Michigan’s Best B&Bs – in Pictures: Part 8

April 7th, 2014 by linda

Welcome to Part 8 of our ongoing blog series spotlighting Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns. In this installment, we are pleased to introduce you to Country Chalet/Edelweiss Haus, Mount Pleasant; Cobblestone Manor Luxury Historic Inn, Auburn Hills; and Munro House B&B and Spa, Jonesville. Enjoy!

Country Chalet & Edelweiss Haus, Mt. Pleasant (Northeast Michigan)
The Country Chalet & Edelweiss Haus Bed & Breakfast
What sets the Country Chalet & Edelweiss Haus apart from other fine Michigan inns? This Mt. Pleasant B&B is a poster child for going “green.” Innkeepers Ron and Caroline Lutz (above) use only natural and non-toxic cleaning products. They use solar-generated energy wherever they can – like to power the water heater and the lights on their flower-laden balcony and walkways. Speaking of flowers, they recycle and compost and use no chemicals on their lawn or the garden. Seasonally, Caroline cooks with her home-grown vegetables and herbs and makes her own jams, juices and toppings from home-grown fruit. At breakfast, she serves “happy” eggs from chickens allowed to roam, and rumor has it she’s a darned good cook. Visiting Central Michigan University, canoeing the nearby Chippewa River or heading to the Soaring Eagle Casino?
Regardless of the reason,  this is a great place to hang your hat when you visit Mt. Pleasant. 

Cobblestone Manor Luxury Historic Inn , Auburn Hills (Southeast Michigan)
Cobblestone Manor Weddings
Planning a wedding? As if it weren’t enough to offer nine spacious guest rooms and two dining rooms—one candlelit and the other sunlit, Cobblestone Manor Luxury Historic Inn in Auburn Hills features its own intimate indoor wedding chapel for up to 50 guests and a lush outdoor wedding garden. Amenities include an elegant bridal room and a separate groom’s area. A grand staircase provides a stunning photo backdrop. This northern Detroit-area suburb is near Rochester, Madonna’s home town. It’s close to Oakland University, historic Meadowbrook Hall and Meadowbrook theater and concert venues.  The Manor, built in 1840, is tastefully furnished in Victorian antiques. Thoroughly modern enhancements include private baths, WiFi, data ports, cable TV and all the extra touches that discerning travelers expect.

Munro House B&B and Spa, Jonesville (Southeast Michigan)
Munro House B&B
Mr. Mike’s motto is, “Life is good in Jonesville.” Munro House B&B and Spa innkeepers Mike and Lori Venturini love to have a good time and never leave their guests out of the fun. Their special-event weekends are frequent and legendary.  Some of their getaway packages include murder mystery dinners, cooking parties, massage and day spa services, romantic weekends and – a $1000 all-inclusive wedding package in the seven-guestroom, classically-decorated pre-Civil War-era mansion. The package includes the minister (often Mr. Mike himself), bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere, custom cake, reception for up to 20 guests and two-nights’ lodging for the bride and groom. It’s simple and affordable; elegant and memorable…. words that describe the Munro House B&B  experience to a T.

If you’ve enjoyed a stay at any of these or other Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association-member inns, we’d love to hear about your experiences. We make it quick and easy to fill out a “Rate Your Stay” form online. Just fill in the blanks with your candid observations, then click “submit.” Discover all our quality-inspected member B&Bs on our website.

Michigan’s Best B&Bs Span the Great Lakes: Part 7

March 27th, 2014 by linda

Bed and Breakfasts are truly “the better way to stay.” This seventh in a series of Michigan B&Bs in Pictures helps prove the assertion, which we take to heart as the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. We offer you the best and most current information on our members, which comprise the state’s finest inns. Each is regularly inspected, from the grounds to the guest rooms, for more than 100 points of quality including safety, cleanliness, comfort and professionalism. Here, we are pleased to introduce you to The State Street Inn on Lake Huron, The Last Resort B&B Inn on Lake Michigan, and Big Bay Point Lighthouse B&B on Lake Superior.

THE STATE STREET INN , HARBOR BEACH (SE)Statestreet main photo
It’s just a short walk from this charming harbor-town B&B to the Lake Huron shoreline – the perfect way to start or end the day in any of Michigan’s seasons. The State Street Inn in Harbor Beach is an ideal destination for peaceful contemplation of nature’s bounty.

Looking from Harbor Beach across Lake Huron.

Looking from Harbor Beach across Lake Huron.

It’s also the gateway to the entire tip of Michigan’s Thumb, where attractions range from kayaking on the great lake to viewing its resident lighthouses from an excursion boat…. from exploring the area’s history at the Grice House and Frank Murphy museums and nearby Pioneer Log Village to working state-of-the-art wind farms. Explore more state and country parks than you can count on both hands. Bike. Hike. Antique. Wine taste. Dine romantically or just chill in friendly local pubs. Innkeepers Bill and Janice will help you pinpoint the local fun-spots and make sure you have breakfast before you go.  C’mon over, anytime.

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Closest B&B to South Haven’s sandy beaches.

THE LAST RESORT B&B INN, SOUTH HAVEN (SW)
Last Resort
What makes The Last Resort B&B Inn a “must visit?” Located on the picture-esque North Beach in South Haven, this lovely “walk-to-downtown” inn has water views – either of Lake Michigan or the harbor — from every one of its 14 rooms but two! Even the two that don’t feature lake views have en suite baths, air conditioning and whirlpool tubs – everything you need to feel at home and pampered. Guests enjoy a visual feast of diverse, colorful artwork both from the innkeepers’ international travels and from their own palettes. With wrap-around decks, spacious common areas and a range of accommodations from cozy to penthouse suites, the Last Resort was South Haven’s first tourist resort when it opened in 1883. It became South Haven’s first B&B after the current inkeepers renovated and reopened it 31 years ago. 

   BIG BAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE B&B, BIG BAY (UP)
Big Bay Lighthouse 2 Haven’t you always wanted to live in a lighthouse?
What could be more romantic than knowing the light above you is busy warning mariners away and the waves are crashing below while you snuggle safe and cozy in a pampering guestroom. Live the dream at Big Bay Point Lighthouse B&B in Big Bay, just north of Marquette on Lake Superior in Michigan’s U.P. Here, each of the inn’s seven first and second-floor rooms promise a great night’s sleep. Climb to the lighthouse lantern 120 feet up for a sweeping view of the endless lake, the Huron Mountains looming in the distance, the hardwood forests circling close and landscaped grounds and meadows hugging the inn. Imagine watching the night sky, the northern lights or a storm laced with lightening from the tower or standing on the bluff. In the evening, relax in front of the fireplace in the spacious living room.  In the morning, enjoy a full, delicious breakfast in the dining room. And remember: when Innkeepers Jeff and Linda promise they’ll leave the light on for you, they aren’t kidding!

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Three B&Bs Join Michigan’s Best Series – Part 6

March 15th, 2014 by linda

The first five installments of this photo series depicting Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns helped characterize the diversity that makes each B&B geographically and architecturally unique. At the same time, it helped identify the qualities that make them distinct from hotels, chain motels, vacation rentals or short-term home shares. This week, we continue the same theme — different yet similar-at-heart, by introducing Gingerbread House B&B, Chesny’s Keswick Manor B&B and Inn at Old Orchard Road B&B.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House, Petoskey/Bay View, Michigan
Named one of the “prettiest painted places in America,” Bay View is one of the state’s most historical areas and continues its century-old traditions as a Chautauqua, an association blending education with entertainment in the form of concerts, plays, visual arts, opera, worship and lectures. As a guest of Gingerbread House B&B, you can experience this private community where artists and audiences live as one. Bay View was founded in 1875 on 337 beautiful, terraced acres adjoining Petoskey. Its views of Little Traverse Bay are panoramic. Could there be a more spectacular place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee than on the inn’s wrap-around front porch? As a guest of Gingerbread House, you enjoy easy access to the beach and to all the amenities of the Bay View Association, plus downtown Petoskey shopping, galleries, pubs and fine dining.  Plan your getaway now.  Hemingway did!

Chesny’s Keswick Manor

Chesnys Keswick Manor, Bay City, MI
Bay City boasts two lovely bed and breakfast inns. One of them is Chesny’s Keswick Manor.  If only one word was allowed to describe it, the word would be “gracious.” It applies to the innkeepers, to the beautifully-landscaped grounds, to the turn-of-the-century architecture, to the neighborhood and to the feeling you get just being there. But to accurately describe this spacious four-guestroom/private baths inn, you’d have to add the word “comfort” for its laid-back ambience….. the word “innovative” for its ‘build your own weekend’ packages…. the word “delicious” for a full breakfast menu every day and a private catering menu reserved exclusively for overnight guests. Relax. The Chesny’s have it handled.

Inn at Old Orchard Road

Inn at Old Orchard Road, Holland MI
There are no secrets in the dining room in Elizabeth DeWaard’s charming, early-century Dutch farmhouse-turned-B&B, Inn at Old Orchard Road in Holland, Michigan. In the tradition of early settlers to the area, the breakfast linens are washed, ironed and immaculately folded. The glassware and china are sparkling. In full view and and splashing color from glass-fronted cabinets, they blend to create a patchwork of artful comfort matched only by the hospitality of the innkeeper. Did we mention she’s a good cook? That’s important, as Breakfast is fully half of the “B&B” equation. She shares her guest’s favorite recipes on her website, but few can prepare them as deliciously as she does. They just taste best made fresh and eaten here.

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More of Michigan’s Best B&Bs – Part 5

March 7th, 2014 by linda

Our member B&B’s are among the world’s finest — only better, because they are here in Pure Michigan. At each of them, you’ll experience touches of local color you won’t find anywhere else. Discover At Willow Pond B&B, Glen Arbor B&B and Voyager’s Inn B&B. Each is distinct from the other, yet each is distinctly Michigan.

At Willow Pond, Fenwick (SW)
At Willow Pond horseback

A handful of Michigan inns are worlds unto themselves. Take At Willow Pond B&B, for example, located in Fenwick just outside Greenville. Their hens freshly lay the eggs you’ll enjoy each morning. You can slather Claire’s hot-from-the-oven baked goods with honey from their own bees and jams from their own fruit. There are horses for riding, 25 acres of all-season grounds brimming with wildlife and trails, a stocked fish and swimming pond and a hot tub under the stars. Lest you picture a traditional farmhouse, picture instead a new and contemporary rustic wood-sided home complete with a real wood fireplace that crackles with warmth all winter long, WiFi throughout and satellite TV in four spacious guest rooms with private baths. It’s just an hour from Grand Rapids, Lansing and Mount Pleasant. What are you waiting for?

Glen Arbor B&B, Sleeping Bear Dunes Area, (NW)
Glenn Arbor new exterior

Glen Arbor Google Site MapIf you know Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, you only need to see this snip of Google map to envision the dunes and the water and the wonder that is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore along the Leelanau Peninsula. When you visit this piece of paradise, named last year by “Good Morning America” viewers as the “most beautiful place in the U.S.”, why not make your vacation headquarters an inn that turns special into spectacular – an inn like Glen Arbor B&B? Its spacious rooms, decorated in sunny yellows and summer-sky blues, are designed to accommodate a range of guests from couples to families with older children. Set in the heart of the Village of Glen Arbor, it’s an easy walk to artisan shops, boutiques, galleries, pubs, fine dining, canoe liveries…. So what are you waiting for?

Voyager’s Inn, Three Rivers (SW)
Voyager's Inn music_parlor

With its massive oak and cherry pocket doors, hardwood floors, gingerbread scroll work and a grand staircase, Voyager’s Inn is a showcase of the Victorian era’s finest craftsmanship. Despite its historical roots, its amenities are state-of-the-art from private baths and WiFi throughout to luxury sheets, hypoallergenic bedding, cable TV and central air. Like the finest B&Bs everywhere, Voyager’s Inn serves complimentary hot and cold beverages around the clock as well as sweet treats in the Parlor every evening. (Nope. No extra charge.) Its signature breakfasts are legendary for fresh, local produce, dairy products and meats. Just minutes from Kalamazoo, the B&B is located on a friendly residential street in the small town of Three Rivers, where the St. Joseph River meets its tributaries — the Rocky and Portage rivers.

Have you stayed at one of these B&Bs? Share your experience with us by “rating your stay.”

These are just three of 100 Michigan inns that are quality-inspected members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. Discover all the other wonderful places to stay and play on our website. You can count on them to deliver every measure of quality.

Michigan’s Best B&B’s in Pictures – Part 4

February 25th, 2014 by linda

This fourth in a series of Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns spotlights three uniquely-different B&Bs in uniquely-different parts of the Greater Grand Traverse Area, each with a Traverse City mailing address. That one zip code can produce such geographical diversity helps us understand how each of these lodgings adapted to its surroundings, each in its own way, to become distinctly itself. Discover Wind in the Pines, Schooner Manitou and Neahtawanta Inn.

Wind in the Pines. Traverse City (NW)Wind in the Pines Exterior

Just five miles from downtown Traverse City, Wind in the Pines B&B may as well be a world away from the hustle and bustle of its shops, brew pubs, galleries and restaurants.

Wildlife Habitat

The property is recognized as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Designed to be a bed and breakfast, this spacious log home was completed in 2005 to incorporate the lodging needs of the most discriminating guests. But it is also certified by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of the planning, landscaping and sustainable gardening that provides a quality wildlife habitat. Set amid acres of pines, this B&B is a haven for birds, wild turkey, ruffed grouse — even the occasional deer or coyote.

Three spacious guest rooms reflect the beauty of the north woods with pine cone, bear and moose themes.  A range of king, queen, or twins beds is available and all rooms have TVs, DVD players and en suite baths.  A full, hot breakfast is served daily. All you need to do is relax.

Schooner Manitou, a Floating B&B on Grand Traverse Bay (NW)

Schooner Manitou BreakfastIn the same town, yet another world away, we ask: was this photo of a gourmet-laden breakfast table taken with a fish-eye lens – or are those walls really curved? Yes, the walls are really curved. They follow the hull of the Schooner Manitou, replica of an 1800s cargo schooner – commonly called a “tall ship.” During the day, it plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay on a variety of excursion tours. At night, it is transformed into a floating B&B.

The Schooner Manitou B&B plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay..

The Schooner Manitou B&B plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

You start with a leisurely sunset cruise. Sleep the night in one of 12 immaculate bunks safely tied up at the dock with ready access to hot showers…. or bring your sleeping bag and enjoy the night topside, under the stars. Enjoy breakfast in the spacious galley, freshly prepared on a wood stove. This is a unique experience reserved for the adventurous. Don’t delay making advance reservations starting in May.


Neahtawanta Inn, a B&B on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City (NW)

neahtawanta-inn exterior

Following a year marred by tragedy, Neahtawanta Inn is back open for business, year around. Last year on February 3rd, a fire destroyed portions of the turn-of-the century inn, located on a wooded property that includes 300 feet of frontage on Bower’s Harbor, located near the top of  Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. On August 23rd, owner Sally Van Vleck lost her husband and innkeeping partner of 26 years to cancer.

Neahtawanta water front by Russ J. Foursquare

Neahtawanta Inn’s front yard on Bower’s Harbor.

The newly-rebuilt B&B is freshly decorated and updated with state-of-the-art amenities. The beach is touched only by the seasons. Now partnering with daughter Katy, Sally continues to offer morning yoga classes, four spacious guestrooms plus a two-bedroom suite, delicious vegetarian breakfasts, and to run the inn based on a philosophy of conservation, respect for the Earth and sustainable living.

Have you stayed at any of these delightful bed and breakfast inns? If so, “rate your stay” and write a review. We’d love to hear what you think. Discover a hundred more B&Bs on the official Michigan B&B website. And watch right here for the next installment of “Michigan’s Best Inns,” Part 5.

Eight great Michigan bed and breakfast recipes featuring the tart-sweet tastes of lemons and oranges

February 17th, 2014 by linda

We mined our Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook for breakfast recipes using lemons, lovely and available year round. We also found a few breakfast recipes using oranges that we can’t resist sharing.
Ripe lemons offer a consistent, reliable tartness from the first slice. To release their flavor for these recipes, all you need is some kind of reamer or

Oranges and lemons with zester.

Add citrus zest and juice to recipes for a fresh, bright taste.

citrus juicer and a zester, box grater or, even easier, a Microplane grater.

The juice and zest of one lemon plus a teaspoon of lemon extract go into the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes served at Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast in St. Joseph. The use of ricotta, a creamy white cheese used in many sweet and savory dishes, makes these pancakes extra light and fluffy. Top with Michigan maple syrup or fresh fruit. See the recipe online here.

Mary Gruler, innkeeper at Gingerbread House in Petoskey since 1988, shared for the book and online her recipe for Filled Lemon Crepes with Lemon Sauce. Lemon zest flavoring the batter and zest and juice used in the sauce contrast with the filling, a mixture of softened cream cheese, orange marmalade and chopped toasted pecans.

Has the word “curd” caused you to resist the charms of lemon curd? Fine. Call it “sweet-tart lemon spread” instead and start squeezing a lemon for this lemon curd recipe from the award-winning chefs at Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall. You’ll soon be thanking the British for this cheery-looking and versatile spread. It perks up everything from scones to cakes to plain old toast.

Lemon zest and blueberries, always a congenial pairing, combine in Blueberry Citrus Muffins served at Antiquities’ Wellington Inn in Traverse City. You could substitute a lime.

Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook

More than 300 recipes

Lemon Pull-Aparts, a favorite at Dutch Colonial Inn in Holland, are a make-ahead breakfast treat made even easier by the use of a package of unbaked frozen dinner rolls. Add the zest of two lemons, butter, sugar and a glaze made with powdered sugar, butter and lemon juice, and you’ve splendidly transformed a frozen-food-aisle staple.

Oranges plucked from the innkeepers’ tree at their winter home in Arizona are sometimes used for the Orange Breakfast Muffins at Frankenmuth Bed and Breakfast.

Cranberries marry orange zest and juice in a recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones served at J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, Fennville. A pastry blender will help you combine the flour and butter like a pro. A light touch and floured fingers make for successful kneading of the dough. In 15 minutes or under, your oven will produce baked goodness you can’t buy in a store.

Finally, at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast near Saugatuck, you don’t just get sublime, scratch-made food. Instead, you get sublime, scratch-made food with a great story. Their recipe called Bolo’s Mandarin Orange and Walnut Coffee Cake is supposedly a souvenir of a tent-camping expedition in the jungles of Costa Rica. If the recipe’s origins are exotic, the ingredients are not. Canned mandarin oranges combine with sour cream, walnuts and staples you probably already have on hand. Why not make it right now?

Except for the online-only recipes for Bolo’s coffee cake and the lemon ricotta pancakes, these citrus-using recipes are among the more than 300 recipes in the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook. Order it online here.

Sandy WhiteIn sweet breakfast dishes, guest blogger Sandy White, innkeeper at Adventure Inn, located on Lake Huron near Port Huron, usually uses considerably more lemon zest and lemon juice than a recipe calls for.

Michigan’s Best B&Bs in Pictures – Part 3

February 7th, 2014 by linda

You’ll find B&Bs in the most likely and the most unlikely places. This post features Dutch Colonial Inn, located in the popular Lake Michigan beach town of Holland; J. Paules Fenn Inn, located in the nearby farming community of Fennville surrounded by vineyards and orchards; and Teaspoon B&B, tucked away in the near wilderness close to the very accessible Northeast community of Mio. No one can claim B&Bs are all the same like motels in a chain!

Dutch Colonial Inn, Holland (Southwest)

Dutch colonial tulip Suite 1          Dutch Colonial Tulip Suite 2

 

 

 

 

 

 
The inviting two-level Tulip Suite at Dutch Colonial Inn in Holland is unique and wonderfully private. The romantic, tucked-under-the-eves guest room (left) is plenty roomy for the height conscious and features a king bed and full bath with tempting two-person whirlpool tub. The sunny sitting room right) has a gas-log fireplace, entertainment center and a second private bath. The suite is one of four clean and luxuriously-comfortable guest rooms in this meticulously-maintained 1920s home just blocks from downtown Holland shopping, dining, brewpubs and boutiques, and a short drive to Lake Michigan beaches. Enjoy!

J. Paules Fenn Inn, Fennville (Southwest)

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Salt of the Earth
is a regionally-acclaimed artisan-style restaurant that’s become a dinner destination in Fennville. It’s close to J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, here looking pretty as a picture in sky blue and winter white. Great wine bars and brew pubs, restaurants, galleries and boutique shops are open year-around in Saugatuck, just six miles away. What better place to while away some snowy winter days? The Allegan State Game Area, just east of J. Paule’s  and Dunes State Park, just west on the Lake Michigan shore, offer some of the finest cross-country ski trails in Michigan – free! 
Stop for hot coffee and farm fresh fruit pie baked just around the corner at Crane’s OrchardSample fine Michigan wines at neighboring Fenn Valley VineyardsDid you really think you were getting away just to relax?

 Teaspoon Bed and Breakfast, Mio (Northeast)

Rent a canoe in nearby Mio to experience the wild and scenic Au Sable River when you spend time at Teaspoon B&B. It’s in the heart of Amish Country, located on 30 private, wooded acres smack in the middle of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. If you want pampering amenities while enjoying the wilder side of Pure Michigan, try the warm hospitality provided by Kathy and Fred, Teaspoon’s innkeepers. Hike. Fish. Hunt. Take a guided Kirtland’s Warbler tour. This inn offers access to everything “Sunrise Side,” including a great breakfast every morning. Yum! -

Ausable River near Mio, MI   Dining Room at Teaspoon B&B

 

 

 

 

 

Have you stayed at any of these delightful bed and breakfast inns? If so, “rate your stay” and write a review. We’d love to hear what you think. Discover a hundred more B&Bs on our official Michigan B&B website. And watch right here for the next installment of Michigan’s Best Inns, Part 4.

Michigan’s Finest B&Bs In Pictures – Part 2

January 30th, 2014 by linda

These featured Michigan bed and breakfast inns demonstrate the unique differences between each and every B&B.
There are no cookie cutters allowed!
Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods, Holland; The Farmhouse Inn, Homer; and Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids

Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods (Southwest Region)Crimson Cottage front door

Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods isn’t your typically Victorian bed and breakfast inn. A new construction of contemporary design and crimson accents like its welcoming front door, this B&B features sun-filled rooms lit by spacious windows overlooking a quiet, residential woods and pond. Located in Holland, it is modern, yet secluded; tastefully appointed, yet wonderfully comfy. The innkeepers provide bicycles to guests who want to ride the mile to Lake Michigan beaches on trails that crisscross the area. Shopping and dining are just a short drive away. It’s perfect!

The Farmhouse Inn, Homer (Southeast Region) Farmhouse Inn

Within an easy driving radius of two private colleges – Albion and Hillsdale, The Farmhouse Inn in Homer is just a 45-minute drive from Michigan International Speedway and welcomes fans throughout the racing season. This Italianate-style farm home, built around 1870, is in the heart of Amish country and near an Amish-owned bakery, a general store and other family-owned shops, locally-acclaimed Cascarelli’s of Homer known for its signature pizza, a winery and a brewery. Enjoy the inn’s landscaped decks and swimming pool as well as area golfing. birding, canoeing and kayaking.

Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids (Southwest Region) leonard at logan guest refreshments

The always-accessible guest kitchen at the Leonard at Logan House in Grand RapidsHeritage Hill historic district is a prime example of what puts bed and breakfast inns head and shoulders above other lodging alternatives. Like most B&Bs, this magnificently-restored 1914 mansion near downtown provides no-cost-added amenities like complimentary beverages and snacks. Here, you don’t pay extra for a bottle of water or a can of pop! Enjoy continental breakfast during the week and a full, delicious breakfast every weekend. It’s all part of the traditional B&B package. Live well!

Have you stayed at any of these one-to-a-kind bed and breakfast inns? If so, “rate your stay” and write a review. We’d love to hear what you think.

Discover more B&Bs on our official Michigan B&B website.

Watch right here for the next installment of Michigan’s Finest Inns, Part 3.

 

 

The Best Michigan B&Bs In Pictures – Part 1

January 22nd, 2014 by linda

Featuring the Olde Farmhouse B&B,Marshall; the Huron House B&B, Oscoda; and the Ginkgo Tree Inn B&B, Mount Pleasant.

Olde Farmhouse B&B, Marshall (Southeast Region)
Olde Farmhouse B&B, Marshall MI
If you’re a bride-to-be planning your outdoor wedding, consider Olde Farmhouse B&B, just six short minutes from Historic Downtown Marshall and ideally located at the crossroads of East/West I-94 and North/South I-69. Besides ease of access for your guests, the inn is a beautifully-restored 1910 farm home that offers city elegance in a peaceful country setting. It’s also perfect for quiet getaways, sipping hot coffee after a full, hot breakfast on the wraparound veranda and cooling off in the pool on a summer afternoon.


Huron House B&B, Oscoda (Northeast Region)
Huron House B&B, Oscoda MI
At Huron House B&B in Oscoda, enjoy breakfast on your own private deck watching the sun rise over majestic Lake Huron. When the weather isn’t so cooperative – like now, enjoy it delivered to your room in cozy comfort and style. What’s on the menu? Shown here are the B&B’s signature croissants, freshly baked, flaky and covered with house-made caramel sauce and crushed walnuts along with generous sides of bacon or sausage, coffee, juice and fresh fruit. Heaven!

Ginko Tree Inn, Mount Pleasant (Northeast Region)
Ginkgo Tree Inn B&B, Mt. PleasantThis view of the rear courtyard from the Lincoln Library at Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant nearly obscures the Chippewa River as it twines its way through the foliage below. See the gazebo? It’s the perfect spot for a wedding, don’t you think? The greenery that frames the photo on the right is the signature, triangle-shaped leaves of the ginkgo tree, a Chinese import revered for its beauty and longevity — a living fossil unchanged for more than 200 million years. The inn is surrounded by parkland, and is an easy two-block walk to boutique shopping and fine dining downtown. What a gem!

Have you stayed at any of these delightful bed and breakfast inns? If so, “rate your stay” and write a review. We’d love to hear what you think.

Discover more B&Bs on our official Michigan B&B website.

Watch right here for the next installment of Michigan’s Best Inns, Part 2.

 

Kalamazoo House B&B Rates Top Guest Review

January 13th, 2014 by linda

Review submitted by Sarah S. from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who explained
she couldn’t do justice to The Kalamazoo House B&B with a standard
“It was great; I’d stay here again.”

Our Guest Room

Our guest room.

We visited The Kalamazoo House to celebrate our first anniversary. We felt right at home from the get go. We stayed in room #5 and were pleasantly surprised with its comfort. The bed was wonderfully comfortable (so much so that I wrote Laurel and Terry, the innkeepers, after our stay to ask about the brand). Refreshments were waiting in the room for us which made a lovely ‘after drive’ reprise. The bathroom was very good size, which was impressive for a home of this age. There were plenty of places to store our things in the bathroom and lovely toiletries for our use. I took advantage of the whirlpool tub which was relaxing, and the aromatherapy bath scent they provided was a nice touch. The robes in our rooms were clean, fluffy and luxe. The TV was of good quality and had an HDMI hook up, something we find important. We were able to connect our laptop and watch our own movies brought from home. We did check out the DVD library the inn provides and saw many beloved favorites as well as new titles.

Cozy dining room; fab food.

Cozy dining room; fab food.

Breakfast shows off Terry’s true talent. My husband and I tried three of his creations while we were visiting – every one of them was a success. His homemade bread is to die for. We really enjoyed the breakfast room. It’s cozy so you can chat with other guests if you want, but you still have your our own table. We’re not morning people and we felt we didn’t have to make conversation if we didn’t want to. We met three other couples while we were there and all raved about Terry’s food as well. When we came down for breakfast there was a full coffee and tea setup waiting to greet us – just perfect for waking up.

The "secret garden" is a delight.

The “secret garden” is a delight.

The gardens were not in full bloom when we came due to the time of year, but we still found sitting out on the side porch a nice diversion. Terry and Laurel have decorated the gardens with some lovely art which I just adored. The home is also well decorated with gorgeous artwork around every corner. The bar/parlor/common room is lovely and comfortable. My husband and I enjoy puzzles and board games and had brought a few from home (although the inn has some as well). We turned on the local NFL game and worked a puzzle and ate lunch in the parlor. We had it all to ourselves which was surprising, though welcome.

This inn is elegant, comfortable, private, clean and close-by everything.

This gem of an inn is elegant, comfortable, private, clean and close-by everything.

It’s clear that Laurel and Terry were born to run an inn! They’ve thought of everything. The coffee/tea/water station was extremely well thought out and easy to use. Refrigerated refreshments were always available as well as a microwave, which is great for us snack-loving folks. We loved the cookies and milk before bed. Our room had two kinds of easy-to-locate emergency lighting (hey, you never know, right?). Both Laurel and Terry provided great conversation and were always easy to locate without being overbearingly present. We felt we had just the right amount of privacy.

We were in walking distance of every cool thing downtown Kalamazoo offers. (The B&B is the red star near the bottom of the map.)

We were in walking distance of every cool thing downtown Kalamazoo offers. (The B&B is the red star near the bottom of the map.)

Terry and Laurel are very in touch with the local community and were ready with information about the happenings around Kalamazoo. Terry knows his restaurants and steered us (foodies) in the right direction. The basket of menus in the entry are all marked with their schedules, which makes it easy to pick out which ones are closed on Sundays. Also worth noting: Terry and Laurel have a stash of items on hand for the forgetful traveler. We are among those forgetful sorts and found both items we needed tucked away in a drawer. This was such a nice touch.

Not only would I stay here again, but my husband and I are planning to visit again this spring. Only this time we’ll  bring my brother and sister-in-law along. A gem like The Kalamazoo House is meant to be shared.

Editor’s Note:  You can write your own review of any Lake to Lake-member inn
and 
see it published here by visiting “Rate Your Stay” on the association website.


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