Stunning Homes. Glorious Vistas. Helping Children. Northern Home & Cottage has collected 11 beautiful, thoughtfully designed homes surrounded by stunning Northern Michigan landscapes in Traverse City. Tickets are available at any of the homes on tour day for $20, cash or check.
Click here to view a list of all 11 homes.
Date: Saturday, September 17, 10 am to 5 pm.
Tickets for this tour are $20 and are available at any home on the tour. The addresses and directions are below.
A complimentary copy of Northern Home & Cottage magazine, with photos and information about all the homes on the tour, is available at each home. You may start touring at any home, go to as many or as few as you like, in any order. On the day of the tour, you may purchase tickets at any of the homes. For security and privacy reasons, photography is not permitted. Of course there are photos of all the homes in your free issue of Northern Home & Cottage.
Once again, Northern Home & Cottage walks you through some of the most forward-looking home designs in the region. Tour highlights? Everything under the sun, including two homes powered by solar panels. You’ll also see a modern farmhouse with one of the most distinctive floors we’ve ever seen, several fabulous redos, kitchens that will send you reeling with ideas for your own, and as always, water views that alone make taking this tour worth the drive.
This tour is very doable in a day, but it helps to plan your route ahead of time. As always, we’ve kept the ticket prices low so if you can’t make it to all of the homes, you’ll still find full value in your day.
We are so grateful to the homeowners who have so generously opened their homes for this tour that benefits Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Established in the 1930s, this organization provides crucial services to the children and families of our region.
Learn more about how your ticket supports Child & Family Services here
Sponsored by: Honor Onekama Building Supply, Virginia Tile, Old Mission Windows
Free Bonus Sessions on Energy Efficiency & High-Performance Construction
As an added bonus this year, there are two sessions on high-performance construction and renewable energy at home #8, Energy Efficient, at 11 am and 2 pm.
Directions to the homes are included on your ticket. For privacy and security, no photography is allowed inside the homes. Please refer to your complimentary copy of Northern Home & Cottage for photos.
Important: The phone number for Bay Area Contracting, #9 Classic Coastal, is incorrect in the Northern Home & Cottage magazine. It is (231) 941-0014.
We are so grateful to the homeowners who have so generously opened their
homes for this tour that benefits Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan.
You may start your tour at any home and visit the
homes in any order you wish. The homes are clustered in three areas
this year--Traverse City west side, Traverse City east side and Leelanau
To begin with homes 1-3 on Traverse City's west side, follow the directions as written, beginning at the intersection of Grand Traverse Parkway and Division St in Traverse City.
To begin with Leelanau homes 4-6, begin at the intersection of M-22 and 204 just south of Leland. Travel north on M22 4.8 miles, you'll pass through Leland. In #4s instructions, pick up the directions from the right turn onto Sugar Bush Lane.
To begin the tour on Traverse City's east side, homes 7 - 11, please start at the intersection of Garfield Ave and E Front St. And in #7s instructions, pick up the directions from that intersection.
(Note: Often, home #1 is a popular starting point. You may enjoy starting at a different home and have fewer people starting with you).
Beginning point: intersection of Grand Traverse Parkway and Division St, Traverse City
1. 1427 Wayne St, Traverse City
Heading south on Division make a quick right turn onto Bay St then a quick left onto Wayne St. Continue to 1427 Wayne on the left. Please note: the house is on a hill with walk up a steep driveway.
2. 5651 Ravens Roost Ln, Traverse City
Backtrack down Wayne St turning left on Monroe St, left on Bay St and left again onto M-72. Drive about 8 miles on M-72. Turn left on Cedar Valley Rd. Take the first left at Raven’s Roost Lane.
3. 5835 Ravens Roost Ln, Traverse City
Backtrack to #5835.
4. 5283 E Sugar Bush Ln, Leland
Return to M-72 and turn right. Drive about 1.5 miles and turn left on S Cedar Rd/CR-651. Continue through the village of Cedar bearing left at the fork. Continue to M-22 and turn right at the T continuing into Leland. Turn right on Sugar Bush Lane bearing left at the dog leg.
5. 12777 Craker Rd, Northport
Return to M-22 and turn left. Follow M-22 approximately 13 miles. Turn right on E Craker Rd.
6. 1639 S Maple Bluffs Ct, Knollowood Bluff subdivision, Suttons Bay
Return to M-22 and turn right. Drive south through Omena and Suttons Bay about 9.5 miles. Turn left on McAllister, continue 1 mile onto S Donnybrook Rd. Turn right on S Cherry Blossom and continue right at the bend in the road. Turn left onto S Maple Bluffs Ct.
7. 11272 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City
Backtrack to M-22 by turning right onto S Cherry Blossom, left on S Donnybrook, continue onto McAllister. Turn left on M-22. Drive south to Traverse City and continue onto W Grandview Parkway which becomes E Front St. At the intersection of Garfield Ave and E Front St turn left onto M-37. Drive north on M-37/Peninsula Dr about 7 miles bearing left at the traffic light. The house is on the right at the corner of Lin-Dale and Peninsula Dr.
8. 6885 East Shore Dr, Traverse City
Turn left on Peninsula Dr heading south about 4.3 miles. Turn left on McKinley Rd. Continue 1.2 miles, crossing Center Rd. Turn right on East Shore Rd and drive about 0.6 miles. House is on your right.
9. 624 Birchwood Ave, Traverse City
Drive south on East Shore Rd about 0.8 miles, continuing on Birchwood Ave another 0.4 miles. House is on left across from Aspen Dr.
10. 1717 US 31 North, unit 3, Port of Traverse, Traverse City
Head south on Birchwood 0.1 miles, turn right on Eastern Ave. Take the second left onto E Bay Blvd N, then right onto E Front St. Turn left on Huron St. At the traffic light turn left onto US-31 N/Munson Ave and drive 2.1 miles. Park in either the Grand Beach or Sugar Beach Hotels and walk 500 ft. on the sidewalk to the Port of Traverse complex in between.
Siri Tip: On your iPhone, tell Siri that you need directions to 1717 US 31 North, East Bay, Traverse City, Michigan. (Without East Bay, Siri might direct you to a spot near Sam's club.)
11. 2035 US-31, Tamarack Lodge Resort, Traverse City
Continue east on US-31 0.4 miles to Tamarack Lodge on the left.
For privacy and security, no photography is allowed inside the homes. Please refer to your complimentary copy of Northern Home & Cottage for photos.