What better way to kick off the start of the cozy season for Michigan vacations than a November Northern Michigan getaway to one of these three Northern Michigan inns. These three inns—Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, the Terrace Inn inn Bayview and the Grand Victorian B & B in Bellaire—dial up the enticement this month with some of the best perks of the year, including a lovely nod to a Northern Michigan Thanksgiving.
Sure, it's hard to pass up the The Terrace Inn’s Martini & Massage Weekend (Nov. 1–Dec. 31) or the Champagne, Chocolates and Roses Package (any time), but here in Bay View (adjacent to Petoskey). But one of the best ways to spend a November weekend is to explore the inn, one of Michigan’s most haunted places. Find proof in the inn’s copy of Michigan’s Most Haunted: A Ghostly Guide to the Great Lakes State (by Sandy Arno Lyons; SkateRight Publishing). Also find sublime breakfasts and elegant, environmentally-conscious lotions and other plentiful perks (FROM $69, 800-530-9898, THETERRACEINN.COM). And on Sundays, Stafford’s Bay View Inn presents a midmorning meal that’s often been voted Michigan’s best brunch (800-737-1899, STAFFORDS.COM). Thinking about coming for Thanksgiving? Check out the Terrace Inn's Thanksgiving menu and itinerary.
Trimmed in rows of grape vines, Black Star Farms Inn and Winery just south of Suttons Bay radiates luxe. There’s the tasting room (free when you’re a guest of the inn), creamery and cafe. Also heaps of gourmet food in the morning, fabulous dinners in the evening and a sprightly cocktail hour in which wine fl ows and guests share hors d’oeuvres over
cards and conversation. Cookies and cocoa (or microbrews) in the evening, too, if you’re not too busy sipping what’s
waiting for you in the small beverage cooler outside your room (FROM $225, 231-944-1251, BLACKSTARFARMS.COM).
Ask about Black Star’s special offer of 20 percent off for two weeknights in November. Head into nearby Traverse City for a
show at the City Opera House, as they present the musical Duck for President ($8, NOV. 27, 231-941-8082, CITYOPERAHOUSE.ORG). Do some early holiday shopping downtown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 13, and 15 percent of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice. Celebrate your giving and getting by dining at Mode’s Bum Steer, where steak and prime rib reign supreme (231-947-9832, MODESBUMSTEER.COM).
You’ll sleep on hand-ironed sheets and dine on fine china and crystal at the Grand Victorian B&B in Bellaire. Coffee
and tea await on the other side of your door each morning, and breakfasts are served by candlelight, in courses. Stay in
your beautiful room and receive his-and-her massages, or bring your friends for a weekend of table games or murder
mysteries (FROM $125, 877-438-6111, GRANDVICTORIAN.COM). Dine at The Lakeview Restaurant in Summit Village
at Shanty Creek, with views of Lake Bellaire paired with a mouthwatering dessert menu (800-678-4111, SHANTYCREEK.COM/DINING). And don't miss stopping into Short's Brewing Company for outstanding microbrews, food and music.
Lisa Doublestein writes from Petoskey. email@example.com