THE SECOND IN A TWO-PART SERIES
What transforms Michigan’s beachtowns into winter play havens? A mantle of pure white snow, of course. The bed and breakfast inns that are members of Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association invite you to celebrate winter their way all season long.
At The State Street Inn in Harbor Beach on Lake Huron, you can let it snow while cuddling up to cozy fireplaces in its Victoriana or Lighthouse Point guest rooms. This is after you return from a stroll along the beach to marvel at the spectacle of the big lake frozen over. Be sure to find out about the inn’s special winter package available through March 31. It’s listed on the webpage as “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”
At Adventure Inn in North Lakeport, a bit to the south, you can enjoy a beach walk in snow boots every bit as much as a beach walk in flip flops. This beautiful stretch of Lake Huron beach, as seen from either of the two guest rooms, leads to the trails and solitude of Lakeport State Park. What a perfect way to enjoy a day of cross country skiing. Be sure to check frequently for winter-time packages and specials.
Some of the most scenic winter trails in the state are along the Lake Michigan coast close to the sizzling resort towns of Saugatuck and South Haven, turned a bit cooler for winter sports with snow practically guaranteed. Halfway in between, Seymour House B&B offers 11 unspoiled acres of its own for snowshoeing, hiking and Nordic-style skiing. If you’re there on a Saturday, warm up with beverages and hors d’oeuvres from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in front of a crackling fire. If you’re there on a winter weekday, enjoy special low rates — even in their Jacuzzi rooms.
Ski trails range from beginner levels to the extremely advanced at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and the Allegan State Game Area. The Kal Haven Rail Trail is close by as are many others, including groomed trails. You can rent skis or snowshoes in downtown Saugatuck from Landsharks.
When you’re all done in from a day spent in the great outdoors, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a biscotti at Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Suites or hot chocolate and table-top s’mores at Park House Inn. Fine dining, clubs and boutique shopping are accessible on foot from either B&B.
Right across the Kalamazoo River in Douglas, Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast has Lake Michigan with its majestic, glacier-like icebergs just a block away — and one of the best sledding hills in West Michigan right down the street. Best yet, they provide the sleds!
Lest we forget there are lakes other than the “great” ones all across Michigan, think about bringing your cross country skis to Dewey Lake Manor in Brooklyn. Skate on the lake once it freezes solid or at nearby Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan State University’s botanical gardens, as snow cover permits.