Don’t wait until it’s too late and there’s nothing available. NOW is the time to make lodging reservations for South Haven’s National Blueberry Festival, August 9 – 12. A leading “blueberry capital of the world,” its celebration of the region’s famous fruit crop draws visitors from everywhere who fancy the sweet-tart, antioxidant-rich blueberry. South Haven is known for its exquisite bed and breakfasts, nestled in vineyards and woodlands and fronting the Lake Michigan beach. If you stay at one of these welcoming inns, you’re practically guaranteed a breakfast focused on plump, fresh-picked blueberries — muffins or pancakes, in cobbler or smothered in yogurt topped with crunchy home-made granola. Nobody does a blueberry breakfast like a Michigan B&B!
Cant wait a whole month for blueberries? July is National Ice Cream Month, magically coinciding with blueberry season. Why not sample some of these culinary delights — just a few of many that populate the state — all of them close by a Michigan bed and breakfast inn or two.
Hudsonville Ice Cream is headquartered in nearby Holland, but you can sample its “Michigan Blueberry Fields” at hundreds of outlets. The flavor was created and named in honor of the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, during his tour last year of the Holland plant. A self proclaimed fan of all things Michigan, blueberries are the governor’s favorite fruit. The flavor features a French vanilla base from Jogue Flavors in Northville. It’s loaded with fresh milk and cream from cows in Zeeland and Holland. It’s what we call “Pure Michigan.” When you visit Holland, be sure to stop for Hudsonville Ice Cream — and plan to rest your head in a bed at one of these delightful B&Bs.
Blueberries are not all big festivals and giant dairies. Sample a fresh blueberry cobbler with blueberry ice cream locally made by Sherman’s and dished up at Earl’s U-Pick Farm Market, Bakery and Ice Cream Shoppe. Not surprisingly, it’s located in the heart of West Michigan’s blueberry region, smack dab between South Haven and Holland on the Blue Star Highway near Glenn. Check out these fine B&Bs in neighboring Fennville.
Of course, blueberries are cultivated all across Michigan. Moomers, in the heart of Traverse City, is known far and wide for its rich, hand-crafted ice creams, including fresh Blueberry Cheesecake. This taste-tempting treat features fresh blueberry pieces and swirls and chunks of real cheesecake with graham cracker crust. Don’t miss Moomers when you’re in the Grand Traverse area. And be sure to enjoy one of its many fine B&B’s.
These are just the tiniest tastes of Michigan blueberries. Our next blog will feature everything from recipes to U-Pick farms and markets, bakeries and ice cream shops recommended by bed and breakfast innkeepers across the state. All the bed and breakfast inns featured in this blog are quality-inspected members of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. We guarantee you can “rest assured.”