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Breakfast is Reason #1 to Stay at a B&B

May 6th, 2015 by linda

What makes staying at a B&B so special? This blog series will give you 10 good reasons why B&Bs in Michigan are special destination lodgings you need to experience. We’ll give you one good reason one per post, so plan to come back often.

Breakfast is included in your stay.

Breakfast at a B&B isn’t an add on for which you pay an extra fee. Nope: breakfast is part of the package, both a convenience and a cost savings. A few B&Bs limit their menus to continental spreads, but most offer a multi-course gourmet meal, hot and fresh from the kitchen every morning.

Click the image to see which B&B serves this fresh fruit courses like these strawberries with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk.

Click the image to see which B&B serves fresh fruit courses like these strawberries with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk.

Which B&B turns everyday mornings into extraordinary culinary delights? Click the photo to find out. Which B&B turns everyday mornings into extraordinary culinary delights? Click the photo to find out.

Fresh-baked breads of all shapes and sizes are a must at most B&Bs - including this one, featuring chocolate-chunk-French-Toast muffins with Blueberry Sauce. Now click the image. Fresh baked goods are a must at most B&Bs – including this one, featuring a chocolate-chunk-French-Toast muffin with blueberry sauce. Click the image to discover who made these.

What happens if you're in too big a hurry to sit down to breakfast? Click the photo to see which inn packs you this breakfast to go!What happens if you’re in too big a hurry to stay for breakfast? Click the photo to see which inn packs you this breakfast to go!

B&Bs invented "farm to table" long before it was trendy. Click the collage to see which B&B serves their own hens' eggs and their own bees' honey on hot, fresh biscuits. B&Bs invented “farm to table” long before it was trendy. Click the collage to see which B&B serves their own hens’ eggs and their own bees’ honey on hot, fresh biscuits.

You can enjoy breakfasts like these at home whenever you can’t get away to stay at a Lake to Lake-member bed and breakfast inn. Pour over our printable, online recipes or order our cookbook as a gift or your personal kitchen resource.

The Overlooked Breakfast “B” in Michigan B&B

January 8th, 2015 by linda

Fresh fruit with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skiimed from organic milk forms a fantasy first breakfast course at Historic Webster House in Bay City.

Fresh fruit with edible flowers, topped with a creme fraiche skimmed from organic milk forms a fantasy first breakfast course at Historic Webster House in Bay City.

We’ve spent months talking about how a B&B’s architecture makes it unique from other lodgings and from other bed and breakfast inns. We’ve talked about the warmth of innkeepers’ hospitality and we’ve talked about luxury beds and bedding. We’ve talked about location. How did we miss rhapsodizing about that all important second “B” in the B&B equation? When we say “B,” we’re talking about more than breakfast: we’re talking about great food, real food, farm-to-table food — fresh food, home-made food, delicious food.

At Willow Pond B&B near Greenville collects your eggs from the chicken coop fresh each morning and serves hot, fresh-baked biscuits with their own pure home-grown honey.

At Willow Pond B&B near Greenville collects your eggs fresh from the chicken coop each morning and serves hot, home-baked biscuits with their own pure home-grown honey.

Country Hermitage B&B just outside Traverse city is surrounded by cherry orchards, the source of fresh cherry-stuffed pancakes served alongside locally-processed sauce-free, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork.

Country Hermitage B&B just outside Traverse city is surrounded by cherry orchards, the source of fresh cherry-stuffed pancakes served alongside locally-processed sauce-free, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork.

The wondrous part of the food experience is that staying in a B&B costs no more than staying in a chain motel or hotel when you add in the extra cash you would dole out for a hot and healthy breakfast for two, bottled waters, sodas, coffees, teas — often even a glass of wine — not to mention evening treats and “endless” cookie jars….. all the necessities of life come free when you stay at a B&B.

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Proving Myths Wrong: Every Michigan B&B is Unique – Part 9

April 23rd, 2014 by linda

Welcome to our ninth in a series introducing you to Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns. You’ll discover that each is unique and dispels the long-held myths of dusty doilies, baths shared with strangers and supervised curfews. Proving the old myths oh-so-wrong are Saravilla B&B in Alma; Historic Webster House B&B in Bay City; and Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater.

Saravilla B&B, Alma (SE)
Saravilla B&B Billiard Room
A billiard room? It’s not what you’d expect in a bed and breakfast, is it? Another unexpected surprise: those French doors you at the back open onto a sunroom that houses a year-around multi-person hot tub. Saravilla B&B in Alma is full of surprises. The pool table presides over the entrance to a 1,200 square foot ballroom, perfect for weddings, meetings, scrapbooking, reunions, quilting and whatever else you can think of. It’s just another room in this three-story, 11,000 square foot Dutch Colonial home, located close to Alma College. Believe it or not, when a local lumber baron built it 1894, it was as a “cottage” for his daughter’s wedding present. Her name was Sara – hence, Saravilla. Today, it holds “Certificates of Excellence” awarded by Trip Advisor in 2011 and again in 2013 for consistently outstanding guest reviews. Innkeepers Linda and Jon invite you to enjoy its seven spacious guestrooms with private baths, its inviting front porch, a back garden deck and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Historic Webster House, Bay City (NE)
Historic Webster House B&B grand staircase
Imagine yourself somewhere back in time — a time when you didn’t take the elevator down to the grab a bagel from the breakfast bar at the chain motel. Instead you swept down a grand staircase to the elegant breakfast room for baked goods fresh from the oven and a sweet or savory gourmet entrée served fireside, hot from the kitchen. You still can. Simply get away to the Historic Webster House in Bay City. This painstakingly-restored Victorian home features six guest rooms or suites, each with queen-sized beds complete with European featherbeds, plus all the modern amenities from cable TV to free WiFi and Netflix. You can rent the in-house spa and enjoy the Jacuzzi tub for two, cedar dry sauna and overhead double shower in total privacy. Just blocks from downtown and the Bay, Webster House is strategically located for easy access to outdoor recreation in Michigan’s Thumb and to the commerce and culture of the Tri-Cities area.

Candlewyck House, Pentwater (NW)
Candlewyck B&B baskets The email address is “basket lady” and among the activities offered is “basket weaving.” What kind of B&B is this? For 23 years, Mary Jo and John have shared Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater with thousands of guests from around the world. Their gardens are heavenly and Mary Jo cooks a five-course breakfast every morning. Besides being an innkeeper and a chef, she is an expert weaver of fine, intricate baskets. If you’re interested in learning how, she’ll teach you.
Candlewyck B&B Pentwater MIYou and your friends can get together like friends do for quilting and scrapbooking – but enjoy a hands-on workshop along with the harbor-town accommodations. Or you can do what most guests do: enjoy the sugar sand beach on Lake Michigan, just down the street. John and Mary Jo will lend you bicycles to traverse the six blocks to swim and sun, shop the boutique stores and galleries and experience the restaurants and pubs. Lodging accommodations include six guest rooms with private baths. Families are welcome.

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