We stayed at The Beaver Inn Lodge two nights, a week or so before the ‘official’ opening and if you want to decompress, leave the TV and phone (no land line in the room and cell coverage is iffy) behind, listen to the wind in the trees and the water breaking on the shore, if the sounds of birds and bees seems to be calling you, then this is the place to go. Believe it or not, the world will go on without you and will still be there when you get back.
We had the entire lodge to ourselves the first night, no staff (we had what we needed), no restaurant (there are other places to eat in town), the plumbing worked, the heat worked, the lights came on and went off with the wall switch, we had clean towels and clean sheets and what else do you need? I will admit that having the entire lodge to ourselves was a unique experience and ‘felt’ a bit odd but it was peaceful and quiet and just exactly what we both needed. Once we got used to looking around and not seeing anyone else it was pretty sweet.
We had planned on walking from the boat dock but Dana was there to pick us up. She drove us the short distance to the lodge and being first timers on the island we picked her brain for the ‘must see’ highlights of the island. She supplied us with a few and the phone numbers of two car rental facilities. We had planned on walking to one or the other but she told us they would be happy to deliver a vehicle to us at the lodge (don’t plan on walking everywhere, this isn’t Mackinaw) and the next day we went exploring after walking a couple miles to the rental place we chose. It was an exceptional day for us.
I read a review about how old, about how run down and about how awful this facility is. I’ve read reviews that were pretty tepid and some that were glowing. If you’re looking for a Holiday or Ramada Inn, you had best stay on the mainland for you’re not going to find one here. Yes, there were things that weren’t shiny and new, there were things that could have used a bit of attention but this isn’t a national chain, this is run by a husband and wife who are two of the nicest and most gracious of people and doing a pretty good job. Everything in our room worked just fine, not the latest and greatest, not stainless appliances and the counter tops weren’t granite but everything worked and the counter tops did what counter tops do, they collected ‘stuff’.
We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. The peace, the quiet, the 100 or so steps to Lake Michigan, the Sunsets (didn’t get up in time to see the sunrise) were all great big plus signs in my opinion. This isn’t Mackinaw Island with wall to wall people and lot’s of tourist traps; this is Beaver Island, 180 degrees different and pretty sweet if you need to ‘get away’ and let the blood pressure settle down a bit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beaver Island Lodge, with its captivating location and view of Lake Michigan's spectacular sunsets and diverse moods, make it a favorite resort hotel. Rich in tradition, the Beaver Island Lodge has been "Host to the Island Traveler" since 1950. Surrounded by a plush forest of hardwood and evergreen stands and nestled on a bluff overlooking a private beach below, the Beaver Island Lodge is the ideal getaway for the water and nature enthusiast. In addition, the unique location of the lodge provides an excellent location for weddings and small business conferences. The Lodge has hosted many spectacular weddings on our private beach and our bluff overlooking the water and outer islands. The Restaurant at the Beaver Island Lodge has an unparalleled, innovative menu & flavor profiles. The Restaurant hosts an annual fall wine pairing dinner at the end of the season that should not be missed. A sample of one of these can be found on our menu page. The view from the dining room is world class. The Restaurant and lounge are a popular destination for spectacular Northern Michigan sunsets. At the last flicker of sunlight it is not unusual for the entire restaurant and lounge to erupt in full applause. The Beaver Island Lodge and The Restaurant at Beaver Island Lodge operate seasonally from Memorial weekend through mid September and welcome you to join us for your next island getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beaver Island Hotel Beaver Island