Finding “Real” B&Bs

March 3rd, 2016 by linda

Finding real B&Bs can be difficult. You can be easily confused by AirBnB.com listings, for example. Some of them are real B&Bs, meaning they are legal, licensed, insured and pay taxes like good citizens. But many are part of a new fad called “home sharing.” They operate under the radar of local laws that require protections for you — little things like fire safety, health safety and insurance. They would like you to think they are legitimate, but they are copycats riding the coattails of a legal and regulated bed and breakfast industry built on quality hospitality, superior service, cleanliness, luxurious beds and baths and the best breakfasts in the world.

If you are looking for real B&Bs, you’ll know you’ve found them when you see this or something close to it in their directory listings, their advertisements and on their web pages. This particular statement below is from the website home page of The House on the Hill B&B:

Finding "real" B&Bs is confusing unless you know to look for a statement like this on their promotions.

This statement is excerpted from the website home page of The House on the Hill B&B    in Ellsworth. Click on the image for details.

Finding "real" B&Bs is as easy as clicking on the link to the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association's website.

The House on the Hill is one of more than 90 “real” Michigan B&Bs you’ll find by clicking this trusted resource.

The logo indicates this B&B is a member of the state association, which routinely inspects its members to ensure they meet exceptionally-high standards of safety, cleanliness and professionalism, to name a few. Like Michigan, most states have B&B associations and most of them have an inspection or review process. If you’re looking to book at a Michigan B&B that displays the association’s logo, you know it’s legitimate and law abiding. It signifies a guarantee of satisfaction. Look for a state association’s logo on a B&B’s website wherever you travel.

Finding real B&Bs means finding their state association’s “seal” of approval…

“Real” B&Bs are not always licensed and inspected if they are in rural or unincorporated areas. That’s where the association’s seal of approval comes in handy. But in most cities and towns, B&B’s are required to procure special land-use permits and be regularly inspected by the various departments of health and safety to continue their licensing from year to year. They must show proof of insurance — specialized insurance that applies to the commercial lodging establishments they are. Illegal home shares may call themselves “b&bs,” but they can’t declare themselves legitimate.

Now you know why it’s important to make sure the bed and breakfast inn you are booking clearly states its legitimacy. If it doesn’t, how do you know it’s a “real” B&B? Now that you know their dangers, you won’t want to stay at a fake.

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B&B Recipes Go Beyond Breakfast

February 22nd, 2016 by linda

Every bed and breakfast inn has a signature recipe, but innkeepers’ B&B recipes go beyond breakfast. Just look at the range of selections in Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association’s online recipe cookbook.

B&B Recipes cover eight categories of good eating, from beyond breakfast to lunch, appetizers, starters, desserts and specialty drinks to dinner fare.

This B&B breakfast recipe will instantly crown you as the breakfast chef of your own kitchen.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Ring. Click the image for the recipe.

Our newest online recipe entry is a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Ring from Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville. It’s designed to make you a breakfast genius even if you’re not naturally inclined. As you can see, the ring looks impressive. It also tastes delicious and is amazingly easy to make. Click on the image to access and print the recipe.

B&B Recipes Go Beyond Breakfast to Sweet Endings…

B&B recipes go beyond breakfast to get rave reviews for healthier choices like flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies.

Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies from Adrounie House B&B in Hastings. Click the image for the recipe.

B&B recipes go beyond breakfast at Michigan B&Bs that are members of Lake to Lake B&B Association including chocolate truffles.

Melt-in-your mouth Chocolate and Almond Butter Truffles. Click the image for the recipe.

Bed and Breakfast inns are known for their “bottomless cookie jars,” with “cookie” understating the array of dessert treats innkeepers prepare to wow their guests. Those “cookies” are as much a unique signature of the inn as its breakfast. Here’s a sample of the variety: Gluten-free Clementine Cake from Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph and Susan’s Brownie Pie from Adventure Inn B&B on Lake Huron to German Apple Cake from Pentwater Abbey B&B on Lake Michigan. The cookbook features so much more, including Chocolate and Almond Butter Truffles, a brand-new entry from the innkeepers at Kingsley House B&B in Fennville. Check out the decadent plateful in the photo just above and to the left.

Are you convinced yet that B&B recipes go beyond breakfast?  Granted, you’ll find more recipes for breakfasts than in any other category in our online innkeeper favorites. So go ahead: visit Sweet Mornings and then Savory Entrees, Just Baked and Breakfast Extras. And be sure to bookmark the cookbook link so you always have ready access to the best of Michigan’s B&B best.

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Give a Valentine’s Getaway!

February 4th, 2016 by linda

I-love-you roses Valentine'sIf you want to make a lasting impression, give your significant other a Valentine’s experience so luxurious that even you couldn’t dream it up. Let Michigan Lake to Lake’s bed and breakfast innkeepers create the dream for you.

Discover the best dream getaways — romance packages and even a discounted deal or two — among those listed in our Valentine’s Getaways, one of more than 20 categories featured online in our “Specials” page. Nine premier B&Bs from one Great Lake to the other have put their dream offers on a single page for you to browse and choose.

Photo courtesy of Adventure Inn B&B.

Photo courtesy of
Adventure Inn B&B.

One B&B offers a discounted gift certificate for you to use later if the Valentine’s weekend isn’t convenient to get away. Another inn, while offering a great Valentine’s weekend with lots of extras, also offers a sizable discount if you choose to stay the weekend before or the weekend after. Still others make special romance packages available anytime during the month of February.

A sampling of the extra-special touches you’ll find include a bottle of bubbly along with fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries and an arrangement of roses waiting for you in your guest room; a gourmet dinner served in front of your in-room fireplace; a five-course dinner at a nearby fine-dining restaurant; dinner and a movie; dinner and live theater; or a couple’s massage for two — for the price of one. These are just a smattering of the packages available among our Valentine’s Getaways.

winter feet warmingImagine treating your special someone to any of these romantic experiences packaged just for you by innkeepers who know how to do it up right. Imagine treating yourself! You can always count on comfortable beds and luxurious linens, privacy or conversation as you choose, private and pristine baths and a fresh, hot and homemade breakfast in the morning complete with fresh fruit and fragrant coffee.

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B&B Holiday Review

December 30th, 2015 by linda

Before the door closes on 2015 and its holiday season, let’s look at how some of Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns uniquely decorated theirs for Christmas. (Click on the images to discover details of each B&B.)

Adventure Inn, a contemporary Lake Huron beachfront B&B

Adventure Inn, a contemporary Lake Huron beachfront B&B.

At Willow Pond, a B&B nestled in the countryside.

At Willow Pond, a B&B nestled in the countryside.

Adrounie House, a restored Queen Ann Victorian B&B.

Adrounie House, a restored Queen Ann Victorian B&B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B&Bs often display the most beautiful Christmas trees.

The ubiquitous Christmas Tree, beautifully defined by Bellaire B&B.

The ubiquitous Christmas Tree, beautifully defined by Bellaire B&B.

Nothing cozies up a B&B stay during the holidays like a crackling fire….

Cocoa Cottage B&B showcases a bungalow style.

Cocoa Cottage B&B showcases a warm bungalow style.

The House on the Hill B&B reflects a traditional Christmas.

The House on the Hill B&B reflects a traditional Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and nothing characterizes the uniqueness of each B&B like the holiday ornaments it displays.

It's no mystery why these are a favorite at White Swan Inn B&B.

It’s no mystery why these are a favorite at White Swan Inn B&B.

This detail from a decorated tree at Bellaire B&B is irrestible.

This detail from a decorated Christmas tree at Bellaire B&B is irrestible.

Well over 300 Snow Village vignettes add holiday magic to the Dutch Colonial Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last, but hardly least, we couldn’t leave Christmas at bed and breakfast inns without a peek at breakfast — that second and all important “B” in B&B.

A holiday isn't Christmas without admiring how Prairieside Suites sets the breakfast table for guests.

A holiday isn’t Christmas without sitting down to a holiday table like this one at Prairieside Suites.

Without further ado, we leave you now with reflections on a holiday season soon past and with best and brightest wishes for a terrific 2016.

From all of us to at Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association to all our readers.

From all of us to at Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association to all our readers.

B&B Mascots: Part 2

December 11th, 2015 by linda

Are pets a reflection of their human companions? If so, there are some pretty incredible innkeepers in charge of some of Michigan’s finest B&Bs. It’s a pleasure to introduce you to these amazing little personalities, each as distinctive as the inns they call home. (Find details of the B&Bs they live in by clicking on their images.)

Personable, intelligent and, despite his adorably-good looks, Rockie is quiet and self sufficient. Most guests at Saravilla B&B in Alma don't even know he lives there.

He’s personable, intelligent and, despite his endearingly-good looks, Rockie is quiet and self sufficient. Most guests at Saravilla B&B in Alma wouldn’t even know he’s there.

Now you see him: now you don't. Officially named "Orange Julius," this is one of two mousers who revel in their country lifestyle at At Willow Pond B&B in Fenwick.

Now you see him: now you don’t. Officially named “Orange Julius,” this is one of two mousers who revel in their country lifestyle at At Willow Pond B&B in Fenwick.

"Give me a kiss, Sweetheart." That would be Jose, the Yellow Nape Amazon parrot who rules the roost in the conservatory at Manistee's Dempsey Manor B&B and Victorian Tea Room.

“Give me a kiss, Sweetheart.” That would be Jose, the Yellow Nape Amazon parrot who rules the roost in the conservatory at Manistee’s Dempsey Manor B&B and Victorian Tea Room.

JuJu, a nine-year-old rescue pup, is the official greeter at the Kingsley House B&B in Fennville. He loves people, and he especially likes tummy rubs.

JuJu, a nine-year-old rescue pup, is the official greeter at the Kingsley House B&B in Fennville, located near the Lake Michigan shore. He loves people, and he especially likes tummy rubs.

This single survivor of a rescued feline family now manages the office of the B&B association. Miss Sarah co-exists with another rescue cat who wants nothing to do with the business of the organization.

This single survivor of a rescued feline family now manages the office of the B&B association. Miss Sarah co-exists with another rescue cat who wants nothing to do with the business of running the organization.

Sophia is not the seriously-adorable canine mascot of Hankerd Inn B&B in Pleasant Lake. A heart stealer, Sophia is a guest favorite and loves them back as much as they love her.

Sophia is the seriously-adorable canine mascot of Hankerd Inn B&B in Pleasant Lake. A heart stealer, this part Sitzu is “hypoallergenic” and a guest favorite who loves them back as much as they love her.

To be clear, you won’t find these pets underfoot or running here, there and everywhere when you arrive at any Lake to Lake-member B&B for your getaway. In many cases, the mascots are confined to the owners’ quarters. Those found in common areas are often allowed only when a guest asks to be introduced. They are never permitted in guest rooms. Innkeepers are highly sensitive to the fact that some guests don’t really care for animals. And they are even more sensitive to the possibility of guest allergies. That’s why you will always find the presence of animal companions fully disclosed on any member’s website.

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The Many Faces of B&B Mascots – Part 1

November 23rd, 2015 by linda

Some anonymous someone once said, “A house is not a home without a pet.” Seriously: it’s a famous quote attributed to “Anonymous.” But how many of us have said it and attributed it to our own hearts?

Like many homes, bed and breakfast inns are often cohabited by pets — sometimes tucked into the innkeepers’ private quarters and rarely seen or heard, if ever. Sometimes, they are part of the daily comings and goings and help create the character of the lodging. Regardless, animal mascots are the heart and soul of many a B&B.

Miss Millie at Chelsea House B&B.

Miss Millie at Chelsea House B&B prefers peace, privacy and the company of the innkeepers’ purple passion flowers.

Chips and Tucker, both spaniels and of obvious royalty, rule at Bellaire B&B. Guest favorites, they are never allowed in any guest's room.

Chips and Tucker, both spaniels and of obvious royalty, are innkeeper assistants at Bellaire B&B.

If you have allergies or an aversion to certain types of animals, be sure to check the websites of the inns you are interested in visiting. Members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association are required to disclose the presence of pets in the lodging — particularly if those pets are allowed in common areas. No B&B innkeeper allows their pets into the guestrooms.

Sonny loves visiting with guests at At Willow Pond B&B.

Sonny, one of two resident horses, loves noshing with guests at At Willow Pond B&B.

There's a reason the innkeepers at A Dove Nest B&B call this horse "Nosy."

There’s a reason the innkeepers at A Dove Nest B&B call this horse “Nosy.” It’s one of nine who live in the pastures and stables on the property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missy is a marvelous mouser who always turns her prey lose at Dewey Lake Manor B&B.

Missy is Dewey Lake Manor’s well-fed mouser who always turns her prey lose after a brief romp outdoors.

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B&Bs: How to Pick ‘Em (Part 2)

November 11th, 2015 by linda

How do you choose the right B&B? Why choose a B&B at all? Enjoy Part 2 of this Q&A with a couple who knows the answers.Al and Delores have stayed at 81 different B&Bs over the past 25 years -- with various degrees of enjoyment. They've learned how to choose what works best for them.

Dolores and Al Trombley of Sterling Heights, MI are quintessential B&B fans. They’ve stayed at 81 bed and breakfast inns — 58 or them in Michigan — over the past 25 years of their 50 years together. Answers are in their own words except where italicized words are added for clarity. 

Q     How has the internet changed your process of choosing a B&B?
A     We haven’t had a bad experience in many years, thanks to the Internet. If we’re staying in Michigan, we go to the Lake to Lake website first. We’ve had considerable success with the Wisconsin B&B Association site and I think also with Indiana’s. Look for the websites of state associations that review and approve members.

The Heather House in Marine City is one of a handful of Michigan B&Bs the Trombleys have visited twice.

The Heather House in Marine City near Lake Huron is one of a handful of Michigan B&Bs the Trombleys have visited twice. (Click the image for inn details.)

Q     What part do reviews play in selecting a B&B?
A     Al replied: “I don’t go to TripAdvisor first. I will go there if a Google search includes it among the first few links provided, but I usually don’t actively seek TripAdvisor results. I rely on TripAdvisor with a grain of salt because of too many ringers and sour apples. With respect to internet reviews, I tell people, if you have any doubts, toss out the two or three best and the two or three worst.”

Q     What do you tell B&B novices about why you prefer B&Bs?
A     The experience. It’s like  the “Forrest Gump” quote about the box of chocolates.  “You never know what you’re gonna get.” There is no chain B&B. At the vast majority of inns, the owners are on site and serving you. Sometimes people tell us they wouldn’t feel comfortable sleeping in someone else’s house. Our response is that if the innkeepers aren’t the sort of people who can make you feel comfortable, they won’t stay in business very long.

Kingsley House B&B in Fennville is another Michigan B&B that brought the Trombleys back for a second stay.

Kingsley House B&B in Fennville nearby Lake Michigan is another Michigan B&B that brought the Trombleys back for a second stay. (Click the image for inn details.)

Q     Besides your clothing and toiletries, what useful items do you take with you to B&Bs?
A     Al said: “Night light, flashlight, paper towels, and our own alarm clock because I know how it works.” Dolores advised: “Take a lapboard to make sure you have a place to write something.”

Q     What changes have you observed in B&Bs over the years?
A     The price has gone up. Since we are retired now, we are priced out of many places we would like to stay. Where in the past, we would stay more days we now stay fewer. We mix it up to average a lower price per night. If a place appeals to us, we’ll find a way.

Al, who has a business degree and spent his career in banking and the last 15 years of it in bank marketing, added: “I understand pricing. If you price too high, you’re losing business; price too low, and you’re giving it away.

“When we first started going to B&Bs, we didn’t look at it as an alternative to a hotel in terms of price. The rates were immaterial, within reason. We were going for the B&B experience.”

Q     Do you ever stay at the same place twice?
A     We’ve stayed twice at 16 B&Bs and three times at three B&Bs. The Trombleys stayed four times at Wooden Heart Inn in Sister Bay, WI, which became their favorite. Then the owners retired and closed the inn. Dolores said: I feel left out that I can’t go anymore. I didn’t realize I was going to take it that way.

Q     Future B&B plans?
A
    We love doing this. Hope we can continue for many more years.

— The Trombleys were interviewed by innkeeper Sandy White of Adventure Inn, located on Lake Huron halfway between Port Huron and Lexington, MI. She’d love to get a look at Al’s spreadsheet rating all the places they’ve stayed, including at Adventure Inn.

 

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How to Choose a B&B – (Part 1)

November 4th, 2015 by linda

How do you choose the right B&B? Enjoy Part 1 of this Q&A with a couple who really knows the answers.
Al and Dolores Trombley of Sterling Heights, MI, have stayed in 81 different B&Bs over 25 years. Although some of the 81 B&Bs have since closed or are for sale, 58 were in right here in Michigan. Answers are in the couple’s own words.

Q     How do you decide whether a B&B will merit a stay?
A      The first consideration is where we want to go. If we’re staying in Michigan, we consult the Lake to Lake website first, because it’s easy to use, it’s reliable, and information on a large number of B&Bs is all in one place. If we can’t achieve what we want with Lake to Lake, we will branch out.

Al and Delores have stayed at 81 different B&Bs over the past 25 years -- with various degrees of enjoyment. They've learned how to choose what works best for them.

Al and Delores have stayed at 81 different B&Bs over the past 25 years — with various degrees of enjoyment. They’ve learned how to choose what works best for them.

We will not stay in a place with shared baths. Some innkeepers say, “If you want a private bath, we won’t rent the other room” that shares the bathroom. But it’s not a risk I want to take. It’s just not comfortable for us. We have a strong preference for an ensuite bathroom, but we have stayed in B&Bs with a private bathroom across the hall.

We prefer a B&B that accepts no children. It’s not an absolute, but it’s a plus.

We prefer a room that doesn’t open up to a common area.

TV in the room and an internet connection are totally optional for us, but we know that younger people value WiFi and the availability of lots of outlets to plug in their devices.

We prefer a communal breakfast table, so quiet introverts like us are more likely to interact with other guests. The conversation is always totally unpredictable. We learn from each other. You can’t get that at a hotel. The conversations with the innkeepers and other guests are part of what makes a B&B stay memorable. It’s a disappointment when it’s just us for breakfast: we do that every day.

Q     Besides shared bathrooms, what are other major turnoffs that make you decide not to book a B&B?
A     We just read about a B&B that has a checkout at 10 a.m. Not acceptable. An 11 a.m. checkout is pretty much the norm.

If the B&B’s website has obviously outdated specials or information, that to me shows a lack of attention to detail. If they’re not paying attention to that, what else are they not paying attention to?

The Innkeeper’s attitude is critical. I usually telephone to make a reservation, even when online booking is available. From our end, the phone call is sort of like an interview. Some conversations are polite but short and sweet. Others evolve into a longer conversation, and I find myself listening to someone who is happy to talk about their inn. This is the kind of place I know we’ll feel comfortable. One time, the lady sounded like she didn’t care if we stayed or not, so we didn’t.

Q     What do you say when someone asks you why you don’t just open your own B&B?
A     Al’s answer: Not for one day. I would not want to be on your side for one day. we are not morning people. Innkeepers have an 18-hour day. That’s not us. You  run your business whether you’re sick or well. You keep on. That is absolutely admirable.

— Al and Dolores were interviewed by innkeeper Sandy White, who isn’t a morning person but nevertheless has operated Adventure Inn B&B  on Lake Huron with her husband for 10 years. Adventure Inn was the Trombleys’ 79th B&B, and the photo was taken there with the lake as a backdrop.

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Wrapping Up B&B “Breakfasts”

October 9th, 2015 by linda

All of September, we celebrated National Breakfast Week with great new recipes submitted by our Michigan-member innkeepers. These are delectable delights that didn’t quite fit into the breakfast category or arrived a little late — but are too scrumptious not to share. Enjoy!

Champagne Fruit Parfait

This simple, yet elegant parfait is a great alternative to the tradition Mimosa and is served frequently at Historic Webster House . Just

This simple, yet elegant parfait is an eye-appealing, healthier alternative to the traditional Mimosa and is served frequently at Historic Webster House. Just fill wine glasses with cantaloupe, honey dew or any type of melon balls. Then drizzle champagne over the fruit, filling the glass half full. Top with a mint leaf. Super simple! For a non-alcoholic version, substitute ginger ale.


Claire’s Light Multi-Grain Pancake Mix

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In keeping with our philosophy of healthy indulgence, I wanted a pancake recipe that both tasted good, was good for you--and a snap to mix up. So often multi-grain pancakes are heavy, dense and bland, so I played around with several different recipes until I created a blend I liked. Our guests tell us these pancakes "taste too good to be good for you"! I make the mix up ahead of time and always have it ready to go.

In keeping with At Willow Pond B&B’s philosophy of healthy indulgence, the innkeeper wanted a pancake recipe that both tasted good, is good for you–and is a snap to mix up. So often multi-grain pancakes are heavy, dense and bland, but guests say these pancakes “taste too good to be good for you!” Claire makes the mix up ahead of time and always has it ready to go.


Wyoming Breakfast Skillet

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We needed a savory gluten-free recipe for one guest and an "I-don't-want-to-see-an-egg"entree for another guest. Fortunately it was summer, and the farmer's market had an abundance of fresh veggies and some cute little redskin and white potatoes. We named the dish in honor of a couple from Wyoming, where he was with the Air National Guard

Innkeepers are regularly challenged by guests with special dietary needs and wants. One morning, Adventure Inn B&B needed a savory gluten-free dish for one guest and a “no eggs” entree for another. Fortunately it was summer, and the farmer’s market had an abundance of fresh veggies and some baby redskin and white potatoes. Thus was born the Wyoming Breakfast Skillet, gluten free and egg free, named in honor of one of the couples visiting from Wyoming.


Chocolate-Espresso Dacquoise

(click the image for the recipe)

Try this wonderful dacquoise at home if you have lots of time, lots of patience and want to knock the socks off your guests. By definition, a decquoise isA dacquoise is a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. This is the newest confection adapted by Cocoa Cottage B&B -- the chocolate-lover's B&B -- to complete wow their guests.

Try this delicious dacquoise at home if you have lots of time, lots of patience and want to knock the socks off your guests. By definition, a dacquoise is a dessert cake made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. This is the newest confection adapted by Cocoa Cottage B&B — the chocolate-lover’s B&B — to completely wow their guests.

If you think these recipes are amazing, you should visit our online B&B Recipe Favorites — over 400 contributed by our member innkeepers. You’ll discover not only sweet breakfasts and savory breakfasts, but desserts, dinner entrees, lunches, appetizers and more. There’s an easy print button that ensures an easily readable format.

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B&Bs Celebrate Breakfast

September 17th, 2015 by linda

Pooh quote snipWhat industry is better equipped to observe National Breakfast Month than Michigan bed and breakfast inns? After all, “breakfast” is half our name. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our most creative ideas and best recipes so you can try them in your own kitchen.

Breakfast at a B&B almost always begins with a fresh fruit course, like this colorful starter served at Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant.

Breakfast at a B&B almost always begins with a fresh fruit course, like this colorful starter served at Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant.

You can click on the image to get the recipe for this "pizza for breakfast" served at The Kalamazoo House.

You can click on the image to get the recipe for this “pizza for breakfast” served at The Kalamazoo House some mornings.

 

Yum! Fresh Blueberry Breakfast Bread is frequently the featured baked good served up at Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph -- made with fresh or fresh-frozen local berries, of course. Click on the image for the recipe.

Yum! Blueberry Breakfast Bread is frequently the featured baked good served up at Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph — made with fresh or fresh-frozen local berries, of course. Click on the image for the recipe.

 

Sometimes it's what goes on the table along with the breakfast entree that makes the meal. At Willow Pond B&B serves its own home-grown honey as well as hand-made jams and jellies from the freshest, ripest fruit in season.

Sometimes it’s what goes on the table along with the breakfast entree that makes the meal. At Willow Pond B&B serves its own home-grown honey as well as home-made jams and jellies from the freshest, ripest fruit in season.

 

Some breakfast baked goods don't need a single condiment, like these Mocha Cappuccino Muffins, always a favorite at White Swan Inn B&B in Whitehall. Click on the image for the recipe.

Some breakfast baked goods don’t need a single condiment, like these Mocha Cappuccino Muffins. A combination of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon, they are a guest favorite at White Swan Inn B&B in Whitehall. Click on the image for the recipe.

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