Last week, the Lake to Lake blog observed that bed and breakfast guests tend to wax poetic about their stays in ways no one would describe a chain lodging experience. Delving into the association’s alphabetical guest survey files, we selected random comments from inns starting with the letter “A” and ending with “G.”
Which starts us out this week with Hotel Montcalm B&B, a delightfully-renovated inn in downtown Stanton. Yvonne, an attorney on court business all the way from Texas, called it “wonderful” and took the time to write a few words.
She praised its “comfortable beds, nice warm comforters and charming ambience.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better accommodation. Everything was clean, charming and personal (Yvonne’s underline).”
Proving how unique each B&B is from all the others, Jerusha from Barryton loved that the Hotel Montcalm houses not only an inn, but an antique store, a book store and a restaurant all in one building.
“I loved its antique feel and decor,” she said.
Inn the Garden B&B
Moving to the “I’s,” Inn the Garden B&B is in Lexington, along the Lake Huron shore north of Port Huron. Mark and his family, visiting from Madison, Wisconsin, said they discovered that conventional chain lodgings are few and far between in Michigan’s Thumb region.
“B&B’s are the most appealing alternative for my family,” Mark explained. “We really enjoy the B&B experience.”
Mark related how Inn the Garden innkeepers met the family in the parking area with umbrellas when they returned to the inn one evening during a downpour. He said the family stayed in the Huron Room at the recommendation of the innkeeper because it has an alcove with a twin bed for his 10-year-old daughter, who “loved it!” It’s that sort of attention to guests and their unique needs that makes a B&B stay so personal and comforting.
Milford Gueshouse and McLeod House B&Bs Milford Guesthouse and MacLeod House B&B are a world apart. One is located in Milford, a suburb of Detroit in downstate Michigan. The other is in Newberry in the Upper Penninsula. Despite their uniquely-different styles and settings, Chris and Allen from St. Louis, Missouri, who stayed at MacLeod House; and Margaret from Saratoga Springs, New York, who stayed in Milford, used exactly the same adjectives to describe their experiences: “Wonderfully comfortable.” “Very clean.” Spotless.” Cozy. “Inviting.”
And about the breakfasts: “Superbly tasty.” “Delicious.” “Flavorful and plentiful.”
Pinewood Lodge B&B
Pinewood Lodge is another Upper Peninsula B&B, located right on Lake Superior. It hosted Bonnie and her mom, who has trouble getting around. After traveling all the way from Troy, Missouri, Bonnie couldn’t get over how the innkeepers bent over backward to help her mother be comfortable. She said she chose a B&B over other lodging alternatives because “B&Bs are cleaner with great breakfasts. Innkeepers give you good information on what to do in the area.”
“These innkeepers were wonderful,” she said. “They make you want to stay at a B&B. They made us feel right at home.”
Rose Trellis B&B
Rose Trellis B&B is within walking distance of downtown Jackson in southern Lower Michigan. What Nanette of Manchester liked most was “the ambiance and graciousness of the hosts.
“I loved the feeling that I stepped “back in time” to a more leisurely pace. Then, there were the breakfasts. They were fantastic and included the best omelette I’ve ever had. The home-make strawberry jam was divine.”
James and Kimberly of Mt. Gilead, Ohio chose Rose Trellis because “we always opt for a B&B first.” But Bonnie from Grayling chose it because it was the only room left in town. “Did we get lucky,” she exclaimed!
Sonia, who visited Alma from Sylmar, California, said she stayed at the Saravilla B&B because her friend chose to put her there.
“I am so glad she did. I will come again. It was beautiful and clean and my room was almost as incredible as the hosts.”
Sandpiper Inn B&B
Then there’s Linda of Hobart, Indiana, who wrote a soliloquy to the Sandpiper Inn B&B in Union Pier. She says she loves it because it doesn’t have the bustle of a hotel, and she and her husband are”not anonymous.”
“The hosts remember who you are. They note who has special dietary needs so that, trip after trip, acommodations are made unobtrusively and meticulously. Someone carries over an ottoman for us from the host’s house because they have noted we “need” an ottoman. It just appears there every time we visit.
“The publc areas are set up so that guests can socialize by one of the fireplaces, chatting with other guests over the nightly cookies or hors d’oeuvres. If in a more solitary mood, a guest can quietly watch the sun set over Lake Michigan or simply sink into one of the capacious library club chairs.
“We really feel this is “our” inn. Strangely enough, our friends say (erroneously, of course), the inn is “their” place. We have never found a better place to relieve daily pressures.”
Share your experience staying at a Lake to Lake-member B&B by completing the online comment card, located under “Guests Services,” here. And tune in to next week’s blog, when we finish out the alphabet through Waterloo Gardens and Waverland Beach B&B.