Thursday, January 17, 2013

Featured: Stafford's Perry Hotel in Petoskey Michigan

Shortly after our wedding in November, I was contacted by the Stafford's Perry Hotel about sharing pictures and details from our day on their wedding blog. I was happy to do this! We had a really excellent experience there, and everything - from the rooms to the staff to the event itself - was top notch.


We chose the Perry Hotel as our venue after looking into quite a few places up north. I knew I wanted a space that had a history to it, a place with a story to share after you've visited. I also wanted it to be cozy during a cold time. The Perry had both of those qualities. Opened in 1899, the Perry is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is the only hotel from that era in the state of Michigan still operating today. Ernest Hemingway was a famous guest, and used to pass time at the Perry while en route to his family's cottage in Walloon Lake. I dispatched my parents to check it out for me, and the details they reported back fit all our needs: A roaring fireplace, check. Large oak bar, check. Vintage chandeliers, decor and homey vibe. Plus, a great view of Little Traverse Bay. We were sold.

The Perry Hotel, in Hemingway's heyday.

Thanks to the staff at the Perry for going above and beyond to make the day memorable. As a testament to their services, and the unique culture of Northern Michigan, our on-site coordinator Lauren impressed us by rising at dawn to hunt with her father on an island only reached by boat - she rowed there - and then cheerfully leading all the details for our dress rehearsal later that same day. Oh, and she got her first buck too.

You can read their entry on us here. We're very flattered to have been featured!

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