Memorial Day Weekend

Perry-BalconyAs we take time this Memorial Day to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our country, we are thankful to call this corner of the mitten our home. Lets all take this time to enjoy our friends, families and loved ones – and remember why this is all possible! Here are some of our favorite ways to spend Memorial Weekend in northern Michigan!

Sidewalk Sales in Bay Harbor
Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Stroll the Village of Bay Harbor and enjoy sidewalk sales.

Wild Flower Walks in Bay View
Saturdays in May, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Join Bay View Association’s Woods Advisory Committee for a series of walks every Saturday in May! This event is free and weather-permitting.

Annual Memorial Weekend Pageant in Mackinaw City
Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25
Celebrate the area’s rich history with this free event – the Fort Michilimackinac Re-enactment Pageant!
Tour the Icebreaker Mackinaw Coast Guard Ship
Take a tour through the ‘Queen of the Great Lakes’  in Mackinaw, open for public tours.
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Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk
Pack up the whole family to enjoy pancakes at the American Legion, 5K run/walk, parade and waterfront ceremony. Pre-register online or in person at The Outfitter.  Day-of registration at Zorn Park at 7:30 am. 100% of the entry fee will be donated to the Harbor Springs Food Pantry.

Memorial Day Parades & Services
Click here to view parade and service times and activities in Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Harbor Springs, Indian River, Mackinaw City & Petoskey.
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What do you plan to do over this holiday weekend?  View a full calendar of events here.

She’s Back In The Water!

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In honor of the Pointer’s 80th Summer, we decided to do some major updates and renovations. It has taken a bit longer than we hoped, but we wanted to do it right! Thanks to all those at Irish Boat Shop, Inc. for their hard work, and also to the United States Coast Guard for their assistance in the certification of an 80 year old wooden vessel.
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Historic Tours
During the tour (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes), the Pointer Boat will cruise out to the end of Harbor Point, around the harbor towards Wequetonsing, to Harbor Beach and back to the dock at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.

Beginning on or around June 1, 2015 through September (weather permitting)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm

Tickets may be purchased in advance, $20 per adult, $15 per child (10 and under). Please call 231-881-8048 or email to book your tour. Or visit our website, Food, wine and beer may be ordered from the Pier’s regular menu in advance.

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A Little Bit Of History
The area which is now The Pointer Room at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs, Michigan is literally “on the water.” Until 1962 it was the boat house for the Harbor Point Association’s water taxi, The Pointer, which ran between Harbor Point and the Village of Harbor Springs.

As there were no cars allowed on Harbor Point, The Pointer provided a vital link for the residents of the association during the summer months. There were a total of three different vessels, all named The Pointer, which ran from 1930 until 1962. In May of 1990, Stafford C. Smith and Dudley Marvin of Stafford’s Hospitality had the last of these gracious yachts relaunched. The completely restored Pointer is now on display outside Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, in the exact location where residents and visitors formerly caught the boat for service to the Harbor Point Hotel.

Using vintage photographs by Virgil Haynes, Harbor Springs boat builder Steve Van Dam spent seven months creating an authentic restoration of The Pointer, including the green upholstered interior seating and side curtains. He added a beautifully designed compass rose table, ice storage area and sink to make the vessel a bit more yacht like.

As close as Mr. Van Dam can figure, The Pointer was a work boat built in Chassell, Michigan in 1934, with painted wood construction typical of Scandinavian design.
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103 Things To Do In Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan hosts an array of activities and events year ’round. Here is a list of 103 Things Do This Summer In Northern Michigan! All these activities can be enjoyed in the quaint communities of northern Michigan including Alanson, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw City, Petoskey and Walloon Village!


1. Feed the fish in our pond, explore and hike our 20 acres, splash in our pool, relax in our hot tub or kick back next to our indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.

2. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center in Oden on US-31.

3. Head to Indian River and visit the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and museum.

4. The Hillside Gardens in downtown Alanson are planted by local volunteers and are free to visit year round.

5. Kayak, tube or canoe on the Sturgeon River at Big Bear Adventures.

6. Take a walk on Sanctuary Island. Enjoy the hand cranked ferry and beautiful views of the Crooked River.

7. Morgan Trout Fishing Farm on US-31 N is a perfect afternoon activity.

8. Explore the Crooked River with a cruise on the Alanson River Boat Tours.

9. Visit the Historic Inland Waterway Museum in downtown.

10. Rent a boat and cruise the famed Inland Waterway, connecting you to a chain of lakes and rivers.

11. Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swing bridge. Walk or drive over it, or boat underneath it.

12. Catch a sunrise over the Crooked River.
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13. Boyne City offers shops, restaurants and events all summer including ‘Stroll the Streets’ every Friday evening beginning June 12.

14. Enjoy ‘Evenings at the Gazebo’ concert series Wednesdays at 6:30 pm during the summer beginning on June 24.

15. Stroll the Boyne City marina.

16. Soar high with Wildwood Rush Zipline Canopy Tours, open mid-May through October.
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17. Dine alfresco on Jeff’s Deck or indoors at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in the Earl Young inspired building.

18. Our new restaurant, The Drawbridge Bistro, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Michigan products and impeccable views of the drawbridge.

19. Visit the downtown Farmers Market Thursday mornings throughout the summer.

20. Paved sidewalks on both sides of the Pine River in Charlevoix make for a scenic and relaxing walk to Lake Michigan.

21. Stroll the Charlevoix marina.

22. Take a tour of Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses.

23. Play life-size chess on Castle Farms giant chessboard or take a guided tour of the grounds.

24. Friske Orchards has fresh apples, cider and a petting zoo!

25. East Park features a ‘Fountain of Youth’ and has spectacular harbor views.

26. Enjoy a journey of history with a cruise on the Keewanaw Star.

27. Set sail with a private or group tour by Sunshine Charters.
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28. Wine & dine at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, indoors or outdoors!

29. Every Thursday evening the streets of Harbor Springs come to life with Street Musique beginning June 25.

30. Enjoy a chair lift ride or zip line adventure at Boyne Highlands.

31. Hop in your car and take a narrated tour to Cross Village through the Tunnel of Trees – CD’s available for purchase.

32. Stock your picnic basket with fresh produce from the Farmers Market, every Saturday morning on main street in the summer.

33. Browse through the Andrew Blackbird Museum.

34. Visit Boyer Glass Works in downtown for one-of-a-kind items.

35. Peruse the Harbor Springs History Museum in downtown Harbor Springs.

36. Sweet tooth? Tom’s Mom’s Cookies in Harbor Springs is a great treat.

37. Connect with nature during a visit to Deer Park.

38. Stroll the Harbor Springs marina.

39. For an adventure, sky dive with Sky Dive Harbor Springs.

40. Take a ride on the historic Pointer Boat. Call 231-526-6201 for reservations.

41. Visit Pond Hill Farms for fresh produce and sample their new wines in the tasting room.

42. Take the family to play a few frames of bowling at Northern Lights Recreation.

43. Go horseback riding! Take a one or two hour adventure through groomed trails at Boyne Highlands.

44. Catch the Young Americans Dinner Theater beginning late June through August.
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45. Cruise the Straits of Mackinac with a lighthouse cruise on Shepler’s Ferry.

46. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island.

47. Drive over the world’s 6th longest suspension bridge, the Mackinac Bridge!

48. Visit the historic sites Colonial Michilimackinac and Mill Creek.

49. The Headlands is an International Dark Sky Park and the perfect place to watch the night sky.

50. Tour the U.S.C.G.C. Icebreaker Mackinaw.

51. Explore Wilderness State Park.

52. Sturgeon Bay is a local favorite and known for its miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, north of Harbor Springs.
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53. Take a walking tour of historic architecture in Petoskey.

54. Grab a drink in the Noggin Room Pub, complete an around the world tour of over 30 brews and add your name to the “Hall of Foam.”

55. Hike the picturesque sand dunes at Petoskey State Park.

56. 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).

57. Browse the boutique shops of Petoskey’s Historic Gaslight District.

58. The Little Traverse Historical Museum features Hemingway artifacts, train memorabilia and other facts from the past.

59. Try your luck at Odawa Casino.

60. Pack a picnic and relax in Pennsylvania Park with the Charlotte Ross Lee Concert Series.

61. Gather local produce at the Downtown Petoskey Farmers Market every Friday morning in the summer.

62. Walk through the winding community of Bay View and enjoy the gingerbread Victorian cottages. Concerts are held throughout the summer.

63. Enjoy the ever changing exhibits and performances at Crooked Tree Arts Center.

64. Play outdoor putt-putt golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure.

65. Great American Adventures offers go karts, driving range, water wars, miniature golf and batting cages.

66. Petoskey is home to Kilwin’s – take home a delicious treat or tour the kitchen. Petoskey is where the company was founded.

67. Pick up some new reading material at the award winning McLean & Eakin Booksellers in downtown.

68. Canoe, kayak or stroll the Bear River Recreation Area. Rentals nearby.
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70. Stroll the Petoskey marina and waterfront park area.

71. Stop by Symon’s General Store in downtown for gourmet treats.

72. Sample oils and vinegars from Fustini’s in downtown Petoskey.

73. Catch a flick at the Petoskey Cinema.

74. Visit Lavender Hill Farm, just a few miles south west of Petoskey.

75. Peruse our collection of Michigan art and history at Stafford’s Art Gallery, located behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

76. Relax on the front porch of Stafford’s Bay View Inn or Stafford’s Perry Hotel on our comfortable wicker furniture or take in the views from our gardens in the adirondack chairs.

77. Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall.

78. Visit a northern Michigan brewery. Beards Brewery located in downtown Petoskey or Petoskey Brewing Co. located on M-119.

79. Enjoy live entertainment from local musicians in the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel Friday & Saturday evenings, every night during the summer beginning June 12.

80. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the Lewis Street Porch or H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

81. Enjoy a treat at Maple Moon Family Sugary.

82. Sturgeon River Pottery offers a great selection of homemade pottery and gifts, and they make it right in the store.

83. Play of game of croquet on the lawn at Stafford’s Bay View Inn.

84. Take the little ones and spend some time at Busy Bodies Bounce Town.

85. Hop on a free trolley ride through downtown Petoskey during the mid-summer weeks.

86. Red Sky Stage is a coffee house style performing arts venue in downtown Petoskey.
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87. Fly high above northern Michigan in a Hot Air Balloon.

88. Whirl around on roller skates at Pied Piper Skatery.

89. Spend some time on the beach and enjoy the nearby playground, too.
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90. 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.

91. Bike, blade, jog or stroll along the North Western State Trail from M-119 in Petoskey to Mackinaw City.

92. Sit back, relax and take in the views of our beautiful corner of northern Michigan.

93. Pamper yourself at one of the areas renowned spas.

94. Try Stafford’s Oak Planked Whitefish – our specialty since 1961!

95. Experience exceptional northern Michigan wines along the Bay View Wine Trail.

96. Take a hike! Little Traverse Conservancy offers more than 172 nature preserves across northern Michigan.

97. Skip stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

98. Fish on! Whether you want to fly fish, hire a charter or toss a line from the dock, get out and spend some time on our Great Lakes.

99. Golf at one of the areas numerous world class courses.

100. Watch local performances! Catch a concert by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra or at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center.

101. Go antiquing at one of the many shops in northern Michigan.

102. Search for Petoskey stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay, or purchase one in our gift shops.

103. 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.
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We’d love to know, what’s your favorite thing to do in our neck of the woods?

#PeopleOfStaffords: Featuring Ann Schaefer

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#PeopleOfStaffords is a new blog series featuring employees from our 7 Landmark Locations. We will feature one individual, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the people leading our day-to-day operations.
  • Tell us, Ann, how did you end up in northern Michigan? I grew up in Petoskey and graduated from Petoskey High school. After living in Florida for ten years, my husband and I decided Northern Michigan was the place we wanted to be, so we moved back in September of 2014.
  • What do you do for Stafford’s Hospitality? Payroll / Human Resources
  • What do you love about your job? The fact that I work for (and with) people who genuinely care…about the business, about the people, about the patrons, and about the community. In this day and age, so much of the world is ‘corporatized’ and both as an employee and a customer; it’s too common to feel like a number. It’s incredibly refreshing to share the mindset the each person matters and has a story.
  • In your “free time” what do you do? When I am not spending quality time with my family, I am bicycling or tending my orchids; these are my passions!
  • How would you describe northern Michigan to our guests? Northern Michigan is the perfect affordable escape from ‘keeping up with the Jones,’ the ‘rat race,’ or ‘every day life.’ Whatever is going on in your life, you can come to Northern Michigan and truly experience the meaning of a ‘getaway.’ The environment is clean and pure, the people are warm and family/community oriented, and there is absolutely no limit to the activities and fun one can experience. 
  • Favorite memory of working for Stafford’s? Oh gosh, there are numerous! I worked for Stafford’s in the late 90s, at the Perry Hotel, and one of my favorite memories from that time was when the maintenance worker who was on the night shift with me, showed me some of the nonpublic areas of the hotel, like the boiler room in the basement and the elevator shaft. I thought that was fascinating to see those hidden areas of such a historic hotel. Since my return in September, my favorite memory has been the Christmas luncheon potluck that we shared with each other in the Corporate Office; lots of delicious food, great company, and plenty of laughter!!

Ann Schaefer Blog

Things To Do This May

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Petoskey Restaurant Week

Friday, May 1 – Friday, May 8
Enjoy your favorite restaurants and discover new ones at an affordable price. The best restaurants of Petoskey and Bay Harbor have joined forces for this special culinary event – Petoskey Restaurant Week! Here’s how it works: Three course menus for $25 for dinner and $15 for lunch with some establishments offering two for one pricing. Be sure to check our our great deals at the Noggin Room Pub that week – bon apetit!
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Short’s Brewing Beer Dinner
Thursday, May 7, 6 pm
Join us at the Noggin Room Pub for our Beer Dinner featuring Short’s Brewery! Guests will enjoy a five course menu paired with Short’s Brewery Beers! $29.95 per guest, plus tax and gratuities.
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Charlevoix Farmers Market
Beginning May 7: Thursdays, 9 am to 1 pm
Shop local and eat fresh with Charlevoix’s Farmers Market. Every Thursday, 9 am to 1 pm, May 7 – October 1.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Stafford’s
Sunday, May 10
She gets the smiles, you get the thanks. Treat mom to a fabulous Mother’s Day brunch at Stafford’s! Visit our website to view brunch details. Looking for dinner? Our a la carte dinner menus will be available at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant and Stafford’s Weathervane Restauranttulips with mothers day

Tuesday Wine Tasting
Tuesday, May 12, 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant for a Tuesday Wine Tasting! Enjoy a taste of select wines and Chef Britt’s complimentary appetizers. $10 per guest.
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Wednesday, May 13, 5 to 7 pm
Take part in Winning Wines of Northern Michigan competition during the day or just enjoy the wine! Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Reservations are preferred by calling 231.439.6218.

Morel Mushroom Festival
Thursday, May 14 – Sunday, May 17
There isn’t a better treat in northern Michigan than the earthy flavors of morel mushrooms! Visit the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City this year to enjoy guided tours, seminars, tasting, dining, entertainment, craft show and shopping.
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Harbor Springs Restaurant Week
Friday, May 15 – Saturday, May 23
Experience the culinary delights of Harbor Springs! For participating restaurants and details, click here.
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Cork & Canvas – A Creative Evening
Thursday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
We invite you to bring your friends for an evening of art and wine! Local artist Katie Brines, will provide step-by-step instructions allowing you to create a one of a kind masterpiece on canvas. No painting talent required! Our fee includes all supplies, wine tastings and light hors d’oeuvres. Each guest will take home a finished piece of artwork. Reservations for this event are required – we fill up fast! $50 per guest. Contact our friendly Gallery staff to reserve your spot, 231-347-0142.
Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sales

Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Kick off summer with a day of shopping Memorial Weekend Side Walk Sales throughout the Village at Bay Harbor!

Annual Memorial Weekend Pageant
Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25
Celebrate the area’s rich history with this free event – the Fort Michilimackinac Re-enactment Pageant! Activities take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Mackinaw City.

Thursday, May 28
Visit the Crooked Tree Arts Center for Swirl! Enjoy art, local musicians, fine wines and food from wonderful restaurants!

A Local Treasure Hunt – Searching for Petoskey Stones!

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Did you know? The Petoskey Stone is actually fossilized coral that lived 350 million years ago!

When To Find Petoskey Stones
Petoskey Stones – our state stone – may be found anytime of year. We have learned it’s best to look after a storm. However, a search in the early days of spring is most likely to yield the best results! Don’t forget a basket for your collection. Remember: while a dry Petoskey stone may blend in with the crowd, a wet Petoskey stone will be distinct.

Where To Find Petoskey Stones
Here in northern Michigan, we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful beaches all along the shores of Lake Michigan! Pick your favorite one, and let the hunt begin. One of our favorites is Petoskey State Park. But be sure to check Magnus Park, and Michigan Beach in Charlevoix. If you find yourself searching in the summer months, be sure to pack a picnic and maybe a bathing suit. Make a whole day out of it!

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And remember, if this isn’t your year, you can always pick one up from several local downtown shops or one of our Gift Shops at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge and Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

Things To Do This April

Spring GraphicWelcome to April, where every warm day brings us closer to another incomparable summer on the bay!

Easter Bunny Luncheon
Saturday, April 4, 2 to 2:30 pm
Enjoy the Easter Bunny Luncheon at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant – the little ones may have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, compliments of Picture This of Charlevoix. After lunch, head to the park for an Easter egg hunt, by age group!Ostern

Easter Egg Hunt At Northern Lights Gymnastics
Saturday, April 4, 4 to 5 pm
For just $4 per child, kids can enjoy an egg hunt, craft projects and cookie decorating! Egg hunts are by age group from 4 to 5 pm. Northern Lights Gymnastics is located on Moeller Drive in Harbor Springs.

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Sunday, April 5
Join us for decadent Easter Sunday Brunch at Stafford’s. $23.95 per adult, $13.95 per child (4 to 12 years old). Reservations recommended. View hours and details here.

Dress Up & Attend The Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Saturday, April 11, 12:30 pm
Dress in your finest, raise a pinky and toast with Little Traverse Youth Choir all things fancy at The Fancy Nancy Tea Party! Enjoy delightful tea sandwiches, desserts, drinks, song, storytime, a fancy photo and priceless memories at Stafford’s Bay View Inn! Tickets are available at McLean & Eakin, $10 per child, $15 per adult.

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Relive The Mystery And Intrigue During The Annual Titanic Dinner
Saturday, April 11, 6 pm
All aboard! The Annual Titanic Dinner at Stafford’s Perry Hotel features a five course dinner, historic presentation on the ship by local historian David Kaplan and a display of models, original newspapers and table settings representing the first, second and third class.$65 per guest inclusive. Period costumes are not required but are encouraged! Reserve your tickets by calling Stafford’s Perry Hotel front desk, 231-347-4000. Make a weekend of it and take the elevator home with our lodging package.

2 Lads Wine Dinner At Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant
Saturday, April 11, 6 pm
Celebrate Michigan Wine Month with wine maker Cornel Olivier from 2 Lads Winery on Old Mission Peninsula with a wine dinner at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant. View our menu. $55 per guest, reservations required – 231-547-4311.


Celebrate Michigan Wine Month With A Tuesday Wine Tasting
Tuesday, April 14, 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant for our Tuesday Wine Tasting! Chef Britt will create complimentary appetizers for tasters to enjoy. In honor of Michigan Wine Month, we’ll be featuring Harbor Springs Vineyard & Winery in April! $10 per guest.

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5th Annual Instant Wine Cellar
Friday, April 17, 7 to 10 pm
This fundraiser for the Char-Em United Way is fun at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Admission is a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of craft beer. The evening will have live music, food by Stafford’s, select wine and beer available, a silent auction and a raffle. Raffle winners take home an “Instant Wine Cellar!”

Make Reservations For Twomey & Silver Oak Wine Dinner
Monday, April 20, 6:30 pm
Join us at The Drawbridge Bistro for a wine dinner featuring Twomey & Silver Oak wines, with guest Michael Solway of Silver Oak.
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Celebrate Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22, all day
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Enjoy Some Fine Wine and Food at the April Swirl Event
Thursday, April 23, 5:30 to 7 pm
Visit Crooked Tree Arts Center to enjoy art, local musicians, fine wines and food from wonderful restaurants during the April Swirl Event!

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Spring Bridge Tournament at Stafford’s Bay View Inn
Saturday – Sunday, April 25 – 26
This annual tournament is for all bridge card fanatics! A lodging package is available for the weekend, or bridge play is available, too. Visit our website for details, and please call Stafford’s Bay View Inn for your reservation.

Enjoy Live Musical Entertainment at The Noggin Room Pub
Fridays & Saturdays, 8 to 11 pm
Join us for some food, foam and fun with friends- live entertainment every weekend!
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Enjoy Some Music & Entertainment at Red Sky Stage
Bliss Fest Jam SessionSundays, 1 to 4 pm
Jazz Jam SessionSundays, 5 to 7 pm
Comedic North Showcase SeriesThursday, April 2, 8:30 pm

Challenge Your Brain with PubStumpers Trivia League
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 pm
Round up your team and join us in the Noggin Room Pub for PubStumpers Trivia League. Grab some dinner while you’re there!
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Be Amazed With A Studio & Pottery Demonstration
Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm
Enjoy an open studio day at Sturgeon River Pottery! Watch the artists conduct live demonstrations on pottery and tile making techniques!

Hunt For Petoskey Stones
Spring is the best time to hunt for these treasures. As the snow and ice melts off the bay, try your luck at finding this Michigan treasure. Learn more about Petoskey Stones.

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All Aboard – Annual Titanic Dinner

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Butlered Hors d’ Oeuvres
Roasted Red Pepper Beef Tenderloin Crostini
Grilled Eggplant Roulade
Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp

Soup Course
Petite Marmite – Veal Consomme

Lemon Sorbet

Roast Sirloin a la Forestiere
Slow roasted center cut sirloin with wild mushroom sauce, asparagus, lemon butter, parmentier potato

White Star Salad
Romaine leaves, fresh beets, toasted walnuts, chiffonade of fresh mint and white balsamic and grape vinaigrette

Sweet Course
Apple Tart Tartine
Caramelized sliced apples, puff pasty and vanilla ice cream 

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Cheers To St. Patrick’s Day!

StLindsey, our mixologist from Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, shares her favorite “St. Patty’s Day Drinks.” Stop in and enjoy one of her favorites, or make in the comfort of your own home!

Green Dublin Apple

  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz. Sour Apple Schnapps
  • 2 oz. White Cranberry Juice
  • Add all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Irish Coffee

  • 4 oz. strong, rich hot coffee
  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Whipped cream
  • Pour the sugar followed by the coffee into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof stemmed glass. Stir until dissolved. Add the Irish whiskey and stir again. Top with whipped cream and for extra color, drizzle green crème de menthe on the whipped cream.

Irish Eyes

  • 1 oz. Irish whiskey
  • ¼ oz. green Crème de Menthe
  • 2 oz. cream
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day Drink? Cheers!

Beds by Design – The Making of a Stafford’s Pineapple Bed

BBD LogoDuring the month of December, we gave our Facebook family a chance to win one of two custom Stafford’s Pineapple Bed. Our lucky winners, Kendra and Misty (along with her husband Brian), visited Beds By Design in Harbor Springs to make their signature hand-crafted pineapple beds. Join us as we show you how “Dreams Come True!”


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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. They tested a few beds to determine thier preference. Stafford’s Pineapple Beds, found 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” (with the help of Kendra, Misty and Brian), began cutting and sewing the fabric that is needed to start the process of making the mattress.DSC_0323


p2Up next, it’s time to build the mattress! There are many layers of natural fibers that go into a Beds By Design handcrafted mattress for a lifetime guarantee of comfort. First, we assemble their 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.


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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.

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After adding the layers to the spring unit, the mattress is then placed 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.

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Rory, Kendra and Stafford’s signed a business card to create a time capsule for the Pineapple Beds!

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.

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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.


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Now we begin the tufting process with a long tufting needle, that injects the tufts into the mattress.  It’s harder then it looks!

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The tufting process has now been completed. The mattress is now ready for the final stages.

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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. DSC_0692

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.

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The final step to complete the mattress is a very important detail – adding 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.


Now that these steps have been completed, the Stafford’s crew, Misty, Brian and Kendra “graduated” from mattress school during their visit!


“This is like sleeping on a cloud!” -Kendra    

“After a week of sleeping on our new bed, I absolutely love it.” – Misty

Thank you Rory and the Dream Team at Beds By Design for allowing our guests to win a Stafford’s Pineapple Bed!

Beds By Design Show Room – Harbor Springs
8643  M-119
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: (231) 347-0696
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