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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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Just Baked Baked-Goods Make B&B Breakfasts the Best

February 19th, 2015 by linda

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its creative take on the tradition muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Leonard at Logan House in Grand Rapids serves its own creative take on the traditional muffin: Chocolate-Chunk French Toast with Blueberry Sauce. Yum.

Michigan B&Bs don’t just serve up a mean muffin: they fresh bake their breakfast breads every day. Each batch is designed to delight their overnight guests, who enjoy their first meal of the day “on the house” as part of their stay. Their stay also includes complimentary sodas and assorted beverages, coffees and teas and “bottomless” cookie jars. Sometimes, the innkeeper whips together a delectable evening dessert and offers a glass of wine. Try getting this at a chain motel.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan's abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Fine the recipe here.

Dove Nest B&B takes advantage of Michigan’s abundance of home-grown fruits, serving this Blueberry Bread with berries fresh or fresh-frozen. Find the recipe here.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

Adventure Inn not only serves these delicious Apple-Cinnamon Crisscross Rolls, it shares the easy, make-at-home recipe in our online cookbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all backed fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How's that for authentic?

On the Schooner Manitou, a tall-ship B&B that plies the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, muffins, biscuits and more are all baked fresh each morning , on board in this wood-burning stove. How’s that for authentic?

 

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of dozens of varieties the innkeepers at The Painted Turtle Inn serve to delight their guests.

These Banana-Nut Muffins are one of many varieties The Painted Turtle Inn serves its guests.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan's blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

In South Haven, the heart of Michigan’s blueberry belt, Victoria Resort B&B fashions treat after blueberry treat all season long.

 

 

At Willow Pond makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot fresh biscuits.

At Willow Pond B&B makes honey from its own bees and invites you to drizzle it over hot, fresh, homemade biscuits.

Are you hungry yet? Ready for a B&B get-away? Search our website for all one hundred of our member inns all across Michigan. Print out innkeepers’ favorite breakfast and dinner entrees, baked goods and “sweet endings” from our online recipe book to make in your own kitchen.


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