This Christmas cactus is still in bud, but Denise K. and her husband of Macomb County already know what they’re getting for Christmas from her mother: a Michigan B&B gift certificate.
Although it’s not a surprise, it’s a gift they’ll welcome. A new Michigan B&B gift certificate means that another Michigan B&B adventure awaits them. The couple can start planning and anticipating as soon as they open the envelope.
At least eight or 10 years ago, maybe more — Denise can’t recall — she and husband Rick stayed at a bed and breakfast for the first time and loved it. Probably they loved the same things other B&B fans appreciate: the rooms, the breakfasts, and the warm and customized hospitality.
The following year she suggested to her mother, Barbara D., also of Macomb, that a Michigan B&B gift certificate would be a welcome gift.
Mom liked the concept and hasn’t missed a year since. “I often tell people about it,” Barbara says. “It’s a great gift. People always say, ‘that’s a great idea.’”
Cruising happens to be Barbara’s favorite mode of travel. She’s been on 61 cruises, most on Royal Caribbean. Her best cruising memories are of Egypt, Turkey and Greece.
Daughter Denise can’t remember the names of all the Michigan B&Bs she and her husband have enjoyed. They stayed three or four times at Bellaire Bed and Breakfast in Bellaire. On a memorable exploration of the Upper Peninsula, they stayed at two “spectacular” B&Bs overlooking Lake Superior: Big Bay Point Lighthouse, about 45 minutes west of Marquette, and Dapple-Gray B&B, near Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
The only thing she and her husband would do differently is to stay two nights more often. “By the time you check in and go out to dinner, a one-night stay doesn’t give you enough time to enjoy everything” the location has to offer.
For a future getaway, she’s got her eye on Sailing Yacht Scout or Tall Ship Manitou, both of which offer a boat and breakfast experience in Traverse City in addition to sunset cruises and longer cruises.
Some Michigan B&B gift certificates say “thank you”
Most Michigan B&B gift certificates are given as gifts to mark special occasions such as holidays, birthdays or weddings, but they also make a thoughtful and easy gift when you want to say thank you to someone.
The Rev. Curry Pikkaart of South Haven received one after serving as interim leader of The Classis of Southwest Michigan – Reformed Church in America.
Rev. Pikkaart and his wife Barb used it for a stay at Grand Victorian B&B Inn in Bellaire. “It was in the basic area where we were spending a few days celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.” he said.
This is what they wrote in the guest book at Grand Victorian, a nicety that will make a nice memory for innkeepers Yuning and Jason Wang:
Next time you want to give someone the gift of a Michigan getaway, it’s so easy to arrange and to personalize a Michigan B&B gift certificate. Our gift certificates spend like cash at any member bed and breakfast. In Michigan, by law, a purchased gift certificate will not expire for five years. And in the off chance someone cannot use his or her gift certificate, it can be transferred to someone else.