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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   Where is Lakemore Resort located, how far is it from Traverse City?

A:    Lakemore Resort is located 10 minutes from Traverse City, about 20 minutes to Downtown. We are in the southeast quadrant of Grand Traverse County with easy access to the rest of the area, often while avoiding the high traffic areas.


Q:  Do you have to rent each house separately?

A: Any of the houses can be rented together very easily, in one transaction.  Contact Tricia with details of your group so she can help to recommend which house or houses may work best.  


Q:  How big is Arbutus Lake and what is the water quality?

A:  Arbutus Lake is a nearly 400 acre inland lake that hosts swimmers from May through October.  Made up of 5 smaller lakes, all connected by channels, many refer to each section of the lake by numbers 1-5.  Lakemore Retreat is located on the eastern shore of Lake 2 (the largest of the the 5 lakes), on some of the most  naturally sandy areas on the entire lake.  We also boast one of the few lots on the lake that features a large, naturally sandy beach.  Guests will enjoy a sandy bottom and a gradually increasing depth, which provides the perfect play area for kids and young swimmers.  Arbutus is an all sports lake big enough for skiing and tubing, but small enough to enjoy the calm waters for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. 


Q:  How busy is Arbutus Lake?

A: Arbutus Lake is a relatively unknown lake in Traverse City and has a reputation for being serene, quiet and relaxing.  A local ordinance is enforced by the Sherriff's Marine Department that restricts high speed boating on the lake between the hours of 7:30 pm until 11 am the next day.  This allows our evenings and mornings to be quiet and calm, while still leaving plenty of time to enjoy high speed boating activities.  Tickets are issued for violations of this ordinance.  Follow this link to a map of Arbutus Lake


Q: When were the houses built, and how are the three houses different from each other?

A:  Lakemore Resort, phase 1, opened in July of 2020. The Resort is located on 11 acres of waterfront property on the western shore of Arbutus Lake in Traverse City, MI.  The property has been a lakefront resort for decades, but in 2018 the failing structures were removed and the entire property was re-developed in a way that preserved as many of the original trees and landscape as possible.   Phase 1 construction started on the north end of the property with three 3 newly built Luxury Vacation homes. While each home has the same amenities and floor plan, they will each offer a different interior design.  

Lakemore Resort is the sister property to Lakemore Retreat, located across the lake on the eastern shoreline of Arbutus Lake.  Lakemore Retreat was built/designed, maintained and managed by the same reputable companies that are bringing you Lakemore Resort.  The Retreat has been in business since 2015, and has hosted around 350 families in 5 years. In those 5 years, we have received over 130 5 star reviews, and our summer calendar is booked solid nearly a year in advance.


Q: How far in advance can you book?

A: Our calendar opens up to the public 18 months in advance.  Reservations further in advance of that are available by request.


Q:  How do we book, and what is required for payment? What is the cancellation policy?

A:  You are able to book online, through our website.  Click on the "Reserve Now" link at the top of the page to be linked with our live inventory booking site.   Remember, rates vary greatly throughout the year.  In order to get a correct quote, dates need to be accurate. Keep in mind that during the summer months of June, July and August, we require weekly stays from Friday to Friday.   During our prime season (June, July and August), weekly rental is required, with check-in and check-out occurring on Fridays only.  Reservations are secured by providing 50% payment upfront with the remaining 50% due 60 days prior.  1st payments are fully refundable up until 60 days prior, but after that date, refunds are not available.  $1000/house will be collected as a refundable damage deposit. 


Q: How far is Lakemore from area wineries?

A:  Traverse City wineries are located primarily on either Old Mission Peninsula or the Leelanau Peninsula. The closest Old Mission winery is 25 minutes away, with more wineries farther out the peninsula.  The closest Leelanau winery is about 30 minutes away, with more beyond that.  Click here to visit our "Play" page for more information.


Q:  Is boat rental available?

A:  We are proud to offer new 2020 Bennington tri-toons with 140 HP engines on site.  Early reservations are recommended for June, July and August, but daily and hourly rental will also be available.  Dock delivery, unlimited gas, covered storage and a daily staff presence are some to of the services we will provide for Lakemore Guests.  


Q:  How do you access Lakemore Resort, what is the surrounding area like?

A: Lakemore Resort is located 3/4 of a mile from the corner of Salon Rd and Garfield Rd, the main North/South corridor into the east side of Traverse City.  


Q: Is Lakemore Resort open in the winter?

A:  Yes, The Resort is open all year round. In the off season, we offer close proximity (5-15 minutes) to mountain biking, hiking, in-town bike riding, X-C skiing, downhill skiing, snow tubing and snowmobiling trails. In the winter months you can snowshoe right from the front door. We are only 15-20 minutes from Traverse City, which offers amazing dining options.