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Eight great Michigan bed and breakfast recipes featuring the tart-sweet tastes of lemons and oranges

February 17th, 2014 by linda

We mined our Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook for breakfast recipes using lemons, lovely and available year round. We also found a few breakfast recipes using oranges that we can’t resist sharing.
Ripe lemons offer a consistent, reliable tartness from the first slice. To release their flavor for these recipes, all you need is some kind of reamer or

Oranges and lemons with zester.

Add citrus zest and juice to recipes for a fresh, bright taste.

citrus juicer and a zester, box grater or, even easier, a Microplane grater.

The juice and zest of one lemon plus a teaspoon of lemon extract go into the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes served at Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast in St. Joseph. The use of ricotta, a creamy white cheese used in many sweet and savory dishes, makes these pancakes extra light and fluffy. Top with Michigan maple syrup or fresh fruit. See the recipe online here.

Mary Gruler, innkeeper at Gingerbread House in Petoskey since 1988, shared for the book and online her recipe for Filled Lemon Crepes with Lemon Sauce. Lemon zest flavoring the batter and zest and juice used in the sauce contrast with the filling, a mixture of softened cream cheese, orange marmalade and chopped toasted pecans.

Has the word “curd” caused you to resist the charms of lemon curd? Fine. Call it “sweet-tart lemon spread” instead and start squeezing a lemon for this lemon curd recipe from the award-winning chefs at Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall. You’ll soon be thanking the British for this cheery-looking and versatile spread. It perks up everything from scones to cakes to plain old toast.

Lemon zest and blueberries, always a congenial pairing, combine in Blueberry Citrus Muffins served at Antiquities’ Wellington Inn in Traverse City. You could substitute a lime.

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Lemon Pull-Aparts, a favorite at Dutch Colonial Inn in Holland, are a make-ahead breakfast treat made even easier by the use of a package of unbaked frozen dinner rolls. Add the zest of two lemons, butter, sugar and a glaze made with powdered sugar, butter and lemon juice, and you’ve splendidly transformed a frozen-food-aisle staple.

Oranges plucked from the innkeepers’ tree at their winter home in Arizona are sometimes used for the Orange Breakfast Muffins at Frankenmuth Bed and Breakfast.

Cranberries marry orange zest and juice in a recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones served at J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, Fennville. A pastry blender will help you combine the flour and butter like a pro. A light touch and floured fingers make for successful kneading of the dough. In 15 minutes or under, your oven will produce baked goodness you can’t buy in a store.

Finally, at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast near Saugatuck, you don’t just get sublime, scratch-made food. Instead, you get sublime, scratch-made food with a great story. Their recipe called Bolo’s Mandarin Orange and Walnut Coffee Cake is supposedly a souvenir of a tent-camping expedition in the jungles of Costa Rica. If the recipe’s origins are exotic, the ingredients are not. Canned mandarin oranges combine with sour cream, walnuts and staples you probably already have on hand. Why not make it right now?

Except for the online-only recipes for Bolo’s coffee cake and the lemon ricotta pancakes, these citrus-using recipes are among the more than 300 recipes in the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook. Order it online here.

Sandy WhiteIn sweet breakfast dishes, guest blogger Sandy White, innkeeper at Adventure Inn, located on Lake Huron near Port Huron, usually uses considerably more lemon zest and lemon juice than a recipe calls for.

Michigan’s Best B&Bs in Pictures – Part 3

February 7th, 2014 by linda

You’ll find B&Bs in the most likely and the most unlikely places. This post features Dutch Colonial Inn, located in the popular Lake Michigan beach town of Holland; J. Paules Fenn Inn, located in the nearby farming community of Fennville surrounded by vineyards and orchards; and Teaspoon B&B, tucked away in the near wilderness close to the very accessible Northeast community of Mio. No one can claim B&Bs are all the same like motels in a chain!

Dutch Colonial Inn, Holland (Southwest)

Dutch colonial tulip Suite 1          Dutch Colonial Tulip Suite 2






The inviting two-level Tulip Suite at Dutch Colonial Inn in Holland is unique and wonderfully private. The romantic, tucked-under-the-eves guest room (left) is plenty roomy for the height conscious and features a king bed and full bath with tempting two-person whirlpool tub. The sunny sitting room right) has a gas-log fireplace, entertainment center and a second private bath. The suite is one of four clean and luxuriously-comfortable guest rooms in this meticulously-maintained 1920s home just blocks from downtown Holland shopping, dining, brewpubs and boutiques, and a short drive to Lake Michigan beaches. Enjoy!

J. Paules Fenn Inn, Fennville (Southwest)

Salt of the Earth
is a regionally-acclaimed artisan-style restaurant that’s become a dinner destination in Fennville. It’s close to J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, here looking pretty as a picture in sky blue and winter white. Great wine bars and brew pubs, restaurants, galleries and boutique shops are open year-around in Saugatuck, just six miles away. What better place to while away some snowy winter days? The Allegan State Game Area, just east of J. Paule’s  and Dunes State Park, just west on the Lake Michigan shore, offer some of the finest cross-country ski trails in Michigan – free! 
Stop for hot coffee and farm fresh fruit pie baked just around the corner at Crane’s OrchardSample fine Michigan wines at neighboring Fenn Valley VineyardsDid you really think you were getting away just to relax?

 Teaspoon Bed and Breakfast, Mio (Northeast)

Rent a canoe in nearby Mio to experience the wild and scenic Au Sable River when you spend time at Teaspoon B&B. It’s in the heart of Amish Country, located on 30 private, wooded acres smack in the middle of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. If you want pampering amenities while enjoying the wilder side of Pure Michigan, try the warm hospitality provided by Kathy and Fred, Teaspoon’s innkeepers. Hike. Fish. Hunt. Take a guided Kirtland’s Warbler tour. This inn offers access to everything “Sunrise Side,” including a great breakfast every morning. Yum! –

Ausable River near Mio, MI   Dining Room at Teaspoon B&B






Have you stayed at any of these delightful bed and breakfast inns? If so, “rate your stay” and write a review. We’d love to hear what you think. Discover a hundred more B&Bs on our official Michigan B&B website. And watch right here for the next installment of Michigan’s Best Inns, Part 4.


December 11th, 2012 by linda

Dutch Colonial Inn is a pretty bed and breakfast in a pristine Holland  neighborhood that shows its Dutch heritage with fresh-swept streets, manicured lawns and a sense of safety and serenity.  At Christmas, it turns magical.

The Jenny Lind Suite is one of four guest rooms with private baths, all decked out for the holidays. Sure enough, the fireplace mantle is covered with lighted Snow Village miniatures.

Innkeepers Bob and Pat Elenbaas make decorating their B&B a  family affair.  Their five  grandchildren earn ten bucks apiece to bring boxes out of storage and into designated positions on each of the four floors of the roomy 1928 home. That’s just the beginning of a three-week-long process. It takes time to decorate nine indoor Christmas trees — each with its own theme and one especially “for the birds.” It takes a village to install 16,000 colorful holiday lights of all shapes and sizes. It takes the patience of saints to lovingly unbox, place and light up 260 Original Department 56 Snow Village pieces and the many dozens of companion cars, trucks, sleighs, pine trees, Christmas trees, shopkeepers, ministers, school teachers, pets, pooches, Santas and children — all the accessories that bring them to life.

The little train is one of many animated Snow Village pieces.

Decorative paintings and wall hangings are carted into storage and changed out for snowy holiday images throughout the house and guest rooms. Every surface is covered in Christmas-themed notions and curiosities of every elegant and collectible ilk. But whimsical Snow Village miniatures rule. They cover nearly every surface in every guest room and common area and even in Pat and Bob’s private living quarters. Unless  you see it with your own eyes, it’s difficult to fathom how many pieces there are in the number 2-6-0.

This is one of dozens of Snow Village vignettes that populate the surfaces at Dutch Colonial Inn. Notice the windmill and the Hershey’s truck.


This detail of the vignette above and to the left demonstrates the attention to detail that makes Snow Village miniatures such captivating collectibles.

Bob and Pat aren’t long-time collectors. They were given their first Snow Village miniature as a gift just 10 years ago. It was love at first light. Since then, they’ve made collecting a science with records of pieces acquired carefully maintained to avoid duplication on vacations and shopping trips. Once, a friend called Bob and told him about a classified ad spotted in The Grand Rapids Press offering a large number of pieces for $1600. A divorce occasioned the sale and the ex-wife wanted them gone. In the end, getting no buyers, she settled for $600. Bob drove off with his pick-up truck stacked high with immaculately-maintained, boxed miniatures that turned out to include some of the earliest pieces first marketed in 1976.  Some of them are valued at much more than the entire truck-load price.

The photo gives no sense of size. These multiple tiers are a good five feet high and stretch wider than eight feet. This is what the Village of Snow Village looks like with its lighted windows twinkling in the dark. Peek inside the Krispy Creme with its automated doughnut conveyor, the jewelry store with its myriad of tiny gems, the rockin’ American Bandstand studio, the pool hall with its good ole’ boys racking up another frame — and dozens’ more icons of Americana.

Guests who book stays at Dutch Colonial Inn over the holidays are treated to a unique Christmas fantasy world that’s a little like a friendly museum where you can look as long as you want at whatever you want, practically wherever you want.

Give yourself a holiday treat: book lodging at this wonderfully warm, friendly and magical B&B this holiday season — or next.  Never fear: if you don’t finde time before Christmas, plan a getaway after the holiday. With three weeks of hard work invested in putting them up, Bob and Pat aren’t keen to take the decorations down before the spirit moves them — maybe sometime in February. There’s plenty of time — time well spent and well worth the going room rate.