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Mother and daughter DJ addict's vacation ends by getting kicked out of an Inn

By Cynthia Trowbridge
Posted Jun 21, 2010 in Travel
Laura has been wanting to return to Northern Michigan's Traverse City--Charlevoix area where she spent her summers as a child and teenager in our cottage on Intermediate Lake.
The end of last year we made our plans to leave on June 14 for the week. Reservations were made at Inns in Acme and Bellaire.
We left in the morning with anticipation of a fun week. After a few stops, one was to visit Lilly an aunt of Laura's husband, we arrived at our first destination, Sleep Inn & Suites in Acme.
We were greeted warmly by Lewis and had a very nice room on the third floor with a view of the Grand Traverse Bay.
Our second day was spent exploring the little town of Elk Rapids where I was shamed into buying a new wallet because Laura felt my old one was shameful. Sigh, kids!
The following day we headed to the Leelanau Peninsula an area I love with many interesting small towns. We decided to head to Leland first and Fishtown a section of Leland on Lake Michigan.
We had lunch at The Cove where we both had their famous Seafood Chowder with a salad. The chowder is a creamy New England style and full of shrimp, krab and clams. A real treat.
We then took a walk around the old section with a final stop at Murdick's Fudge to purchase fudge and some chocolates. In my humble opinion Murdick's has the best fudge in the world. It is so creamy and always perfect. If you happen to be at one of the stores at the right time you can see the fudge poured out of the copper kettle onto a marble table to cool before it is worked and shaped into loaves.
We then stopped at Suttons Bay and walked around there where I bought a pair of red earrings at a small art shoppe.
Back to the Inn and a little rest before meeting a friend of Laura's for dinner.
On Thursday we left the Sleep Inn and drove to Charlevoix and lunch at the beautiful Weathervane Restaurant. A must if you are in that area. Great food and the best service you could ever ask for.
Ah, and then we headed for Bellaire.
When we arrived at the Inn there wasn't anyone at the desk. We stood for quite awhile calling "Hello anyone there." Laura then opened the door and and stuck her head in and called out again was anyone there. A very grumpy, unfriendly woman came into the office section. I told her who I was and that I had reservations for two nights. I also asked her if she had given me the senior discount to which she replied they didn't give senior discounts. I informed her that I had spoken to someone the previous week and asked if they gave a discount to seniors. She looked me up and down with a scowl on her face and asked, "Are you over 65?" At that point I should have thanked her but I wanted to just get checked in and out of the office.
When we got to the room which was nice and clean Laura noticed there was only two towels and two wash clothes. At the Sleep Inn we had four of each when we checked in and could have as many as we wanted.
We had dinner at LuLu's Bistro in town. Another great fine dining restaurant.
The next morning Laura called the desk for more towels. No one answered when she first called. When she called close to 9:30 she was informed the desk didn't open until 9 a.m. She asked for more towels and wash clothes and was informed she couldn't have any until 11 a.m. Some words were exchanged about the Inn's poor policy and the owner's attitude. When the owner started yelling at her Laura told her to shut up and listen to her. She was told to "go to H*ll" and the phone was slammed down in her ear. Laura called back and asked couldn't we just get some towels and she was then told to "get out!!"
Soon after there was a knock on the door and when I answered I was informed I had to be out by 11 or she would call the police. Her departing words as she pointed into the room were, "And take HER with you!!"
When I went to the office to get a receipt for the refund for the second night 's stay the owner had a Tee-shirt on that said---"Am I the good sister or the wicked one?" I couldn't resist saying after I had my receipt and was walking out the door, "Nice tee-shirt."