Take a breath, take a holiday B&B break

Do you fall into one of these categories of people who could use a holiday B&B break?

  • You work really really hard and need quiet time with no to-do list.
  • Life took a turn, and until you figure out some new traditions, doing something different feels right.
  • You’re the parents of young children and will be visiting your folks or the in-laws, and the two of you haven’t had a couple nights away since your kindergartener was nursing. (Please, somebody, get these two a room.)
  • Your family situation is, well, complicated.
  • You’re a K-through-12 educator in search of a place that is both beautiful and kid-free, as many B&Bs are.
  • After weeks of holiday hoopla, a getaway with someone you love will allow you to focus on the reason for the season.

Every reason for a holiday B&B getaway is matched by an abundance of quality-assured #MichBnB inns to choose from.

They’ve decked the halls with deals, too

Maple Cove B&B dining table decorated for holidays
Pinterest-worthy Maple Cove B&B dining table.

These offers are applicable to the last weeks of 2018, but look for others here.

In the Grand Rapids suburb of Grandville, the innkeepers of Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B put up Christmas decorations on the Monday before Thanksgiving so their Black Friday shopping guests can get into a festive mood. Prairieside is minutes away from Rivertown Crossings, one of Michigan’s largest malls. During the holidays, Prairieside Suites’ normal rates of $239 to $279 are lowered to $169-$239.

In the Metro Detroit suburb of Leonard, Maple Cove B&B has an exceptional holiday offer: Book and stay two consecutive December nights (Thursday-Friday or Friday-Saturday), and get an additional two-night getaway in January, March or April. See details. You can even make a gift to someone else of the second two nights, but you won’t want to when you experience one of this B&B’s deluxe king suites. Leonard is close to Rochester, Oxford and other North Oakland County towns.

Living room at Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids.
Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids.

Would soaking in a hot tub under the stars relax you? Stay two weekend nights before Christmas at Arcadia House B&B in Arcadia, and you’ll also get to pick out a Christmas tree to take home at Frankfort Tree Farm, either a Fraser or Douglas fir. See offer details.

The elegant Leonard at Logan House, Grand Rapids is open for holiday B&B getaways during December, except for Dec. 22-25, and also offers some deals: $200 for two weekday nights, or $250 for one weekday and one weekend night, or $300 for a Friday through Sunday stay.

Winter rates also are in place at The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, close to Charlevoix. Hit the trails on their 53 private wooded acres.

Two ways to take a holiday B&B tour

Sugar cookies made for the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour by Hexagon House, Pentwater.
Sugar cookies made for the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour by Hexagon House, Pentwater.

On Dec. 8 and 9, innkeepers Diana and Allan of Knob Hill B&B in Flint will open their former automotive-mogul mansion for their 5th Annual Holiday Art Fair and Open House. Drop by for a tour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on that Saturday and Sunday. The work of seven artists will be featured, including lampwork beads, pottery, blown glass, handmade dolls, ornaments, holiday cards, wind chimes, paintings and more. Make plans to stay at this outstanding six-room B&B soon. If you’re traveling between Ontario and Indiana or points west, it’s pretty close to I-69.

And then there’s the inaugural West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16. Read about it here. Booking a stay at one of the nine inns located in five towns will position you to collect up to three-dozen scratch-made cookies from the inns. And much more for your $25 ticket. Read the story. The MBBA member inns participating are: Cocoa Cottage B&B and White Swan Inn, Whitehall; Hart House B&B, Hart; Hexagon House, Pentwater; in Ludington, Candlelite Inn B&B, Lamplighter Inn, and Ludington House B&B; and Bear Lake B&B, Bear Lake.

Toast holidays with tea, craft beer or cocoa

From Tea with Mrs. Claus to the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” to something called Kalamadoodle at Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo’s event calendar is packed with entertaining holiday options. Of course, you’ll stay downtown at Kalamazoo House B&B, from which you can walk to many attractions. New Year’s Fest, a downtown performing arts festival caps the holiday activities.

Sherwood Forest B&B dining room in holiday colors.
Sherwood Forest B&B dining room in holiday colors.

Michigan craft beer lovers, if your compass points north, head for Bellaire, home of Short’s Brewing Company, the best place to sample its December releases. Choose from two excellent B&Bs in this NW Michigan town: Grand Victorian B&B Inn or Bellaire B&B, whose photo tops this page.

An in-room therapeutic massage — would that help put some distance between you and the crescendo of Christmas commercialization? If so, consider Sherwood Forest B&B in Douglas. The innkeepers are known for their tasteful, on-trend decorating for all the major holidays.

While staying at the Inn at Paw Paw, located near I-94 west of Kalamazoo, don’t miss the innkeepers’ evening treat: hot cocoa and cookies in front of the fireplace.

Go where they might have snow

Near Traverse City, innkeepers Dietmar and Marion at Wind in the Pines B&B are hoping for a little snow — “but not too much” — perhaps because it makes their log home and its backdrop of pine trees look even more inviting. Their peaceful location is outside of town but close enough to access restaurants and shopping.

Across the state, LogHaven B&B offers another peaceful retreat and welcoming hearth adjacent to the vast beauty of the Huron National Forest. Explore the trails. Bring your kayaks for a winter trip down the Au Sauble River. Shopping? The outlet mall in nearby West Branch is close, but innkeeper Gail can direct you some locally owned shops, too. LogHaven B&B has no availability Dec. 24 and 25, but other dates have openings.

The Wellington Inn (Antiquities’ Wellington) in Traverse City still has a few openings for New Year’s Eve. You’ll stay within walking distance of downtown TC’s festive street party and the annual CherryT ball drop signaling the start of the new year.

Whatever reason you find or manufacture, taking a holiday B&B break might be one of the smartest things you do for yourself this year.


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