It's not a chain, it's not brand new, it's not pretentious, it's neither slick or fancy, but these are qualities I try to avoid in a hotel, so in that sense the Birchwood Inn is, from my standpoint, just right. The staff are very helpful, friendly, and capable.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, each one has its own little "front porch" that looks out over a large courtyard containing the pool, shuffleboard courts, numerous gathering areas, the fire pit, the barbeque area, and some very nice shade trees. When you are out on your "porch" you will almost certainly strike up numerous conversations with other guests who are, in my experience, consistently very friendly, or you may host a gathering of friends there discussing past and future Northern Michigan adventures. The Inn is very well suited to a scenario where a group of friends rents several rooms and uses it as a "base of operations" for bandying about Northern Michigan, this was the context for my stay.
The continental breakfast is not expansive in its breadth of offerings but it is very suitable to get your day started. You may meet other travelers in the comfortable meeting room while you are sipping your morning coffee who become new friends. You may have a long conversation with the owner, Mr. Shumway, whose knowledge of Northern Michigan geography, history, and activity possibilities is encyclopedic, either way you will have a good start to your day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close your eyes and picture a place to relax at in Northern Michigan. Cozy chairs, field stone fireplace, tranquil courtyard. A place with history, wood beams, and lodge decor. Throw in warm hospitality that comes naturally from a seasoned staff and you will find yourself at Birchwood Inn. Built in the early sixties as a corporate retreat for New Era Potato Chips, Birchwood Inn has been carefully preserved by the Innkeeper with the lodge aura intended by the builders. We welcome individual travelers and group gatherings alike. Birchwood Inn is perfect for family reunions, destination weddings, sporting groups, seminars, and of course corporate retreats. The philosophy of the original builder, comfortable surroundings fosters friendships, is deeply held by the Innkeeper of today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Birchwood Hotel Harbor Springs