For the past two weeks, Michigan’s Bed and Breakfast Association blog has bragged about how Michigan bed and breakfast guests tend to write volumes and enthuse over their experiences at these unique inns. We don’t think they would find quite so much to love at a Super 8. Do you?
To retrieve these guest comments, we went into the association’s alphabetical guest survey files and pulled comments at random. Here are comments about inns starting with letters A through H. The next set is through the letter S. Today, we finish out the alphabet by starting with the letter V.
V is for Voyager’s Inn Bed & Breakfast, a charming Queen Anne Victorian snuggled into a near-downtown neighborhood in Three Rivers, located just south of Kalamazoo in Southwest Michigan. As with so many guest surveys, comments about this inn centered on the personal attention provided by the innkeepers.
Jim and Gail from Valparaiso, Indiana said the fact that the innkeepers catered to their gluten-free dietary requirements made their visit extra enjoyable. (Almost all inns and innkeepers accommodate not only gluten-free diets, but vegetarian, Vegan and miscellaneous food allergies as long as the guest requests it. Some innkeepers can accommodate Kosher and/or Halal requirements.)
Melissa from Glen Arbor was grateful to them for accommodating her schedule rather than requiring her to conform to theirs. In fact, in more than 20 surveys, the word “accommodating” was used by more than half the guests, while the other half described them as “welcoming” although “unobtrusive.” Nearly everyone commented on how informative the innkeepers were about the house and its history and the surrounding community.
Waterloo Gardens B&B is a contemporary ranch-style home just outside Chelsey, which is near Ann Arbor in Southeast Michigan and home to the acclaimed Purple Rose Theater and the four-star Common Grill. It sits amid lush gardens right at the corner of Werkener and Waterloo Roads — hence, it’s most apropos name.
Guests Don and Anita from Fraser liked that the innkeepers were warm and welcoming and made them feel comfortable. Bill and Beverly of Wooster, Ohio liked that “anything we wanted was available and freely given.”
Marta from Wixom called the innkeepers’ hospitality, “Exceptional!!!” (Those are Marta’s exclamation points!)
“It’s like visiting old friends. We always look forward to staying here. We most like the host and hostess. We want for nothing here.”
Grace and Scott of Roscoe, Illinois described the hospitality as “Fabulous.”
“The innkeepers went out of their way to make us feel welcome. That’s why we always prefer B&Bs to traditional hostels. We like meeting the “locals” and the homey atmosphere of bed and breakfast inns.”
Guess what Mike and Gail from Zionsville, Indiana liked best about their stay at the Waverland Beach B&B in Stevensville, located in extreme Southwest Michigan — besides that it’s right on a Lake Michigan beach in the heart of Grand Mere State Park?
“We loved the fresh blueberries and raspberries the innkeepers brought up to our room with coffee each morning.”
Susan from Aurora, Illinois said “The innkeepers were the best!! They were very accommodating and took time to talk and recommend nearby restaurants and shopping. I enjoyed and appreciated their hospitality.
Susan praised the graciousness of the innkeepers as well as the location of the property with its private beach.
“It is just beautiful — the perfect place to relax and de-stress!”
To view and select from all of the Lake to Lake Association’s member inns, visit our website at http://laketolake.com. From the drop-down menu, “Find a B&B,” you can search by region, by city, by activities, by inn specials and by name. You can also “design your own stay” by searching B&Bs for exactly the amenities you want — including child and pet-friendly inns.