From The Sarnia Observer: Iconic St. Clair Inn Will Reopen This Summer

By Bob Boughner

After two years of restoration and $40 million in renovation the iconic St. Clair Inn on the St. Clair River in St. Clair, Mich. will reopen this summer.

The 1926 historic portion of the inn has been carefully restored to its original English Tudor grandeur, and renovations to other portions of the property offer amenities associated with modern four-star accommodations.

The entire site offers amazing views of the deep blue water of the St. Clair River and the giant lake and ocean ships and pleasure craft that ply up and down the river.

The inn’s owners acquired the property in 2015 after having been closed for several years.

The inn is the crown jewel of the small riverfront community of St. Clair, located across the river from Courtright. Once opened, the inn will carry the Marriott Tribute Portfolio brand and offer guests 106 rooms, three unique stand-alone cottages, banquet and meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, transient boat wells and an outdoor amphitheater designed to host elegant weddings.

Lounges include intimate wood-paneled settings to a speakeasy and multiple outdoor and rooftop venues.

The inn will provide 150 full-time hospitality jobs with an additional 100 seasonal workers.

With cottages, suites, elegant ballrooms, world-class menus and outdoor waterfront amphitheater the St. Clair Inn is poised to quickly become the premier location in southeast Michigan for weddings and major social events.

The St. Clair Inn was long a favourite dining location for myself and my late wife, Diane. We introduced the property to numerous friends over the years including King and Linda Caldwell, the late Lou Russel and Don O’Brien and Donny Holden.

It’s great to see the inn make a comeback in a huge way and is certain to attract numerous guests from throughout Southwestern Ontario.

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