Inn at Torch Lake

9076 Helena , Alden, MI 49612 USA (Show map)


Located just footsteps away from beautiful Torch Lake, claimed to be the third most beautiful lake in the World, The Inn at Torch Lake offers luxurious accomodations and warm personal service.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Wedding Weekend - Harvey is a Master Innkeeper

5 on October 11, 2017

I have absolutely nothing negative to note about Harvey's Inn. The entire property is immaculately kept, Harvey is incredibly gracious and attentive to his guests, and has honestly become part of our family over our many stays at the Inn. I would stay nowhere else in the entire NW Michigan area because this is by far as 5-star as it gets. This Inn is hands down the best kept secret in the Traverse Bay area. Be prepared for gourmet breakfasts, a warm fireplace, and an immaculately clean room! Oh, and Merlin--the most excited mascot. :)

AMAZING! Best bed & breakfast I've ever stayed at!

5 on September 23, 2017

Where to was simple and very reasonably priced. Right next to the shores of beautiful Torch Lake. Upon arrival, my fiancee and I had just gotten engaged and Harvey upgraded us to the Honeymoon Suite for free! We had an amazing stay, got to see the sunset over Torch Lake. The next morning, breakfast was phenomenal and we stopped in and bought some souvenir mugs for keepsakes. All in all, our stay was a 15 out of 10. If I could give more stars, I would!

A beautiful getaway

5 on November 22, 2016

My wife and I wanted to get away for a long weekend and The Inn at Torch Lake was the perfect spot. We stayed in the Torch Lake room which is incredibly spacious and beautifully decorated. The weather turned nasty on Saturday so the beautiful, warm fireplace was terrific. Harvey is a fantastic host and the breakfasts he makes are wonderful. We truly felt like we got away to a private oasis. If you go, I think you'll hate leaving. And if you're a dog person, I recommend asking Harvey if you could meet Merlin--he's a big sweetie!

A gem

4.6 on October 24, 2016

Traverse City is a great town, but the cost of accommodations there is staggering and, in my experience, dull as can be. Inn at Torch Lake is still within striking distance of TC, but gushing with charm. Our room was tremendous... great bedding, comfortable furnishings and impressive details everywhere. I peeked into the other 3 rooms to see that each was unique and impressive. More importantly, Inn-keeper Harvey works hard to make sure his guests are comfortable, well-fed (great homemade breakfast) and happy. Alden is barely a town, but peaceful as can be. The location places you within striking distance to TC, Elk Rapids and Bellaire for eateries, breweries, etc. Inn at Torch Lake is a winner!

Favorite B&B

5 on August 31, 2016

My husband and I enjoyed retuning to the Inn at Torch Lake and celebrating our 30th anniversary on August 23rd. Harvey always exceeds our expectations! He is so welcoming, kind and makes the best breakfasts! The rooms are well appointed and very tasteful, well kept and clean. The beds are most comfortable. I can honestly say this is our "go to" place to stay every year.

Wonderful Room, Fantastic Host

5 on August 18, 2016

The Inn at Torch Lake is a fantastic B & B. The room was luxurious with a fireplace and personal deck. I'm a breakfast guy and Harvey, the host, made some of the best breakfasts I've ever had. His knowledge of the area is exceptional and every recommendation was spot on, whether it was where to eat or where to find a beautiful trail to hike. The locations is superb. A short ride to Traverse City but in the really quaint little town of Alden. Torch Lake itself is gorgeous and only a block away. I've stayed at a lot of B & Bs and this is by far the best. Harvey's dog Merlin is a great co-host. You can't go wrong staying here and Harvey's graciousness will make your stay memorable.

Relaxing and quiet

4.8 on July 20, 2016

Inn keeper is very friendly and accommodating. He remembers everyone's name and greets you personally every day. The breakfast each day was a nice variety to meet every taste, artfully home made. The town is quiet and walk-able. Although no views of the lake, it is a short block to the water's edge to view the beautiful sunset.

Felt like a luxery hotel!

5 on June 24, 2016

Absolutely incredible. Beyond expectations. Harvey went above and beyond for us. I have dietary issues and he made sure to cook something for me every morning. Plus it was delicious! The room was also incredible and Harvey's hospitality was incredible. We are already planning another trip there.

Harvey was great as always

5 on April 24, 2016

This is the 4th time staying here. This stay was as great as all the others. The inn keeper Harvey always goes above and beyond to accommodate his guests.

5 Plus Stars!

5 on February 21, 2016

5 Plus Stars! Harvey is a most gracious host and excellent breakfast chef. Rooms are clean, modern and very comfortable. We had a superb weekend stay. Will use again. Highly recommend.

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Location Type

Shanty Creek Ski & Golf Resort, Turtle Creek Casino, championship golf, Lakefront, Village


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 25 miles

Directions to property:

25 miles north of Traverse City And 50 miles south of Petosky Michigan.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, Great Lakes Light Houses, Mackinac Island- 1 & 1/2 hr drive, Snow Mobile trails-ride from Inn, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Secretarial services, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Deluxe linnens & down bedding, personal concierge service, 42 " flat screen TV & DVD, private balconies & lake views

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Kennel on site
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nt weekend stay required Memorial Day-Fall color season
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: one night rate
  • Cancellations: 2 week
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Harvey Bartel, Blake Bartel

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Hospitality, & cooking

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  • Time Served: optional
  • Serving Location: deck, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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