Memo to overburdened organizers: Delight your group with a B&B event

Meeting rooms are sterile, rental halls either airless or drafty, so next time why not plan a B&B event?

Share this with all those sainted people blessed with organizational abilities who always take on — or get stuck with — the task of organizing the next networking meetup, luncheon, retreat, or shower.

Instead of that same old conference room or back room at a restaurant,

Holiday table setting at Farmhouse B&B
Touches of green and red were incorporated in a holiday luncheon menu at Farmhouse B&B: organic greens with pomegranate; penne with a tomato cream sauce; herbed chicken. and cheesecake with wild blueberry or garden strawberry compote.

solve your venue dilemma and delight your attendees with a B&B event.

Our #MichBnB innkeepers will match your gift for organization with their gift for hospitality. All possess a passion for cleanliness and the comfort of guests. Most are detail-oriented. Some decorate spectacularly for holidays. Some are wonderful cooks and will enjoy the challenge of a luncheon or cocktail party. Others will open their kitchens to a caterer.

Many innkeepers enjoy hosting a B&B event

You’ll find that many a bed and breakfast that closes for the winter will open up to welcome a local group. It’s a perfect win-win. You get charming space for your meeting. The innkeeper gets the probability of future referrals from the guests you bring. And no overnight guests will be made jealous by the sight of a buffet table of which they’re not invited to partake.

You’ll need to plan way ahead for an event at Stone Chalet B&B Inn & Event Center in Ann Arbor on a University of Michigan football Saturday. Or at Antiquities’ Wellington Inn in Traverse City during the Cherry Festival. Or at Presque Isle Lodge in Northeast Lower Michigan during beach season. Or at Saravilla B&B in Alma on a parents weekend at Alma College.

Cranberries and pomegranate seeds add color to table setting
Innkeeper used cranberries and pomegranate seeds to provide sophistication and pops of color at a luncheon for 30 at her B&B in Gladstone.

All of these B&Bs offer ample space for group events and meetings. Check them out by clicking their names.

But many others can accommodate indoor or outdoor events more spontaneously. Explore your options at

These elegant and Pinterest-worthy photos by innkeeper Renee Richer depict a holiday luncheon for 30 she hosted for the local Chamber of Commerce. (Read here about her Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, surrounded by 300 acres of fields and forests near Gladstone and Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula. It will make you want to stay there at any time of year.) Renee may be a Harvard-educated biological sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, but clearly she’s an inspired hostess and cook as well.

Innkeepers so often bring that sort of intriguing combination of talents and knowledge to what they do. It’s just one more reason to book a B&B event.

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