or larger family/friends gathering if combined with other log cabins (see below)

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 5 miles

A relaxing log cabin on Mitchell Creek in Traverse City.

Location: Traverse City, MI
Avg. Price per Night$579
Guests: 4 guests
Beds/Baths: 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Washer/dryer, indoor fireplace, BBQ grill, private hot tub, creek views

This log cabin is on the same property as the NoMi Vibes Cottage and is also hosted by Lauren. Both cabins received rave reviews for cleanliness and the host's thoughtful touches. Although they are similar, the UpNorth Chalet has an indoor fireplace which would be lovely in the winter.

If you're planning a family gathering or retreat in the woods with friends, renting both of these cabins would provide an ideal private space for your group.  

Upnorth Vibes Log cabin - Traverse City

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or larger family/friends gathering if combined with other log cabins (see above)

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 5 miles

A modern, beachfront condominium perfect for a weekend escape in Traverse City.

Location: Traverse City, MI
Avg. Price per Night$116
Guests: 4 guests
Beds/Baths: 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Beachfront with bay views, balcony with sunset views, professionally-designed interior, access to heated outdoor pool, hot tub, daily housekeeping services.

This beachfront condo is a perfect place to stay for an easy, weekend getaway in Traverse City. Stylishly-decorated with incredible views of Grand Traverse Bay, it's a comfortable space which is reminiscent of a luxury hotel. This Beach Room would be a great jumping off point for exploring the Old Mission Peninsula and downtown Traverse City.

Beach Condo - Traverse City Airbnbs

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Perfect stay for: Couple

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 5 miles

A quiet, private lakeside house with a beautiful deck close to downtown Traverse City.

Location: Cedar Lake in Traverse City, MI
Approx. Price per Night$161
Guests: 8 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 1.5 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Lakeside, deck, washer, BBQ grill, 
kayak & canoe provided by host

This excellently-reviewed Airbnb near Traverse City is located on Cedar Lake. It's a quiet and private location but still convenient to restaurants and coffee shops downtown. Take the kayak and canoe out onto the lake, enjoy the nearby running/bike path, or sit and enjoy a beautiful sunset on the spacious deck.

Bluewater Bliss - Traverse City Airbnbs

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Family, or Friend trip

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 5 miles

Luxurious mansion on the banks of Silver Lake with incredible amenities.

Location: Silver Lake in Traverse City, MI
Approx. Price per Night$890
Guests: 10 guests
Beds/Baths: 5 bedrooms · 8 beds · 3.5 baths

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Lakeside, private beach, private dock, kayaks, multiple decks, ping pong table, fire pit, hot tub, BBQ grill, outdoor shower, washer/dryer

This luxurious mansion is steps from Silver Lake, has loads of amenities, and is perfect for a family reunion or a group of friends to get away together. The house is spacious with plenty of seating areas so groups will not feel cramped. Large windows allow the natural light to shine in and show off those amazing lake views.

Spend time playing ping pong or shooting pool, relax in the hot tub, or get out on the lake in one of the kayaks provided. In the summer, lounge at the private beach and soak up the sun!

Waterfront Silver Lake Home - Traverse City Airbnb

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Perfect stay for: Large family gathering or group of friends

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 8 miles

A beautiful lakeside cottage with a private beach and spacious outdoor deck.

Location: Silver Lake in Traverse City, MI
Approx. Price per Night$312
Guests: 6 guests
Beds/Baths: 2 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Lakeside property, spacious deck, fire pit, fishing dock, boat ramp, charcoal grill, hammock, outdoor shower

This cozy cottage is bright and open with incredible views of Silver Lake. In warm weather, the spacious outdoor deck is a gorgeous extension of the living space. Enjoy the private beach, a spot of paddle-boarding, or lounge in the hammock with a good book. It's the perfect summer getaway close to Traverse City!  

Cozy Slice of Traverse City Heaven Airbnb

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Perfect stay for: Couple or Family

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 9 miles

Beautiful sunrise views and lake activities at this cozy cabin.

Location: Bass Lake in Traverse City, MI
Approx. Price per Night$211
Guests: 4 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Lakeside, indoor gas fireplace, outdoor bonfire pit, row boat, paddle boat, dock

This cozy cabin on Bass Lake is a wonderful place to spend some time relaxing in nature. Wake up to beautiful sunrise views over the lake then head out in the row boat provided for some fishing. Located close to Traverse City, it's easy to take advantage of the restaurants and shops downtown, yet have a peaceful place to retreat at night.

Bass Lake Lodge - Traverse City Airbnb

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Perfect stay for: Couple or Family

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 9 miles

Recently-renovated lakefront home with a screened-in porch and indoor fireplace.

Location: Bass Lake in Traverse City, MI
Approx. Price per Night$357
Guests: 5 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Lakeside, washer/dryer, indoor fireplace, BBQ grill, fire pit, dock, screened-in porch, kayaks and row boat provided

This recently-renovated home on Bass Lake boasts stunning lake views and a screened-in porch which will help keep the bugs away in summer! Enjoy a glass of wine while admiring the shimmering water or head out on the lake in one of the kayaks provided. In cooler weather, enjoy the indoor fireplace or make s'mores around the backyard fire pit. 

Island View on Bass Lake - Traverse City Airbnb

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Perfect stay for: Couple or Family

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 9 miles

A unique and stylish dome house with spectacular bay views.

Location: Suttons Bay, MI
Approx. Price per Night: $225
Guests: 4 guests
Beds/Baths: 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Unique Airbnb stay, washer/dryer, patio with tree & bay views, fire pit, sunrise views 

This unique Airbnb property near Suttons Bay offers an open floor plan with spectacular views of the West Arm Grand Traverse Bay. In the fall, the beautiful tapestry of fall colors will delight you as you sip a glass of wine on the spacious patio. Located on the Leelanau Peninsula, the dome house is nearby to several wineries and breweries that are worth a visit during your stay. 

Dome House - Airbnb Traverse City

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Perfect stay for: Couple or Family

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 11 miles

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Two log cabins on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay with a private dock.

Location: Suttons Bay, MI
Approx. Price per Night: $650
Guests: 12 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 7 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Private dock, paddle boards, kayaks, outdoor shower, hammock, BBQ grill, fire pit.

Two adorable log cabins with a private waterfront offer a perfect retreat for a family gathering or a trip with a group of friends. Wake up and watch the sunrise over the bay while listening to the waves. Paddle out on a kayak to explore the bay, take a hike, or head to Hop Lot Brewing Company in Suttons Bay for a pint. 

Two Waterfront Cabins - Traverse City Airbnbs

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Perfect stay for: Family or Friend trip

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 11 miles

Scandinavian-designed home in the forest with lots of light close to cherry orchards. 

Location: Lake Leelanau, MI
Approx. Price per Night$304
Guests: 6 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2.5 baths

Pet-friendly: Yes
Special Features: Walk to lake access and cherry orchards, forest retreat, washer/dryer, soaking tub, outdoor fire pit, BBQ grill

This Scandinavian home in the woods is a perfect forest retreat in all seasons. The windows let in plenty of natural light and the sleek design is clean and comfortable. This hygge stay is the perfect jumping off point to explore the Leelanau Peninsula. Enjoy snowshoeing and snow tubing in winter. In the summer, hike to the lake and walk through the cherry orchards. 

Wayfarer Treehouse Airbnb Traverse City

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Perfect stay for: Couple, Multiple Couples, or Family

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 23 miles

Modern house with large windows and wraparound porch overlooking incredible views.

Location: Northpoint, MI
Approx. Price per Night$397
Guests: 4 guests
Beds/Baths: 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths

Pet-friendly: No
Special Features: Wrap-around porch with water views, large windows, wood-burning stove, BBQ grill

This modern home is all about the views with large glass windows that let in tons of sunlight. A wraparound porch is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a meal or a glass of wine overlooking spectacular views. In the winter, cuddle beside the wood-burning stove and enjoy the snowy views outside. 

Seeblick Haus Airbnb Traverse City

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Perfect stay for: Couple or Family with older children

Distance to downtown Traverse City: 30 miles

Final Thoughts

As you can see from this list of gorgeous Airbnb and vacation rentals in Traverse City, it's the perfect place to spend a few days out in nature or relaxing with family and friends. Hopefully you'll find this list helpful as you begin to plan your next trip to Michigan!

Happy travels! 


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