Manitou Floating Bed and Breakfast

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
Activity #6965
  • Set sail for a 2-hour adventure of spectacular views on the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay on our beautiful tall ship Manitou.

  • Come dance and enjoy drinks on Grand Traverse Bay with the band playing lively jigs, chanteys and ballads of sailing & life on the sea!

  • Join us for a relaxing 2-hour evening sail aboard our tall ship Manitou, as we cruise the breathtaking waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

  • Sail out of Traverse City on our majestic tall ship, learn about the rich history of the region and enjoy its picturesque landscapes!

  • Sail aboard the tall ship Manitou for an evening of amazing views of Traverse, refreshing lake air, superb local beer and hot pizza!

  • Board the majestic tall ship Manitou for a relaxing sunset cruise while sampling a medley of local wines as well as a delicious meal.

  • Sit back and relax with family & friends for an afternoon sail aboard our majestic tall ship Manitou and enjoy the finest ice cream!

  • Hop aboard our sailing yacht Scout for a 2-hour luxurious private sail and enjoy the magnificent view of Traverse City Riverfront.

  • Set Sail from downtown Traverse City for a 3-hour private sunset cruise of wonderful views aboard our gorgeous sailing yacht Scout!

  • Enjoy a 3-hour romantic sunset cruise followed by an overnight stay in the cozy double cabins aboard our classic sailing yacht Scout.

  • Board our gorgeous yacht Scout for an exclusive sail and enjoy Fireworks Show or the Cherry Festival Air Show in the best viewing area!

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Fresh air and starry nights abound from the decks of one of the largest traditional sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. You’ll experience one of the best vantage points on West Grand Traverse Bay. Join us on board for an adventurous overnight secured at our pier and a hearty homemade full breakfast cooked on our wood burning stove in the morning.
There are accommodations for 22 guests in 11 private cabins below deck which are rustic and fitting of a mid-1800’s style windjammer. Each is equipped with two built-in, wooden, single bunks and electric lighting. The cabins are bright, clean, comfortable and supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets.

Note: Minimum age is 6 years old.
Highlights of the Floating B&B include:
  • A complimentary evening sail with great views of Traverse City, with meal
  • Beginning June 30, Tuesdays offer dinner from a local Traverse City food truck, and a complimentary drink 
  • Beginning June 25, Thursdays offer the Wine Tasting Cruise.
  • Beginning July 2, Wednesdays offer the Entertainment Sail with live music!
  • Spending the night aboard the beautiful Manitou, dockside
  • A full breakfast prepared from scratch on a woodburning stove
There’s plenty of room for a good night’s sleep or, if you’d rather (and the weather’s appropriate) you may bring a sleeping bag and a pad for sleeping on deck under the stars. There are two enclosed toilet facilities on deck that are kept sparkling clean. Access to shower facilities on shore is available for further passenger comfort. Mornings are a special time, with spectacular sunrises climbing over Old Mission Peninsula.

Wake up to a fresh mug of coffee topside while the preparation of breakfast is in its final stages…This is one to remember.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your sail. However, tips are greatly appreciated by our hard working crew!

Meeting Location

M-22, just north of downtown Traverse City (Traverse City, MI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
15 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great fun great sail great crew!!
Tue, Jun 30  5:30 PM Unspecified 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Loved the sailing. Crew was fun and breakfast was great. Worth the price! Beds were short but hey it's a sailboat!
Rating: 5
Loved the Manitou and the crew
Sat, Jun 27  5:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I have been on many Windjammer-type cruises and this ranks up there with the best. My wife and I had a great time and the crew was the best part. All were very personable and easy-going, but extremely professional so rest assured we will be back. I highly recommend the bed and breakfast option as you will wake up to a killer breakfast the next morning. Give it a try, you'll be happy you did.
Rating: 5
Excellent venue
Fri, Jun 26  5:30 PM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Enjoyed the trip greatly. The crew was very friendly and it was fun to get to know them a little bit and experience what it was like to sail on a vessel like our forefathers did.
Rating: 5
Had a great time
Fri, Jun 19  5:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Ship and crew were awesome. Sleeping is a little close if you plan on staying the night. But over all of was a great experience.
Rating: 5
A Tall Ship Bed and Breakfast Experience
Tue, Aug 19, 14  5:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We stayed on the Manitou on 8/19/14 and had a wonderful experience. The crew was extremely helpful, the food -- both for dinner and breakfast -- was great. The tour of the Bay was smooth under full sail. The Manitou is a beautiful vessel and staying aboard is an experience you won't forget. I unabashedly recommend this excursion.
Rating: 5
A Great Adventure
Sat, Aug 9, 14  5:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I stayed the night on the Manitou ship. The crew was very friendly and made us feel very welcomed. We were given a tour of the ship, then were taken on a two hour boat ride around traverse bay, while eating a "picnic" dinner (a sandwich, coleslaw, cookie) and were given the option to purchase non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks. The bunk beds in our room were very tiny, but didn't bug us--We slept fine! In the morning, the crew made us breakfast and we all ate breakfast together like one big happy family :) I recommend this to anyone that feels adventurous and is looking for an awesome, yet different, experience in the traverse city area.
Rating: 4
Worth the trip.
Sat, Aug 9, 14  5:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a very good time. The crew was extremely friendly and helpful. They obviously work very hard at their jobs. We spent the night on the ship. The beds were more comfortable than we were expecting them to be. Breakfast was good. I guess my only disappointment was more the fault of the wind. I was expecting to sail around Traverse Bay, instead we just sailed back and forth across the bay. That being said we would be happy to try this trip again.
Rating: 5
Surpassed Expectations!
Sat, Aug 9, 14  5:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I love sailing and was very excited for this experience and it not only was as wonderful as I'd hoped, it was better. The crew was friendly, helpful, and genuinely seemed to enjoy what they were doing even while working really hard to make it a great experience for all. The evening sail was great for the sailing, but a little less intimate since there were several additional passengers that joined just for the evening sail. The rest of the time it was easy to find someone to talk to, or find your own space. Cabins are very small bunks, but definitely part of the experience. Would love to do it again!
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience for a kid
Wed, Aug 6, 14  5:30 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I shared a small cabin on the Manitou, but it was the perfect size for us. Just watch your head in the bunks! Breakfast was huge, varied, and delicious. She would like to go again and sleep on the deck next time.
Rating: 5
Sailing adventure!
Sat, Aug 2, 14  5:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
The weather was ideal for sailing! The crew was knowledgeable, friendly, experienced. The captain invited guests to be a part of the action - raising sails, taking the helm. It was fun to watch them work, and hard work it is! I recommend they add some historic music to add to the experience of being on a mid 1850's schooner. We were overnight guests, and some of the day-sail passengers were pretty loud and enjoying their alcohol. But the boat is large enough that we could get a distance from them, and soak in the fresh air and beautiful sights of Grand Traverse Bay.
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Do I need to book tickets in advance?
While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space. Book online or over the phone using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
What is included in this overnight?
We'll board the boat around 5:30 for one of our 2 hour nighttime sails including dinner. Then, we'll return for a comfortable overnight. In the morning you'll be treated to a full homemade breakfast cooked on our wood burning stove. Check out is around 9 am.
The forecast says 30% chance of rain, will it rain on my sail?
This is a common summer forecast in this area. The majority of time we will see little or no precipitation. We watch the weather radar carefully and will cancel in the event of extended periods of heavy rain. However, we will sail in light rain or showers.
What happens if there is bad weather?
If Traverse Tall Ship Co. cancels because of bad weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain for extended periods etc.) you may reschedule your sail or receive a full refund. In the very rare occasion that you will not be able to stay aboard overnight due to severe weather, we will assist you in finding alternate lodging.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
What should I bring with me?
You may want to have sunscreen on for the evening sail, but it's not required. For the evening, you may bring a sleeping bag and sleeping mat if you would like to sleep on-deck under the stars. Otherwise, you may want to bring those necessary personal hygiene items and a change of clothes or sleeping attire.
What should I wear?
Even at the height of summer it’s usually cooler on the water. We recommend having a jacket or sweater with you. All passengers should wear rubber soft-soled sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals. No high-heels please!
Is there an age limit for these sails?
While there is no age limit for the sails, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone 13 and older is considered an adult and will need to purchase an adult ticket. The minimum age for an overnight stay is 6 years old.
Are children and infants allowed to attend? Do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
Per USCG regulations all guests must be counted as passengers and have a ticket to sail. Keep in mind, we have a reduced rate available for children. Also, the minimum age for an overnight stay is 6 years old.
How many people does each room hold?
Each room can hold up to 2 people. If you have a family of 2 adults and 1 child, you will have 2 rooms, one room with one adult and one child, and the other room with one adult.
Is your sailboat safe?
Manitou meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. The U. S. Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.
Will I get seasick?
You are unlikely to get seasick. Manitou’s size and construction generally translate into an easy motion. In addition, our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with two bathrooms that are accessible at all times. We call them "marine heads" and they are unlike the bathrooms you use at home. Using a marine head involves pumping, and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
Don't worry, we won't melt! Trips with a little wetness have proven to be some of the most memorable bonding experiences for our guests. (This all depends on attitude of course...) We have ponchos available for all of our guests in the case we are caught in a rain-shower.
Is the ship handicap accessible?
Manitou is handicap accessible for day sails only. However, we cannot accommodate battery powered wheelchairs due to the excessive weight. We do have a manual wheelchair on the premises. There are two steps at either end of our boarding ramp. The crew is quite adept at lifting you over these two minor obstacles. Accessing the sleeping cabins requires descending a ladder. Therefore, the B&B option is not handicap accessible.
Are any food or drinks included in the sail?
Yes, the evening sail includes a picnic meal of a turkey wrap, pasta salad, cookie and a beverage. We also have additional snacks and beverages available for purchase on board. In the morning, you will enjoy a bountiful breakfast prepared from scratch on our wood burning stove.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You may bring your own food, but space considerations do not allow coolers to be brought aboard Manitou. Please refrain from bringing beverages with you. It is illegal to bring alcoholic beverages aboard Manitou. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks may be purchased by cash or credit card.
Do you have an alternative meal option for vegetarians?
Yes, we have a veggie wrap available for those would prefer it. Please let us know at the time of booking how many turkey wraps and veggie wraps your party would like.
What sort of drinks do you have available on board?
With the evening sail, you will receive a voucher for 1 non-alcoholic drink (water, soda or lemonade). Or, you may apply your drink voucher as a $1 credit towards an alcoholic beverage purchase. We have beer and wine available for purchase on board. Our bar features local craft beer for approximately $4, or Bud Light for $3. We also have 375 ml bottles of wine available for approximately $10, or 375 ml bottles of champagne for $14.
Do you accept both cash and credit cards on board?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or cash on board.
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
Seating is on the cabin house tops and on deck boxes. This is backless bench seating. Seating is not assigned, and you are free to move about the vessel, including touring below decks, during the sail.
Is smoking permitted?
No. Smoking in not permitted anywhere on our vessels or property.
Do you have life jackets?
Per U. S. Coast Guard regulations, adult and child life jackets are available. You are not required to wear life jackets, but are welcome to if you like. If you would like your child to wear a life jacket, and you have a recreational vest style jacket, we recommend you bring it. The USCG required jackets that we keep aboard offer excellent flotation, but are somewhat bulky.
Are pregnant women allowed to attend the sail?
Yes, pregnant women are welcome aboard.
Should I tip the captain and crew?
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.
Can I stow anything on the boat?
You may stow your bags and other personal items in your cabin.
Do you allow strollers onboard?
Strollers may be used on the Tall Ship Manitou as long as the wheels lock. However, there is not space available for strollers on the Sailing Out Scout.
Where do I park?
Parking is at our ticket office, located across the road from Manitou's dock. After parking, you will check in at our office and take our shuttle bus to the dock. Parking is free. Please note: Per Elmwood Township ordinance, all passengers must use the shuttle bus to cross the road.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
Pets, other than documented service animals, are not allowed aboard the vessel.
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this sail, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, private cruises on the tall ship Manitou can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private sail, please contact us directing by clicking the "Contact TravTallShip" link to the left of the page.
What is served for breakfast?
The menu varies each morning, but it is always delicious. There will be coffee & tea service along with a fresh baked pastry available at 7:00 am, followed by a full breakfast served at 8:00 am. Breakfast is served family style in the Main Salon.
Is electricity available in my cabin?
Each cabin is equipped with 12-volt reading lights over each bunk and a light near the door. There are no receptacles to plug in cell phone chargers, hair dryers, etc. However, the restrooms and shower room on shore have those amenities. If you require electricity for medical devices, such as a breathing machine for sleep apnea, please notify us and we can provide power to your cabin.
What time is check-in? Check-out?
Check-in is 5:30 pm. Check-out is 9:00 am.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive a full refund.

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Captain Dave McGinnis has been sailing traditionally rigged passenger vessels for 30 years, and has owned Traverse Tall Ship Co. for over 10 years. He has dedicated his life to sailing and introducing people to the world of tall ships.

Manitou Captain, Brendan O'Donnel, has been involved with Traverse Tall Ship Co. since 2008. He has risen from the rank of deckhand all the way to licensed captain. Manitou is Dave's baby, and he trusts Brendan completely. There can be no higher endorsement!

Scout Captain, Brett Derr, enters his fifth year with Traverse Tall Ship Co. He is the perfect host for your private group and will ensure that you have a most memorable experience.

Traverse Tall Ship Co. has been featured in countless media including:  Midwest LivingThe Chicago TribuneUnder the Radar Michigan,  and The Grand Rapids Press. We are proud recipients of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" award for 2013.

“This was our first experience with sailing and we both just loved it.” - saphire812

“The crew was super friendly to adults and children and it was a lovely view.” – Noel 
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