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 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!

Aspiring Innkeeper Members

Ed and Maryann Cutlip
22409 Suzan Ct
St. Clair Shores MI 48080
(586) 634-9883
ecc6inall@sbcglobal.net
Updated 11/7/2017. We are in the process of building now, and enjoyed seeing everyone at the “Positively Innkeeping” conference in Grand Rapids.

Barbara Antonucci
415 Noel Ave
Longmont CO 80501
303-775-0318
amongthevineyardsbandb@gmail.com
I sold my original 5.8 acres in Berrien Springs and purchased 20 acres in Baroda last month. I have hired an architect and am currently working on plans for a 5-guestroom B&B. I will be presenting them to the township later this fall. I hope to break ground in the spring of 2018.

Jim and Alice Hahn
2160 S Gera Rd
Frankenmuth MI 48734
989-233-2928
jajhi@tm.net
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
248-318-0648
marciasommerville@gmail.com
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
810-434-1628
walke435@msu.edu
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
Gross Pointe Park MI 48230
313-407-6734
jomurphy1002@gmail.com
We are renovating and 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.


Join MBBA as an Aspiring Innkeeper

Benefits:

  • 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
231-894-5169
info@whiteswaninn.com

Cheri & Paul Antozak, Innkeepers
Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B
3180 Washington Ave SW
Grandville MI 49418
616-538-9442
cheri@prairiesidesuites.com

Mike and Lori Venturini
Munro House B&B and Spa
202 Maumee
Jonesville MI 49250
517-849-9292
info@munrohouse.com

Sandy White and Nicholas DeGrazia
Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast
3650 Shorewood Drive
Burtchville, MI 48059
810-327-6513
sjw3668@comcast.net 

 

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, BnBFinder.com.

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.