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“A wonderful find” 5 of 5 stars
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2020 Sarns Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686   |  
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Ranked #2 of 20 Traverse City B&B and Inns
Lansing, Michigan
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“A wonderful find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We found online and decided to try one night with the thought of returning In the summer. We stayed in the lower floor of the Spring Hill Suite. The room was unbelievable. A great attention to detail. Tastefully decorated with a lot of unique features and hand crafted items. The linens were gorgeous the bathroom shower was hand crafted stone and tile. One owner does all the work on the property and most of the railings inside and outside the building are made from logs and branches from the grounds. The setting is great, right on the Boardman river with sweeping views. Only a 10 minute drive to Traverse City and all it has to offer. The breakfast was as described by others, simple but tasty and wonderfully presented. Chatting with Brian over breakfast and learning the history of the property was great. We will definitely return for a longer stay. You can't go wrong here.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Evanston, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We visited Whispering Waters for two nights and loved the experience. We stayed at the Cabin and could hear the stream. In fact we could see the stream. The loft bedroom allowed us to see the stars at night through the skylights. The property held so many delightful surprises - a horse and two alpacas to admire, tucked away places to sit and read and enjoy the forest or the stream, yummy breakfasts prepared by Brian (one of the innkeepers), nature trails, lots of birds and wild flowers. I loved this place and would love to visit again, maybe in the Fall.

Room Tip: For privacy, pick the Cabin. For more elegance, pick the Spring House. I did not get to see the ro...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lafayette, Indiana
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We just got back from a marvelous weekend. The bubbling brook behind our room, the big creek, the walks, and the grounds were beautiful. The room very nice and comfortable. The attention to little details was marvelous. My special meal requirements were handled well, changing from a down pillow, not a problem. The service was great. They have a couple of alpacas, and we were entertained by them one afternoon. We were out of the city lights and had an incredible view of the shooting stars. It was close to everything we wanted but totally serene. The best of both worlds. We'll be back here next time we head to Traverse City

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Flint, MI
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We (husband and I) just recently celebrated our 6 year anniversary here and could not have picked a better place!! We considered a more high-end bed and breakfast in Traverse City and are so thankful they were booked as we would not have had the same experience. As the website describes, as you drive down the long road leading to the main house you are definitely transported from the city to your own personal sanctuary. You are of course surrounded by 42 acres of nature which equals a sense of calm, quietness other than the sounds of nature, and a retreat from the noise of the city. We stayed in the Spring House suite which was tastefully decorated and kept. We absolutely loved the bathroom which featured a two person jacuzzi and the sun porch. The bonus of course is the sounds of the creek/waterfall which runs right behind the room; we kept our windows open 90% of the time we were there just to experience that very sound. We took full advantage of the grounds walking the nature trail, relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi, and sitting out on the river deck (our favorite). This review would not be complete without talking about Brian, our wonderful host. He was such a blessing and made sure our stay was relaxing and carefree. He was available throughout our entire stay and was one of the most accommodating people met!!! We highly recommend this bed and breakfast if you're looking for a getaway with the bonus of having access to the "city" life (if desired). It definitely was a time for the husband and me to reconnect and spend quality time together with no distractions.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

We stayed last October for the first time and we are coming back next week. We loved it and will try to return every year. We stayed in the cabin which was so cozy. The skylights in the loft are perfect for star gazing in bed. The property couldn't have been more beautiful. My husband loves to fish and can't wait to fish the river right outside our cabin door. Breakfast was yummy and Brian was the perfect host.

  • Stayed October 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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Winnetka, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Every year husband and I spend many nights in B&Bs around the country. Whispering Waters has won our award for favorite. The property is beautiful and tranquil, the accommodations are spotless, comfortable, and tastefully decorated. We could do the touristy things quite easily from there. It was especially nice to be well away from the vacationing crowds while enjoying Whispering Waters refreshing setting, complete with a nightly lightning bug show....which was something to behold!

Room Tip: It looked to us as though any of the rooms would be lovely. The cottage was charming.
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Lititz PA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

I agree with all of the previous reviewers! My husband and I recently went on a 9 day tour of Michigan staying in B & Bs on each of the Lake shores. This was our final stop. Although they were all good places to stay, this was the most private and relaxing! We stayed in the Spring House and enjoyed all of its amenities. The breakfasts and conversations with Brian, our host, were very good, As another reviewer said, they were not gourmet which is actually what we preferred. Simple, filling and delicious. Our favorite part of the stay was the surroundings. We wandered the fields looking at birds, sat on the lovely deck on the Boardman River and took advantage of the hot tub by the stream. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys the relaxing retreat of communing with nature and still being 10 minutes from the fun town of Traverse City with the excellent places to eat and window shop, along with wineries and views on the peninsula. We can't wait to go back and are hoping to convince our siblings to have our next reunion there. Thanks Brian!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2020 Sarns Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
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Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City

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