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“Romantic Getaway”

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Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn
Ranked #3 of 18 Traverse City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Michigan
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“Romantic Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2011

Staff was very helpful and friendly. Thankfully they let us check in a little early as we almost out-biked a thunderstorm but ended up soaking wet! The staff was knowledgeable about local restaurants and very kind and thoughtful. They all seemed to really enjoy their jobs.

We stayed two nights in Monet room with beautiful sunrise views over East Traverse Bay and vineyards. The weather was not cooperative so we saw a lot of cloud cover but in sunshine the view was magnificent. The room was clean, spacious and well-furnished. Doors to other suites were open periodically and the other suites were just as nicely and tastefully appointed.

We particularly liked the spacious reading/breakfast/dining area because the rain kept us cooped up a good part of the stay and the space and views almost gave us a sense of being outdoors without getting wet. Both sides of this room look out over either East or West Traverse Bay and can access outside porches to enjoy during your stay. We had wine from the Chateau, bread from a local bakery and cheese from the General Store and enjoyed the views and warm sun on the deck during a break in the weather. This area is also where the best wireless connection is. In our room the wireless worked but not well enough to do work email; in my opinion a good thing!

Morning breakfast was tasty, filling and rich. Thick bacon, eggs or egg dish, muffins or french toast casserole, sweet fresh fruit, orange juice and excellent coffee were served during our stay. Tea and decaf coffee was also available. Coffee was available earlier than breakfast so we enjoyed a cup looking out over the Bay in the morning.

During our stay they had free tours of the winery for the guests; Albert was knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed his knowledge of the history of the Chateau. We also enjoyed meeting some of the other couples staying at the B&B.

At the highest point on the peninsula, the location was unbeatable. We wanted to bike around the Peninsula during our stay but the weather made that difficult. We plan a return trip hopefully when the weather is better. There are two pleasant trips to make from the hotel. You can bike out to Old Mission General Store and enjoy the store and homemade root beer, bike past the old mission church, look in the old school building, head out to the Lighthouse and back to the hotel - about 15 miles. This was the trip we almost outran the thunderstorms. Another pleasant but not strenuous ride would be around the Eastern side of the peninsula with views of the water, homes, wineries and cherry trees.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2011

This place was very nice and the view was absolutely breathtaking. We stayed in the larger room that had 2 bedrooms. Showers were big and nice. Had a nice feel to the rooms, hardwood flooring, nice decor, etc. The biggest thing is that the rooms were very clean and I felt comfortable with my kids running around bare footed. Loved the place

I would of gave it 5 stars but hers my only beefs:

1) A little too expensive. I paid $500 for 1 night. $400 would of been reasonable.
2) The welcoming lady was a little strange. She kept saying that they are on the honor program. Each guest only gets one glass of wine for free per night. This was very nice and really cool (didnt expect it). But her tone of voice and look in the eye made me feel that I was going to take more than my fair share. She said it a few times. She probably does that to everyone but this is how I felt.

3) Beds were way too soft and I sank about 4 inches. I only weight 165#. Get firm beds, its better for the backs.

4) They had an old Sony tube TV. Sorry I expected a flat screen for 500/night.

Other than that, I highly recommend this place and I would go back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

We wend to the Chateau Chantal for a long weekend after our wedding for a "mini honeymoon". It was an absolutely beautiful bed and breakfast! The views from the patio are spectacular! Every morning at 8:30 we were served a delicious breakfast in the dining room. The tasting room is open to guests after hours and you get a complimentary tasting of each wine per person per day of your stay. There are several excellent restaurants in the area and I would definitely recommend the Chateau Chantal for anyone looking to get away for a few days.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

My new husband and I stayed there for 2 nights on our honeymoon tour of Michigan. You wouldn't believe how wonderful the owners are and what a special set up they have there. I don't know if I can stay at a regular hotel after being at a place like this.

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2010

From the moment we arrived until we left, we felt like very welcomed guests. Upon checking in, we were shown where find everything within Chateau Chantal.We stayed in a spacious suite. The rooms are very clean and it is evident that a lot of thought went into the design of this B&B. From the patio of our suite, we had a view of the East Traverse Bay.
The location is great for seeing Old Mission Peninsula, Leelenau Peninsula & Traverse City.
Some of the ammenities we liked best were the tour of the winery & vineyards (Mike rocks), the phenomenal breakfasts and the "free" tasting after hours. It was so relaxing to sit outside the tasting room on the patio with a glass of wine for the sunset & view of the grapes & Traverse Bay
There's just nothing not to like about Chateau Chantal!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gurnee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

We stayed in the Exec apt for 2 nights, and the photos do NOT do it justice! Absolutely amazing views, serene vinyard views and sunrise/sunsets. Romantic, casually comfortable, yet elegant. The staff was always friendly and helpful. The private wine-tasting room that is open only to guests after 5 or 7 pm was a treat! Scrupulously clean, a view out of every window, and a woodburning fireplace....I could not have asked for a more relaxing, beautiful environment to spend a few nights. Just heavenly. We will be coming back very soon for a longer stay. Lovely common areas with huge patios to view the vineyards, water, and the lights of Traverse City. We added the "unwind" package to it, which included a plush robe for each guest, a bottle of champagne, and in-room massages, which were unbelievable! Too picturesque for words, really, and the accommodations could not have been better. the only improvement they could make would be to add a restaurant on site and it would be the best place on earth.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

Overall, the facility is very nice. Unfortunately for us, we picked the suite that has construction outside the windows and underneath. If u have the merlot suite, call now and ask if it can be changed. I did not leave relax because they were working 12 hr days. Our room was shaking from the machines working to expand their tasting room. We were warned of construction in the tasting room, but it was not clear that the suite we were selecting would be so massively affected. Its the only suite next to the construction. They expect guest to use the honor system when drinking wine; it would be nice is staff did the same thing when disclosing about the rooms and the construction. This was our honeymoon and we weren't able to relax. We just left and spent as little time as possible in the room.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Additional Information about Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn

Property: Chateau Chantal Winery and Inn
Address: 15900 Rue de Vin, Traverse City, MI 49686-9379
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Traverse City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in Chateau Chantal. Our vision is to offer a unique experience in Northern Hospitality that combines vineyard and winery, B&B lodging and friendly company, all in a relaxing rural landscape featuring breathtaking views, local beaches, trails and quiet country roads. We are located just 12 miles North of Traverse City, on M-37, Old Mission Peninsula. Our B&B guests enjoy exceptional amenities. From cozy rooms to spacious suites, featuring views of vineyards and fresh water, terrace or balcony, wet bar, whirlpool tub, high ceilings, and elegant furnishings. The inn itself offers fireplaces and sitting areas, ample breakfasts and attentive front desk staff. The Chateau sits amid the restaurants, wineries, and historic agriculture of Old Mission Peninsula. Nearby, in the Grand Traverse region, you’ll find shopping, galleries, cultural venues, fine dining, championship golf, and four robust seasons of activity. ... more   less 
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Chateau Chantal Winery Hotel Traverse City

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