Review submitted by Sarah S. from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who explained
she couldn’t do justice to The Kalamazoo House B&B with a standard
“It was great; I’d stay here again.”
We visited The Kalamazoo House to celebrate our first anniversary. We felt right at home from the get go. We stayed in room #5 and were pleasantly surprised with its comfort. The bed was wonderfully comfortable (so much so that I wrote Laurel and Terry, the innkeepers, after our stay to ask about the brand). Refreshments were waiting in the room for us which made a lovely ‘after drive’ reprise. The bathroom was very good size, which was impressive for a home of this age. There were plenty of places to store our things in the bathroom and lovely toiletries for our use. I took advantage of the whirlpool tub which was relaxing, and the aromatherapy bath scent they provided was a nice touch. The robes in our rooms were clean, fluffy and luxe. The TV was of good quality and had an HDMI hook up, something we find important. We were able to connect our laptop and watch our own movies brought from home. We did check out the DVD library the inn provides and saw many beloved favorites as well as new titles.
Breakfast shows off Terry’s true talent. My husband and I tried three of his creations while we were visiting – every one of them was a success. His homemade bread is to die for. We really enjoyed the breakfast room. It’s cozy so you can chat with other guests if you want, but you still have your our own table. We’re not morning people and we felt we didn’t have to make conversation if we didn’t want to. We met three other couples while we were there and all raved about Terry’s food as well. When we came down for breakfast there was a full coffee and tea setup waiting to greet us – just perfect for waking up.
The gardens were not in full bloom when we came due to the time of year, but we still found sitting out on the side porch a nice diversion. Terry and Laurel have decorated the gardens with some lovely art which I just adored. The home is also well decorated with gorgeous artwork around every corner. The bar/parlor/common room is lovely and comfortable. My husband and I enjoy puzzles and board games and had brought a few from home (although the inn has some as well). We turned on the local NFL game and worked a puzzle and ate lunch in the parlor. We had it all to ourselves which was surprising, though welcome.
It’s clear that Laurel and Terry were born to run an inn! They’ve thought of everything. The coffee/tea/water station was extremely well thought out and easy to use. Refrigerated refreshments were always available as well as a microwave, which is great for us snack-loving folks. We loved the cookies and milk before bed. Our room had two kinds of easy-to-locate emergency lighting (hey, you never know, right?). Both Laurel and Terry provided great conversation and were always easy to locate without being overbearingly present. We felt we had just the right amount of privacy.
Terry and Laurel are very in touch with the local community and were ready with information about the happenings around Kalamazoo. Terry knows his restaurants and steered us (foodies) in the right direction. The basket of menus in the entry are all marked with their schedules, which makes it easy to pick out which ones are closed on Sundays. Also worth noting: Terry and Laurel have a stash of items on hand for the forgetful traveler. We are among those forgetful sorts and found both items we needed tucked away in a drawer. This was such a nice touch.
Not only would I stay here again, but my husband and I are planning to visit again this spring. Only this time we’ll bring my brother and sister-in-law along. A gem like The Kalamazoo House is meant to be shared.
Editor’s Note: You can write your own review of any Lake to Lake-member inn
and see it published here by visiting “Rate Your Stay” on the association website.