Grace Grange Lodge and Stable
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Grace Grange Lodge and Stable seeks to provide outdoor lovers with bed and breakfast comfort as they explore the sights of Northern Lower Michigan. The Grange is located in peaceful Joy Valley in Petoskey where several all season trails meet in Emmet County. The Grange can be the base of your trail adventure or a respite as you enjoy one of Michigan's scenic back country routes. Within twenty minutes of the Grange, visitors can enjoy all the tourist amenities famous in the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Boyne Country area.
The Lodge is a Scandinavian saddle notch log home. It has three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, a dining room, a fire pit, and a picnic area for guests. Limited use of the house kitchen is also available. The site of the Lodge is in a local scenic valley called Joy about 10 miles east of Petoskey, Michigan. Visitors are welcome to meet the resident horses and enjoy the many species of birds that take advantage of the feeders here.
On a June day over 30 species of birds can be seen from the porch at the Grange. The porches are a great place to relax; let Mother Nature weave her spell especially for you. Hikes into the surrounding State land extend that magic during your visit, privately or as a retreat participant. Please call the Grange for retreat information, 231-347-5869.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pamela M. Rambow for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
They are visiting this unique tourist region and want a personal experience, not a commercial one.
What are you best known for?
Our great prices and personal service. It is a modest log home 10 miles from most commercial real estate. It is dog and horse friendly. The land it was built on and the valley where it resides.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
To see a one of a kind Lake Michigan sunset and enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
In a prayer at breakfast a blessing was requested for the continued prosperity of the Lodge and my health so others may have the experience of being here.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The village of Walloon Lake.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Hike the state forests and conservation preserves. Get out into or on the rivers, lakes or inland seas. Bike the ‘round the bay trail, 17 miles with three scenic towns. Drive the length of M-119 visiting Harbor Springs, Pond Hill Farm, Good Hart, Tunnel of Trees, Cross Village, Legs Inn, and Three Pines Studio. Spend a day going to Mackinac Island and/or Tahquamenon Falls State Parks. Have dinner at the Dam Site Inn and drive to the Night Sky Park at Wilderness State Park for star viewing. Sit in the back yard at Grace Grange Lodge with a camp fire, roast marshmallows and listen to the coyotes sing.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Mackinac State Forest is across the road, the Minnehaha River is a half mile down the street, and the Lodge is located in Joy Valley.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are too many to count! However, one that hits the mark with a lot of people is The Side Door Saloon.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Michigan News Review.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Two rooms with queen beds and one room with 4 twin beds.
Do you accept pets?
Yes, generally the pets are dogs. There have been two cats in the 13 years the Lodge has been open. This is also an ideal location for people who want to bring their own horses to enjoy the trails in the State Forest lands. The horses are accommodated on site in a pasture with shelter or stalls.
Amenities and Activities
Not only does Grace Grange supply superlative peace and quiet, the trails ahead can supply their own rewards! The hills surrounding Joy Valley are traced with one and two tracks for hikers, mountain bikers, trail riders of all sorts. If the elusive morel is your goal, strike out over the hills to the northeast. Be on the lookout as these tasty morsels can be tough to spot. And yes, we'll cook 'em up for your breakfast, lunch or dinner if you are lucky enough to find them!
Don't leave that companion dog at the kennel! Bring the vaccination records and give you and your best friend a vacation together at the Grange. Fees are $10 per day, per dog.
At Grace Grange the chef specializes in the rich use of organic, natural, and ranch grown ingredients. The collection of Grange recipes has been gathered from B and B's coast to coast and border to border! Pull up a chair for down home goodness at the big oak table with a panoramic view of the Joy Valley hills. The Grange kitchen is also available for guests to cook and clean up between 12 noon, and 7 p.m. Please discuss this amenity, cost and resources when you make your reservation. The chef will gladly adapt to the menu needs of those with dietary restrictions. Family style breakfasts are served from 8:30 to 10:30.
It may have been a long day in the saddle or a cold one in Michigan's winter wonderland, the Grange will have a warm and cozy room waiting for your return. If you are bringing your equine companion please pack the vaccination records and Coggin's results, fees are $8+ per day. Horses have access to a four acre pasture, fresh water and stalls or a shed as you prefer. Trails abound whether you explore east or west. An easterly route can provide a pavement free ride for several hours.
Hardy, cross country skiers and snow-shoers will delight in the variety of trails surrounding the Grange. Stick to the groomed trail or be more adventurous and strike out on the old logging loops that thread the area. A ten minute drive can take you to the Wildwood Hills Pathway maintained by the DNR out of Indian River, Cheboygan County. Travel 20 minutes to Petoskey State Park for ski trails near the shore of Lake Michigan.
Snowmobilers will find that the groomed trail is east or west when you leave the driveway at Grace Grange. A westerly route can take you towards the amenities afforded by the Petoskey area. Travel east and connections can be made southwards to Gaylord/Kalkaska/Cadillac or north to the Straits of Mackinac via Alanson. Special arrangements are gladly made to supply your fuel needs.