Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Cheboygan MI

Address: 1720 Lake Shore Dr
City: Cheboygan
State: MI
Zip: 49791
County: Cheboygan
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The first version of this hotel goes back to 1882. The problem with these old, large wooden structures is they burn and this place was no exception. It burned multiple times and was rebuilt multiple times. This was similar to many large hotels of its kind around the state. Many of them burned too. This one was mostly an American Plan place, meaning all lodging, meals and entertainment were included in the price. Typically the owners expected the guests to stay for the entire summer season with these arrangements. They usually closed down in the winter. The hotel was promoted heavily in newspapers around the mid-west.

The hotel was on the west shore of Mullett Lake, along US-27. Today the mailing address is Cheboygan. There is a private residence on the spot as of 2023. The steamer Topinabee serviced the hotel dock, which seems to still exist. They also had their own smaller boat from what I could see. In the later years they could arrange seaplane access also. The hotel was gone by the early 1980's, probably long before. Mentions in the newspapers ended in the early 1960's. The postcard photos may vary in that they may be photos of different versions of the hotel. The site was the same however.

Some of the operators of the hotel were E. R. Bailey, John Bailey, and Ed Maloney (or Moloney depending on the ad).

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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Vintage Postcard
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Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - 1954 Aerial Photo
1954 Aerial Photo
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Apr 1929 Article
Apr 1929 Article
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Aug 1929 Article
Aug 1929 Article
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Aug 1941 Ad
Aug 1941 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Jul 1960 Ad
Jul 1960 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - July 1946 Article
July 1946 Article
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - July 1946 Honeymooners
July 1946 Honeymooners
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - Jul 2 1948 4Th Of July Menu
Jul 2 1948 4Th Of July Menu
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - June 1940 Ad
June 1940 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - June 1947 Ad
June 1947 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - June 1953 Ad
June 1953 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - May 1921 Ad
May 1921 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - May 1936 Ad
May 1936 Ad
Hotel Top-In-A-Bee - May 1958 Ad
May 1958 Ad
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