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
  • Fireplaces
  • Jetted Tubs Avail.
  • Weddings/Events
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Water Views
  • Romantic Getaway
  • Standard EV Charger

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, 2024Our relaxed Inn...See More

Stafford's Bay View Inn

Petoskey, MI


VALID THROUGH: Apr 30 2024

Spring Getaway Package

Experience northern Michigan in March or April at a unique historic inn on the shores of Little Traverse Bay. This two-night package...See More

Stafford's Bay View Inn

Petoskey, MI


VALID THROUGH: May 12 2024

Mother's Day Special

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH INCLUDED WITH YOUR STAYTreat the special person in your life to a night away and the best Mother’s Day...See More

Stafford's Bay View Inn

Petoskey, MI


Guest Reviews

Our new favorite place! We are already planning another stay maybe during the warm weather. We felt at home, and had such a wonderful time mingling with other guests. The cherry bread french toast was out of this world amazing! We missed this place as soon as we left! Thank you all for such a wonderful stay!

- Tammy B

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

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: Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, Rollaway Available, USB Charging Stations, Alarm Clocks

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


Smoking Policy: Smoke free

Family Friendly: Yes

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Restaurant on Premises: Open to the Public

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Evening Cocktails

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Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: 24 Hours

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Meeting Space Available, National Historic Registry, Restaurant On Site, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

Weddings & Celebrations

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor

Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremonies, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons, Elopements, Baby Showers, Tea Parties

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Business Travel & Meetings

Meeting Types: Business Meetings, Retreats

Meeting Facilities: Yes

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