Meeting rooms are sterile, rental halls either airless or drafty, so next time why not plan a B&B event?
Look, for example, at just one beautiful view (above, in a photo by Michelle Fish) of the events area of Stone Chalet B&B Inn and Event Center in Ann Arbor.
Share this article 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. Show them this page listing a number of Michigan B&Bs that specialize in events.
Instead of that same old conference room or back room at a restaurant, 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.
Some inns known for hosting B&B events
Stone Chalet B&B Inn & Event Center in a quiet Ann Arbor neighborhood near University of Michigan offers 10 guest rooms, all with private bathrooms. Six have fireplaces; four have balconies overlooking the gardens. But Stone Chalet B&B also gets major props as a place to hold events. Hold a sit-down dinner for up to 24 people in the formal dining room. Or, in the inn’s adjacent Mid-Century Modern event hall, plan a wedding, business retreat or a concert for up to 100 people. (See photo at the top of this article.)
With owners who are an executive chef and an experienced event planner, Ginkgo Tree Inn Bed and Bistro in Mount Pleasant offers multiple venues for groups of different sizes. The on-site restaurant can seat up to 32. A backyard patio overlooking the Chippewa River and a park is great in season for groups up to 60. They can erect a tent for parties of up to 200. Or they can take their very successful catering truck to another mid-Michigan site of your choice.
Among larger B&Bs especially, you’ll need to plan way ahead for an event at Stone Chalet B&B Inn & Event Center on, for example, 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. Or at The Morris Estate in Niles on any weekend during the fair-weather months because it is such a classy and popular wedding and event venue.
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 here.
Smaller inns hold B&B events, too
The Farmhouse B&B in Gladstone in the Upper Peninsula is a good example of a small B&B — two guest rooms — that can accommodate a large event, ranging from a wedding to a ball to a corporate training session or product launch. They’ve got both a barn and lots of space (300 acres) to erect a big tent in warm weather. Innkeeper Renee Richer has hosted sit-down luncheons in the farmhouse for as many as 30.
In Paw Paw in Southwest Michigan, the Inn at Paw Paw also has only two guest rooms, but they are known for their spacious event space and for the excellence of the catering company with which they have a long-standing relationship.
In St. Johns, about 30 minutes north of Lansing, Nordic Pineapple B&B can accommodate up to 32 people for a sit-down meal in the dining room or stage larger group events on the spacious lawn.
With eight guest rooms, Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville, a Grand Rapids suburb, is a larger B&B, but when it comes to events, the innkeepers specialize in small, elegant affairs such as showers and receptions. The dining room can seat up to 10. The gathering room holds parties of up to 20 people.
Other innkeepers enjoy hosting a B&B event
Not all Michigan B&Bs wish to advertise themselves as a B&B event location, and the reasons vary. However, don’t be shy about asking your local innkeepers if they have space and a willingness to accommodate your group, especially if your event will be held outside of the inn’s peak season.
For example, you’ll find that many a bed and breakfast that closes for the winter will open its doors to welcome a local business group or book club for an event lasting a few hours. It’s a real win-win. You get beautiful space for your meeting. The innkeeper gets the probability of future referrals from the guests you bring. And in the off season, no overnight guests will be made jealous by the sight of a buffet table of which they’re not invited to partake.
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