Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

1994 Carroll Road P.O. Box 1535, Traverse City, Michigan 49685
Innkeeper(s): Jay & Cindy Ruzak
 
  • Introduction

    Grey Hare Inn Vineyard Bed and Breakfast -  Traverse City, Michigan

    The Grey Hare Inn is an elegant vineyard bed and breakfast that is styled in the manner of a Provence or Tuscan farmhouse, located in the heart of Northern Michigan Wine Country. All rooms enjoy panoramic vineyard, orchard and views of Grand Traverse Bay. A full gourmet breakfast is provided, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres and nightly room turndown treat. In the fall the inn offers “Old World Harvest Stomps” where participants experience harvesting grapes by hand and crushing them with their feet in a wooden vat, the taste the wine made from the inns grapes at Peninsula Cellars.
     
    A boat and breakfast option is available aboard the owners 42 ft sailboat with 3 cabins and 2 baths. Additionally, the owners provide all inclusive yacht charters, and this winter will be offering cruises in the Bahamas. 

    The Grey Hare Inn, located in Traverse City, Michigan, offers panoramic views of vineyards, orchards, and Grand Traverse Bay.  A gourmet fusion of Northern Michigan, with Tuscan/Provence breakfast, prepares guests for a day of wine tasting, sailing, hiking, biking, fishing, shopping, and downhill or cross-country skiing. While the European decor in the fireplaced library and trellised stone patios provide an ambiance that is styled in the manner of a French farmhouse, each luxurious suite features a private bath and queen-size bed. Enjoy a relaxing day of reading, stroll down a country lane to nearby wineries, hunt for morel mushrooms, or take a walk through the vineyard in the clouds of morning mist.

    Featured in Traverse Magazine, April 2003

    The scenic and serene countryside surrounding the inn provides a unique location for wedding parties or small gatherings. Several romance, wine and other activity related specials are available; and the inn hosts many wine-themed events throughout the year. Additionally, u-pick grapes are available at the Grey Hare Inn Vineyard.

    The inn also offers a Boat & Breakfast option aboard the owners 42 ft. sailboat, the Balia, which is available at a number of ports o' call selections. This yacht can accommodate up to six people in 3 cabins, starting at $350 per night. Innkeeper & licensed Captain Jay with First Mate Cindy can provide all inclusive yacht charters, specializing in agritourism themed cuisine and destinations. For additional information please see the Grand Traverse Gourmet Cruises website at www.gtgourmetcruises.com.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jay & Cindy Ruzak for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To tour the wineries, and enjoy all of the amenities of Traverse City.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our gourmet food and the vineyard ambiance that is reminiscent of a Tuscan or Provence farmhouse. What I love most is the panoramic scenery from every room.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Wineries.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    One of the most unusual was a comment about breakfast that one Englishman thought was so superb that he said “felt like bursting into song”.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The quiet of winter.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Two half days just enjoying the ambiance of the inn with walking trails through woods and the vineyard, and sipping glasses of wine on our stone patio. Then one day touring the Leelanau Peninsula with a circle tour including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, the historic fishing village at Leland and the numerous Maritime related activities. Then a day in Traverse City split between the many stores and attractions in town, then exploring the Grand Traverse Commons which is filled with restaurants and boutique stores, finishing the day with wine tasting at 8 wineries on Old Mission Peninsula. And somewhere in the four days a sunset cruise aboard the Balia, our 42 ft sailboat.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    3 wineries are within a one mile walk, but biking is also a fun option.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are so many wonderful restaurants but my reigning favorite continues to be Amical, a French bistro; followed by the Boathouse, Old Mission Tavern and Mission Table on our peninsula depending on what mood I am in.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Lots of them, but particularly www.traversecity.com and www.michigan.org; then a new one for experiences in our area at www.experience231.org

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Three but we also offer a boat and breakfast option aboard our 42 ft sailboat with 3 cabins and 2 baths.

    Do you accept pets?

    Yes but with the limitation that they can’t be inside the rooms, we offer accommodations in the barn during the summer.

     

  • Activities, Arts, & Food Favorites

    • GT Gourmet Cruises
    • Water Sport Rentals
    • Bay Breeze Yacht Charters
    • Michigan Sports - your source for golf, skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, canoeing, etc.
    • Women's Ski Tour
    • Kayak Old Mission
    • Traverse Tallship Manitou
    • Traverse City, Michigan Real Estate:
    • Amy Freundl
    • Northern Michigan Partners & Suppliers:
    • Food for Thought
    • Folgarelli's
    • Leelanau Coffee
    • Stonehouse Bread
    • Murdick's Fudge
    • Peninsula Cellars
    • Northern Michigan Weddings & Other Connections:
    • Traverse City Tourism - previously CVB
    • Traverse Magazine
    • Wedding Details
    • West Michigan Tourist Association
    • Absolute Michigan
    • Pure Michigan Directory
    • Record Eagle Newspaper
    • Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association

    Northern Michigan Restaurant Favorites:

    • Amical
    • Trattoria Stella
    • Boathouse Restaurant
    • Old Mission Tavern
    • Bowers Harbor
    • Traverse City Area Restaurants
    • Restaurant Reviews
    • Northern Michigan Arts:
    • Traverse Symphony Orchestra
    • Dennos Museum
    • Interlochen Public Radio
    • Interlochen Arts Academy
    • Traverse City Film Festival

    Northern Michigan Arts:

    • Traverse Symphony Orchestra
    • Dennos Museum
    • Interlochen Public Radio
    • Interlochen Arts Academy]
    • Traverse City Film Festival

     

  • Pets Welcome

    Pets will be considered for barn accommodations under certain conditions, if arranged in advance.