Last summer, we introduced our first three wines in our private label collection. Today we are pleased to introduce our fourth wine – a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford Napa Valley!
Our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford Napa Valley, was chosen for Stafford’s Bay View Inn. This wine is a crisp, flavorful wine with refreshing acidity with notes of orange blossom, melon and a tropical pineapple finish.
A full bodied, jammy and slightly tannic wine is our 2011 Pinot Noir from Carneros. This was selected specifically for Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix to complement their salmon, chicken and pork tenderloin entrées.
Chosen for Stafford’s Perry Hotel is our Chardonnay from Russian River. This wine has notes of lemon, pineapple and balanced with a long finish. This wine was selected to pair with our classic whitefish entrées.
Third, we introduce our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. This wine is a classic Napa grape with great cherry preserves and snappy! This wine was specifically chosen for Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs to complement our all-natural steak selections.
Our wines are available at each of our dining locations and offered on our banquet menus for weddings and special events. Our wines are also available at a special retail price at Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History in downtown Petoskey, along with wine gifts and accessories. Cheers!
Local and talented music festivals and musicians fill our northern Michigan communities with fantastic entertainment in the summer months. If you haven’t had the chance to experience the events below – you’re missing out! Be sure to mark your calendar and catch one of these fun-filled events.
- 34th Annual Blissfest Music Festival
Friday – Sunday, July 11 – 13, 2014
A celebration of music! If you find yourself in northern Michigan – this is a must do. The weekend can be shared with families and friends of all ages, with cultural and diverse music featuring: Bluegrass, Blues, Zydeco, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic and World music. View a full schedule here. Full weekend and day passes are available at the gate. All events take place at Blissfest Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
- 84th Charlevoix Venetian Festival
Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Throughout the week, bands will perform a wide variety of live entertainment in East Park. View a complete festival line-up here.
- Annual Alanson Riverfest
Wednesday – Sunday, August 6 – 10, 2014
A celebration of the Inland Water Route! Fun for the whole family, this festival features live music in the entertainment tent beginning on Friday, August 8. View entertainment schedule here. All events take place in downtown Alanson and feature an arts and crafts fair, antique flea market on the hillside, bouncer carnival, river stories, a lighted boat parade and more!
- 12th Annual Festival on the Bay
Thursday – Sunday, August 14 – 17, 2014
Another family-friendly festival filled with blues, funk and steel drum entertainment, right on the bay in Petoskey. Festival on the Bay also includes a children’s area, youth fishing derby, arts and crafts fair, chalk & chocolate festival, petting zoo and so much more! All events take place on the waterfront in Petoskey. A complete entertainment schedule can be found here.
Weekly Music Around Northern Michigan
- Harbor Springs Community Band
Monday evenings, 8 to 9 pm through August 25, 2014
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this group of local musicians. They play on the lawn next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.
- Bidwell Plaza Singer/Songwriter Series
Thursday’s, June 5 – July 24, 2014 at noon
Just outside Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey, the new outdoor Bidwell Plaza hosts a Singer/Songwriter series. View complete event line up.
- Downtown Charlevoix Concert Series
Thursday’s, 7 to 9 pm
Located in the East Park Performance Pavilion – with a beautiful view of the marina. Schedule and information here.
- Harbor Springs Street Musique
Thursday’s, June 26 until Labor Day, 7 to 9 pm
Stroll the streets of Harbor Springs and listen to local musicians!
- Red Sky Stage
Sunday’s, 1 to 4 pm
Downtown Petoskey is now home to the Red Sky Stage, hosting Blissfest Jam Sessions. More information can be found here.
- Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park
Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s throughout the summer
Grab a blanket and head to Pennsylvania Park Gazebo in downtown Petoskey to enjoy the return of this concert series. Tuesday’s (12 pm), Wednesday’s – Kid Themed (12 pm) and Friday’s (12 and 7 pm).
- Petoskey Rocks!
Friday’s through August 1
Continuing its third season, this Friday night program is fun for the family! Browse downtown shops and catch the great line-up of concert series!
- Bay View Vesper’s Concerts
Sunday’s through August 10, 8 pm
A Bay View Association tradition, the Sunday evening Summer Sunset Vespers Concerts continues the ongoing tradition of evening music, a staple since the 1800’s when families gathered at the end of the day to sing hymns. Complete details here.
- Petoskey Steel Drum Band
The local and talented Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs all around northern Michigan. Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with performance dates.
- Noggin Room Pub
Nightly, 8:30 to 11:30 pm
Local musicians fill the pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Grab your friends and come on down. View our schedule here.
- Wheelhouse Lounge
Friday’s, June 20 – August 29, 2014, 8:30 to 11:30 pm
Head to the Wheelhouse Lounge at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant for entertainment by local favorites. View our entertainment line-up here.
Have you attended any of the above? Share with us your favorite experience!
We are pleased to share that The Drawbridge Bistro in Downtown Charlevoix is now open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails! Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed setting with beautiful waterfront views of Round Lake and gracious hospitality in a community rich with history. Located next to the drawbridge on the east side at the Edgewater Inn, The Drawbridge Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails and Michigan Craft Beer. We will begin dinner service late this summer season.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate in northern Michigan! We hope you’ll enjoy any and all of our local activities in celebration of our nation’s birthday!
Parade: 11 am
Steel Drum Band: Thursday, 8 pm
Parade: Friday, 11 am
Parade: 10 am
Reading of the Declaration of Independence: 11 am
Evening Festivities: 8 pm
Parade: 10 am
Fireworks: 10:30 pm
Parade: 10 am
Paul Revere Run: 8 am
Parade: 1 pm
Beer Garden & Live Music: 2:30 to 5:30 pm
Fireworks: 10 pm
Fun in Pennsylvania Park: 4 to 6 pm
Parade: 6 pm
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social: 6 to 7:30 pm
And of course, in between all of the fun, feel free to join us for lunch, dinner or cocktails at any one of our properties!
Whether you are a local resident or visiting from out of town, there is always something to do in northern Michigan! Here is our “Top Ten Kid-Friendly Things To Do” list.
- Walk or bike miles upon miles of paved trails! Two of our favorite trails are The Little Traverse Wheelway - which goes along the water and stretches from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs (26 miles). Connecting to that is the Northwestern State Trail. From the Little Traverse Wheelway you can connect to this on M-119, or you can catch the trail in Alanson. Both of these trails expose the beauty of northern Michigan and have spectacular views. View trail maps and more here.
- Head to Harbor Springs and visit Zorn Park Beach to swim, play in the sand or take in the views. There is also a playground nearby. Here is a complete list of beaches in the northern Michigan area.
- Visit Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. Feed the animals, hike the trails and take a hayride! Great family fun for all.
- Petoskey is famed for the “million dollar sunset.” A few of our favorite spots to watch: Petoskey State Park, Petoskey Waterfront, Sunset Park or The Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.
- Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall and take in views of Little Traverse Bay, Bay Harbor and Petoskey.
- Visit the Oden State Fish Hatchery on US-31 in Oden. The Fish Hatchery has nature trails, exhibits and hatchery tours daily.
- Enjoy some of the talented music and musicians in northern Michigan! Here is a list and links for complete information:
- Downtown Charlevoix Concert Series (and movies) are every Thursday, 7 to 9 pm in the East Park Performance Pavillion. Schedule and information here.
- At Crooked Tree Arts Center, the new outdoor Bidwell Plaza hosts a Singer/Songwriter series on Thursday’s, June 5 – July 24 at 12 pm. View complete event line up.
- Downtown Petoskey is now home toRed Sky Stage, hosting Blissfest Jam Sessions every Sunday, 1 to 4 pm.
- Harbor Springs Street Musique returns Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, June 26 until Labor Day. From 7 to 9 pm, stroll the streets of Harbor Springs and listen to local and musicians.
- Charlotte Ross Lee Concert series at the Pennsylvania Park Gazebo in Downtwon Petoskey return on Tuesday’s (12 pm), Wednesday’s – Kid Themed (12 pm) and Friday’s (12 and 7 pm).
- The Petoskey Steel Drum Band has performances all around northern Michigan! Mark your calendars for these upcoming performances: Wednesday, July 2 (Stafford’s Perry Hotel); Thursday, July 3 (Bay Harbor); Friday, July 4 (Downtown Petoskey); Thursday, July 10 (Charlevoix Summer Concert Series); Sunday, August 10 (Alanson Riverfest); and Friday, August 15 (Festival on the Bay, Petoskey). *These dates are scheduled to change without notice.
- The Charlevoix marina is a fun place to walk around and look at the boats, watch the Beaver Island Ferry or splash around on the splash pad.
- Kilwins Chocolate Factory offers free Chocolate Tours! Located on US-31 just 1 mile from Downtown Petoskey.
- Take a treasure home and hunt for Petoskey Stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay.
Have you experienced any of these events or attractions? What was your favorite thing? View our complete 100 Things To Do In Northern Michigan list.
Wineries are up and coming around the Charlevoix, Petoskey and Alanson area. We suggest adding these wineries on the Northwest Bay View Wine Trail to your summer “must do” list, and sample some award winning wines right here from northern Michigan!
“The Bay View Wine Trail region is centered in the exposed shale of the geological Devonian formation which encompasses Charlevoix and Emmet counties. These unique outcrop areas fold and crimp exposed bluffs and river gorges along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Coupled with thewarm breezes off of Little Traverse Bay, the Bay View Wine Trail region has unique micro-climates providing for a young but flourishing wine region.”- Bay View Wine Trail
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery
8370 Lakeview Rd., Alanson, MI 49706
Seasons of the North
9090 W. M-68 Highway, Indian River, MI 49749
6769 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Harbor Springs Vineyards & Winery
5581 S. Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Mackinaw Trail Winery
3423 US 131 South, Petoskey, MI 49770
Tasting Room – Downtown Petoskey
The Cellars of Royal Farms
10445 N. US-31, Atwood/Ellsworth, MI 49729
Save The Date
The Harbor Springs Annual Waterfront Wine Festival is set for Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4 to 7 pm. The festival takes place on the lawn right next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. It’s a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting, live local music, raffle prizes and more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of event. You can purchase a ticket by visiting the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce website. For more information, follow the Waterfront Wine Festival on facebook!
The 2nd Annual Beer & Wine Festival in Alanson is set for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites. This exciting event will not only feature local wines but also micro-brews and appetizers. Visit their website for complete details.
Northern Michigan hosts an array of activities and events year ’round. Here is a list of 100 Things Do This Summer In Northern Michigan!
1. Take a walking tour of historic architecture in Petoskey.
2. Petoskey is home to Kilwin’s quality confections – take home a delicious treat or schedule a tour of the kitchen (1 mile from downtown Petoskey).
3. Wine and dine at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs.
4. Grab a drink in the Noggin Room Pub, you may even try to complete an around the world tour of over 30 brews and add your name to the “Hall of Foam.”
5. Bicycle along the shore of Little Traverse Bay on the Little Traverse Wheelway, a 26 mile paved bike trail from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix. Bike rentals are nearby.
6. Hike the picturesque sand dunes at Petoskey State Park (located off of M-119).
7. Voted Northern Michigan’s Best Brunch, Stafford’s Bay View Inn serves brunch every Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (May – October).
8. Browse the boutique shops of Petoskey’s Historic Gaslight District.
9. Enjoy a scenic chair lift ride or zip line adventure at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
10. Browse through our collection of area hotel history and Michigan artists at Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History – located behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel.
11. The Little Traverse Historical Society Museum features Hemingway artifacts, train memorabilia and other facts from the past – located on the Petoskey waterfront (open seasonally).
12. Try your luck at Odawa Casino – located in Petoskey.
13. Walk through the winding community of Bay View and enjoy the gingerbread Victorian cottages.
14. Enjoy the ever changing exhibits at the Crooked Tree Art Center – located in downtown Petoskey.
15. Golf at one of the areas numerous world class courses.
16. Play outdoor putt-putt golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure – located in Petoskey.
17. Feed the fish in our pond at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites (fish food available at the front desk).
18. Search for Petoskey stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay, or purchase one in our gift shops.
19. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center – located in Oden on US-31.
20. Cruise the Straits of Mackinac with a lighthouse cruise (sheplersferry.com).
21. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island.
22. Head to Indian River and visit the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and museum (9 miles East of Alanson).
23. Canoe, kayak or stroll the Bear River Recreation Area in Petoskey. Kayak rentals nearby.
24. Take home some jam & sauce from American Spoon Foods – Petoskey is where the company was founded.
25. Dine at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant on Jeff’s Deck and watch the boats cruise under the bridge.
26. Take a walk on Sanctuary Island in Alanson. Enjoy the hand cranked ferry and beautiful views of the Crooked River (seasonal).
27. Hop in your car and take a narrated tour to Cross Village through the Tunnel of Trees – CD’s available for purchase at Stafford’s Bay View Inn,
Perry Hotel & Crooked River Lodge.
28. Sample oils and vinegars from Fustini’s in downtown Petoskey.
29. The Hillside Gardens in downtown Alanson are planted by local volunteers and are free to visit year round.
30. Browse through the Andrew Blackbird Museum in Harbor Springs (open seasonally).
31. Dudley’s Deck at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant was voted the best outdoor dining in Harbor Springs. Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails seasonally.
32. Catch a flick at the Petoskey Cinema (northernmicinemas.com).
33. For the adventurous type, sky dive with Sky Dive Harbor Springs.
34. Visit Lavender Hill Farm, just a few miles West of Petoskey.
35. Paved sidewalks on both sides of the Pine River in Charlevoix make for a relaxing walk.
36. Tour the unique guest rooms at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. Not one is alike!
37. Walk through the unique Village of Bay Harbor.
38. Sail Lake Charlevoix or Lake Michigan with Sunshine Charters (sunshinecharters.com).
39. Sweet tooth? Tom’s Mom’s Cookies in Harbor Springs is a great treat.
40. Visit Pond Hill Farms for fresh produce and their new wine tasting room(north of Harbor Springs on M-119).
41. Play life-size chess on Castle Farms giant chessboard in Charlevoix or take a guided tour of the grounds.
42. Take a tour of Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix. Maps are available at the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce.
44. Pamper yourself with a day of relaxation at one of the areas renowned spas.
45. Enjoy live entertainment from local musicians in the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel every Friday & Saturday evening.
46. Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall.
47. Go kayaking, tubing or canoeing on the Sturgeon River at Big Bear Adventures in Indian River (9 miles East of Alanson).
48. Our indoor pool and hot tub at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites in Alanson is open for public swimming!
49. Friske Orchards in Ellsworth has fresh apples, cider and a petting zoo! (10 miles south of Charlevoix).
50. Try Stafford’s Oak Planked Whitefish – a specialty since 1961!
51. Listen to Street Musique by local musicians Thursday evenings in Harbor Springs (late June – August).
52. Morgan Trout Fishing Farm in Alanson is a perfect afternoon activity – located 1 mile north of Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.
53. Peruse the Harbor Springs History Museum, located in downtown Harbor Springs.
54. Gather local produce from Petoskey’s Downtown Farmers Market or Harbor Springs Farmers Market throughout the summer.
55. Visit the Historic Inland Waterway Museum, located in downtown Alanson.
56. Hike the picturesque trails of Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves – locations throughout northern Michigan (landtrust.org).
57. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cupcake from Sweet Maria’s Confections in downtown Petoskey.
58. Take the family to Great American Adventures to enjoy go karts, driving range, water wars, miniature golf and batting cages – located in Petoskey.
59. Catch a performance of The Young Americans (youngamericans.org).
60. Go fishing on one of the many local lakes.
61. Take a dip in Little Traverse’s Bay at the Petoskey State Park Beach.
62. Pull up a blanket and enjoy a concert in the park in downtown Petoskey (petoskey.com).
63. Take a short drive to Mackinaw City and drive over the world’s 6th longest suspension bridge (35 miles north of Petoskey, 20 miles north of Alanson).
64. Watch local performers at the Crooked Tree Arts Center (crookedtree.org), Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center (harboraha.org) or by the Great Lakes
Chamber Orchestra (glorchestra.org).
65. Visit a northern Michigan brewery. Beards Brewery located in downtown Petoskey or Petoskey Brewing Co. located on M-119.
66. Visit one of the many antique shops in northern Michigan.
67. Visit one of the areas signature fudge shops – locations in Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey.
68. Go horseback riding.
69. Catch a Vespers Concert Sunday evenings throughout the summer at John M. Hall Auditorium in the Bay View Association (bayviewassociation.org).
70. Take the family to play a few frames of bowling at Northern Lights Recreation (located on M-119).
71. Read one of our many books or magazines in one of our libraries at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge or Perry Hotel.
72. Visit the historic sites Colonial Michilimackinac and Mill Creek in Mackinaw City.
74. East Park in downtown Charlevoix features a Fountain of Youth and has spectacular harbor views.
75. Sturgeon Bay is a local favorite and known for its miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters (north of Harbor Springs).
76. Rent a boat and cruise the famed Inland Waterway, connecting you to a chain of lakes and rivers.
77. Learn to fly fish with a local fly fisherman.
78. Fly high above the water with a parasailing adventure in Boyne City (boyneparasail.com).
79. Take the little ones to Busy Bodies Bodies Bounce Town for some indoor fun – located in Petoskey (busybodiesbouncetown.com).
80. The Headlands in Mackinaw City is an International Dark Sky Park and the perfect place to watch the night sky (emmetcounty.org).
81. Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swinging bridge. Walk or drive over it, or boat underneath it.
82. Enjoy lunch on the Lewis Street Porch or lunch in the H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel (open seasonally).
83. Stroll the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs Marinas.
84. Visit Deer Park in Harbor Springs.
85. Tour the U.S.C.G.C. Icebreaker Mackinaw in Mackinaw City (themackinaw.org).
86. Kids can catch and release fish at the waterfront in Petoskey (petoskey.us).
87. Experience northern Michigan wines along the Bay View Wine trail (bayviewwinetrail.com).
89. Visit Cross Village and eat at the famous Legs Inn, a Polish restaurant.
90. Explore Wilderness State Park (wildernessstatepark.net).
91. Play of game of croquet on the lawn at Stafford’s Bay View Inn.
92. Catch a local baseball game at the waterfront in Petoskey.
93. Sturgeon River Pottery offers a great selection of homemade pottery and gifts, and they make it right in the store (sturgeonriver.com).
94. Catch a sunrise over the Crooked River at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge.
95. Gather the family and take them to the kid-friendly park in downtown Alanson.
96. Enjoy a Kilwin’s ice cream cone in downtown Petoskey, Charlevoix or Harbor Springs.
97. Boyne City has shops, restaurants and events year round (boynecity.com).
98. Discover Geocaching in our area (geocaching.com).
99. Skip stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.
100. Petoskey is known as the “Land of the Million Dollar Sunsets.” Stop by Sunset Park or the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel and watch the sun slowly fade into the water.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Northern Michigan? Download our complete 100 Things To Do In Northern Michigan list.
April is Michigan Wine Month! We invite you to celebrate the best of Michigan Wineries with these culinary specials and events this month.
Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel – Downtown Petoskey
Our features include:
- 2 Lads Cabernet Franc/ Merlot – $6 per glass
This wine pairs great with our Beef Brisket
- Chateau Grand Traverse Sillouette Red – $5 per glass
Enjoy with Noggin Room House Lasagna
- Black Star Farms Arcturos Barrel Aged Chardonnay – $5.50 per glass
Perfect with our Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Stafford’s Pier Restaurant – Harbor Springs
Enjoy Chef’s featured entree creation accompanied with a glass of Michigan wine for $16.95. Entree selections will be changing daily, join us!
Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant – Charlevoix
During the month of April, we will be offering 30% off bottles of select Michigan wines.
Black Star Farms Wine Dinner
Friday, April 11, 6:30 pm
Featuring wines from Black Star Farms with wine maker Lee Lutes. Six course dinner paired with six wines from Black Star Farms. $50 per guest. Seating is limited, please make your reservations at 231-547-4311.
Stafford’s Gallery of Art & History – Downtown Petoskey behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Come in and browse our large selection of Michigan Wines and enjoy 20% each Michigan bottle you purchase. Offer ends April 30, 2014.
Michigan Wine Tasting Event
Friday, April 18, 5 to 7 pm
Guests will enjoy appetizers and tastings of select Michigan wines along with Stafford’s Private Wine Collection. $15 per guest.
We hope to see you soon – cheers!
All aboard! Join us for our Annual Titanic Dinner on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6 pm at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in downtown Petoskey. Models, original newspapers and artifacts will be on display as well as table settings representing the first, second and third class. Your ticket will include a historic presentation from local historian David Kaplan, Butlered Hors d’ Oeuvres and a five course dinner.
The menu for the evening includes:
- First Course – Soup
Barley Soup with Morels
- Second Course – Fish
Poached Salmon with Watercress Sauce
- Third Course – Meat
Filet Mignon, Glace di’ Viand over Goose Liver (Fois Grois), Chateau Potatoes, Tourne Vegetables, Herb Bun & Herb Bundle
- Fourth Course – White Star Salad & Rolls
Mixed greens, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, carrots, tomato supremes, broccoli buds and shaved radishes with red wine vinaigrette
- Fifth Course – Flight of Desserts
Strawberry Ice Cream
Chocolate Mousse Shooters
Chocolate Cordial Cups in Syrup
Costumes are not required but are encouraged! Tickets are $65 per guest inclusive.
Weekend Lodging Package at Stafford’s Perry Hotel
Friday – Sunday, April 11 – 13, includes:
- Two nights lodging
- Breakfast vouchers each morning of your stay
- A special Titanic dinner and presentation Saturday evening
- $30 in Downtown Petoskey Merchant Money (redeemable at shops in downtown Petoskey)
- $20 in Steerage Bucks for the Noggin Room Pub
$399, based on two guests per room (plus tax and gratuities)
Reservations are required for Titanic events. Please call 231-347-4000 to reserve your seat!
During the month of December, we gave our Facebook family a chance to win a custom Stafford’s Pineapple Bed. Our lucky winner, Jenny, visited Beds By Design in Harbor Springs to make her signature hand-crafted pineapple bed. Join us as we show you how Dreams Come True!
Rory Karpathian, owner of Beds By Design in Harbor Springs, has been in the business for over 30 years and Beds By Design has been handcrafting beds for over 10 years. Their process is all in the details.
The first step, picking the firmness of the mattress. Jenny tested a few beds to determine her preference. The Stafford’s Pineapple Beds in our hotel rooms are designed to suit your sleeping preference – firm on one side and plush on the other.
After selecting the firmness, the “Dream Team” (Zach, Jared and Rory with the help of Jenny), begin cutting and sewing the fabric that is needed to start the process of making the mattress.
Up next – building the mattress! There are many layers of natural fibers that go into a Beds By Design handcrafted mattress for a lifetime guarantee of comfort.
The components of the mattress are then added to the spring unit and then the panels are hog-ringed to the spring unit and ready for the tufting machine. Stafford’s and Beds By Design wanted to remind Jenny where the bed came from, so we slipped Rory’s business card (from Beds By Design) and David Marvin’s business card (from Stafford’s Hospitality) with all of our signatures inside the mattress – creating our own time capsule!
After adding the layers to the spring unit, the mattress is then put into a tufting machine. Beds By Design is one of the few mattress manufacturers who still use hand tufting in their process, which is critical for longevity and ultimate support in a mattress. The mattress is manually compressed. This compresses the components in the mattress evenly to proceed with hand tufting. Once this step is done, the tufting machine is vertically flipped.
After the mattress is compressed, we begin preparing our rosettes and tufts to be tufted into the mattress. The rosettes are made out of wool yarn.
Now we begin the tufting process with a long tufting needle, that injects the tufts into the mattress. It’s harder then it looks, you really have to push through there!
The tufting process has now been completed. You can see the comfort as Rory and Jenny push down on the mattress. The mattress is now ready for the final stages.
First, the mattress needs to be prepped for the tape edge machine. This is done by hand stuffing cotton into the corners of the mattress.
Next, the mattress is slid into the tape edge machine – this uses a binding tape to binds the sides to the edge of the mattress.
The final step to complete the mattress is a very important detail! Jenny adds the Beds By Design and Stafford’s Hospitality labels. On Stafford’s Pineapple Beds found in our guest rooms, there is a label on each side. One label is firm, the other plush. In this case, Jenny elected to place both logos on the front of her mattress.
Up next, Jenny starts to assemble her custom box spring. Each coil is inserted into place on a grid by hand and then nailed down to a wood frame. On a queen size box spring there are 80 coils.
Now that these steps have been completed, the Stafford’s crew and Jenny officially “graduated” from mattress school during their visit!
“It was fun to do each of the steps that go into making a pineapple bed! From the box spring – where springs are placed and secured one by one – to the mattress press – where the multi-layered parts get secured together – to the big leg operated sewing machine that is maneuvered around the mattress to secure the edges – it is a very labor intensive process that results in a superior sleep experience. I was lucky to see what makes Beds By Design so special and can legitimately say that I did help make my very own pineapple bed!” – Jenny B. of Petoskey, MI