Grey Hare Inn

1994 Carroll Road P.O. Box 1535, Traverse City, MI 49685 USA (Show map)
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The Grey Hare Inn is a vineyard estate vineyard styled in the manner of a "mas" (farmhouse) in southern France or Tuscany that is located in the heart of Northern Michigan Wine Country near Traverse City. All accommodations offer a private bath and queen size bed, european style decor, and expansive views of the bay, orchards and vineyards, and a full gourmet breakfast is included.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining5

Best B&B on Old Mission Peninsula - Simple Elegance at it's Finest!

4.4 on March 12, 2012

Looking for a relaxing, romantic escape from the ordinary? Your search ends at the Grey Hare Inn and Vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City Michigan. The world begins to melt away as you drive up the peninsula and soak up the gorgeous bay views and rolling hills dotted with orchards and vineyards. The winding drive to the Grey Hare takes you through heirloom cherry orchards and beautiful vineyards ending at a charming Provincial chateau at the top of a ridge. You’ll be greeted by innkeepers Cindy and Jay who will welcome you like old friends coming for a holiday on their European country estate. As it should be, the soul of the experience is in the details; from the stucco and stone architecture to the hand painted artisan frescos to hand forged wrought iron grapevine staircase and trellis bed to Cindy’s exquisite French gourmet breakfast (by far the finest breakfast we’ve ever experienced at any B&B!) you won’t be disappointed! There are also several wineries on the peninsula with tasting rooms open daily – check out the WOMP (Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula) website for details on their many events throughout the year. Whether your holiday is two days or two weeks the value offered by the Grey Hare Inn and the Old Mission Peninsula is immeasurable – you’ll have the experience of a European country adventure for a fraction of the price. There are only three rooms at this exclusive B&B so book early – we guarantee you’ll want to come back - we're already planning our next trip! Don & Janine – Midland, MI

A French country experience.....

5 on June 06, 2011

Our stay, May 2011, was exceptional. Up the long drive, sits the B&B on a hilltop, surrounded by rows and rows of grapevines and fruit trees - suddenly you are transported to a French country experience. Walking in the tiled foyer, the decor is fabulously country French. We stayed in the Vineyard room and the evenings in late May were cool enough to sleep with the French door and casement windows open. Quiet, relaxing... The breakfasts were phenomenal! Best we have ever experienced. The hosts, Cindy and Jay, invited us to cocktails on their sailboat before our dinner at the well-recommended 'Boathouse Restaurant' - wonderful food and experience. We will be talking about our stay for years to come and cannot wait to go back!

Peaceful getaway

5 on June 26, 2008

My husband and I spent a weekend away here and it exceeded our expectations. The inn is beautiful, hosts were delightful, and the food outstanding. We also went on their sailboat with them and had a great time. I highly recommend this adventure as well to complete your stay.

Ecstatic epicurean

5 on February 05, 2007

My husband and I first stayed at the Grey Hare inn for our honeymoon and our hosts made sure it was a special time for us with their attentiveness and first class hospitality. We have since returned every year to attend a Grape Harvest Stomp in the fall and each time our expectations are exceeded with the gourmet food and beautiful views.

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Rooms & Rates

Le jardin

The Garden Room offers panoramic vineyard, orchard, and bay views; queen sized bed, private stone shower bath, decorated with Provence yellows and a grapevined wrought iron four poster bed.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $245

Grange de Bois

Custom designed wrought iron bed in the shape of a grapevine trellis provides the Up North Michigan focus to this room with a fireplace and private sitting room overlooking vineyard and bay views.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $295

Clos de Vigne

Luxurious 2 room suite that accommodates up to four persons using the fold our couch in the separate sitting room that also has a tv/desk; with a jacuzzi bath and panoramic vineyard views

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

Nightly Rate: $265 - $345

Balia Boat and Breakfast

Stay aboard the owners 42 ft sailboat at a Grand Traverse or nearby marina. The yacht has 3 cabins and 2 heads with a canvas screened enclosed cockpit for lounging on deck or below with a main cabin and kitchen area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Beds 3 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $500

Check Dates


Location Type

Old Mission Peninsula, Northern Michigan, Countryside, Lakefront, Small town, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 10 miles

Directions to property:

From the intersection of Front Street (Route 31/Munson) & Garfield, go North on M-37 (Center Rd.) 7.2 miles to Carroll Road, turn left .3 miles to first driveway on left. (Sign on stone wall at entrance)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Wine and other festivals, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Homestay, Boat, Farm, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

CD player, Copier, DVD Player, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Radio, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , sailboat excursions and boat and breakfast option

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, 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, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Swimming, Water sports

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No none permitted on premises, perfume restriction as well
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited parental supervision, discretion previously reserved guests
  • Childcare Provided: No parental supervision at all times required
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required barn accommodations under certain circumstances, advance res.req.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night stay required during July through October & weekends throughout year
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit paid by check or money order within 7 days of making the reservation is required to guarantee reservations. Balance due upon checkin.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation/changes must be made 14 days prior to the arrival date, or be subject to loss of deposit, depending on the inn's ability to rebook the rooms at an equivalent revenue. Cancellation less than 72 hours prior to arrival may result in charge of entire expected reservation revenue.



Cindy and Jay Ruzak

Languages spoken

English, French, German

Resident Pets

Cats , chickens, 1 house cat

About the innkeepers

Sailing, gourmet cuisine, vineyard management and wine consumption. The Grey Hare Inn thus offers a boat and breakfast option and personal guided sailing excursions.

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Full gourmet, 2-3 courses

  • Time Served: guest choice of served time
  • Serving Location: patios, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Crepes du Nord
crepe filled with scrambled eggs, sautéed green onions and wild mushrooms, topped with an herbes de provence cream sauce; and garnished with seasonal vegetable and Canadian bacon.