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 to apply for membership as an aspiring innkeeper.

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.

Laura Ortiz
1433 Timber Ridge Dr
Manistee MI 49660
I am seeking to purchase a property and, in the interim, will be interning at a Bed and Breakfast to “learn the ropes.”

Jim and Alice Hahn
2160 S Gera Rd
Frankenmuth MI 48734
We have purchased a farmhouse near Frankenmuth and are converting it into a B&B.

Marcia and Steve Sommerville
4193 Grondinwood Lane
Milford MI 48380
We will be bulding our inn near Traverse city in Sand Lakes Quiet Area.

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.

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 2019. 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 turn-key B&B property along Lake Michigan.

Join MBBA as an Aspiring Innkeeper


    • Be listed on the Aspiring Innkeeper webpage
    • Receive notices of and invitations to meetings, dedicated workshops and conferences
    • Be subscribed to eNewsletters and other special mailings/alerts
    • “Shadow” veteran innkeepers for on-the-job training
    • Participate in educational webinars as scheduled
  • Access the private online Member Forum 24/7
  • Waive the $50 non-member guest fee for the annual ML2L 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

Cheri and Paul Antozak in the kitchen at Prairieside Suites
Paul and Cheri Antozak, owners of Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B, Grandville

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

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

Cheri & Paul Antozak, Innkeepers
Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B
3180 Washington Ave SW
Grandville MI 49418

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

Sandy White and Nicholas DeGrazia
Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast
3650 Shorewood Drive
Burtchville, MI 48059


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

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.