Northern Michigan Home & Cottage: Make a day of touring these six beautiful homes, each designed with our unparalleled Northern Michigan setting in mind. This year’s tour moves across both Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas with stops in Long Lake and downtown Traverse City. Look for a robust gamut of styles from cutting-edge modern to classic cottage.
September in Northern Michigan is a spectacular time for a home tour. At Traverse Magazine/Northern Home & Cottage we like to call it the secret season—when the crowds thin but the sun still saturates the land and water in golden glow. The tour winds past an unforgettable set of Lake Michigan vistas and rolling vineyards.
So come on and gather your friends for this two-peninsula, six-home tour. You’ll have a wonderful time—especially knowing that the tour benefits Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan. Established in the 1930s, this organization provides crucial services to the children and families of our region.
Starting point: Tom’s Market in the West Bay Shopping Market at the intersection of M72 and M22 on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City:
#1 Crafter’s Dream
6850 S Rolling Hills Dr, Suttons Bay
Travel north on M22 (S West Bay Shore Dr) for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto S. Rolling Hills Dr (just south of Bingham Rd). The house is on the right.
#2 Symphony of the Elements
10008 Leeward Shores, Traverse City
Backtracking on M22, travel south approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto E Leeward Shores Rd (private road). If you reach S Western Hills Dr you’ve passed it. The house is on your left.
# 3 Storybook Cottage
2 Deer Park, Glen Arbor
Continue traveling south on M22 towards Traverse City for 4.3 miles. Turn right onto M72 (Tom’s West Bay, the tour’s starting point is on your right) and drive for 14 miles. Turn left at the blinking light and continue on M72 for another 5 miles. Turn right onto S Benzonia Trail/C677 (at the directional sign for Glen Lake) and follow for 3.4 miles. Turn right onto M22 (which jogs immediately left to cross the bridge over the Glen Lakes). Follow M22 into Glen Arbor (approximately 1.9 miles). Turn right at the four-way stop (intersection of M22 and M109)—you will still be on M22, which is called Western Avenue through Glen Arbor. Make the next right, S Lake St and continue approximately ¼ mile to the Woodstone residential community (watch for sign and gatehouse) on the left. Enter the development at the gatehouse and turn right. The house is in the first cul-de-sac on the left.
#4 Cottage Classic
8169 S Outer Dr, Traverse City
Leaving Glen Arbor as you entered, return to M22/Western Ave and turn left. Remain on M22 (turning left at the 4-way stop) for 2.9 miles. After you’ve crossed the bridge over the Glen Lakes, jog right and then make the immediate left onto Benzonia Trail/CR677. Follow to M72, about 3.4 miles. Turn left onto M72. Remember to turn right at the blinker heading back to Traverse City. Turn right onto Goodrick Rd (the intersection of M72 and CR651), then left onto Cedar Run Rd, approximately 1 mile. Take the second right onto Church Rd and drive about 0.9 miles. Turn left onto N Long Lake Rd and continue 2.5 miles. Just past Moomer’s Ice Cream, turn right onto E Long Lake Dr. Continue for about 2 miles then turn right onto Secor Rd. Take the third right (about 0.4 miles) onto Outer Dr S (Long Lake Peninsula Association). Bear left and drive about 1 mile. The house in on the left.
#5 Beauty is Therapy
800 Cottageview Dr, Unit 219, Traverse City
Head into Traverse City by turning left onto Secor Rd and driving approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto W Silver Lake Rd and continue for approximately 3.5 miles. At the traffic light, turn left onto Silver Dr at then turn left onto Cottageview Dr. Enter at the south door (across from the fountain) and use elevator B.
# 6 The Doctor’s House
13722 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City
Turn right onto Cottageview Dr then right onto Medical Campus Dr continuing past the parking deck on left. Turn left onto S. Elmwood Dr and then right onto 7th St. Turn left onto S Division St/M37/US31. Continue about 1 mile, turn right on W Grandview Pky/US31 N/M72 E. and follow about 2 miles. Turn left onto N Garfield Ave/M-37for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto Peninsula Dr at the traffic light. Continue on Peninsula Dr for about 8.8 miles. You will pass Mission Table/Jolly Pumpkin Restaurants. The house, on your right, is about 0.4 miles past Harbor Reach Dr.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Purchase them at MyNorthTickets.com. For more information: 800.836.0717.