We received so much bicycling information from our member bed and breakfast inns throughout Michigan, we had to create this second blog post to continue the first. It’s obvious Bed & Breakfasts and bicycle trails go hand in hand.
Take Grey Hare Inn on Old Mission Peninsula, the scenic strip of land that divides the east and west arms of Grand Traverse Bay into its own world of spectacular views, cherry orchards, vineyards, wineries, bed and breakfast inns, one-of-a-kind shops and taste-tempting eateries. Innkeeper Cindy Ruzak invites her guests to bike some 20 miles of intermediate hills that offer breathtaking views along an informal road-based trail. Or shorten the route and keep to the waterfront by parking and riding from the township park near the peninsula’s tip. Cindy says one of her favorite rides is the Leelanau Trail. It runs 14 miles along the bay from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. You and your bike can take the BAYA bus from the city to Suttons Bay for just $3, then ride back to your car one way. Two bike rental companies are within 10 minutes of the inn.
A bit north but still in the Grand Traverse area, Innkeepers Marci and Phillip Palajac at The House on the Hill in Ellsworth send their bicycling guests out to ride the 26-mile Little Traverse Wheelway from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix fortified with plenty of tasty snacks.
On the other side of the state on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, the Bay County Riverwalk and Railtrail System is an interconnected 17.5-mile network of trails linking the entire range of Bay City’s landscape. Gail and Frank Partee, innkeepers at Historic Webster House B&B, provide bicycles at the inn for guests to use — or indoor storage for guests who bring their own. You can start from the inn and ride to the popular riverfront at Veteran’s Memorial Park, on to the city’s center and back out through woodlands and marshes to agricultural and residential areas. The most recent trail extension links the Bay City loop northwesterly to the Bay City State Recreation Area.
Innkeepers Michael and Kathy Henry promise that when you stay with them at Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods in Holland, you are connected to miles and miles of paved bike paths directly from their private drive. You can bike to nearby Lake Michigan beaches, along tree-lined neighborhood streets, to downtown Holland’s shopping mecca or to nearby beach towns like Saugatuck and Grand Haven. They have two bikes to lend guests on a first-come basis, but are close to a bicycle rental shop. Or you can bring your own bikes and store them safely in their garage. You can also order an add-on picnic lunch to take with you on your bicycling adventure.