Local and Lovely: The Landmark Inn

Local and Lovely is the newest weekly addition to our blog. It’s a way of featuring our favorite Upper Michigan vendors and businesses. And today we are ecstatic to feature one of our favorite places in all of Marquette, MI–the historicLandmark Inn. We truly could write a novel on how much we love the Landmark Inn and everything the wonderful crew there does! They have some of the most uniquely decorated and lovely rooms and staying there on many occassions we can attest to how cozy and comfortable the beds are. Then add the amazing dining experiences onto that! With three different places to eat, all with delectable menu options, there is a little something for everyone! And our favorite part of the Landmark Inn? You guessed it–WEDDINGS! Oh my, my–the Landmark Inn sure knows how to create a grand wedding experience! From Joe’s Cakes to the incredible banquet staff, anyone getting married or having their reception at the Landmark Inn is truly in for a real treat! Phew–like we said before we could write a novel, but instead we were grateful to have Michelle, Director of Sales & Marketing, answer a few questions for us. Huge thanks again to everyone at the Landmark Inn–we are so honored to feature you all.


1. When did the Landmark Inn reopen for business and what sets the Landmark Inn apart from other hotels? The original Hotel Northland opened in 1930. The hotel reopened its doors in 1997 as the Landmark Inn, after a $6.2 million renovation. We are surrounded by the majesty of Lake Superior on one side and the rolling terrain of historic downtown Marquette on the other Within these walls are decades of rich Michigan History. Our boutique hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America and has individually decorated guest rooms with antiques and reproductions, including specialty suites and a Penthouse. Some rooms with fireplaces and jetted bathtubs. Experience old-world charm, surrounded by marble floors, crystal chandeliers, winding staircases and hand-crafted wooden walls.

2. What is the first step brides-to-be should take in planning to have their wedding at the Landmark Inn? Let our professional staff help guide you through a time to remember. We recommend a consultation/site tour with our Bridal/Event Consultant, Kim Ketola, in order for her to get a better idea of the bride & groom’s vision of their special day. We are able to provide a setting rich with history, timeless tradition and classic elegance, along with staff and special touches that will make your day memorable. We specialize in destination weddings; whatever your style: rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, farewell brunches, elopement celebrations, commitment ceremonies and anniversary parties. “Joe’s Cakes,” boutique bakery, located within the Landmark Inn, is a local favorite for cake creations, providing brides the style and quality usually reserved for locations such as LA and NY. With 13 years of experience in Manhattan, this Culinary Institute of America Graduate, honed his skill in a very competitive and demanding market. His talent and experience allows a bride to enhance her them or décor. We have hosted couples near and far; Uganda, Thailand, England, Australia, Japan, New York, Miami, Chicago, California and many more.

3. What is your favorite historic story of the Landmark Inn? The director and actors from the 1959 movie “Anatomy of a Murder” were guests of the Landmark Inn while they filmed at the Marquette Courthouse. In 1932 Amelia Earhart stayed with us, as well as Abbott and Costello in 1942.

4. The Landmark Inn has some of our favorite restaurants in town. What, in your opinion, are the tasty differences? We have three distinct dining experiences avaialble to our guests. Step through the doors of our Capers Restaurant to enjoy the warmth of our fireplace and cozy atmosphere. Taste our “American Fusion” from our seasonal menu incorporating local and regional flavors, including made-from-scratch sweet endings created by “Joe’s Cakes” boutique bakery, exclusively at the Landmark Inn. Join us for breakfast and/or dinner, open seven days a week.

The Northland Pub is where to relax with good friends. You will find a variety of tasty fare, from salads and sandwiches to hearty hot entrees and daily menu creations, including Michigan brews. Our second floor Mazzanine features comfy seating and a perfect place for groups to gather. The “beer on a wire” lets you order food and libations while overlooking the Pub from above, serving 7 days a week. Enjoy our Sunday Bloody Mary Bar with the sounds of Travis Swanson and Harry South and live music Thursday with Billy Alberts.

Take an elevator ride to the top floor and enjoy our Northstar Lounge with a warm fireplace and two walls of windows overlooking majestic Lake Superior. We offer both our Capers and Northland Pub menus nightly, offering an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails.

5. Any fun-facts that we should really know that would contribute even more to your coolness?  The Rolling Stones stopped in the Northland Pub August 2002 for drinks while in Marquette for the funeral of a long-time crew member.


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