The Arcadia House Bed & Breakfast
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Arcadia House Bed & Breakfast, Carriage House & Mini Spa in Arcadia, Michigan
Arcadia House was constructed in 1910 by the Tondu family, well known local builders. It was the long-time residence of Charles P. Matteson who operated the general store next door. Careful restoration has preserved the home’s Edwardian elegance and added modern comfort and convenience.
Antique furniture and accessories throughout the house contribute to the tranquil ambiance so valued by our guests. Enjoy cozy fires in the parlor, table games in the sitting room, or relax on the porch with a 1940′s novel from our vintage collection.
Four suites feature queen beds. Two of the queen rooms enjoy a private balcony. An outstanding breakfast is served daily in our dining room from 8am-10am, a great start to your vacation day. We are located at the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Greg and Patrice Wisner for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The area - natural beauty. We are located in a quiet Lake Michigan shoreline village.
What are you best known for?
Wonderful hospitality and delicious breakfasts.
What makes your inn unique?
On-site massage therapy by Innkeeper.
What do you love most about your inn?
Quaint yet laid back and relaxing.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve – spectacular views and nature at its best.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Sightseeing: Lake Michigan beach, Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club for dining or World Class golf on Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and wine tasting on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Lake Michigan and the award winning Arcadia Historical Museum
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club and The Glenwood Restaurant
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 4 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No pets allowed. We recommend a terrific country kennel nearby – Kim’s Bed & Biscuit (231)889-5586.
- All rooms with private bath
- Outdoor garden hot tub
- On Site Mini Spa with massage, manicures & pedicures
- Entire house air conditioned
- Free high speed wireless internet access
- Outstanding Breakfast: 8am-10am
- Parlor with fireplace
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course & Dining (just 2 miles away)
- Crystal Mountain - Ski/Golf – just 14 miles!
- Arcadia Beach on Lake Michigan - just 5 blocks!
Restaurants Area Restaurant Guide Nearby
- Golf Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club & Dining, Arcadia, MI (2 Miles)
- Golf Chestnut Hills Golf Course, Bear Lake, MI (4 Miles)
- Golf/Ski Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI (14 Miles)
- Golf The Heathlands Golf Course, Onekama, MI (11 Miles)
- Swim/Sun/Sunset Viewing/Picnic Arcadia Public Beach, Arcadia, MI (5 Blocks)
- Sight see M-22 Color Tour, Arcadia, MI (0 Miles)
- Hike/Bike/Nature/ Sight see Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire, MI (35 Scenic Miles)
- Hike/Bike/Nature/ Sightsee Betsie Valley Trail, Frankfort, MI (10 Miles)
- Hike/Mushrooms/Cross Country Ski/Birding/ Snow Shoeing/Mountain Biking Arcadia Dunes Nature Preserve, Arcadia, MI (2 Miles)
- Scenic Great Lakes Circle Tour Great Lakes Circle Tour, Arcadia, MI (0 Miles)
- Ski Tips Ride Tips (2 Miles)
- Concerts/Arts & Entertainment Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI (31 Miles)
- Boat/Cruise Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruise, Frankfort, MI (10 miles)
- Boat/Fish Arcadia Township Public Marina, Arcadia, MI 4 blocks
- Ice Cream & Gift Shop Arcadia Marine & Lily Pad gift shop, Arcadia, MI (3 blocks)
- Canoeing/Tubing Riverside Canoes, Honor, MI (24 Miles)
- Canoeing/Tubing Wilderness Canoe Trips, Mesick, MI (31 Miles)
- Canoeing/Tubing Pine River Paddle Sports Center, Wellston, MI (41 Miles)
- Fishing Guides Hawkins Outfitters, Manistee, MI (Rivers vary)
- Gaming Little River Casino, Manistee, MI (17 Miles)
- Horseback Riding Rockin R Ranch, Bear Lake, MI (10 Miles)
- Snowmobile Manistee and Benzie County Snow Mobile Trails Snowmobiles allowed on all County Roads Snow Tracks 8 Miles (to Trailhead)
- Area Lighthouse Point Betsie Lighthouse, Frankfort, MI (15 Miles)
- Wine Tasting Leelanau Peninsula Wine Country, Leelanau County, MI 50 Scenic Miles
- About Arcadia Historic Arcadia, MI, Arcadia, MI (2 Blocks)
- About Arcadia Arcadia Township, Arcadia, MI (15 Miles)
- Drive-In Theatre Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre, Honor, MI (21 Miles)
Arcadia House was built in 1910 by well known local builder brothers Paul and Leo Tondu. Although not officially a two family home, Paul and his wife Lulu resided on the main floor while Leo and his wife Elta used an outdoor back staircase to the upstairs living area. It was one of the first homes in Arcadia to have both running water and electricity. The running water, however, consisted of a horse trough in the attic serviced by a hand pump and gravity fed to 2 sinks in the home.
Early in its life, the home was purchased by Charles P. Matteson, youngest son of one of Arcadia’s founding pioneers, Henry Clay Matteson. Charles and his wife Ada set up and operated the general store next door. (The store building still exists today and is currently enjoying renovations). The Matteson’s converted the home to a single family residence and added much of the custom woodwork including the fine central staircase. Arcadia House was their home for nearly 50 years, and they were its longest term residents. Over the years, Ida became famous for her delightful afternoon tea parties.
After Charles’ death in 1965, the Perry family used the house as a summer home until 1992 when it was purchased from Helen Perry by Phyllis & David Baldwin of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over the period of 5 years, the Baldwin’s took great care in their thorough renovation and enlargement to convert the home to a five suite Bed and Breakfast Inn.
In 1995, a large shed addition was added the full length of the center beam of the second floor. An enlarged kitchen and attached owners’ quarters were built in 1997. This renovation restored the ceilings to their original height, rebuilt new walls throughout, updated the cloth electrical wiring and installed all new infrastructures. The original woodwork was preserved and its finish restored. New woodwork was finished to match the old. The first floor retains its original flooring as do two of the upstairs bedrooms. The fireplace and the entry vestibule are new additions on the first floor. New to the second floor are the four modern bathrooms, two balconies, and enlarged sitting room with its imposing bay window.
In November 2003, Greg and Patrice Wisner of Kentwood, Michigan purchased the Inn to continue and improve operations as a Bed & Breakfast. In December 2003, an outdoor garden hot tub/Jacuzzi with main floor access was added as a guest amenity and individual dining tables made by a local woodworker replaced the single large dining table facilitating a breakfast time of the guests choosing. In an effort to provide family accommodations, in July 2006, the 2 story garage on the property was converted to a modern “Carriage House” rental for weekly guests. In June 2007, the downstairs bedroom was converted to a full time “Mini Spa” for guests to enjoy massage, manicures and pedicures by appointment with Patrice. Throughout their ownership, the Wisner’s have fully embraced the relaxing atmosphere of the area so valued by the guests.
Gracious and comfortable, the wall coverings, window treatments, furnishings, and accessories all combine to create a feeling of Art Nouveau freshness and ease. Antiques throughout the home contribute to the Edwardian elegance appropriate for such a fine 1910 home. Arcadia House Bed & Breakfast presents an excellent picture of gracious living in beautiful Northwest Michigan.