Posts Tagged ‘Michigan Bed and Breakfast Inns’

Cead Mile Failte! Michigan B&B Innkeepers Welcome You to Enjoy Their St. Pat’s Parades. Slainte!

March 9th, 2012 by linda

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. How will you celebrate? A handful of communities across Michigan feature St. Paddy’s Day parades. Their  Bed and Breakfast innkeepers invite you to come stay with them and celebrate the wearing of the green.

Take Lexington, an hour’s drive north of Detroit and right on the coast of Lake Huron. Join its pub crawl on March 16, starting out at the Irish Rose. Enjoy the parade downtown on St. Patrick’s Day at 2 p.m. After the parade, party on at Old Town Winery. For details, call 810-359-5340. To reserve an overnight or weekend guest room in one Lexington’s finest inns, click here.

Just a bit north in Bay City, the 58th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. at Center and Park avenues, ending at Wenona Park. Entries include the St. Patrick’s Day queen’s float, marching bands, pipe bands and drill teams. Innkeepers here invite you to come celebrate the Irish, Bay City and the beginnings of spring.

On the Southwest side of the state and on the Lake Michigan Coast, Saugatuck and Douglas innkeepers invite you to view the annual St. Pat’s Pet Parade, complete with costumes and other such furry-footed foolery, on Saturday, March 1 in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m. Look here for a listing of Lake to Lake-member inns throughout the area.

Downtown Holland joins its Saugatuck neighbord in going green on March 17. Right at noon, the parade that celebrates all things Irish in this Dutch community begins outside the Civic Center and travels up Eighth Street to College Avenue. Its innkeepers will be delighted to host you.

Not to be outdone by those shore-side resorts, Grand Rapids plans a gala event downtown called “Irish on Ionia.” Upwards  of 5000 are  expected to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Featuring beer, live music, food and fun, the event is held in conjunction with downtown restaurants along Ionia Street. Need a place to finally lay your head? Find it here.

Last but far from least, the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo invites you to its 12 Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, downtown  on March 17 at 11 a.m. Afterward, you’re invited to leave your donation at “Hooley for Healing,” a benefit for West Michigan families coping with cancer. Held at the Up and Under Restaurant at 711 W Michigan Ave., 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., it features classic Corned Beef & Cabbage, a cash bar, Men’s Kilt and Best Legs Contest, Bagpipes and Quinn School of Irish Dancers with special guests formerly of Riverdance, music by The Bog Road and Gasta and a silent auction. Check here for a fine Kalamazoo Bed and Breakfast Inn.

All the inns found via links in this blog are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. They are regularly and professionally-inspected for more than 100 points of quality including safety. cleanliness, professionalism and comfort. Find Quality Assured member inns all across the state by clicking here.


Guests Wax Passionate Over Michigan Bed and Breakfasts: Can you imagine quotes like these about a chain motel?

July 7th, 2011 by linda

View from The Toy Box, Adventure Inn B&B
The Toy Box is one of two “rooms with a view” at Adventure Inn.

“What a FANTASTIC room!” That’s what Julie and Dave said about their guest room at Adventure Inn B&B in North Lakeport, a short drive from their home in Novi — but a world away. The inn sits smack on a Lake Huron beach and their room — the Toy Box — offers a panoramic view of the lake’s famous “Blue Water.”

What they loved most, they said, was “how warmly we were welcomed into Sandy and Nicholas’ home. They were always asking if there was anything else they could do to make our stay more enjoyable…. there was NOTHING…. it was enjoyable from the time we drove up until the time we sadly left.”

Some bed and breakfast guests like how innkeepers remember and cater to their personal preferences. Elaine of Ann Arbor used the word “fabulous” to describe her stay at Arcadia House B&B along the Lake Michigan shoreline. What blew her away was, during a previous stay, she had commented that she likes really strong coffee.

“What was waiting for me every morning during this stay? A pot of “turbo” coffee alongside the regular pot for less caffeine-dependent individuals.”

Those are just two of the guest comments that made their way to the burgeoning guest evaluation survey files in the Lake to Lake association office, plucked willy nilly from among members whose inn names start with “A.”

Apprentice Innkeepers
Canine Hosts & Apprentice Innkeepers Tucker and Chips help welcome guests to Bellaire B&B 

“B” is for Bellaire Bed and Breakfast. How do Jim and Dave stack up as innkeepers? According to Joanne of Mt. Pleasant, they are “superb!”

“These innkeepers set a pace and standard other B&Bs should strive for. They and their staff make us feel welcome and appreciated. They have created a very special “oasis” in an area we love to visit.”

The “C’s” yielded an “amazing” for The Cobb House in Perry. Nate from Rochester said, “Our room is great! From the 19th century decor to the early 20th centruy pictures, books, huge bed, great sitting room and plenty of comfort, we could not go wrong. I liked learning about the history of the house during our stay.”

“C” is also for Carrier Ridge Lodge B&B in Scottville, where Rachel and Alan spent time all the way from West Allis, Wisconsin. They described it as a “lovely log cabin in a natural setting” — yet only a few miles from the beaches, shopping and restaurants in nearby Ludington.

“Tom and Lorraine were gracious, kind, helpful and accommodating. We felt very special with all the wonderful “extras” they provided for my birthday getaway. We will definitely return to this B&B.”

Ruth and Ole vanGoor
Ruth and Ole vanGoor are innkeepers at Dapple-Gray B&B on the Keewanaw Peninsula.

The “D’s” include Dapple-Gray B&B in Copper Harbor, way up north in the Keewenaw area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jean from Grand Haven got to stay in this spacious, contemporary log-cabin home home overlooking Lake Superior — almost as if she was an invited friend of the family.

“I could hear Lake Superior’s waves — so soothing,” she said. Jean called the location “breath taking” and “special.” She praised innkeepers Ruth and Ole for graciously accommodating her early departure with a breakfast that was full and delicious despite the hour.

Not a single Lake-to-Lake-member B&B starts with an “E.” Moving on to the “F’s,” Heather of Grosse Ile fell in love with Frankenmuth B&B, also known as Bender Haus.

“Bev and Elden made us feel at home the second we walked in the door. And our room was quiet, clean and beautifully decorated.

“I love B&Bs and will always choose them over hotels,” Heather explained. “They are quieter and cozier and, I think, much friendlier.”

Gould Farm Guest Room with Twin Beds
Gould Farm B&B’s twin beds were perfect for a dad and his daughter on a cross-country bicycle trip.

Innkeepers Judy and Lynn at Gould Farm B&B in Clare offered the perfect stopover for a father and daughter enjoying a cross-country bicycle trip.

“Twin beds are rare and exactly what we were looking for. The accommodations were spacious and the innkeepers went out of their way to make our bike trip a success. And we loved the homemade applesauce and breakfast all made with ingredients from local farms. It was great.”

Come back and visit the Lake to Lake blog next week when we take a stab at guest survey files starting with the letter “H.” How do you predict the Hotel Montcalm B&B will stack  up against a chain lodging? I’m sure you’re catching the drift!

Discover why B&Bs are “a better way to stay” — and why B&B’s that are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Association are the BEST way to stay. Explore our online catalog of members! Each is as “fabulous,” “fantastic” and “amazing” as these B&Bs. Each is regularly inspected for more than a hundred standards of quality by third-part professionals to guarantee that as members, they live up to every one of these adjectives.







Some Remarkable B&B Guests Leave Us With, ahem, Indelible Memories (Isn’t Today April Fool’s Day?)

March 30th, 2011 by linda

This guest blog comes from Laurel Parrott of The Kalamazoo House B&B,
a member of Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association.

What’s practically the first thing an innkeeper does when bed and breakfast guests depart? Check the guestbook to see what they wrote, of course!

At the Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast in downtown Kalamazoo, where we have guest journals in each of our nine rooms, the housekeeping staff members make sure I see the most noteworthy comments. The notes are gratifying to read…. usually.

Guestroom #6

Room #6

But imagine the sinking feeling when my husband Terry and I returned recently from a rare weekend away to find our professional innsitting couple standing there with somber looks on their faces and the journal from Room #6 in an outstretched hand.

We didn’t even take off our coats before we began to read…

Dear Terry and Laurel,

Sorry to have missed meeting you and hope you enjoyed your holiday.  We also missed out on Kalamazoo House’s signature breakfast, but under the circumstances, a 5:00 am departure seems prudent.

We did have a lovely dinner downtown last night and, it being our anniversary, enjoyed several bottles of a fine Pinot Noir.  We met some delightful people in a local pub who agreed to accompany us back to Kalamazoo House for a nightcap.  Who knew that they would prove to be so difficult to get rid of once they discovered your wine and beer pantry?  Or that they would invite friends over!

I warned them about the no smoking policy to no avail.  I think the cigar burn on the credenza can be touched up with a crayon, but the cigarette burns in the carpet in the dining room pose an altogether different problem.

I’m not sure who started the game of strip poker, but that’s when Mildred and I decided to retire to our lovely room.  The excitement and the rich food at dinner were a bit much for Mildred, and she experienced some considerable gastric distress.  Well, the toilet got clogged and overflowed.

The shut-off valve did not work, so I hurried down to the basement and shut off the main water supply.  The system is quite old and the handle snapped off.  Hopefully you can find a plumber on Sunday but sadly, probably not in time for the guests to have running water this morning.

We managed to mop up most of the water in the bathroom using towels and the bed linens, and only as a last resort, the draperies.  I expect that any water damage to the ceiling downstairs will be covered by your insurance.  The bedroom carpet should dry out by itself.  We set the thermostat to 85 to assist in this.

Hope to visit you again next year.  You have a wonderful home.

Rev. and Mrs. Percy Molesworth

PS — The cookies were marvelous!

By the time we got to the bit about the draperies, our innsitters could no longer hide their grins, and we realized our guests had perpetrated the perfect early April Fool’s prank, which we share with you now.

Naturally, I responded to The Rev. and Mrs. Molesworth in the manner of any self-respecting innkeeper: I sent them a bill.  The itemized charges included:

Plumber to unclog the toilet and repair the shut-off valve   $ 600.00 Plumber’s Sunday surcharge   $1500.00
Replacement towels & bed linens  $ 850.00
Dry cleaning of the draperies   $ 35.00
New draperies (the dry cleaning didn’t work)  $ 475.00
3 gallons of Febreeze  $ 18.00
Replenishment of owner’s private liquor cabinet   $ 180.00
New lock for owner’s private liquor cabinet  $ 35.00
New security camera for owner’s private liquor cabinet  $ 275.00
Brown crayon   $  2.85
TOTAL:   $ 3,970.85

I added, “We are delighted to hear that you are already trying to decide when you’ll be able to return next Spring.  It means the world to us when guests have such a good time that they want to come back. Unfortunately, I’m afraid we’re already all booked up that weekend!”

Laurel and Terry Parrott have owned and operated The Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast since 2007. They say that The Rev. and Mrs. Molesworth are the most memorable guests they never met and, thanks to their clever journal entry, they are a continuing source of lively breakfast conversation initiated by guests in Room #6.

Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association is comprised of at least a couple hundred innkeepers, each with a great sense of humor. Visit one soon.  And be sure to leave a memory in the guestbook!