It’s said you can’t please all the people all the time. But you’re sure to discover, among the 100 Michigan bed and breakfasts featured in this series, inns that tickle your fancy, pique your wanderlust or satisfy your need to be fully and completely pampered. Welcome to Chelsea House Victorian Inn B&B in Chelsea, Arcadia House B&B in Arcadia, and The Seymour House B&B in South Haven. One of them is sure to be just your style.
Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea (Southeast)
Meet Miss Millie. You see her, don’t you, peeking through the passion flowers? She is one half of a resident pair of well-mannered cats who share the Chelsea House Victorian Inn with Innkeepers Jim and Kim Myles. You’ll probably never see them when you stay in this Chelsea B&B, just a few miles east of Ann Arbor and walkable to Jeff Daniel’s Purple Rose Theater, the acclaimed Common Grill restaurant and downtown Chelsea shops and galleries. They stay in the innkeepers’ quarters and in the yard and aren’t allowed in the common areas of the home or in any of the six luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath. But like every member of Lake to Lake that has a pet, they fully disclose their presence before you even make your reservation. Some people have allergies if they touch an animal; a very few can’t breathe if the animal even shares the same air. That’s why innkeepers like the Myles make it a point to be transparent when it comes to Miss Millie. That’s why B&B’s like the Chelsea House are lodgings you can trust.
Arcadia House B&B, Arcadia (Northwest)
For an ultimate Pure Michigan experience, make “getting there” part of it. Headed north? Coming south? Get off the interstate and drive M-22, a state-designated Scenic Heritage Route, named “Michigan’s Most Scenic Drive” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. It winds, rises and falls for 116 miles along the Lake Michigan shoreline through Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Arcadia House B&B, located midway in the friendly village of Arcadia, is for many the perfect mid-point destination to stop and smell the fresh-water waves rolling against the miles of sugar sand that stretch inland to dunes that culminate, farther north, at the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A turn-of-the-century Edwardian-style home, Arcadia House offers four luxurious guest rooms with private baths, an on-site mini spa for massage, pedicure and manicures and an outdoor garden hot tub. Every morning starts with a sumptuous breakfast featuring local foods in season
Seymour House B&B, South Haven (Southwest)
If you’re looking to get away to peace and quiet but want great shopping and dining on tap, you’ll find it at Seymour House B&B. This 1862 Italianate-style brick mansion is an unspoiled retreat from the distractions of daily life. Located on 11 acres, its grounds feature a one-acre pond with its own beach and walking trails throughout the woods. Halfway between the popular beach towns of Saugatuck and South Haven, you can totally relax in one of the five guestrooms with private baths, two-person whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces and all the modern electronic amenities. When you feel like greeting the world, you can choose from nearby Lake Michigan beaches, golfing, antiquing, wineries, horseback riding, art galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for just the right B&B to make your vacation or weekend getaway perfect, click to the Lake to Lake website. Every inn listed is pre-vetted for membership, then regularly inspected thereafter to ensure your safety and comfort. You can count on a Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association member for quality, professionalism, cleanliness and hospitality.