Wayfarer Lodgings

Wayfarer Lodgings

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4.5
#1 of 2 ranches in Frankfort
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Ten cozy, vintage cottages with many modern conveniences, on beautiful grounds, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. A bit of Americana located just minutes from charming Frankfort, picturesque Lake Michigan beaches, and the scenic Betsie River. A short walk through the meadow and down the stairs brings you to the most beautiful, deserted Lake Michigan beach imaginable. In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, the Wayfarer remains a peaceful spot that has been a favorite for families, couples, and anglers for decades. Our location, 2 miles south of Frankfort, makes us the perfect place to stay and play as well as venture out for the day.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hiking
Fishing
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Electric vehicle charging station
Wifi
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Room features
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Microwave
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Family
Languages Spoken
English, German
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stephanietyszkiewicz wrote a review Sep 2020
Brownstown Township, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners were a pleasure to communicate with! We stayed in #10 and loved the decor and was impressed with how CLEAN it was! Loved the vintage kitchen set and other touches throughout. Mike provided us with brochures of the local attractions and gave a solid lay of the land 🤓 We enjoyed lots of activity at the local nature preserves and also spent plenty of time at Elberta beach soaking in the sun. The attached picture is from the Grace rd viewing platform which is walkable from their well maintained paths at Wayfarer.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Sep 12, 2020
Thank you, Stephanie, for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It was a pleasure having your here
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Douglas D wrote a review Jul 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved my stay at Wayfarer Lodgings! My stay was restful and the room was great- love the authentic early 20’s cabins beautifully maintained to keep that vintage vibe! There is nothing like the Michigan air and the peace and quiet that you find there…. Can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Don’t miss great summer concert series on Mon eve’s on water in Elberta at an open bandshell by...
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Sep 10, 2023
And we cannot wait to see you again. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review.
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ZeelandScoutMom wrote a review Sep 2020
Ottawa County, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were so very pleased with our wonderful stay in cottage #6. The cottage itself was so extremely clean and decorated with a great vintage /cottage style. Iris and Mike were so friendly and went above and beyond with COVID safety measures and therefore we not concerned in staying in the 100 year old cottage. The grounds are well kept. We really enjoyed afternoon visits from interesting, friendly chickens! We would love to return and we will tell others of this amazing place!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Each cottage is so different and has it's own personality and space.
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this sweet review. We loved watching you enjoying the property and chickens.
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kimber48160 wrote a review Jul 2020
Ann Arbor, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first, but not last time staying at this remarkable property. The cabin was all that we needed to melt this years troubles away. The place was quiet! No outside noises. Iris and Mike are hosts that make you feel lie you have known them forever and make it extremely easy to stay. The only thing is we would of lied to of had a small fridge in our cabin, but they had ice to fill the cooler. They made our anniversary special! We will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Cabin 1 is the oldest, slightly small, but great for a couple.
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Response from Iris J, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Jul 6, 2020
I am always thrilled to wake up to a sweet review such as this. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We will see you again :)
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Lewis K wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our second stay here. Iris and Mike are genial hosts. Our cabin was clean and cozy. Very quiet location with fields in the back for our dog to play in.
Very impressed that they have put in a charging station for electric vehicles.
This location on scenic M22 is great to get to lots of hikes, the Dunes. Frankfort is a charming town with excellent coffee shops, and plenty of other tourist amenities.
Looking forward already to out next visit!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Sep 10, 2023
Thank you so much, Lewis, for taking the time to write this review. I must have missed it or I would have replied much sooner
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Sue W wrote a review Oct 2020
Pinckney, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been here twice this year. It's clean, comfortable and the owners are great. We had a really good time. The cottages are small, but cozy and well laid out. We used the grill, which is a nice feature to have. There is a trail to take to Lake Michigan, about a 10 min walk. You used to be able to go to the beach, but the stairs have washed away due to the high water levels, but it is a great place to watch the sunset. Only about 10 min to Frankfort and Arcadia. I love animals, so I really like that the chickens are wondering around. You can tell they have been well fed by visitors. They were almost the highlight of the trip, lol.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
Room Tip: I don't think you could go wrong with any of the cottages. It would depend on who was going.
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Apr 12, 2021
Dear Sue, sorry for the delay but I wanted to thank you, even this late, for your lovely review. Thank you for taking the time to write it. We hope to see you this year as well
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Pclark wrote a review Aug 2022
Lake Orion, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
These adorable cottages are perfect for a weekend getaway or extended stay. The cottages are different sizes with various amenities depending on need. The charm of these happy yellow buildings are decorated with a homey feel. The beds and bedding was very comfortable. This is our second visit. We have stayed in #4 and #2. I loved being able to walk on a private trail to Lake Michigan, where the beach is quiet and secluded. We had our honeymoon in Frankfort and try to come back every year. We are extremely pleased with the hospitality of the owners. They made us feel like family. We even took home some eggs! We will definitely be coming back to Wayfarer! ❤️
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Jun 1, 2023
Oh my goodness, I just now saw your review. Thank you so much for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon
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blktulsa wrote a review Jul 2021
Tulsa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A vacation spot isn't just the buildings- Wayfarer is all about Iris and her incredible hospitality- this is my 3rd? time here and each time I can't wait to return. The establishment is 100 years old - please don't expect a new "tiny house" vibe etc. There is wifi but you should be out enjoying what the Benzie, Leelenau and surrounding counties have to offer. Close enough to Frankfort for a quick grocery run or dinner but far enough that the crowds aren't here. I could go on and on but would be repeating what other great reviews have posted
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Jul 16, 2021
Thanks a million for taking the time to review our sweet place. It is much appreciated
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Stephanie I wrote a review Aug 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is by far our favorite place to stay when we visit Frankfort. We have stayed here I bet 10 times if not more. Iris and Mike are wonderful people and the cottages are so comfortable and relaxing and the decor is simple and homey. We love that we can walk 10 minutes to an amazing quiet beach that is beautiful. We tell all our family and friends about Wayfarer Lodging that’s how much we love and enjoy staying here. You won’t be disappointed with your stay.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Iris Jones, Owner at Wayfarer Lodgings
Responded Sep 10, 2023
Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are grateful and will see you in a few weeks. Yes, I saw the reservation coming through this afternoon ;)
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Silvia15012019 wrote a review Oct 2022
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a lovely place!

In the meanwhile I am back home but my soul is still in my wonderful little cottage.
I loved every minute at Wayfarer Lodgings:
I slept like a bear at night (every night!), I greeted the chickens (every day!), and the deers who were eating apples close by.
I enjoyed my Robin and the sunny garden and I loved Lake Michigan which is just 7 minutes walking away (look at these stairs down to the Lake!).

But most importantly I enjoyed meeting Iris and Mike; what wonderful hosts they are!

For sure I will be back next year. Either end of October to see the full explosion of colors (Indian summer at its best) or maybe already in summer? To be decided soon….
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: There are cottages in different sizes; you’ll find the perfect one for you on their homepage
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Answer from Mummzie
Michigan20 contributions12 helpful votes
Hello :) We cannot give discounts during July and August. We give a repeat guest discount, as well as a retired military discount. We allow a small number of dogs at a cost of $20 per pet, per night
Jeff A wrote a tip Aug 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy the absolute beauty of Northern Michigan with the wayfarer lodgings they are way worth it!"
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Douglas D wrote a tip Jul 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t miss great summer concert series on Mon eve’s on water in Elberta at an open bandshell by the historic lifesaving Museum."
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Silvia15012019 wrote a tip Oct 2022
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are cottages in different sizes; you’ll find the perfect one for you on their homepage"
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Sue W wrote a tip Oct 2020
Pinckney, Michigan67 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I don't think you could go wrong with any of the cottages. It would depend on who was going."
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ZeelandScoutMom wrote a tip Sep 2020
Ottawa County, Michigan836 contributions235 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Each cottage is so different and has it's own personality and space."
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LOCATION
United StatesMichiganBenzie CountyFrankfort
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wayfarer Lodgings
Which popular attractions are close to Wayfarer Lodgings?
Nearby attractions include Frankfort Beach (3.5 km), Arcadia Overlook (7.6 km), and The Frankfort Light (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wayfarer Lodgings?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
Which room amenities are available at Wayfarer Lodgings?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Wayfarer Lodgings?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Wayfarer Lodgings?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wayfarer Lodgings?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stormcloud Brewing Company, Dinghy's Restaurant & Bar, and Crescent Bakery.
Are pets allowed at Wayfarer Lodgings?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Wayfarer Lodgings?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
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