Our summer road trip through Michigan was mostly in cities, except for the night in Alanson, a small town near Petoskey. Our stay at the Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge was unique to the trip. It was our one night in nature without really being too far into nature. Let me explain.
Disclosure: Our stay was hosted by Visit Petoskey Area. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.
Where is Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge
If you’re familiar with the Petoskey Area/Little Traverse Bay Region, you may have heard of Stafford’s Perry Hotel, the historic hotel in Petoskey. Owned by the same folks, Crooked River Lodge is outside of town on the Crooked River, about 10 miles away from Petoskey. And it looks like a lodge. The name suits it.
And the Petoskey Area, if you’re unfamiliar with the state of Michigan, is up in the northern part of the lower peninsula. Here’s a post about things to do in the Petoskey Area with kids to give you a better idea of the area.
Highlights of Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge
Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge is essentially a place to get away from it all without really needing to go too far away from “it all.” It feels secluded without being too far from conveniences like restaurants and craft brewery.
The hospitality of the hotel was great. You’re greeted by staff as you walk in, and as you check in, my kids will point out that there is a conveniently located popcorn machine to help yourself to.
This place is definitely a great one for families in that sense. From a pool (with a little waterfall) and hot tub, to the darling little clubhouse in the lobby, you can tell they welcome kids. There’s also a pool table.
A big draw to me was the location. Had we more time, we would’ve paddled along the Crooked River with the kids. The hotel provides complimentary kayaks and paddle boats. There’s a nearby trail, as well, among other things to do.
We didn’t get a chance to check it out, but there is also a fish pond where you can feed the fish.
If you wanted to just sit outside and enjoy nature, this is good place to so. Try it by the fire pit.
Or try doing it from your private balcony.
Speaking of that…
The rooms at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge
The rooms at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge range from standard hotel rooms to suites. And if you’ve been traveling in a car for miles and miles with your family, it’s rather nice to have one of those suites to spread out in.
Our room was two rooms with two king beds. There’s a kitchenette, which is great for longer stays, plus as I mentioned above, a private balcony. The balconies all look toward the great lawn and river.
They’re meant to feel like your own private cabin, I suspect. Ours did, at least, with rustic décor and all.
If you go
Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge
Where: 6845 US-31, Alanson, Mich.
Plan a Petoskey Getaway
Want to plan a getaway to the Petoskey Area? Search for Petoskey stones, shop the charming downtown Petoskey? Read on:
Things To Do In Petoskey With Kids
My Petoskey Area/Little Traverse Bay Bucket List
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