4.0 on August 11, 2017
We stay at the House on the Hill just about every year and keep returning to this lovely home with beautiful rooms and a superb breakfast. Marci and Phil are charming and gracious hosts. I rate every category as Outstanding but this site wouldn't allow me to do that so I settled for exceeded my expectations.
Thank you so much for all your return visits! Thank you for your generous review. We look forward to your next visit!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on August 06, 2017
My husband and I stayed at The House on the Hill for 4 nights. It was perfect! Marci and Phillip are great hosts - always available and accommodating. Marci served such interesting and delicious breakfasts. We stayed in the Rose room and it was just as pictured on the website. I can't say enough good things about this B&B!
It was a pleasure to host you for four days! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on August 01, 2017
We only stayed for one night, and we wish we could have stayed longer. We hadn't even left yet when we started discussing when we could come back. My husband and I came to Ellsworth for a wedding. Someone suggested this B&B and we are so glad that we listened. We were greeted by the owner on arrival and she had warm chocolate chip cookies waiting for us! The grounds were beautiful. Sitting on the front porch, drinking a cup of hot coffee, enjoying the amazing view, was a great way to start the next morning. Breakfast was superb. Marci seems to really love running the B&B and it shows. We would definitely recommend The House on the Hill. We will be back!
We wish you could have stayed longer! Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on August 01, 2017
This was our first stay at The House for my wife and I. Friendly personable owners who made us feel welcome and "at home" thruout our stay. Room and activities ideal for relaxation or adventures.
We are glad we met your expectations, being that it was your first time with us! We are also glad you felt at home. That is our mission. We hope to see you again soon!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on July 16, 2017
A Wonderful B & B!! Breakfast was delicious and it was a pleasure to hear the other guests stories. We may be back in the winter!! Thank you Marci for making us feel so welcome!
The best part about B & B's is meeting all the other guests and hearing their stories! We look forward to seeing you in the Winter. Thank you for your generous review.
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
4.8 on June 02, 2017
Our recent stay at The House on the Hill was an outstanding experience. The view and amenities were great and the gourmet breakfast was not only delicious but very nicely presented. The hosts Marci and Phillip could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Thanks for a wonderful stay. Rick & Lenore -Troy, MI
We are so glad you had a good experience here at The House on the Hill B & B. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope to see you in the future!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on October 21, 2016
I came here with 6 of my friends to enjoy northern Michigan and all that it offers. We love this place! The rooms we had, (we needed 4) were mostly in the carriage house. They were so lovely. The decor, the size, the fireplace as well as our own coffee station, and that view! Incredible. The main house was so well stocked with any extra you may need. Like wine glasses, board games, reading material,even a tv if you really need one. Oh, did I forget to mention the coffee, tea, water & sofa. Did I mention the cookies? There are cookies near the entrance for you to enjoy. The breakfasts were so delicious. So gourmet. Fresh squeezed orange juice, yum! Marci really went out of her way to make sure our friend with celiacs disease had a safe & very enjoyable gourmet breakfast as well. Take time to explore one of the many miles of trails the owners have cleared on their property for our enjoyment. The colors were just as nice there as they were when we were driving through the Tunnel of Trees up in Harbor Springs area. And the peace & quiet was so nice. On our way home from this trip, we all decided that we needed to go back, soon! Possibly even on a yearly basis. Thanks again Marci for helping to make our trip so memorable.
It was our pleasure to host your get together! You were such an easy group to host and we sincerely hope to see you again! Thank you so much for your kind words. It is truly appreciated!
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on September 13, 2016
We had a wonderful time at this beautiful home! Delicious breakfast and convenient location. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness, Marci and Phillip!
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and really hope to see you again!
- Marci (innkeeper)
5 on August 05, 2016
Spent several days relaxing and taking in the views. Marci welcomed us and made us feel right at home. Breakfasts were delicious. The hotel itself is decorated beautifully and was very comfortable. The lake access is beautiful with canoeing, paddle boats, paddle boarding, or just relaxing in a chair on the beach. Everyone needs a place like this to get away and de-stress. Highly recommend!
5 on July 11, 2016
This was my third time staying at this lovely bed and breakfast. The first time staying in one of the rooms located outside the main house. The Aspen room was beautiful, clean, and what a wonderful view from the back porch. We le left the back door open at night and let the stream wish us off to sleep. Breakfast each day was wonderful consisting of fresh juice, fruit, and a main course. The blueberry french toast was fabulous. Can't wait to go back!
4.8 on June 19, 2016
After driving quite a way outside Traverse City we were concerned as to what we would find at The House on the Hill. Could not have been more pleased with everything we found. Marci and her husband were wonderful hosts and the inn far exceeded all our expectations. Beautiful setting, very relaxing and breakfast was a gourmet treat. Ask Marci for dinner suggestions, you won't go wrong with the Rowe, a french themed bistro just down the street. Can't wait to go back there for a longer stay. Brian and Angelika
5 on August 24, 2015
I couldn't think of anything that would have made our experience any better. Marci and Philip are wonderful hosts and their kindness and thoughtfulness shows in this fantastic location. We would highly recommend House on the Hill!!
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was our pleasure to make sure your trip was everything you wanted it to be.
- Marci Palajac (innkeeper)
5 on May 16, 2015
I stayed at The House on the Hill in Ellsworth, MI with my sister and two friends. We all had a great time. Marci and Phil are great, their hospitality impeccable. The rooms are beautifully decorated and with a fireplace and in-room bath, very comfortable. I look forward to returning in warmer weather and taking full advantage of the 53 acres of land that's part of The House on the Hill.
5 on August 11, 2014
We had a wonderful stay. Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for making it so perfect!
5 on August 11, 2014
We stayed at the House on the Hill for two nights, and it was a fantastic experience! As a young couple in our early twenties, we were looking for a vacation with lots of activity and this place has it all included! You can paddle board, kayak, and canoe on the beautiful lake and it is all included in the price of the room! There is also tons of hiking on their 53 acre land. It was a truly amazing experience and the owners are so nice and hospitable, not to mention great cooks! Breakfast was great every morning, and filled us up so that we could go explore on full bellies! This was the best decision of our entire vacation, two thumbs way up!
4.4 on July 31, 2014
Thank you Phillip and Marci. Peaceful, quiet, and 5 star breakfast.
5 on July 19, 2014
Beautiful setting with many things to do. Charming hostess and a delicious breakfast.
5 on June 18, 2014
Fabulous place, great rooms, wonderful breakfast. Marci and Phil are extraordinary hosts. We come a couple of times a year and love it more each time.
5 on June 09, 2014
This is the perfect bed and breakfast as far as I'm concerned. Our room was clean and spacious, and we looked forward to each unique, gourmet breakfast with anticipation. It's a short drive to Charlevoix or Boyne City, but there's plenty to keep you busy right on the property with trails to explore and a lake to enjoy on their canoes or kayaks. We'll definitely be visiting again.
5 on June 02, 2014
We fell in love with the House, the owners, the view, the food Everything was perfect for our two day stay. We are looking forward to returning soon. My husband loved the chocolate chip cookies and the proximity of many lakes and rivers to kayak.
5 on May 29, 2014
We have been to a lot of B&Bs and I have to say this is definitely our favorite one. House on the Hill is a sight to behold! Whether we were sitting on the beautiful porch enjoying the breathtaking views of the lake while sipping a glass of wine or relaxing to the sounds of the babbling brook, our visit could not have been more perfect. Marci and Phil are wonderful hosts. They are very warm and welcoming, as was Marci's mom who makes the worlds best jams! They are also very knowledgeable about places to see and restaurants to eat at. They were spot on in all of their recommendations. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and had a picnic down on the beach (thanks to Marci) then went canoeing in the picturesque lake where we had the unique opportunity to see a bald eagle flying above us. To describe Marci's 3 course breakfasts as amazing is an understatement. Each one was made from scratch and raved over by everyone at the table. They provide you with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable, from paddle boards and kayaks, to a canoe and even lent my husband a fishing pole. We walked the groomed trails on their gorgeous 53 acre wooded property and saw deer and even a whooping crane! We stayed in the Maple Room in the Carriage House and it was perfect! We loved our room, it was spacious, comfortable, and beautifully decorated as is every room in the house. We sat on our back porch and listened to the sounds of nature all around us while the stress of the week just melted right off our shoulders. The 24 hour coffee, snack, and beverage bar was such a nice treat, along with the homemade baked goods that showed up magically each afternoon. There is so much to see and do if you want to explore, yet it's also a perfect place to relax and take in all the peaceful beauty that surrounds you. It really is a little peace of heaven and we can't wait to go back!
5 on May 16, 2014
We couldn't have selected a finer Bed and Breakfast to combine use of a gift certificate from our kids, with some mid-week Spring Morel hunting. Having never been here before, we weren't sure what to expect, but The House on The Hill certainly met and exceeded all the amenities listed on this website. Location is peaceful and gorgeous. House and bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. View from the front porch while sharing a bottle of wine was wonderful. Even did some Morel hunting on their spacious property. Marcie was a great hostess and left no needs unmet, including a 24 hr. snack/coffee area, a gourmet breakfast, and pleasant conversation. We definitely plan to recommend this to family and friends and will be back.
5 on February 25, 2014
We felt like we were the only people there; very peaceful and serene. Breakfast was very tasty and enjoyable. Liked meeting new people and felt at home.
5 on October 26, 2013
OUR VISIT WAS AT THE END OF OCTOBER. WEATHER WAS RAINY FEW SNOW SHOWERS. TOURED THE WEST COAST FROM PETOSKY TO HOLLAND. EVEN WITH WEATHER WAS ABLE TO ENJOY A RELAXING TIME. CLOSE TO OTHER CITIES / ATTRACTIONS WHICH MADE THE DECISION EASIER. AFTER STAYNG IN CHAIN MOTELS FOR MOST OF OUR TRIP IN WESTERN MICH.THIS WAS A WELCOME EXPERIENCE.... WE DEFINETLY WOULD RECOMMEND " THE HOUSE on the HILL" DC / MARY - OHIO
4.4 on October 08, 2013
Great bed. Best sleep away from home ever, anywhere. Surroundings invited peaceful walks and restful stay.
4.8 on September 23, 2013
We were so very pleased with our stay at, The House on the Hill. We were made welcome right off, our room was very well appointed and very clean. There was a wonderful view of the back gardens and natural spring out our window and on the long front porch we looked out on a delightful lake. We will be returning and recommending this homey, pleasant B&B to our friends.
5 on September 03, 2013
Marci and Phil are wonderful!!!! The rooms are great and location is fanatic. The B&B smells wonderful when you walk in (must be Marci's cooking)!!!! I wish we had more time to spend than just a short weekend. We will definitely stay with them again on our next trip to Norther MI.
4.6 on August 19, 2013
My boyfriend and I wanted to stay in a B&B close to a wedding we were attending. I had heard great things about The House on the Hill and made my reservation. We were greeted warmly by Marci and taken to our room which was just delightful. Overall, a very nice stay and I would do it again in a hearbeat.
5 on August 17, 2013
Food and service were outstanding. We felt at home there. The rooms were clean and the decor was charming throughout the house. We would definitely stay there again.
4.8 on July 20, 2013
My sister-in-law and I had a great relaxing time at The House On The Hill. We never expected such a warm welcome. Marci carried our luggage upstairs and made us feel at home instantly. Her cooking skills are awesome as she presented gourmet breakfasts every day. The grounds are gorgeous and so well kept - - inspiring to walk through and admire all the flowers.
5 on July 09, 2013
My mom took me here as a mother/daughter weekend and I was so pleased I can't wait to go again. It's beautiful and picturesque with the lake out front and the woods and trails out back. It's a wonderful quiet environment that you don't get just anywhere.
5 on February 18, 2013
We enthusiastically recommend House on the Hill for a romantic getaway. We took advantage of a winter special paired with dinner at the Rowe Inn. Thoroughly delightful midweek winter break. Marci's breakfasts are best B&B food we have had. Aside from her cooking talents she is a warm and hospitable host. We will be back with family!
5 on February 13, 2013
Les & Bill
3.8 on January 24, 2013
We had a very nice weekend stay at The House on the Hill B&B. It was a quiet and relaxing getaway and we wish we could have stayed a day or two longer!
5 on September 28, 2012
The caring efficient service was most welcome. Marci gave us great directions to a lovely restaurant near by. The food was delectable. The only thing we couldn't order was beautiful weather. We still have lovely memories however.
4.8 on September 06, 2012
We had a wonderful stay at The House on the Hill. The innkeepers go out of their way to accomodate you with any of your needs. The breakfast's were outstanding, as were the rooms. The property is beautiful, including the lake! We will stay here again, and we highly recommend you do too...
4.6 on July 22, 2012
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed at stay at the House on the Hill. The setting is great. The home is beautiful. The hosts were welcoming, friendly and helpful. It was pleasant, after traveling for much of the day to settle in and then walk to a very nice restaurant close by. What I especially enjoyed was use of the kayaks on St. Clair lake across the road from the house. I kayaked after dinner until dusk and in the morning before breakfast. Very peaceful!
5 on July 01, 2012
Phillip and Marci were WONDERFUL hosts! We stayed in the Tamarack room of the Carriage House, and would highly recommend it! The view from our deck of their wooded 50 acres was beautiful; I enjoyed my coffee there each morning. The breakfasts were absolutely delicious. We were able to visit Charlevoix, Traverse City, etc. all within 45 minutes of this Ellsworth B&B, and even took a kayak trip down the Jordan River. We would highly recommend this amazing place. I may be a bit biased, as my fiance proposed to me on this romantic vacation, but this has been my favorite B&B stay thus far :) I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we did, and we'll definitely be going back for our anniversary. Thank you Marci & Phillip!
4.6 on June 30, 2012
This was our first time at a Bed and Breakfast. We had a wonderful time. The hosts, Phil and Marci go out of their way to make sure your every need is met. We will visit again!
5 on June 26, 2012
Marci and Phillip run a great B&B!! This is one of those that you can use as a place to sleep OR as an entire weekend of "stuff". We made use of their natural hiking trails, but didn't have enough time to experience the canoe or kayaks... The food was fantastic and the accomodations exceeded our expectations - so often the in-person experience doesn't live up to the "brochure"... in this case it was better! Thanks Marci and Phil - we'll definitely be back.
4.8 on June 25, 2012
My wife and I did not know what to expect as we had never stayed at the House on the Hill B & B before. Wow, what a pleasant surprise. We would not hesitate to recommend this Bed & Breakfast to anyone we know. It is the best! Joe & Lori Osypczuk - East Lansing, Michigan
5 on May 30, 2012
We couldn't have chosen a better base from which to explore our quest for a northern MI home. The view from our Rose Room looked out over St. Clair Lake -- serene and beautiful. And within walking distance was the wonderful restaurant, The Rowe Inn. We'll definitely stay again at The House on the Hill for these reasons and more!
4.8 on May 03, 2012
The House on the Hill is a tiny gem of a B+B located strategically between the vacation zones of Traverse City and Charlevoix/Petosky and literally yards down the road from the exceptional cuisine and wine cellar of the Rowe Inn restaurant. The property is well maintained and on a unique setting with beautiful acreage for hiking and a gorgeouse lake view. But, it's not the location that makes House On the Hill a special place -- it is the owners, Marci and Phil Palajac. Genuinely caring about their guests, friendly without being overbearing, intuitive about what guests want. In only one visit of 3 evenings, my wife and I feel like we have made new friends. Marci's a terrific cook, with special breads, jams and breakfast entrees that are worthy of a great restaurant. Phil is a man comfortable discussing business or his bucket list and his adventures in foreign countries. Both are full of energy, yet able to relax and listen to others. We will be back for many more visits to come. We are already making plans for a return visit with our whole family!
4.8 on April 02, 2012
The mating robins greeted us on our arrival. No surprise with the amazing collection of birdhouses that surrounded the property. This House on the Hill, a sanctuary that is not just for the fowl and the tender foot but for all seeking a little respite. The House on the Hill boasts of a serenity that would be hard to match. Overlooking a quaint little lake, this 100-year old B&B lies nestled in the woods just a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a treasure with beautifully decorated rooms that offer comfort and quiet. There are no televisions or phones in the rooms to assure the guest the opportunity to truly unwind. If you must watch the big game or catch the news the main house offers the viewing options a garden room.
4.6 on March 04, 2012
My husband and I have stayed at The House on the Hill twice now and have absolutely loved it both times. Phillip and Marci are great people and just really friendly. The house is very relaxing and the food is delicious!!! We will definitely go back.
5 on February 26, 2012
This was our 3rd time at the house on the hill; last summer we kayaked on the lake, last fall, we rode our bikes along six mile lake to take in the colors, and this winter for shiverfest we snow shoed their groomed trails. We are looking forward to this summer and the lake. We have the best time up here, and the people are so nice, it's a great get away, because you forget about everything at home for the weekend and just relax!!!
4.0 on February 02, 2012
Wonderful rooms, fantastic breakfast, and the most gracious hosts in Phil and Marci. It is our favorite spot for relaxation, conversation, and enjoying the outdoors of northern Michigan. There are snowshoe trails and cross country ski trails in the winter, and hiking and bike trails in the summer.
4.0 on January 09, 2012
I definitely plan to return! Marci and Phil are wonderful hosts. They were extremely helpful and frindly and surpised us with a New Year's Eve celebration. The property provides a great place for a lively walk; the rooms were well-maintained, clean and comfortable; the breakfasts were great; the overall atmosphere makes you feel very at home.
5 on January 08, 2012
Prior to this experience, I had only stayed in two bed-and-breakfast homes. Staying at the House on the Hill makes me want to do it more often. Amenities were beyond our expectations. I think those who have stayed before are trying to keep it a secret so they won't find themselves without a room in the future! The House on the Hill is tucked away in a small town, but within minutes of larger resort areas. If you want to explore away from the property, there are plenty of things to see and do. But so much is offered at the House on the Hill, we felt little need to venture very far away. The owners are very gracious and welcoming. They will see us again soon!
4.8 on November 04, 2011
Our stay at The House on the Hill was just what we needed. I was looking for a "getaway" for Labor Day weekend...well the few days after...to avoid the crowds in Northern Michigan. I was told that Traverse City was the place to look. Fortunately, most of the places were not available...so I expanded my search to outside of Traverse City. I found The House on the Hill. The website gave me a good feeling. After contacting the Innkeepers we were able to book a room. What was really great was that although the room was nice, there was much more just outside the front door and back door to explore. The walking trails were fun. Canoes and kayaks were available for trips on the chain of lakes just in front. As far as the hospitality, both Phillip and Marci were wonderful to meet. They were open and inviting to making our stay as pleasant as possible. They were able to give recommendations for dinner and for other activities in the area. And of course the breakfasts were lovely. Fresh fruit, fresh breads, and a fresh hot breakfast. We would recommend this place to stay for anyone who wants to get away from the main drag but still remain in the area to see all the sights Northern Michigan has to offer.
4.4 on September 06, 2011
The House On The Hill was fabulus place to spend a long weekend. The views were beautiful and the dinning experiance was vantastic. We are looking forward to visiting this place again.
3.6 on August 09, 2011
Could not of asked for a better place to spend our weekend Up North than at the House On the Hill. The place is wonderful with the vastness of the whole countryside is at your feet. You just have this sense of total freedom there because nature and the whole surrounding area is wide open and fresh and clean. We found new spots for hiking and camping and just getting away we never knew existed. Its all part of the fun of being up north that brings us back and House On the Hill is now a part of it for us. Marci and Phil are dedicated to their purpose and easy to get along with. We feel fortunate we found out about them. It was a really great weekend in a beautiful place.
5 on July 22, 2011
My husband had driven by House on the Hill years ago but failed to write down the name. Last year while touring the area we drove by this B & B and immediately he said " that's it!". We had found the place. House on the Hill is a charming, restful get -a-way. Sitting on 50+ acres, there is hiking, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Relaxing on the front porch overlooking the lake, getting to know other guests, enjoying beverages from the well-stocked refrigerator, we couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay. We have been telling our friends about House on the Hill and the charming innkeepers, Marci and Phil. We will definitely be back again.
4.6 on July 10, 2011
We have been going to House on the Hill for years when we were just a couple, and now have added it as a great family get away as well. Marci is a fantastic hostess and does a great breakfast, and we always meet fun and interesting folks there. Our young kids love the expansive grounds, porch, and nature trails all around. Love Ellsworth, love the 4th July Ellebration and fireworks. You will not be dissapointed.
5 on July 09, 2011
We needed a place to stay while attending a family reunion. I had passed this lovely inn many times over the years, so I thought we'd try it out this year. What a lovely time we had. Beautiful setting, large spacious rooms, amazing 3-course breakfasts, fireworks practically in the front yard, the lovely lake across the road, sweet and generous hosts who provided so many special touches. And Ellsworth, a small quiet northern Michigan town with hills and and lakes. We'll be back, perhaps to launch our kayaks this summer right across the road, and this winter to try out their snowshoeing trails. It's a gem.
4.8 on July 06, 2011
A lovely inn with very friendly, and helpful owners! This was our first time here and it was excellent! As guests over the July 4th holiday, we were treated to phenomenal fireworks, with delicious hors d'ovres, wine, champagne, and available anytime soft drinks, conversation and smiles! The breakfasts were three course and delicious! We plan to go back!
5 on July 06, 2011
I called Marci having only found out about having the weekend off hours before. She informed me of a cancellation and we booked. I must say, this was some of the best luck we've had in a while! Marci and Phillip are outstandingly gracious hosts and our room was exquisite to say the least. We watched turkey and deer from our balcony table and the fireworks were such an added delight! The food was incredible! We can't wait to go back. Thanks again M & P for everything you did to make our weekend spectacular.
4.6 on July 06, 2011
Great variations on the breakfasts served. Not just your normal bacon and eggs. Beautiful location. Friendly owners. Must eat at the Rowe Inn while visiting the Ellsworth area.
5 on June 28, 2011
This is an ideal B&B, the kind we're always hoping to find. The new owners have managed to make the House on the Hill with its lovely views an even better destination than it previously was. Their genuinely friendly and strikingly generous style of hosting makes House on the Hill a place we will stay even if we aren't planning on dining at The Rowe Inn just down the street. In addition to the charming and comfortable rooms (which now have A.C.) the living room, porch and gazebo are equally wonderful places to hang out, and we plan to stay longer next time so we can do just that.
4.2 on June 28, 2011
Friendly innkeepers and beautiful location. Lovely old home with all the modern conveniences that made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. The complimentary beverages and brownies were a nice touch. If you are looking for a quiet getaway where you can relax or enjoy outdoor activities, this is the place to visit!
4.0 on May 31, 2011
we stayed in the rose room and other than the sun shining in too early in the morning it was great. Phil and Marci were terrific hosts and the breakfasts were very good. would definitely go back. Would not recommend the Rowe Inn for dinner, was very expensive. Lack of restaurants in town was a bit of a problem when we were so tired from driving and didn't want to go to another town to eat.
4.8 on May 25, 2011
My husband was always adament about how he would never stay in a B&B because he always felt he was intruding into someone's home...but there is always a way to get him to change his mind and that is reading the great reviews about the breakfasts at the House on the Hill. Marcy was a very gracious host and as promised provided us with a fantastic breakfast. Thank you so much, Marcy, for a wonderful time...and we will return.
4.4 on May 25, 2011
Having stayed at House on the Hill a few years ago, we had no hesitation about rebooking, now through new owners, and we weren't disappointed. The room was large, light and airy. Breakfasts were terrific and, in the afternoons and evenings, the drinks in the public area refrigerator are an added bonus. Location is, on the one hand, off the beaten path but, on the other, right in the middle of Michigan's superb vacation land with great access to a wide variety of 4 season vacation opportunities. The superb "Rowe Inn" restaurant just down the road is another draw to this fine location.
4.4 on April 20, 2011
We have stayed twice now and have a third stay booked for a culinary event. House on the Hill is a bit off the beaten path but convenient to Charlevoix, Petoskey, Bellaire and about an hour from Traverse City. In other words, smack in the middle of all the great dining, outdoor and cultural activities that NW Michigan has to offer. Also a great retreat, with woodland hiking, XC skiing, kayaking and fishing available without having to drive anywhere. Rooms are spacious, beds very comfortable, Marci's breakfasts are a real treat. The level of service is as good as it gets in a B&B. Phil and Marci are great people.
3.6 on March 06, 2011
Revisit to The House on the Hill. Everything was exactly the same except the owners.
4.8 on February 28, 2011
Marci and Phil consistly go out of their way to make our visit a relaxing and no need goes unmet. Whether it be making recommendations and reservations or setting up a campfire, snowshoes and hot chocolate; they don't miss a thing. This out of the way resort has plenty of room to hike in the woods and enjoy the great Michigan outdoors!
5 on February 26, 2011
We recently spent two delightful nights in February at The House on the Hill. The property is clean and well maintained, the service afforded by Phil and Marci is impeccable and the breakfasts are gourmet delicious!! A special treat was a newly developed snow shoe/ski loop through the 50+ acres of woods behind the house. (Snow shoes are provided without charge by the owners). We will definitely return. Reg and Karen Nizol
4.8 on February 22, 2011
House on the Hill is by far our favorite place we have stayed! The service was fantastic and very friendly, the food was wonderful. Our room was clean and welcoming, felt right at home. Can't wait to come back!
4.4 on January 24, 2011
My fiance and I truly enjoyed our stay at House on the Hill. The rooms are large and spacious. We enjoyed cuddling up by the fireplace with mugs of tasty hot chocolate. The highlight: Marci's 3 course breakfast, beyond amazing! I would stay there again and recommend House on the Hill to any friend, family or stranger.
4.0 on January 20, 2011
Marci and Phil do a wonderful job hosting guests. The morning meal was something about spectacular. The large sitting room is filled with games, books, and comfortable seating for visiting and/or watching TV. We also loved trekking down the nature trail, using the snowshoes they provided. This weekend away was just what we needed in the dead of winter!
5 on January 12, 2011
My husband and I recently took the opportunity to revisit the House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast. We found it to be a warm, inviting place once again. The owners, Marci and Phil, made every effort to ensure that we had a memorable weekend. The car service to and from the Rowe Inn made our dining experience especially nice. We will be visiting again.
5 on January 10, 2011
This was our second stay at House on the Hill and it was just as enjoyable as the first! Our expectations were exceeded with our meals! Marci's presentation not to mention her cooking is just outstanding-can't say enough! The new snowshoe trail was well marked and gave us just the right challenge for the day as well as allowed us a chance to see Michigan winter splendor. Thank you Phil and Marci for your hospitality - hope to try it out sometime when there isn't snow! Thank you again- Annette & Bill
4.6 on December 10, 2010
Staying in Traverse City for business and had the opportunity to get away for a short weekend break. The House on the Hill had been recommended and rightly so. Great welcome, lovely room, fantastic dinner at the local restaurant, The Rowe Inn, excellent breakfast, a walk through the snow covered real estate before heading home. Marci was a great host. Highly recommended.
4.2 on October 30, 2010
our children gave us a night at House on the Hill..we loved it..rooms were spotless, views wonderful and gourmet breakfast delicious...our host met us at the door and accomodated our every wish from fresh coffee, kayaks at sunrise on the lake and making our dinner reservations...we will return.
5 on October 17, 2010
We had my sisters wedding here and the layout and landscaping was absolutely perfect. This bed and breakfast is beautifully laid out, quiet, quaint and relaxing. The service was number one and the care they give to there patrons is outstanding.
4.6 on October 12, 2010
Everything was above our expectations. The house is gorgous and the view of the small lake is beutiful. Close to Chalevoix which has fantastic food and fun. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the hosts are very nice.
5 on October 12, 2010
My husband & I came up to The House on the Hill to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary & do some fall color touring of the area. We were more than pleased in both respects. My husband has never been too fond of B&B's in the past, but the House on the Hill has reformed him. He loved it! Everything! From the moment we pulled up the drive, we knew we made the right choice. Our room, in the carriage house, & with a fireplace & view of the 50+ acres of property was worth it alone. Stunning! The grounds are full of little quiet areas to sit & relax. We hiked the cleared out & well marked trails that are on the property, it was a beautiful fall day. We are already working on fitting in another trip up there this winter to be able to see the property via snowshoes that Marci & Phillip provide. The house was very warm & inviting. Many rooms to sit back in & relax. Many facinating books & pictures to look at. We stayed over 2 nights & both mornings our breakfast was truely delicious! All homemade with love & care. Our host, Marci, had made arrangements with the people at the Rowe Inn just up the road for our Anniversary dinner. That too was amazing. The food... yummo! By all means, when you stay at The House On The Hill, this place should not be overlooked.
5 on October 07, 2010
Total satisfaction. From the moment you pull in the driveway the surroundings are fabulous and inviting. Phillip & Marci go the extra mile to insure comfort. We stayed in the Rose room with a beautiful view of the lake. Breakfast was incredible!!! I would recommend this B & B to everyone!!!
5 on September 29, 2010
My husband and I have been hearing about The House on the Hill for awhile, but finally got to visit and see for ourselves....WOW!!! It was everything we had heard and more!!! The pictures online are beautiful, but when we pulled into the drive, and then entered the home, we were amazed by the feeling of elegance and simple charm....a rare combination. Our hosts, Philip and Marci, were so warm and hospitable...we felt as if we were visiting old friends. The rooms are beautifully decorated, very clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were outstanding--a three-course meal, beautifully presented, and delicious!! We spent our time during the day visiting Petoskey and Charlevoix, both close by and full of charm. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the area as well. We just can't say enough about our visit. We will definitely return. Kudos to Philip and Marci...they work beautifully together as a team and make their guests feel very welcome!
4.0 on September 23, 2010
A wonderful place to stay! Hosts Marci and Phillip are lovely and gracious.
5 on September 23, 2010
My husband and I booked a weekend for my parents and our selves to celebrate my parents 54th Anniversary. As always everything was outstanding in every way. Marci and Phil are wonderful owners, and everything they do is so well thought out. The breakfasts are amazing, and the homemade butters they serve are wonderful, my favorite is the coffee butter. The rooms are very cozy and even have a fireplace. This was our second stay and my parents first visit, but they made us feel like we are old friends. We loved everything about our stay!! And we certainly will be back.
4.4 on September 21, 2010
We enjoyed the hospitality at House on the Hill during a family reunion. The breakfasts were fantastic, even the morning we left, when Marci gave us a breakfast for the road since we were leaving very early. The views from the front porch with both morning coffee and evening relaxation were lovely. Our room was welcome and inviting. Plenty to do and see in the surrounding area along with some wonderful restaurants. All in all, a very nice weekend with family.
4.2 on September 18, 2010
My husband and I used this as a post son's wedding get away and anniversary stay. We thoroughly enjoyed Marci's hospitality and beautiful guest room. The place is peaceful and great views from the hill to all of northern Michigan"s soon to be color. Our dinner at nearby Rowe Inn was also outstanding. We will be back!
5 on September 18, 2010
Marci and Phillip were consummate hosts; the setting was absolutely lovely; the breakfast of fresh fruit, muffins and other delicious breads, plus the excellent egg souffle was outstanding. We will return to this charming B&B.
5 on September 17, 2010
We truly enjoyed our stay at House on the Hill on 9/11/10. We had stayed there before and wanted to come back. We purchased the gift certificates for Christmas presents and were finally able to make arrangements to stay. The rooms are comfortable, the hosts are very nice and the breakfast was outstanding. We can't wait to come back for another stay.
5 on September 16, 2010
We have made an annual trip to the House on the Hill for the last several years to take advantage of the fine dining in the tiny town of Ellsworth. The B&B commends itself by a beautiful location--a lake for kayaking, fields and woods to explore behind the house, and several comfortable common rooms for the guests to lounge in as well as the long front porch with its commanding view. Marci and Phillip, new proprietors this year, have continued to provide amenities that help make the place special--beverages and cheese were available in the afternoon; and the breakfasts are filling and imaginative. The rooms remain as comfortable as any we've found with plenty of storage space, all the necessities, and lovely decor. All these things add up to a place we look forward to returning to year after year.
5 on September 15, 2010
Our stay at "The House on the Hill" in Ellsworth, Michigan, was a stay to remember! The thing that drew us in was the warm, and welcoming treatment we received just over the phhone. (THOH) owner, Marci, was extremely warm and inviting as well as accomodating. First impressions are very important, and we received wonderful treatment starting with the first phone call down to the welcome when we arrived, to the beautiful room we stayed in, and of course, the delicious breakfast that was home-made by Marci, herself. The place was beautiful, inside and out and there were many activities offered, as well as suggestions of places to visit while there. My husband is still talking about our visit. I would (and have) recommend this B&B to friends and family!
4.4 on September 15, 2010
Phil and Marci are exceptional innkeepers - they made me feel valued - which is rare today.
4.4 on September 11, 2010
We happened upon the House on the Hill for a four-day getaway in August and encourage all who want to be inspired by a couple living their dream -- while serving up delicious breakfasts -- to check out the House on the Hill. It's location is great for day trips to Charlevoix, Traverse City, Mission Peninsula or Petoskey. Marci's charming hospitality doesn't reveal they've only owned the place for a year but they are setting new traditions of their own for their guests. If you admire an entrepreneurial spirit, relaxing getaway and Michigan "Up North" enjoyment, it's a great choice. We'll go back again!
4.0 on August 17, 2010
We stayed for three days, and each day we enjoyed an entirely different three course gourmet breakfast. We enjoyed it so much we purchased her cook book. The rooms were very clean and neat, plus they have many hiking trails and nice dock with deck chairs. Very relaxing – we’ll be back. Mr. & Mrs. Peters
3.4 on August 10, 2010
The hosts were wonderful. Everything was great only we were disappointed that there wasn't any air conditioning. To us that's a big deal. I have allergies and a/c is important. I would consider adding that in the future to make it perfect!