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For years and years Dennis has wanted to build a small Japanese styled teahouse at this spot. And then along came Hipcamp. It's a heavily shaded opening in our Maple/Cherry woods that's surrounded by waist-high ferns (after June 1). It's quiet, private and you might be visited by some foraging White Tail Deer (like our guests last weekend). You'll hear Whipoorwills but also the Continue reading...

For years and years Dennis has wanted to build a small Japanese styled teahouse at this spot. And then along came Hipcamp.

It's a heavily shaded opening in our Maple/Cherry woods that's surrounded by waist-high ferns (after June 1). It's quiet, private and you might be visited by some foraging White Tail Deer (like our guests last weekend). You'll hear Whipoorwills but also the crazy calls from Boone's Peacocks across the road. At the opening at the north side you can clearly see the stars and maybe the Northern Lights. And you're free to explore our woods.

At the site there's an 8'x8' raised tent deck, a couple of rustic tables and log seats, a small steel fire box, clothesline, and other handy camp stuff. By mid June, 2018, I should have built a private combined shower and composting outhouse. 

You will be able to park your car just 30 yards from the site, and it's a nice little pathway to the site. You can ride your mountain bike in many directions and up to a 30 mile loop, it's mostly State Forest to the north. 

We're located just 7 miles north of the US 131 freeway and 15 miles south of Traverse City with many craft breweries, and interesting dining opportunities of all kinds. Plus there is our art-house State Theatre and Bijou Theatre in downtown Traverse City - and the Traverse City Film Festival in July. 

We are an hour to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, and an hour to Hartwick Pines, but we are only minutes from the North Country Trail's "Valley of The Giants" and "High Rollaway" at Baster Bridge. Each of these offer interesting 1.5 to 2.5 hour day hikes. We're located between the Boardman River and the Manistee Rivers, and we can provide drop-off help if you have kayaks or a canoe.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Short walk (1 - 5 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 3 people per site
Potable water available
Bottled water or jugs
Fires allowed
Fire ring w/ grill
Toilet available
No pets
Showers available
Cold water only
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
Have a question? Send Dennis a message!
  • Check in: After 5PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

The vibe at The Teahouse

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Property
The West 20
State
Michigan
$30/night
1 Site