The Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast

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


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.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Great Place

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!

peaceful retreat

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!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for reviewing your stay at our home. We are so glad you enjoyed it, and we look forward to seeing you again!

- Franny (innkeeper)

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!

Innkeeper Response
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.

- Franny (innkeeper)

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.

Conscious Comfort

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.

A very pleasant stay

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.

So Welcoming

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.

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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: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $175

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $175

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $165

Langley Room

The Langley room has a king bed with a memory foam topper that provides an incredible nights sleep. This room shares a bath across the hall with another room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $200

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

Nightly Rate: $170 - $210

Hammond Room

Hammond Room is a small room on the ground floor with a queen bed and a recently remodeled private bath. It is off the living room. Although it is small, it is convenient for those who don't want to use stairs or who prefer a private bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $200

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Urban, Wine country


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

Directions to property:

We are on 8th St, between Cass St and Boardman. 4 short blocks south of Front St. Our driveway is on Lake Ave.

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

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Radio, 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, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Private entrance, 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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak season, we may require a 2 night stay minimum.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: 3 days advance notice, no extra charge.
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Franny Bluhm and family

Languages spoken

Elementary Japanese, English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets

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. Julia is Franny's family friend and is currently running the Bed and Breakfast with her young family.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:15
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

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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