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Titanic Dinner – A First Class Dining Event

Posted on February 16th, 2017
All aboard! You are cordially invited to take a step back in time and join us for an evening of history & first class dining on Saturday, April 8 (6 pm).  As a guest of this dinner, you will enjoy butlered hors d’ oeuvres, a six course meal, live music by Bay Shore Strings, costumed server…

Wedding Feature: Marc & Ali

Posted on February 15th, 2017
How They Met
They first met during the summer of 2010 in Petoskey at a work anniversary party. At the time, Ali was completing her internship at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, while Marc worked in the corporate office as an accounting assistan…

28 Things To Do In February

Posted on January 30th, 2017
Oh, the beauty of winter in northern Michigan! Make the most of this snowy season with some great activities happening this February- indoor & outdoor!
  1.  Charlevoix Shadowfest celebrates Groundhog’s Day, Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5. Chili cook off, games, fre

Petoskey Broadway Musical

Posted on January 19th, 2017
An exhilarating evening by the talented students of Petoskey High School! Our second annual Broadway Musical Dinner will be held Tuesday, February 14 & Thursday, February 16 (both at 6 pm). Not only will you enjoy a three course dinner, you will enjoy music from Broadway hits including Hamilto

3 Ways to Please Your Wine Tasting Palate This Winter!

Posted on January 19th, 2017
One great place, three fine events! Gather up the gang and join us at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant for a tasting event you won’t soon forget. Choose from three different dates with three great vendors offering wine from three different regions. We invite you to please your wine t…

Wedding Feature: Tyler & Lauren

Posted on January 16th, 2017
How they met
We met in college at a practice for a production we were both going to be involved in. We laugh often at our first encounter because Tyler thought I was my older sister and that I was dating a guy who was several years older than me. Through that month long event we became better friends and even…

Snow Much Fun – An Outdoor Winter Playground Guide

Posted on January 13th, 2017
The snow conditions in northern Michigan are nearly perfect right now and if you don’t have plans to come up and explore northern Michigan this winter, you should and here are 6 reasons why!
  1. Cozy Winter Getaways. Our accommodations have it all. Stafford’s Bay View Inn offers cozy accom

Meet Our New Event Services Manager – Tracy Thomson

Posted on January 3rd, 2017
We are pleased to welcome Tracy to our Sales & Events team! Tracy grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Petoskey High School in 2003. After graduation, he was accepted into the Young American College of the Performing Arts in Southern California. With the Young Americans, he ha…

85 Things To Do in Northern Michigan This Winter

Posted on December 29th, 2016
Alanson Area
1. Hike or snowshoe our 20 acres, splash in our pool, relax in our hot
tub or kick back next to our indoor fire place 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 Nat…
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Wedding Feature: Allison & Case

Posted on December 28th, 2016
How They Met
Our mutual friend Ashley had invited us both to spend a day on the lake in Waterford, Michigan. I’m fairly convinced we had crossed paths during our college days, as we had a number of mutual friends, but it wasn’t until that day in July that we were officially introduced. I also think th…