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Natural Wonders

Many B&Bs are near treasured natural wonders in Michigan

The purest of Pure Michigan experiences is to witness the beauty of Mother Nature — dunes, sunrises, mountains, forests, lakes, and cliffs — but did you know that so many natural wonders in Michigan are located near equally beautiful bed and breakfasts?

Let’s take some of our fine Upper Peninsula #MichBnB inns. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an hour from MacLeod House in Newberry and 90 minutes from Big Bay Point Lighthouse B&B, overlooking Lake Superior. MacLeod House is also less than 40 minutes from Seney National Wildlife Refuge and all but surrounded by state forests. The Farmhouse B&B near Gladstone is on the fringe of the vast Hiawatha National Forest, with its forests, beaches, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. And Dapple-Gray B&B overlooks Lake Superior at the tip of the always-picturesque Keweenaw Peninsula.

Lower Michigan is loaded with natural beauty, too, and with nearby B&Bs to make your home base.

All B&Bs listed in Glen Arbor, Arcadia, Bear Lake, and many in Traverse City are near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.

Sleeping Bear gets all the publicity, having once been voted the “most beautiful place in America” in a nationwide contest. But they aren’t the only dunes on Michigan’s west coast:

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is within a short drive of Hart, Pentwater and Whitehall, all towns with fine B&Bs.

With 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes over 200 feet tall, Saugatuck Dunes State Park attracts many people staying at B&Bs in Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland, Zeeland and Fennville, among other towns with welcoming bed and breakfasts.

Nearly 2,000-acre Warren Dunes State Park is close to B&Bs in St. Joseph and South Haven and within an hour or less of bed and breakfasts in Niles, Paw Paw and Three Rivers.

Forests, rivers and wildlife, anyone? Bed and breakfasts in West Branch, Oscoda, East Tawas, Grayling and Big Rapids are adjacent or surrounded by them.

Even close to larger cities like Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Flint and Port Huron you’ll find natural wonders in Michigan that are at your doorstep when you stay at a B&B.

Found 13 Bed and Breakfasts

Bellaire Bed and Breakfast

Bellaire, Michigan | NW

Dempsey Manor Inn

Manistee, Michigan | NW

The Morris Estate

Niles, Michigan | SW