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All Michigan B&Bs are NOT the Same!

August 15th, 2014 by linda

Could any three lodging properties be more uniquely different from one another than Heather House B&B, Bellaire B&B and LogHaven B&B and Barn? The distinctiveness of each is one of the factors that makes bed and breakfast inns the most exciting, individual and unexpected places to stay. They make any get-away that much more memorable.

Heather House B&B, Marine City, Southeast Region

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Turrets, towers, peaks and gables: that’s what the Heather House B&B is made of. Overlooking Canada on the busy St. Clair River in Marine City, this Victorian-style Queen Anne home gives you a bird’s-eye view of the swiftly-flowing blue water and its ever changing activities. Imagine watching freighters up close, ice floes in the winter and pleasure boats in the summer. The living room looks out on the river, which guests can also enjoy with morning coffee from the spacious wrap-around veranda. If you get away to Heather House, you’ll have your choice of four beautifully-decorated guestrooms, each with its own bath and each with its own private porch. As with nearly all B&Bs, beverages and snacks are part of the package, and a generous homemade breakfast is served daily in the formal dining room.

Log Haven Bed, Breakfast & Barn, West Branch,
Northeast Region

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This B&B has a barn and the barn has stalls. Multiple stalls make a stable, and LogHaven Bed, Breakfast and Barn welcomes your horses to come along with you. What’s more, your dog is welcome too. This quality-assured B&B is located near West Branch, three hours “up north” of Detroit and smack in the heart of the Huron National Forest which abounds with trails including those perfect for equine travel. If you don’t have horses, come anyway: that same forest has trails that are ideal for ORVs, cross country skiing, snowmobiles and hiking on foot. The spacious, contemporary log home has all the comforts and amenities you’d expect in the city except for one difference: no power lines run to it. LogHaven runs on a combination of wind energy and solar power: it’s completely off the grid and proud of it. Enjoy a truly unique and comfortable getaway with your choice of three lovely guestrooms, private baths, a friendly atmosphere and a hearty country breakfast far from the maddening crowds.

Bellaire B&B, Bellaire, Northwest Region

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Indisputably one of Michigan’s best-loved inns by every age group from Boomers to Millennials, Bellaire B&B has been named “12th Best Overall Bed & Breakfast in North America.” It’s rumored the innkeepers’ hospitality and sunny natures impart a glow that makes all generations feel welcome. The affinity its guests say they feel in countless reviews could be a result of the inn’s lavish annual and perennial gardens in summer or the roaring fire in the cherry-paneled library in winter.  Or maybe it’s fresh-made cookies by your bedside in the evening. Maybe it’s that you can easily walk to the village to sample fine dining like Lulu’s Bistro, the much lauded Short’s Brewery, pubs, restaurants, quaint shops and even a downtown movie theater. It could be the hearty homemade breakfasts that always feature fresh fruit and baked goods and a hot, delicious entrée. Maybe the innkeepers’ motto holds the secret: “Come and let us positively spoil you.”

Find a hundred more distinctive B&Bs across Michigan in our online directory. Our association members are regularly inspected for safety, comfort, cleanliness and professionalism, giving them the assurance of first quality for your complete satisfaction.

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January 23rd, 2013 by linda

LogHaven Bed, Breakfast & Barn is nestled in the heart of the Huron National Forest near West Branch. Innkeepers Gail and Paul Gotter tell its story in their own words….

We are absolutely unique in that we live totally “off the power grid” here at LogHaven Bed & Breakfast.  We make our own electricity using a wind turbine and solar panels. We use all of today’s appliances from dishwasher to microwave, surround sound to satellite TV.  But we don’t get electric bills.  Many of our guests come to our monthly ‘Introduction to Alternative Energy” seminar and stay with us just to observe how we do it.

LogHaven is warm, welcoming and completely contemporary. While self-sustaining, it offers all the modern amenities you expect from a Lake to Lake-member B&B.

Our B&B has three large guestrooms and provides an atmosphere of comfort and hospitality.  Our guests have described LogHaven as “the next best thing to home,” “my view of heaven” and “a wonderful place to relax.”  Outdoor decks surround the building and include a screened-in porch. They are furnished with rocking chairs in which to sit, enjoy a glass of wine and take in the incredible views. A table and chairs is handy for an al fresco lunch or the cocktail hour.

We are a short five miles to cross-country skiing at the Ogemaw Hills Ski Area in the AuSable State Forest. But if you prefer simple countryside skiing over its 15 miles of groomed trails, we have LOTS of snow, woods and trails everywhere! How about skiing right from the front door!

If you have horses, LogHaven has the barn and everything else you’ll need to bring them along for the ride.

Got horses? We invite people and their horses to come to LogHaven for trail-riding. We have all the facilities — stalls, run-ins and pastures — and there are unlimited miles of back roads, trails and two-tracks for those quiet “in the woods” trail rides. Autumn is an especially beautiful time for riding although the wilderness terrain is majestic year around.

Topping off a great night’s stay, LogHaven offers a complete “country” breakfast prepared by Chef Paul.  Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruit and perhaps a strata, skillet dish or french toast served with home-made jams and locally-produced maple syrup.  Coffee is available any time of day, and we offer a variety of complimentary beverages right in your room. Enjoy cookies hot and fresh from the oven every day!

LogHaven Bed, Breakfast and Barn recently returned
to Lake to Lake membership. Welcome back!