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:

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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Endless cookies

Visit our online cookbook to discover Michigan innkeepers’
favorite 
recipes — for breakfast and beyond. 

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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