The House on the Hill

9661 Lake Street , Ellsworth, MI 49729 USA (Show map)


The House on the Hill is conveniently located in Northern Michigan's Chain of Lakes resort area, an hour's drive of either Traverse City or Mackinac Island, close to a myriad of opportunities for everything from skiing to golf, water sports to hiking, antiquing, to casino gambling. Newly redecorated and comfortable air-conditioned guest rooms, each with a queen or king size bed, a inviting sunroom with a cozy fireplace, a gracious, wicker-filled wraparound porch overlooking St. Clair Lake. The inn's expansive grounds offer extensive lake frontage as well as groomed walking trails for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing. Still more: within walking distance to one of Michigan's finest restaurants, the Rowe Inn. Kayaks, paddle boards and canoe are available for your use on the picturesque St. Clair Lake. Please visit our web site or call us at 231-588-6304



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great Getaway

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

Innkeeper Response
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)

Fun fall getaway spot

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.

Innkeeper Response
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)

Beautiful Home, Wonderful Hosts

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!

Innkeeper Response
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)

Relaxing and beautiful hotel. Wonderful hosts, and terrific food.

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!

House on the Hill

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!

Wonderful visit.

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

Wonderful Stay!

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!!

Innkeeper Response
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)

A Great Place to Stay

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.

Wonderful experience will return for sure!

5 on August 11, 2014

We had a wonderful stay. Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for making it so perfect!

Amazing Get Away

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!

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Rooms & Rates


Introducing the Cedar Room. The House on the Hill has created a new room for our guests to enjoy. This economy room is located in the main house, on the first floor and has a Queen bed, its own private bath and has a separate entrance. If you would like to enjoy the water craft, there is a rental fee of $10 per person per day. Please note that this room is smaller than our other rooms. A three course gourmet breakfast is included in the rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139


This room has a 22-foot ceiling and beautiful palladium window overlooking some of our 53 acres. This room is decorated in Northern Michigan style. A Mission King Bed, private bath and sitting area are featured. Three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $175


The sister room to the Pine, with dark cherry furniture and a four-poster queen bed, and a private bath. The room overlooks the carriage house with views of the trees on part of the 53 acres. Comfortable chairs allow the guests to enjoy their favorite book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $175


This King Suite is the original master bedroom of this French Country Farmhouse. This room provides a gorgeous view of the lake. A Roku Television and sitting area makes this room home away from home. The private bath includes a bath tub for additional opportunities of relaxation. Three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $165 - $195


One of the original rooms in the house, this room features gabled ceilings and a beautiful view of the lake. Windows on three sides give the room plenty of natural light, better to notice the king-size bed and cozy sitting area. 'Color-washed' walls enhance the feel of the room, which features a private bath and a television. Three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $165 - $195


A wood and wrought iron king-size bed highlights the first of the Carriage House rooms. The semi-private deck provides the opportunity to enjoy the sound of the artesian creek and the viewing of wild turkeys and deer. A garden room feel along with the gas fireplace and a private bath makes this a guest favorite. Three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $205


Aspen is a 'barrier-free' ADA compliant room. This room offers calming decor to mirror the peaceful view right outside the window. A gas fireplace, private bathroom and a semi private deck looking onto the meadow are featured in Aspen. Wider doorways and strategically placed handrails in the private bathroom accommodate all guests. Three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $205


The Maple Room is our Premier Room. Newly renovated in a modern style with a luxurious feel. The Maple Room has a King size bed, private natural stone bath, gas fireplace, and a semi-private deck right outside the back door with a private bistro table overlooking a soothing babbling brook. Extra windows in the room offer additional natural light and stunning views of the countryside. Coffee service available inside room. A three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center privileges are included in the room rate.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $185 - $225

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Location Type

Charlevoix, Petoskey, Boyne City, Traverse City, Harbor Springs, Bellaire, City, Countryside, Lakefront, Oceanfront, Small town, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , kayak, canoe, paddle boat, snow shoes, Utility room with washer/dryer & microwave, paddle boards

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Snowmobile trails on property. Bring your sleds!, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We have a 7 day cancellation policy.
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Phillip & Marci Palajac

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About the innkeepers

Running, reading, swimming

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  • Time Served: 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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