Judy Remmert had a clear vision of what she wanted out of life. Having spent time in Switzerland, Judy fell in love with the charming boutique hotels common in the alpine villages. “I wanted a hotel with a unique character and history,” she explains. “One with about 10 rooms and a steak house on the main level.” Once back in the states, Judy soon happened upon the Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant. It was love at first sight, well, maybe second sight. “It needed some minor improvements,” she states. “ It definitely had a lot of personality going for it.”
Built in 1932, the historic Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant is located in Frankfort’s picturesque downtown district. The hotel sits on the site of previous hotels that have occupied this street corner since 1869. Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant has 17 graciously appointed rooms, each perfect for a couple’s getaway. Rooms come with a private bathroom and individually controlled heating and air-conditioning units. The larger rooms also have whirlpool tubs or saunas. Some rooms are even on two levels!
There’s a lot more to love about Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant than its elegantly themed rooms and recent improvements (new siding and windows and doors to be completed in 2021). The property is also home to one of the area’s most popular restaurants. Located at street level, Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant is best known for its New England crab cakes and Lake Superior whitefish. Steaks are a guest favorite too and pair perfectly with any of the restaurant’s many local wines, from its Ratskellar-style wine cellar.
Due to its central downtown location, Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant is the perfect starting point for your “Up North” adventure. A host of water sports—boating, kayaking, fishing, etc.— await you, either at the local marina or on one of the many streams and rivers that wind through Benzie County. The 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail is easily accessible from downtown Frankfort, perfect for an afternoon excursion. Sleeping Bear Dunes and its breathtaking views are just minutes away by car. Want something a little more relaxing? Check out the downtown boutique shops or stroll over to the Lake Michigan beach, just two blocks from Hotel Frankfort and Restaurant.
At day’s end, enjoy a local Chardonnay on the hotel’s back patio and toast your good fortune with that special someone. Hey, it’s not Switzerland, but it’s every bit as beautiful and much easier to get to.