Beautiful outdoor spaces at Mich B&Bs

On their websites and social media, it’s easy to view their lovely rooms and mouth-watering breakfasts, but photos of beautiful outdoor spaces at Michigan B&Bs can go under-appreciated. All listed here are quality-assured members of the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association.

The warmer months are perfect times to experience the beauty of the inns’ planting beds and grounds at the peak of their seasonal beauty. Or to enjoy the view. For example, above, at Lewis House B&B in Whitehall, you could watch boats on White Lake while drinking wine or, at a nearby table and chairs, while enjoying your breakfast.

After savoring this two-minute video of beautiful outdoor spaces at Michigan B&Bs, scroll to read more about the inns. Click their names for more information.


Big Bay Lighthouse, Big Bay

Seven rooms, five of which offer views of Lake Superior, although the views are mighty compelling from the lighthouse, too. Explore trails on the property’s 40 acres. (Photo in video by Troy Zawacke)

Canfield House Bed and Breakfast, Onekama

Some of the inn’s six guest rooms offer views of Portage Lake; others overlook the gardens. Everyone loves sitting on the long porch of this restored home built as a lumber baron’s summer residence. Lake Michigan is minutes away.

Cochrane House Luxury Historic Inn, Detroit

Ford Field (Lions), Comerica Park (Tigers), and Little Caesar’s Arena (Pistons and Red Wings) are all within walking distance of this chic, completely restored Brush Park home. Three guest rooms. Hosts small weddings and events.

The Ginkgo Tree, Mount Pleasant

When you’re not enjoying your guest room, one of five, toast each other on the front porch or on a quiet, shady patio overlooking the Chippewa River as it winds through a downtown park. Or hold your wedding there.

Glen Arbor Bed and Breakfast and Cottages, Glen Arbor

This seasonal inn’s six B&B guest rooms are very close to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and a Lake Michigan beach for sunset watching. Dine at small tables indoors or on a wrap-around porch.

Beautiful outdoor spaces at Michigan B&Bs: Adirondack chairs overlooking Lake Superior at Big Bay Point Lighthouse
Enjoy your morning coffee while overlooking Lake Superior at Big Bay Point Lighthouse. (Photo: Sandy White)

Goldberry Woods, Union Pier

The outdoors beckons everywhere on the inn’s 30 acres. Kayak the Galien River, walk 12 minutes to a Lake Michigan beach, or take a dip in the pool. Eight B&B guest rooms feature artisan-made beds.

Historic Webster House Bed and Breakfast, Bay City

In a near-downtown neighborhood of preserved homes from yesteryear, choose from eight elegant rooms. Gleaming woodwork everywhere. Relax in a garden gazebo that’s ideal for small weddings.

House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast, Ellsworth

In season, enjoy breakfast at small tables on a huge front porch overlooking a lake. (Tandem kayaks available.) Three of the inn’s eight rooms are in a carriage house from whose deck a trail will beckon you to explore the inn’s 50 acres.

Huron House, Oscoda

A major destination on Lake Huron for couples seeking fireplaces, jetted tubs, private hot tubs, king beds, room-delivered breakfasts and desserts, lakeside fire pits, and igloos they can reserve in winter.  14 rooms.

Inn at Breezy Hill Farm, Bellaire

Nine guest rooms in a main house and carriage house. A wraparound porch with comfortable seating overlooks expansive lawn with mature trees. Relax in the hammock.

Jade Estate Inn, Allegan

Six guest rooms in an historic home with tall doors, high ceilings and rich details of a day gone by. Some rooms overlook a spacious yard with a fountain and gazebo.

Judson Heath Colonial Inn, Saugatuck

Hip meets historic, the innkeepers are fond of saying, in eight chic rooms. The wide front porch offers great people-watching and two-tops for outdoor dining in season. Stroll to downtown.

Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids

Located on a corner lot in the charming Heritage Hill neighborhood only about a mile from downtown attractions. Eight guest rooms. Chill on a large patio ringed by plantings beautifully lit at night. (See photo in the video.)

Lewis House Bed and Breakfast, Whitehall

View boats on White Lake from several windows of this beautifully renovated Victorian or from an intimate patio overlooking the lake. Inviting front porch. Koi pond. Gardens. Four guest rooms.

Drone shot of Maple Cove B&B and surrounding acreage
When you stay at Maple Cove B&B in Leonard, you’re surrounded by bucolic charm but only minutes from activities, dining and shopping in Rochester and other North Oakland County towns.

Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast, Leonard

This one-time summer retreat for the Fruehauf family — think big trucks — has three large suites, including first-floor accommodations leading to a large, covered front porch. Out back, a delightful swimming pool.

The Parsonage Inn, Grand Rapids

Walk to interesting shops and eateries. The Heritage Hill neighborhood even has a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Five guest rooms. In addition to the inn’s deep, welcoming front porch, the backyard has a patio with ample seating and a fire table.

Port Austin Bed and Breakfast, Port Austin

If you tire of relaxing on the big porch, with its calming blue ceiling, walk down to the harbor to look at the boats or watch the sun set over Saginaw Bay. Five guest rooms whose on-trend decor nods to the eras in which prior owners lived here

Robyn’s Inn, Plymouth

Lots of beautiful outdoor spaces at this Michigan B&B: Big front porch, a gazebo, and a patio with several tables and chairs. Five guest rooms, including two carriage house suites with private balconies.

The Spring Lighthouse, Elk Rapids

As boats glide by on the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, watch the setting sun drop behind Mission Peninsula. Big waterside table for dining, a fire table, and a little table at the shore for toasting your sweetheart. Five rooms.

Stag’s Leap Farm, Oxford

Three guest rooms on 2.5 acres near several quaint towns. Read poetry in the gazebo, or get married there. Sit under tall trees, enjoy the fire pit, and don’t miss Chicken Cocktail Hour, when the hens are released for several minutes of free-ranging.

Torch Lake Bed and Breakfast, Central Lake

Arrive by car, boat or float plane to this B&B with four guest rooms overlooking the acclaimed azure waters of Torch Lake. Watch the lake from the windows of your room, from the large deck, from the hot tub, or jump into it from the dock.

Washington Street Inn, Grand Haven

As you relax on the front porch, you’ll be the envy of passersby who neglected to advance-book a room in this popular Lake Michigan beach town. Five guest rooms. Sunset views nearby. (Photo in video by guests Mark and Bonnie Raymond)


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