About The Inn at Union Pier

"Inn Depth" The Inn at Union Pier is Harbor Country Michigan's premier lodging establishment with a reputation for fine service, comfort and privacy in casually elegant surroundings. Harbor Country is located just 75 minutes from Chicago and 3 hours from Detroit, and offers an abundance of unique shopping, dining, antiquing and gallery hopping. Boutique wineries and "you-pick" fruit orchards are just a short drive into the countryside. Year round outdoor activities range from torch-lit cross-country skiing, to fall color bike touring, golfing an exclusive and challenging "private" course, or walking the endless beaches and hiking the soaring dunes.

Just 200 steps to a beautiful Lake Michigan beach, The Inn caters to both weekend getaways and weekday corporate retreats. The interiors are decorated in a mix of Scandinavian Country and Lakeside Cottage styles.

Choose from 16 spacious guest rooms furnished with a mix of Danish and Swedish antiques and pine reproductions and painted in light, airy colors. All rooms offer private baths, central air and heat, ceiling fans and phone hook-ups. Most guest rooms feature antique Swedish woodburning fireplaces and porches or balconies overlooking the landscaped grounds.The Inn showcases the largest collection of functioning wood-burning antique Swedish fireplaces, called kakelugns, in the entire United States. Each of our 13 kakelugns is decoratively unique and between eighty and one hundred and twenty years old. They were imported from homes in Sweden, shipped disassembled, and reconstructed here at The Inn by Swedish Master Stove Builders. The kakelugn that anchors the Great Room is over 100 years old and was commissioned by a Swedish sea captain who sailed to the Orient, thus the pagoda-like influence in it's design. Guests delight in relaxing by the warmth of a kakelugn at the foot of their bed from early fall through spring.

The three Swedish blue buildings that comprise The Inn were originally built in the 1920's as a summer resort called Karonsky's Hotel - the only kosher hotel in Union Pier. What is now the Great Room was originally the hotel's dining hall. One can just imagine the clatter of china, the slamming of the screen doors on a summer night and friends and family playing pinochle into the wee hours. Whereas The Inn now has 16 spacious guest rooms all with private baths, as Karonsky's Hotel, it offered 39 tiny rooms with iron beds and dressers (some refurbished and still in use at The Inn) that shared only six bathrooms and an outdoor shower! One can still see the outlines of the cubicle size rooms in the original floorboards. The buildings were purchased in a dilapidated state in 1983 by Bill and Madeleine Reinke, who completely gutted and renovated all three buildings and opened as the first bed and breakfast in the area on June 15, 1985.

Southwest Michigan is the state's fruit belt and has the number one blueberry crop in the country. At The Inn we freeze over 250 pounds of blueberries every August. Breakfast menus highlight the seasonal bounty of produce from asparagus and strawberries to peaches and raspberries. A typical summer breakfast would include: Fresh Berries with Swedish Vanilla Cream Sauce, Lemon Poppy seed Muffins, Asparagus & Jarlsberg Swiss Frittatas and Baked Ham. A winter menu might feature: Country Apple Crisp, Sour Cream Oatmeal Muffins, Pumpkin Pancakes and Sausage. The Inn's famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are put out each day with lemonade in summer, fresh apple cider in fall, hot cocoa in winter and iced "sun" tea in spring. Every evening we serve Michigan wines and popcorn in the Great Room. No one goes hungry at The Inn!

Guests unwind in the outdoor hot tub and sauna year-round. Play croquet or bocce ball on the lawn or take an Inn one-speed bike for a spin on a quiet country road. Of course, the beach is beautiful summer, winter, spring or fall!

The Inn at Union Pier
View from front of Inn ^

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The Captain's Quarters ^

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The Great Room ^