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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&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.

South Haven, Michigan B&Bs Welcome You to Blueberry Festival!

August 4th, 2011 by linda

Get your fill of Michigan-grown blueberries at the 48th National Blueberry Festival in South Haven, August 11-14. This Lake Michigan harbor community is surrounded by so many blueberry plantations, it’s called the World’s Highbush Blueberry Capitol.

The Indians called the blueberry "star fruit" because of the perfect little star at the base of each berry. Today, blueberries are prized as a "super food" with exceptional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And are they yummy!

One of just 40 blueberry festivals in the U.S., some 50,000 visitors are expected over the four days to enjoy blueberry pancakes, enter the blueberry cook-off, visit the art show, enjoy the parade and non-stop entertainment — and, of course, bask in the sun on sugar sand beaches and splash among the waves that tickle the shoreline of the only Great Lake that lies totally within the USA.

At the end of the day, South Haven’s Bed and Breakfast Inns will open their doors to those lucky enough to have made reservations. If you want to be among the fortunate, visit all the South Haven-area B&Bs that are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association and reserve your pampering stay today.

Click here to find out about upcoming festivals and fairs as well as welcoming B&Bs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Watch the Lake to Lake blog daily for new “fairs, festivals and B&Bs” advisories.

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!