Michigan Food and Michigan B&Bs: A Combo for All Seasons

There are a lot of pleasures we can’t enjoy in this “between seasons” time of year. But the one pleasure we can enjoy any time of year is food. Enjoy world-class culinary experiences all across Michigan, regardless of the weather. Transform an afternoon or evening of “foodie” delight into to a one-tank-of-gas mini vacation by staying overnight in another of Michigan’s culinary staples: a quality-assured, professionally-inspected Lake-to-Lake-member bed and breakfast inn.

Photos Courtesy Ken Fedraw, Grand Victorian Inn, Bellaire.

During any season in Saugatuck, you can schedule a “Culinary Walk” to discover the tasty secrets behind the Saugatuck and Douglas retail facades — or a “Delicious Drive” to a variety of farm-to-table venues with Hungry Village Tours. This is the premier way to experience the “fresh and local,” “food to fork” movement of area farms and creative artisan producers. Earlier this year, we told you about “Salt of the Earth,” a culinary destination in itself, located close to Saugatuck in downtown Fennville. SotE is just one of many flavorful stops on a “Delicious Drive” tour.

Then enjoy a great night’s rest at any of dozens of B&B’s near and along the Lake Michigan coast — here, and here, and here. Awaken to a home-cooked breakfast, from bountiful and farm fresh to elegant and gourmet. The choices are endless and provide the perfect flourish to a getaway of culinary delights.

Head north to the Old Mission Peninsula’s award-winning Chateau Chantal, near Traverse City. Park your car and enter a sprawling, elegant chateau that might be set in the heart of French wine country — except for the sparkling panoramas of the  west and east arms of Grand Traverse Bay that surround it. A winery, a vineyard and a B&B, Chateau Chantal specializes in cooking classes including Wine Immersion on March 31 and instruction on creating home-made Italian pastas and sauces on April 21. If the Chateau’s B&B is full up, choose from among these clean, comfortable, safe and completely unique area inns.

Whatever part of Michigan you choose to visit, you’ll find wineries. And where there are wineries, there’s food and B&Bs. Select a promising wine district here. Then select your bed and breakfast lodging here.

Zingerman’s Deli and Bakehouse in Ann Arbor is a tourist attraction in its own right, offering “Bake!” and “Bake-cations” weekend and week-long cooking classes.  Learn to bake  “Cin-ful Cinnamon Rolls” on March 24. Make tasting Ann Arbor’s culinary delights a day-long trip. Then enjoy a European-style breakfast after a luxurious night’s sleep at Vitosha Guest Haus. If Vitosha is full, nearby Chelsea is home to The Chelsea House Victorian Inn and Waterloo Gardens B&B. Chelsea is also home to the renowned four-star “Common Grill” downtown — a culinary destination and delight all on its own.

Keep a “weather eye” on upcoming blogs for other foodie fun that doesn’t care whether it’s raining or snowing.  Scroll to the very bottom of this page and tell us your favorite Michigan culinary destination.