Stafford's Bay View Inn

2011 Woodland Avenue , Petoskey, MI 49770 USA (Show map)


Stafford's Bay View Inn offers guests the grace and romance of a bygone era, set against the exquisite views of Little Traverse Bay. This charming country inn was built in 1886 and has enchanted visitors for over 120 years. Some of northern Michigan's finest dining can be experienced in our Roselawn Dining Room. Cool relaxing evenings on the Reed Avenue Porch make for unforgettable memories. We invite you to experience the charm and hospitality of this unique country inn and the unparalleled service that only Stafford's can provide. For over 40 years, Stafford Smith and his family have owned, operated and lovingly restored this grand Victorian country inn on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. It stands as a warm and welcoming retreat from worldly pains and pressures. It is a place to pause, reflect and unwind.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

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5 on October 04, 2013

Your Inn was just the perfect touch to our" get away to see Fall Colors" in Petoskey, Mi. In years past, there was never any room at the Inn when we tried to get reservations. But this year it being October we reserved a room.It was well worth the wait. Your establishment is very updated; clean; cheery; friendly; with a wonderfully efficient staff and superb hospitality features. The room was charming; wonderfully decorated and large by other Inn standards. The designer large cookies were the perfect touch. The library on the second floor served all our needs with beverages; comfortable chairs and sofas and wide screen tv-just like home. The lst floor was a feast of yellows to brighten any day and comfortable seating to make you feel like you were outside but actually indoors. We actually liked your Inn better than the Grand Hotel visit we had in 2012 during the same month. The dining was just right; comfortable; yet elegant with wonderfully attentive service and culinary delights. Breakfast was included with the room and exceptional. We would definitely recommend your Inn to everyone who wants to visit Petoskey. Thanks for all your efforts to bring a Victorian Era into the current century. We give you a 10. Geri and Mike Green of Farmington Hills, MI

Wonderful Place -- Super Value

4.8 on July 28, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at the Bayview on two separate occasions with a small group of friends. It is easy to overlook that the floors creak and/or are not even in some spots because of all the other positives. The rooms are all different and are all very charming in their own way. The location along the water is great for taking a walk or sitting on the porch and enjoying the view. The close proximity to town (shopping, restaurants,etc.) is perfect. Although it is a bit too long of a walk for many of us---so we had the Inn call for a shuttle which was very reasonable. I must mention the breakfast! This is the only Inn we have ever stayed at where you order your breakfast from a menu (included in the room rate). If you stay Saturday evening, the Sunday brunch is included in the room rate. And what a brunch....such a large variety of great tasting food that I can't begin to list them. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the staff. Every single one of the staff is extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful. Bottom line, they all give a "family" feel to the Inn. When you add all the positives, the room rates are extremely reasonable -- a super value.


5 on July 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this Inn and loved it. It is an old building but very well taken care of. The floors creak in spots and are not level, but oh so wonderful!!! The outside porch is wonderful with a view of the lake and most wonderful sunset views!!!! The inn is spotlessly clean. Breakfast is to die for---unlike any other B&B we have stayed in. You chose from a menu---you could have Eggs Benedict every day if you wanted to!! Everyone who works there seems to love what they do. They are very friendly and ever so helpful. We left a small cosmetic bag there that had some meds that I take "just in case" we need something for a headache, allergies, heartburn, etc. I got a call while we were on our way home about that and they promptly sent it to our home. I would definitely stay there again and can't wait for that!!!!

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Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 74 miles

Directions to property:

From the North (Canada via I-75): * Proceed south on I-75 * Follow I-75 to US 31 South * Merge onto US 31 South towards Petoskey * Stafford’s Bay View Inn is located on US 31 just north of Petoskey in Bay View From the South (Grand Rapids & Chicago via US 131): * Proceed north on US 131 to Petoskey * In Petoskey, US 131 will merge with US 31 * Continue on US 31 north through Petoskey and Bay View * Stafford's Bay View Inn is located on US 31 just north of Petoskey in Bay View From the East (Detroit via I-75): * Proceed north on 1-75 * Exit at 282 and turn left (west) onto M-32 * Proceed west on M-32 to US 131 North * Turn right (north) on US 131 towards Petoskey * Proceed north on US 131 to Petoskey * In Petoskey, US 131 will merge with US 31 * Continue on US 31 north through Petoskey and Bay View * Stafford's Bay View Inn is located on US 31 just north of Petoskey in Bay View From the West (Wisconsin via Lake Michigan): High-speed passenger ferries are now available from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan. For additional information, please visit Lake Michigan Express. Airlines & Airport Information The Pellston Regional Airport is just 30 minutes away and offers daily flights to Detroit via Mesaba Airlines (a Northwest Affiliate). The Harbor Springs Airport is also available to accommodate small private aircraft and charters. To contact the Harbor Springs airport, please call 231-347-2812 or visit AirNav for pilot information.

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wedding Facilities , Bicycles, Inclusive Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes There is no additional room charge for children under 4.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Please contact property for details.
  • Cancellations: We kindly ask that guests give us notice at least 7 days prior to their arrival date should they wish to cancel. Refunds will be made only if reservations are cancelled 7 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
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$25 breakfast voucher

  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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