Posts Tagged ‘cross country skiing’


January 23rd, 2013 by linda

LogHaven Bed, Breakfast & Barn is nestled in the heart of the Huron National Forest near West Branch. Innkeepers Gail and Paul Gotter tell its story in their own words….

We are absolutely unique in that we live totally “off the power grid” here at LogHaven Bed & Breakfast.  We make our own electricity using a wind turbine and solar panels. We use all of today’s appliances from dishwasher to microwave, surround sound to satellite TV.  But we don’t get electric bills.  Many of our guests come to our monthly ‘Introduction to Alternative Energy” seminar and stay with us just to observe how we do it.

LogHaven is warm, welcoming and completely contemporary. While self-sustaining, it offers all the modern amenities you expect from a Lake to Lake-member B&B.

Our B&B has three large guestrooms and provides an atmosphere of comfort and hospitality.  Our guests have described LogHaven as “the next best thing to home,” “my view of heaven” and “a wonderful place to relax.”  Outdoor decks surround the building and include a screened-in porch. They are furnished with rocking chairs in which to sit, enjoy a glass of wine and take in the incredible views. A table and chairs is handy for an al fresco lunch or the cocktail hour.

We are a short five miles to cross-country skiing at the Ogemaw Hills Ski Area in the AuSable State Forest. But if you prefer simple countryside skiing over its 15 miles of groomed trails, we have LOTS of snow, woods and trails everywhere! How about skiing right from the front door!

If you have horses, LogHaven has the barn and everything else you’ll need to bring them along for the ride.

Got horses? We invite people and their horses to come to LogHaven for trail-riding. We have all the facilities — stalls, run-ins and pastures — and there are unlimited miles of back roads, trails and two-tracks for those quiet “in the woods” trail rides. Autumn is an especially beautiful time for riding although the wilderness terrain is majestic year around.

Topping off a great night’s stay, LogHaven offers a complete “country” breakfast prepared by Chef Paul.  Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruit and perhaps a strata, skillet dish or french toast served with home-made jams and locally-produced maple syrup.  Coffee is available any time of day, and we offer a variety of complimentary beverages right in your room. Enjoy cookies hot and fresh from the oven every day!

LogHaven Bed, Breakfast and Barn recently returned
to Lake to Lake membership. Welcome back!

Lake to Lake and Season to Season: Michigan Shoreline B&Bs Are the Places to Be!

November 11th, 2011 by linda


What transforms Michigan’s beachtowns into winter play havens? A mantle of pure white snow, of course. The bed and breakfast inns that are members of Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association invite you to celebrate winter their way all season long.

At The State Street Inn in Harbor Beach on Lake Huron, you can let it snow while cuddling up to cozy fireplaces in its Victoriana or Lighthouse Point guest rooms. This is after you return from a stroll along the beach to marvel at the spectacle of the big lake frozen over. Be sure to find out about the inn’s special winter package available through March 31. It’s listed on the webpage as “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”

At Adventure Inn in North Lakeport, a bit to the south, you can enjoy a beach walk in snow boots every bit as much as a beach walk in flip flops.  This beautiful stretch of Lake Huron beach, as seen from either of the two guest rooms, leads to the trails and solitude of Lakeport State Park. What a perfect way to enjoy a day of cross country skiing. Be sure to check frequently for winter-time packages and specials.

The grounds at Seymour House are perfect for a romantic winter stroll through the woods.

Some of the most scenic winter trails in the state are along the Lake Michigan coast close to the sizzling resort towns of Saugatuck and South Haven, turned a bit cooler for winter sports with snow practically guaranteed. Halfway in between, Seymour House B&B offers 11 unspoiled acres of its own for snowshoeing, hiking and Nordic-style skiing. If you’re there on a Saturday, warm up with beverages and hors d’oeuvres from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in front of a crackling fire. If you’re there on a winter weekday, enjoy special low rates — even in their Jacuzzi rooms.

Ski trails range from beginner levels to the extremely advanced at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and the Allegan State Game Area. The Kal Haven Rail Trail is close by as are many others, including groomed trails. You can rent skis or snowshoes in downtown Saugatuck from Landsharks.

When you’re all done in from a day spent in the great outdoors, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a biscotti at  Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Suites or hot chocolate and table-top s’mores at Park House Inn.  Fine dining, clubs and boutique shopping are accessible on foot from either B&B.

Right across the Kalamazoo River in Douglas, Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast has Lake Michigan with its majestic, glacier-like icebergs just a block away — and one of the best sledding hills in West Michigan right down the street. Best yet, they provide the sleds!

Lest we forget there are lakes other than the “great” ones all across Michigan, think about bringing your cross country skis to Dewey Lake Manor in Brooklyn. Skate on the lake once it freezes solid or at nearby Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan State University’s botanical gardens, as snow cover permits.


Let Michigan B&Bs Get You Outside and Loving Winter

November 3rd, 2011 by linda


Michigan’s first snow always seems a little magical, filled with promises of rosy cheeks and chubby snowmen. With the second and third and fourth snowfalls comes reality. Expectations turn dreary. Don’t despair: not only are Michigan bed and breakfast inns the Better Way to Stay, they’re the best way to ensure that winter keeps its promises.

A promising winter composition at At Willow Pond. Read on.


White Swan Inn in Whitehall invites guests to enjoy cross country skiing at nearby Muskegon State Park Winter Sports Complex, home of one of only four luge tracks in the U.S. For a unique experience, buy tickets now for the fundraising “Dine and Glide,” January 21 and February 11 and 17. Enjoy three dining stations with delicious food along the 5K trails, with blazing bonfires at each stop. A heated outdoor tent with music and dessert wraps up the event.

For a special skiing and dining get-away, look at the inn’s “Nordic Nights” package on its webpage.

If you prefer shopping over skiing, visit Holland’s downtown and enjoy unique stores, restaurants and breweries along snow and ice-free heated sidewalks. Enjoy downtown activities all winter long including Kerstmarkt, an outdoor Dutch holiday market, holiday open houses, carolers, ice sculpting contests and more. After spending all that time on your feet, go “home” to Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods to relax in front of any of several fireplaces and enjoy winter wonderland views of the woods and pond outside. Visit for more Holland activities.

Rosa Park Circle, Grand Rapids MIWhen you’re talking Grand Rapids, winter in the city is about more than shopping. Bring your hat and gloves when you stay at Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in suburban Grandville. Spend an evening ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown, just minutes from the inn. Admission is only a buck — and ice skates are free! While you’re downtown, enjoy at least one of more than 90 privately-owned restaurants and night clubs, all within walking distance of each other and of Rosa Park Circle. 

Candy Cane Lane Bronson ParkThen there’s neighboring Kalamazoo. While its downtown offers year-around galleries, shops, a wealth of restaurants featuring innovative local and seasonal dishes, brewpubs (think Bells), wine bars, live theater and even a dueling piano bar, its holiday season makes it all the more special.

“During the holiday season,” says Laurel Parrott, innkeeper of The Kalamazoo House, located downtown, “guests always talk at breakfast how they enjoyed strolling through Candy Cane Lane and seeing all the beautiful lights of the park right next door to the inn.”

Prefer riding to walking in the snow?

This winter, enjoy romantic sleigh ride packages at DeLano Mansion Inn B&B in Allegan. En suite massages can be arranged for your after-ride pleasure. Are you beginning to envision just how well winter can keep its promises?

There are a lot of ways to ride. If horseback is your preference, head to At Willow Pond B&B in Fenwick, near Greenville. They are ready for winter, with warm German flannel sheets on the beds and a fire flickering in the fireplace. Innkeepers Jerome and Claire Vandenburg keep their horses outside, so they’re not to cold to ride. Bundle up and enjoy as long as the footing is more sure than slick.
Here, you can cross country ski the way it’s meant to be: no sounds louder than your own shush. Or borrow a set of snowshoes and enjoy acres of wildlife. Afterward, cuddle  in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa or steam in the hot tub under the stars.  
We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended). Come back in a few days for even more ways to make winter keep its promises.
All the inns featured in this blog post are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. They are regularly inspected for multiple points of quality, including safety, cleanliness, comfort and professionalism. Never think twice about staying at a Lake to Lake-member inn: it’s Quality Assured.