Posts Tagged ‘Michigan blueberry festival’

Michigan B&Bs Invite You To “Berry” Good Times!

July 12th, 2012 by linda

Berry season + Michigan B&Bs = Blueberry Coffee Cake (still oven warm)

Don’t wait until it’s too late and there’s nothing available. NOW is the time to make lodging reservations for South Haven’s National Blueberry Festival, August 9 – 12. A leading “blueberry capital of the world,” its celebration of the region’s famous fruit crop draws visitors from everywhere who fancy the sweet-tart, antioxidant-rich blueberry. South Haven is known for its exquisite bed and breakfasts, nestled in vineyards and woodlands and fronting the Lake Michigan beach. If you stay at one of these welcoming inns, you’re practically guaranteed a breakfast focused on plump, fresh-picked blueberries — muffins or pancakes, in cobbler or smothered in yogurt topped with crunchy home-made granola. Nobody does a blueberry breakfast like a Michigan B&B!

Cant wait a whole month for blueberries? July is National Ice Cream Month, magically coinciding with blueberry season. Why not sample some of these culinary delights — just a few of many that populate the state — all of them close by a Michigan bed and breakfast inn or two.

Hudsonville Ice Cream is headquartered in nearby Holland, but you can sample its “Michigan Blueberry Fields” at hundreds of outlets. The flavor was created and named in honor of the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, during his tour last year of the Holland plant. A self proclaimed fan of all things Michigan,  blueberries are the governor’s favorite fruit. The flavor features a French vanilla base from Jogue Flavors in Northville. It’s loaded with fresh milk and cream from cows in Zeeland and Holland. It’s what we call “Pure Michigan.”  When you visit Holland, be sure to stop for Hudsonville Ice Cream — and plan to rest your head in a bed at one of these delightful B&Bs.

Blueberry season + Ice Cream Month = YUM!

Blueberries are not all big festivals and giant dairies. Sample a fresh blueberry cobbler with blueberry ice cream locally made by Sherman’s and dished up at Earl’s U-Pick Farm Market, Bakery and Ice Cream Shoppe. Not surprisingly, it’s located in the heart of West Michigan’s blueberry region, smack dab between South Haven and Holland on the Blue Star Highway near Glenn. Check out these fine B&Bs in neighboring Fennville.

Of course, blueberries are cultivated all across Michigan. Moomers, in the heart of Traverse City, is known far and wide for its rich, hand-crafted ice creams, including fresh Blueberry Cheesecake. This taste-tempting treat features fresh blueberry pieces and swirls and chunks of real cheesecake with graham cracker crust. Don’t miss Moomers when you’re in the Grand Traverse area. And be sure to enjoy one of its many fine B&B’s.

These are just the tiniest tastes of Michigan blueberries. Our next blog will feature everything from recipes to U-Pick farms and markets, bakeries and ice cream shops recommended by bed and breakfast innkeepers across the state. All the bed and breakfast inns featured in this blog are quality-inspected members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. We guarantee you can “rest assured.”

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.