|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
Located in Frankfort, Michigan, Serendipity House offers four-season lodging in 5 suites at the water's edge. Pack your beach gear and turn right to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking the 26-mile Betsie Trail. Or turn left to enjoy downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants. Then come back for fall colors. winter skiing, and spring awakenings.
With five suites, we're especially well-suited for wedding parties, family reunions, or for sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly! Special prices when you book off-season.
We're listing the Lakeview Suite, but if the dates you'd like are not available, please go to one of our other suites: Betsie (HomeAway #195186); Manitou (HomeAway #180215); Nannybird (HomeAway #186194); or Sandune (#185719). Come stay with us soon!
The Bannisters got into innkeeping accidentally, when Tim's stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort with 12 cottages and a motel in nearby Arcadia. It was a long, colorful and rocky road until the resort was sold off in 2007, but Tim learned a great deal as an innkeeper and decided to build off that experience.
Tim Bannister purchased this lodge in 2007
Pierside Lodging had been a bed-and-breakfast that had been closed and mothballed for 4 years when Tim purchased the property and renamed it 'Serendipity House.' Built in 1890, the house had started out as an inn, going back to hosting the workers who built the Frankfort Pier.
Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn designed for vacationers who want a unique experience that includes their accommodations. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and at the edge of Frankfort's charming downtown district, the inn recalls earlier times when residents would call out greetings and exchange gossip from their big front porch to passersby. Serendipity has the big front porch and updated living space with all the amenities for vacationers who enjoy something unique.
Clean and close to everything. The lake was just a block away and shops and restaurants were in walking distance. Great brewery with tasty pub food selections, just a few blocks away. Wonderful experience. We stayed because it was a short drive to Arcadia Bluffs golf course.
We stayed in the Lakeview Suite for three nights. We had two adults, a five year old and a baby. Some of the decor has been updated from the pictures shown.
Location: Excellent. 1 block to beautiful beach, go the other way for shopping and restaurants. Can even walk to grocery store (>1mile) if needed. Tiny view of lake Betsy though the windows, best view is from the toilet - not kidding.
Space: good space for two adults plus pack-n-play (provided by Serendipity house) in the bedroom, especially if you block off the internal entry door and just use the external door as we did. May not be so pleasant in the winter. Living space had a sleeper sofa, but it takes up all available room so we used a small inflatable bed (we brought our own) for our 5yo and then propped it in the corner so we had living space during the day. Bathroom is ample, though shower is small.
Amenities: Kitchenette had all appliance, pots, pans, etc. Including dish soap. Need to bring your own salt pepper and other condiments. Bathroom had plenty of towels though some were slightly stained (not gross - just showing wear). No shampoo or shower soaps provided. Enough space and hooks for storage of clothing, gear, and food supplies. Clothesline in back for drying suits was very helpful. We didn't use the picnic table, backyard chairs, or fire pit, but they were all there. "Grill" is a tiny webber charcoal camp grill. Will do the trick if you're desperate, but too fussy for our needs. Peaceful backyard setting with just other home noise, not business noise. Nice front porch to people watch or read. Beach chairs provided in the bedroom. Owner appeared to be working in grounds and doing other maintenance while we were there - I took that as a good sign. Good service interactions.
Cleanliness: Average. This is the one that will keep me from letting my mom stay here. Carpets were worn and had stains and there were stains on the couch. We found earrings in the floor when we arrived which made me question the vacuum job. Linens were clean, but bedcover did not appear to be made of a washable material. Perhaps they switch them out and get them laundered - otherwise... Dust on pictures and flat surfaces, sand in drawers. Looks like they weren't wiped out between guests. Kitchen was clean as was the bathroom. Honestly, I think it just might be too much for one housekeeper to handle during peak season. Nothing gross - just not as nice as it could have been.
We had a great time.
We have stayed at Serendipity House several times since it opened and have always found it to be charming and very centrally located. Each time we've visited we've seen a constant improvement in upkeep and renovations. Very laid back atmosphere with an inviting front porch where we have met other guests from Germany, Washington State and Japan. We've never looked for a hotel when staying in Frankfort and this fits the bill. 2 blocks from the beach and 1 block to town. The rooms are well kept and clean. Bathrooms are stocked with towels and chairs are provided for the beach. It's nice to be able to take our dog with us and have never had a problem with noise.
A few problems that you can correct. The ceiling light in the living room was burned out. The entertainment center had allot of dust and also had spilled pop or something on the front of it (very dirty). And a DVD player instead of a outdated VCR would have been nice. We brought movies but couldn't play them. The acorns on the outside steps were a hazard to take the garbage out. The windows were hard to open for fresh air, and needed windex. Not enough kitchen towels. Mine stayed wet the whole time. Also, a full length mirror is needed. Behind the bathroom door would be a good place. The couch was very uncomfortable. I suspect that it is very old and without the use of the bedroom pillows, it would have been impossible to relax on. When I made my reservation I asked if "quaint" shopping is available. Yes there was, but most of the stores were closed for the season. The rooms was "presentable" without going the extra yard. The dust on the entertainment center showed just how often it is NOT cleaned properly. I don't think I would choose HomeAway again.
Located in Benzie County on Michigan's famed West Coast, historic Frankfort was noteworthy in the 1800s as a lumber, shipping and railroad town, as well as a summer getaway for tourists.
Today, it continues to be a popular destination for vacationers. It has acquired a reputation for great fishing and as an outdoor person's dream with hiking and bike trails, as well as swimming, sightseeing, fall color touring, and winter sports. Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Park; extensive trail systems; and the Interlochen Academy, home to music and cultural festivals, add to a rich palate of activities.
Other Activities: gliding
Reservations made with less than 30 days to arrival are paid in full. Holidays and adjacent days are charged at the weekend rate. Guests will receive 50% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel four or more weeks before the start of their reservation. Guests will receive 25% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel less than four weeks before the start of their reservation.