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5-star reviews: What B&B innkeepers will do to wow you

September 12th, 2016 by Sandy White

How do Michigan bed and breakfasts with 5-star reviews earn all those 5-star reviews?

Dave from Midland, MI, says the innkeepers are the key ingredient. In a TripAdvisor review about the Chelsea House Victorian Inn in Chelsea, Dave wrote: “We have stayed an a number of B&Bs over the past years. It has been our experience that the quality of the hosts makes all the difference in how much we enjoy being at a particular B&B.”

For innkeepers who have the hospitality gene, the ways they cater to guests are, to them, so effortless that they don’t realize they’re doing anything unusual. But guests notice, even the small things. A couple examples:

Mike Venturini of Munro House B&B, which gets a lot of 5-star reviews

Mike Venturini at the front door of Munro House B&B, Jonesville. No matter what the hour, he’s wearing a smile and a University of Michigan shirt.

  • At Munro House B&B in Jonesville, no matter how late you need to arrive, owner Mike Venturini opens the front door with a smile. And then, by 6 or 7 a.m., he’ll be in the kitchen making a full breakfast. Mike’s cheerful attitude: “Guests come first, no matter how much it may inconvenience the proprietors.”
  • When a prospective guest called Frankenmuth B&B asking how to get from Flint’s Bishop International Airport to Frankenmuth, long-time innkeeper Bev Bender didn’t hesitate. “Don’t worry,” she said. “Tell me when your flight gets in, and I’ll pick you up.” Thirty miles one way. To Bev, it is just part of the service.

How to find a Michigan B&B with 5-star reviews

Search this site first because all Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association (MBBA) member inn are periodically inspected and approved by independent, trained reviewers. And what is MBBA’s promise to guests? That “you can rest assured of quality lodging, warm hospitality, enjoyable breakfasts and an exceptional experience.”

But we know you read online reviews, too. So, if you agree with Dave from Midland that the innkeepers make all the difference, peruse TripAdvisor and other review sites for nuggets like the following, all excerpted from recent published reviews. Click each inn’s name for more info.

The Heather House, Marine City: “One morning the men in our group planned an early round of golf and informed Helen. She insisted on preparing them a delicious, hearty meal and had them out the door on time! This is the kind of attention the innkeepers give their guests.”

Dove Nest B&B, St. Joseph: “We had a flat tire while we were there and John jumped right in to help my husband change the tire.”

More from Dave of Midland about Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea: When we called to book a room for our 59th wedding anniversary getaway, “Andy asked it we planned to attend the play at the Purple Rose Theater. We said we did. He asked it we had tickets. We did not. Andy then said he would place an order for tickets for us, which he did. Next, he asked if we

sunset over Arcadia Bluffs golf course

The guests had arrived on bicycles, so Bear Lake B&B’s innkeepers drove them to Arcadia Bluffs golf course, so they wouldn’t miss the sunset, complete with bagpiper.

would like to eat at the Common Grill before the play. We said we would like that, so Andy said he would put us on the wait list for 5:30 p.m. on the evening (of) the play. Needless to say, that was quite a favorable introduction to the Chelsea House Victorian Inn!”

‘The wedding fairy’ wowed them

Candlelite Inn B&B, Ludington: “At one point I asked if they had Sprite or 7Up. They didn’t, but within ten minutes, Gary knocked on my door with two 7Ups and stocked the fridge.”

Bear Lake B&B, Bear Lake: “Cindi and Greg … walk the extra mile for their guests. Just like that, they took us to Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club to enjoy a gorgeous sunset. We had traveled on bikes, so this was really an exceptional offer for us, which we did not expect at all.”

Hankerd Inn, Pleasant Lake: The reviewer had rented nine rooms for a wedding, including a cottage where the bride and bridesmaids dressed for the wedding. “You cannot imagine our surprise and delight to return from the reception to find that the wedding fairy had come in while we were gone and straightened up a cottage left in a whirlwind!”

Next time you want to experience a Michigan B&B with 5-star reviews, start your search here. Pick a city. Any city. It would be hard to go wrong.

B&B Beds are Best: Try One on for Size

August 29th, 2016 by linda

As the first “B” in Bed and Breakfast implies, Michigan’s B&B beds are best. They are uniquely luxurious, surrounded at some inns by opulence and at others by simplicity. They are also guaranteed fresh, clean and comfortable if the inns are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. That’s right: they are guaranteed by the association’s promise that each of its members is “Quality Assured.”

Don’t take our word for it: let pictures tell the story.

B&B Beds are Best for Simple Comforts

B&B Beds are best

A Dove Nest B&B

Visiting A Dove Nest B&B in Michigan’s Thumb is like retreating to a wilderness sanctuary without having to sleep in a tent. Instead, guests enjoy sweeping views of deer and wild turkey in their natural habitat of lake and marsh from the private deck outside Robin’s Roost. Here, the essence of simple comfort is luxury in its own right, proving B&B beds are best.

B&B beds are best

The Painted Turtle Inn

This guestroom at The Painted Turtle Inn in St. Joseph is a perfect example of simplicity made elegant. There’s nothing ornate to distract from a good night’s sleep. Clean lines and soft dove grays lull you like the lap of waves from Lake Michigan, viewable from every one of the inn’s five guestrooms.

B&B Beds are Best for Luxury and Opulence

Take The Kalamazoo House as a prime example. Wow! If a guestroom makes you feel transformed into a prince or princess and onto the page of a fairy tale, you know you’ve discovered the very definition of luxury and exactly why B&B beds are best.

B&B Beds are best

The Kalamazoo House

B&B beds are best

Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn

Webster’s definition of “luxury” is a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth; or something that is helpful or welcome and that is not usually or always available.  Surely this bed at Castle in the Country looks comfortable. The view inside and out is rich and welcoming. It’s probably not just like your bedroom at home… it’s definitely a place of ease that’s not always available in our day-to-day lives.

B&B Beds are Best for the Fanciful and the Artistic

Even for the elegant Historic Webster House in Bay City, this “modern medieval” guestroom is unique. You’ll likely not find another like it anywhere. It’s more proof that B&B beds are best.

B&B Beds are Best

Historic Webster House

B&B Beds are Best

Sherwood Forest B&B

Sherwood Forest B&B is just a block from Lake Michigan beaches. Wouldn’t you expect a beach theme — sails and anchors, paddles and fish nets? Each guestroom at this Saugatuck/Douglas B&B is distinctive: each is completely different from the others. “Tree Tops” is featured in the photo above. Another room is starkly “black and white,” another has a safari theme, another is Victorian…. take your pick from six!

The MBBA will feature photos of its member inn’s beds and guestrooms all this week on our Facebook page. We’d love you to visit us… and “like” us at the same time.

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Finding “Real” B&Bs

March 3rd, 2016 by linda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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B&B Mascots: Part 2

December 11th, 2015 by linda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Many Faces of B&B Mascots – Part 1

November 23rd, 2015 by linda

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

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

Miss Millie at Chelsea House B&B.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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B&Bs: How to Pick ‘Em (Part 2)

November 11th, 2015 by linda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How to Choose a B&B – (Part 1)

November 4th, 2015 by linda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.”

 

Michigan B&Bs: From Lake to Shining Lake

December 4th, 2014 by linda

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

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

Bay View B&B exterior by Sandy White

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

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

Raymond House exterior

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

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

Victoria Resort Capture

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

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