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Bayside Base Camp

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· Williamsburg, Michigan
1 acre
1 site
1 Tent
As avid travelers and Hipcamp users ourselves, Bayside Base Camp is our dream come true. Nestled into the back of our property in Northern Michigan it allows us to share everything we love about where we live with people who travel like we do. We live simply and adventure big. We hope you are able to explore all of the great things our area has to offer. Learn more about this land: Nestled along the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay, our Bayside Base Camp is the perfect spot to stay as you explore the wonders of Northern Michigan. We offer one tent site in the back of our property with access to our indoor toilet. Access to the bathroom requires two steps up to get into the house. Guests also have access to a fire pit, a large table to set up your camp stove or jet boil, as well as the ability to hang your own hammock among our trees. We are steps away from bay access for swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and whatever other water hobbies you may have! There is access to two beautiful trails within a short walking distance from your camp. We are happy to provide directions as long as you promise to take care of them and leave no trace. The Northern Michigan community is incredibly active and values the Leave No Trace principles.  In addition to the natural beauty within walking distance from your site, the area has countless trails, paths and parks to explore. We are happy to provide additional recommendations based on your interests through email or upon your arrival.   Bayside Base Camp is located 15 minutes from Downtown Traverse City, a short 45 minute drive from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, 50 minutes from Leland and 15 minutes from Old Mission Peninsula.  Guests will be responsible for disposing of their trash items in the designated trash bin on site. There is one parking spot in our driveway and you will need to walk back to your tent site. There is a home within view of your site, but it is a seldomly used vacation home. The walk will take less than one minute to get back to your tent site from the driveway.  We are beyond excited to share our property with you and welcome you to our little slice of paradise in Northern Michigan.
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Williamsburg, Michigan, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Heather S.Joined in August 2019
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40 ratings · 36 reviews
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Gerard T.recommends
September 29, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
I absolutely loved my stay at Heather's campsite. Wonderful site to set up the tent with ple privacy and quiet while being a short walk from the beach and a short drive to Traverse City. Heather was a very kind and welcoming host and extremely helpful and responsive. Very highly recommend this site.
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Gerard T.recommends
September 21, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
I loved the secluded and quiet camping area behind the shed in the backyard up against the woods. The hosts were very kind, friendly, helpful, and responsive and I thoroughly enjoyed our interactions. I also appreciate the location of the campsite that is within a short walking distance to the East Arm of Traverse City Bay and a very short drive to the center of Traverse City and all it has to offer. I highly recommend this site.
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Nicole M.recommends
September 2, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Awesome People, Awesome Location
Super friendly and accommodating! The bathroom is in their home but it was super easy to get to and certainly beats an outhouse. It did not feel like we were imposing on their space to get to. We walked to the water access and watched the sun go down!
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Donald H.recommends
August 23, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
A Spot-on Site
A great 1st Hipcamp experience. Everything was as nice as they described and their welcome was very welcoming. We appreciated the site & privacy and bathroom access. The location is just a quick walk down to beach access, which we enjoyed, and a quick drive to downtown Traverse City or Elk Rapids.
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Mark W.recommends
August 13, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Unfortunately I became ill the day before arrival thought it would be prudent to cancel the trip, so as not to put other campers and the host at risk. From what we could see on the website it looked like a great place and Heather was most responsive to pre-arrival questions, I sorry things did not turn out well for us. Having lived in the area 55 years ago we were excited about this return trip. Kind regards Mark Wright
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Alan L.recommends
July 31, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
So friendly and a great vibe. Tent camped near a cute shingle sided shed with beautiful a wooded area in the back. Would definitely come back!
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Kathleen M.recommends
July 26, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Great jumping point to explore Torch Lake and all the beauty of Traverse City and the bay! The tent site feels secluded behind the shed facing the woods and the closest neighbors were (as the listing) stated not home :). It was nice to be able to take a dip in the lake just a short walk away. Thank you Heather!
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Madison B.recommends
July 12, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Heather was a great host and was very communicative! My friend and I had a great time staying on her property while traveling through Michigan. The bathroom was both clean and homey. Her property is just a small walk to a beach with a wonderful view of the water! This was my first Hipcamp experience and after my great stay with Heather I am excited to utilize Hipcamp more.
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Hannah R.recommends
July 4, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Heather is very welcoming and the space is lovely and relaxing. Proximity to the water is perfect!
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Graham P.recommends
June 28, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Camping Near The Bay
Heather and Christy’s hospitality was wonderful! The Bayside Base Camp was a convenient spot to camp at. We pitched our tent in a high ground, level area in their backyard. It was dark and quiet. Are are a short drive to Torch Lake, Elk Ridge, and Traverse City. Starting our day with a short walk down to the bay and bathing in the bay added to the experience! We highly recommend Heather and Christy as hosts!
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Kaylie P.recommends
June 7, 2022
Bayside Base Camp
Simply the best!
We always love our stay at Bayside base camp! Fantastic location, great tent site, prompt communication from the best hosts around.
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Kaylie P.recommends
September 28, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
The best!
We always love our stay at Bayside Basecamp. Heather and Christy are fun, welcoming, and warm hosts. They share great suggestions for hiking trails, nearby beaches, and places to eat. Can’t recommend enough!
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Mattie D.recommends
September 21, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Wonderful host and a great little spot! Heather was helpful. We felt at home immediately. Space was quiet and private and it was a super short walk to the bay!!
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Sarah B.recommends
August 25, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Walk to sunset by water
Second time camping here! Always a pleasure. Amazing location and easeful all around. ;)
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Rachel C.recommends
August 23, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Adorable base camp
Everything was as described and perfect for my stay! The camping spot is a nice grassy area with woods as the backdrop. There is a high table perfect for cooking from your propane stove, and natural seating for two made out of tree stumps. Heather and her wife greeted me on arrival and showed me everything I needed to know. Located in a quiet neighborhood, across the street from the bayfront properties. The public beach access is less than a 5 min walk down the road. This is a great location for exploring Traverse City and the surrounding beauty!
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Joseph B.recommends
August 14, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Happy with our first Hipcamp stay
Bayside Base Camp was our first Hipcamp and it worked out great. The location provided close access to Traverse City with retreat from the town bustle just a few steps from East Traverse Bay. Our host Heather was welcoming, helpful, had everything ready when we arrive, and was a pleasure to meet. I am exciting about future Hipcamps on future treks.
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Christopher P.recommends
August 2, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
We had a great stay at Bayside Base Camp! A perfect location to explore the area, and Heather was a great host with lots of helpful local tips for us. Highly recommended!
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Carolyn K.recommends
July 29, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Had a great stay at Bayside Base camp. Heather has a great backyard to pitch our tent for a night. It feels kind of private while being super convenient, having access to the bathroom was a plus. Could not have asked for a better location for our need, right between Elk Rapids and Traverse City. Also, just a few steps away from a dip in Lake Michigan! Talking to Heather was simply a delight. I could have chatted for hours with her and she offered many wonderful suggestions for food. Until next time!
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Megan B.recommends
July 23, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
We had a lovely stay at Bayside Base Camp. Heather and Christy are super nice - we are already looking forward to coming back and having fireside chats with them. Their backyard campsite was peaceful, quiet, and close to the beach. Highly recommend!
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Terence M.recommends
July 20, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Highly recommended!!!!!!!!
Couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating! We highly recommend this place for getting out a bit from the hustle and bustle of Traverse City. And yet, so close to everything as well.
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Brad S.recommends
July 12, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Heather & Christy were incredibly welcoming, and offered us fantastic recommendations for explorations of both the city and the wilderness. Bayside Basecamp is conveniently located for easily accessing all area attractions, and it is so nice to be able to literally walk right into the crystal clear water of the bay, less than a block away. Thank you, Heather & Christy!
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Gracie G.recommends
July 4, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
Private site, great location
Great location next to Traverse City! Very secluded and shaded camping spot. The beach is within waking distance. Thank your for the gardening tips and the local recommendations :)
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Eric T.recommends
June 20, 2021
Bayside Base Camp
A Gem
Great little place with a cozy view of the forest. Swimming just a short walk away and abaolutely wonderful hosts! I highly recommend checking out this wonderful little spot.
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Sierra L.recommends
September 28, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
Perfect camp retreat by the bay!
We loved our stay at Bayside Base Camp! Heather and her wife were friendly hosts with helpful recommendations for nearby hikes and restaurants. Heather responded promptly to our questions with great suggestions. The location was great--a 3 minute walk to the water and a short car ride to a number of beach options. We found that the street was quiet and friendly. It was close to downtown Traverse City (15 min drive) but nice to be away from touristy bustle. The pictures and description were accurate. We appreciated the kitchen prep table and compost bin! The yard was plenty spacious for our tent and bicycles. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend others stay at Bayside Base Camp as well!!
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George P.recommends
September 21, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
Heather and Christie were both extremely welcoming and helpful with tips. The site was well kept and great to have an option for an indoor bathroom. Easy to find and great location for exploring the area.
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Navtej Singh S.recommends
September 7, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
The place was as described in the listing. It is walking distance to the lake opening nearby. The neighborhood is safe and drive to convenience spots (groceries and restaurants) is like a 5-10 min drive. Heather herself is friendly, gave me recommendations and very prompt in her responses. I enjoyed my stay
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Sarah B.recommends
August 30, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
Perfect location. Amazing campsite!
Heather was an incredible host and made us feel so welcome and cared for. The space in her back yard felt very private and was a perfect location for exploring the area. Bathroom was very clean and camping area felt like a little oasis. We set up a hammock and there was even a little table area where we prepared dinner and breakfast. 4 min walk in one direction is the bay with beautiful sunset and 4 minutes in the other direction is a beautiful short hike that leads to the bay. Will definetly be back!!
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Faith F.recommends
August 17, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
Warm & Welcoming Basecamp
Heather and Christy were very warm and welcoming!! Awesome hosts!! The tables for prepping were super helpful. There was compost bin super accessible for food waste as well as trash and recycling. Small lot so not a long walk to car. We could view the moon from inside our tent through the trees above. Very pretty to wake up to. There was more street noise than anticipated and visibility from two neighbors, but did not detract from our trip much. Just be aware depending on your site expectations. We enjoyed our stay!!
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Sam D.recommends
August 13, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
Heather was an amazing host! She was super friendly and very welcoming when we pulled up. Definitely recommend Bayside Base Camp for anyone trying to experience the outdoors!
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Eddie L.recommends
August 13, 2020
Bayside Base Camp
We stayed here for two nights in the beginning of August, on the first leg of our trip up to the UP & we couldn't recommend this place more! Heather was super welcoming & had great recommendations for hikes and breweries. We did the Pyramid Point hike while we were there. Great views and dog friendly! The bathroom was super clean. They provided hand soap, sunscreen, band aids, etc. Very accommodating to covid times. Wear a mask in the house. Use provided wipes to sanitize all touched surfaces on your way out. They made sure to let us know when the bathroom would be occupied in the mornings the night before. The backyard is a 1 minute walk from the public beach/boat put in area. We took several swims during our stay & got to take the kayaks out! The backyard was nicely secluded with no neighboring dogs (ours tagged along and was able to stay on the quieter side thanks to this detail). The house is in a quiet neighborhood. It seems most of the houses around are used as vacation homes, including one of the immediate neighbors. We caught it on a weekend when they weren't there and it felt very private! It felt like next level camping & you cant beat a 1 min walk to a neighborhood beach for chats with locals & an afternoon dip in the water.
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