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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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Southeast Michigan B&Bs Form an American Patchwork

June 20th, 2014 by linda

If you cut Michigan’s Lower Peninsula into four equal parts, all three of these B&Bs would fall into its southeastern quadrant. For some people, that brings to mind the image of an industrial corridor stretching as far as the eye can see.  Those “in the know” know better. The intensely-blue waters of Lake Huron lap its easternmost boundary, featuring miles of beaches and boating and some of the most scenic and challenging canoe and kayak trails anywhere. As the eye roams west, iconic small towns with tidy courthouse squares spread among woods, wetlands and rolling acres of rich, green farmland. These B&Bs, unceremoniously lumped under the label of “Southeast Michigan,” are as uniquely different from one another as if they were in different states. This is a region of contrasts — a reflection of the patchwork that is America.

Albion Heritage B&B, Albion (Southeast)

Albion Heritage Dining Room

If you were looking for the perfect breakfast conversation, you might find it here at Albion Heritage B&B. Located in the classic, small town of Albion, you might not think of it as a destination for more than visiting Albion College. The fact is, this elegant Georgian-revival home is convenient to both Jackson and historic Marshall – just 15 minutes equidistant from each. It’s just 30 minutes to Michigan International Speedway and less than an hour to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Near mid-point on the east/west stretch of I-94 connecting Chicago and Detroit, it’s a perfect stopover when visiting the Motown Museum, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum or Greektown – or watching the Pistons, the Lions, the Red Wings or the Tigers play. Point yourself south and it’s the same two hours to Shipshewana in the heart of Amish country. Besides being convenient, it’s a luxurious and stately-yet-modern home-away-from home.

A Dove Nest B&B, Kingston (Southeast)

A Dove Nest

Guests rave about A Dove Nest B&B’s plentiful breakfasts, its wilderness setting that’s not unduly far off the beaten path, the hospitality of the innkeepers and the cleanliness and comfort of the inn. This is the stunning home that innkeepers Terry and Bob Dove built to raise their family — their “nest” near Kingston. A locally-constructed log cabin cottage-style home built from hundred-year-old full-length logs, the B&B sits among 112 acres of secluded rolling hills, open fields, woods, trails and wetlands on the shores of English Lake in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb. Wildlife and nature abound. Even so, it’s not far from Frankenmuth in one direction and Lake Huron in another. Amanda, who came with her husband for a weekend getaway, said “Everything about this B&B is absolutely perfect. The abundant wildlife was a bonus… we sat on our balcony enjoying the sunset while watching the deer roam the grounds.” Usually, she said, they spend only a fraction of their getaways at their lodging, but didn’t want to leave A Dove Nest.

Millpond Inn B&B, Village of Clarkston (Southeast)

Millpond exterior.jpb

Put Millpond Inn up against any B&B in Michigan, and it’s on a first-name basis with the finest. Locate it just two blocks off I-75 in the historic northern Detroit suburb of Clarkston, and you add ease of access to all of life’s niceties by foot and to the area’s most popular attractions by car. Take the state’s largest outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossings: its stores and restaurants are a 10 minute drive. There are over 60 golf courses within an hour and three within three miles. Meadowbrook HallMeadowbrook Theater and the music festival grounds at Oakland University are just 20 minutes away. Pine Knob is practically next door. In his “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” series, Food Network’s Guy Fieri recently featured ‘native son’ Kid Rock’s favorite Clarkston eatery, the Union Woodshop. In fact, there is a range of excellent dining within walking distance in the village. Enjoy Millpond Inn outdoors in its lush gardens and indoors in its five guestrooms, each with private bath. Breakfasts are memorable and served on your schedule. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, this B&B has it all.

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Introducing A Dove Nest B&B in Michigan’s Wild and Wonderful Thumb

November 29th, 2012 by linda

A Dove Nest B&B is located in Kingston, close to Frankenmuth and the Lake Huron shore, yet surrounded by acres of private, protected wilderness.

Innkeepers Bob and Terry Dove love to share their lakeside log cabin home with nature lovers who come to enjoy their 112 acres of secluded glacier-carved hillsides, open fields, woods, trails and wetlands — and uniquely offer special, seasonal packages for hunting and fishing. 

As Told in Their Own Words……

Q.  Describe the atmosphere and ambiance of your B&B.

A.  A Dove Nest B&B is quiet and peaceful. While its protected wilderness environment makes it a perfect escape for nature lovers, at the end of the day there’s a fireplace and jetted tub in each of our guest rooms. While some experience A Dove Nest as a perfect romantic getaway or a wedding destination, hunters see it as a place they can enjoy their sport while indulging in the comfort of great lodging. Miles of walking trails make us a great place to clear your head and remember the truly important things in life. Some of our guests have taken to calling us “the new up north.”

Wildlife Habitat

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

Waterfowl are drawn to English Lake, a scenic part of the landscape from inside the B&B or out.

Wild geese and deer are among the wildlife that live in harmony with A Dove Nest innkeepers and guests.


Q.  What attractions draw travelers to you?

Because A Dove Nest is in the heart of the Thumb and close to all major highways, we are an easy drive from Detroit and the large metro areas to our south. Once you’re here, we’re only 28 miles to Frankenmuth, the year-around Christmas town; and just 34 to the marvelous year-around resort village of Lexington on the blue waters of Lake Huron.

Q. What are some of the highlights in your area?

People in the Thumb like to celebrate and there’s a festival of some kind all year long. We have ice festivals, snowmobile festivals, ice fishing tournaments and more in the winter. Spring and summer are filled with small-town celebrations of all kinds from car shows to craft shows, parades and the start of the farmers’ markets season. Fall brings the Caro Pumpkin Festival, the Octagon Barn Farm Festival, the Cheeseburger Festival and a whole lot more. The turbine windmills in the Ubley area are a must see and The Country View Bulk Food Store is a must visit.

Guests enjoy this in-room, deep Jacuzzi tub in the Panda Crossings room.

Q. What puts  A Dove Nest a step ahead of other lodging options in the area?

Most lodgings in our area are motels and all the lodging properties are in towns. We are unique in our wilderness setting.

Our breakfasts are second-to-none. We serve a hearty family-style breakfast at the dining table overlooking English Lake. We serve homemade jellies and pancake syrups made from wild fruit gathered on the property. They perfectly complement generous servings of eggs, hash browns and breakfast meats.

“Extras” are standard here. Guest are invited to help themselves to pop, juice and water from a stand-up cooler. We invite them to munch on goodies from our snack buffet whenever they get the urge. And we provide them with oversized spa towels for the outside hot tub. Oh, we didn’t mention the outside hot tub?  Come enjoy it for yourselves.

Q. Are there any misconceptions about your area you’d like to clear up?

Most people think the thumb is all flatland. This is true for a lot of it. But Kingston marks the spot where the glaciers pushed hard to give us an area of rolling hills, lakes and wetlands unlike most of the area.

Q.  How do guests describe the atmosphere and ambiance of A Dove Nest?

Peaceful, relaxing, stress releasing, romantic, amazing, restful, creative, natural, rejuvenating, warm, like home, inviting, welcoming, private, secluded, clean, first class and great food!

If you wondered about that paved circle of stone in front of the B&B, wonder no more.                                        It’s the perfect stage for lovely weddings — always welcome at A Dove Nest.

Editorial Notes
To join the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association, A Dove Nest flawlessly passed a Quality Assurance Review by third-party, professional inspectors, which required meeting more than 100 points of cleanliness, safety, professionalism and hospitality. To maintain their membership, they must pass a repeat review every three years.

.….If you choose to stay at A Dove Nest, we guarantee you can “rest assured.”

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