Cairn House Bed & Breakfast

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

    Cairn House Bed & Breakfast

  • A comfortable and relaxing home away from home

    A comfortable and relaxing home away from home

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the sun room over looking the gardens.

    Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the sun room over looking the gardens.

  • Oriental Impressions Room

    Oriental Impressions Room

  • Introduction

    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.

    Open from May 22 to October 31, 2014
    Closed from Nov 1 to May 22

    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.

    • 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, hot chocolates and snacks
    • Wine glasses available
    • A/C wall units in each guest rooms

    A comfortable and relaxing home away from home

  • Guest Comments

    October 2011

    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. 

    Hartland Michigan

    August 2012

    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.                                        

    Northport Michigan

    August 2012

    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.                                                    

    Livonia Michigan

    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.    

    Chicago, Illinois

    August 2012

    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.                                               

    Mt Morris Michigan

    August 2012

    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.                            

    Muskegon Michigan

    Sept 2012

    Our visit vacation to Michigan has been pleasnt 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.                                                   

    Washington MO

    Sept 2012

    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.                         

    Holland MI

  • Area Attractions Of Northern Michigan

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

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

    Great Summer & Winter Attractions in Northern Michigan:

    - Cherry Festival
    - Interlochen Arts
    - Fishing Guides
    - Watersport Rentals
    - Hot Balloon Rides
    - Harbor Days
    - Canoeing and Kayaking

    Area Attractions

    Traverse City, Michigan
    - The Bear Grand Traverse Resort
    - Wolverine Grand Traverse Resort
    - Spruce Run Grand Traverse Resort

    Traverse City, Michigan
    - Mexican - La Senorita
    - Traverse City Restaurants

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

    Traverse City, Michigan
    - Music House Museum
    - National Cherry Festival

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

    - Williamsburg Dinner Theater
    - Wineries

    Area Attractions

    - Torch Riviera
    - Dockside

    Area Attractions

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

    Elk Rapids, Michigan
    - Sirens Hall
    - Pearl's Restaurant
    - T.J. Charles
    - The Town Club
    - Vasquez' Hacienda Restaurant

    Elk Rapids, Michigan
    - Water Craft Services
    - Break'n Waves

    Elk Rapids, Michigan
    - Twisted Fish Gallery
    - Mullalys 128
    - Music House
    - King Orchard

    Elk Rapids, Michigan Area
    - Village of Elk Rapids
    - Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    - Proud Member of the "Inns of Antrim County"


  • Directions and Location

    Take North US-31 to the light in Elk Rapids, turn right at Ames.
    Continue 2.2 miles, Cairn House is on the left.

    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.

    Cairn House Bed and Breakfast
    8160 Cairn Highway
    P.O. Box 858
    Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
    Just minutes from Traverse City, Michigan

    Phone: 231-264-8994