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The Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast

244 E. Eighth St. , Traverse City, MI 49684 USA (Show map)
34 Reviews
$120 - $190
per night

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Located in Traverse City's Old Town, we provide beautifully furnished rooms in a historic home built in 1900. We serve a generous, home cooked breakfast made with organic ingredients. We use local produce, breads, and eggs whenever possible. Enjoy your morning coffee from a local fair trade roastery in our urban gardens amid beautiful herbs and flowers. Our house is located a short 5 minute walk from fun and unique downtown Traverse City. Visit our renowned State theater, stroll the beach during sunset or enjoy local music, beer, wine, and dinner. We are happy to loan you a bike from our personal collection, including a tandem, to explore the historic neighborhoods of Traverse City. If you are in the mood for a drive, you can discover the beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula, Leelanau Peninsula, or the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.

Rooms & Rates

The Waldo Room

A sleigh style queen bed with a shared bath. Chairs and a table as well as a victorian dresser. All rooms are wi-fi. A kitchenette is available downstairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Lewis Room

A beautiful canopy bed with a fine mahogony dresser and antique dressing table brought from the Western Reserve in the late 1800's.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Pierpont Room

Pierpont room with a 1920 Michigan oak headboard and Cherry quilt. A gentleman's dresser from early Michigan history.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Langley Room

The Langley room has a king bed with a memory foam topper that provides an incredible nights sleep. As oak desk and antique dresser along with 2 comfortable chairs are in the room as well.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

Grose Room

The Grose Room has a queen 4 poster bed. It has a private bath and a private entrance that exits close to the driveway. An oak dresser from early Michigan history is in the room along with some 19th century chairs.

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

Hammond Room

Hammond Room is a small room on the ground floor with a queen bed and a private bath. It is off the living room. Although it is small, it is convenient for those who don't want to use stairs, and has the convenience of being close to the living room for a spacious relaxing atmosphere.

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

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.9

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An incredibly good b&b!!

5 on July 01, 2014

My husband and I stayed over the weekend and had an amazing time in the Oviatt House. This was our first experience in a b&b and we absolutely loved it. Franny was a superb host. Franny was very helpful with all our questions and needs. Rooms were clean, food was delicious.Very convenient location. We will definitely visit again!

This Place is Awesome!

5 on December 19, 2013

Fran, the proprietor is fantastic. By far, the best breakfast I've ever been served at a B&B. She was also helpful in navigating the town.


4.0 on December 18, 2013

My group and I have never stayed in a B&B before, but we would definitely stay at the Oviatt House again. Frannie's breakfast was amazing. She had great suggestions, and we always felt welcome.

Best B&B experience Ever

4.2 on December 10, 2013

Thanks to Franny the owner we had a very enjoyable stay! The breakfast was fantastic & her hospitality was great. The location was only a 5 min walk to all the shops & restaurants.

The Best First Experience

4.4 on December 10, 2013

We are so thankful our 1st B&B experience was at Oviatt and with Franny. It was the best experience we could have hoped for. We will be trying more B&B's because of her.

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Location Type

City, Downtown, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 3 miles

Directions to property:

From the Cherry Capital Airport,turn right on So. Airport Blvd and go about 2 miles west to Cass St. Turn right on Cass St. Go to 2nd light at 8th St, Turn right - go 1 block to Lake St, turn right. Driveway is the first on the Rt.

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, TART bike and walking trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Bench swing in the garden, 4 Bicycles and a Tandem bike for 2, Garden chairs and table

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Wine Tasting
 Local Breweries, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak season, we may require a 2 night stay minimum.
  • Cancellations: 7 days advance notice, no extra charge.



Franny Bluhm and family

Languages spoken

Elementary Japanese, English, French, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Franny is a naturalist at a local Nature Area, and is an avid organic gardener. The family plays lots of music and enjoys the arts of Traverse City and surrounding area.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Vegan

Signature Dish

Quinoa Fruit Salad with ginger honey dressing
A healthy breakfast salad with apricots, cherries, nuts, and a honey, ginger dressing. We also serve a rolled fritatta egg dish, bacon from a local butcher, and a large rotating selection of morning pastries.

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244 E. Eighth St. , Traverse City, MI 49684 USA (Show map)

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