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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.

Savory or Sweet, B&B Breakfasts Spell Excitement

February 28th, 2015 by linda

When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,
“what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
— A.A. Milne

Whether the entree is sweet or savory, you can count on an exciting breakfast experience at Michigan B&Bs. After all, when the second “B” in your name stands for Breakfast, it better be extra special.

How about Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot-Poached Pears and Lemon Curd, a national award-winning entree served by Cocoa Cottage B&B in Whitehall? Exciting enough for you?  Click on the image to link to the recipe.

How about Panettone Pain Perdu with Merlot-Poached Pears and Lemon Curd, a national award-winning entree served by Cocoa Cottage B&B in Whitehall? Exciting enough for you? Click on the image to link to the recipe.

Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph , nearby the Lake Michigan shore, delights guests with these Waffles with Hot Raspberry Syrup. Click the image for the recipe.

Dove Nest B&B in St. Joseph , nearby the Lake Michigan shore, delights guests with these Waffles with Hot Raspberry Syrup. To make them at home, just click the image above for the recipe.

Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B&B on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan surprises guests with Grapes in Grappa. Click the image for the recipe.

Grey Hare Inn Vineyard B&B on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan, just outside Traverse City, surprises guests with Grapes in Grappa. Click the image for the recipe.

 

Changing the taste from sweet to savory, The House on the Hill B&B, “up north” in Ellsworth, shares its recipe for a taste-tempting Spinach Artichoke Souffle, a guest favorite pictured below. Don’t let the word “souffle” throw you: you can make it!

Click on the photo to view and print the recipe for these individual Spinach Artichoke Souffles.

Click on the photo to view and print the recipe for these individual Spinach Artichoke Souffles.

You can print out the recipe by clicking on the luscious-looking image on the left. Like all the dishes featured here, the recipes are among nearly 400 posted online under B&B Recipe Favorites. Selections range beyond breakfast entrees to include baked breads, muffins, biscuits and scones, appetizers and side dishes, lunch and dinner specialties and, of course, “Sweet Endings” — the desserts innkeepers like to serve their guests as bedtime treats or as consolation on a rainy afternoon.

For those who prefer their recipes bound in a printed cookbook or those looking for that perfect gift for a budding chef, many of our innkeepers’ favorite recipes are featured in the Michigan B&B Cookbook, available to order online.

DeLano Manison Inn in Allegan often serves this decadently-delicious Cherry Cordial French Toast. Click the image to get the recipes -- if you dare. It's a special-occasion entree like many of the specialty cuisine served at Michigan B&Bs.

DeLano Manison Inn in Allegan serves this decadently-delicious Cherry Cordial French Toast. Click the image to get the recipe — provided you can spare a few calories. It’s a special-occasion entree like much of the specialty cuisine served at fine Michigan B&Bs.

 

Just Baked Baked-Goods Make B&B Breakfasts the Best

February 19th, 2015 by linda

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its creative take on the tradition muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its own creative take on the traditional muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French Toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Michigan B&Bs don’t just serve up a mean muffin: they fresh bake their breakfast breads every day. Each batch is designed to delight their overnight guests, who enjoy their first meal of the day “on the house” as part of their stay. Their stay also includes complimentary sodas and assorted beverages, coffees and teas and “bottomless” cookie jars. Sometimes, the innkeeper whips together a delectable evening dessert and offers a glass of wine. Try getting this at a chain motel.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan's abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Fine the recipe here.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan’s abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Find the recipe here.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all backed fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How's that for authentic?

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all baked fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How’s that for authentic?

 

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of dozens of varieties the innkeepers at The Painted Turtle Inn serve to delight their guests.

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of many varieties The Painted Turtle Inn serves its guests.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan's blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan’s blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

 

 

At Willow Pond makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot fresh biscuits.

At Willow Pond B&B makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot, fresh, homemade biscuits.

Are you hungry yet? Ready for a B&B get-away? Search our website for all one hundred of our member inns all across Michigan. Print out innkeepers’ favorite breakfast and dinner entrees, baked goods and “sweet endings” from our online recipe book to make in your own kitchen.

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

Enjoy This “Blog Share” Post Submitted by:
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.

 


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