A Michigan “Bed and Breakfast” Special — WHERE?

The  Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association just received an email from a large Michigan resort hotel offering a two-night “Bed and Breakfast” Special!  C’mon. Who’s kidding whom? 

There are resort hotels on the one hand. There are bed and breakfast inns on the other. There are resort hotels that serve a complimentary breakfast (they’ve learned a thing or two from B&Bs) made in a hotel kitchen and served in a hotel dining room occupied by tables of strangers. Then there are bed and breakfast inns – the real McCoy — that serve scrumptious homemade breakfasts hot from a home kitchen on real china in a tastefully-decorated dining room at a table where the conversation may be the most memorable part of the stay. 

Topliff's Tara near Lansing, working llama farm and bed and breakfast Michigan
Cria is the hit of the season at Topliff's Tara, a working llama farm and a family-friendly B&B in Williamston, just east of Lansing.

Bed and breakfasts are unique lodging options, often an attraction in themselves. Each is distinctive: it may be a working llama farm; a Victorian home brimful with antiques or a contemporary log cabin nestled in the woods. These often picturesque inns can be found in cities, suburbs, the countryside, forests, harbor communities or small towns. Whatever its location and style, each bed and breakfast has its own personality.

Michigan law defines a bed and breakfast as “a private residence that is also the innkeeper’s residence; has
sleeping accommodations meant for lodgers; has no more than 14 rooms; and that serves breakfast at no extra charge to the lodgers.” 

The resort hotel simply does not meet the qualifications. So why would anyone want to experience a pseudo B&B when they can enjoy the real deal? Just look at all these inns to choose from!

A resort hotel is certainly one of many lodging options for a get-away. But why would a big guy like that resort hotel want to pass itself off as a charming little B&B? If it looks like a hotel, if it has stackable rooms-in-rows like a hotel and a parking lot for lots of cars like a hotel – then by golly, it’s a hotel.