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Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #11 of 19 Traverse City B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 17, 2013

It's nice to park the car and walk to downtown activities, restaurants, beach, shopping, etc...
Parking in T.C. can be a pain so this is a real plus. Hostess Franny and her sister are pleasant and helpful. Breakfasts are good. Be specific when making reservations if ensuite bathrooms are important to you. Room are very small. Home is old.No individual thermostats.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrannyBluhm, Owner at Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Oviatt House B&B. Our home is an old one built in 1899 by a Scotsman! He indeed was a practical and thrifty man and the room size refects his philosophy! The rooms are a bit on the small side but we try to make up for that with beautiful furniture and art throughout the house. And as you said, our location really speaks for itself being so close to the happening world of downtown TC. Please come again. Choose one of the larger rooms and we'll give you a great breakfast and a great time.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Yes Franny is a very nice interesting and accommodating person as we found out two nights in July. Yes the house is not huge but it is suprizingly quite in regards to not hearing other guests. Special treat for those of us who like organic and natural foods but the regular stuff is still available. Yes there is a organic food store just two short blocks from the house. I walked there and got my apple and carrots juiced from the small deli inside,very convenient!

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrannyBluhm, Owner at Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

You are great to send in such a nice report about Oviatt House. We too love being just down the street from the organic food store Oryana. For any visitors that care about organics, they will love checking out that location. Good for picnics and good for loading up the car to take home some basics. I am so glad you liked our organic choices. We feel the flavor and nutrition really makes a difference in buying local foods that don't travel 2000 miles and in organics where the soil is alive. So glad you appreciated it too.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Oviatt House B&B during a trip to Traverse City in which we were trying to decide whether or not we wanted to move there. The B&B is lovely and in a great location from which to walk to everything we wanted to see. Our charming hosts, Franny and Ken, talked with us at length, answering all of our questions about life in TC. I had over-packed (our entire trip lasted 2 weeks) and had much too much luggage with us, and as there was no closet in the room we were in, the accommodations were a bit cramped. But the room was charmingly furnished and spotlessly clean, and had hooks for hanging clothes on the back of the door as well as ample drawer space. It also had a private entrance. We stayed very comfortably for 4 nights. Breakfasts were freshly prepared, varied, plentiful, and delicious. And the other guests, who were of all ages, were all extremely nice. Just as they had helped our daughter and son-in-law to decide to move to Traverse City, Franny and Ken also aided us in making this very large decision. If you are looking to be welcomed to a B&B with kindness and caring, you must stay at the Oviatt House.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

As Traverse City continues to get more and more crowded in July, The Oviatt House remains a quiet and restful oasis in the middle of it all! Franny is such a thoughtful and delightful hostess! Stay here - you'll be back to!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We loved it here! Great location, just a short walk from the historic downtown restaurant and shopping area. Immaculate room with comfortable 4-poster bed, wonderful breakfast of vegetable omelet, bacon, smoked salmon with asparagus, homemade bagels, fresh fruit, brewed tea. Its an older house, so it was surprising that even with a full house we couldn't hear other guests in their rooms.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrannyBluhm, Owner at Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2013

I'm so glad you had a good visit here in Traverse and at the Oviatt House B&B. You were here in July, - a very busy time in Traverse - It sounds like you really enjoyed yourself and I'm glad we could be a part of it, and that our recommendations of places to visit hit the mark with you too. We have so many exquisite views up here, it sounds like you had a chance to enjoy them too.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I had a wonderful experience in Traverse City because I stayed at Oviatt House for the evening. Franny is a fantastic host. She was welcoming and also made great suggestions for activities and places to eat. Breakfast in the morning was amazing. The location is perfect for explorations by foot. I will certainly return to Oviatt House the next time I am in Traverse City.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Oviatt House is just a block off of the main street that runs through the historic part of Traverse City. It's not far from the beach, the State Theater, and lots of great restaurants. Frannie is a great cook and host, and very knowledgeable about what to do and see in Traverse City. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because a couple of areas of the house aren't restored to historic quality (a couple of the bathrooms have suspended ceilings, for example.) The bedrooms and parlor are lovely, though.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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TheGardener44, Owner at Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

Thanks so much for taking the time to send in a review. I really appreciate you thoughts and evaluations. I always get new ideas to act on. Thanks again.

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Additional Information about Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 244 E 8th St, Traverse City, MI 49684-5740
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Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City
Price Range: $110 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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