May 20, 2016

Preservation Personals: A Great Lakes Resort Where Guests Will Make Reservations Months in Advance

  • By: Filip Mazurczak
Birch Lodge

photo by: Mackinac Properties

21830 S. Birch Lodge Drive Trout Lake, Michigan 49793

Are you sick of your job and want to try something new, like owning a hotel, but are afraid you won’t make a profit? I am a historic bed-and-breakfast and motel located in a beautiful part of the Great Lakes region filled with so much majestic nature that you’ll be guaranteed to have business.

Completed in 1911 as the Birch Lodge Hospital and Summer Resort Sanitarium, I am listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I consist of five units in the lodge and eight more in the adjacent motel. Nowadays, everything vintage is cool, and I feature plenty of that. I include a classic 1950s-style Tiki bar complete with pool tables and two jukeboxes that blast oldies whose lyrics several generations now know by heart. The retro style is complemented by plenty of vintage china and furniture.

Guests who want to go back even further in time can feel like they live in the days of Abraham Lincoln with a one-bedroom log cabin with a fireplace.

However, nostalgia-stricken Baby Boomers won’t be your only guests. All generations of tourists will want to come and visit because I’m in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. I include the famous Birch Lodge Swimming Beach. The 4,000-acre Anna Badgley Nature Preserve—where you can see moose, eagles, ospreys, loons, deer, beavers, porcupine, and other critters—is literally next door. Trout Lake Township is known for its excellent fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobile trails.

A serious nearby tourist attraction is Mackinac Island, a charming island on Lake Huron filled with tons of great flora and fauna, famous for its ban on cars (sounds like Gilligan’s Island: “No phone, no lights, no motors cars, not a single luxury;” okay, at least the second-to-last part). Only horses and bicycles are permitted.

If owning a hip hotel in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sounds like a good alternative to your current job, click here to read more.

Birch Lodge - Nature Preserve

photo by: Mac

The nearby 4,000-acre Anna Badgley Nature Preserve is a great place to watch all sorts of fauna, from moose to eagles.

Birch Lodge

photo by: Mackinac Properties

I'm right next to the Birch Lodge Swimming Beach, great for taking a dip.

Filip Mazurczak is an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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