This location is perfect for strolling along the river into downtown. Franny is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The breakfasts were good, with lots of organic and local food, which we deeply appreciate. There were plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and Franny often left snacks out in the evening. The decor style is antique but that does not mean that functionality should be sacrificed. Our bed jiggled and crackled like crazy and was VERY high, difficult for someone with mobility issues (think vaulting into bed). Oviatt is located on a busy street, which fortunately quieted at night, but there is lots of traffic noise until 7 pm and the windows are original and not very soundproof. There are no side tables by the bed, and otherwise very small flat surfaces to place glasses, toiletries, etc. The rooms are crowded by the sizes of the beds, so you may find yourself squeezing by one another. Franny is clearly working on the house, so things may change in the future. Right now, I would recommend a room at the back (not Lewis or Waldo) and the second floor--the first floor room opens onto the common area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast is located near the picture perfect downtown area of Traverse City. A full breakfast of organic and locally grown foods, a garden deck for morning coffee if you wish; beautiful early American antiques in comfortable bedrooms. Across the street, walk along the Boardman River walkway directly to the downtown area and its famous food venues. A 10 minute drive takes you to the wineries of Mission Peninsula. A perfect central location for visiting the Grand Traverse Bay Area. ... more less