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July 22, 2013

Birch Lodge – A Time-Capsule Motel In Michigan

By RetroRuth

When one of Tom’s co-workers recently informed us that there was a time capsule motel in Michigan called the Birch Lodge, I was shocked. Mostly because I had never heard of  Birch Lodge, but also because there was a corner of Michigan that Tom and I hadn’t been to yet. I thought we had been everywhere and scoped out the whole state! And yet…

But not only was Tom’s co-worker nice enough to let me know I was missing out on something so awesome, but he also offered to take pictures for the blog when they stayed at Birch Lodge on their recent vacation. Huzzah!


These rooms were restored so well. If you want to check out pictures of more of the rooms in the motel you can go to their website. There are also better pictures of the red/orange headboards, which I love.

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According to their website, Birch Lodge was originally opened as a TB Sanitarium in 1911. In 2010 they began restoration of the lodge and motel, with plans to re-open the lodge as a bed and breakfast in the future!

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You can follow them on their blog if you want to read more about restoration and see more pictures.

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Sweet bathroom!

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Here is the bar in the lodge. I love it.

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Another shot of the lodge. The wallpaper is vintage, and here is a close-up of it:



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Looks like a fun place to have a beer, doesn’t it?

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Thanks so much to Tom’s co-worker for taking all these great pictures, and I have to say that I hope that I make it to Birch Lodge soon to check out their recently restored rooms!

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10 Responses to Birch Lodge – A Time-Capsule Motel In Michigan

  1. Desirae Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I foresee a roadtrip in my future.

  2. Shelly in PHX Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    For more time-capsule hotel fun, check out http://www.themotorlodge.com in Prescott AZ and http://www.theshadydell.com in Bisbee, AZ. The latter is all vintage trailers that you can rent by the night! Great pictures on both sites of accommodations & decor.

  3. Andrea Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    That bar is AWESOME!

  4. Sara In AZ Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Oh my gosh! It looks so lovely…..I wish I was there right now!

  5. Jen Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Oh, that’s very charming, and in my home state to boot. I’ll have to add this to our list!

  6. Jen Reply

    July 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Oh! And to anyone who DOES go—the Tahquanemon Falls are beautiful, beautiful. I went as a girl on one of our many family camping trips. Michigan is full of surprises, and the falls are one of them!

  7. rae Reply

    July 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

    oh wow! i got a chill looking at these photos! forget staying there on vacation, i want to LIVE there!

  8. Jason Pfeiffer Reply

    July 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Great post!

    Anyone hear of anything like this in the Southern California area?

  9. Inky Reply

    September 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you for this post. We actually just returned from two memorable nights at Birch Lodge (based on your information). The Lodge and its setting are wonderful. This place is now on our list of places to visit regularly.

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