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Michigan B&Bs: From Lake to Shining Lake

December 4th, 2014 by linda

From one Great Lake to the next, Michigan Bed and Breakfast inns offer a better way to stay for business or for pleasure… and they are a great place to truly enjoy a vacation. Unlike a stiff and formal hotel or motel lobby, their common areas are warm and inviting — homey and comfortable. There’s nothing impersonal about a B&B: innkeepers are known for their warmth and hospitality. But at the same time, they don’t intrude on your privacy. They are often gourmet cooks, spending their evenings whipping up batters for home baked goods they’ll serve you warm from the oven each morning. B&Bs have yards and porches, patios and gardens, and you’re invited to enjoy them.  Often, B&Bs are located in places the rest of us only dream of living — like those in these Michigan beach-towns.

Bay View B&B, Mackinac Island (Northeast Region in the Straits of Mackinac)

Bay View B&B exterior by Sandy White

Now may not be the high season for Mackinac Island…. but it’s high time to get those reservations made to stay at Bay View B&B on your preferred dates in 2015. So hurry: don’t miss out on experiencing this crown jewel set on Michigan’s crown jewel itself, open only between May and October. Bay View sits uniquely at the water’s edge looking out over the Straits of Mackinac, especially panoramic when viewed from the guest-exclusive second-floor sundeck. A delicious hot breakfast is served daily on the harbor-view veranda from the kitchen run by Ms. Rose, who is a well-loved island institution herself. She and her staff greet you every morning with a hot breakfast, every afternoon with freshly-baked cookies and each evening with a tasty sweet treat. Choose from among 19 luxurious rooms priced according to their amenities – from partial harbor views to balconies to thoroughly-pampering bridal and executive suites. Come via ferry and arrive by horse-drawn carriage. Depart with reluctance. No motorized vehicles allowed! (Thanks to Sandy White, Adventure Inn B&B, for the photo.)

Raymond House B&B, Port Sanilac (Northeast Region on the Lake Huron shore)

Raymond House exterior

Affordable, luxurious, cozy, genuinely Victorian and in the beach town of Port Sanilac on Lake Huron: how much more inviting can a bed and breakfast inn get? With seven guestrooms in a mansion a half block from the lake and the Port Sanilac Lighthouse and in walking distance of shoreline shops and eateries, the Raymond House B&B is ideal for every style of getaway from scrapbooking and reunion weekends to romantic twosomes. Placed on the Michigan Register of Historical Sites in 1992, the inn was built in 1872 and was home to the Raymond family for 112 years. Inside and out, its original Victoriana is carefully preserved and restored. The photo shows off its gingerbread façade, steep sloping roofs and white icicle trim. Inside, the guestrooms feature a comfortable Victorian décor with brightly-colored bedspreads and lace curtains. A full and fabulous breakfast is a given. Just two hours north of Detroit, this is a year-around B&B that promises cozy down comforters for winter-time snuggling.

Victoria Resort B&B, South Haven (Southwest Region on the Lake Michigan coast)

Victoria Resort Capture

At Victoria Resort, you can have your hot cakes and eat them too, in the same lovely room where breakfasts were served to guests who arrived by steamship for summer holidays in South Haven back in the 1920s. When you’re absolutely satisfied, it’s off to the Lake Michigan beach just down the street. Its sugar sand is warm and welcoming in the summer and its views and nature-made ice sculptures are majestic in the winter. Walk a block the other direction and you’ll find yourself downtown. In the summer, you can enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner atop the Idler, a restored paddle wheel boat permanently docked along the bustling Black River channel to the “Big” Lake. There are dozens of pubs and eateries of all kinds as well as specialty shops and galleries year around. Every August, the entire community is transformed into the Blueberry Festival, celebrating South Haven’s renown as the heart of Michigan’s fruit belt. Those blueberries you see above are some of the best you’ll ever eat, sweet-tart, picked daily and served fresh from the farm to Victoria Resort’s table.

Find Michigan B&Bs from lake to lake that are perfect for your getaway by visiting our website and selecting “Find a B&B.” You can rest assured that any property listed on the site is fully insured as a B&B and meets the association’s high membership standards for safety, cleanliness and professionalism.

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Nothing says Bed & Breakfast like Pure Michigan!

June 27th, 2014 by linda

Nothing says “bed and breakfast” like Lake Michigan’s beach towns and those around them. If you’re not already booked with a reservation this summer, it’s not too late to discover the height of luxury and the pinnacle of fun. And when you figure in the complimentary full breakfasts for two, bottomless cookie jars and unlimited beverages, you’ll find you’re saving cold hard cash. If you’re not tempted by Castle in the Country B&B, White Swan Inn B&B or Sand Castle B&B, there’s plenty more to choose from on our website directory to the best of the best in Pure Michigan.

Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn, Allegan, Southwest Region

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Imagine sipping your morning coffee or an afternoon glass of wine from this screened beach house just before or after you take a little lake cruise in one of the inn’s pedal boats or kayaks. Year around, everything about Castle in the Country is designed to make you feel like royalty. Even the onsite spa is named the “Royal Retreat” and features couple’s massages, facials, pedicures – the works! The spacious breakfast room with private dining tables overlooks another smaller pond, one of many natural attractions on the 65-acre spread, referred to simply as “The Kingdom.” The property includes two guest residences – the “Castle” and “Castle Keep” and is laced with wooded trails for your strolling pleasure. Located in the heart of Allegan County, it’s close to the Lake Michigan beach towns of Holland, Saugatuck/Douglas and South Haven. Its 10 guestrooms, each with private baths, are luxuriously appointed and include every possible amenity expected by the most discriminating guest. This is one for the bucket list.

White Swan Inn, Whitehall (Southwest Region)

White Swan cyclist guest Whitehall is a charming Lake Michigan harbor community on the edge of “Up North” between Chicago and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. White Swan Inn B&B offers gracious hospitality whether you’re like this “biker dude” — stopping overnight on a cycling tour along the shoreline from Chicago to points north – or making Whitehall your destination. The White Swan’s four spacious guestrooms all have private baths. Some have fireplaces and one is a whirlpool suite. All the beds are luxuriously dressed and Cathy, the innkeeper, favors ironed sheets. The inn is wrapped around by a screened veranda with white wicker furniture. It’s a short walk to downtown and a scant block to the marinas along White Lake. Winner of multiple awards including Trip Advisor’s coveted “Award of Excellence,” the innkeepers also offer harbor and Lake Michigan shoreline cruises aboard their 40-foot pleasure yacht, Third Swan, piloted by innkeeper Ron, a USCG-licensed captain. Guests can even make reservations to sleep aboard, dockside. If you’re waiting for an invitation, this is it!

 Sand Castle Inn, South Haven (Southwest Region) 

Sandcastle breakfast deck

Is this your idea of a fine dining room? This is Sand Castle Inn where, on fine Pure Michigan mornings, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious hot and fresh breakfast made memorable by its gourmet quality and the sheer novelty of your surroundings. To be precise, your surroundings are just three walkable blocks to downtown South Haven and one block to nothing but white sugar-sand Lake Michigan beaches and clean, clear water as far as the eye can see. The inn looks like a castle with towers and turrets, and it feels like a castle with 10 upscale guest rooms, each luxuriously decorated and each with its own private bath. In addition to all the amenities B&B guests expect, Sand Castle has a private pool in the event walking a block isn’t your cup of tea. This is a place to park your car and go everywhere on foot – to very good restaurants, dockside pubs, galleries and shopping. And every night the weather is right, you get a glorious sunset over the lake – at no extra charge.

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Michigan B&Bs Have Something for Everyone: Part 10

May 1st, 2014 by linda

It’s said you can’t please all the people all the time. But you’re sure to discover, among the 100 Michigan bed and breakfasts featured in this series, inns that tickle your fancy, pique your wanderlust or satisfy your need to be fully and completely pampered. Welcome to Chelsea House Victorian Inn B&B in Chelsea, Arcadia House B&B in Arcadia, and The Seymour House B&B in South Haven. One of them is sure to be just your style.

Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea (Southeast)

Chelsea House Victorian Inn B&B

Meet Miss Millie. You see her, don’t you, peeking through the passion flowers? She is one half of a resident pair of well-mannered cats who share the Chelsea House Victorian Inn with Innkeepers Jim and Kim Myles. You’ll probably never see them when you stay in this Chelsea B&B, just a few miles east of Ann Arbor and walkable to Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater, the acclaimed Common Grill restaurant and downtown Chelsea shops and galleries. They stay in the innkeepers’ quarters and in the yard and aren’t allowed in the common areas of the home or in any of the six luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath. But like every member of Lake to Lake that has a pet, they fully disclose their presence before you even make your reservation. Some people have allergies if they touch an animal; a very few can’t breathe if the animal even shares the same air. That’s why innkeepers like the Myles make it a point to be transparent when it comes to Miss Millie. That’s why B&B’s like the Chelsea House are lodgings you can trust.

Arcadia House B&B, Arcadia (Northwest)

Arcadia House Scenic Overlook

For an ultimate Pure Michigan experience, make “getting there” part of it. Headed north? Coming south? Get off the interstate and drive M-22, a state-designated Scenic Heritage Route, named “Michigan’s Most Scenic Drive” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  It winds, rises and falls for 116 miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline through Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Arcadia House B&B, located midway in the friendly village of Arcadia, is for many the perfect mid-point destination to stop and smell the fresh-water waves rolling against the miles of sugar sand that stretch inland to dunes that culminate, farther north, at the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A turn-of-the-century Edwardian-style home, Arcadia House offers four luxurious guest rooms with private baths, an on-site mini spa for massage, pedicure and manicures and an outdoor garden hot tub. Every morning starts with a sumptuous breakfast featuring local foods in season

Seymour House B&B, South Haven (Southwest)

Seymour House B&B, South Haven

If you’re looking to get away to peace and quiet but want great shopping and dining on tap, you’ll find it at Seymour House B&B. This 1862 Italianate-style brick mansion is an unspoiled retreat from the distractions of daily life. Located on 11 acres, its grounds feature a one-acre pond with its own beach and walking trails throughout the woods. Halfway between the popular beach towns of Saugatuck and South Haven, you can totally relax in one of the five guestrooms with private baths, two-person whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces and all the modern electronic amenities. When you feel like greeting the world, you can choose from nearby Lake Michigan beaches, golfing, antiquing, wineries, horseback riding, art galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for just the right B&B to make your vacation or weekend getaway perfect, click to the Lake to Lake website. Every inn listed is pre-vetted for membership, then regularly inspected thereafter to ensure your safety and comfort. You can count on a Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association member for quality, professionalism, cleanliness and hospitality.


Michigan’s Best B&Bs Span the Great Lakes: Part 7

March 27th, 2014 by linda

Bed and Breakfasts are truly “the better way to stay.” This seventh in a series of Michigan B&Bs in Pictures helps prove the assertion, which we take to heart as the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. We offer you the best and most current information on our members, which comprise the state’s finest inns. Each is regularly inspected, from the grounds to the guest rooms, for more than 100 points of quality including safety, cleanliness, comfort and professionalism. Here, we are pleased to introduce you to The State Street Inn on Lake Huron, The Last Resort B&B Inn on Lake Michigan, and Big Bay Point Lighthouse B&B on Lake Superior.

THE STATE STREET INN , HARBOR BEACH (SE)Statestreet main photo
It’s just a short walk from this charming harbor-town B&B to the Lake Huron shoreline – the perfect way to start or end the day in any of Michigan’s seasons. The State Street Inn in Harbor Beach is an ideal destination for peaceful contemplation of nature’s bounty.

Looking from Harbor Beach across Lake Huron.

Looking from Harbor Beach across Lake Huron.

It’s also the gateway to the entire tip of Michigan’s Thumb, where attractions range from kayaking on the great lake to viewing its resident lighthouses from an excursion boat…. from exploring the area’s history at the Grice House and Frank Murphy museums and nearby Pioneer Log Village to working state-of-the-art wind farms. Explore more state and country parks than you can count on both hands. Bike. Hike. Antique. Wine taste. Dine romantically or just chill in friendly local pubs. Innkeepers Bill and Janice will help you pinpoint the local fun-spots and make sure you have breakfast before you go.  C’mon over, anytime.

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Closest B&B to South Haven’s sandy beaches.

Last Resort
What makes The Last Resort B&B Inn a “must visit?” Located on the picture-esque North Beach in South Haven, this lovely “walk-to-downtown” inn has water views – either of Lake Michigan or the harbor — from every one of its 14 rooms but two! Even the two that don’t feature lake views have en suite baths, air conditioning and whirlpool tubs – everything you need to feel at home and pampered. Guests enjoy a visual feast of diverse, colorful artwork both from the innkeepers’ international travels and from their own palettes. With wrap-around decks, spacious common areas and a range of accommodations from cozy to penthouse suites, the Last Resort was South Haven’s first tourist resort when it opened in 1883. It became South Haven’s first B&B after the current inkeepers renovated and reopened it 31 years ago. 

Big Bay Lighthouse 2 Haven’t you always wanted to live in a lighthouse?
What could be more romantic than knowing the light above you is busy warning mariners away and the waves are crashing below while you snuggle safe and cozy in a pampering guestroom. Live the dream at Big Bay Point Lighthouse B&B in Big Bay, just north of Marquette on Lake Superior in Michigan’s U.P. Here, each of the inn’s seven first and second-floor rooms promise a great night’s sleep. Climb to the lighthouse lantern 120 feet up for a sweeping view of the endless lake, the Huron Mountains looming in the distance, the hardwood forests circling close and landscaped grounds and meadows hugging the inn. Imagine watching the night sky, the northern lights or a storm laced with lightening from the tower or standing on the bluff. In the evening, relax in front of the fireplace in the spacious living room.  In the morning, enjoy a full, delicious breakfast in the dining room. And remember: when Innkeepers Jeff and Linda promise they’ll leave the light on for you, they aren’t kidding!

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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.