Fine B&Bs span the entire state of Michigan, from lake to lake. The three inns featured here extend from the tip of the Upper Peninsula down through the center of the Lower Peninsula all the way to southern Lake Michigan. B&Bs are a better way to stay – and Michigan boasts some of the finest. Meet Kingsley House B&B, Inn at the Rustic Gate B&B and Dapple-Gray B&B.
Kingsley House B&B, Fennville (Southwest)
Can you imagine a better place to be than on the spacious wrap-around veranda at Kingsley House B&B on a warm summer day? Located in Fennville, it’s in the heart of fruit and wine country and just five minutes from the popular Lake Michigan beach town of Saugatuck. It’s a short walk to Salt of the Earth, a fine artisan restaurant that’s a favorite stop on Hungry Village Tours. Fenn Valley Winery and the acclaimed Crane’s Orchard, featuring fresh fruit pies, are just up the road. Kingsley House is equidistant between the harbor communities of Holland and South Haven, where the owner, Dave Drees, also runs a culinary specialty shop, The Olive Cart. Voted by guests as one of the “Top 12 B&Bs” worldwide, this prestigious lodging features luxury Jacuzzi and fireplace suites, gracious hospitality, a peaceful country setting and friendly ambiance.
Inn at the Rustic Gate B&B, Big Rapids (Northwest)
While any B&B can display a photo of a luxurious bed or a plated breakfast, few can offer a bobcat in a nearby tree. A gem waiting to be discovered by those seeking a tranquil getaway, The Inn at the Rustic Gate invites guests to take a step back from their everyday lives — and a step toward what feeds their souls. The inn is just seven miles from Big Rapids, easily accessible from U.S. 131. But it may as well be a million miles away. It offers 8 lovely guest rooms with private baths, a conference center, a dining room that seats up to 30 and a meditation loft with yoga resources and expansive views of its surroundings among 150 acres of woodlands in the Manistee National Forest. Its acreage includes wetlands, rolling meadows, a small private lake and a pond. It’s an ideal birding site and offers outdoor recreation year around.
Dapple-Gray B&B, Eagle Harbor (Upper Peninsula)
This is the the inn that took antiques to the extreme – to the extreme end of world, that is. Dapple-Gray B&B overlooks Lake Superior in Eagle Harbor near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s U.P. If Michigan itself is the state no one passes through by accident, the Keweenaw is an even more on-purpose journey. But as you can see by this view from the inn’s front porch, even in winter it’s an adventure well worth the effort. Summer is spectacular. A new log-cabin construction, the spacious four-guestroom inn with the traditional “Yooper’s” sauna is a literal treasure trove of Victorian antiques – and the backdrop for seminars by Innkeeper Ruth VanGoor who gave the same antique seminars at St. Louis Community College for 15 years. Breathtakingly unique, Ruth and her husband, Ole, invite you to come visit, savor the views, browse their adjoining antique shop and enjoy life ‘at the end of the world.’