Greetings from the Neahtawanta Inn!
Some big changes
Many of you know the drastic changes we have undergone here at the Inn this past year. Most significantly, Bob passed away on August 23rd after more than two years fighting esophageal cancer. Many of you had enjoyed some conversations with Bob, as well as his good cooking; I am sorry to inform you of his death via email, but I also want returning guests to be prepared before you are here. Some of you probably don't know that our dear old Lab, Lucia, died 3 days before Bob. She, too, had cancer.
And, finally, to get the last of our tough news out of the way, the Inn suffered a very damaging fire a year ago in February which caused us to be closed for the rest of 2013. Fortunately, no one was injured; even all of our pets survived. Bob and I had to move out and I moved back in late October. The renovation is now complete (except for a few of those pesky details) and the Inn is open. The roof line has changed somewhat and we added things like more insulation and gutters that aren't visible but will improve the Inn's functioning. I am deeply sorry for all of the guests who we had to cancel for the rest of 2013. Perhaps you were on that list; if so, please accept my apology for disrupting your plans. Canceling guests was very painful and difficult for me.
I am happy to announce that my daughter, Katy, and her partner, Brandon, will be helping me run the Inn this year. They are multi-talented: Brandon is a great cook, Katy a massage therapist, and they're both ready and willing to pitch in and recreate a peaceful and comfy place for our guests to relax.
Some things remain the same
We are so happy that the kitchen was not damaged by the fire! You can expect the same great vegetarian breakfasts; we'll also be exploring more yummy vegan and gluten-free options.
The yoga room made it through with just a bit of water damage; the floor will be refinished this spring. I am still teaching yoga and offering morning yoga sessions for our guests. We did have to replace the ceiling in the entry room into the studio but the yoga library and 30 years of Yoga Journals survived the fire!
The Inn continues to be an ideal place for small group gatherings of all kinds, whether working with an agenda, or simply relaxing with good friends or family.
Our wonderful comfy old porch is still there, although no one has been sitting out there THIS winter! It awaits the spring and summer seasons and is still one of the best places to relax!
Here are a few events you might want to include in your planning:
Traverse City Film Festival
Wine tasting on the Old Mission Peninsula
To check out the many other activities, festivals, and events in northern Michigan - go go here
We hope you'll consider coming for a visit in one of the seasons ahead. This will be a year of healing and regaining strength.
With gratitude for your support,
Sally, Katy and Brandon
The Neahtawanta Inn
(Nee-ah-ta-wan-ta) is a bed and breakfast located on Old Mission Peninsula, a 22 mile long finger of land that divides Grand Traverse Bay into East and West Bay (satellite image
), with over 300 feet of beach front on Bowers Harbor. Cherry orchards and wineries dominate the landscape; the seven wineries
are open for touring and tasting. The Lighthouse is now open to the public at Old Mission Point Park. The park also has many nice trails (trail map
The Neahtawanta Inn provides both solitude and interaction depending upon your needs. The Inn is used by individuals and groups for a variety of reasons: as a quiet respite from busy lives; for family reunions, small group retreats, honeymoons and anniversaries; or for vacationers coming to enjoy the Grand Traverse area. Surrounded by woods and water, the Inn offers peace and comfort for those who need to rest and rejuvenate. The large living/dining room with a sunken fieldstone firepit, and library with many books and periodicals are available for our guests. Healthy vegetarian breakfasts are served with many local ingredients. In 1996 a wheelchair accessible room was added, along with a second floor yoga studio.
Guests can use the yoga studio
or request a yoga session
with Sally, a longtime yoga practioner and registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
Returning guests will join us in missing our dear old black lab, Lucia. She died (also of cancer) 3 days before Bob. We like to think she went on ahead to make sure it was okay for Bob. We still have two friendly cats named Petey and B.K. The cats are not allowed in the guest rooms but do occupy common areas in the Inn.
The Inn has free wireless access
or a computer for guests to use for internet access.
The Neahtawanata Center, a nonprofit organization working on peace, justice and ecological health issues, is also housed at the Inn.