Cairn House Bed & Breakfast is a stately, two-story colonial home in a serene, natural setting located two miles north of the village of Elk Rapids, MI, near Traverse City, Michigan. Guests are invited to stroll about the one and one-half acres of manicured grounds or spend the day enjoying Elk Lake (directly across the road from Cairn House, no lake access) or nearby Torch Lake. Your hostess takes great pleasure in sharing the elegant furnishings collected while living abroad. Relax in front of the fireplace in the spacious living room or retreat to the sun room to enjoy a book. The "pineapple", the colonial symbol of hospitality, dates back to the days when sea captains returned from their long voyages. Placing a pineapple outside their door signified that they were welcoming friends and neighbors for a visit and sharing their hospitality. Cairn House welcomes you to share the warm hospitality while you explore the endless activities available in and around Elk Rapids.
3.4 on September 12, 2014
My husband and I spent a night here during our trip to see family. Our room was on the first floor and we could hear every conversation going on in the main part of the house. The B&B is certainly conveniently located to Elk Lake, Torch Lake, and downtown Elk Rapids, but I certainly would not classify it as a place for a romantic getaway. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations for this reason, but if you're not looking for "couple" time and just need a place to stay near the lake then this would be recommended.
4.6 on September 04, 2014
We had never been to Elk Rapids before, the down town is nice and close to the B&B. Our stay here made our trip wonderful!
4.4 on July 22, 2014
Had a wonderful stay at the Cairn House with my wife. Clean and comfortable rooms and good breakfasts. Helen was a great hostess. Close to Traverse City, Charlevoix and Petoskey.
4.0 on July 15, 2014
We felt right at home in Cairn House with owner Helen's casual welcoming style. Looked forward to our mornings milling around in the kitchen, chatting with other guests over a simple breakfast. Cairn House is conveniently located, just 5-10 minutes drive away from restaurants, supermarket, marina and beaches of Elk Rapids and an easy 25 minute drive away from downtown Traverse city. All other scenic spots, vineyards and breweries around the lake region (Leelenau, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mission Point, Torch lake etc) are accessible by scenic car journeys ranging from 20 minutes to 90 minutes. Helen will gladly provide you easy maps and excellent suggestions for touring the area, dining etc and she was spot on about everything that our young kids would enjoy. We had the spacious out-house and gardens to ourselves and our own private breakfast area. We shared a room with our 2 kids and didn't feel crowded. The room was simple, extremely neat and clean. The shower area was very tiny but manageable. This B&B is not by the lake and doesn't have lake views. Did not matter to us though. It is probably the only non-self-catering option in the area with no minimum stay requirements. This is what we wanted.
5 on July 07, 2014
Only a 20 minute drive to TC! I would like to say this is a perfect bed and breakfast with families in mind. We stayed in a detached cottage and it was perfect for our family. This cottage sleeps up to five. It is clean, comfortable, and the best part is our host. She told tales of living around the world and was very warm and friendly to our family. We only stayed 3 nights and did not want to leave. Definitely want to stay here again on our next visit.
3.6 on September 29, 2013
Clean and pleasant surroundings. Helen, the owner, was friendly and interesting to talk to.
5 on September 18, 2013
This is the third time my family has stayed at the Cairn House B & B. That alone should indicate how much we enjoy our stays at the Cairn House. The lovely bedrooms are comfortable and clean. Helen makes a delicious breakfast. Cairn House is close to Elk Rapids and Traverse City downtowns. There are countless of attractions for everyone's interest. Sports (golfing, tennis, biking, swimming,etc), shopping (clothes, art, food) and culture (shows, music).
4.6 on September 05, 2013
Overall its a superb stay. Great food, great location.
5 on August 28, 2013
Everything we hoped for and more
4.4 on August 19, 2013
Enjoyed our stay. Very friendly hostess, great breakfast, exceptionally nice home and squeaky clean!
This room is located on the main floor. It features a wrought iron king size bed and wicker furniture. The air conditioned room has an adjoining private bath with a tub and shower.
Nightly Rate: $150 - $150
This air conditioned room is furnished with a brass king size bed and is decorated with beautiful hand painted black lacquer furniture from the Orient. It has its own private bath with shower.
Nightly Rate: $150 - $150
For nature lovers, this air conditioned room has a queen size bed with wicker furniture that reminds one of the fisherman's creel. The round wall and natural woodwork adds to the decor. It has it's own private bath with shower directly across the hall.
Nightly Rate: $120 - $120
Enjoy the privacy of this delightful room near the gardens with its own private patio. The large room has one queen bed, a full bed and a private bath with shower. The air conditioned room is decorated to bring the beauty of the outdoors in with soft spring colors amidst flowers and butterflies.
Nightly Rate: $170 - $170
Near beaches, Near larger city, Countryside, Small town, Village, Wine country
Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 15 miles
From Grand Rapids Michigan: Approximately 150 miles about 2 and 1/2 hrs driving time Take 131 North to M-72 West. This intersection will be on the north side of Kalkaska. Take M-72 West to Acme. Turn right onto U.S 31 North. Continue about 10 miles to Elk Rapids. At the light turn right and travel 2.2 miles. Cairn House Bed & Breakfast is on the left hand side of the road. From Detroit Michigan: Approximately 250 miles, about 4 to 5 hrs driving time Take I-75 North approx. 3 hours to exit #254, this exit will turn into M-72 West. Take M-72 West through Grayling and Kalkaska approx. 1 hour into Acme. Turn right , north on to U.S 31. Continue about 10 miles to Elk Rapids. At the light turn right and travel 2.2 miles. Cairn House Bed & Breakfast is on the left hand side of the road. From Chicago Illinois: Approximately 300 Miles about 7 hrs driving time Take 94 to 196 into to Grand Rapids. On the north side of Grand Rapids take 131 North to M-72 West. This intersection will be on the north side of Kalkaska. Take M-72 West to Acme. Turn right onto U.S 31 North. Continue about 10 miles to Elk Rapids. At the light turn right and travel 2.2 miles. Cairn House Bed & Breakfast is on the left hand side of the road. From Lansing Michigan: Approximately 170 miles,3hrs driving time Take 27 to I-75 North. Take I-75 North to exit #254, this exit will turn into M-72 West. Take M-72 West through Grayling and Kalkaska approx. 1 hour into Acme. Turn right onto U.S 31 North. Continue about 10 miles to Elk Rapids. At the light turn right and travel 2.2 miles. Cairn House Bed & Breakfast is on the left hand side of the road.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo
Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Desk, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance, Telephone
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian