How innkeepers fill time in a pandemic

Now, there’s a sight only a pandemic could make possible: an innkeeper with her feet up drinking a latte in the middle of the day.

Many Michigan bed and breakfast innkeepers have experienced a guilt-free moment or two like this in recent weeks, but most also have made time for home improvements and for chores that they usually strive to accomplish magically, in the background, whenever guests are present.

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-home, stay-safe executive order March 23. B&Bs and hotels could offer accommodations only to front-line workers in the fight against the coronavirus.

After the shock of empty rooms began to wear off, many innkeepers got busy, trying to make the best of a situation that can snuff out a small business.

For example, Steve and Deb Koster of The Parsonage Inn in Grand Rapids achieved an ambitious goal of creating two more guest bathrooms. Now, each of their second-floor guest rooms has its own bathroom. See room-reveal videos on the inn’s Facebook page.

Innkeepers Connie and Richard, at the former Inn, Hexagon House in Pentwater, with the help of her daughters, have created raised garden beds and refurbished a flagstone path that winds through the yard. They, too, documented the achievements on Facebook.

But those are only two of a long list of changes for the better guests will see when they return to their favorite Michigan B&Bs.

Watch this video showing how many of your favorite Michigan B&B innkeepers have spent time during the pandemic:

When it comes time to travel again in Michigan, seek out an independently inspected, quality-assured #MichBnB. All are owned by people who will care for you as if you are beloved family members. B&Bs truly are the Better Way To Stay.