We spent the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct.2 at the Sunrise Landing Motel. We stayed off of the property in a separately owned house two lots down from the motel. It was a treed property, so we drove between the house and the motel.
We stayed at the Gibby House, which from our first impression of the outside looked like an abandoned home. It needed painting and the shubbery and grass were overgrown. Once we got inside it was ok---some spots on the carpeting, deadbolts that were missing parts, doors that didn't feel secure even when locked. We went back to the office and were told that it was a very safe neighborhood, and it probably was, but we were four women alone from the big city.
The house had a livingroom, sunroom, kitchen with dishwasher, stackable washer/dryer,etc. It had two bedrooms and one bath. It was decorated very cottagey--but OK. There was only one bathroom for the 4 of us, which was ok, but had plush carpet on the floor that had molded next to the tub. The doors to the rooms were older and needed painting, no closet door in our bedroom. The beds were comfortable and everything else appeared to be clean.
We met some other people at the resort and invited them over which made us feel safer. And we spent most of our time out of the house, so I guess it was ok. We were able to see some of the rooms at the motel which we thought would have been a better choice to stay at, if we had had the choice. The motel was booked solid that weekend. Would I stay in the Gibby House again---No. Would I stay in the motel section---Yes. The reason why is....
There is a huge front lawn in front of the motel that leads down to the bay. There were chairs and a wonderful beach, that I actually never saw in daylight. At night we built big bonfires and sat around and listened to the waves and looked at the stars. It was great.
The Leelenau Penisula that Northport is on has about 13 wineries and we visited most of them on Saturday. That was the most fun. Make sure that you pick a designated driver as the people at the wineries are not stingy with their samples.
The rooms at the hotel were around $80 a night in the Fall, the Gibby House was $200 a night. Luckily, we split it 4 ways. It was too much to pay for a house that reminded us of the Bates Motel on the outside, even though it was clean and neat on the inside. They say that first impressions are everything. In this case, I would say that that is true.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunrise Landing is located 22 miles North of Traverse City and 3 miles South of Northport. The units are situated right on West Grand Traverse Bay with 150′ of private sandy beach. The location is central to all the villages and attractions in Leelanau County so you can branch out, yet never be far from home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Landing Hotel Northport