Get a taste of life on an “Out West” ranch when you stay at Pohl Bison Bed and Breakfast in Central Michigan. This is not your ordinary bed and breakfast, so come on in, take off your boots and sit a spell. Come see an actual bison ranch in operation.
The pastures are full of bison babies in the spring and become a focus of entertainment as summer progresses. Much like kids, they play games and chase each other in the pasture when the evening cools. Relax on the front deck in our glider rocker overlooking the bison pastures, smell the fresh country air, and just breathe.
Inn owners Krista and Jim Pohl both grew up on farms, but it was an anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park that inspired them to start a bison ranch in mid-Michigan.
Located between Mt. Pleasant and Clare just west of the Village of Rosebush, the ranch and its two bed and breakfast rooms are waiting for you to experience “Out West” living.
Want to book a stay? The let’s-talk approach works best here on the ranch. Call us at 989-433-5841 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. any day. Or email if that’s better for you, and let us know when’s a good time to call.
Stay where the bison roam in Michigan
You will experience 21st Century log cabin accommodations in this Amish-built home, which includes vaulted ceilings, a custom-made wood spiral staircase, and a cozy loft for your getaway. Our uniquely decorated rooms are spacious, with 12-foot ceilings and large windows to gaze upon the bison pastures.
Pohl Bison B&B offers two guest rooms, both with queen beds outfitted with pillow-top mattresses. The Sunset Room has one queen bed, and the Sunrise Room has two. If you have an extra guests, a single roll-away could be moved to either room. Each room has its own dedicated full bathroom. One is located in the loft; the other, on the first floor. We provide plush, luxurious robes.
Stay connected to the outside world (only if you want to) with WiFi and satellite TV on the flat screens in each room. In the loft common area, you’ll find a fridge and coffee pot.
When you arrive, a bison summer sausage and cheese snack plate awaits you in the loft's fridge, beckoning you to taste its deliciousness. Later, you can shop in our retail store for bison meat — grass-fed, no added hormones — plus bison leather goods and other products.
In the morning you will be awakened by the aroma of a hot ranch-style breakfast made with farm-fresh eggs and breakfast meat from the local butcher. We enjoy serving breakfast on the deck if the weather cooperates. Prefer to sleep in? You can choose the time you want breakfast to be served.
While lingering over that second or third cup of coffee, visit Krista’s on-site ladies apparel and jewelry shop, fittingly called Black Horn Boutique because bison have black horns. The shop features on-trend and attractively priced clothing (sizes Junior through Curvy), jewelry and purses.
Unique experiences at Pohl Bison B&B
Nature is in abundance at the ranch. A nature walk through our pastures comes with surprises. You may see our resident deer and her fawn or scare a rabbit out of its hiding place. You will come back from your walk rejuvenated and refreshed.
With its 591 acres along the banks of the winding Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant, Deerfield Nature Park offers another nature and wildlife area worth exploring.
With Clare as a gateway to Northern Michigan, you can take scenic drives not far from our ranch. To the south, the Chippewa River will tease you to come explore the season in a canoe or kayak. Mt. Pleasant has two canoe liveries.
Tee up and play a round at one of the area’s five top-rated golf courses. At Snow Snake Ski and Golf in Harrison, 22 miles north of Pohl Bison, you also can take a tree canopy tour on 10 zip lines, a 60- to 90-minute experience.
Are you into biking or hiking? In Clare, 12 miles north of Pohl Bison B&B, you can head east on the paved, flat Pere Marquette Rail Trail and go 30 miles to Midland. Or, go west 53 miles on the Pere Marquette State Trail to Baldwin. The portion of the latter trail between Clare and Reed City is asphalt; the rest crushed stone.
A cold brew is waiting for you at one of the craft beer establishments in the area.
Try the railroad-themed brews at Mountain Town Station, a restaurant and brewpub located inside a former railroad station in Mt. Pleasant. Next door to the brewpub, also in the station, try Camille’s Prime for fancier fare.
Six minutes away, The Summit Smokehouse and Tap Room is the newest restaurant venture by the owner of Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Another option for craft beer, cider and mead is Four Leaf Brewing in Clare, located in a century-old building, where they also do some small-batch winemaking. They serve salads, sandwiches and pizza.
Don’t miss the Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival held in June. The festival features beer and cider from up to 27 Michigan craft breweries.
The Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant offers top-rated entertainment all year long. Try your luck at the Blackjack table or just people watch, which can be an event in itself.
Nearby Central Michigan University adds a college-town vibe to the city. If you’re coming to the university for an event, why stay in cookie-cutter lodging when you can experience Pohl Bison B&B less than 10 miles north of campus?
For dinners out, both Mt. Pleasant and Clare offer a great variety of restaurants for you to choose from. Whatever you are hungry for, it’s probably available.
Our area offers some unexpected cultural experiences to explore.
Visit the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, located in Mt. Pleasant near Soaring Eagle Casino. Through permanent and changing exhibitions and events, you’ll learn about the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and other Great Lakes Anishinabek. The Ziibiwing Center gets a five-star rating in online reviews.
While in Mt. Pleasant, visit the Michigan Vietnam Memorial at Island Park. Or time your stay at Pohl Bison B&B to coincide with a performance at Central Michigan University Theatre.
The rural area surrounding Clare, whose downtown is nine miles from Pohl Bison B&B, is home to many Amish families and businesses. This is a great area to search for quilts and other handmade goods, including furniture. The Clare Area Chamber of Commerce publishes a map and a list of businesses and events.
A family down the road from Pohl Bison has a shop selling flowers, fudge and candles.
Beautiful fall color awaits you in the Central Michigan area. When driving in nearby Clare, you may find yourselves sharing the road with the horse-drawn buggies of our Amish neighbors. Ask the innkeepers to share their favorite two-lane drives, country stores, and farm stands.
Make Pohl Bison B&B your home away from home while you go tubing, skiing, or snowboarding at Snow Snake Ski and Golf in Harrison, 22 miles north of us. They’ll rent you any equipment you need.
We don’t consider Pohl Bison’s B&B guest rooms as child-friendly because of the balcony and the spiral wood staircase leading to the rooms. However…
…In season, we do offer a unique family-friendly option you won’t find at any other B&B:
- Some family members (adults) stay in the B&B
- Other family members (adults and children) stay in their campers or tents on our private 30 acres. Our amenities for camping include electric and water hookups, fire pit, and porta-john.
This hybrid getaway approach also works for friends getaways where some friends like to camp and some don’t.
A B&B breakfast for everyone in the party can be arranged. Discuss options and price with the innkeeper.