The Terrace Inn & 1911 Restaurant
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The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant is located in Bay View, Petoskey, Michigan. Bay View is part village/part music campus and a summer Chautauqua. It was settled in 1875 by the Methodists. The Chautaqua association began in the 1880's and continues to be active today. Bay View is closed November through April, although the Terrace Inn remains open. Petoskey is a year round destination with an active Art Center, plenty of restaurants, boutique shops, consignment shops, antique shops and many activities and places to explore.
Petoskey and Bay View are connected by the Little Traverse Wheelway and is considered the home of the "million dollar sunsets". Downhill skiing is available 9 miles from the Inn at Nubs Nob and Boyne Mountain, considered the best in Michigan. All rooms and suites offer private bath, clock radio, hairdryer, cable tv, a/c, daily maid service, eco-friendly bath amenities and breakfast with your stay. Five rooms are on the main floor, the remainder on the 2nd and 3rd floors. We apologize, there is no elevator in our historic facility. Breakfast is offered in our dining room 8:00-10:00 a.m. daily. We offer all of our guest a full breakfast buffet on weekends with meat, potatoes, fruit and yogurt. During the week the menu varies from omelets, to eggs and sausage, french toast and bacon, etc. There is something to do year round, whether in Bay View in the summer, or the Crooked Tree Arts center in the winter. Foreign films are just $5, each Wednesday and Friday, and guests love just to drive along the scenic shoreline!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mo and Patty for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Travelers stay at our Inn in summer primarily because of our location within Bay View's music campus and accessibility to Chautauqua programs. Secondarily, it is close to Little Traverse Bay and Petoskey resort community. Further, travelers may stay here as a "stopover" to Mackinac Island, one of the top destinations in the country.
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 Historic Location in Bay View, and our home-like atmosphere as well as excellent dining (planked whitefish being a favorite) Sleigh rides are popular in winter.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Victorian Architecture and the shoreline on the Circle Michigan tour. Petoskey is small town and sophisticated at the same time. Natural beauty and lots of historic features make it a unique destination.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
That we are open in the winter. Bay View community is closed November to May, but the Terrace Inn is open and snow covered Bay View streets are great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, hiking, or sleigh rides. The Terrace Inn has many winter packages. Bay View is a Chautauqua and some people don't understand what a Chautauqua is. Bayt View hosts world class performers from around the world and people don't realize it is open to the public, not just residents.
Bay View in season has concerts and lectures daily and downtown has foreign film nights both outside in the summer and inside in the winter, and an active art center. You could also spend a whole day consignment and antique shopping. Pellston (20 miles north) is worth the trip with great deals on antiques in a huge 3 building 3 story antique shops.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
The Terrace is within 9 miles of Harbor Springs. Another quaint resort town and a day trip stopping in Harbor Springs then on up the tunnel of trees heritage tour (really gorgeous in fall) and a stop in Good Hart and then Cross Village (historic sites and a great art gallery and old timey general store. Plus a beautiful beach called church beach because of all the Native American crosses there and a small chapel) and that is almost a day in itself. Go on up to Mackinac City and poke around, get a pastry and take a boat or plane over to the Island (Mackinac Island) and come back and stay at the Terrace Inn because it is so much more affordable than staying on the Island, and we have discount coupons for the boat ride. A day on the island entails a bike ride around, horse drawn carriage ride, a stop to get an old fashioned portrait done, a tour through the Grand Hotel etc. Harbor Springs has parasailing and sky diving too!
Another day trip would be to Charlevoix, 15 miles from the Terrace Inn. You could ride your bike there along the Little Traverse Wheelway and stop in Charlevoix for lunch and a look around the shops and the marina then bicycle back and have dinner at the Terrace Inn on the terrace with a glass of wine after you freshen up from your bike ride. You can rent bikes nearby for $23 a day. You could take another day and go to Alanson, just 5 miles north, a little town with a neat little bakery, flower shop, and antique shop. Then head to Indian River and see the Cross in the Woods and the glass chapel there. The Cross is 2 stories high. The church is open for tours and has services on Sundays. There is a collection of nun dolls there that is really interesting. Then you could go over and take a kayak down the sturgeon river or a 4 hour tube ride down the river, or a canoe. If you have kids you can mini-golf. Indian River is a cute little town and more of a country setting with lots of nature areas.
Another day you could visit East Jordan and Walloon Lake where Hemingway spent summers in his early years. The beaches are beautiful there and there are some neat art galleries in East Jordan too. Beautiful little parks and restaurants, on the way you could even stop at Boyne for a zip line tour down the mountain if you are adventurous. You can take the Ironton ferry (your car goes on the ferry) it is over 100 years old and it take you across a part of Lake Charlevoix. There are lots of beautiful hiking paths in this area with views of Lake Charlevoix. There are eclectic restaurants too and some antiquing.
A day visiting the wineries and our new breweries would be fun too. Petoskey Brewing rehabilitated an 1800's warehouse that was a brewery originally! It is really neat and has great beer. It is just 5 miles from the Terrace Inn. There is another small brewery downtown Petoskey. Pond Hill Farm, North of Harbor Springs has a huge organic farm with orchards and animals, a deli, and a wine tasting room. It has lots of local jams and such. The wine is good too. They are open every day in summer and fall is a great time to visit and pick up a pumpkin or other harvest goods.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Our Inn has 37 rooms total. It was built as a Hotel. It had more rooms but they didn't have private baths originally. When we purchased it there were 42 rooms, but we created suites, so we combined rooms for that purpose to become the 37 we have now. There are no rooms with the number 13.
Do you accept pets?
At this time we don't accept pets. We are working on a downstairs apartment that will be pet friendly. We have to create an entry but this is in the works. We would love to be pet-friendly but there are people so sensitive that we can't figure out to do this without causing a problem for them. We only have one access into the building. We have a local humane society where we adopted our cats and they have a wonderful and affordable boarding area.
The 1911 Restaurant
The Terrace Inn's 1911 Restaurant offers delicious food at affordable prices. The dining room is elegantly furnished with chandeliers, lace curtains and original hardwood floors.
The menu includes planked whitefish surrounded by duchess potatoes garnished with broiled spinach artichoke stuffed tomato. Chicken Hemingway with a light basil sauce and dried cherries, perch lightly seasoned with lemon and caper sauce, pork chaps with apple glaze, baby back ribs that fall off the bones, vegetarian choices like pasta pomodoro and raviolis with squash, portabello mushroom or lobster. We also grilled steaks to order and all entrees come with warm paesano bread and herbed butter. Salads are fresh and soups prepared daily. Desserts are made with local fruits and the ice cream parlor warrants a trip for a scoop of Michigan made Mackinac Island Fudge or Vanilla Bean, or chocolate of course.
This lower terrace has red wrought iron bistro style tables. The upstairs terrace is covered. Views of the Inn's expansive yard, neighboring Victorian Cottages and the park just across Fairview St are enjoyed and a glimpse of the Bay through the trees is an added bonus!
Wines from around the world and here in Michigan are offered, as well as bottled beers. There are breweries in the area, one in an 1800's warehouse that was originally a brewery, and a small one downtown Petoskey. We also feature vintage cocktails and modern cocktails. Cocktail hours are 4-6 p.m. The restaurant is open daily mid-June through Labor Day and Thursday-Sunday September October and weekends November through February. The entire Inn closes for spring break March to April 15. The restaurant is open weekends May until peak season hours begin in June.
Reservations are suggested on the terrace in summer season. Reservations are recommended at all times, in case the Inn is hosting an event.
The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Bay View may just be the perfect destination for your event! We can host your Bachelorette party, ceremony, rehearsal dinner or reception and lodging for your guests. Our dining/banquet room can seat up to 130 guests for a sit-down meal. Our lobby is comfortably furnished with big leather chairs and wood burning fireplace for gathering and or extending your buffet or bar, and the outside terrace works for appetizers, bar, or smaller size party up to 45-50 maximum.Ceremonies can be held under the Fairview arch or inside and we have an on-site minister. Elopement packages are available too, should you decide to skip all the fuss!
Renting at least 25 rooms allows you a free suite. In-season rates will be higher for use of the facility than off-season or weekday rental. Our prices are reasonable, food top-notch, service professional and friendly and atmosphere can't be beat for nostalgia and memory-making.
Our restaurant serves only the freshest and finest food, much of it from local sources, and no hydrogenated products, msg, is used. All is created here, not from a box or can, unlike many other establishments. Fresh caught whitefish, aged angus beef steaks, chicken Hemingway, vegetarian pastas, homemade soups, desserts, creative salads, and many appetizer selections are just a hint of our menu offerings. We can even use your own recipe or incorporate an ethnic tradition. At $25.95 plus tax and gratuity our Northern Michigan buffet is the most popular. Feel free to call and talk about your ideas/event and we'll be happy to quote you prices and options!
- Bachelorette parties
- Brunch Manicures and Make-up
- Martini and Massages
- Rehearsal Dinners
- Tea Ceremonies (indoor or outdoor)
- 2nd weddings
- DJ on-site
- Wedding Officiant on-site
- Beautiful Dance Floor! 2000 sq.ft.
- Full Bar with Liquor License
A wonderful Inn in a beautiful location""Great value. Clean, cozy. Fantastic."
"Outstanding service, warm atmosphere!""The best Valentine's getaway ever!"
"The Terrace Inn is one of the most relaxing places to visit"
" I just stayed here for two nights to get away and relax during some time off from work. I have stayed here over 20 nights this past year and I have never been disappointed. The inn is set in Bayview and is surrounded by century old victorian style cottages. The owners of the inn are very gracious and friendly and so are all of the staff members. The rooms are furnished with antiques. I love sitting by the real fireplace in the parlor where you can read and relax. The beds are very comfortable and you will get a great night sleep here! I love taking walks through Bayview and admiring the vintage cottages."
We very much enjoy the Terrace Inn. Have been there at least 4 times over the years. We enjoy just walking through the historic neighborhood and then of course shopping in Petoskey. It is very calm and relaxing and we also enjoy eating there." -Judi & Rol
"I would recommend this Inn to anyone looking for an enchanting get away - a step back in time. I not only would recommend this Inn to my best friend, I brought her along for a weekend!" - Kathy, Boyne City, MI ("Girlfriend Getaway Weekend")
"Thanks for everything! We are so happy we chose to have our reception at the Terrace Inn! The food was amazing. We are still receiving compliments on it! That Hemingway Sauce just might be heaven! We are so impressed with the serving staff too - they did a great job! Thanks for everything" - Josh and Meagan Lucas
"Rooms were adorable. Dining was exceptional. "Chicken Hemingway" was moist and flavorful and the "Chocolate Lava Cake" was delicious. Will definitely be coming back again."
"Somewhere in time, is the lovely and serene Terrace Inn"
"Step back into a gracious and lovely old historical home with a view of the lake from the terrace. A peaceful community of Victorian homes surrounds you, and walks in the area do take you back in time to a slower and gentler era. All is superb here. We didn't want to leave the magic."