12 Michigan B&Bs you need to try

Why single out these 12 particular Michigan B&Bs you need to try? After all, the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association has 80 member inns across Michigan, each of them periodically inspected and quality-assured. Answer: We’re featuring these 12 as Michigan B&Bs you need to try because all of them became members in the last year-and-a-half.

This seemed worth celebrating, so here we go, in alphabetical order, starting with Goldberry Woods B&B. Don’t you love their photo (top) of a kayaker on their property?

Click the links for more info about these outstanding Michigan B&Bs you need to try. Soon.

And please notice how different they all are. That’s part of the fun of choosing B&Bs over cookie-cutter lodging.

Tree branches form the headboard of a bed at Goldberry Woods, high on our list of Michigan B&Bs you need to try..
Tree branches form the headboard and canopy of a bed at Goldberry Woods B&B.

Goldberry Woods Bed and Breakfast, Union Pier

Staying at Goldberry Woods B&B will be a multi-sensory experience at any time of year. Depending on the season of your visit, you’ll hear birds chirping, leaves crunching under your feet, or experience the near-absence of sound after a new-fallen snow. The bed in your sunlit room might have a canopy made of branches by an acclaimed Michigan artisan. Your breakfast is sure to include the tastes of foods grown or produced right there on Goldberry’s micro-farm. They even have their own apiary. This 30-acre property features tall trees and a river you can paddle to Lake Michigan, only a mile away. Owner-innkeepers Julie and Eric Haberichter and their three daughters, who first came here on vacation in 2012 and never left, practice sustainable living to the extent possible. As a visitor, you’ll always discover ways in which Mother Nature is unfolding her next chapter.

Myer-Rosa Suite at Himelhoch B&B in Caro has a bathroom with a large heated-tile shower, double sinks and a chandelier. Located in the Thumb it’s among Michigan inns you need to try.
Myer-Rosa Suite at Himelhoch B&B in Caro features an impressive bathroom: heated-tile shower with four shower heads, double sinks and (unseen) a clawfoot tub for soaking.

Himelhoch Bed and Breakfast, Caro

One secret to a happy relationship: Take turns surprising each other with romantic getaways. A stay in the spacious Myer-Rosa Suite at Himelhoch B&B will be a wow and a revelation. Less than two hours by car from Detroit or Lansing, Caro is a great location for exploring  Frankenmuth, Bay City, Saginaw, Birch Run, and Midland.

Owners Don and Melissa Hall take meticulous care of this Victorian gem and will tell you of its connection to a prominent family in Detroit’s retailing history. A recent review by Barbara J says, “Our visit was perfect from the moment we arrived. We rang the doorbell once and immediately we were greeted by the innkeeper, Don Hall. He graciously gave us a tour of the home and then helped us by carrying our luggage up to our room.” She said she also appreciated being able to choose next morning’s breakfast from a menu.

A breakfast at Judson Heath Colonial Inn.
A breakfast entree at Judson Heath Colonial Inn. They call it Galette Complete a la Jenn, featuring dill havarti and Black Forest ham topped by a farm-fresh egg and served with roasted potatoes and fruit.

Judson Heath Colonial Inn, Saugatuck

People in Saugatuck marvel at the massive restoration that led to the creation of Judson Heath Colonial Inn out of a dilapidated structure that started its life 50 miles away, in 1837, as a stagecoach stop. But Jenn Davenport and Steven Boyd, a builder, saw its potential and proved equal to the task. Now they welcome guests to their eight guest rooms and prepare au courant breakfasts on a 1920s stove that chefs envy. A recent guest wrote: “Probably the best bed and breakfast food I have ever had. Freshly smoked meat and fish integrated into the breakfast fare.”

Park your car and walk to Saugatuck shops and your choice of 17 eateries. Enjoy your favorite beverage on the porch. Or ask Jenn and Steve to direct you to their favorite dunes trail, which offers outstanding Lake Michigan vistas.

View of lighthouses in Grand Haven from the patio of Looking Glass B&B.
Take your coffee out to the patio of Looking Glass B&B and watch the morning sun light up the Grand Haven pier.

Looking Glass Bed and Breakfast, Grand Haven

Our state’s dozens of lighthouses bring many travelers to Michigan. So do Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches and charming beach towns. An experience combining all three interests can be found during a stay at Looking Glass B&B in Grand Haven. Add the fact that shops and eateries are within walking distance and it’s clear why Looking Glass is among Michigan B&Bs you need to try.

Owners Brian and Sarah King understand the needs of families on vacation because they have a young family themselves. A reviewer from Farmington MI described the B&B as “very homey and inviting” and said her family of four “really appreciated the extra amenities that were available,” such as beach chairs, beach towels and a selection of DVDs and family games. “Meals were delicious and there were always snacks and beverages available for us.”

Pineapple upside-down pancakes served at Nordic Pineapple B&B, one of 12 Michigan B&Bs you need to try.
Pineapple upside-down pancakes as served at Nordic Pineapple B&B. In addition to being tasty, pineapples symbolize hospitality.

Nordic Pineapple Bed and Breakfast, St. Johns

Some St. Johns residents still talk about the devastating 1992 fire that almost destroyed the huge Civil War-era mansion that became Nordic Pineapple Bed and Breakfast in 2018. But innkeepers Kjersten and Greg Offenbecker are replacing that memory with more pleasant ones. The couple donned their Nordic best to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. They welcome prom kids to take photos with the house as a backdrop. And they make the inn’s large public spaces available for events.

Many guests who stay in the one of the inn’s five rooms express a sentiment similar to Teresa D, who wrote this in a review: “So this is the kind of place where you’re driving through a cute neighborhood, trying to find your B&B, and you see this beautiful mansion, and you say, ‘Oh my goodness, could this be where I’m staying tonight?!’” Yes, it is.

Open-air wedding chapel at Oak Creek Lodge, one of 12 Michigan B&Bs you need to try.
In season, you can hold your wedding in this open-air chapel at Oak Creek Lodge. Photo: Be Noble Photography

Oak Creek Lodge, Bannister

This lodge-style home on 10 acres in rural southern Saginaw County has six rooms, but some of them can sleep additional guests, creating a family-friendly venue for reunions, weddings and other gatherings. On the other hand, if your “group” consists of just two people seeking a romantic mid-Michigan getaway, the Honeymoon Suite at Oak Creek Lodge is ideal. The suite features a private entrance, living room, and a two-person jetted tub.

Owners Tracie and Jeff Hymer designed a unique outdoor space for weddings and vows renewals that they call the Open Aire Chapel. It is proving very popular. Their five-star reviews also mention the game room, the pool, the serenity of the property, and the “absolutely fantastic” homemade breakfasts.

Ballroom at Saravilla set for a party.
Saravilla’s new owners love to host events in the inn’s spacious common areas as well as to provide an atmosphere of warm hospitality for their B&B guests.

Saravilla Bed and Breakfast, Alma

Rochelle O’Shay fell in love with Saravilla when she was only 16. She and some friends had gone to a movie in Alma and afterward walked up State Street and there, dominating all the other stately houses, was Saravilla. “It was huge and gorgeous, and I stood on the sidewalk in awe,” she said.

Cut to last June when she and her husband Kelly learned that the venerable B&B was for sale, following the death of one of its owners. Sixty days later, they were the new owners. Two months later — after the couple’s endless days of cleaning, landscaping, and updating of linens and bedding — all the while serving guests, Saravilla once again became a quality-assured member of the Michigan B&B Association.

Shining Light Inn B&B innkeepers Carin and Luke Orth with Miz Beazley. their non-shedding Goldendoodle.
Shining Light Inn B&B innkeepers Carin and Luke Orth with Miz Beazley. their non-shedding Goldendoodle.

Shining Light Inn Bed and Breakfast, Ludington

The light at Shining Light Inn B&B starts with the warm smiles of your hosts, Carin and Luke Orth. “We want you to feel like old friends or part of the family,” they tell people. Reviews of the B&B suggest they achieve that goal. “We have seldom stayed at a B&B that was so guest-centered and caring,” one review wrote, citing the special bread Carin made so the couple could have Eggs Benedict on their keto diet.

Enjoy the best of town and country when you stay at Shining Light Inn B&B, located on 10 wooded acres only four miles from downtown Ludington and a bit more than two miles from popular Ludington State Park. Guests love the spacious lower-level common area, the fireplace, the outdoor seating area with its fire table, the treats left in their room, and the inn’s innovative candy and chocolate buffet.

Covered bridge and pond at The Morris Estate with leaves in autumn colors
Guests who stay in The River House on The Morris Estate have 500 acres to explore.

The Morris Estate, Niles

With a chapel and other event spaces on its 500 acres in Southwest Michigan, The Morris Estate has a well-deserved reputation as a first-class wedding and event venue. But let’s say it’s just the two of you or a group of friends and you just want first-class bed and breakfast accommodations. You’ll find that in the estate’s River House — six deluxe rooms with spa-worthy bathrooms and spacious, beautifully decorated common areas. Your hosts are Amber and Braden Janowski.

Accelerate your journey to a state of relaxation by scheduling an onsite individual or couples massage and/or a facial. In the morning, after your artfully served full breakfast, venture out on the estate’s paths along the St. Joseph River and take selfies at the covered bridge. For a nearby road trip, explore South Bend, IN, or the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.

Exterior of The Parsonage Inn
A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house that you can tour is right across the street from The Parsonage Inn.

The Parsonage Inn, Grand Rapids

If it’s called The Parsonage Inn, there must be parsons, right? Two of ‘em. Deb and Steven Koster opened their bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids’ historic Heritage Hill neighborhood in 2017. Stroll to Wealthy Streets shops and restaurants — upscale pub food, Mexican, Eastern European meets Mediterranean… so many good choices. Avoid downtown Grand Rapids parking hassles by walking the mile or so to cultural and other attractions.

Like most B&B innkeepers, the Kosters continuously improve their hospitality and home, such as sidewalk and patio pavers in 2019 and the addition of two more guest bathrooms in early 2020.

Steven is an experienced genealogist, so if you’re stuck in tracing your family’s history, stay at The Parsonage Inn, and ask Steven your questions.

A bride stands in the shade of a building o the property of Villa on Verona while the foreground is filled with th bright blue of the swimming pool.
Yes, you can host a small wedding or another event at Villa on Verona. And yes, in season, you can enjoy the swimming pool.

Villa on Verona, Marshall

After more than two decades in marketing at Kellogg, Katy Banfield was ready to try something different. The moment she stepped through the front door, she knew she was meant to share this 1860 Italianate-style mansion with the community and with B&B guests. Villa on Verona is  located on eight acres in a quiet neighborhood less than a mile from downtown Marshall. If you drool over old-house modern do-ups on Houzz.com, put Villa on Verona high on the list of Michigan B&Bs you need to try.

In season, guests might be sitting around the pool or swimming in it, playing croquet, tennis, pickleball or lawn bowling, proposing to their beloved or writing poetry in the gazebo, or joining in a yoga session on the lawn. Places to hang out in the house include a screened-in porch, the parlor with its grand piano, or at the cozy and club-like lower level.

Bettina’s Room at Washington Street Inn has a craftsman-style queen bed.
Bettina’s Room at Washington Street Inn works well as a two-room family suite when combined with Sophia’s room but may be booked separately.

Washington Street Inn, Grand Haven

You don’t remain successful in the bed and breakfast business for 32 years, as Tony and Michelle Ciccantelli have, without knowing how to treat your guests well. Grand Haven’s Washington Street Inn, which operates seasonally, has many repeat guests.

A Brooklyn, NY, couple stayed there four years ago and then again for five nights this past July. In a review, Marie N. wrote: “We were visiting our son and wanted to stay in Grand Haven to enjoy the beach and downtown. Tony welcomed us and recalled the stories of our last visit. He is a perfect host, friendly, helpful and accommodating. The room and bath were clean and comfortable. Breakfast was served with a smile and was delicious. Common areas were also comfortable and welcoming.”

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Can you see why all of these inns more than qualify as Michigan B&Bs you need to try?

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