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Aberdeen Stone Cottage B+B

315 N Elmwood , Traverse City, MI 49684 USA (Show map)
107 Reviews
$119 - $199
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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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Just a Wonderful Time!

4.2 on August 10, 2014

This was one of three B&B's we stayed at in the TC area during our ten day trip, and while we did encounter nicer rooms, we never found any nicer people than David and Melinda. Very friendly, and outgoing! They really know their way around TC, and go above and beyond to make your stay a good one! I have nothing bad to say about Aberdeen Stone Cottage. You should go there!

great for small family reunion

4.8 on June 19, 2014

We occupied all 3 rooms together with ours daughters and friend. It was absolutely a perfect stay. Such gracious and kind hosts. It was as close to being at home as we have experienced on our many B&B stays. The living room and den front room was just perfect for the five of us to sit and talk. The neighborhood in vintage Midwest with tree lined streets, beautifully maintained family homes set back from the street. Everything one needs is close by. And the city is perfect for cross generational groups -- something for everybody. The house is so peaceful and welcoming.


5 on November 27, 2013

Lovely B&B, lovely innkeepers, great food.

There's no place like Home, except The Aberdeen Stone House

5 on November 18, 2013

We loved the charm on the outside and the warmth and comfort exhibited by our hosts on the inside. Conversation and the fantastic breakfast each day were a wonderful way to start each day. They catered to our every whim and the presentation at our meals was outstanding. Every need that you could imagine could be found in our room as well. It will now be our getaway in the same equation as Traverse City.Lovely and fun and restful!

Great stay!

5 on November 10, 2013

Because of positive reviews, I decided to make reservations at this B&B, so I certainly wanted to contribute in case you are trying to decide as well! I recently stayed at the Aberdeen Stone Cottage. The location is fantastic, as it is situated near downtown shopping and restaurants. When we were greeted by the innkeepers, we were grateful to step into a relaxed atmosphere and felt comfortable in this home. Our room was as expected; comforting and clean. It felt private enough for the two of us. And let's not forget about breakfast! It was wonderful. Actually, I wish Dave and Melinda were here this morning to cook for me. We will not hesitate to stay here again if we can manage to get another getaway, but what's more, is that this B&B welcomes children. It is difficult to find places to stay with our kids and we are happy to have this B&B as a resource that will accommodate us!

Traverse City Stone Cottage

4.6 on November 06, 2013

Very welcoming, clean, friendly and cozy. The only downside was a shared bathroom.

Great B&B

4.4 on October 29, 2013

Great service and very friendly staff. We felt very welcome and comfortable.

Perfect First Bed and Breakfast Experience

4.4 on October 28, 2013

Could not have asked for a better getaway than Aberdeen. Although Melinda and David have been hosting since Labor Day, they were naturally welcoming and engaging as if they'd been providing hospitality for a lifetime. The rooms are modest but cozy and the perfect place to unwind after a long journey on the peninsulas. David was an enterprising chef, treating us to a traditional Scottish breakfast our first dawn, complete with basted eggs, neeps and mash and providing gourmet scones with a full spread every morning thereafter. We even got to hear him sing a few bars! Melinda was splendid with guiding us to our first venture to Traverse City, highlighting the ideal places and routes to take. She even invited us to a splendid art exhibit on Sleeping Bear that we could have never discovered without her help. This duo made for a perfect dynamic and were accommodating for my wife and I, who are 20 weeks along expecting our first. We will absolutely utilize this B&B again

delightful hosts

4.0 on October 20, 2013

The cottage is a warm and cozy retreat. Melinda and David fill the house with warmth and good humor. Their breakfasts are delicious and quite filling! A very rainy weekend was saved by our hosts' sunny dispositions.

exceeded our expectation

4.8 on October 15, 2013

Despite four days of constant rain and the gov't closing of the dunes, our stay at the Aberdeen was fabulous. Melinda and David were warm and welcoming, had great suggestions and treated us royally. Breakfasts were indeed hearty and delicious. The Cottage was charming, tastefully decorated and spotless. The attention to detail added to our comfort and enjoyment. Delightful hosts, sweet b & b, and memorable weekend.

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Rooms & Rates

Celtic Garden Room

This lovely and romantic first-floor room with queen-size bed and en suite bath (stocked with personal amenities) has private access to walled garden where you can enjoy your morning coffee or tea, or evening drink. Wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Snacks, tea service, and sodas are provided.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $199

Nightly Rate: $169 - $199

Heather Room

This light-filled upstairs room is named for beautiful Scottish heather that provided material for brooms and thatched roofs. Rest well under the eaves on a king-size bed beneath hand-stitched quilt and cozy duvets. Find the hidden nook behind the small door ~ an inviting, playful space with a small futon and a tiny window overlooking the front yard. It's a sweet place to read a book or play a game! Snacks, tea service, and sodas are provided upstairs. Shared bath (unless the Thistle Room is unoccupied; then you have the entire second-floor to yourselves!)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $129 - $169

Nightly Rate: $129 - $169

Thistle Room

Remembering the Scottish America's Cup racing yacht, Thistle, our largest room on the second floor offers a king-size bed. You'll enjoy climbing in beneath hand-stitched quilt, cozy duvets and four pillows. Large wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Lovely view of our perennial garden below the windows. Snacks, tea service, and sodas are provided upstairs. Shared bath (unless the Heather Room is unoccupied; then you have the entire second-floor to yourselves!)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $129 - $169

Nightly Rate: $129 - $169

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Location Type

Beachside, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Microbreweries, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Biking and hiking trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Piano, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 to 6 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum during certain seasons
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's tariff
  • Cancellations: Refund is given with 7 days or more cancellation notice, minus a $50 administration fee. NO REFUND is given if cancellation is made six days or less from reservation date.



Melinda Mathias-Porter and David Schenburn

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About the innkeepers

We love sand under our feet and snow in our hair, the dramatic skies and views we see every day. Those, plus great books, good music, strong coffee, vibrant food, excellent wine. Our newest interest -- and joy -- is innkeeping!

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  • Time Served: flexible
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Oatmeal Cherry Scones
Our oatmeal scones are flaky, buttery, delicate and not overly sweet. Tart dried cherries -- grown here in the nation's Cherry Capital -- are baked right in, adding a wonderful dimension to these breakfast treats!


315 N Elmwood , Traverse City, MI 49684 USA (Show map)

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