Four Michigan B&Bs known for their historic charm

In a state filled with grand old homes that are now bed and breakfasts, four MBBA inns were recognized recently as being among “9 Historic Bed and Breakfasts in Michigan That Will Absolutely Charm You.” (Source: Only In Your State.)

The following #MichBnB inns made the list. In alphabetical order:

Big Bay Point Lighthouse

Big Bay Point LighthouseKeepers Jeff and Linda Gamble, avid preservationists, keep the light on, not only for their guests but also for mariners on Lake Superior. Big Bay Point Lighthouse (photo by Travel Marquette) is a working lighthouse. Seven guest rooms, each with private bath, occupy the first and second floors. All have wonderful views. When you climb to the lighthouse lantern, you’ll be 120 feet above the level of Lake Superior.

The Gambles typically close the inn for parts of November and December, but continue to take future reservations and sell gift certificates. They open again in January for adventure-minded travelers who want to combine winter fun with cozy evenings in front of a fireplace. During a warmer-weather visit, be sure to book a massage in the Serenity Spa Hut overlooking Lake Superior.

Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn

Grand Victorian B&B in Bellaire, MichiganOne of the most-often photographed B&Bs in the state, The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn has appeared on cereal and cracker boxes because it’s so beautiful in every season and also is considered a perfect example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture.

Have you ever slipped into a bed with sheets that were ironed by hand? Here, you will. Choose from six rooms, two with king beds, two with fireplaces, two with Jacuzzis. When you tear yourselves away from your romantic room or one of the porches or the parlor, you’ll fall in love with the northwest Michigan town of Bellaire.

Innkeepers Yuning Wang and Jason Wu close the inn for a few weeks between January and March. If you miss taking a fall getaway, book early for 2018.

Historic Webster House

Magistrate's Room at Historic Webster HouseThe exterior architecture of Bay City’s Historic Webster House is classically beautiful, but where this B&B really shines is when you step inside to see the inviting common areas and the Houzz-worth decorating.

And then there are the eight elegant rooms. While paying homage to the home’s Victorian bones, the owners give you contemporary fabrics, comfortable furniture, and unexpected touches, such as a  jetted tub for two in a dormer window. Romantic getaway couples flock to this B&B less than two hours north of Detroit.

Innkeeper Debbie Ingersoll is a whiz at organizing classy events, such as small weddings, holiday parties and business retreats.

Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Kingsley Inn B&BDoesn’t that turret appeal to the romantic in you? On the second floor of Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn, those windows envelope the queen bed in one of the rooms. A spacious third-floor suite gets the peaked turret as an adjoining and very private sitting room.

But all eight rooms are loaded with historic charm and all bear the names of apples in tribute to the university researcher who identified this area of Michigan as having an ideal climate for orchards. He’s the one who built this magnificent home with its wraparound porch.

Fennville is a friendly, less-crowded small town offering an ideal location for exploring Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo, 45 minutes to the southeast, Grand Rapids, 45 minutes to the northeast, and Lake Michigan beach towns such as South Haven and Saugatuck.