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“A Real Home Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen Stone Cottage B+B
315 N Elmwood, Traverse City, MI 49684   |  
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Ranked #4 of 20 Traverse City B&B and Inns
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“A Real Home Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

This B&B is a real home. It is cozy, tiny and welcoming. The hosts are as nice as they come, and the breakfast is excellent and generous. The home is in a neighborhood with old trees, pretty houses, and is close to the beach. I would recommend it to any traveler who likes a personal touch. There are handmade quilts and many Scottish details in this lace curtained cottage. Harry is a sweet dog, too!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

This was our first experience in a bed and breakfast and it was great! Bonnie and Bill are gracious, hospitable, friendly hosts who really care about your stay. On checking in, they met us at the door and welcomed us in, introduced themselves and their other guest and showed us around the house. They let us know that we could feel free to make ourselves at home and let them know if there was anything that they could do to help us out or make our stay better. They also welcomed us to knock at their private rooms at any time if we needed anything, no matter when that might be. After the tour of the B&B, we mentioned we were on our way out to tour Old Mission Peninsula and Bonnie recommended wineries to visit, a restaurant (the Jolly Pumpkin) to have dinner at and a quilt barn trail to follow and pulled out some flyers and booklets about the things she mentioned. They seem to have a good amount of information on the area that they are more than willing to share and unlike most hotels, they also offer their own personal knowledge – and inquire about your experience when you come back.

As for the room, we originally reserved one of the rooms upstairs and opted to share the upstairs bath with the other guests rather than paying a bit more and having it to ourselves. As luck would have it, the guests who reserved the other room cancelled at the last minute and we ended up with the upper floor to ourselves. Along with the bedroom and bathroom, there's also a small room at the top of the stairs and a small sitting room/kitchenette with a fridge and microwave (and some popcorn, coffee and tea we could make). The bedroom was a good size with a large (king?) bed, table, TV, closet, two bedside tables and some nice decorations. The beds are comfortable and we slept well both nights that we stayed. The bathroom was a good size but of note was that there’s no tub upstairs (I don’t know about downstairs), just a shower, albeit a good size one. The B&B is a nice, clean place in a quiet neighborhood. You can park on the street during the day if you like but at night, street parking is prohibited and there are parking spaces around the back of the house to use at night.

Breakfast was quite good both mornings. Bonnie and Bill offered a bowl of fruit and a cherry oatmeal scone (yum!) each morning along with a different egg and vegetable dish and sausage. And just as good as the food was the conversation. The first morning, another guest was there and we all talked for a bit before going our separate ways. The second morning, it was just us, Bonnie and Bill and we sat for quite a while talking. They're great people who obviously really care about the guests who stay with them.

All in all, we’d definitely opt to stay here again. We had a very pleasant stay and Bonnie and Bill made our visit to Traverse City that much better by opening their home to us and offering their local expertise and their company. As I said, we’d never stayed in a B&B before and they made our first experience a positive one that we look forward to repeating.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

Right in the middle of downtown Traverse City is this lovely scottish themed B&B. We love B&B's and will stay here again when we do our wine tasting trips. Only 3 bedrooms but so very cozy. They have an adorable scot terrier named Harry who we fell in love with.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Aberdeen Stone Cottage B+B

Address: 315 N Elmwood, Traverse City, MI 49684
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Aberdeen Stone Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Traverse City, MI. Like the stone cottages of Aberdeen, Scotland this charming home will delight you as it has other guests for over 15 years. 19th century charm meets 21st century comfort! All three guest rooms have private bathrooms. Guests enjoy a hearty 3-course breakfast. Let our place be your home base in Traverse City. "A doily-free B&B!" ... more   less 
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