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.
Welcome to Prairieside Suites A GRAND RAPIDS BED & BREAKFAST Prairieside Suites is a Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast that offers guests a personalized, relaxing getaway. Prairieside Suites features Whirlpool Tub Spa Suites, all professionally-designed to provide comfort and pampering during your getaway experience. All rooms also include fireplaces, breakfast in your room or in the dining room, a private couple’s massage room, luxurious spa soaps, our famous homemade hot cocoa and a seasonal outdoor escape. Guests love to enjoy our bottomless cookies and desserts in the kitchen available 24/7. Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast has been recognized for a variety of awards throughout the years. We have been named the 3rd Best Overall B&B in North America, along with other top reviews and recognitions, placing us in the top 3% in the US.
Built in 1865, The Hotel Saugatuck, formerly the Twin Gables Inn, is the only original mill in the area still standing from the busy lumbering era. A Michigan Historic Landmark, it is rich in history having undergone several changes and functions, always being an integral part of the evolvement of the Saugatuck Community. It is dated in documents to 1865 when the Inn started out as an Ice House for the Clipson Brewery, which was situated in the back, at the bottom of the hill. It had a lot of rapid turnovers; it became a Tannery, a Door & Sash Company, and a Barrel Stave Mill owned by Francis B. Stockbridge and O.R. Johnson (Francis B. Stockbridge, an affluent businessman from the East Coast, had moved to Kalamazoo after he dissolved his partnership with O.R. Johnson. He entered politics and became a State Senator; he was also one of the builders of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. O.R. Johnson moved to Racine, WI and founded a company that exists to this day – the Johnson Wax Company.) It also was a boat building factory owned by the Charles & Henry Bird Family. At the turn-of-the-century, it became a boarding house owned by Jocoba Cappon, 2nd wife (a widow) of the first Mayor of Holland, Isaac Cappon.
For more than 90 years our South Haven bed and breakfast has been welcoming visitors to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan, providing a relaxing setting to enjoy all South Haven has to offer. Built in the heyday of the resort era, today’s guests enjoy the same warm hospitality of yesteryear, combined with modern comforts. Explore the guestrooms at our South Haven MI resort, or learn more about the guest cottages. Start planning your vacation or weekend getaway in South Haven, Michigan today. Open all year in beautiful South Haven!
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Serendipity Bed and Breakfast and Cottage in Saugatuck, Michigan offers unique accommodations to suit your needs and taste. The classic B&B experience awaits you in one of our 2 lovely rooms, or our delightful private cottage adjacent to the house. We are located just steps away from unique shops, artist-owned galleries, great restaurants, and charming parks. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is right across the street, while beautiful Oval Beach and the breathtaking Saugatuck Dunes are only minutes away. We have enhanced our cleaning and sanitizing protocols is response to the coronavirus. All surfaces in the guest rooms will be sanitized between reservations. Common areas are sanitized while guests are in residence. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to guests on check in. Temperatures will be measured with a no-contact thermometer prior to check in. Innkeepers will also wear masks and practice social distancing.
Antiquities Wellington Bed & Breakfast is a historical Traverse City landmark where gracious turn-of-the-century traditions are complimented by modern conveniences. This unique downtown Traverse City neighborhood location is within a short walk to fine restaurants, shops, recreational trails and the spectacular beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. Built by one of Traverse City's lumber barons, this spectacular mansion has been fully restored to its original grandeur and features period antiques throughout the hotels' nine guest rooms, dining room, library and living room. Each morning guests are treated to a sumptuous full breakfast in the turn-of-the-century dining room. Refreshments and snacks are always available in the guest kitchen located off the 3rd-floor ballroom.
The Leonard at Logan House is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bed & Breakfast in a historic inn providing an alternative to hotel lodging. We are located on Logan Street in the middle of one of the largest urban historic districts in the country, the Heritage Hill neighborhood. Our guests enjoy comfortable beds, gracious rooms, and modern conveniences during their stay in this turn-of-the-century mansion. The Leonard at Logan House was constructed in 1914 during a span of history known for social change, prosperity, and optimism. The home was energized by an influential Grand Rapids family, The Harry C. Leonards. The design of the home shows the Leonard family’s down-to-earth class and love for their guests. Whether in town for business or pleasure, a single night at the Leonard at Logan Bed & Breakfast will exceed your expectations while filling you with fond memories.
Come indulge in Victorian luxury at the Canterbury Chateau Bed & Breakfast in Brighton, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. We offer 4 charming guestrooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. You are sure to have a peaceful sleep in our cozy feather beds, and wake each morning to the heavenly aroma of breakfast being freshly prepared. Please inquire about renting all 4 guestrooms and our other specials and packages.
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.
Escape from the ordinary to Martha’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, our private oasis in South Haven, Michigan. The inn is located on 4 lush, landscaped acres which provide an air of relaxed elegance, away from the hustle and bustle. We have our own private pond & fountain, as well as a private vineyard alongside the second fairway of the South Haven Golf Course. Choose from 11 elegant guestrooms, each with private bath & fireplace, and some with romantic whirlpool tubs.
Nestled across from the Boardman River Walkway, the Oviatt House Bed and Breakfast offers relaxing accommodations in beautiful Traverse City. The house was built in 1900 and all the original flooring and woodwork has been lovingly preserved. Guests enjoy relaxing in our gardens, with songbirds and the occasional hawk for company. We are conveniently located just two blocks from downtown and a number of great activities and restaurants.
This Traverse City, MI bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Michigan. Enjoy free breakfast and free high speed internet (WiFi).Our bnb in Traverse City provides original hardwood floors and beautiful home without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today!Click our link above to Book Direct for your next relaxing escape in Traverse City, Michigan.
This quaint country B&B, located in Arcadia, Michigan at the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, offers its guests the ultimate in relaxation and picturesque surroundings. We offer four comfortable guestrooms, all with private baths, an outdoor hot tub, and on-site massage. We also have a Carriage House available for rental - it is approximately 1,000 square feet over 2 stories and fully furnished, with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. In addition to private baths, two of our guestrooms also have private balconies. Fabulous spa services (massage, manicures & pedicures) are available by appointment at our on-site mini spa. The parlor has a cozy fireplace perfect for reading or conversation. End your night in the outdoor hot tub under the stars and then retire to an enveloping Queen size bed. Arcadia (“Peaceful”) is nestled in a lovely valley between high, wooded bluffs offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan. Established in 1880, this port village with its sheltered harbor was for many decades a center for lumbering, furniture manufacturing, and shipping. Today, Arcadia offers visitors peace and beauty, picturesque turn-of-the century homes, tree-lined streets, unspoiled beaches, a modern marina, and friendly people. The beautiful natural surroundings beckon you to explore the woods, Lake Michigan beaches, winding roads, and nearby towns. Walk to Arcadia’s wonderful Lake Michigan Sunset Station and visit other area attractions.
Country Hermitage Bed and Breakfast is just a few miles north of Traverse City, Michigan. The countryside B&B offers panoramic views of the beautiful East Grand Traverse Bay. We provide a romantic getaway where you can enjoy gourmet breakfasts, glorious sunrises and sunsets, stargazing, and our very own cherry orchards any time of year. World class golf, wineries, shopping and spa services are minutes away.
Victorian elegance from a lost age! The Dempsey Manor Inn's authentic antique furnishings complement the Museum's historic heritage. Lovely, quaint guest rooms are each uniquely decorated with one-of-a-kind Victorian furnishings and all the creature comforts demanded by wealth and privilege. You can wander and discover beautiful lush gardens on the grounds which surround three sides of the inn. Nestled in the center of the Northwestern Michigan coastline, The Dempsey Manor Inn and Museum is perfectly located for celebrating major holidays, a romantic getaway, the weekend break, a leisurely mid-week escape, and all outdoor recreational activities.
The Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the rolling hills of the Leelanau Peninsula in Empire, Michigan. We are a restful retreat where guests can rejuvenate and renew. Choose one of our five charming rooms for a peaceful night's slumber and when you awake, enjoy a gourmet breakfast and explore local attractions including the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Interlochen Center for the Arts.
This Traverse City, MI bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Michigan. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and Evening Snack and beautiful Sunrises and wonderful Views.Our bnb in Traverse City provides comfortable, clean rooms and the Rustic Lodge Setting without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next memorable escape in Traverse City, Michigan.
This Traverse City, MI bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Michigan. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, and Each guest room is contemporary in style and offers an array of comfort amenities to make your stay pleasant. We also provide free wireless Internet to ensure that you can keep in touch while enjoying your winery lodging experience. To maintain a healthy environment for everyone, our entire facility is smoke-free. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next escape in Traverse City, Michigan.
Historic home combining Victorian elegance with contemporary comfort located within walking distance to shopping and dining in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Guest rooms feature private bathrooms with whirlpools, fireplaces and wireless internet and Netflix. A full home cooked breakfast is served each morning with accommodations for dietary needs. Open year round with special rates for quiet season and whole house rentals. Pictures and more details can be found on our website or call us to discuss your vacation in person.
An exquisite Door County bed and breakfast in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Featuring 18 inviting guest rooms and suites in four elegant turn of the century neighboring homes, furnished in antiques, queen or king size Victorian beds, oversize whirlpool & fireplaces. ..... sharing flower gardens, and a gazebo. We invite you to experience our world of gracious elegance, sincere hospitality, and attention to detail and quality in cozy rooms and extravagant suites. Explore Sturgeon Bay, Door County from your luxurious B&B hideaway.
The Black Walnut Guest House was built in 1889; renovated into a Bed & Breakfast 1994 - 1997 and named for the regal Black Walnut trees that tower over the front yard. The Black Walnut Guest House offers a unique lodging experience. Peace and quiet natural and organic. We are Travel Green Wisconsin rated and believe in buying local whenever possible as well as healthy options and Organic living. The Black Walnut Guest House offers an Organic breakfast served to your room at a time of your choice between 7:30 and 10AM. Coffee, tea and our famous cookies outside your door 24/7. Four rooms are available; two large rooms with Queen beds and two larger rooms; one with a Queen bed and a tower and one, the Arts & Crafts room, with a King bed and double fire place. All rooms have a private bath and an in room whirlpool tub, satellite TV, a small refrigerator and gas fireplace. Three rooms have a direct walkout to a large upper deck. Situated in a quiet neighborhood a few blocks to Sturgeon Bay's Historic downtown where you will find specialty shops, fine and casual dining, Door County Maritime museum, Door County Historical Museum, numerous Art galleries and Third Avenue Playhouse. We are like no other...make your reservation today. 920-743-8892 www.blackwalnut-gh.com
The Garden Gate is a premier Victorian bed and breakfast. The Garden Gate is located near Sturgeon Bay's historical downtown where you'll find quaint shops, art galleries, fine restaurants, and scenic water fronts. End your day with an evening dessert...a good night's sleep and dream about your breakfast. Because..."Breakfast is our Signature."
Nestled in the woods at the edge of Wisconsin’s gorgeous Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hidden Serenity is an excellent place to stay all seasons of the year. Experience our own hiking trails, or go adventuring down one of the nearby public trails while you are here. Take in the picturesque Lake Michigan, or visit one of our region’s local wineries. Relaxing right here at our bed and breakfast is something our guests love to do as well. With five well-appointed luxury rooms, all with private custom designed baths and large common areas, our guests can enjoy the quiet, relaxing indoors or head outside for a brisk game of pickleballon our private lighted court. Finally, wake up to a delicious hot gourmet breakfast prepared especially for you in the morning. It’s the perfect fuel before another exciting day in Wisconsin.
The Muse Gallery Guesthouse is located between the airport and downtown in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI blocks away from the Lake Express High-speed ferry port. We feature a choice of three luxury guestrooms, each with a private bathroom, or a spacious four-room suite with balcony. Each of our lodging accommodations includes a gourmet breakfast suited to your dietary needs served daily at 8:30 a.m., free Wi-Fi, free off-street parking, wine and cheese welcome hour, complimentary beverages and homemade treats. Whole house rental as a self-catering vacation rental for up to 10 people is also available. Covid response: We are members of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Assn and have made the following committments as part of their A SAFER WAY TO STAY initiative: A Safer Way To Stay Our Commitment To Keeping Travel Safe As we welcome back guests to our B&B's, we want you to know we are working hard keeping travel safe, as we make the following commitments to you. Our Commitment To You Encourage guests to reserve & pay online or by telephone. Practice social distancing throughout the Inn, including wearing masks when appropriate. Make the innkeeper available by phone, text, or email versus just inperson. Establish self-check-in and check-out procedures whenever possible, for those guests who would prefer to limit interactions. Hand-sanitizer should be placed near the guest entry area. Clean and sanitize common areas and surfaces regularly throughout the day using the safe sanitation guidelines. Clean and sanitize all guest rooms including hard surfaces. Breakfast will be served in the guest room or with staggered times and social distancing in the dining room or designated indoor/outdoor areas. The type of breakfast served at a B&B should be communicated to guests prior to their stay. Ensure all staff are healthy each day. Your Commitment To Us If you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), please help us keep everyone safe by rescheduling your stay. If you have underlying health conditions or are otherwise concerned about contracting COVID-19, please feel free to discuss your concerns with us. If you have any questions about the WI Bed & Breakfast Association's Safer Way To Stay, we will be happy to assist you. Disclaimer: The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast industry. The WBBA has developed the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Safer Way To Stay guidelines above, seeking voluntary participation by Wisconsin Bed & Breakfasts/Inns. The WBBA makes no warranties with respect to the ultimate effectiveness of the Keeping Travel Safe program, and assumes no responsibility for assuring compliance by any Bed & Breakfast/Inn with such guidelines.
The Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast in Wisconsin is a stately English Tudor mansion perched high upon a hill overlooking picturesque historic downtown Hartford. The Inn is comfortable and sunny with English garden views from many of the suites and porches. Furnished in elegant French Country and Old World style, each room has its own unique design and personality. Owners Pam & Garret Terpstra are passionate about innkeeping – the Bed & Breakfast is the realization of their dream of creating a unique, luxurious, and memorable place for guests to celebrate special occasions or just get away from it all. The Inn is the perfect setting away from the daily distractions of business life and offers a comfortable haven to sophisticated business travelers. The mansion is located in the heart of downtown Hartford – just a short distance from area businesses, restaurants, shopping, Erin Hills Golf, Holy Hill Basilica and other community attractions. Spend private, quiet time alone, or socialize with others. The Inn provides a refreshing alternative to hotels. VISIT WEBSITE
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.