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Experience the “real” Michigan at a local B&B

June 13th, 2014 by linda

When you travel the state and stay at chain motels, do you sometimes feel you’re just perching on the fringes of life in Anytown, USA? The truth is, no one place is like any other except on the fringes of the expressways and in impersonal hotels. The best way to experience “real life” wherever you land is to stay at a local bed and breakfast inn. You’ll see what we mean when you meet Candlelite Inn B&B, Black River Crossing B&B and Waterloo Gardens B&B — not to mention the hundred other Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association-member inns just waiting for you to discover.

Candlelite Inn, Ludington (Northwest Region)

Candlelite cherry pie Who can forget the second “B” in B&B is…. Breakfast! It’s never an afterthought at Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast in Ludington, a Lake Michigan harbor town where the fishing charters leave the docks at dawn and the S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry sails for Wisconsin soon after. Innkeeper Melanie has you covered, whether you’re rising early or sleeping late. She serves a delicious, hot and homemade breakfast on your schedule. A passionate cook, everything from milk, bacon, maple syrup, jams and breads is locally sourced from nearby farms and farm markets. Most B&Bs feature a special “extra” like cookies or afternoon hors d’oeuvres: at Candlelite Inn, guests enjoy a fresh home-baked dessert every evening like this made-from-scratch cherry pie. Add 24/7 access to complimentary beverages, treats and premium chocolates; proximity to Lake Michigan, lighthouses and downtown; and a choice of six guestrooms plus a romantic “retreat suite” all with private baths – you have all the makings of a unique Michigan getaway.

Black River Crossing, Bessemer (Upper Peninsula Region)

Black Bear at Black River This much-shared photo says just about everything there is to say about Black River Crossing B&B. Located in Bessemer, it’s so far northwest in the Upper Peninsula it shares its time zone with Wisconsin, running an hour behind the rest of the state. The innkeepers’ photo gallery tells even more of its story, although guests say no picture does it justice. Take a look, and you’ll be making plans to visit this thoroughly-contemporary home built in 1997 of white pine logs. North Country TrailNear the Ottawa National Forest in the heart of the Lake Superior snow belt, the B&B offers three guestrooms with private baths, four fireplaces and three common areas to kick back and relax. The North Country Hiking Trail passes through the back yard and the Black River courses through the front. As it tumbles north to Lake Superior, the river creates a series of waterfalls, some of which can be easily accessed by foot from CR 513, designated the Black River National Scenic Byway. Wildlife and outdoor recreation of every kind are just outside the door. This B&B is a destination in itself.

 Waterloo Gardens, Chelsea (Southeast Region)

Waterloo Gardens porch and flowers Waterloo Gardens is neither Victorian style nor log cabin contemporary: it’s a lovely country ranch home just outside Chelsea. As its name suggests, the B&B is surrounded by beautifully-landscaped gardens that create a riot of color from spring through fall. It’s close to downtown shops and galleries, Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater and the four-star-rated Common Grill restaurant. The nearby Waterloo and Pinkney recreation areas with swimming beaches at Silver and Halfmoon lakes offer a full range of outdoor recreation activities. Innkeepers Lourdean and Gary can help you connect with a tour of the nearby Jiffy Mix plant or guide you to the Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory. Just a hop and skip west of Ann Arbor, Waterloo Gardens welcomes families and provides a convenient alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a lovely destination for couples, yet a great place to stay with the kids while doing business anywhere in the greater Detroit metro area.

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New-Member Innkeepers Introduce Black River Crossing

August 8th, 2012 by linda

Black River Crossing B&B is located in Bessemer, in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. 
Innkeepers Stan and Sue Carr built the log home in 1997 and opened the B&B in 2001.

In Their Own Words……

Q. What draws travelers to the Upper Peninsula in the summer?

A.  Many enjoy silent sports, such as kayaking on Lake Superior or on one of the flowages, mountain biking or road biking or swimming in Lake Superior. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park — “the Porkies” to us — is less than 30 minutes away. People go there to see the many waterfalls, virgin old-growth forests and hike the trails. Bayfield, WI, gateway to the Apostle Islands, and the sea caves are a little over an hour away.

Q.  What if we just want to take a drive?

A.  Take a right out of our driveway and less than a block away, you’ll turn right onto county highway 513, also known as the Black River Harbor National Scenic Byway. It’s beautiful on its own, but breathtaking views of a series of waterfalls are available if you’re willing and able to take several hikes of up to a half-mile off the road.  The waterfalls are connected by one of the most beautiful sections of the North Country Trail, which, when completed will wander 4,600 miles from New York State to North Dakota.

Q.  What goes on in the cooler months?

A.  See fall colors from atop Copper Peak, the Northern Hemisphere’s only ski flying hill and one of the world’s six largest ski jumps. All winter sports are very, very good here.  Last year ours was one of the only areas that had ample snow.  We offer excellent cross-country skiing, four downhill ski resorts and snowshoeing everywhere, including trails right here on our own property. After a day of winter sports, our sauna hits the spot.

Q.  Anything else?

A.  Wildlife sightings are common, including black bear, deer, river otters, many species of birds and lots more. When there’s sun spot activity any time of year, the Northern Lights entertain us.

 Q.  What differentiates Black River Crossing Bed and Breakfast from other lodging options in the area?

A.  Most lodging here is for the ski hills that were built in the early ‘60s.  Many of the facilities are dated, some with cooking facilities. Guests familiar with the options often tell us that no lodging in this area surpasses, or is equal to, our quality. Our B&B is a contemporary log home with Danish leather, ultrasuede furniture and up-to-date, well-appointed rooms.  In the summer, our grounds resemble a park. Few other B&Bs exist in this area.

Q.  A misconception about the Ironwood area is…

A.  That it’s a working-class mining town.  It’s true that the U.S. 2 corridor, which most vacationers pass through, looks run down and sprawled out.  Vacationers need only to turn off U.S. 2 to discover the natural beauty of this area.  Even most skiers in the winter don’t know about the area’s many waterfalls and scenic byways.

Q.  When we’re not busy being innkeepers…

A.  Stan and I are self-employed management consultants.  We work mostly with manufacturing companies and their plants to make them more profitable.  It’s a rewarding occupation and very different from being innkeepers, which we also enjoy.

Q.  What did you learn from staying at other B&Bs?

A.  When we decided to open a bed and breakfast, we reviewed our past B&B experiences. We had had many good experiences and a few not-so-good ones.  Things we wanted to stay away from were: talking too much, cluttered public areas and hotel-like settings. Things we wanted to provide included; a self-service area where guests can get a beverage or microwave some popcorn; more than one public seating area with fireplaces so guests can spread out and find some privacy; a selection of games, movies and a workout area; a sauna in its own separate cabin, and, of course, memorable breakfasts.

Comments in our guest book tell us we’re on the right track:

  • “We’ve just experienced ‘heaven on earth.’”
  • “Our snowshoe trip to an area waterfall. Wow! What an awe-inspiring journey!”
  • (This is) “the most relaxed we have been in months. Your beautiful home and gracious hospitality are appreciated beyond words.”
  • “The whole setting is a wonderful and peaceful experience.”
  • “Thank you for your generous spirit, your warm and inviting nature.”
  • “Your B&B is absolutely beautiful – down to every detail.”
  • “Awesome house, awesome hosts, awesome chef, park-like surroundings. We could go on and on.”
  • “We had the most relaxing time here!  The food, sauna and the overall atmosphere was the best we’ve ever experienced!”
  • “From the moment we arrived it felt like we were staying with old friends instead of at a B&B.  You’ve made us feel so welcome in your beautiful home that it’s hard to leave!”

Bed and breakfast inns like Black River Crossing achieve membership in the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association by passing a Quality Insurance Inspection consisting of more than 100 standards of safety, professionalism, comfort and cleanliness. We welcome Black River Crossing as one of our newest members, upholding a long tradition of lodging excellence. You can rate your stay at any Lake to Lake member inn here.


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