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
chairs at lake
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

Guest Reviews

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

Words seem inadequate to express how delighted we were with our stay. The location, staff, furnishings, cleanliness and service set a gold standard. The Stafford Bay View Inn was a pinnacle on our golden anniversary road trip. Corey, the on-site manager, wore many hats, and still took time to greet us and answer questions. Jenna, our breakfast server, was delightful and attentive, despite coming off the Mother’s Day Brunch...See More

- Ap Nlutz

I wish I could give an extra star, this was THE NICEST location for our girl friend weekend! EVERY one of the rooms we had were so beautiful. The sunroom and library were such fun places to gather and so nicely appointed. The staff was amazing, very attentive and accommodating! Bobby Joe was so kind, too, and funny! Very clean, something to look at in every nook and cranny,...See More

- peggy radzwion

Bobby Joe is the reason we kept coming back. She was so nice to our three kids (and us). Everyone was so hospitable and kind. Cleaning crew went above and beyond and left us extra cookies. Only downside and I know it’s because they wanna keep to the beauty was no TVs in the rooms. Oh well not a big deal, we enjoyed our few stays here. Breakfast also...See More

- KD

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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