Sixteen members of Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association are among 20 Michigan inns committed to providing free lodging and breakfast to current and former military personnel on the eve of Veterans Day, November 10. It’s all part of a continent-wide movement that has more than 275 inns in 40 states and Canada offering free rooms to veterans and active service personnel as a Veterans Day observance. The numbers are expected to swell by November 10.
Lake to Lake-member “Thank You Veterans” participants to date are:
Adventure Inn, North Lakeport
Castle in the Country, Allegan
Dewey Lake Manor, Brooklyn
The Gables B&B, Cheboygan
Garden Grove B&B, Union Pier
Hall Creek B&B, Interlochen
Inn at the Park, South Haven
Kalamazoo House, Kalamazoo
Martha’s Vineyard, South Haven
Munro House, Jonesville
Parish House Inn, Ypsilanti
Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B, Grandville
The SheridanHouse, Fremont
The State Street Inn, Harbor Beach
Terrace Inn, Petoskey
White Swan Inn, Whitehall
The “Thank You Veterans Project” was started in 2009 by the West Virginia B&B Association. Originator Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House B&B in Shinnston, decided to take the project national after it met with overwhelming successs in her home state.
Interested military personnel, past and present, can discover which inns are participating and where they are located in the U.S. and Canado by logging into http://www.bnbsforvets.org/participants.html. Reservations must be made directly with the participating inns. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID is required for each reservation. Each participating inn is making at least one room available on November 10, and availability is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. It would be wise to make your reservations today!
Bed and Breakfast inns that want to offer rooms are directed to www.bnbsforvets.org for complete sign-up instructions.
A proud “hat’s off” to the willing members of this association for their generosity and patriotism. We expect to see the member participation increase significantly over the next two months. That’s just how innkeepers are.