Michigan B&Bs: It’s Not Just What You Eat — But Where You Eat It!

March 12th, 2015 by linda

Breakfast at home is often catch as catch can: a cup of coffee in one hand and a cereal spoon in the other. But breakfast at a B&B is an experience to savor….. to linger over: fresh fruits you rarely buy for yourself, cloth napkins and place mats that match, real china and sturdy, often elegant flatware — no plastic here. The table almost always has fresh flowers at its center, and the dining room sparkles in a mix of cleanliness and light. The mood is relaxed. The food is delicious. Pictures tell the story best.

The view from the breakfast room at The Painted Turtle Inn in St. Joseph are stunning in any season.

The view from the breakfast room at The Painted Turtle Inn in St. Joseph is stunning in any season. Here, breakfast can be a private affair, just between the two of you.

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Candlelight breakfast at Prairieside Suite Luxury B&B in Grandville is served family style with all guests gathering around the dining room table.

Candlelight breakfast at Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville is served buffet style with guests gathered in the dining room, where conversation is frequently as memorable as the entrees.

 

At Country Chalet/Edelweiss House B&B in Mt. Pleasant, guests join guests in country comfort at a food-laden dining room table.

At Country Chalet/Edelweiss Haus B&B in Mt. Pleasant, guests breakfast in country comfort, together at a food-laden table. Recipes for two guest-favorite dishes are below.

True to its Bavarian roots, guests enjoy Hashbrowns mit Onions - a Country Chalet favorite. Click the image for the recipe.

In keeping with its Bavarian roots, these Hash Browns Mit Onions are served up regularly at the Country Chalet. They are a guest favorite that gets rave reviews every time. Click on the image to get the recipe.

Breakfast veggies, all home grown and organic, is another staple of breakfast at Country Chalet. Served with soy cheese, it perfect for the vegan in the group -- and everyone loves it!

“The Veggie Thing,” all home grown and organic, is another staple of breakfast at the Country Chalet. Served with soy cheese, it’s perfect for the vegan in the group — and everyone loves it! Click the  image for the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast aboard the Schooner Manitou, one of two floating B&Bs that ply Grand Traverse Bay, is a unique experience.

Breakfast aboard the Schooner Manitou, one of two floating B&Bs that ply Grand Traverse Bay from Memorial through Labor Day, is the crowning touch on a night spent aboard, rocked to sleep in a private berth or topside in the open air. (P.S. Breakfast is prepared in the galley on and in a wood-burning stove, which makes it taste just that much better.)

 

Breakfasts are intimate and romantic at The Kalamazoo House B&B in downtown Kalamazoo.

Breakfasts are intimate and romantic at the Kalamazoo House B&B in downtown Kalamazoo. A selection of tables gives the option for breakfast tete-a-tete or as a group of friends or family.

In warm weather, guests enjoy breakfast al fresco at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth.

In warm weather, guests enjoy breakfast al fresco at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, just north of Traverse City nearby the Chain of Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find a choice of B&Bs that best match your preferred dining style by searching “Find a B&B” in our online directory. Discover and print out more than 400 of our innkeepers’ favorite recipes by visiting the online cookbook at LaketoLake.com.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our two-month series on breakfasts – the second “B” in “B&B.” Stay tuned for the next series, “Promise of Spring,” starting right here next week:

Savory or Sweet, B&B Breakfasts Spell Excitement

February 28th, 2015 by linda

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,
“what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
— A.A. Milne

Whether the entree is sweet or savory, you can count on an exciting breakfast experience at Michigan B&Bs. After all, when the second “B” in your name stands for Breakfast, it better be extra special.

How about Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot-Poached Pears and Lemon Curd, a national award-winning entree served by Cocoa Cottage B&B in Whitehall? Exciting enough for you?  Click on the image to link to the recipe.

How about Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot-Poached Pears and Lemon Curd, a national award-winning entree served by Cocoa Cottage B&B in Whitehall? Exciting enough for you? Click on the image to link to the recipe.

Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph , nearby the Lake Michigan shore, delights guests with these Waffles with Hot Raspberry Syrup. Click the image for the recipe.

Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph , nearby the Lake Michigan shore, delights guests with these Waffles with Hot Raspberry Syrup. To make them at home, just click the image above for the recipe.

Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B&B on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan surprises guests with Grapes in Grappa. Click the image for the recipe.

Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B&B on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan, just outside Traverse City, surprises guests with Grapes in Grappa. Click the image for the recipe.

 

Changing the taste from sweet to savory, The House on the Hill B&B, “up north” in Ellsworth, shares its recipe for a taste-tempting Spinach Artichoke Souffle, a guest favorite pictured below. Don’t let the word “souffle” throw you: you can make it!

Click on the photo to view and print the recipe for these individual Spinach Artichoke Souffles.

Click on the photo to view and print the recipe for these individual Spinach Artichoke Souffles.

You can print out the recipe by clicking on the luscious-looking image on the left. Like all the dishes featured here, the recipes are among nearly 400 posted online under B&B Recipe Favorites. Selections range beyond breakfast entrees to include baked breads, muffins, biscuits and scones, appetizers and side dishes, lunch and dinner specialties and, of course, “Sweet Endings” — the desserts innkeepers like to serve their guests as bedtime treats or as consolation on a rainy afternoon.

For those who prefer their recipes bound in a printed cookbook or those looking for that perfect gift for a budding chef, many of our innkeepers’ favorite recipes are featured in the Michigan B&B Cookbook, available to order online.

DeLano Manison Inn in Allegan often serves this decadently-delicious Cherry Cordial French Toast. Click the image to get the recipes -- if you dare. It's a special-occasion entree like many of the specialty cuisine served at Michigan B&Bs.

DeLano Manison Inn in Allegan serves this decadently-delicious Cherry Cordial French Toast. Click the image to get the recipe — provided you can spare a few calories. It’s a special-occasion entree like much of the specialty cuisine served at fine Michigan B&Bs.

 

Just Baked Baked-Goods Make B&B Breakfasts the Best

February 19th, 2015 by linda

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its creative take on the tradition muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its own creative take on the traditional muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French Toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Michigan B&Bs don’t just serve up a mean muffin: they fresh bake their breakfast breads every day. Each batch is designed to delight their overnight guests, who enjoy their first meal of the day “on the house” as part of their stay. Their stay also includes complimentary sodas and assorted beverages, coffees and teas and “bottomless” cookie jars. Sometimes, the innkeeper whips together a delectable evening dessert and offers a glass of wine. Try getting this at a chain motel.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan's abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Fine the recipe here.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan’s abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Find the recipe here.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all backed fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How's that for authentic?

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all baked fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How’s that for authentic?

 

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of dozens of varieties the innkeepers at The Painted Turtle Inn serve to delight their guests.

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of many varieties The Painted Turtle Inn serves its guests.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan's blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan’s blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

 

 

At Willow Pond makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot fresh biscuits.

At Willow Pond B&B makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot, fresh, homemade biscuits.

Are you hungry yet? Ready for a B&B get-away? Search our website for all one hundred of our member inns all across Michigan. Print out innkeepers’ favorite breakfast and dinner entrees, baked goods and “sweet endings” from our online recipe book to make in your own kitchen.

“B&B” Means Bountiful Breakfasts

February 6th, 2015 by linda

You can talk about food all you want, but the next best thing to eating it is seeing it. Enjoy these bountiful breakfast entrees offered by our Michigan bed and breakfast inns.

Huron House B&B   and   Adventure Inn B&B

Bountiful blog snip Adventure and Huron

Apples naturally make us think of a sweet flavor, but the seasoning combination brings a more savory flavor to the table at Victoria Resort.

Apples naturally make us think of a sweet taste, but the seasoning combination brings a more savory flavor to the table at Victoria Resort.

This past fall, Victoria Resort B&B owner Jan Leksich was stocking up at a local farm stand when she spotted a recipe for a quiche made with apples. Intrigued, she brought it back to her team of innkeepers who quickly added their own magic. First, they started with a homemade crust. Then they taste tested. They voted to change the onion component, add some sage, exchange the Swiss for sharp cheddar –and a week later the final recipe was ready for guests. The guests’ vote? Delicious!

At Willow POnd breakfast entreeNowhere is breakfast fresher than At Willow Pond B&B, located in the heart of Amish country midway between Grand Rapids and Lansing. The peppers are from their garden. The eggs are from their chickens who have their own following on the inn’s Facebook page. The toast is from a homemade light honey-banana whole wheat, and you can find the recipe right here in our online cookbook. The bacon is “Walnut Creek” from the Country Pantry, a Mennonite store in the nearby village of Sheridan, where the innkeepers vie with horse and buggies for a parking space.

Bountiful Kingsley House Creme Brulee French Toast

You can make the Kingley House Creme Brulee French Toast yourself. It will look like this and taste fabulous.

Creme Brulee French Toast was a menu favorite at Kingsley House B&B even before the new owners purchased the inn last year. It’s so good, they kept it for the pleasure of those staying with them in Fennville, just minutes from the Lake Michigan shore. Adapted from a recipe in Epicurious that was later shared by a B&B in Maine, innkeepers Chris and Brenda Brzys often serve it with maple-glazed smoked sausage Chris prepares on his smoker. To taste it, either give yourself the gift of a getaway at Kingsley House, or fix it yourself using the recipe shared once again — with you.

Kingsley House Creme Brulee French Toast

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • an 8- to 9-inch round loaf country-style bread (We like to use challah bread)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation
In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature. Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot French toast immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Want more great breakfast recipes? Visit B&B Recipe Favorites online and choose from about 400!

Michigan B&Bs: Beyond Breakfast

January 28th, 2015 by linda

While “Breakfast” is the second “B” in B&B, many Michigan inns pride themselves on going Beyond Breakfast, wowing their guests with taste treats in the evenings and the afternoons.

Huron House B&B

Huron House B&B Treats

At Willow Pond B&B

At Willow Pond cake

Adventure Inn B&B and Torch Lake B&B

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Variety is the Spice of Michigan B&B Breakfasts

January 16th, 2015 by linda

If you think “ho hum” when breakfast crosses your mind, you’ve not spent much time at Michigan B&Bs where the second “B” stands for “Breakfast.” The creative product of innkeepers’ kitchens are as varied as the bed and breakfast inns themselves.

House on Hill Combination FruitStarters are a specialty at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, where Innkeeper Marci aspires to take the ho hum out of fresh fruit. Topside, watermelon balls nestle in their own boats, served with raspberry sorbet and sprigs of fresh mint. Below, pears smothered in a rich rum raisin sauce are topped by star anise, just for pretty.

Bear Lake berry-stuffed pastry

Summer Berry-Stuffed Pastry

Innkeeper Greg is the masterful chef at Bear Lake B&B in Bear Lake, just north of Manistee on US-31. Like Marci, his starter specialty is fruit. But he stuffs his fruit — fresh berries in summer or fresh-frozen in winter –inside his own handmade pastry for a sweet and crunchy start to breakfast he simply calls “summer berry stuffed pastry.”

Castle in the Country B&B Inn, in the countryside just outside Allegan, serves Castle Royal Eggs & Cheese once a week to rave reviews. It is a guest favorite. Innkeeper Herb’s recipe serves six, and you can try making it yourself at home.

Castle Royal Eggs

Castle Royal Eggs

Ingredients for Royal Eggs
2 C Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 Small Sweet Red Pepper
½ T Dried Herbs d’ Provence
1 Medium Red potato
6 Eggs
1 C Heavy Cream
½ t Ground Black Pepper

Preparation
Small dice the red pepper, then fold pepper, cheese and herbs together in a bowl. Place about 1/3 C of the cheese mixture in each of greased 6 ramekins. Slice the red potato thin and place a layer on top of the cheese mixture. Gently whisk the eggs, heavy cream, and black pepper together and pour over all. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the center is firm. Serve immediately.

Herb tops his with Hollandaise sauce to add a little more richness and creaminess. He cautions that if you add salt to taste, remember the cheese provides salt as well.

DeLano wedding brunch

Nobody puts all the elements of breakfast together like Marcia, innkeeper at DeLano Mansion Inn, inside the city of Allegan in Southwest Michigan. Here, she has served up a wedding brunch complete with starters, fresh baked goods, a hot entree — and fruit juices complimented by celebratory mimosas.

You can find many more B&B breakfast recipes submitted by our member innkeepers by consulting our online cookbook. Or purchase the print edition as a gift or as an indispensable resource for your own kitchen. And stay tuned to this blog for more great B&B breakfast ideas and recipes.

 

The Overlooked Breakfast “B” in Michigan B&B

January 8th, 2015 by linda

Fresh fruit with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skiimed from organic milk forms a fantasy first breakfast course at Historic Webster House in Bay City.

Fresh fruit with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk forms a fantasy first breakfast course at Historic Webster House in Bay City.

We’ve spent months talking about how a B&B’s architecture makes it unique from other lodgings and from other bed and breakfast inns. We’ve talked about the warmth of innkeepers’ hospitality and we’ve talked about luxury beds and bedding. We’ve talked about location. How did we miss rhapsodizing about that all important second “B” in the B&B equation? When we say “B,” we’re talking about more than breakfast: we’re talking about great food, real food, farm-to-table food — fresh food, home-made food, delicious food.

At Willow Pond B&B near Greenville collects your eggs from the chicken coop fresh each morning and serves hot, fresh-baked biscuits with their own pure home-grown honey.

At Willow Pond B&B near Greenville collects your eggs fresh from the chicken coop each morning and serves hot, home-baked biscuits with their own pure home-grown honey.

Country Hermitage B&B just outside Traverse city is surrounded by cherry orchards, the source of fresh cherry-stuffed pancakes served alongside locally-processed sauce-free, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork.

Country Hermitage B&B just outside Traverse city is surrounded by cherry orchards, the source of fresh cherry-stuffed pancakes served alongside locally-processed sauce-free, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork.

The wondrous part of the food experience is that staying in a B&B costs no more than staying in a chain motel or hotel when you add in the extra cash you would dole out for a hot and healthy breakfast for two, bottled waters, sodas, coffees, teas — often even a glass of wine — not to mention evening treats and “endless” cookie jars….. all the necessities of life come free when you stay at a B&B.

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Michigan B&Bs: From Lake to Shining Lake

December 4th, 2014 by linda

From one Great Lake to the next, Michigan Bed and Breakfast inns offer a better way to stay for business or for pleasure… and they are a great place to truly enjoy a vacation. Unlike a stiff and formal hotel or motel lobby, their common areas are warm and inviting — homey and comfortable. There’s nothing impersonal about a B&B: innkeepers are known for their warmth and hospitality. But at the same time, they don’t intrude on your privacy. They are often gourmet cooks, spending their evenings whipping up batters for home baked goods they’ll serve you warm from the oven each morning. B&Bs have yards and porches, patios and gardens, and you’re invited to enjoy them.  Often, B&Bs are located in places the rest of us only dream of living — like those in these Michigan beach-towns.

Bay View B&B, Mackinac Island (Northeast Region in the Straits of Mackinac)

Bay View B&B exterior by Sandy White

Now may not be the high season for Mackinac Island…. but it’s high time to get those reservations made to stay at Bay View B&B on your preferred dates in 2015. So hurry: don’t miss out on experiencing this crown jewel set on Michigan’s crown jewel itself, open only between May and October. Bay View sits uniquely at the water’s edge looking out over the Straits of Mackinac, especially panoramic when viewed from the guest-exclusive second-floor sundeck. A delicious hot breakfast is served daily on the harbor-view veranda from the kitchen run by Ms. Rose, who is a well-loved island institution herself. She and her staff greet you every morning with a hot breakfast, every afternoon with freshly-baked cookies and each evening with a tasty sweet treat. Choose from among 19 luxurious rooms priced according to their amenities – from partial harbor views to balconies to thoroughly-pampering bridal and executive suites. Come via ferry and arrive by horse-drawn carriage. Depart with reluctance. No motorized vehicles allowed! (Thanks to Sandy White, Adventure Inn B&B, for the photo.)

Raymond House B&B, Port Sanilac (Northeast Region on the Lake Huron shore)

Raymond House exterior

Affordable, luxurious, cozy, genuinely Victorian and in the beach town of Port Sanilac on Lake Huron: how much more inviting can a bed and breakfast inn get? With seven guestrooms in a mansion a half block from the lake and the Port Sanilac Lighthouse and in walking distance of shoreline shops and eateries, the Raymond House B&B is ideal for every style of getaway from scrapbooking and reunion weekends to romantic twosomes. Placed on the Michigan Register of Historical Sites in 1992, the inn was built in 1872 and was home to the Raymond family for 112 years. Inside and out, its original Victoriana is carefully preserved and restored. The photo shows off its gingerbread façade, steep sloping roofs and white icicle trim. Inside, the guestrooms feature a comfortable Victorian décor with brightly-colored bedspreads and lace curtains. A full and fabulous breakfast is a given. Just two hours north of Detroit, this is a year-around B&B that promises cozy down comforters for winter-time snuggling.

Victoria Resort B&B, South Haven (Southwest Region on the Lake Michigan coast)

Victoria Resort Capture

At Victoria Resort, you can have your hot cakes and eat them too, in the same lovely room where breakfasts were served to guests who arrived by steamship for summer holidays in South Haven back in the 1920s. When you’re absolutely satisfied, it’s off to the Lake Michigan beach just down the street. Its sugar sand is warm and welcoming in the summer and its views and nature-made ice sculptures are majestic in the winter. Walk a block the other direction and you’ll find yourself downtown. In the summer, you can enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner atop the Idler, a restored paddle wheel boat permanently docked along the bustling Black River channel to the “Big” Lake. There are dozens of pubs and eateries of all kinds as well as specialty shops and galleries year around. Every August, the entire community is transformed into the Blueberry Festival, celebrating South Haven’s renown as the heart of Michigan’s fruit belt. Those blueberries you see above are some of the best you’ll ever eat, sweet-tart, picked daily and served fresh from the farm to Victoria Resort’s table.

Find Michigan B&Bs from lake to lake that are perfect for your getaway by visiting our website and selecting “Find a B&B.” You can rest assured that any property listed on the site is fully insured as a B&B and meets the association’s high membership standards for safety, cleanliness and professionalism.

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Three Michigan B&Bs: So Close and Yet So Far

November 18th, 2014 by linda

This week, our spotlight is on three bed and breakfast inns that are practically neighbors in the southwestern part of Michigan, but offer a range of styles and surroundings that make them seem worlds apart. Small town, metro suburban and countryside, each is regularly inspected to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality, safety, cleanliness and best hospitality practices. When you stay at one of the association’s member inns, you can rest assured. That’s our promise.

Pairieside Suites Luxury B&B, Grandville (Southwest region)

Let innkeepers Paul and Cheri tell you about Prairieside Suites in their own words. Just click on the photo.

Let innkeepers Paul and Cheri tell you about Prairieside Suites in their own words. Just click on the photo and select a video.

Luxurious meets nurturing; elegance meets pampering at Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville, an all-American suburb conveniently tucked between Grand Rapids, just minutes to the east and Lake Michigan’s most noted beach towns to the west. These innkeepers have thought of everything to ensure a better than home-away-from-home stay. The eight guestrooms offer coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators and the full complement of all-things electronic from TVs to WiFi. The tile floors in the private baths are heated, the mirror over the sink stays steam free, your towels are warmed on the heated bar (and so is the toilet seat). Breakfast is served by candlelight in the dining room or you can order a full hot breakfast served to your rooms. If you prefer, order your in-room refrigerator packed with a deluxe continental breakfast to enjoy on your time schedule.

 Heritage Manor Inn, Fennville (Southwest region)

Heritage Manor Jacuzzi

Heads’ up, families with kids and without! What would you say to a stay in a totally unique and affordable B&B lodging where, if you turn right out of the driveway, you’re in Saugatuck in minutes? Turn left, you’re in South Haven in a few more. If you could just go straight, you’d put your vehicle smack on a sugar-sand Lake Michigan beach. Heritage Manor Inn describes itself as a “country style” bed and breakfast. It features 14 guestrooms, all with private baths. They include fireplace and Jacuzzi combinations, spacious and comfortable “just plain sleeping” rooms and family suites plus a luxurious townhouse that can accommodate five adults. There’s an indoor pool with a kiddie area and a big backyard. Breakfasts are a full and delicious. A guest kitchen lets you keep your own snacks cold and is loaded with microwave popcorn, fresh cookies and hot beverages. It’s just minutes from Saugatuck Dunes State Park and the Allegan State Game Area — meccas for some of the finest and most challenging cross-country skiing in the state. Ready to play, anyone?

DeLano Mansion Inn, Allegan (Southwest Region)

DeLano Mansion Inn Whirlpool Tub

Bed and breakfast inns are often as well known for their lush baths as they are for their luxurious guestrooms and gourmet breakfasts. This bath at DeLano Mansion Inn in the charming small town of Allegan is done in Roman style. It’s part of the Parsonage Suite, one of six beautifully-decorated guestrooms, each with its own private bath. In addition to the two-person whirlpool, the suite features an antique mantel over the fireplace, a queen-sized brass bed and its own comfortable seating area. It includes cable TV, a DVD/CD player and WiFi. While ideal for a romantic getaway to this historic riverside community, there is private access between it and the Ashley Room to accommodate families. The inn was recently purchased by Innkeepers Marcia Neigebauer and her husband, Kent. Marcia enjoys meeting people, gardening, cooking and helping guests make their visit to her B&B a pleasure.

At the Lake to Lake Association, we know where all the best B&B’s are located in Southwest Michigan and across the state. We know what makes each of them special in each of the four seasons, and we share that knowledge with you on our quick and easy B&B finder. We invite you to visit us on our website and on our Facebook page, and to discover all the “innside” secrets by subscribing to our weekly blog.

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Michigan B&Bs: Distinctively Different for Distinctive Lifestyles and Tastes

November 8th, 2014 by linda

The common myth is that all B&Bs are alike. We beg to differ. No matter your lifestyle (or the lifestyle you’d like to live), your personal preferences or your own very unique tastes, there is a bed and breakfast inn in Michigan that will graciously accommodate them.

Stone Chalet B&B Inn, Ann Arbor (Southeast Region)

stone chalet close exterior

Stone Chalet Bed & Breakfast Inn is the only association-approved B&B in Ann Arbor, and it is most deserving of the distinction. Whether visiting this famous university town for business or pleasure, the Stone Chalet is unquestionably your first call for reservations. An historic Swiss-style chalet built of solid granite blocks, circa 1917, the inn offers 10 clean and spacious guestrooms with private baths, located in four connected buildings. One houses a former sanctuary from a previous incarnation as a Unitarian Church. Today, it’s a 2,800 square-foot event center than can be rented for an hour or a day. The grounds are spacious and beautifully landscaped, and lovely afternoon parties are often hosted in the gazebo. If you have business at U-M, you will enjoy close proximity to the campus and, despite the inn’s historic character, WiFi throughout. The common area combines the living room and side porch, cleverly disguised as a formal dining room where innkeepers/owners Lana and Mike, who took up the reins of the former Vitosha Guest Haus last year, offer delicious breakfasts and a place to gather for games and conversation.

Twin Oaks Inn, Saugatuck (Southwest Region)

Twin Oaks Inn new

Former guests might miss Willa, the innkeeper of Twin Oaks Inn in downtown Saugatuck since 2001. But guests old and new love the “new” Twin Oaks as much as they do Sherry and Lisa, who just successfully completed their first summer and fall seasons as its new innkeepers/owners. In addition to six spacious bedrooms, some with fireplaces, sitting rooms and jetted tubs and all with private baths, TV and WiFi, the inn features a charming screened-in porch and outdoor conversation areas. There’s ample on-site parking, a luxury in this popular Lake Michigan beach town. Twin Oaks is easily walkable to 14 restaurants and pubs, to galleries and specialty shops galore and to the boardwalk along the marinas on the harbor’s edge. Mount Baldhead with its 282 steps (or thereabouts) to one of Pure Michigan’s most sweeping views and to Lake Michigan’s Oval Beach, is accessible via an historic chain ferry across the Kalamazoo River.

Antiquities’ Wellington Inn, Traverse City (Northwest Region)

Antiquities' Wellington ext

There are so many ways to enjoy Traverse City – the up-north jewel on Grand Traverse Bay surrounded by beaches and wineries, culinary delights and one-of-a-kind shops and galleries. If you visit and stay at Antiquities’ Wellington Inn, you can immerse yourself in history and style while enjoying everything this crossroads of culture and outdoor recreation offers year around. An impeccably-restored 1905 neoclassical mansion, Wellington Inn has nine elegant guestrooms as well as two-bedroom carriage house suites, all with private baths and featuring period furnishings designed to take you back to the time when Michigan’s white pines made barons out of lumberjacks. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning, a complimentary guest kitchen and wireless internet. Walk two short two blocks to downtown shops, beaches and restaurants. What a perfect way to get away!

Discover all of Michigan’s distinctive B&Bs by using the “Find a B&B” function on our website. Search a variety of ways — by name, by city, by region, by specials and packages — or design your own stay by choosing a country or a city setting, waterfront or woods, in-room Jacuzzi’s or outdoor hot tubs under the stars, pets or no pets and dozens more of the amenities you prefer. Nothing beats a B&B except a B&B that’s a member of the Lake to Lake B&B Association, quality assured by regular inspection and guaranteed to reflect the best hospitality practices. Member B&Bs are the only inns you’ll find listed, assuring a most satisfactory stay in every way.

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