The Oviatt House
244 E. 8th St.
Traverse City, MI, 49684, United States
231 675 6709
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Welcome to The Oviatt House

The house was built in 1900 by James Murchie, who came from Scotland to Traverse in 1891 as an apprentice blacksmith. All of the old woodwork and wooden floors have been preserved over the years in this beautiful centennial home.

Franny and Ken Bluhm have owned the house for a quarter century, and are currently restoring it to its original classic style.The home is furnished with antiques that came west with the Oviatt family to Hudson, Ohio in the early 1800's. Some of the lovely art in the house was created by family artists that became quite famous in their day. Samuel Lovett Waldo, famous portrait painter and cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson, has a portrait of his daughter Helen hanging in the living room.

Your Inn Keeper is Franny Oviatt Bluhm, active in the local area as a naturalist. Our gardens are made for  your enjoyment - shared with the songbirds and an occasional hawk. Franny and Ken use renewable energy and local organic foods when possible. We love and are proud of beautiful Traverse City, and enjoy sharing it with our guests.

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  • Langley room, King bed

Located in Old Town, only two blocks away from Downtown Traverse City.  Six beautifully furnished guest rooms in a classic historic home built in 1900 in Traverse City.

Beautiful early American furniture from the federalist period; 1750 to 1850. A comfortable living room to relax in, catch up on news or visit with friends. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. House guests have keys to come and go as they please and are allowed the utmost privacy. A small kitchen and garden deck are available for guests. A full hearty breakfast is included, made with local, fresh, organic foods. A glass of local wine will welcome you in the evening. Hot and cold beverages are available all day.

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We provide lodging that is centrally located, making it easy to enjoy biking, hiking, skiing and golf. A short drive can take you to local wineries, scenic views, and cherry orchards. We are a member of the Grand Traverse Bay area 2013 Traverse City Chamber of Commerce.