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West Lake Retreat

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Traverse City, MI

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Hosted By

wanderingwests

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    < 25 (ft)

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    1

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    3

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    Yes

We’re perched on top of a hill overlooking Arbutus Lake in northern Michigan. We are on the edge of Brown Bridge Quiet Area, a large preserve with great hiking. We’re also a short drive to Traverse City - about 15 mins. Guests will park in a grassy area near the edge of the woods with a peekaboo view of the lake. Access to the lake directly on our property may be available, but is down a long flight of stairs and will depend on our use of the dock. Can fill water if needed. Suggested Local Attractions:Arbutus chain of lakes, Brown Bridge Quiet Area, Boardman River, Vasa Trail, Sand Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Campfire Ring Provided

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Generators Allowed

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Slideouts Allowed

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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House Rules

Dogs must be fully vaccinated and well socialized. We have two dogs on the property. The yard is not fenced. Our dogs have an invisible fence, so they will be running “free”, but their range will not include your space. Generator use is okay, but we ask to use it as minimally as you need. Please restrict generator use to 9am-8pm. Please take your trash with you. We don’t have a dumpster. We generate minimal trash and use pre-paid “red bags” that are available at local grocery stores, if you purchase your own bag, we can take it down to the curb with ours on Monday. Direct access to the lake is on a case by case basis, ask us when you arrive. It’s a small space, if we’re not using it during your stay, you’re welcome to enjoy the dock & lake.

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Location

Access Road Conditions: No rigs bigger than 25ft due to long tree lined driveway and minimal turnaround space. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: Next to your rig

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Dirt

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Hosted By wanderingwests

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45-55

Adventurous couple + two adventurous pups Details: We’re northern Michigan natives, we love Michigan, but often travel to warmer areas of the US in winter. We work remotely & love exploring a new hiking spot after logging off. Harley and Harper, our two dogs come along on our adventures too. We have a travel blog www.wanderingwests.com Home Town: Traverse City, MI

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References for this location from other RVers

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    rohoy12

    1 year ago

    Our hosts were very accommodating and welcoming. Their spot is so beautiful with soft grass and lake views! We loved the nearby hiking trails they suggested. We slept peacefully and felt tucked away in a safe place but close to the things we wanted to see.

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    Jake.n.Ei

    1 year ago

    We enjoyed a peaceful night of sleep at this great property that’s about 10 miles from downtown Traverse City. To get to the house, there is a long, paved driveway that is a bit bumpy (we just went slow and it was fine). There was ample room to turn around and get situated in the parking area, which was relatively level. The host was nice and we chatted with him upon arrival and again the next morning. They graciously allowed us to use the patio and we enjoyed our morning coffee overlooking the lake. Highly recommended!

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    JeanHardwick

    1 year ago

    My hosts couldn't have been more helpful, thinking about poor Ms. A. standing out in the rain trying to direct me... lovely property, and lovely people. TY so much for the respite from the road. :)

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    Sol211

    1 year ago

    Quiet spot in yard overlooking lake. Hosts we're responsive and helpful. Enjoyed the dock and quiet night.

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    highvoltage

    1 year ago

    Thanks for your kind hospitality. You have a wonderful location and it was great sharing it, even if for just a short time.

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