B&Bs = GREAT VALUE

August 19th, 2015 by linda

Discover the eighth of all the great reasons to choose a B&B.

Remember the four reasons to choose a Michigan B&B over other lodging alternatives? #1 – breakfast; #2 – personal service; #3 – location; and #4 – romance. Today’s blog adds three more reasons, bringing the total to seven. Together, they add up to “great value,” the best reason to choose a B&B.

#5. Unexpected luxuries.

Experience the luxury of sun-dried sheets ironed crisp when you lay your head in your comfy bed. Some B&Bs don't go this far, but many do.

Experience the luxury of sun-dried sheets ironed crisp when you lay your head in your comfy bed. Some B&Bs don’t go quite this far, but many do.

Most B&Bs offer special extra touches to make your stay pampering and luxurious. Among the perks that may be offered are luxurious bed linens, line dried in the sunshine and ironed crisp by hand. Thick, fluffy, super absorbent towels. Organic, farm-grown food and hand-made breakfast preserves. Locally roasted coffees. Designer soaps, lotions and shampoos. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can find which inns offer luxury amenities by searching specific items under “inn amenities” and “room amenities” on our website’s “Design Your Stay” menu.

#6. Activities on site and nearby.

Leisurely bike trails and sidewalks, with bikes provided by many B&Bs and secure bike story provided by many others.

Enjoy leisurely bike trails and sidewalks. Bicycles are provided by many B&Bs and secure bike storage is provided by many others.

Lots of B&Bs offer additional recreational activities in their regular packages. Some provide bikes to ride nearby trails or around town. Some have discount deals just for their guests at places like golf courses or water-sports liveries. Some have barns where you can stable your horse to explore equestrian trails. Some are near ski slopes or have snowmobile trails right outside the back door. Discover which inns offer what under “Area Activities.”

#7. Privacy, peace, security.

B&Bs tend to be more exclusive with fewer guests. Many cater to couples rather than families. If you're looking for a place to spend quiet time -- to get away from it all, a B&B is your best bet. Click on the photo to discover the inn. 

B&Bs tend to be more exclusive with fewer guests. Many cater to couples rather than families. If you’re looking for a place to spend quiet time — to get away from it all, a B&B is your best bet. Click on the photo to discover the Country Hermitage B&B near Traverse City.

Discover which inns encourage families and which encourage couples to enjoy an “adults’ only” environment by searching under the heading, “Inn Policies.” Some innkeepers also welcome your pet. You can find out which B&Bs do and don’t by searching under the same heading. 

8. Great value!

Help yourself. Most B&Bs, like Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids, don't put price tags on snacks. Beverages are always available.

Help yourself. Most B&Bs, like Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids, don’t put price tags on snacks. Beverages are always available.

Add it all up and you can’t find better deals anywhere than at a B&B. At first blush, the room may seem more expensive than a roadside motel. But add in complimentary breakfast for two, free snacks and fresh-baked treats,  complimentary sodas, coffee and bottled water, free WiFi, more personalized service, a little pampering and an always unique, safe and friendly experience – you’ve got great value.

Perfect Romantic Getaways

August 10th, 2015 by linda

Dove Nest guestroom wine

The fourth reason in our series — “Why choose a B&B?” — is that they offer the perfect romantic getaway. In fact, B&Bs have become so popular for couples, many offer special romance packages. They are generally available for a pre-set fee in addition to the normal room-night charge. The innkeepers put the chocolates on the pillow, the roses in a vase, the champagne in a bucket and the bubbles in the bath…. then disappear. Perfect! Whether you’re newlyweds, observing an anniversary or a babymoon or simply celebrating your love, B&Bs take the worry out of planning and have everything ready, waiting and just right.

Take just a smattering of examples from the romance specials and packages listed on the Lake to Lake Association website — the one-stop shop for all things B&B in Michigan.

A Night to Remember at Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B
Grandville (SW MI Region)

Prairieside RomanceHow does this sound? Enter your room to discover a long stemmed rose, a scatter of silk rose petals and a box of chocolates. After you enjoy an hour-long couples massage, light the candles provided and slip into a relaxing whirlpool bath while enjoying a non-alcoholic wine tray with grape garnish plus a remembrance gift to take home! The best part is, you can just check the “Night to Remember” box when booking your stay online — or you can check other boxes for other romantic packages.

Romantic 2-Night Getaway – Available Anytime
at Munro House B&B and Spa, Jonesville (SE MI Region)
With a short three-day notice preferred, guests purchasing this special will  arrive to a selection of chocolate truffles and a dozen roses in their private, comfortable room. On the first night, use your gift certificate for a delightful meal in a fine-dining restaurant a short drive away. Next morning, enjoy a big country-style breakfast, then put on your robes to each enjoy a one hour massage in the spa room. After a leisurely afternoon spent touring, shopping or hanging out, walk to enjoy another great meal compliments of the innkeepers at the best restaurant in Hillsdale County. Retire to your room and awaken to another big breakfast before returning home. Is that heaven or what?

Sweet Retreat Massage Package at
DeLano Mansion Inn B&B, Allegan (SW MI Region)
DeLano bathIf you are looking to indulge your body, soul and spirit while refreshing your affection for each other, look no further than this 1863 Victorian Inn in a quintessential small town not far from Lake Michigan beaches. This tempting package includes a gift bag featuring a collectible signature coffee mug filled with gourmet chocolates, side-by-side couples’ massages in the privacy of your own suite by two certified massage therapists, and a $60 dinner voucher for two at a fine-dining establishment nearby. Enjoy a whirlpool bath for two after dinner.

Special Someone Romantic Getaway at
Baert Baron Mansion B&B, Zeeland (SW MI Region)
These innkeepers want you to experience the warmth of a special occasion with your “special someone” and forget the trials and tribulations of your hectic lifestyles. Their package features dinner out at a fine restaurant, a loaded picnic basket you can take to nearby Lake Michigan or on a winery tour, candlelight breakfast in your private room both mornings, a dozen long-stemmed roses, chocolate-dipped strawberries – pretty much everything you can think of to make your getaway romantic. A two-night stay and seven-days’ reservation notice is required.

….During the Months Less Traveled
As the summer season moves to fall, then into the months less traveled, the number of special packages for romance and for all activities and interests will increase exponentially and spread ever farther into Michigan’s great “up north.” So keep an eye on the website for great deals, good values and unique opportunities year around.

 

Location, location, location!

August 1st, 2015 by linda

Location is a third and major reason to choose a Michigan B&B over other lodging alternatives.

Unlike hotels and motels, B&Bs are rarely found among the off and on ramps of super highways. More often, they are off the beaten path. In many cases, their location makes them unique destinations in themselves:

(Click on photos for inn details)

Torch Lake Bed & Breakfast, Central Lake (NW)
Enjoy all that Torch Lake has to offer, including the private beach, paddleboards, kayaks, delicious breakfasts  -- and, of course, the view!

Enjoy all that Torch Lake has to offer including the private beach, paddleboards, kayaks, delicious breakfasts — and, of course, the incomparable view!

Chateau Chantal Winery and Bed & Breakfast, Traverse City (NW)
chateau Chantal

Sprawled atop a rise near the northern tip of Old Mission Peninsula, guests may enjoy award-winning wines with their views of Grand Traverse Bay.

 Huron House Bed & Breakfast, Oscoda (NE)

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Above Michigan’s Thumb and below the Straits, nearly every guest room at this B&B looks out over the blue, blue water of Lake Huron.

Some B&Bs provide experiences that are unique and worth a trip all by themselves.

At Willow Pond Bed & Breakfast, Fenwick (SW)

At willow Pond chickens

Guests not only enjoy feeding the barnyard animals, they get to enjoy super-fresh free-range eggs at breakfast every morning.

Outback Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast, Stanwood (NW)

Outback Guest Ranch

BYOHorse – or skis or snowmobiles or hiking boots (or hunting gear in season) — to explore 2200 acres of a nature lover’s dream. 

Munro House Bed & Breakfast, Jonesville (SE)

Underground Railroad tunnel Munro House Jonesville MI DSC00059-b

Schoolchildren tour this stately 1834 home that harbored hundreds of fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. A tunnel and a  secret attic still exist today. 

Often, a B&B’s neighborhood location gives you a peek into the less-traveled parts of a community you likely would otherwise miss — or a community you might simply pass by.

Leonard at Logan House Bed & Breakfast, Grand Rapids (SW)

Leonard at Logan House

This turn-of-the-century mansion is nestled in the heart of historic Heritage Hills, near downtown and safely walkable to nearby restaurants, shops and brew pubs.

Millpond Bed & Breakfast, Clarkston (SE)

Millpond neighborhood

When visiting the Detroit area, this B&B in a suburban neighborhood is close to everything by car and safely walkable to charming downtown restaurants and shops. 

To discover much more about dozens’ more Michigan B&Bs, click here to “design your stay.” Choose from a multitude of specific options including “near attractions” like golf, historic sites, antique shopping, casinos or beach walking– and in “geographic settings” like woods, working farms, villages  or waterfront. You get the idea. A bed and breakfast inn is so much more than just a place to stay. Why settle for the motel stop along the highway?

 

Service with a personal touch

July 21st, 2015 by linda

Personal Service: Reason #2 to choose a Michigan B&B over other lodging alternatives….

Its rich history attracted Yuning Wang and Jason Ju to purchase and operate the 120-year-old Grand Victorian Inn B&B

Its rich history attracted Yuning Wang and Jason Ju to purchase and operate the 120-year-old, meticulously maintained  Grand Victorian Inn B&B.

B&B owners are almost always self employed. They rely on word-of-mouth and repeat business to stay afloat. For you — the guest, that means your hosts will go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need. B&B innkeepers enjoy pampering their guests and serve as a cross between concierge and friend, mixing insider advice on the best local places to eat and shop with good old-fashioned sociability.

Paul and Cheri are the chief cooks and bottle washers, your hosts and the owners of Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville.

Paul and Cheri are the chief cooks and bottle washers, your hosts and the owners of Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B.

While hotels and motels can have hundreds of guests on any evening, a B&B generally has a handful. At most large lodging properties, the desk clerk is a paid employee. At a B&B, the person checking you in is likely the same one who earlier fluffed your pillows, will be your breakfast chef, will host you for an afternoon apertif and appetizers — and who owns the joint. These owners are 100-percent invested in you. They will ensure you enjoy more individual attention and a higher level of service than you would in any other type of lodging.

Jim and Dave are affable hosts as well as the owners of the Bellaire B&B.

Jim and Dave are the affable hosts as well as the owners of the Bellaire B&B and its lovely gardens.

Your experience with your hosts will be as personal or as detached as you want it to be. Innkeepers excel at determining the distance their guests prefer to maintain, and stand ready to be your new best friend or simply the person who waves goodbye when you leave the inn for a night on the town.

Marci and Debra are friendly competitors who, with their husbands, own and run their respective B&Bs from top to bottom. Each inn commands a breathtaking lake view  -- Marci of St. Clair Lake from her  spacious porch at The House on the HIll B&B; and Deb, who is visiting from  nearby Torch Lake B&B with a nearly 19-mile view.

Marci and Debra are friendly competitors who, with their husbands, own and operate their respective B&Bs. Marci minds the store at The House on the Hill B&B; and Deb runs the Torch Lake B&B.

A B&B’s more intimate setting – feeling like a private home – makes for a sociable atmosphere. Over breakfast, some guests prefer separate table seating and many B&Bs offer that option. But many provide a lavish, hot and home-made breakfast family style. Here, guests find themselves sharing travel tips and stories and making new friends while lingering over coffee. What a concept!

Breakfasts can be enjoyed tete-a-tete at The Kalamazoo House B&B .

Breakfasts can be enjoyed tete-a-tete at The Kalamazoo House B&B .

B&B innkeepers are innkeepers because they are naturally hospitable folks. B&Bs may feel like private homes, but the fact is they are commercial lodgings. These innkeepers enjoy their own living quarters on site, but they equally enjoy sharing their views and beautiful rooms with you.

Guests love this deck overlooking Lake Huron at Adventure Inn B&B any time of day.

Guests love this deck overlooking Lake Huron at Adventure Inn B&B any time of day.

The dining rooms, the living rooms, porches and patios are as much for you as is your private room and bath. B&Bs are truly a home away from home and a way to get a taste of a life you may only have dreamed of. Right up there with breakfast, it’s another reason to choose a Michigan B&B over other lodging alternatives.

(Note: All B&Bs are not created equal. Be sure to guarantee a quality stay by ensuring your B&B meets the standards required for membership in the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. Check here before you commit to a reservation.) 

 

Breakfast is Reason #1 to Stay at a B&B

May 6th, 2015 by linda

What makes staying at a B&B so special? This blog series will give you 10 good reasons why B&Bs in Michigan are special destination lodgings you need to experience. We’ll give you one good reason one per post, so plan to come back often.

Breakfast is included in your stay.

Breakfast at a B&B isn’t an add on for which you pay an extra fee. Nope: breakfast is part of the package, both a convenience and a cost savings. A few B&Bs limit their menus to continental spreads, but most offer a multi-course gourmet meal, hot and fresh from the kitchen every morning.

Click the image to see which B&B serves this fresh fruit courses like these strawberries with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk.

Click the image to see which B&B serves fresh fruit courses like these strawberries with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk.

Which B&B turns everyday mornings into extraordinary culinary delights? Click the photo to find out. Which B&B turns everyday mornings into extraordinary culinary delights? Click the photo to find out.

Fresh-baked breads of all shapes and sizes are a must at most B&Bs - including this one, featuring chocolate-chunk-French-Toast muffins with Blueberry Sauce. Now click the image. Fresh baked goods are a must at most B&Bs – including this one, featuring a chocolate-chunk-French-Toast muffin with blueberry sauce. Click the image to discover who made these.

What happens if you're in too big a hurry to sit down to breakfast? Click the photo to see which inn packs you this breakfast to go!What happens if you’re in too big a hurry to stay for breakfast? Click the photo to see which inn packs you this breakfast to go!

B&Bs invented "farm to table" long before it was trendy. Click the collage to see which B&B serves their own hens' eggs and their own bees' honey on hot, fresh biscuits. B&Bs invented “farm to table” long before it was trendy. Click the collage to see which B&B serves their own hens’ eggs and their own bees’ honey on hot, fresh biscuits.

You can enjoy breakfasts like these at home whenever you can’t get away to stay at a Lake to Lake-member bed and breakfast inn. Pour over our printable, online recipes or order our cookbook as a gift or your personal kitchen resource.

B&Bs Help Shatter Michigan Morel Myths

April 20th, 2015 by linda

My mom said when she was a girl growing up on the farm in southwestern Michigan, she and her six siblings hunted Morel Mushrooms every spring. I pooh poohed that story because everyone knows morels are a gift of the gods to those who live “Up North.”

The first morel sighting at The House on the HIll B&B, where you can hunt to your heart's content on 53 wild acres.

The first morel sighting at The House on the HIll B&B, where you can hunt to your heart’s content on 53 wild acres.

Turns out that’s a myth: Mom was right and I’m wrong. Morels are found everywhere in Michigan (or nowhere if you’re like half the thousands of folks who take to the woods in late April and May and never find a one).

Morel weight-in at the Osseo Festival hunt.

Weigh-in at the Great Osseo Festival Morel Hunt.

In fact, one of the small handful of Morel Mushroom Festivals in the state is just 15 minutes south of Jonesville, not far from the state line. Jonesville is home to Munro House B&B and Spa and to innkeepers Mike and Lori Venturini, who told us about the event. Come stay with them if you want to hunt the elusive fungus at the 19th annual Osseo Heritage Day & Great Morel Hunt, Saturday, May 9. Besides a parade and a barbecue chicken dinner served mid day, prizes are awarded for the biggest morel and the largest harvest.

In May, Trillium run wild, a forefunner to morels and blooming everywhere in Michigan, including around Bear Lake B&B in Bear Lake.

Trillium run wild in May, forerunners to morels and blooming everywhere in Michigan, including at Bear Lake B&B in Bear Lake.

Where there are trillium, you’ll find morels. That’s another myth. The fact is that once the trillium begin to blanket the forest floor, morels are not far behind. Trillium are the mushroom’s personal forecasting system but not necessarily a tip off to their presence.

Another myth is that morels are so distinctive, it’s impossible to mistake them for poisonous species. Not so, my friends. All species of true morels (Morchella Augusticeps, Morchella Crassipes, Morchella Delisiosa and Morchella Esculenta) have cone-shaped caps, a pitted surface, a hollow stem and no break between the cap and the stem. But there are also “false” morels that masquerade as the real thing that can kill you or make you so sick you wish you were dead. It’s recommended you team up with an experienced morel hunter and use an illustrated mushroom field guide. Michiganmorels.com is a comprehensive online source of information specific to our state’s morels.

Morel Mushroom Quiche. Yum! Click the image for the recipe.

Morel Mushroom Quiche. Yum! Click the image for the recipe.

Because eating the genuine article can mean the difference between life or death, the State of Michigan requires any entity selling morels from roadside stands, at local markets and from the backs of trucks to be licensed. It’s purely a myth to believe that just because someone is selling what looks like morels, they are the real deal. Be cautious. Especially in years when the growing conditions aren’t optimal, the delicacy can fetch prices as high as $100 a pound, which can be tempting to the less trustworthy among us. If you prefer to buy your morels rather than dig for them, find a source your can trust. Stone Chalet B&B in Ann Arbor tells us imports are available locally at The Produce Station, and Michigan-grown morels will soon follow. Other select markets across the state offer them as well. Order them online at Michigan Mushroom Market.

Or let master chefs cook them for you. The highly-acclaimed Rowe Inn Restaurant, just across the street from our friends at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, will serve dinnersfrom May 13 – 17 that feature morels. The special menu is part of the 55th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival in nearby Boyne City, May 14 – 17. As if that’s not enticement enough to come for a visit, House on the Hill encourages their guests to hunt for morels on their 53 acres of private land — and keep what they pick.

Happy morel hunting this spring! Happy B&B-ing all year long.

B&B Photos Speak Volumes

April 14th, 2015 by linda

At Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association, we believe pictures speak a thousand words and best tell the stories of our member bed and breakfast inns. Telling those stories is the reason we exist. So imagine how pleased we are that a study just released on use of social media by 91 state and provincial B&B associations cites our Facebook page as  “Best at Promoting Members and Sharing Members’ Content” and our blog for “Best Use of Photos.” These are some of our favorites. Click on the image to find out more about the featured inn.

Apprentice Innkeepers

Tucker and Chips, “aspiring” Innkeepers at Bellaire B&B.

 

Waterloo Gardens B&B

You choose: a chain motel entrance or this welcoming front door to Waterloo Gardens B&B?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The freshest breakfasts start with fruit, like this Peach Pinwheel served in season at Adventure Inn.

The freshest breakfasts start with fruit, like this Peach Pinwheel served in season at Adventure Inn.

At Kalamazoo House, breakfasts are private, cozy and delicious.

At Kalamazoo House, breakfasts are private, cozy and delicious.

 

Castle in the country B&B Inn offers romance in casual elegance,

Castle in the Country B&B Inn is a study in casual elegance with its own lake, a pond and trails through acres of woodlands.

 

Black tie is never di rigeur at the White Swan Inn.

Black tie is never a requirement at the White Swan Inn – especially when you’re biking up the Lake Michigan coast from Chicago.

 

BYOH(orse) to LogHaven Bed, Breakfast and Barn.

You can BYOH(orse) to LogHaven Bed, Breakfast and Barn and ride miles of equestrian trails through the Huron National Forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep is an experience in luxury at B&Bs like Canterbury Chateau.

You enjoy close encounters of the most luxurious kind when you sleep at B&Bs like Canterbury Chateau.

To locate all 100 of Michigan’s finest inns, explore our online directory. Collect our innkeepers’ favorite recipes. See which B&B’s are close to the Michigan attractions you most want to visit, from craft breweries to wineries, lighthouses, golf courses, beaches and more. Visit our blog often for more great stores and images of the only B&Bs in Michigan certified as “inspected and approved.”

 

Spring Makes Itself Known at Michigan B&Bs

April 10th, 2015 by linda

early thunderstormSpring is making itself known at bed and breakfast inns across Michigan. Yesterday brought the first thunderstorms of the year and they were signature Michigan boomers. Leaving a trail of puddles and rainbows in their wake, their bluster signaled the official start of the growing season. With promises of warmer days and sunshine all this week, we are at the threshold of a powerful new life cycle. Virgil A. Kraft put it most eloquently when he said, “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”

Johnny-Jump-Ups are jumping out of the ground at LogHaven Bed & Breakfast and Barn in West Branch, in the Huron National Forest in  the Northwest part of the state.

Johnny-Jump-Ups are pushing out of the ground at LogHaven Bed, Breakfast & Barn in West Branch, in the Huron National Forest in the Northeast part of the state.

At Dewey Lake Manor B&B near Brooklyn in Southeast Michigan, the resident feline shows her softer side.

At Dewey Lake Manor B&B near Brooklyn in Southeast Michigan, people aren’t the only ones appreciating the early blooms.

 

 

Californians know it's  spring when the swallows come back to Capistrano. Innkeepers at At Willow Pond B&B in Fenwick, near Greenville in Southwest Michigan, know it when the martins come home to roost and raise their young right in their own backyard.

Californians know it’s spring when the swallows come back to Capistrano. Innkeepers of At Willow Pond B&B in Fenwick, near Greenville in Southwest Michigan, know it’s spring when the Purple Martins come home to roost and raise their young right in the B&B’s backyard.

 

Hardy pansies can handle dips in temperatures below freezing. Victoria Resort B&B is already greeting guests with pots of gaily-colored pansies at their front door near the Lake Michigan shoreline in South Haven.

Hardy winter pansies can handle dips in temperatures even below freezing. Victoria Resort B&B is already greeting guests with pots of these gaily-colored blossins at their front door near the Lake Michigan shoreline in South Haven.

Discover these and other fine Michigan B&Bs in Michigan’s premier online B&B directory, where you can rest assured that every inn listed is certified “quality inspected and approved.”  That means each B&B is guaranteed safe, clean, comfortable, hospitable and professionally run by innkeepers who know and use best practices. Relax. Enjoy.

Michigan B&Bs Share Promises of Spring

March 27th, 2015 by linda

They haven’t appeared quite yet — those magical first signs that spring has arrived. So our Michigan bed and breakfast inns got together some of their favorite early-springtime photos to remind you to keep the faith: the season is almost here.

At Willow Pond B&B, Fenwick

Sandhill Cranes

In recent Facebook posts, At Willow Pond B&B’s innkeeper alerted us to the babble of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead on their return to Michigan to nest. Pitched somewhere between a chitter and a chortle, their song is as distinctive a harbinger of spring as the sweet warble of the robin. Click on the image to hear their unmistakable sound.

Dewey Lake Manor, Brooklyn

Pussy WillowPussy Willows will soon be on display at Dewey Lake Manor. Did you know their slim, white flowers have no petals? Instead, the blossoms are soft, furry cylinders called catkins.

 

 

 Prairieside Suites, Grandville

ForsythiaYellow Forsythia are among the very first flowering  shrubs to say hello to spring. Where you see Forsythia today, you’ll see Lilacs tomorrow, and that’s a promise.

About spring, Anne Rivers Siddons wrote this in “The House Next Door”:
Forsythia that I thought had been dozed into oblivion sprang up
and misted the foundations with lemon icing I yearn for all winter.

 

Victoria Resort B&B, South Haven

Good bye pinecones and silk flowers. No matter how exquisitely fashioned, nothing compares to a morning cup of coffee enjoyed while feasting the eyes on fresh-cut daffodils and hyacinth straight from the the garden. Ahhh, Spring.

Good bye pinecones and silk flowers. No matter how exquisitely fashioned, nothing compares to a morning cup of coffee enjoyed while feasting the eyes on fresh-cut daffodils and hyacinth straight from the the garden. Ahhh, springtime.

Join us every week for another peek into springtime until the real deal arrives. Then, we’ll live it rather than just dream it. Discover all the great places to get away this spring, featured in our online B&B directory. Take advantage of seasonal, spring-fling discounts and deals available at many of our member inns. Lake to Lake-member B&Bs are inspected and certified for quality, safety, cleanliness and professionalism. And that’s a promise, too.

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:


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