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Memo to overburdened organizers: Delight your group with a B&B event

December 22nd, 2016 by Sandy White

Meeting rooms are sterile, rental halls either airless or drafty, so next time why not plan a B&B event?

Share this with all those sainted people blessed with organizational abilities who always take on — or get stuck with — the task of organizing the next networking meetup, luncheon, retreat, or shower.

Instead of that same old conference room or back room at a restaurant,

Holiday table setting at Farmhouse B&B

Touches of green and red were incorporated in a holiday luncheon menu at Farmhouse B&B: organic greens with pomegranate; penne with a tomato cream sauce; herbed chicken. and cheesecake with wild blueberry or garden strawberry compote.

solve your venue dilemma and delight your attendees with a B&B event.

Our #MichBnB innkeepers will match your gift for organization with their gift for hospitality. All possess a passion for cleanliness and the comfort of guests. Most are detail-oriented. Some decorate spectacularly for holidays. Some are wonderful cooks and will enjoy the challenge of a luncheon or cocktail party. Others will open their kitchens to a caterer.

Many innkeepers enjoy hosting a B&B event

You’ll find that many a bed and breakfast that closes for the winter will open up to welcome a local group. It’s a perfect win-win. You get charming space for your meeting. The innkeeper gets the probability of future referrals from the guests you bring. And no overnight guests will be made jealous by the sight of a buffet table of which they’re not invited to partake.

You’ll need to plan way ahead for an event at Stone Chalet B&B Inn & Event Center in Ann Arbor on a University of Michigan football Saturday. Or at Antiquities’ Wellington Inn in Traverse City during the Cherry Festival. Or at Presque Isle Lodge in Northeast Lower Michigan during beach season. Or at Saravilla B&B in Alma on a parents weekend at Alma College.

Cranberries and pomegranate seeds add color to table setting

Innkeeper used cranberries and pomegranate seeds to provide sophistication and pops of color at a luncheon for 30 at her B&B in Gladstone.

All of these B&Bs offer ample space for group events and meetings. Check them out by clicking their names.

But many others can accommodate indoor or outdoor events more spontaneously. Explore your options at

These elegant and Pinterest-worthy photos by innkeeper Renee Richer depict a holiday luncheon for 30 she hosted for the local Chamber of Commerce. (Read here about her Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, surrounded by 300 acres of fields and forests near Gladstone and Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula. It will make you want to stay there at any time of year.) Renee may be a Harvard-educated biological sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, but clearly she’s an inspired hostess and cook as well.

Innkeepers so often bring that sort of intriguing combination of talents and knowledge to what they do. It’s just one more reason to book a B&B event.

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June is Golf Month in Michigan

June 9th, 2016 by linda

June is Golf Month in Michigan, and there isn’t a Michigan bed and breakfast inn that doesn’t have notable links nearby. In a state that boasts more than 1000 golf courses, it’s not hard to see why.

June is Golf Month in Michigan

Nicholas DeGrazia, innkeeper at Adventure Inn, enjoys playing any of three highly-rated golf courses within 20 minutes of the B&B, located on Lake Huron between Port Huron and Lexington. Have an early tee time? The innkeepers will send you off with breakfast to go. (Click on the photo for information about the B&B.) 

June is Golf Month in Michigan – so match your favorite B&Bs with your favorite courses

June is Golf Month in Michigan

Arcadia Bluffs is noted for its stunning views of Lake Michigan and its sand dunes. If you go, you can stay close by at Arcadia House B&B and make it a true vacation. (Click the image for details about the course.)

How? We make it simple. On our easy-to-navigate website, you’ll find eight ways to uniquely explore the most popular activities across the state, including “18 Holes of Michigan.” Scroll down the page to see which of our quality-inspected B&B members are near golf courses — and which courses are nearby. You can book your stay with a single click. Don’t forget to book a tee time. We call it instant vacation!

Since not everyone loves to play golf as much as you do, you’ll find seven other categories of fun for those in your party who prefer to — explore Michigan lighthouses, brewpubs and wineries, shops and galleries and more. You can even plan your evenings together by visiting Michigan After Sunset before you even leave home.

Looking for golf specials and packages? New deals are posted almost daily, so check back often.

Golf Month in Michigan Celebrates with “The Loop” Grand Opening

The soon-to-open Loop at Forest Dunes Golf Club is an easy drive from several member B&Bs.

The soon-to-open Loop at Forest Dunes Golf Club is an easy drive from several member B&Bs.

One of three new Michigan golf courses to open this year and next, The Loop at Forest Dunes opens to the public June 27. Set in Roscommon along Houghton Lake, its called a “reversible” course — the only one in the world with 18 greens that can be played in two different directions. If you’re dying to be among the first to play it — in either direction, you can stay at association-member B&Bs within a short drive in Grayling, West Branch and Claire.

We’ll post more golf news you can use on our Facebook page all month long. Visit us often. “Like” the page so you get instant reports in your news feed on golf, B&Bs and lots more purely about Michigan events, places, getaways, deals and more, year around.

And you’re welcome to subscribe to this blog so it arrives automatically in your own inbox two to four times each month — no muss, no fuss.

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B&Bs Help Shatter Michigan Morel Myths

April 20th, 2015 by linda

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

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

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

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

Morel weight-in at the Osseo Festival hunt.

Weigh-in at the Great Osseo Festival Morel Hunt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan B&Bs Know How to Party on New Year’s Eve

December 21st, 2013 by linda

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If you think Times Square is the only place to be on New Year’s Eve, Candlelite Inn B&B  in Ludington invites you to experience one of the largest ball drops in Michigan just a few blocks from its front door. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Ludington Avenue in the heart of downtown, come enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and the ball drop — counting down the seconds until 2014. The lit ball will be dropped at the strike of midnight followed by an amazing fireworks display designed to “Light Up the Lake!”

The morning after, Innkeeper Melanie at Candlelite Inn ( will serve a bountiful candlelight breakfast at the time you wish and give you a complimentary late check out as well. This, plus goodies in your room and an appetizer buffet is yours with a two-night stay or an additional $30 per room if you’re staying just the one night on New Year’s Eve. You can check out the Ludington event in this youtube clip.

Other Michigan cities party hearty too. Kalamazoo House B&B is literally at the heart of annual New Year’s Fest. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is one of multiple entertainment venues. The Kalamazoo House sits right next door. Another is Bronson Park. It’s kitty-corner across the street. Another venue, First United Methodist Church, is directly across the street. The Radisson is just across the park and, like all the rest of the venues, the public library edges the vibrant downtown shopping district — barely a five-minute walk and sure to be hopping with revelers.

new year's fireworksRing in 2014 in and around the adjoining “beach towns” of Saugatuck and Douglas as area restaurants and bars host New Year’s Eve celebrations. For information, call: (269) 857-1701. Enjoy a fireworks display over the harbor at midnight on the dot. Stay at centrally-located, walking-distance Park House Inn B&B any two nights between December 27 – 30 and enjoy 25 percent-off room rates. Or stay Monday and Tuesday, December 30-31, and get 50 percent off the second night’s rate. With either deal, you’ll enjoy a complimentary bottle of New Year’s bubbly! On New Year’s day, breakfast and checkout are both moved back an hour.

Some B&B parties are more self contained but just as much fun. Munro House in Jonesville starts the ball rolling on Monday, December 30 with a Murder Mystery Dinner. Join other couples for an evening of interactive adult-themed “Who-Done-It.” A multi-course dinner is served while the murder mystery plays out. Guests awaken to a big breakfast – followed by Munro House’s original “Chef Night Cooking Party” on New Year’s Eve. Everyone becomes a chef-for-the-night to help create a feast shared by all. The interactive, hands-on cooking party is followed by a champagne toast at midnight. Breakfast, of course, is served again on New Year’s morning. Call for package prices: bring an appetite!

New Year's Eve snacks in front of the fire at At Willow Pond B&B.

New Year’s Eve snacks in front of the fire at At Willow Pond B&B.

The best part about staying “inn,” say Innkeepers Claire and Jerome, is staying safe. Come spend News Year’s with them at At Willow Pond B&B, located north of Grand Rapids near Greenville. Once you arrive,  you won’t need to get back out on the road. Enjoy a sumptuous four-course dinner, snacks throughout the evening in front of the fire and a bottle of bubbly for your New Year’s Eve toast. Wake up to a delicious New Year’s day breakfast and late checkout. Take half off a second-night on either side of your News Year’s Eve stay.

So many Michigan communities and their resident bed and breakfast inns are celebrating the New Year in high style this year. Find even more B&Bs in any of these cities and towns…. and in many other areas using our interactive searches at The B&Bs featured in the blog and all the others you’ll discover on the website are quality-assured members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. We regularly review our inn members, and we stand behind them.

Happy New Year from all of us at Lake to Lake.

Double up on a Weekend of Events – And Stay the Better Way…. at a Michigan B&B

May 31st, 2012 by linda

Looking for something fun to occupy your time this first weekend of June?

Food Tastes
Yummy Tastes!

Exercise your salivary glands with bite-sized to over-sized tastes from more than 40 local restaurants participating in the “Taste of Ann Arbor,” located along Main Street all day Sunday, June 3. The “Taste” is free, but “bites” cost between 50 cents and $4. For details, call 734-668-7112, ext. 22.

From Friday through Sunday, also enjoy feature length, story-based films at the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival, with screenings in Michigan Theater’s historic auditorium, the State Theater and the University of Michigan’s Angell Hall. For between $12 and $15, you can experience dramas, comedies and documentary films that have screened at the world’s top film festivals and feature performances by Emily Blunt, Geoffrey Rush, Blythe Danner, Sacha Baron Cohen and many others.

At the same time, you can celebrate all things Greek at the Yassoo Greek Festival, Friday through Sunday. Or try your hand at the Great Clay Top Spin-Off at the Yourist Pottery Gallery at high noon on Saturday.

Right next door in neighboring Chelsea, 25 award-winning artists will display and sell original fine art and cards in a variety of media at the free Chelsea Painters 39th Annual Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the park-like, outdoor courtyard of Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Dr. For more information, call 734-475-8824.

With enough going on to make this patch of Southeast Michigan a weekend destination, the question now is where to stay. Make it special by staying the better way — at a comfortable, private and pampering bed and breakfast inn. These inns are close by and are Quality-Assured members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association:

Vitosha Guest Haus, Ann Arbor

Chelsey House Victorian Inn, Chelsea

Waterloo Gardens, Chelsea

Dewey Lake Manor, Brooklyn

Rate Your Stay” at these and any Lake to Lake-member bed and breakfast inns. Blog about it. Be our guest.




Cead Mile Failte! Michigan B&B Innkeepers Welcome You to Enjoy Their St. Pat’s Parades. Slainte!

March 9th, 2012 by linda

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. How will you celebrate? A handful of communities across Michigan feature St. Paddy’s Day parades. Their  Bed and Breakfast innkeepers invite you to come stay with them and celebrate the wearing of the green.

Take Lexington, an hour’s drive north of Detroit and right on the coast of Lake Huron. Join its pub crawl on March 16, starting out at the Irish Rose. Enjoy the parade downtown on St. Patrick’s Day at 2 p.m. After the parade, party on at Old Town Winery. For details, call 810-359-5340. To reserve an overnight or weekend guest room in one Lexington’s finest inns, click here.

Just a bit north in Bay City, the 58th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. at Center and Park avenues, ending at Wenona Park. Entries include the St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands and drill teams. Innkeepers here invite you to come celebrate the Irish, Bay City and the beginnings of spring.

On the Southwest side of the state and on the Lake Michigan Coast, Saugatuck and Douglas innkeepers invite you to view the annual St. Pat’s Pet Parade, complete with costumes and other such furry-footed foolery, on Saturday, March 1 in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m. Look here for a listing of Lake to Lake-member inns throughout the area.

Downtown Holland joins its Saugatuck neighbord in going green on March 17. Right at noon, the parade that celebrates all things Irish in this Dutch community begins outside the Civic Center and travels up Eighth Street to College Avenue. Its innkeepers will be delighted to host you.

Not to be outdone by those shore-side resorts, Grand Rapids plans a gala event downtown called “Irish on Ionia.” Upwards  of 5000 are  expected to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Featuring beer, live music, food and fun, the event is held in conjunction with downtown restaurants along Ionia Street. Need a place to finally lay your head? Find it here.

Last but far from least, the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo invites you to its 12 Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, downtown  on March 17 at 11 a.m. Afterward, you’re invited to leave your donation at “Hooley for Healing,” a benefit for West Michigan families coping with cancer. Held at the Up and Under Restaurant at 711 W Michigan Ave., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., it features classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, a cash bar, Men’s Kilt and Best Legs Contest, Bagpipes and Quinn School of Irish Dancers with special guests formerly of Riverdance, music by The Bog Road and Gasta and a silent auction. Check here for a fine Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast Inn.

All the inns found via links in this blog are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. They are regularly and professionally-inspected for more than 100 points of quality including safety. cleanliness, professionalism and comfort. Find Quality Assured member inns all across the state by clicking here.


Dove Nest B&B Invites You to Enjoy the Magical Ice Carving Festival (and Waikiki Weekend?) in St. Joseph, Michigan

February 1st, 2012 by linda

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Jitka Nelson, Innkeeper, Dove Nest Bed & Breakfast

The 8th annual Magical Ice Carving Festival will transform State Street in downtown St. Joseph into a gallery of ice carvings, February 10 – 12.  Watch as professional sculpters turn blocks of ice into stunning creations all three days and evenings of the event, sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association. Warm up at Schu’s Festival Tent featuring live entertainment, food and spirits at the corner of Pleasant and Lake Boulevard.

For a change of pace and despite the time of year, embrace the tropics at the Waikiki Weekend party at Silver Beach Center.

You heard right. Surely you’re wishing for warmer times and sunshine. Wish no more! Enjoy warm island fun starting Friday evening with the Fire & Ice Party, featuring the hot music of Joshua and Jeremy Sprague and a cash bar with tropical drinks as well as beer and wine. Flip flops and tropical wear are optional, but encouraged. Waikiki Weekend continues through Sunday with kids’ activities and rides on the famous Silver Beach carousel.

All that fun can be exhausing. So when it comes time to put your heads in beds,  come on in to the comfort of our guest rooms. Wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast. Ahhh! Enjoy.

When you call to make your reservation, mention the Magical Ice Carving Festival and we’ll take 10 percent off the room rate!

But if we’re full up and out of rooms, we invite you to enjoy a nearby inn that is also quality assured as a Lake to Lake-member B&B. Here are those in our neck of the woods.


B&Bs in Michigan Invite You to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

December 17th, 2011 by linda

New Year's Eve CelebrationsIn every Michigan community where New Year’s Eve festivals and events are scheduled this December 31, there are bed and breakfast inns pledged to make your celebration especially memorable.

Take Traverse City, home of the 2nd Annual Cherry Ball Drop. The festivities are centered in the heart of downtown, right in front of the official Christmas tree. Stage show entertainment starts at 10 p.m. and features a light show throughout the night. When your party hat starts drooping, you’ll want to snuggle into a luxurious bed at a nearby Lake to Lake member B&B and awaken to a scrumptious, home-made breakfast. That’s how you start the new year on the right foot!

The Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration includes an entertainment tent in James Street Plaza, a Pub Crawl all around downtown and, of course, the midnight ball drop. Welcome the new year with a 6-foot-diameter ball of thousands of lights lowered on a countdown to midnight. As the celebration winds down, relax and refresh in the unique ambiance of a bed and breakfast inn. Here are those in and around Ludington.

Kalamazoo’s long-established New Year’s Fest features 24 performing artists in 10 buildings surrounding downtown Bronson Park, all lit up as Candy Cane Lane. “Pop into” musical entertainment encompassing classical, rhythm and blues, jazz, bluegrass and Christian contemporary. Performing artists include magicians, clowns, jugglers and storytellers. Admission is just $5 for anyone over four years old.  After the festivities, rest your head in one of the clean and comfortable beds that uniquely identify Lake to Lake-member B&Bs in and around the city.

In Whitehall, swing into the New Year with the George Cole Quintet at the historic Howmet Playhouse. Direct from San Francisco, the quintet offers an elegant and sophistated evening of jazz, followed by an afterglow party on the theater’s stage. You can combine your visit with a specially-designed two-night New Year’s special right across the street at the White Swan Inn. Or choose from among these member B&Bs in and around the White Lake area.

Last but certainly not least, the Hot New Year’s Eve Party 2012 invites you to ice skate at Rosa Park Circle downtown, adjacent to the stage featuring musical entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. An encore by headliners, The Romantics, will herald in the New Year just after the countdown to the midnight ball drop. Add dozens of great clubs and restaurants within walking distance to this unique venue, and you’re off to a fabulous 2012. Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in suburban Grandville is Lake to Lake’s pick as the best close-by place to end the night and start the new year right.

For your peace of mind, all Lake to Lake B&B members are inspected regularly for more than 100 points of quality including safety, cleanlines, comfort and professionalism. We ensure you can rest assured at any of more than 100 member inns statewide.  Questions?  Call us at 888-575-1610.

Whitehall Michigan B&Bs Invite You to be “Nautical and Nice!”

August 8th, 2011 by linda

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Whitehall hugs the banks of White Lake, which empties into Lake Michigan.

Whitehall’s premier bed and breakfast inns invite you to stay with them when you attend the White Lake Maritime Festival this weekend, August 11 -13. Billed as a “nautical and nice” celebration, the festival kicks off on August 11 with a Community Picnic at 6 p.m. under the big tent. From 4 to midnight on Friday and from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, enjoy a range of activities from a shuffleboard tournament to a sailing regatta, trout pond, shrimp boil, fish boil, Venetian Boat Parade, live entertainment, music and food.

Walk to all the activities from White Swan Inn B&B, A Finch Nest B&B or Cocoa Cottage B&B. Each is clean and comfortable with its own distinctive style from Bungalow to Victorian. Cocoa Cottage is noted for its signature chocolate and A Finch Nest for its signature coffee. White Swan offers sunset cruises on its private charter. All three are regularly inspected for more than 100 points of safety, comfort, cleanliness and professionalism by the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association.



South Haven, Michigan B&Bs Welcome You to Blueberry Festival!

August 4th, 2011 by linda

Get your fill of Michigan-grown blueberries at the 48th National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, August 11-14. This Lake Michigan harbor community is surrounded by so many blueberry plantations, it’s called the World’s Highbush Blueberry Capitol.

The Indians called the blueberry "star fruit" because of the perfect little star at the base of each berry. Today, blueberries are prized as a "super food" with exceptional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And are they yummy!

One of just 40 blueberry festivals in the U.S., some 50,000 visitors are expected over the four days to enjoy blueberry pancakes, enter the blueberry cook-off, visit the art show, enjoy the parade and non-stop entertainment — and, of course, bask in the sun on sugar sand beaches and splash among the waves that tickle the shoreline of the only Great Lake that lies totally within the USA.

At the end of the day, South Haven’s Bed and Breakfast Inns will open their doors to those lucky enough to have made reservations. If you want to be among the fortunate, visit all the South Haven-area B&Bs that are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association and reserve your pampering stay today.

Click here to find out about upcoming festivals and fairs as well as welcoming B&Bs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Watch the Lake to Lake blog daily for new “fairs, festivals and B&Bs” advisories.