Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Michigan is a fascinating region to explore. When you consider it is the largest  state by landmass east of the Mississippi River, and yet, it’s a peninsula (a point of land surrounded on three sides by water), well, it just  demands a good exploration. And what better way to do it than staying at  one of its 400 bed and breakfast inns.

Michigan Bed and Breakfast
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Michigan, USA Bed and Breakfast

Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast is a warm, inviting turn-of-the-century inn featuring seven uniquely themed rooms. The Romantic Retreat Suite offers a Jacuzzi for two, four seasons fireplace, and all the trimmings. Each welcoming room offers comfortable queen beds with high thread count linens, in-room baths, high speed internet, A/C, premium movie channels, DVD players, chocolates, and more. Enjoy attractive public rooms including an enclosed front porch, movie and game collections, decadent daily made-from-scratch desserts, snacks, hot and cold beverages, and a variety of ice cream and toppings. A classic scrumptious breakfast featuring many selections and many local options, is prepared to your liking when and where you wish! We enjoy serving gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian. Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast is open year round. You will be within walking distance to beautiful pure sandy beaches and parks, pier, SS Badger car ferry dock, and our quaint downtown with brew pubs, winery, shops, restaurants, antiques, galleries and more. Just a few miles away is the breathtaking Ludington State Park with beaches on two lakes, river, dam, lighthouse and miles of hiking trails. Since opening our doors in 2007, we have always been an inspected and approved member of Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association, and are a member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. Outdoors are two decks, several sitting areas, along with a new water feature including a soothing waterfall effect. We are a family owned business with a passion for cooking and baking for our treasured guests.

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Explore Michigan Bed and Breakfasts

From a romantic getaway and family reunions to a much-needed vacation or a more comfortable hotel alternative for the business traveler, Michigan bed and breakfasts provide a vast array of choices for the discerning explorer.

With a strong Native American Indian culture still very much evident juxtaposed with a maritime culture built on  what amounts to two inland seas, there is a great deal of variety to  investigate. Art galleries and museums provide visitors with an unending  illustration of how the earliest Native inhabitants of the region  evolved with the influx of the European trappers and traders of the 17th  and 18th-centuries.

Shipbuilding and its associated industries sprang up in the 19th-century as the shipping channels of the Great Lakes became the lifeblood for major commerce between the growing cities of Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Toronto, and Cleveland. The history of life on the lakes is well-documented in museums from metropolitan Detroit on Lake Erie’s western tip to the smaller towns of Holland, South Haven, and St. Joseph on Lake Michigan’s eastern shores.

    Activities

  • With enough fresh water to fill an ocean surrounding the state on  three sides, there is no shortage of adventures to seek out year-round.  Summertime brings boating, beach life, water skiing, swimming,  jet-skiing, and fishing that are just the start of life on the lakes.

    An absolute must-see destination is Mackinac Island. Located at the “tip” of the “mitten” between the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula (important lingo in the area!) and voted as a Top 10 US Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today, you won’t find any cars or chain hotels. However, there  are over 1600 rooms available, so that means there are plenty of B&B  options to discover. Once you disembark from your ferry ride, you will  quickly realize you’ve entered a different world and one you just might  not want to leave!

    The interior of the state is  mostly rural and carpeted with extensive tracts of beautiful  forestland. Camping, hiking trails, backpacking, and mountain biking are  all ways to explore this vast region, much of which is pristine and  unchanged from when the first Europeans arrived.

    Winter brings an  all-together different set of activities. Snowmobiling on the frozen  lake surfaces, ice fishing, ice hockey, and skating are winter staples  for the hardy sportsmen who don’t mind a chill with their hobbies.  Dedicated fishermen will set up insulated tents for days’ worth of  fishing above their favorite holes.

  • History

  • Before Michigan became the 26th state of the Union in 1837, it was inhabited by various  tribes of Native Americans for thousands of years. The state takes its  name from the Ojibwe tribe’s word michigami, which means “large water” or “large lake”. Part of the New France  colony based partially on the number of French explorers, France  retained control of the region until its defeat in 1762 by the British  in the French and Indian War. The British then ceded the colony to the fledgling United States after Britain’s defeat in the American Revolutionary War.

    It  became a territory in 1805, but some of its northern portions were  still under Canadian rule until it achieved statehood in 1827. As more  immigrants made their way to the “Water Wonderland” from Northern parts  of Europe, the latter part of the 19th and early 20th-centuries saw the  region become an important commerce and trade center.

    This was primarily due to the rapidly growing Great Lakes shipping industry. Products from manufacturing centers bulged from the  hulls of ships from the fast-growing northern cities of the US Midwest,  the Northeast, and southeast Canada.

    Michigan’s  diverse economies further strengthened in the 20th-century, but it hit  its stride with the advent of the automobile industry. Three of the  nation’s top car builders were located in the Detroit area, with massive plants rolling out hundreds of thousands of automobiles annually to an exploding population.

  • Natural Features

  • Among its many interesting oddities, Michigan is the only state comprised of two peninsulas, the “Mitten” and the  “Thumb”. The Upper and Lower Peninsulas are divided by Mackinac Straits,  not far from its namesake island. Being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, the state also has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world.

    Nearly  65,000 small lakes and ponds populate the state due to the scouring  actions of glaciers that covered this whole region up to a mile thick  with ice about 18,000 years ago. As the glaciers retreated, they left  behind natural depressions, sinkholes, waterfalls, and canyons that  still provide limitless fresh surface and groundwater for wildlife,  forests, and farms today. Surprisingly, the numerous rivers are short  and shallow, unnavigable for most boats.

    Boasting  a total of 78 state parks, 19 state recreation areas, six state  forests, no other state in the US can rival the number of state and  federally protected areas Michigan possesses. The Upper Peninsula is mostly forested, with approximately  350,000 people inhabiting a region greater than Connecticut, Delaware,  Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined.

    The rocky coasts of the Lake Huron and Lake Michigan support an astonishing number of over 150 lighthouses, many of which  are still-functioning relics of a bygone era, while others are marvels  of modern technology.

  • Food and Drink

  • Those not familiar with Michigan cuisine will undoubtedly be entertained by some foods names native to  the state, if not the fare itself. Perhaps best known across the state  is Mackinac Fudge, made locally but shipped across the US and beyond.  The Coney Dog, with its all meat toppings, white onions, and yellow  mustard, yields a unique taste all its own. Detroit Pizza is rectangular with a thick crust and topped by Brick cheese.  Additional toppings are next, then followed by tomato sauce. Sounds  kinda upside down, eh Detroit? Delicious, no doubt!

    Traverse  City is famous for its tart cherries and all the delightful pastries  and jams that come from them. A small town dish with big Bavarian  flavor, Frankenmuth chicken is to die for. Chapati sandwiches are deceptively simple but with a killer sauce, it is favored by the large Middle Eastern immigrants in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas. Last but not least in the interesting food names domain are paczkis.  Say what? A delightful Polish pastry, they are filled with any number  of fruit, jams, or puddings and topped with confectionary sugar.

    More than 140 wineries populate the state. Based on unique glacial soils found only in Michigan,  the grapes harvested from these soils offer nuanced flavors and  bouquets pleasing to the most discerning palates. You are sure to find  something new that will enhance your B&B stay.

    Fifth in the nation in breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs, Michigan's  craft beer movement has become quite the sudsapalooza. Bottomless lakes  of clean, clear water left behind by the glaciers and filtered through  the bedrock and soils over centuries provide the basis for brew few  other locations anywhere have access to. A fistful of chapati sandwiches  washed with an IPA sounds just right!

  • Things to Do

  • Hunting and fishing first come to mind for many Michiganders as well  as visitors seeking outdoor adventure. As one of the top auto-producing  centers globally, Detroit car shows, museums, and competitions can be found any given day  throughout the year. Car enthusiasts from the world over flock to their  favorite dealerships and collector competitions to see the latest, the  coolest, the loudest, and shiniest Chevy, Ford, or GM product.

    Historical  markers across the state could be used to plot out a worthy  connect-the-dots tour linking many of the natural scenic areas and  historical spots. And while you’re touring the state’s interior, a stop  in Traverse City in Northern Michigan will bring you back to civilization and all the services you could  want. It is a decent-sized town that serves as the aviation center for  the state’s north region and is home to thriving private jet operations.

  • Weather

  • Michigan’s  weather is an interesting mix of what is termed continental climate.  The central and southern portions of the Lower Peninsula are warmer with  hot summers and cold winters. Average temperatures run from the low 80s  in the summer to the low 20s in the winter. While high humidity levels  make a summer day feel hot and sticky, rarely does it get much warmer  than the upper 80s. Winter lows can reach well below average though,  courtesy of icy winds from the far North. Thunderstorms can be  surprisingly violent in the southern part of the state all summer.

    The  northern segment of the Lower Peninsula and most, if not all, of the  Upper Peninsula, sees shorter summers with lower highs, lower lows, and  much colder, longer winters. Weather oddities will see the occasional  tornado in the southern section of the state. And “lake effect” snow can  impact the entire state as cold air from Canada often picks up lake  moisture on its way south, further intensifying snowstorms.

Michigan Bed and Breakfast FAQ

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  • Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Michigan

    With so much natural beauty in abundance across this expansive state, finding the most romantic bed and breakfast in Michigan is challenging, to say the least. “Most romantic” being a purely  subjective term, it probably comes down to who you’re with and the state  of mind you’re in.

    Grand scenery with rolling hills carpeted with  endless forests, wide-open lakeside sunsets, walking hand in hand along  one of the countless beaches, or snuggling under a blanket next to an  open-air fireplace, a glass of wine close by, make it easy to fall in  love all over again. With the love of your life, or with Michigan. Why not both?

  • Bed and Breakfast Saugatuck Michigan

    Another lakeside jewel can be found just up the shore at Saugatuck.  Its early days began as a center for the timber industry where the  harvested trees were milled. The town has remained small and has several  boutique inns and B&Bs for a relaxing weekend away, a wedding, or a  family reunion.

    Visitors to The Hotel Saugatuck, possibly the best bed and breakfast in Saugatuck, Michigan, have the added advantage of proximity to Kalamazoo Lake as well. Built in 1865, it is the only original lumber mill in the  area, and those interested in learning more about this once great  industry that helped build America will find plenty of comforts at this  18 room retreat.

    Serendipity Inn is a cozy little inn with two guest rooms and a separate, private cottage. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is just across the street, and the mysterious, majestic Saugatuck Dunes are just minutes away.

  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Michigan?

    You wipe away frost from the inside of the window, again, for that beautiful view you can’t seem to get enough of. An impossibly comfortable chair  beckons near the fireplace. This is why you chose this boutique country  inn over just another hotel room. Pamper versus pragmatic. Boutique  hotels have a way of winning their guests over like that.  Host-friendliness, coupled with a romantic getaway and aesthetically pleasing Victorian architecture rounds out the sensory delight.

    Bed and breakfast inns work hard to please their guests and with good reason. Innkeepers are passionate about the service they provide. While comfort and  extravagance are at the forefront of the guest’s experience, the hosts  are extremely safety-conscious to ensure all rooms and facilities are  safe and clean. This includes precautions about the current state of  affairs with Covid-19. Speak with your hosts at check-in to address any questions you may have regarding their health and safety protocols.

  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking a bed and breakfast in Michigan?

    Amenities at your favorite bed and breakfast inn can range from the expected to the luxuriant. Free wifi, baby-soft linens, the option of a Jacuzzi, and organic bath products are often staples today in all guest rooms. Other basics can include free parking, bicycles for about-town touring, snowshoes, and cross country skis.

    Many  inns will offer a private bath or whirlpool tubs. The height of luxury  is a fireplace nearby for added ambiance, especially when booking a  private guest house. Farm-to-table freshness can be counted on with any gourmet breakfast enjoyed in the dining room or the comfort of your room to enhance the beautiful view from your window. Though not needed during most of the year, air  conditioning may be helpful during the humid summer months, especially  in the Lower Peninsula. Be sure to check your inn’s website or with your  host before making reservations if you feel this is necessary.

  • How can I get around Michigan?

    The most convenient air service to Michigan is by way of Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Although located in the state’s southeast corner, drive times to points  west and north are very reasonable. An alternative air destination  would be Traverse City regional airport that puts you much closer to, say, Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula as well. All major carriers serve DTW but utilize regional jets for most flights statewide.

    Driving across the state to Grand Rapids near the west coast is a manageable 2 ½ hours, northwest to Traverse City 4 hours, and Mackinac Island a total of 6 hours.

    For B&Bs located on Main Street or near the historic district of the small town you choose to visit  will have easy access to desired attractions including shops,  restaurants, and museums often within walking distance of your inn. For ventures farther afield, consider a bike ride for some  exercise or the convenience of a cab, Uber, or rental car.

  • What Are the Different Types of B&Bs in Michigan?

    Locating the best bed and breakfast in Michigan will depend on knowing what you’re seeking and having a good idea of  where to find it. Looking for something deep in the woods to immerse  yourself in a forest? A lakeside cottage with an outdoor fireplace to  take in the evening’s silence? Perhaps a winter retreat close to a small  inland lake for some ice fishing and snowmobiling to test your mettle  against the elements.

    Maybe it’s time to set aside a hectic life and reconnect with that special someone. You’re bound to find the perfect Michigan bed and breakfast getaway with a little time on the internet and some “field research.”

  • Bed and Breakfast Grand Haven Michigan

    Completing a treble of small lakeside towns is Grand Haven, located just south of Muskegon. The Looking Glass Beachfront Inn provides inspiring panoramic views of Lake Michigan from the open-air deck. The inn is within walking distance of downtown Grand Haven if you’re up for a two-mile round trip trek.

    Lakeshore Inn is a fully renovated 6500-square foot mansion with 200 feet of private beach. Just a 3-hour drive from Detroit or Chicago, the beautiful inn caters to the most discerning guests in each of its four rooms.

    A relative newcomer to the B&B scene in Grand Haven is the Harbor House Inn, built in 1987. Boasting 17 guest rooms and overlooking the Grand River, this classic Victorian inn has spared no expense for those seeking a more contemporary bed and breakfast experience. Amenities include private baths in each room, and there is a  boardwalk for strolling nearby that leads to shops and restaurants in  the downtown area.

  • Bed and Breakfast South Haven Michigan

    Small, secluded, lakeside, quiet. Southwestern Michigan specializes in it. South Haven bed and breakfast says it all for a relaxing destination to rest and unwind. Located on Lake Michigan's eastern shore all by its lonesome, this may be the perfect escape from an amped-up world.

    When  most people hear the name Martha’s Vineyard, they immediately think of  Massachusetts and New England clam chowder. Well, this is Michigan’s version all rolled up in a gorgeous B&B just waiting for you. Martha’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast has 12 guest rooms and the advantage of a golf course right next door. Four beautifully  groomed acres and a private vineyard guarantee a relaxing stay or a romantic getaway as you dial down life for a while.