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
3366 White Dr
Bad Axe MI 47413
(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.

Angela and John Martin
1357 Buckhorn St
Saint Joseph MI 49085
We own a home that we are converting to a B&B. We are undergoing extensive renovations to accommodate a B&B.

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
8526 Lake St
Port Austin MI 48467
We have completed renovation of an historic home in Port Austin and are taking reservations for the summer of 2021.

Hillary Miles
4858 N Washtenaw Ave Apt 2
Chicago IL 60625

Hillary Stifler
4447 N Beacon 3S
Chicago IL 60640
I currently work full time in marketing, but am planning a career change to innkeeping. To jump start my next career, I have helping out at the Wicker Park Inn in Chicago on weekends. Ideally, I’d like to start with a position as an innkeeper to learn the trade and eventually purchase a turnkey property. My timeline to transition from marketing to innkeeping is late 2020.

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

Nia and Todd Green
302 Cutler St
Allegan MI 49010-8214
We own a 160-year old Italianate home in the historic district of the town of Allegan. We completed updating our home and are in the process of finalizing the re-branding process. We expect to open in December 2020.

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.

Great Resources

How tough is it? Can you cut it? Find out from Karen Thorne, innkeeper and founder, Bed & Breakfast Academy

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,

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.