Michigan B&Bs Offer September “Specials” for Grown-Up Fun!

In the wise words of the innkeepers at Kalamazoo House, “Kids are back in school — it’s time for grownups to have fun.” How true. That’s why Kalamazoo House is joining more than a dozen other fine Michigan bed and breakfasts to offer special deals available this month only. Subscribers to Pure Michigan’s monthly e-blast read about them first but, hey, we’re not keeping them a secret.

End-of-summer specials can be found at bed and breakfasts in every region of Lower Michigan. Some offer discounts, others entice you with room upgrades or extras. Most require minimum stays. Several are Sunday-through-Thursday deals. Click the links, read the offers, and book your September escape now.

 How about a romantic wayside picnic? After your four-course breakfast at Teaspoon Bed and Breakfast, Mio, pick up a picnic basket filled with goodies and set out to explore nearby Amish country or to canoe a stretch of the AuSable River. At Willow Pond, a country B&B overlooking a pond near Fenwick in Southwest Michigan, you’re also in Amish country. The innkeepers pack a picnic basket that includes bottled fruits of the vine, a cheese selection from Farm Country Cheese House, homemade French bread and more.

 Is a restaurant meal more your style? Book a three-night weekday stay at Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast, South Haven, and get $25 toward lunch at your choice of three local eateries. Or, on the Lake Huron shore, book one of only three available two-night stays at Adventure Inn Bed and Breakfast, and get $50 toward dinner at one of two water-view restaurants in nearby Port Huron.

What else is cooking? Ask Chef LaPerriere when you and your girlfriends schedule a hands-on culinary weekend at Sherwood Forest B&B, Douglas. How about getting out on the water? Choose a three-night stay at House on the Hill Bed & Breakfast, Charlevoix, and get two boarding passes for a Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix cruise aboard the Keweenaw Star. Get a two-hour motor yacht cruise for up to six persons on equally lovely White Lake when you book a September stay at White Swan Inn, Whitehall.

 How about some sightseeing in one of the most happening and walkable downtowns in Michigan? Book three nights in any fireplace room at Kalamazoo House and get free admissions to three major attractions plus valuable coupons.

How about a good old-fashioned discount? At Serendipity Bed and Breakfast & Suites, Saugatuck, save 10 percent on a two-night stay. At either Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn, Allegan, near Saugatuck, or State Street Inn, Harbor Beach, get a third weeknight free when you stay two. At Dewey Lake Manor B&B, enjoy a pedal boat or canoe, perhaps a bonfire while savoring your discount of half off the second of a two-night midweek stay.

So, what about some grownup fun without leaving the bed and breakfast? At Historic Webster House, Bay City, you can get a night’s free use of the inn’s deluxe spa room (jacuzzi, sauna, rain shower) when you book a two-night, Sunday-through-Thursday stay. Or rekindle romance when you book a one-, two- or three-night stay at award-winning Prairieside Suites, Grandville, a Grand Rapids suburb. Deals vary; up to $125 off.

Each of these unique Michigan bed and breakfast inns offering grown-up escapes this September are members of the Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association. To join and to retain membership status, each must pass inspections by trained professionals who review each inn for well over 100 standards of quality and safety. A great getaway is virtually guaranteed when you rest your head in a Lake to Lake member’s bed.