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.
4.2 on August 10, 2015
We stayed here for a weekend. Although we felt the room was small upon arrival, the charm of the overall atmosphere and generosity of the host quickly overrode our doubts. It was only a couple blocks from the city and the beach, you could not have a better breakfast to start out your day, and Franny was a wonderful person for ideas on where to go and what to do, and just a fun person to talk to. We also liked that we had our own bathroom. For the price, location, and experience it is the perfect place to spend time in Traverse City!
5 on July 17, 2014
My daughters and I stayed at Oviatt House for 2 nites while on a girls retreat. We have stayed at many BnB's in the past and much prefer them over a hotel. Oviatt House is lovely. The breakfast was perfect, the rooms are just as pictured, beds comfortable. It is within walking distance to downtown. Lots of parking. We will definitely return!
Thank you for reviewing your stay at our home. We are so glad you enjoyed it, and we look forward to seeing you again!
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!
We are so glad you will be returning! We appreciate you taking the time to review your stay with us and we are glad you have such kind things to say.
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.
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.
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.
5 on September 27, 2013
Staying at the Oviatt House while visiting Traverse City was such a positive experience I felt compelled to write a review. The conscious traveller will feel right at home here. Fair trade coffee, and non GMO organic meals. The B&B is furnished with antiques from around the world and the beautifully landscaped property even has a small coy pond. Franny (the proprietress) is very knowledgable of the surrounding area and fun to talk to. Your stay at the Oviatt house will be memorable. Dan T.
5 on September 09, 2013
We stayed here during the wine festival in June 2013. The house featured very nice common areas and a garden area with seating, tables and a grill. We enjoys the food a great deal and were pleased with the wide selection. We are very likely to stay here again when in Travese City.
4.6 on September 05, 2013
Oviatt House was the perfect place to stay. Frannie is so welcoming and the beds and shower truly amazing. Wonderful breakfast too.
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.
Nightly Rate: $135 - $150
A beautiful canopy bed with a fine mahogony dresser and antique dressing table brought from the Western Reserve in the late 1800's.
Nightly Rate: $120 - $150
Pierpont room with a 1920 Michigan oak headboard and Cherry quilt. A gentleman's dresser from early Michigan history.
Nightly Rate: $120 - $150
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.
Nightly Rate: $135 - $165
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.
Nightly Rate: $120 - $150
City, Downtown, Wine country
Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 3 miles
We are on 8th St, between Cass St and Boardman. 4 short blocks south of Front St. From Grand Rapids area, follow signs to Traverse City. We are 1 block east of Cass St.on 8th St. Our driveway is on Lake Ave.
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
Bed and Breakfast
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
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
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
Franny Bluhm and family
Elementary Japanese, English, French, Spanish
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.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Vegan
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.