….Fun. Local. Historic. Amazing. Memorable. Crafty. Delicious. Outdoorsy. Countryside. Adventurous. Personal. Breathtaking?
I was just watching a video made by and for innkeepers by the international inkeeping asssociation, PAII. It begged the question. While the 25,000 independently-owned bed and breakfast inns across North America are all too often overshadowed by large chain hotels and motels, the fact is that few of their guests have ever used any of these words to describe their stays.
Innkeepers: Chime in with your comments. Tell us where you fit with these descriptive words.
Off the top of my head and inside it, I see The Kalamazoo House, a member of this Michigan B&B Association, snuggled in the heart of the downtown that made “I Got a Gal….” famous. If you want motels, they are nearly all out by the interstate where no one really lives. The Kalamazoo House is…. well…. local, historic, memorable and a whole lot more.
I envision Adventure Inn in North Lakeport, hugging the Lake Huron shoreline, as an adventure in contemporary elegance with stunning views of the bluest blue water I’ve ever seen. Countryside is found at At Willow Pond in Fenwick, north of Grand Rapids, where the resident hens lay your morning eggs and you can cath your dinner in their trout pond. And believe it or not, you can pet the llamas at Topliff’s Tara, a working llama ranch in Williamston.
Crafty would be the the lovingly-restored 1912 Arts and Crafts bungalow in Whitehall, called The Coca Cottage B&B for its delicious “all things chocolate” theme. Outdoorsy defines Wind in the Pines in Traverse City, a contemporary “up north” log cabin home. Dapple-Gray, Big Bay Point and Pinewood Lodge B&Bs are all breathtakingly perched over memorable views of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. And of course there’s Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula with its aerie-like views of both the east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay.
Then there are all the inns and all the adjectives I’ve left out, including 120 more member B&Bs, all unique in their own right — not to mention the word, “delicious,” which is the other half of the bed and breakfast equation — and the word “personal,” which is the essence of B&B hospitality. There’s not enough room in this blog. You’ll have to explore their merits for yourseves and apply your own descriptive words. It’s easy. Just visit our website by clicking here.
ML2L Innkeepers: tell us about yourselves in the comment section below. Who’s delicious? Adventurous? Historic? Personal?
Readers: what adjectives would you use to describe your B&B experience?