Welcome To Stafford's Bay View Inn

For over 60 years, Stafford Smith and his family have owned, operated and lovingly restored this grand Victorian country Inn on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. It is a place to pause, reflect and unwind.


Roselawn Dining Room

Open seasonally for breakfast, lunch & dinner and our famous Sunday Brunch, guests enjoy original country Inn favorites as well as regional dishes prepared by a culinary team boasting a remarkable combined 100 + years of experience with the Stafford’s family.


Select Registry Member

Stafford's welcomes you to our historic corner of the north country, a proud member of Select Registry.

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A Welcomed Guest

“We were welcomed as guests not as a reservation number. Simple Victorian elegance. Walking down the stairs is like walking down the stairs at home. Everything is waiting for you. The service is pleasant, warm and personable. The food is delicious and well prepared, and not warmed over. And all those who stay enter into easy conversation with each other, as if we have all been here before (and most of us have!). The pace is calm and individualized. And the ambiance is as fragrant as their gentle soaps. You step into a sanctuary.”
-David M.

Peaceful & Friendly

“This was a very nice place to relax and get away. Always friendly service from Stafford's and wonderful food. No TV in rooms here but library has a very large flat screen & 24hr coffee. My wife's birthday was an absolute success thanks to the Stafford's once again! Also my choice for this location was it was brutally cold and we were able to have a wonderful dinner and breakfast without wondering out in the cold, major bonus!”
-Douglas T

Great Place To Stay in Petoskey

“This hotel is very unique with plush decor and the rooms are good size and very comfortable. Many of the rooms have a partial view of Little Traverse Bay. There are a couple nice areas to gather with a group and the dining room is exquisite. ”
-Karen P.