Posts Tagged ‘Lake Huron’

The Best Michigan B&Bs In Pictures – Part 1

January 22nd, 2014 by linda

Featuring the Olde Farmhouse B&B,Marshall; the Huron House B&B, Oscoda; and the Ginkgo Tree Inn B&B, Mount Pleasant.

Olde Farmhouse B&B, Marshall (Southeast Region)
Olde Farmhouse B&B, Marshall MI
If you’re a bride-to-be planning your outdoor wedding, consider Olde Farmhouse B&B, just six short minutes from Historic Downtown Marshall and ideally located at the crossroads of East/West I-94 and North/South I-69. Besides ease of access for your guests, the inn is a beautifully-restored 1910 farm home that offers city elegance in a peaceful country setting. It’s also perfect for quiet getaways, sipping hot coffee after a full, hot breakfast on the wraparound veranda and cooling off in the pool on a summer afternoon.

Huron House B&B, Oscoda (Northeast Region)
Huron House B&B, Oscoda MI
At Huron House B&B in Oscoda, enjoy breakfast on your own private deck watching the sun rise over majestic Lake Huron. When the weather isn’t so cooperative – like now, enjoy it delivered to your room in cozy comfort and style. What’s on the menu? Shown here are the B&B’s signature croissants, freshly baked, flaky and covered with house-made caramel sauce and crushed walnuts along with generous sides of bacon or sausage, coffee, juice and fresh fruit. Heaven!

Ginko Tree Inn, Mount Pleasant (Northeast Region)
Ginkgo Tree Inn B&B, Mt. PleasantThis view of the rear courtyard from the Lincoln Library at Ginkgo Tree Inn in Mount Pleasant nearly obscures the Chippewa River as it twines its way through the foliage below. See the gazebo? It’s the perfect spot for a wedding, don’t you think? The greenery that frames the photo on the right is the signature, triangle-shaped leaves of the ginkgo tree, a Chinese import revered for its beauty and longevity — a living fossil unchanged for more than 200 million years. The inn is surrounded by parkland, and is an easy two-block walk to boutique shopping and fine dining downtown. What a gem!

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 more B&Bs on our official Michigan B&B website.

Watch right here for the next installment of Michigan’s Best Inns, Part 2.


Michigan Bed & Breakfast Contest Photos Are Winners

May 14th, 2013 by linda

These vibrant photographs each placed third in their categories in a recent contest among bed and breakfast innkeepers whose inns are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. Enjoy! Watch for the roster of second-place finishers later this week…. then the first-place winners and, finally, the top two “best overall” in all categories.

Best Food 3rd Kalamazoo House

The Kalamazoo House B&B in Kalamazoo placed third in the “Best Food” category for this shot of its famous
Banana Nut Crunch French Toast by Christian Giannelli.
The photo also placed third in the “Best Overall” category.

Best Exterior 3rd Adventure Inn Large

Adventure Inn B&B on the Lake Huron shore in North Lakeport, submitted this photo by Canadian photographer Ryan Young.
It took third place in the “Best Exterior” category.

Best Interior 3rd Hexagon House This classic kitchen serving The Hexagon House B&B in Pentwater,
photographed by Dan VanDuinen Photographic, won third place in the “Best Interior” category.

Best Romantic 3rd Comstock House

Comstock House B&B in Big Rapids won third place in the “Best Romantic” category with this photo by Cheryl Colley.

House on the Hill B&B Ellsworth MI

This photo of The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, in the northern Grand Traverse area, was runner up for the “Best Overall” category.

Rivers or Lakes: Michigan B&B’s Can Put You On the Water

June 6th, 2011 by linda

Sailboat underwayMichigan bed and breakfast inns from Lake Huron west to Lake Michigan and points inland across both peninsulas can get you on the water this summer. Every lake has its own beauty, but who wants to just sit and look at it when there are motor yachts, canoes, kayaks, peddle boats, sailboats, riverboat tours, sunset cruises and fishing charters?

C’mon! This is Part One of a Four-Part Series designed to get you a great stay at a quality-assured Association-member B&B — and on one of Michigan’s great lakes or rivers in one fell swoop!

The Captain’s Quarters in Lexington, north of Port Huron along Lake Huron, is just a short walk to the town’s harbor and marina. There, you can hitch a ride on this boat, owned by innkeeper Ron Cutler, also a licensed charter captain. If marriage is part of your get-away plan — or if the question just pops itself on the spur of the moment, Captain Ron also performs wedding ceremonies at the inn.

At Adventure Inn, halfway between Port Huron and Lexington, innkeeper Nicholas DeGrazia added a USCG captain’s license to his resume in 2006. Although he doesn’t have his Tiara 3500 Express in charter, he and his wife, Sandy White, occasionally invite guests to join them for a St. Clair River or Lake Huron cruise at no charge. Or they can provide an in-port boat and breakfast experience for parties of up to four. Their other vessels include a canoe, inflatable dinghy, a pedal boat and the two shown here on their beach. Dr. DeGrazia often takes guests for s shoreline cruise in the aluminum boat. If folks traveling by sailboat or power boat want accommodations ashore, Sandy or Nicholas will pick them up at marinas in either Port Huron or Lexington.

The Harbor Beach Lighthouse, just nort of Lexington, will begin to welcome visitors on June 25. You can enjoy a scenic boat cruise from the marina to tour the lighthouse, restored to its original beauty. The State Street Inn has a great package that includes dinner Friday night, breakfast Saturday morning and a day of touring lighthouses both in Harbor Beach and in Port Hope, priced at just $80 plus room cost.

For kayak enthusiasts, Michigan’s Thumb offers 139 miles of water trails along the Lake Huron shore, marked by signage at each in/out point. The shoreline offers a variety of experiences for paddlers, from rocky shoals to cliffs and sea caves.

North of Bay City, which nestles in the crook of The Thumb, Michigan’s AuSable River curves around the city of Mio near Teaspoon Bed and Breakfast. Located just minutes from the river and the canoe livery, Teaspoon’s guests enjoy discounts on all river float trips, whether by canoe, kayak or tube.

Sheridan House B&B on Fremont LakeHeading west from Mio to Fremont, guests at The Sheridan House B&B wake up daily to the sun rising over the 800-acre Fremont Lake, picture perfect from the windows in their own private rooms. A short 100 feet away, a paddle boat is available for their use. Weather permitting, early evening pontoon boat cruises around the lake are usually provided. Later, guests can enjoy a blazing bonfire next to the water’s edge.

In Saugatuck, Lexington’s counterpart along the Lake Michigan coast, enjoy a delicious breakfast at Serendipity B&B. Then walk down to the waterfront slip and board the Meteor, a classic 38-foot ocean racer, for an idyllic sailing cruise out on Lake Michigan.

There are dozen’s more ways for Michigan B&Bs to get you on the water this summer. Check out next Monday’s blog installment to discover more ways to play!