The Interlochen Motel
There’s a lot to be said for peace and quiet, being surrounded by nature, while enjoying the aroma of a flickering campfire. Welcome to The Interlochen Motel. This unassuming, 13-room property offers something that seems increasingly rare these days…a friendly, family-run motel, tucked away from the city’s hustle and bustle, offering all the comfort and convenience you need in a great northern getaway.
“Most guests already have their activities planned before they get here,” explains Co-Owner, Tammy Bialik. “They’re fishing, golfing, doing wine tours…you name it. They’re here to enjoy the area and simply want a clean, comfortable place to rest their heads at night. That’s what we offer.”
Tammy, along with her husband, Barry, have owned The Interlochen Motel for 13 years. Their kids were little when they moved here, so it truly is a family run motel. “We get a lot of families who have students at Interlochen Arts Academy,” says Bialik. “We also get guests coming for concerts. They’ll sit out back in our picnic area, grill something for dinner, then head out to the performance, which is just down the road. They love the convenience of it all.”
The Interlochen Motel is open year-round and caters to a variety of guests, depending on the season. In summer, families, especially those with connections to Interlochen Arts Academy, stay here. Anglers are also drawn here by the exceptional fishing in the area’s numerous lakes and streams. In autumn, couples come for the colors and wine tours. In winter, the motel attracts an increasing number of snowmobilers, ice fishermen, and cross-country skiers.