Antiquities' Wellington Inn

230 Wellington Street , Traverse City, MI 49686 USA (Show map)


Antiquities’ Wellington Inn is a 1905 neo-classical mansion located in the historic heart of Traverse City. This spectacular home has been fully restored to its original grandeur and features period antiques throughout the nine guest rooms, dining room, library and living room. Two 2-bedroom Carriage House apartments are offered for extended stays. Guests are treated to a sumptuous full breakfast in the turn-of-the-century dining room. Refreshments and snacks are always available in the guest kitchen located off the 3rd floor ballroom. This unique in-town neighborhood location is within a short walk to fine restaurants, shops, recreational trails and the spectacular beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. Gracious innkeepers will gladly help you with any arrangements required to ensure a memorable stay. The Wellington Inn is also available for private events such as afternoon teas, receptions, weddings, business meetings, retreats and other special occasions.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Mid-week getaway

5 on July 15, 2017

Relentlessly peripatetic in retirement, following travel-rich careers, we pick and choose our B&B’s carefully, and know the “ropes” pretty well, given the house into which we brought our sons has since itself become a B&B. We’ve had good stays and bad stays, and at the Wellington we had unquestionably our best-ever. The home itself is a magnificent example of turn-of-the-century (the 20th) opulence in small-town America, and it has been revitalized to perfection by its current curators, with virtually no artificial enhancement to accommodate unrelated guests. It’s cleaner than almost any top-rated hotel. The breakfast is more a full-meal brunch, and if one cleans one’s plate, it’s unlikely any hunger should return before dinner time. Probably by the time you’ve finished your breakfast, you’ll find your room has been made up and fresh towels hung, An upstairs kitchen for guests is open 24/7, and stocked with nibbles, beverages, microwave, and ‘fridge. There are many common rooms to enjoy: a parlour with a baby grand, the large attic “ballroom,” and the expansive front porch. On the practical side, there’s adequate off-street parking, guest umbrellas, and a broad selection of reading material available. The owners are friendly, intelligent, and informed conversationalists, and expert historians about not only the home, but also about the region and its many attractions. Overall a five-star place!

Elegant Bed and Breakfast Mansion

5 on May 26, 2015

I wanted to stay in a beautiful place within walking distance of downtown Traverse City, and that is exactly what a got, along with so much more than I had expected. The minute attention to detail of the restoration of this home, including all its furnishings and accessories, is wonderful. It was truly a step back in time to a quiet and genteel era, yet still comfortable and welcoming in every way. Delicious breakfasts, gracious service, and delightful conversations with my fellow guests were a highlight of my stay. I plan to stay here again.

Wine Tasting Weekend

3.6 on March 04, 2014

Great place to stay. Close to downtown and a short drive from Old Mission Peninsula wineries. Barb was very helpful in recommending places to eat and check out. Breakfast was good too!

Labor Day Weekend '12

4.6 on September 08, 2012

Truly incredible experience. The home itself is beautiful, and the owners do a tremendous job. There are lots of common areas decorated in the appropriate historical style. It was really incredible to see the well-kept and beautiful antiques in such a grand old home. Barbara is very welcoming and does a magnificent job of informing the guests about the surrounding areas and the city itself. She's invested in the guests and their stay, as well as the area, and is always willing to point you in the right direction. The room itself was nicer and larger than the photograph. The whirlpool tub hits the spot after a day of exploring the national park and climbing dunes! Our room had its own entryway and felt private which I'll admit was my main concern with staying at a bed and breakfast. We shared only one wall with another room and I never heard any other guests. We had a small TV which more than fulfilled my expectations considering you should be out and about. Plus, there's a common area with a HD TV upstairs in the large attic/loft, right by the common kitchen that Barbara keeps stocked with water, homemade cookies and snacks. There were several guests who watched the Spartan and Wolverine games up there and seemed to have a great time. I'm not a huge breakfast person, but I have been accused of being-for better or worse- a foodie (i.e. locked in reservations for the Cook's House-a block away from the Wellington- and Boat House before a place to stay). And I really like the breakfast. It's served at 9 a.m. each day and starts with a yogurt parfait that incorporates local produce and fresh-squeezed orange juice. It's then followed up by a slice of a fritata-style egg dish with, in our case, asparagus one day and sausage/peppers/onions and sour cream the next. The side dishes were nice sausages and a homemade bread. One day was blueberry muffins/bread. Our last day the main dish was blueberry pancakes with sausage. Delicious.

Our private retreat

5 on August 31, 2012

We have been guests at The Wellington Inn for the past four years, spending a month each time in what feels like "our" French Country apartment in the carriage house on the property. This is a very special time for us. While completely respecting our privacy, Barb and Hank Reichel and their friendly staff always make us feel right at home. The fact that we are within walking distance to vibrant downtown Traverse City with its great restaurants (in every price range) is an absolute plus for us. Not only is the Traverse City area an attraction in itself, but also the location is centrally positioned for visits to nearby destinations such as the Interlochen Arts Academy. We are already looking forward to coming back again next summer.

The Wellington was probably the best stay we have had in the Traverse City area.

5 on August 30, 2012

An absolutely gorgeous home and property and expertly decorated for the era it represents. We were greeted warmly by our hosts Barb and Hank and were given a wonderful tour and history of the property. Our hosts took the time to talk about the area attractions, restaurants and activities available for the weekend along with many recomendations. Our "room" was actually an apartment in the "Carriage House". It was beautiful, and private, with excellent housekeeping service. We opted to have the breakfast on our last day there and it was a wonderful treat. The staff was very attentive and we enjoyed it entirely. Our hosts spent more time with us prior to breakfast pointing out other interesting things in the mansion and some of the restoration that took place. We felt our stay was well worth the money and we will recommend this property to others.

There are not enough positive adjectives in Webster's Dictionary to describe our experience!

5 on August 28, 2012

My fiance and I arrived at the Inn on a Sunday morning, which I can only imagine is a busy time for an innkeeper. As we were staying for a week we had a lot of luggage with us. Barb and Hank, out gracious innkeepers, treated us like royalty! They helped us with our baggage, led us on a beautiful tour of the inn, our room, and the fully stocked guest kitchen that was brimming with food and beverages for us to enjoy. Our room was glorious. Breakfast each morning was innovative, delicious, and very well-rounded. (Barb makes the BEST coffee!) Nothing served was too heavy or repetitious. I am a vegetarian, and Barb accomodated for my dietary restriction with the ease and flair of a culinary genius. I have never enjoyed such a wonderful stay. Barb and Hank provided wonderful suggestions for our daily excursions to the local wineries (Brys Estate and Two Lads are my favorite on the OMP!) and beaches (North Bar!). We have already booked our return trip next year. We can't wait to spend another week with these wonderful people at this glorious inn.

Wonderful Stay

5 on August 26, 2012

This was our first B&B experience and it was wonderful! Barb greeted us and made us feel so welcome. We were given information about the house and the area and given many suggestions as to where to travel and dine. We were then taken to the Carriage House, where we were staying, and given the grand tour and our keys. The decor was amazing and the amenities were excellent. There was nothing we wanted for. The staff cleaned everyday and restocked our cookies, which by the way were addictive. So very good! We lounged one afternoon on the balcony and had a great chat with Barb when she came out and saw us enjoying the outdoors. We had breakfast on Sunday in the main house and it was so delicious. Fresh peaches and cream, a very good breakfast casserole and homemade cornbread. The coffee was just perfect. So full when we left. We will definitely be back whenever we return to the area and will recommend the Inn to friends. Thank you Barb and Hank for the hospitality. We are B&B converts now, no more hotels for us.

Nice, but didn't seem worth the money we paid.

2.6 on July 26, 2012

We stayed three nights here, and really loved the look and style this bed and breakfast portrayed on When we arrived, the innkeeper didn't seem very nice. She showed us the basics of how everything worked, showed us the room and all the public areas of the house, but seemed to put on a faux niceness. Didn't seem genuine. The architecture and detail of this home is beautiful and it was really neat to see the old world furniture. However, most of the furniture was threadbare, and the cushions were flat. The sofa in our room, you sat in and could feel the springs poking you. Our room description, said it had a balcony overlooking the garden, when in fact it overlooked the driveway. There also didn't seem to be air conditioning in our room, as it was often very warm in our room. The old world feel was very nice, using the old skeleton keys to lock up your individual room. Breakfast was to fussy, to complicated. Quiche everyday with a different vegetable, and bratwurst, are not the home style type of breakfast I look for in a bed and breakfast, so I barely ate here. It is a beautiful home, but lacking in some areas. We won't stay here again.

Breath taking....

4.6 on June 21, 2010

The pictures don't do the Wellington justice. It is even more beautiful in person. Every room is decorated in stunning antique furnishings. It is large enough to not feel like you are sleeping in someone else's home but cozy enough that you never want to leave. The Inn keeper, Barbara was a pleasant and attentive hostess. Her thoughtfulness far exceeded my expectations. I have many food allergies and she and her staff went out of their way to make me special meals and buy me special snacks. The food was great...baked butternut squash with cinnamon apples and cherries, fabulous quiche, French toast, fresh fruit parfaits...the list goes on. Between the bubble bath in a giant antique tub, sitting out on the porch in the sunshine and all of the great stores and restaurants within walking distance it is worth every penny. I really have no idea why you would stay anywhere else...

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Rooms & Rates

Corbett Suite

This first floor suite includes a bed chamber with an American white iron queen-sized bed, original built-in cabinets with comfortable window seat. Adjoining sitting room features a Louis XVI Revival sofa and armchair. Private bath with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

Woolsey Suite

This suite is especially popular with our bridal and anniversary guests. The 1890’s Victorian Renaissance Revival bedroom suite features a queen-sized bed. Sitting area, with wood-burning fireplace, features Louis XV revival sofa and fireside chairs. Private bath with air-jetted 2-person whirlpool w/shower. Private balcony with umbrella table and large sitting area.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

Ramsdell Chamber

This 1915 Italianate bedroom suite features a queen-sized bed with cameo-carved medallions and Victorian Renaissance Revival hoop-skirt chairs. Private bath with pedestal tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $220

Morgan Chamber

Part of the original master suite, this bed chamber features an 1850 Victorian Renaissance Revival 9-foot tall Half-Tester full-sized bed and Louis XVI-style loveseat and chair. Private bath with pedestal tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $220

Vortruba Chamber

Part of the original master suite, this bed chamber features an 1880 Kingwood Napolean III full-sized bed with heavily carved floral crest, an elegant Victorian armoire, loveseat and chair. Private bath with oversized shower.

  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $170 - $195

Munson Chamber

This bed chamber features an 1865 Victorian Renaissance Revival black walnut full-sized bed, 1865 button-tuffted demi-arm chairs from England. Vintage draperies and bedspread. Private balcony overlooking historic neighborhood. Private bath with original pedestal tub and sink.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $220

Ferris Chamber

This bed chamber features Victorian-style queen-sized bed, 1900’s quartersawn bonnet cupboard and Victorian arm chairs. Private bath with 2-person air-jetted whirlpool with separate shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $220

Hannah Chamber

This 3rd floor bed chamber features an 1880’s Victorian Eastlake black walnut bedroom suite with full-sized brass bed and heavily carved hall chairs. Private bath with original pedestal tub and “Worlds Fair Shower.”

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

Nightly Rate: $170 - $195

Milliken Chamber

This 3rd floor bed chamber features a 1915 French-style bedroom suite with two full-sized beds, heavily carved Victorian velvet arm chair with side chairs. Private bath with 2-person air-jetted whirilpool and separate shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

Carriage House Art Deco

This apartment is furnished in the 1930’s Art Deco style and includes a master bedroom with queen-sized bed and private bath (shower), second bedroom with full-sized bed, hallway 2nd bathroom, living room w/TV, dining area and fully-equipped period kitchen, washer/dryer. A balcony overlooks the gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $275 - $300

Carriage House Country

This apartment is furnished in 1940’s French country style and includes two bedrooms, each with queen-sized beds, a hallway bathroom, living room w/TV, dining area and fully equipped period kitchen, washer/dryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

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Location Type

Historic District, Airport, Downtown, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 2 miles

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, Night life, National Cherry Festival, Autumn Color Tours, Farmers Market, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wedding Facilities , Wireless Internet, Fully equipped guest kitchen (includes microwave)

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Telephone, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Parasailing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 - 6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and over are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum in July & August
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: All reservations require a 50% deposit or credit card to guarantee the reservation.
  • Cancellations: A 14-day notice of cancellation is required for a full deposit refund. With shorter notice, 50% of the stay will be charged to your account. As an option, you may transfer the deposit to a future reservation.
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  • Time Served: 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

By request

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