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“A Great place to stay even during the off season!!!!!!”

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Windjammer On The Lake
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Reviewed March 13, 2013

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.

Room Tip: There are many cabins there all at diffrent rates.. The really nice cabin overlooking the resort wo...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

First of all, the location is amazing! The cabins surround a shared fire pit that overlook the Spider Lakes, and it looks absolutely gorgeous in the morning. The cabin itself has a rustic charm that we loved. The place was well-lit and clean. We were in cabin 7 and there was a living room space, a kitchen, and three bedrooms--way more space than necessary for 2 people. Each cabin has its own grill outside by the deck; we made good use of this by making our own burgers and grilling them by the lake. As spacious as the cabin was, it felt cozy and comfortable too--we enjoyed the privacy it provided (unlike typical sterile-feeling hotels/motels). Just the location itself is worth coming back to.

Second of all, the service was fantastic! We called last minute asking about their availability, and Michelle was able to provide us with great service at such a late hour. She contacted Theresa to make sure that everything with the cabin was ready for us when we got there. The website stated that we would need to bring our own sheets and towels, however, because it was so last minute for us, we didn't have any of these. Michelle was really accommodating and made sure Theresa could round up everything we needed. She then later followed up by texting us to make sure everything was taken care of before she went to sleep. We really appreciated the level of concern on Michelle's end. And when we met Theresa, she was just as friendly and hospitable as Michelle--we felt like real guests in someone's home rather than just some customers receiving service.

Everything about the Windjammer is wonderful. If you're looking for a change of pace, for something a little more peaceful where you can forget about the stress of work (or whatever), we absolutely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We are always hesitant when we book a new place site unseen, but we were PLEASANTLY surprised when we arrived.

We stayed in Rustic Cabin #4 - it was clean, mostly well maintained and perfect for the two of us + a small dog.

Keith and Theresa are on site at all times to assist with any requests, and Michelle was GREAT at the reservation process. Even helped us rent a pontoon when theirs was not available.

Will definately stay here again - great place for a family!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Stayed in Cabin #5 at the Windjammer Resort. It was spectacular! The cottage and area was spotless! Felt we could move in without any hesitation. We had three small children with us and felt very comfortable! The owners, Michele and Paul and the managers, Theresa and Keith felt like family by the end of our four day visit! The beach was perfect for the little ones and the big ones had a ball on the deeper water! Fire pits, balconies, decks, full kitchens were just some of the offerings! Will return there in a minute!!!!!! Even got over to the casino 25 minutes away!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

My family and I stayed in the Log Home and it was incredible. Beautiful home that was spotless upon our arrival. There was plenty of room for all of us (7 adults, 2 children and 1 dog). Everyone loved it. The property was gorgeous. We all wished we could stay longer. We will definitely be back and definitely recommend this resort to anyone

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

When we started planning our family vacation, we had to make some tough choices. Some of us really like camping and one of us (Mom) strongly prefers hotels. So we searched for a place where we could vacation that was somewhere in between.

We chose Windjammer Resort and had a great time! The atmosphere was very family friendly and we look forward to going back again someday.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

We stayed in cabin #8, which was spotless, comfortably furnished, and modern. It has a master bedroom and another bedroom with bunk beds, along with a pullout couch. It has a large balcony overlooking the lake. The lake is very clean and the small resort is quiet. The manager is responsive to your needs and friendly. Overall, it was a wonderful week in Michigan.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Windjammer On The Lake

Address: 469 Peninsula Trl, Traverse City, MI 49696-9460
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Traverse City
Number of rooms: 9
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 

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