Stafford's Bay View Inn

A grand Victorian country inn on the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay


A grand Victorian country inn on the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay

Exterior view with lawn
Front Exterior of Hotel
sitting room with fireplace
Interior Room Image
Interior sitting area
Breakfast being served

The Basics


Step into an era of unparalleled graciousness at Stafford's Bay View Inn. The staff of this wonderful Petoskey Michigan bed and breakfast will graciously treat you to attentive service, country inn dining, and elegant accommodations in a relaxed and historic setting.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-Free
  • Free Parking
  • Fireplaces
  • Jetted Tubs Avail.
  • Weddings/Events

In the Know

  • Check out Michigan’s Iconic Tunnel of Trees on M-119- Mackinac Bridge
  • Hike State Park Beach and walking Trails at Little Traverse Conservancy Nature
  • Visit Petoskey Gaslight shopping area for unique goods

Stay for the Story

When Stafford Smith met his future wife Janice it was the beginning of a remarkable love story & a legacy. 60 years later the inn has become a premiere location with its Victorian influence on Lake Michigan in Petoskey's historic district.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

Enjoy on-site dining at The Roselawn Dining Room
Enjoy a tribute to Stafford's deep maritime roots at Stafford's Pier Restaurant
Enjoy Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Cycle the Little Travese Wheelway
Walk and shop at the neaby Historic Gaslight District
Visit the clean and sandy beaches of Petoskey State Park

Packages and Special Offers

VALID THROUGH: Apr 30 2024

Springtime Escape to a Northern Michigan Victorian Inn with Historic Charm

Save 20% off 3 nights or 25% off 4 nights. Includes a $25 breakfast credit each morning.Expires April 30, 2024

Our relaxed Inn is the perfect setting to escape the everyday chaos and indulge in YOU time. Book your...See More

Stafford's Bay View Inn

Petoskey, MI

Springtime Escape to a Northern Michigan Victorian Inn with Historic Charm

Guest Reviews

The Inn is very impressive! Clean and comfortable with a step back in time vibe! Staff was attentive and caring without being intrusive. Breakfasts as well as the Sunday Brunch were excellent and a great value. As an added bonus, the view of the bay is spectacular! I would highly recommend this Inn as a must stay during a trip to northern Michigan.

- Karen Olex

Love this place. The staff is soooo friendly and helpful. I am sad to hear that new owners are taking over. I just hope they keep the same staff that is working there now. Red Hats go every year the first weekend of November. Not sure if the new owners will cater to us as in the past. Beautiful, clean and good location.

- Brenda Gagnon

We love to stay here, especially in the off season. The staff is attentive and friendly, the building has a classy and casual vibe. Their website often offers weekend packages that include a wonderful breakfast.

- Mark Tangen

Incredible experience. The most attentive & lovely staff. Comfortable & cute rooms. Hey clean! Amazing area & views. Proximity to the bay is fantastic. We got lucky & got the secret drawer room!!

- Devon Benton

I don't normally have much loyalty for hotels but this place really impressed me! The staff was super friendly, and there were cookies waiting for us in our room. Breakfast is included and it's honestly the best breakfast we've had at a hotel. There are chairs in the lawn to enjoy the sun and view of the lake. Also you can borrow bikes for nearby trails. Great value for...See More

- Gregory Hones

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 31

Room Amenities:

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For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


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Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

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Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: 24 Hours

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Cabins/Cottages Available, Free Onsite Parking, Full House Rental Available, Gardens on Property, Meeting Space Available, National Historic Registry, Restaurant On Site, Spa Service, Swimming Pool, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

Weddings & Celebrations

Events Supported: Private Parties

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Business Travel & Meetings

Meeting Types: Retreats

Meeting Facilities: Yes

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