Nothing says Bed & Breakfast like Pure Michigan!

June 27th, 2014 by linda

Nothing says “bed and breakfast” like Lake Michigan’s beach towns and those around them. If you’re not already booked with a reservation this summer, it’s not too late to discover the height of luxury and the pinnacle of fun. And when you figure in the complimentary full breakfasts for two, bottomless cookie jars and unlimited beverages, you’ll find you’re saving cold hard cash. If you’re not tempted by Castle in the Country B&B, White Swan Inn B&B or Sand Castle B&B, there’s plenty more to choose from on our website directory to the best of the best in Pure Michigan.

Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn, Allegan, Southwest Region

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Imagine sipping your morning coffee or an afternoon glass of wine from this screened beach house just before or after you take a little lake cruise in one of the inn’s pedal boats or kayaks. Year around, everything about Castle in the Country is designed to make you feel like royalty. Even the onsite spa is named the “Royal Retreat” and features couple’s massages, facials, pedicures – the works! The spacious breakfast room with private dining tables overlooks another smaller pond, one of many natural attractions on the 65-acre spread, referred to simply as “The Kingdom.” The property includes two guest residences – the “Castle” and “Castle Keep” and is laced with wooded trails for your strolling pleasure. Located in the heart of Allegan County, it’s close to the Lake Michigan beach towns of Holland, Saugatuck/Douglas and South Haven. Its 10 guestrooms, each with private baths, are luxuriously appointed and include every possible amenity expected by the most discriminating guest. This is one for the bucket list.

White Swan Inn, Whitehall (Southwest Region)

White Swan cyclist guest Whitehall is a charming Lake Michigan harbor community on the edge of “Up North” between Chicago and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. White Swan Inn B&B offers gracious hospitality whether you’re like this “biker dude” — stopping overnight on a cycling tour along the shoreline from Chicago to points north – or making Whitehall your destination. The White Swan’s four spacious guestrooms all have private baths. Some have fireplaces and one is a whirlpool suite. All the beds are luxuriously dressed and Cathy, the innkeeper, favors ironed sheets. The inn is wrapped around by a screened veranda with white wicker furniture. It’s a short walk to downtown and a scant block to the marinas along White Lake. Winner of multiple awards including Trip Advisor’s coveted “Award of Excellence,” the innkeepers also offer harbor and Lake Michigan shoreline cruises aboard their 40-foot pleasure yacht, Third Swan, piloted by innkeeper Ron, a USCG-licensed captain. Guests can even make reservations to sleep aboard, dockside. If you’re waiting for an invitation, this is it!

 Sand Castle Inn, South Haven (Southwest Region) 

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Is this your idea of a fine dining room? This is Sand Castle Inn where, on fine Pure Michigan mornings, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious hot and fresh breakfast made memorable by its gourmet quality and the sheer novelty of your surroundings. To be precise, your surroundings are just three walkable blocks to downtown South Haven and one block to nothing but white sugar-sand Lake Michigan beaches and clean, clear water as far as the eye can see. The inn looks like a castle with towers and turrets, and it feels like a castle with 10 upscale guest rooms, each luxuriously decorated and each with its own private bath. In addition to all the amenities B&B guests expect, Sand Castle has a private pool in the event walking a block isn’t your cup of tea. This is a place to park your car and go everywhere on foot – to very good restaurants, dockside pubs, galleries and shopping. And every night the weather is right, you get a glorious sunset over the lake – at no extra charge.

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Southeast Michigan B&Bs Form an American Patchwork

June 20th, 2014 by linda

If you cut Michigan’s Lower Peninsula into four equal parts, all three of these B&Bs would fall into its southeastern quadrant. For some people, that brings to mind the image of an industrial corridor stretching as far as the eye can see.  Those “in the know” know better. The intensely-blue waters of Lake Huron lap its easternmost boundary, featuring miles of beaches and boating and some of the most scenic and challenging canoe and kayak trails anywhere. As the eye roams west, iconic small towns with tidy courthouse squares spread among woods, wetlands and rolling acres of rich, green farmland. These B&Bs, unceremoniously lumped under the label of “Southeast Michigan,” are as uniquely different from one another as if they were in different states. This is a region of contrasts — a reflection of the patchwork that is America.

Albion Heritage B&B, Albion (Southeast)

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If you were looking for the perfect breakfast conversation, you might find it here at Albion Heritage B&B. Located in the classic, small town of Albion, you might not think of it as a destination for more than visiting Albion College. The fact is, this elegant Georgian-revival home is convenient to both Jackson and historic Marshall – just 15 minutes equidistant from each. It’s just 30 minutes to Michigan International Speedway and less than an hour to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Near mid-point on the east/west stretch of I-94 connecting Chicago and Detroit, it’s a perfect stopover when visiting the Motown Museum, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum or Greektown – or watching the Pistons, the Lions, the Red Wings or the Tigers play. Point yourself south and it’s the same two hours to Shipshewana in the heart of Amish country. Besides being convenient, it’s a luxurious and stately-yet-modern home-away-from home.

A Dove Nest B&B, Kingston (Southeast)

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Guests rave about A Dove Nest B&B’s plentiful breakfasts, its wilderness setting that’s not unduly far off the beaten path, the hospitality of the innkeepers and the cleanliness and comfort of the inn. This is the stunning home that innkeepers Terry and Bob Dove built to raise their family — their “nest” near Kingston. A locally-constructed log cabin cottage-style home built from hundred-year-old full-length logs, the B&B sits among 112 acres of secluded rolling hills, open fields, woods, trails and wetlands on the shores of English Lake in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb. Wildlife and nature abound. Even so, it’s not far from Frankenmuth in one direction and Lake Huron in another. Amanda, who came with her husband for a weekend getaway, said “Everything about this B&B is absolutely perfect. The abundant wildlife was a bonus… we sat on our balcony enjoying the sunset while watching the deer roam the grounds.” Usually, she said, they spend only a fraction of their getaways at their lodging, but didn’t want to leave A Dove Nest.

Millpond Inn B&B, Village of Clarkston (Southeast)

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Put Millpond Inn up against any B&B in Michigan, and it’s on a first-name basis with the finest. Locate it just two blocks off I-75 in the historic northern Detroit suburb of Clarkston, and you add ease of access to all of life’s niceties by foot and to the area’s most popular attractions by car. Take the state’s largest outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossings: its stores and restaurants are a 10 minute drive. There are over 60 golf courses within an hour and three within three miles. Meadowbrook HallMeadowbrook Theater and the music festival grounds at Oakland University are just 20 minutes away. Pine Knob is practically next door. In his “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” series, Food Network’s Guy Fieri recently featured ‘native son’ Kid Rock’s favorite Clarkston eatery, the Union Woodshop. In fact, there is a range of excellent dining within walking distance in the village. Enjoy Millpond Inn outdoors in its lush gardens and indoors in its five guestrooms, each with private bath. Breakfasts are memorable and served on your schedule. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, this B&B has it all.

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Experience the “real” Michigan at a local B&B

June 13th, 2014 by linda

When you travel the state and stay at chain motels, do you sometimes feel you’re just perching on the fringes of life in Anytown, USA? The truth is, no one place is like any other except on the fringes of the expressways and in impersonal hotels. The best way to experience “real life” wherever you land is to stay at a local bed and breakfast inn. You’ll see what we mean when you meet Candlelite Inn B&B, Black River Crossing B&B and Waterloo Gardens B&B — not to mention the hundred other Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association-member inns just waiting for you to discover.

Candlelite Inn, Ludington (Northwest Region)

Candlelite cherry pie Who can forget the second “B” in B&B is…. Breakfast! It’s never an afterthought at Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast in Ludington, a Lake Michigan harbor town where the fishing charters leave the docks at dawn and the S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry sails for Wisconsin soon after. Innkeeper Melanie has you covered, whether you’re rising early or sleeping late. She serves a delicious, hot and homemade breakfast on your schedule. A passionate cook, everything from milk, bacon, maple syrup, jams and breads is locally sourced from nearby farms and farm markets. Most B&Bs feature a special “extra” like cookies or afternoon hors d’oeuvres: at Candlelite Inn, guests enjoy a fresh home-baked dessert every evening like this made-from-scratch cherry pie. Add 24/7 access to complimentary beverages, treats and premium chocolates; proximity to Lake Michigan, lighthouses and downtown; and a choice of six guestrooms plus a romantic “retreat suite” all with private baths – you have all the makings of a unique Michigan getaway.

Black River Crossing, Bessemer (Upper Peninsula Region)

Black Bear at Black River This much-shared photo says just about everything there is to say about Black River Crossing B&B. Located in Bessemer, it’s so far northwest in the Upper Peninsula it shares its time zone with Wisconsin, running an hour behind the rest of the state. The innkeepers’ photo gallery tells even more of its story, although guests say no picture does it justice. Take a look, and you’ll be making plans to visit this thoroughly-contemporary home built in 1997 of white pine logs. North Country TrailNear the Ottawa National Forest in the heart of the Lake Superior snow belt, the B&B offers three guestrooms with private baths, four fireplaces and three common areas to kick back and relax. The North Country Hiking Trail passes through the back yard and the Black River courses through the front. As it tumbles north to Lake Superior, the river creates a series of waterfalls, some of which can be easily accessed by foot from CR 513, designated the Black River National Scenic Byway. Wildlife and outdoor recreation of every kind are just outside the door. This B&B is a destination in itself.

 Waterloo Gardens, Chelsea (Southeast Region)

Waterloo Gardens porch and flowers Waterloo Gardens is neither Victorian style nor log cabin contemporary: it’s a lovely country ranch home just outside Chelsea. As its name suggests, the B&B is surrounded by beautifully-landscaped gardens that create a riot of color from spring through fall. It’s close to downtown shops and galleries, Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater and the four-star-rated Common Grill restaurant. The nearby Waterloo and Pinkney recreation areas with swimming beaches at Silver and Halfmoon lakes offer a full range of outdoor recreation activities. Innkeepers Lourdean and Gary can help you connect with a tour of the nearby Jiffy Mix plant or guide you to the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory. Just a hop and skip west of Ann Arbor, Waterloo Gardens welcomes families and provides a convenient alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a lovely destination for couples, yet a great place to stay with the kids while doing business anywhere in the greater Detroit metro area.

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A Michigan Lakeside B&B or a Cottage? You decide.

June 6th, 2014 by linda

I bet when you think of getting away to a Michigan lake in the heat of summer, you think “cottage” before you think “B&B.” Am I right? It pleases me no end to introduce you to these myth busters. At these bed and breakfast inns, all you pack are your clothes. Luxury linens and towels are waiting for you. Breakfast is hot and fresh and served at no added cost without you lifting a finger. You can spend the day on the lake and just hang out…. or drive to nearby amusements and attractions. Return to pure pampering! Adventure Inn B&B; Hall Creek B&B; and Dewey Lake Manor B&B: each is way more than a cottage — each is a “better way to stay.”

Adventure Inn, North Lakeport, Southeast

Adventure Inn Sunrise How’s this for a wake-up call? Sunrise over Lake Huron’s Blue Water coast is on view from either of the two guestrooms at Adventure Inn B&B. The Aft Cabin features large French doors that open onto a private balcony overlooking the gardens and beach to the deep blue expanse of Great Lake just beyond. The spacious Toy Box features a 10-foot wall of nothing but window that looks out over the same scene. As its name suggests, it’s decorated with toys that include three slot machines from the Al Capone era, Lionel trains and memorabilia and a plasma-screen TV with premium cable. Both guest rooms offer private baths stocked with locally hand-made soaps, Aveda products and luxury linens and towels. Fresh flowers are always front and center and breakfast is from scratch — hot, fresh and seasonally local. Just an hour from Detroit and Flint, Adventure Inn is halfway between Port Huron and the Village of Lexington’s shops and galleries, dining and attractions.

Hall Creek B&B, Interlochen, Northwest

Hall Creek fireplace What does this fireplace say about Hall Creek B&B? Up-north? Cozy? Woodsy? Tasteful? Comfortable? If you answered, “All of the above,” you’re primed for a get-away to this Interlochen paradise. Hall Creek really does run through it, winding past the guest rooms to a private, spring fed and undeveloped 42-acre lake, accessible via a short trail or by canoe or pedal boat provided by the innkeepers. The three guestrooms, each with a romantic, private bath featuring a two-person whirlpool tub, have wide French doors that open onto private screened porches with creek views. Close to Interlochen Center for the Arts, golf at Crystal Mountain and Traverse City shopping, dining and festivals, the longest drive to any of these premier destinations is under 20 minutes.  

Dewey Lake Manor, Brooklyn, Southeast

Dewey Lake Deck Atop a knoll in the heart of the Irish Hills, Dewey Lake Manor is near Michigan International Speedway, the Pioneer Wine Trail, MSU’s Hidden Gardens and many other attractions. As innkeepers Joe and Barb like to say, “Here you can do something – or nothing at all.” The B&B sits among 18 acres on a lake you can access by paddleboat or canoe provided by the innkeepers. Besides a dock, the lakefront includes grills, picnic tables and a bonfire pit. In the century-old mansion, enjoy all of today’s conveniences including WiFi throughout. Five guestrooms with private baths are comfortably furnished with country Victorian décor. A breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly-ground coffees and homemade specialties is served every morning on the enclosed porch with a sweeping view of Dewey Lake. Enjoy this piece of paradise in any season.

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Michigan B&Bs Span the State From Lake to Lake…. to Lake

May 29th, 2014 by linda

Fine B&Bs span the entire state of Michigan, from lake to lake. The three inns featured here extend from the tip of the Upper Peninsula down through the center of the Lower Peninsula all the way to southern Lake Michigan. B&Bs are a better way to stay – and Michigan boasts some of the finest. Meet Kingsley House B&B, Inn at the Rustic Gate B&B and Dapple-Gray B&B.

Kingsley House B&B, Fennville (Southwest)

Kingsley House porch Can you imagine a better place to be than on the spacious wrap-around veranda at Kingsley House B&B on a warm summer day? Located in Fennville, it’s in the heart of fruit and wine country and just five minutes from the popular Lake Michigan beach town of Saugatuck. It’s a short walk to Salt of the Earth, a fine artisan restaurant that’s a favorite stop on Hungry Village Tours. Fenn Valley Winery and the acclaimed Crane’s Orchard, featuring fresh fruit pies, are just up the road. Kingsley House is equidistant between the harbor communities of Holland and South Haven, where the owner, Dave Drees, also runs a culinary specialty shop, The Olive Cart. Voted by guests as one of the “Top 12 B&Bs” worldwide, this prestigious lodging features luxury Jacuzzi and fireplace suites, gracious hospitality, a peaceful country setting and friendly ambiance.

Inn at the Rustic Gate B&B, Big Rapids (Northwest)

Inn at Rustic Gate bobcat While any B&B can display a photo of a luxurious bed or a plated breakfast, few can offer a bobcat in a nearby tree. A gem waiting to be discovered by those seeking a tranquil getaway, The Inn at the Rustic Gate invites guests to take a step back from their everyday lives — and a step toward what feeds their souls. The inn is just seven miles from Big Rapids, easily accessible from U.S. 131. But it may as well be a million miles away. It offers 8 lovely guest rooms with private baths, a conference center, a dining room that seats up to 30 and a meditation loft with yoga resources and expansive views of its surroundings among 150 acres of woodlands in the Manistee National Forest. Its acreage includes wetlands, rolling meadows, a small private lake and a pond. It’s an ideal birding site and offers outdoor recreation year around.  

Dapple-Gray B&B, Eagle Harbor (Upper Peninsula) 

Dapple Gray Deck This is the the inn that took antiques to the extreme – to the extreme end of world, that is. Dapple-Gray B&B overlooks Lake Superior in Eagle Harbor near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s U.P.  If Michigan itself is the state no one passes through by accident, the Keweenaw is an even more on-purpose journey. But as you can see by this view from the inn’s front porch, even in winter it’s an adventure well worth the effort. Summer is spectacular. A new log-cabin construction, the spacious four-guestroom inn with the traditional “Yooper’s” sauna is a literal treasure trove of Victorian antiques – and the backdrop for seminars by Innkeeper Ruth VanGoor who gave the same antique seminars at St. Louis Community College for 15 years. Breathtakingly unique, Ruth and her husband, Ole, invite you to come visit, savor the views, browse their adjoining antique shop and enjoy life ‘at the end of the world.’  Blog subscribe

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May 22nd, 2014 by linda

Where would you like to be right now? Probably somewhere other than where you are! Here is your chance to win a $250 gift certificate toward a getaway to a world-class B&B of your choice practically anywhere in Michigan, to do practically anything your heart desires, practically whenever you wish in 2014.

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These Fine Michigan B&Bs are Aptly Named – Part 12

May 21st, 2014 by linda

If a B&B calls itself a Manor, the name evokes a grand and bygone era. If another calls itself “Aberdeen,” wouldn’t you think some Scottish history figured into its background? If one calls itself “Cocoa Cottage,” you probably get images of chocolate dancing in your head. The names of these Michigan B&Bs, among the state’s finest, reflect their distinctive characters and underscore the fact that, despite their similarites, each B&B is unique from every other. These are the stories of Baert Baron Manor B&B, Aberdeen Stone Cottage B&B and Cocoa Cottage B&B.

Baert Baron Manor B&B, Zeeland, (Southwest Region)

Baert Baron-Baron Guestroom This quintessential B&B is an historic home of spacious proportions, meticulously restored to the way it used to be. Baert Baron Manor epitomizes its genre with grace and style, inviting guests to step back in time – but providing WiFi and like amenities throughout. The 19th century Victorian landmark is in the equally historic village of Zeeland, just three miles from Holland and close to the Lake Michigan shore. The elegant ambience of a bygone era has been resurrected by innkeepers Vic and Anna Karen, whose attention to each tiny detail can be seen in the fine stencils painstakingly recreated on the ceiling of the Baron Suite (above), one of four sunny guestrooms with private baths. A wraparound veranda, de rigueur in the Victorian era, is the perfect place to relax with a steaming cup of morning coffee. Breakfast is served daily in the formal dining room.

 Aberdeen Stone Cottage B&B, Traverse City (Northwest Region)

Aberdeen Stone Cottage exterior Faeries may live in this fairytale cottage. If you’ve ever fantasized that such mythical creatures really do exist — perhaps slumbering in the shade of a peony in a private walled garden, you can live the dream at Aberdeen Stone Cottage. Located in the heart of Traverse City, it’s a walkable eight blocks from downtown, accessible via the nearby Boardman Riverwalk. It’s just three blocks from the beaches of the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. After a peaceful night in the Thistle or Heather rooms on the second floor (which welcome families with children) or the Celtic Garden Room (which really does have its own private walled garden), you awaken to a three-course breakfast that includes fresh fruit, the B&B’s signature “Scottish Scones” and a savory or sweet entrée always made from cage-free eggs and with fresh, local ingredients. Ceud mìle fàilte, as they say in Scotland.

 Cocoa Cottage B&B, Whitehall (Southwest Region)

Cocoa Cottage ChefLarry What’s in a name? At Cocoa Cottage B&B, just a block from where White Lake laps at the harbor town of Whitehall, the name says “chocolate” and chocolate says it all. Even the guestrooms speak the language: the Godiva Room, Cadbury Room, Hershey Room and the Ghiradelli Suite. This is a bed and breakfast inn that takes the second “B” in B&B seriously. “Our philosophy about food is that if it’s worth making, it’s worth making a fuss over,” say Lisa and Larry, innkeepers. “We love to grow our own food, cook and eat! Spending time in our beautiful kitchen is one of our passions. Our recipes are made from scratch using the freshest ingredients with an extra pinch of creativity!” Nationally recognized with a range of awards including Best Breakfast and Best Innkeepers, FoxNews.com just named Cocoa Cottage one of the nine top places nationwide to indulge in chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Have you ever stayed at any of these terrific B&Bs? Tell us about it! Or leave a comment below. To find Michigan’s finest B&B’s wherever you want to stay and play, search our directory of 100, all inspected for quality, safety, comfort, cleanliness and professionalism.

Some of Michigan’s Best B&Bs are Along the Lake Michigan Shore – Part 11

May 9th, 2014 by linda

Michigan’s Lower Peninsula — its “mitten,” is nearly encircled by two glorious Great Lakes — Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. And the harbors all along its shorelines are home to some of the country’s finest bed and breakfast inns. Part 11 of our “Michigan’s Best B&Bs” series focuses on three outstanding inns along the northerly portion of Lake Michigan’s western coastline. Here, it’s just called “The Big Lake.” Meet Chateau Chantal B&B on Old Mission Peninsula, Oviatt House B&B in the heart of Traverse City, and Pentwater Abbey B&B, nestled near the water’s edge in the charming beach town of Pentwater.

Chateau Chantal, Traverse City (Northwest Region)

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Just where in Provence is this? Actually, you’re seeing the smallest detail of Chateau Chantal, one of Michigan’s most romantic B&Bs. Also a working vineyard and winery operation, it’s located just outside Traverse City. Built in the style of an elegant French chateau,  it spreads its wings and turrets and terraces among 65 acres of lush, rolling vineyards that fuel its winery with award-winning product celebrated year around in tapas tours and tastings, wine dinners and jazz and wine pairings on the terrace in summer at sunset. It houses an 11-room B&B with elegant guestrooms that offer sweeping views of both the west and east arms of Grand Traverse Bay from near the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. Every breakfast promises its own small miracle of flavors. A getaway here deserves a place on everyone’s bucket list.

Pentwater Abbey, Pentwater (Northwest Region)

Pentwater Abbey

Less than a block from everything a beach town’s downtown should be, right across the street from Pentwater Lake and the boat channel and just three blocks to the sweeping, sugar-sand Lake Michigan beach, Pentwater Abbey B&B is the ideal headquarters for an idyllic getaway. The harbor Village of Pentwater is the epitome of “quaint” – a step back in time to a simpler, friendlier world, yet not so far back that you won’t pick up WiFi. The Abbey, built in 1868, is meticulously maintained and features lovely gardens with areas to gather, read, play Scrabble… or just sit. Borrow an Abbey bicycle to explore the nearby neighborhoods. Enjoy any of three comfortable guest rooms with private baths, complemented by a Victorian ambiance. Awaken each morning to a delicious, homemade breakfast. It’s the good life! Enjoy.

Oviatt House, Traverse City (Northwest Region)

Oviatt House exteriorOviatt House B&B is just two blocks from downtown Traverse City – so close you can walk there on the “river walk” along the nearby Boardman River that flows right through its heart. The 1,500 foot-stretch of Clinch Beach park on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay parallels downtown and is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel. This B&B is a sweetheart of a find for guests who love to shop and sun, swim, wine, dine and follow the trail of great local brew pubs without having to get in the car and drive. oviatt-boardman riverwalkBut the Oviatt House is also easily accessible to all the attractions of the Grand Traverse area. Having your own keys to the front door gives you total privacy to come and go on your own terms. This versatile B&B offers six comfortable guest rooms, a small kitchen, outdoor deck and gardens, hot and cold beverages 24/7, delicious breakfasts homemade with local, fresh and organic ingredients and gracious hospitality.

You can find all of Michigan’s best B&B’s by visiting our website. Search by the name if you know it — or kind of know it. Search by region, by city, by its special offerings and deals or by its proximity to activities from golf courses and nightlife to lighthouses and biking trails. Or “design your stay” to your precise specifications. After your visit to any of our quality-assured B&Bs, be sure to come back to the website to “rate your stay”.

Michigan B&Bs Have Something for Everyone: Part 10

May 1st, 2014 by linda

It’s said you can’t please all the people all the time. But you’re sure to discover, among the 100 Michigan bed and breakfasts featured in this series, inns that tickle your fancy, pique your wanderlust or satisfy your need to be fully and completely pampered. Welcome to Chelsea House Victorian Inn B&B in Chelsea, Arcadia House B&B in Arcadia, and The Seymour House B&B in South Haven. One of them is sure to be just your style.

Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea (Southeast)

Chelsea House Victorian Inn B&B

Meet Miss Millie. You see her, don’t you, peeking through the passion flowers? She is one half of a resident pair of well-mannered cats who share the Chelsea House Victorian Inn with Innkeepers Jim and Kim Myles. You’ll probably never see them when you stay in this Chelsea B&B, just a few miles east of Ann Arbor and walkable to Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater, the acclaimed Common Grill restaurant and downtown Chelsea shops and galleries. They stay in the innkeepers’ quarters and in the yard and aren’t allowed in the common areas of the home or in any of the six luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath. But like every member of Lake to Lake that has a pet, they fully disclose their presence before you even make your reservation. Some people have allergies if they touch an animal; a very few can’t breathe if the animal even shares the same air. That’s why innkeepers like the Myles make it a point to be transparent when it comes to Miss Millie. That’s why B&B’s like the Chelsea House are lodgings you can trust.

Arcadia House B&B, Arcadia (Northwest)

Arcadia House Scenic Overlook

For an ultimate Pure Michigan experience, make “getting there” part of it. Headed north? Coming south? Get off the interstate and drive M-22, a state-designated Scenic Heritage Route, named “Michigan’s Most Scenic Drive” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  It winds, rises and falls for 116 miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline through Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Arcadia House B&B, located midway in the friendly village of Arcadia, is for many the perfect mid-point destination to stop and smell the fresh-water waves rolling against the miles of sugar sand that stretch inland to dunes that culminate, farther north, at the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A turn-of-the-century Edwardian-style home, Arcadia House offers four luxurious guest rooms with private baths, an on-site mini spa for massage, pedicure and manicures and an outdoor garden hot tub. Every morning starts with a sumptuous breakfast featuring local foods in season

Seymour House B&B, South Haven (Southwest)

Seymour House B&B, South Haven

If you’re looking to get away to peace and quiet but want great shopping and dining on tap, you’ll find it at Seymour House B&B. This 1862 Italianate-style brick mansion is an unspoiled retreat from the distractions of daily life. Located on 11 acres, its grounds feature a one-acre pond with its own beach and walking trails throughout the woods. Halfway between the popular beach towns of Saugatuck and South Haven, you can totally relax in one of the five guestrooms with private baths, two-person whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces and all the modern electronic amenities. When you feel like greeting the world, you can choose from nearby Lake Michigan beaches, golfing, antiquing, wineries, horseback riding, art galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for just the right B&B to make your vacation or weekend getaway perfect, click to the Lake to Lake website. Every inn listed is pre-vetted for membership, then regularly inspected thereafter to ensure your safety and comfort. You can count on a Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association member for quality, professionalism, cleanliness and hospitality.

 

Proving Myths Wrong: Every Michigan B&B is Unique – Part 9

April 23rd, 2014 by linda

Welcome to our ninth in a series introducing you to Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns. You’ll discover that each is unique and dispels the long-held myths of dusty doilies, baths shared with strangers and supervised curfews. Proving the old myths oh-so-wrong are Saravilla B&B in Alma; Historic Webster House B&B in Bay City; and Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater.

Saravilla B&B, Alma (SE)
Saravilla B&B Billiard Room
A billiard room? It’s not what you’d expect in a bed and breakfast, is it? Another unexpected surprise: those French doors you at the back open onto a sunroom that houses a year-around multi-person hot tub. Saravilla B&B in Alma is full of surprises. The pool table presides over the entrance to a 1,200 square foot ballroom, perfect for weddings, meetings, scrapbooking, reunions, quilting and whatever else you can think of. It’s just another room in this three-story, 11,000 square foot Dutch Colonial home, located close to Alma College. Believe it or not, when a local lumber baron built it 1894, it was as a “cottage” for his daughter’s wedding present. Her name was Sara – hence, Saravilla. Today, it holds “Certificates of Excellence” awarded by Trip Advisor in 2011 and again in 2013 for consistently outstanding guest reviews. Innkeepers Linda and Jon invite you to enjoy its seven spacious guestrooms with private baths, its inviting front porch, a back garden deck and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Historic Webster House, Bay City (NE)
Historic Webster House B&B grand staircase
Imagine yourself somewhere back in time — a time when you didn’t take the elevator down to the grab a bagel from the breakfast bar at the chain motel. Instead you swept down a grand staircase to the elegant breakfast room for baked goods fresh from the oven and a sweet or savory gourmet entrée served fireside, hot from the kitchen. You still can. Simply get away to the Historic Webster House in Bay City. This painstakingly-restored Victorian home features six guest rooms or suites, each with queen-sized beds complete with European featherbeds, plus all the modern amenities from cable TV to free WiFi and Netflix. You can rent the in-house spa and enjoy the Jacuzzi tub for two, cedar dry sauna and overhead double shower in total privacy. Just blocks from downtown and the Bay, Webster House is strategically located for easy access to outdoor recreation in Michigan’s Thumb and to the commerce and culture of the Tri-Cities area.

Candlewyck House, Pentwater (NW)
Candlewyck B&B baskets The email address is “basket lady” and among the activities offered is “basket weaving.” What kind of B&B is this? For 23 years, Mary Jo and John have shared Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater with thousands of guests from around the world. Their gardens are heavenly and Mary Jo cooks a five-course breakfast every morning. Besides being an innkeeper and a chef, she is an expert weaver of fine, intricate baskets. If you’re interested in learning how, she’ll teach you.
Candlewyck B&B Pentwater MIYou and your friends can get together like friends do for quilting and scrapbooking – but enjoy a hands-on workshop along with the harbor-town accommodations. Or you can do what most guests do: enjoy the sugar sand beach on Lake Michigan, just down the street. John and Mary Jo will lend you bicycles to traverse the six blocks to swim and sun, shop the boutique stores and galleries and experience the restaurants and pubs. Lodging accommodations include six guest rooms with private baths. Families are welcome.

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