Cairn House Bed & Breakfast

8160 Cairn Highway P. O. Box 858, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
Innkeeper(s): Helen Perez
  • Welcome to the Cairn House Bed & Breakfast!

    Welcome to the Cairn House Bed & Breakfast!

  • Enjoy breakfast in one of our dining areas

    Enjoy breakfast in one of our dining areas

  • A comfortable and relaxing home away from home

    A comfortable and relaxing home away from home

  • Oriental Impressions Room

    Oriental Impressions Room

  • Introduction

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast front of inn

    An elegant colonial style home, Cairn House Bed and Breakfast, welcomes you to enjoy this serene natural setting near the coastal village of Elk Rapids, Michigan on Lake Michigan, twenty miles north of Traverse City, Michigan. Cairn House B&B, a Northern Michigan Bed and Breakfast, takes pleasure in sharing the elegant furnishings collected from around the world. Relax in front of the fireplace in our formal living room or retreat to the sun room to enjoy a good novel. Guests at our Michigan Bed and Breakfast are invited to stroll the one and one half acres of manicured grounds, or enjoy a day on Elk Lake (directly across from Cairn House) or nearby Torch Lake Michigan. National Geographic rated Torch Lake as the third most beautiful lake in the world.

    The "pineapple", the colonial symbol of hospitality, dates back to the days when the sea captains returned from their long voyages. Placing a pineapple outside their door signified that they were welcoming friends and neighbors for a visit and sharing their hospitality. Cairn House B&B welcomes you to share the warm hospitality and lodging while you explore the endless activities available in the Traverse City area, and Elk Rapids, Michigan and the beautiful waters of the Chain O' Lakes.

    Enjoy the finest Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Northern Michigan. The Cairn House's unique and charming bed and breakfast offers warm hospitality, thus providing a memorable vacation and great getaway weekends in Northern Michigan. At this Northern Michigan Bed and Breakfast, every guest is special. Our goal is that you leave us relaxed, content and counting the days until your return.

    The Cairn House Bed and Breakfast is a member of the Inns of Antrim County, the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Business & Professional Association. We will be open from May 22 to October 31, 2014 and closed from Nov 1st to May 22nd.

  • Area Attractions Of Northern Michigan

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast dining room

    The Cairn House is conveniently located near Traverse City, Michigan and many nearby activities.

    Visit the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau for great summer recreation information for the Grand Traverse Area!

    Great Summer & Winter Attractions in Northern Michigan:

    Summer Attractions

    Traverse City, Michigan Attractions:

    Golf Courses


    • Mexican - La Senorita
    • Traverse City Restaurants

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast statue


    • Streamside Orvis
    • Break'n Waves, Inc.
    • Grand Traverse Balloons
    • Timberlanes Bowling Center
    • Turtle Creek Casino


    • Music House Museum
    • National Cherry Festival

    Northern Michigan Area

    • Torch Lake
    • Charlevoix
    • Mackinac Island
    • Grass River Natural Area

    Other Local Attractions

    • Williamsburg Dinner Theater
    • Wineries

    Torch Lake, Michigan Attractions:


    • Torch Riviera
    • Dockside

    Elk Rapids, Michigan Attractions:

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast sunset

    Golf Courses

    • Lochenheath Golf Club
    • Antrim Dells Golf Club
    • A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
    • Elk Rapids Golf Course


    • Sirens Hall
    • Pearl's Restaurant
    • T.J. Charles
    • The Town Club
    • Vasquez' Hacienda Restaurant


    • Water Craft Services
    • Break'n Waves


    • Twisted Fish Gallery
    • Mullalys 128
    • Music House
    • King Orchard


    • Village of Elk Rapids
    • Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    • Proud Member of the "Inns of Antrim County"
  • Inn Amenities

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast fireplace

    • Convenient to Elk Lake, Torch Lake & Traverse City
    • Front Porch with glider swing and views of Elk Lake
    • Back Deck with comfortable lounger, table and chairs
    • Over one and one-half acres of trees and gardens
    • TV in all the guest rooms with expanded cable
    • Wireless internet
    • DVD/VHS also available
    • Ironing board and steam iron
    • Complimentary teas
    • Complimentary hot chocolates
    • Complimentary snacks
    • Wine glasses available
    • A/C wall units in each guest rooms
    • A comfortable and relaxing home away from home
  • Guest Comments

    October 2011: Hartland, Michigan

    Another delightful retreat at the lovely Cairn House. Could not have asked for a better place to “get away." This was our second year and hope to return sometime.

    August 2012: Northport, Michigan

    Thank you very much for accommodating us sailors! This is our second time here. Your B&B is really charming, comfortable and relaxing. Thanks for the really nice breakfast. We enjoyed talking with you about your world adventures. We will return again.

    August 2012: Livonia Michigan

    We had am amazing comfortable stay here. We couldn’t have found a better place to stay. The room and the house are beautiful. Helen was very personable and makes a bomb breakfast. We couldn’t have found a better place to stay.

    August 2012: Chicago, Illinois

    Thank you for a wonderful stay. We really loved your breakfast, and all of your helpful suggestions. We are so happy we made the right choice in Cairn House and would definitely come back.

    August 2012: Mt. Morris, Michigan

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. You were a gracious hostess and your breakfasts were delicious. Your tips on what to see and where to eat were very helpful.

    August 2012: Muskegon, Michigan

    It was so good to see you again and catch up on your new adventures. We really enjoyed our stay here. The breakfasts were great and your guests were very interesting. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and getting a chance to sleep in for three days. You make us feel like family. We will be back again. We can always count on a good time.

    Sept 2012: Washington, Missouri

    Our visit vacation to Michigan has been pleasant and very satisfying. Thank you, Helen, for the beautiful stay we enjoyed at Cairn House. The room as well as your entire house is lovely and beautifully decorated. We enjoyed visiting, your great recommendations for traveling in Michigan, and the delicious breakfasts. Thanks for all.

    Sept 2012: Holland, Michigan

    Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our stay in Traverse from our beautiful room to the delicious breakfasts, we enjoyed our everything and will hopefully be back soon. We hope you enjoy this colorful Fall and all of God’s blessings in the end of the year.

  • Directions and Location

    Elk Rapids is a quaint, historical coastal village on Lake Michigan's East Grand Traverse Bay, just 15 miles north of Traverse City. Beauty abounds throughout the four seasons.

    How to Find Us

    1. Take North US-31 to the light in Elk Rapids
    2. Turn right at Ames
    3. Continue 2.2 miles
    4. Cairn House is on the left