This is the page for people like Debi Hillebrand, above, used to be. She was an aspiring innkeeper member of MBBA for several years while her Lewis House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall was being extensively updated. If you’re wondering how to start a bed and breakfast, Debi will tell you that the information she gleaned and the contacts she made as an aspiring member have been invaluable to her success as an innkeeper.

Starting your own bed and breakfast can be a daunting task, but with the help of our members and their resources, the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association can assist you in making your dream a reality!

Scroll down for shadowing opportunities, to apply for membership as an aspiring innkeeper, and for great educational resources.

Aspiring Innkeeper Members

Ed and Maryann Cutlip
22409 Suzan Ct
St. Clair Shores MI 48080
(586) 634-9883
Updated 11/7/2017. We are in the process of building now, and enjoyed seeing everyone at the “Positively Innkeeping” conference in Grand Rapids.

Beth and Mike Chaisson
7027 101st St
Lubbock TX 97424
Beth has always wanted to run a B&B. We’ll be relocating to SE Michigan in two years and would love to purchase a turn-key property. We’ve never run a B&B before, but Beth’s passion is entertaining, cooking and people. When she stays at a B&B she loves to talk to the hosts about their business. She would love to shadow someone to see and experience more!

Barbara and Eric Kaniewski
260 Pear St
Cedar Springs MI 49319
We are just starting to explore the adventure in innkeeping.

Brenda and Rick Becker
14715 68th Ave
Coopersville MI 49404
We own an old farmhouse with six acres, horses and a dog we’re renovating into a dog-friendly, health- and wellness-focused B&B. Our goal is to open summer 2019!

Kim and Elliot Read
2033 Hamilton Lane
Carmel IN 46932
We are just beginning to explore the idea of opening and running a bed and breakfast after spending our vacation in Saugatuck.

Troy Walker
209 N Bridge St Unit C
Grand Ledge MI 48837
At this point, just looking for potential inns to purchase and take over. Very beginning stages. Love Saugatuck area but the sale prices are so high. Will keep looking for the right fit.

Emily Kanitz
8949 River Ridge Rd
Middleville MI 49333
I’m looking to own a turn-key property or convert an existing home into a B&B in the northern Michigan region in the next 2 – 4 years.

Joanne and Lance Murphy
817 Lakepointe
Grosse Pointe Park MI 48230
We are renovating an old home in Port Austin and hope to be ready to open by summer of 2020. We are in the process of finalizing our name, obtaining domain names, etc.

Jennifer and Tim Kelly
1098 Lloyd Rd
Dundee MI 48131
We own a 150-year old Italianate home in Dundee and will be remodeling and installing extra baths. We plan to open in the spring of 2019.

Yvonne and Matt Wendling
11360 Dunmaglas Dr
Bath MI 48808
We have a 3- to 5-year plan to own a turnkey B&B property along Lake Michigan.

Toni Garcia
1219 N Henry St
Bay City MI 48706
I worked at a B&B in my 20s and loved taking care of the guests. I’ve since stayed in many inns over the years and always think… I could do this or I would do that. I’m just starting to look at properties to purchase. I am also currently working with the SBDC of Michigan to create a business plan and assess start-up needs/costs. I look forward to learning more!

Craig and Michelle Rostoni
7884 North Rd
Burtchville Twp MI 48059
We are looking for and might have found a turn-key property.


Benefits of Aspiring Innkeeper Membership:

    • Listing on the Aspiring Innkeeper webpage
    • Notices of and invitations to meetings, webinars and conferences
    • Subscriptions to eNewsletters and other special mailings/alerts
    • “Shadow” veteran innkeepers for on-the-job training
    • Participate in educational webinars as scheduled
    • Access to the private online member Facebook forum 24/7
    • Waive the $50 non-member guest fee for the annual MBBA innkeeping conference

Annual Dues:  • $50

For a membership application, click here or call or email the office.

Note: if you open your inn and join as an innkeeper member before your aspiring membership year is over, we will pro-rate your $50 membership fee against your B&B membership dues.

Find B&B Purchase Opportunities Here.

“Shadowing” Opportunities

These seasoned innkeepers invite aspiring innkeeper members to “shadow” their operations and learn innkeeping firsthand.

Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast
3650 Shorewood Drive
Burtchville MI 48059

Cathy Russell, Innkeeper
White Swan Inn B&B
303 S Mears Ave
Whitehall MI 49461

Mike and Lori Venturini
Munro House B&B and Spa
202 Maumee
Jonesville MI 49250


Great Resources

Setting Up and Running a Successful B&B
How tough is it? Can you cut it? Find out from Karen Thorne, innkeeper and founder, Bed & Breakfast Academy

Articles for Aspiring Innkeepers.
NEW! A guide to financing B&Bs, inns and boutique hotels. Authored by Richard Newman, 

Running a Bed & Breakfast for Dummies
Learn to * Choose a location and make it your own * Create a profitable business plan * Decorate and renovate your property * Market your property for maximum occupancy. Authored by Mary White, President,

Michigan Bed & Breakfast Association Resources for Aspiring Innkeepers
Reading material compiled for the association’s Aspiring Innkeeper Workshops.

Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association Kit for Aspiring Innkeepers
Offering arguably the most complete resource in the Great Lakes region, this not-for-profit association offers start-up kits, seminars and many other resources for aspiring innkeepers.