I bet when you think of getting away to a Michigan lake in the heat of summer, you think “cottage” before you think “B&B.” Am I right? It pleases me no end to introduce you to these myth busters. At these bed and breakfast inns, all you pack are your clothes. Luxury linens and towels are waiting for you. Breakfast is hot and fresh and served at no added cost without you lifting a finger. You can spend the day on the lake and just hang out…. or drive to nearby amusements and attractions. Return to pure pampering! Adventure Inn B&B; Hall Creek B&B; and Dewey Lake Manor B&B: each is way more than a cottage — each is a “better way to stay.”
Adventure Inn, North Lakeport, Southeast
How’s this for a wake-up call? Sunrise over Lake Huron’s Blue Water coast is on view from either of the two guestrooms at Adventure Inn B&B. The Aft Cabin features large French doors that open onto a private balcony overlooking the gardens and beach to the deep blue expanse of Great Lake just beyond. The spacious Toy Box features a 10-foot wall of nothing but window that looks out over the same scene. As its name suggests, it’s decorated with toys that include three slot machines from the Al Capone era, Lionel trains and memorabilia and a plasma-screen TV with premium cable. Both guest rooms offer private baths stocked with locally hand-made soaps, Aveda products and luxury linens and towels. Fresh flowers are always front and center and breakfast is from scratch — hot, fresh and seasonally local. Just an hour from Detroit and Flint, Adventure Inn is halfway between Port Huron and the Village of Lexington’s shops and galleries, dining and attractions.
Hall Creek B&B, Interlochen, Northwest
What does this fireplace say about Hall Creek B&B? Up-north? Cozy? Woodsy? Tasteful? Comfortable? If you answered, “All of the above,” you’re primed for a get-away to this Interlochen paradise. Hall Creek really does run through it, winding past the guest rooms to a private, spring fed and undeveloped 42-acre lake, accessible via a short trail or by canoe or pedal boat provided by the innkeepers. The three guestrooms, each with a romantic, private bath featuring a two-person whirlpool tub, have wide French doors that open onto private screened porches with creek views. Close to Interlochen Center for the Arts, golf at Crystal Mountain and Traverse City shopping, dining and festivals, the longest drive to any of these premier destinations is under 20 minutes.
Dewey Lake Manor, Brooklyn, Southeast
Atop a knoll in the heart of the Irish Hills, Dewey Lake Manor is near Michigan International Speedway, the Pioneer Wine Trail, MSU’s Hidden Gardens and many other attractions. As innkeepers Joe and Barb like to say, “Here you can do something – or nothing at all.” The B&B sits among 18 acres on a lake you can access by paddleboat or canoe provided by the innkeepers. Besides a dock, the lakefront includes grills, picnic tables and a bonfire pit. In the century-old mansion, enjoy all of today’s conveniences including WiFi throughout. Five guestrooms with private baths are comfortably furnished with country Victorian décor. A breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly-ground coffees and homemade specialties is served every morning on the enclosed porch with a sweeping view of Dewey Lake. Enjoy this piece of paradise in any season.
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