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Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 8 Petoskey B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Livonia, Michigan, United States
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
“Everything I hoped it would be and more!”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

When planning my trip to Petoskey, I wanted to avoid chain hotels and find something charming and unique. The Bay View Terrace Inn was exactly that. The hotel is tucked away in the sweetest neighborhood of elegant Victorian summer homes, which really adds to the feeling of being in another time. Inside the hotel, the staff is friendly and incredibly accommodating. Jocelyn went out of her way to fulfill an odd request for me, which I very much appreciated. Scott made up our room, and it was welcoming, and immaculately clean. We stayed in one of their whirlpool suites, and my habit at other hotels has always been to wipe out the tub with sanitizer wipes. After my first swipe over the jets of the tub here, I saw the wipe still completely clean and realized that I had no need to do anything but relax. The bed was very comfortable, with quality linens trimmed in Victorian details. At the Terrace Inn, there are no "standard issue" hotel fixtures. Everything, from the two antique pianos in the lobby to the lamps on the night tables, seems perfectly at home in this beautiful one hundred year old building. We enjoyed the short walk through the neighborhood to a small private beach on Little Traverse Bay for use by residents of Bay View and guests of the hotel. And breakfast that they included was amazing! We had blueberry pancakes, amazing breakfast casserole, bacon, eggs, sausage, ham...it was enough to make us want to crawl right back up to those comfy beds for a little post-breakfast nap! Thank you so much to The Terrace Inn for making my trip up north so relaxing and memorable. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

My husband and I have been guests of Terrace Inn about twice a year for many years. Friends in nearby Harbor Springs brought Bay View to our attention. We used to rent one of the charming Victorian homes in Bay View when our children were young. Now we traditionally celebrate Valentine’s weekend at Terrace Inn each February and return again in the summer. In the winter, we enjoy the fireplace in the first floor living room. Our last visit was Memorial Day weekend. The dining room and veranda are charming. Although we were accustomed to the breakfast buffet in the past, the new breakfast service was a delightful surprise. Each guest receives a voucher towards breakfast. It is easy to stay within the value of the voucher. The food was delicious and beautifully plated. We also tried the Sunday pizza night. The custom pizza was wonderful. It was nice to be able to order a cocktail too. (In years past, no liquor was available.)

The beds are particularly comfortable. We always choose a “cottage room” since Victorian era ammenities are not something we have at home. Our friends have stayed in and enjoyed the updated deluxe rooms. It is also a wedding venue. On staff, Art married our friends at a nearby venue and we all stayed at Terrace Inn.

Each room is decorated differently and is very clean. We usually ask for a room on the side where a small view of Little Traverse Bay can be seen. Free WIFI is available, but can be sporadic. Of course, this is not too important if you’re there for a relaxing getaway.

It is a pleasant walk to the private beach and Petoskey. A bike path is also nearby.

The innkeepers Mo and Patty, and the staff are very friendly and accommodating.

Room Tip: There are photos of each room on the web site. My husband and I prefer the "cottage rooms"...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We were doing the drive-around-Lake-Michigan tour over Memorial Day weekend. We did not have reservations; just stumbled in at the end of our second day of travel after finding the Terrace Inn's name on our GPS.

From the word go, everyone on the staff was more than friendly and accommodating. We were given a fantastic deal on a gorgeous room, and it even included a full-on hot breakfast the next day. Each guest room is unique; the inn is beautifully decorated and furnished with character and charm for miles. Our room was spotless and the bed was so comfortable we hated to get out of it in the morning. We had dinner and breakfast at the Inn during our stay, and the food couldn't be beat. Again, I must say that everyone on the staff was gracious and amazing- owners, desk staff, waitstaff. We will be returning- thank you for a wonderful surprise experience, Terrace Inn.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Spring Lake, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

My girlfriend and I were in the area for the Zoo - de - Mack bike ride last weekend and just happened upon this place. Cozy, quiet, quite lovely B & B. Nice quiet location off of the highway but close enough to the shore to walk. Hope to return and stay a little longer. We thought it offered an excellent value and everyone was very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Western Michigan
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We stay at Terrace Inn at least once a year to take advantage of the beautiful bike trails in the Charlevoix/Petoskey/Harbor Springs area. Terrace Inn is the perfect combination of a bed and breakfast and historic hotel. Each cozy room is decorated differently. All are homey, quiet, and very clean. The owners and staff are always helpful, and breakfast is a delight in the comfortable dining room. The neighborhood, of historic Victorian-era vacation homes, is wonderful for walking and it's an easy walk down to the bay. Really an excellent value, and a pleasant change from chain hotels, Terrace Inn is a great place to get away from it all!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in January. The inn was not fully booked and so was very quiet. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are all decorated differently and vary in size and style and price so you can choose what works for you. We had one of the smaller rooms which was just perfect as we enjoyed being in the comfy chairs by the lobby fireplace to read and chat. Our dinner at the restaurant was equally good. We hope to return in summer. The inn is really in Bay View, not Petosky, so it is amid the charming Victorian homes there. We even got a sleigh ride.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Congratulations to the owners of the Terrace Inn for the incredible job they've done in restoring such an historic site. We stayed two nights and greatly appreciated the beauty of the decor, comfort and cleanliness of the room, blissful quiet, good food, and the friendliness of the staff. We first visited the Inn in the mid-1990s and it was not memorable. At that time, it was in, shall we say, sorry shape. But now, it is a gem. The dining room, in particular, is elegant! One must keep in mind, however, that this is an historic site. Standard amenities that some travelers come to expect may be less than expected at this Inn. Our bathroom had no hooks, not one, on which to hang either a towel or a clean set of clothes. I'm glad we had a canopy bed. It served as a nice drying rack for our towels. As in some older establishments, there is little or no shelf space in the bathroom for one's toiletries. The small shelf above the sink had decorative, and breakable, knick-knacks on it. I put them on the floor under the sink so we could use the shelf for toothbrushes. Yes, I felt guilty, but just wanted a little space for our "stuff." Two more items: There is a transom above the door of the room we stayed in. Unfortunately, the hall light is right in front of the transom, which shone in my eyes during the night. That's easily solved by putting the pillow over one's head, but a little inconvenient. The Inn does advertise Wi-Fi, however, our room was a dead zone. It did not work even after the staff rebooted the system. Frankly, I didn't care much. In such peaceful surroundings, why be wired? Those are the reasons for four stars instead of five. None of them diminished the joy of our stay. We can't thank the owners and staff enough for so lovingly taking care of an important piece of history.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant
Address: 1549 Glendale Ave, P. O. Box 266, Petoskey, MI 49770-5021
Location: United States > Michigan > Emmet County > Petoskey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Petoskey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant is located in the Bay View Association near Petoskey, Michigan near Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. The Inn has been in continuous operation since 1911 with a restaurant on site and more recently a full bar. Bay View is a Summer Chautauqua and part of the National Movement that began in the late 1800's when culture and a holistic approach and bringing it to the people was as important then as it is now. Transportation was by railroad and ferry as cars were not popularly utilized until the 1930's in this area. The Inn has 38 rooms on four stories. The main floor has 5 rooms, the second and third floor 19 rooms and the lower level tea room was converted to a pet friendly apartment in 2014. The Inn must maintain historic preservation guidelines..therefore all windows/glass is original with ropes, dressers are 1910 and original, many iron bed frames are authentic and air conditioners are in the windows except the dining room which has a mini-split unit. Rooms have electric heaters built in the walls and some suites were created from 2 rooms joined together. Wifi has been updated, small LCD TV's added and private bathrooms in all room. Suites have jetted tubs, mini-frig, microwave, and coffeemakers. ... more   less 
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