Michigan B&Bs Invite You to Explore Winter’s Secret Gardens of Delight

Welcome to the first in a series of secrets our Michigan Bed and Breakfast members are going to share with you…. and only you. So shhh. Don’t tell.

Our first secret garden is a true delight, revealed by Paulette Clouse, innkeeper of J. Paules Fenn Inn B&B in Fennville. Now, you might think visiting Fennville in the middle of winter is…. well…. dull? You would be so wrong. These next two months are when Fennville comes alive with the Salt of the Earth Mid-Winter Concert Series providing world-class musical entertainment every Sunday night starting January 8 and continuing through February 26.

Starting Sunday, January 8 with the Midnight Cattle Callers performing country swing; and ending Sunday, February 26 with Riely O'Connor, Molly Moon, Dave Boutette and Josh Rose in the "Winter Songwriters Summit," enjoy concerts at 7 p.m. every Sunday evening. Table reservations are a must. Call 269-561-7258.


Salt of the Earth in downtown Fennville promises “Honest Food and Friendly Folks.”

First, a word or two about Salt of the Earth. It’s a rustic, unique and authentically-American restaurant that specialzes in fresh and locally-grown foods and artisan breads. It advertises “honest food and friendly folks.”  It takes pride in listing its local food sources on its website. For example, there’s Crane Orchards, another signature attraction in Fennville; CJ Veggies in nearby Zeeland; Mud Lake Farm in neighboring Hudsonville, Farm Country Cheese House just north of Grand Rapids in Lakeville — and a raft of other local sources. Isn’t it refreshing to know the food you are eating is fresh and produced in Pure Michigan gardens, fields and pastures?

Shoud you go, be sure to make reservations in advance — both for the music and for lodging. If J.Paule’s Fenn Inn is full up, The Kingsley House is a half-mile away and Heritage Manor Inn is just six miles out.

Search for nearby B&B’s here. Or use this handy search tool, pictured left, located on the home page of the Lake to Lake website.

If you’re new to our blog, you need to know that B&Bs are not only a better way stay, B&Bs that are members of the association are the best way to stay. They are virtually guaranteed to meet, if not exceed, your every expectation for comfort, safety, cleanliness and professionalism. First to become a member, then regularly thereafter, Lake to Lake members must pass intensive “Quality Assurance” inspections conducted by third-party professionals, passing a demanding checklist of more than 100 standards. When you choose to stay at a Lake to Lake-member B&B, we promise you can “rest assured.”