The Windjammer Resort Cottages on Spider Lake is a wonderful place to stay!
First of all, in booking over the phone with Michelle, I just felt an amazing warmth and welcoming I immediately knew that the Windjammer was going to be a 'special place' to stay while we did our transition from Florida to our new residency in Traverse City.
We were greeted by Theresa and Keith, the groundskeepers, who couldn't have been more genuinely nice and accommodating. A special gift package for new Taverse City residents, with wine and cheese, candy apple makings awaited us in our cabin (Cabin number 2) on our arrival, filled with all sorts of guides and maps outlining what was going on in Traverse City, a package from the City of Traverse welcoming new residents.. This was just a very unique and thoughful unexpected surprize all arranged by the Windjammer owner and their groundkeepers...just as an act of random kindness..
We stayed at the Windjammer, during the off season, for three months on a month to month basis. We just couldn't have selected a better place to stay. Arriving in October, we would nightly stand out by the large inviting firepit circle with the other vactioners there and collectively gasp at the wonderful sunsets over Spyder Lake..
The firepit, the sunsets, and good conversation with people who came to the Windjammer Resort to enjoy long weekends and short stays and take in the natural beauty of Traverse City was a highlight for us. Because we arrived in October, we were all able to talk to the other vacationers around the firepit about the beauty of the fall trees and the various wineries and the cool downtown shops and restraunts. And we felt special because we were living at the resort!!! Life just couldn't get much better. The starry clear nights through the trees, the peace, the deer walking through the parking area!!! Wow.
Then for the winter months. I have never experienced winter. It was unbelievably beautiful. Any and all needs were taken care of by Keith and Theresa. And there were a few of us who were then residing there during some transition in our lives....and it was a wonderful home.
Well because we liked the Resort so much and felt we had made great friends with all who stayed there..... we had to find our new house near Spyder Lake we decided, once our house sold in Florida. We did.....but we miss the resort and all the new friends we could be making....but we still drop in on Keith and Michelle just to say hi.
So, for anyone who wants to find a great place to live during the off season for a very reasonable price....I couldn't recommend a better place to stay. And we had a dog, a cat and a bird, and our pet deposit was promptly returned once Keith and Michelle checked out how well we maintained and cleaned our cabin.
So, I was grateful for my stay there...it is a 'special place'.and I couldn't recommend it any higher for both the off season renter and during the high season....well you will be on the most beautiful part of Spyder Lake! Be sure to enjoy the firepit sunsets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Windjammer On The Lake Resort and Cabin Rentals OPEN ALL YEAR(9 CABINS)is located on beautiful Spider Lake 10 miles southeast of Traverse City. Prime acreage, southern exposure,160'lake frontage, pet friendly offer a relaxing and scenic atmosphere for family reunions, families, couples,bussiness, or just friends. Boaters welcome. The resort can sleep 46-56 guest's. There is a Log Home (2009), 3 Log Cabins (2001), 5 Original Cabins. Prices vary. 160'frontage on Spider Lake with boat dock and nearby boat launch-Sandy Beach and Swimming, Large Fire Pit, Sun Deck overlooking Spider Lake. Row boats,kayaks, paddle boat, and pontoon. ... more less