The Boardman Retreat

Relaxing on the dock.

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The Boardman Retreat

If you’re looking for the perfect Up North Getaway for your family or group of close friends, any time of year, then look no further than this Boardman Retreat located in the quiet and relaxing Boardman River Area of Traverse City. 

View of the Boardman Retreat from the River

Perfect for doing anything … Or nothing at all.

Start your day with a hot cup of coffee on the front porch, getting reacquainted with nature. Watch beautiful birds swoop in for a snack at the bird feeder, see a deer grazing for a morning snack, or watch the trout jump in the Boardman.

Later, enjoy a tube or kayak down the beautiful Boardman River, take a short 10 minute drive into downtown Traverse City, or enjoy a quiet afternoon sunbathing on our deck.

In the evening, take a relaxing dip in our hot tub or have a bonfire with your family. 

Let’s see … Will you swim in the river, or relax in the hot tub?  So many tough choices.

Come On In

Inside, it’s all about comfort and convenience so you can spend all your time relaxing. There are 3 bedrooms, all situated on the same level, making it easy to keep the whole family close together.

One of the bedrooms features 2 single beds, while another bedroom features a queen and the master bedroom features a pillow top king with its own private powder room. In addition, there are two other full bathrooms. A pull out couch is found on the porch.

Our living room is perfectly set up for family fun. There is a 51” Plasma TV, a large selection of movies and television shows on DVD, and a Wii. There is also a game table and a cupboard full of board and card games. Sure, you can bring your own - but believe us, we’ve got plenty of entertainment options for every member of the family. Oh, and there’s also another TV and DVD player in the room with twin beds.

The kitchen has got everything you need … just add groceries. It’s fully loaded with all the appliances — refrigerator, dishwasher, stove & oven, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker, and more. Plus, all the other kitchen supplies you’d expect - pots and pans, cooking gadgets, silverware and place settings. Believe us, you’ll find everything you need and more.

Why You’ll Love It Here

Since this Boardman Retreat is all about creating the perfect safe and relaxing environment for your family and friends, we thought we’d point out a few things that make us stand out.


A private drive over the Boardman River leads you to this extraordinary property that’s all yours to explore and enjoy. Acres and acres of woods (stretching far up the Boardman) surround you to the river’s edge.


The Boardman is wonderful for adventures – scenic kayak rides and leisurely tubing trips down river. But, sometimes, all you want to do is have a nice relaxing dip without swimming down current. There’s a perfect swimming spot down the wooden steps into the Boardman where the water naturally returns against the current, making for the ideal place to take a dip without following the river’s path.


Wait till you see this place. An entire “Bunk House” on the property, separate from the main house. Perfect for families that need some extra space, the Bunk House is filled with additional sleeping accommodations. And it’s a wonderful place for families to enjoy “game nights” in this cozy and rustic house.


Our location on the Boardman River, just 10 minutes from Downtown Traverse City, means you’re always going to be close to the attractions you would like to visit, but far from the hustle and bustle of the weekend crowds. And between the access to the local hiking trails, the birdwatching, the trout fishing, the tubing, kayaking, and relaxing away from it all – you’ll always find something do at the Boardman Retreat … even if that means doing nothing at all!

Now, doesn’t this sound like a wonderful place to start building memories that will last a lifetime?

We would love for you to spend your precious family time with us. Please reserve your vacation today!

More photos of the lovely Boardman Retreat.

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