On 80 acres surrounded by Huron National Forest in Northeast Michigan, LogHaven Bed and Breakfast offers a family-friendly and pet-friendly option for visitors to the West Branch, Rose City, and Mio areas.
Vacationers speeding north or south on I-75, racing from one crowded tourist destination to another, will do themselves a favor by taking a 17-mile detour to spend a night or two experiencing life off the grid and a night sky with no light pollution.
LogHaven is less than three hours from Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids or Lansing, one hour from Midland, and two hours from the Mackinac Bridge. The log home has three guest rooms and a wonderful porch.
Innkeepers Gail and Paul Gotter moved from the Chicago area to build and establish LogHaven. They stay open to receive guests year-round because, as Gail says, “There are so many reasons to visit in every season. We offer relaxation in the woods, and many guests appreciate the opportunity to learn about our off-grid lifestyle. Some guests bring their horses and ride the back woods trails.”
Asked to give her top recommendations for places to see and things to do in the area, Gail shared this list:
- Water recreation activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting and fishing on the the AuSable River, which is renowned for fly fishing, and also on the Rifle River and in the Rifle River Recreation Area.
- Cross-country skiing. Three parks in West Branch (Ogemaw Hills Pathway), Roscommon (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) and Frederic (Forbush Corner) offer groomed, marked trails. The Corsair Trail system near Tawas is one of the largest in the Midwest.
- Snowmobiling. The Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club headquarters is located four miles from LogHaven. The statewide trail system is half a mile from the B&B.
- Riding off-road vehicle trails. Hit the statewide trail system on quads and dirt bikes just half a mile from LogHaven.
- Wildlife viewing, including whitetail deer, turkeys, eagles and other birds. The annual Kirtland’s Warbler Festival draws thousands. The inn once hosted a father-son duo from Florida. Dad came for Kirtland’s warblers, a once-endangered species whose unique habitat is being restored, and the son went off to search nearby meadows and woods for snakes.
- Local festivals, including: the Nor’easter Music Festival near Mio; the Maple Syrup Tour in and around Rose City and Mio; the semi-annual Art & Wine Walk in West Branch; the Ogemaw County Fair; and the Victorian Art Fair in West Branch, a juried fair and a must for craft and art lovers.
- Golf. You can play about 10 top courses within 30 miles of LogHaven.
- Three local wineries: Rose Valley and Valley Mist in Rose City, and Modern Craft in AuGres, with a tasting room in West Branch. All three have daily tastings.
- Microbrewery: The Highway Brewing Co. and Restaurant opened in 2018 in West Branch.
- Too many antiques shops to count, all over the area. Also, an Amish farming area near Mio has some interesting shops.
- Restaurants. The very favorite of the innkeepers and guests is The Tipsy Bear Bistro in West Branch. Also popular is The Willow Tree for fine dining. In Rose City, the innkeepers recommend the Faull Inn and the Rose City Café.
Sometime soon, instead of barreling past West Branch on I-75, make plans to take the exit and spend a couple nights at the unique bed and breakfast that is LogHaven.
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