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Take a fall sailing adventure on a floating B&B

August 17th, 2016 by Sandy White

You’ll literally cruise into fall when you book a sailing adventure on Schooner Manitou, one of Michigan’s most unique B&Bs. A few cabins are still available for four-and six-day Northern Michigan windjammer cruises aboard the 114-foot ship starting September 7.

Take a fall sailing adventure

Your sailing adventure begins when Schooner Manitou casts off and sets sail.

Picture yourself on deck in Grand Traverse Bay as Captain Brett Derr gives the order to cut the dock lines and points the bow north. The buildings of Traverse City recede as warm September breezes fill the huge sails (all 3,000 square feet). You’ll get to know your shipmates quickly because Schooner Manitou accommodates a maximum of only 24 passengers.

The remaining berths on these windjammer cruises are filling up fast:

  • Take a fall sailing adventure

    Host those sails, Matey! Pitch in to help if you want or just watch the fun.

    Six-Day Explorer Cruise (Sept. 7-13, $939 per person)

  • Michigan Craft Beer Cruise (Sept. 15-19, four days, $769). Your guide will be Amy Sherman of Grand Rapids, a chef and craft beer aficionado. Yes, there will be special hors d’oeuvres and craft beer pairings for you to taste.
  • Star Gazer Cruise (Sept. 22-26, four days, $769). Your guide to the night sky will be Mary Stewart Adams of Harbor Springs, director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park and host of a weekly astronomy program broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio.

What to expect on your sailing adventure

The exact route of your sailing adventure will be a function of wind and weather conditions. Manitou displaces 100 tons, meaning it’s a heavy ship  that will be comfortable in most sea conditions.

Take a fall sailing adventure

Where will you be when the sun rises? The only certainly is your surroundings will be lovely.

You can expect to see islands and scenic coastlines you could never see from a car, to anchor for the night in secluded bays where the moon and stars provide the only illumination, and to walk on beaches where yours may be the only footprints.

Take a fall sailing adventure

Your three squares each day are served hot from this 1926 Glenwood wood stove.

Throughout most of the sailing season, Schooner Manitou offers a variety of short-duration cruises near Traverse City and an overnight bed and breakfast experience culminating in a hearty breakfast prepared on “Cleo,” the ship’s wood-burning stove. On these September windjammer cruises, Cleo is kept busy all day, turning out healthy, home-cooked meals and snacks. All that fresh air will give you an appetite. And you’ll sleep like a baby in your below-decks bunk, equipped with fresh bedding, windows, lights, and ventilation. Plenty of headroom, too.

Take a fall sailing adventure

You’ll enjoy fresh, homemade breakfasts and dinners family style in the main cabin, and lunch buffets served topside.

Click here to plan your cruise. And next month, while trying your skills at the helm of Schooner Manitou, be sure to tell Captain Brett you heard about it here — from the Michigan Bed & Breakfast Association blog.

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Michigan’s Best B&B’s in Pictures – Part 4

February 25th, 2014 by linda

This fourth in a series of Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns spotlights three uniquely-different B&Bs in uniquely-different parts of the Greater Grand Traverse Area, each with a Traverse City mailing address. That one zip code can produce such geographical diversity helps us understand how each of these lodgings adapted to its surroundings, each in its own way, to become distinctly itself. Discover Wind in the Pines, Schooner Manitou and Neahtawanta Inn.

Wind in the Pines. Traverse City (NW)Wind in the Pines Exterior

Just five miles from downtown Traverse City, Wind in the Pines B&B may as well be a world away from the hustle and bustle of its shops, brew pubs, galleries and restaurants.

Wildlife Habitat

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

Designed to be a bed and breakfast, this spacious log home was completed in 2005 to incorporate the lodging needs of the most discriminating guests. But it is also certified by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of the planning, landscaping and sustainable gardening that provides a quality wildlife habitat. Set amid acres of pines, this B&B is a haven for birds, wild turkey, ruffed grouse — even the occasional deer or coyote.

Three spacious guest rooms reflect the beauty of the north woods with pine cone, bear and moose themes.  A range of king, queen, or twins beds is available and all rooms have TVs, DVD players and en suite baths.  A full, hot breakfast is served daily. All you need to do is relax.

Schooner Manitou, a Floating B&B on Grand Traverse Bay (NW)

Schooner Manitou BreakfastIn the same town, yet another world away, we ask: was this photo of a gourmet-laden breakfast table taken with a fish-eye lens – or are those walls really curved? Yes, the walls are really curved. They follow the hull of the Schooner Manitou, replica of an 1800s cargo schooner – commonly called a “tall ship.” During the day, it plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay on a variety of excursion tours. At night, it is transformed into a floating B&B.

The Schooner Manitou B&B plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay..

The Schooner Manitou B&B plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

You start with a leisurely sunset cruise. Sleep the night in one of 12 immaculate bunks safely tied up at the dock with ready access to hot showers…. or bring your sleeping bag and enjoy the night topside, under the stars. Enjoy breakfast in the spacious galley, freshly prepared on a wood stove. This is a unique experience reserved for the adventurous. Don’t delay making advance reservations starting in May.


Neahtawanta Inn, a B&B on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City (NW)

neahtawanta-inn exterior

Following a year marred by tragedy, Neahtawanta Inn is back open for business, year around. Last year on February 3rd, a fire destroyed portions of the turn-of-the century inn, located on a wooded property that includes 300 feet of frontage on Bower’s Harbor, located near the top of  Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. On August 23rd, owner Sally Van Vleck lost her husband and innkeeping partner of 26 years to cancer.

Neahtawanta water front by Russ J. Foursquare

Neahtawanta Inn’s front yard on Bower’s Harbor.

The newly-rebuilt B&B is freshly decorated and updated with state-of-the-art amenities. The beach is touched only by the seasons. Now partnering with daughter Katy, Sally continues to offer morning yoga classes, four spacious guestrooms plus a two-bedroom suite, delicious vegetarian breakfasts, and to run the inn based on a philosophy of conservation, respect for the Earth and sustainable living.

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 the official Michigan B&B website. And watch right here for the next installment of “Michigan’s Best Inns,” Part 5.


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