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Whispering Waters
Ranked #8 of 19 Traverse City B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 August 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 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, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank travel_princess78
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Reviewed 4 July 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, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MaryBeth050
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Reviewed 28 June 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.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JB7274
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Reviewed 31 July 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, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank loveourtrips
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Driving down the grassy lane toward the property was the perfect introduction to this beautiful B&B. We enjoyed just wandering around the grounds, looking at the flowers, sitting near the river, and petting the cats. We stayed in the main house, which was very clean, cozy, and had lots of character. Our host, Brian, was informative, accommodating, and extremely helpful. We also had a great time just chatting and sharing stories with him! Did I mention he made a delicious breakfast? There is lots to do in the Traverse City area, whatever you like to do. We went wine tasting, visited the dunes, and enjoyed the great restaurants. It was the perfect location, only about ten minutes from Traverse City, but we still felt like we were out in the country. I highly recommend this B&B and hope you have as great a time as we did!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank amykilpatrick2
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

I stumbled upon Whispering Waters on tripadvisor while searching for a bed and breakfast that my girlfriend and I could stay at while in Traverse City over Memorial Day weekend. All the reviews seemed positive, and the atmosphere sounded on par with what we were looking for over the weekend - a chance to get away from the stresses of our lives in Chicago. What we experienced far exceeded anything I could have imagined getting out of a bed and breakfast.

We stayed in the cabin; if you're contemplating this versus the Spring House, do yourself a favor and select the cabin (that is, unless you have trouble climbing steep stairs or ladders). If you're looking for a romantic and private getaway, I can't imagine a more intimate experience. You're given your very own, and very original and quaint, old cabin, with its own yard, fire pit, and deck on the Boardman river. Imagine if you will: waking up in the sleeping loft with the windows cracked, seeing the early morning sun out of the skylights in the gables of the sleeping loft and listening to the variety of wild birds chirp. You climb the steps and start your pot of coffee, which you'll drink while sitting on the screened-in porche swing. This experience is advertised in many places, but rarely do you experience it in such purity as you do in Whispering Waters.

In addition, there are horses they pasture, an extra deck on the river for everyone's use as well as a larger fire pit - in case you're feeling outgoing towards the other guests - a path leading through the woods behind the meadow, and a gorgeous main house to lounge in if you so desire.

Brian and Juli are wonderful and down to earth; they're the perfect hosts for such an experience: passionate enough about the place they created, yet unobtrusive enough to let you enjoy it. Brian makes a great meal for you in the morning. It's not gourmet, which is honestly what we preferred: simple and delicious.

With as unique and natural an experience as this was, certain quirks were expected. For instance, the water in the cabin was well water and had a high iron content so it smell pretty metallic. Yet, they countered this by supplying a water cooler for drinking purposes, and the water was instantly hot thanks to a great water heater. Our towels smelled a bit mildewed when we arrived, but I told Brian and he apologetically and quickly replaced them for us. I felt bad for asking, to be honest, because everything else was so... perfect to what we had really wanted our trip to be.

Brian and Juli have created a place so magical, it transcends anything someone could merely produce. They planted a great foundation for the Michigan countryside to fill it in, add the depth of originality, and rejuvenate the soul with the natural qualities the vast majority of us lack in our daily lives. I left far more relaxed than I ever could have at any fancy spa I've been to; so relaxed that it was incredibly hard to leave.

So do yourself a favor: go to Whispering Waters. And make sure you "breathe in" the environment: sit in the meadow during dusk and watch the sun leave the trees, light a fire in the fire pit and listen to the river rushing by, and take in all the nature that surrounds you. If you don't, then you're not getting the full experience.

Room Tip: The cabin books up fast, so reserve early!
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SDimmic
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Address: 2020 Sarns Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696-8234
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Region: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
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Ranked #8 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City
Number of rooms: 23

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