Those of you who have been following my Interlude blogs for a while know that I absolutely adore old hotels, and on this guided vacation to Michigan you get to stay in some real beauties!
Perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the Perry Hotel stands as a proud symbol of the early 1900s when northern Michigan tourism was still in its infancy. Built in 1899 as one of around twenty original luxury resort hotels, Stafford’s Perry Hotel is the only one still in business – what a loss! Open year round, this old beauty offers full service in each of its seventy-nine individually appointed guest rooms, many with private balconies overlooking the crystal- clear waters of Little Traverse Bay.
If you can, please try to visit the Noggin Room Pub, a casual bar and grille, which features Michigan craft brews and local entertainment on select nights. Seasonal al fresco dining is offered on the Rose Garden Veranda and Lewis Street Porch as well. Breakfast and lunch are served year-round in the elegant H.O. Rose Dining Room with an unparalleled view of Little Traverse Bay. You will be overly impressed with the experience, the grace, and hospitality for which the Stafford’s Perry Hotel is noted. A true throw back to a simpler and more elegant time. Since its location is in the Gaslight District, I encourage you to do a little exploring before dinner at the hotel. Petoskey is simply loaded with charm.
An unsolicited review states: Great staff at desk and throughout every place we encountered them. From the front door to the desk, restaurant, bar and anywhere we were within the hotel. Great location and nice historic hotel with lots of character. Location was perfect to walk to shops and restaurants.
And then you get to spend some time at the incredible Grand Hotel, where you will enjoy their sumptuous luncheon buffet – I have feasted there many times and have never been disappointed. Afterwards, you can relax on the massive front porch of the hotel, or stroll the grounds and the shops. A horse-drawn taxi service will take you into the downtown for shopping and exploring the waterfront before check-in at the Lake View Hotel, yet another full service historic hotel with restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, whirlpool. With dinner included at the hotel – you will have time to enjoy the rest of the evening on your own. The hotel is close to pubs and shops to browse, or just sit and listen to live music.
This Interlude can truly be your retreat back in time when life was slower and more simplified. Enjoy the elegance of a bygone era and savor every moment away. Please read the complete itinerary and make plans to join us.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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