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.)
21 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Awesome adventure
Fri, Jul 24  5:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
From the moment we set foot on the Manitou until we disembarked the next morning, we were treated as honored guests. The staff and crew were friendly and inviting, and went beyond the call of duty to interact with all of the guests, even the young children. Our rooms were smaller than expected, but since we spent most of our time topside, it wasn't an inconvenience. If you are looking for the Bevetly Hills Hilton, then I would suggest going somewhere else. However, if you have an adventurist side then this is the ship for you!
Rating: 5
Fri, Jul 17  5:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We were looking for "something different" in conventional bed and breakfast establishments.

Once we met Alicia, one of the elite and super friendly crew aboard the Manitou, who also introduced us to the rest of the crew and Captain, we knew we were in for an awesome, fun, yet relaxing time!

She greeted us with a smile as wide as Grand Traverse Bay!

Our Captain, Brendan, who was a mixture of Capt. Jack Sparrow, Capt. Jacque Cousteau and Rodney Dangerfield, entertained us, and the rest of the passengers, for the entire time aboard this beautiful vessel!

He knew his way around that schooner like the back of his hand!

Lilly, another one of the crew and "bartender on board", cheerfully handled the passenger's beverage requests and showed us the boat's amenities.

Everybody aboard was so friendly and courteous!

Our thanks to the whole crew, on land and on board for such a great time!

Waking up to the scent of a home cooked, full breakfast, made on a wood buring stove, was surely something to experience!

Oh did I mention the people we met on board?

Friendly people and friends forever!

Yes, we took plenty of pictures, photo opportunities are plenty, so, bring a camera with lots of film!

What I'm doing right now is trying to clear my corporate committments, so we can come back for a 4 or 6 day Windjammer Cruise this Fall.

If you have any hesitations, please leave them at home, and make your way to one of the best times you can have with the whole family, or just you and your special someone by your side.

Rating: 5
Great experience
Tue, Jul 14  5:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Entire crew, Donte, captain, Katlyn, Lizzy, Matt, Brian, I hope I haven't forgotten anyone were friendly, professional, knowledgeable and hard working. We will plan another sail again and share with our family and friends.
Rating: 3
Felt Trapped on the boat
Tue, Jul 14  5:30 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Boat was ok but would never go back. The weather caused some undesirable staying conditions, many people got sick and it was uncomfortable. It was understandable this could happen but would have been nice to have the option to reschedule.

Staff said we could go and come from the boat but we felt trapped. Once back to the dock they put the bridge up and the crew said " if you would like to get off , get one of us and we can lower it. If after 11pm this is where I sleep come and wake me up". There were people on the deck very sick , but no one wanted to wake up the crew to get off. Also felt like I had to hide alcohol, crew had it for sale but only when out sailing. After my 1 beer I could not buy anymore since we were docked and the rules stated we could not bring any. Rules stated we could not bring any blankets on deck from cabin, well it was cold and everyone was uncomfortable. Felt like I was in High School and had to sneak around to be comfortable. Would not go back.
Rating: 5
sailing cruise adventure
Sat, Jul 4  5:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Breakfast was better then expected. Crew was eager to please. Rooms extremely cozy - but this was expected. Would like to try a longer cruise sometime if we ever get chance. The accomodations at times are a bit like "roughing it". But remember it's an adventure.
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
Fun Unique Experience
Sat, Jun 27  5:30 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We chose the bed and breakfast package with a group on the Manitou. We had about 30 people that sailed and only 4 spent the night. It was fun learning about the boat and being able to participate. We chatted with several crew members who are all very knowledgeable and friendly. We absolutely loved it!
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.
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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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