Welcome to our ninth in a series introducing you to Michigan’s finest bed and breakfast inns. You’ll discover that each is unique and dispels the long-held myths of dusty doilies, baths shared with strangers and supervised curfews. Proving the old myths oh-so-wrong are Saravilla B&B in Alma; Historic Webster House B&B in Bay City; and Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater.
Saravilla B&B, Alma (SE)
A billiard room? It’s not what you’d expect in a bed and breakfast, is it? Another unexpected surprise: those French doors you at the back open onto a sunroom that houses a year-around multi-person hot tub. Saravilla B&B in Alma is full of surprises. The pool table presides over the entrance to a 1,200 square foot ballroom, perfect for weddings, meetings, scrapbooking, reunions, quilting and whatever else you can think of. It’s just another room in this three-story, 11,000 square foot Dutch Colonial home, located close to Alma College. Believe it or not, when a local lumber baron built it 1894, it was as a “cottage” for his daughter’s wedding present. Her name was Sara – hence, Saravilla. Today, it holds “Certificates of Excellence” awarded by Trip Advisor in 2011 and again in 2013 for consistently outstanding guest reviews. Innkeepers Linda and Jon invite you to enjoy its seven spacious guestrooms with private baths, its inviting front porch, a back garden deck and beautifully landscaped grounds.
Historic Webster House, Bay City (NE)
Imagine yourself somewhere back in time — a time when you didn’t take the elevator down to the grab a bagel from the breakfast bar at the chain motel. Instead you swept down a grand staircase to the elegant breakfast room for baked goods fresh from the oven and a sweet or savory gourmet entrée served fireside, hot from the kitchen. You still can. Simply get away to the Historic Webster House in Bay City. This painstakingly-restored Victorian home features six guest rooms or suites, each with queen-sized beds complete with European featherbeds, plus all the modern amenities from cable TV to free WiFi and Netflix. You can rent the in-house spa and enjoy the Jacuzzi tub for two, cedar dry sauna and overhead double shower in total privacy. Just blocks from downtown and the Bay, Webster House is strategically located for easy access to outdoor recreation in Michigan’s Thumb and to the commerce and culture of the Tri-Cities area.
Candlewyck House, Pentwater (NW)
The email address is “basket lady” and among the activities offered is “basket weaving.” What kind of B&B is this? For 23 years, Mary Jo and John have shared Candlewyck House B&B in Pentwater with thousands of guests from around the world. Their gardens are heavenly and Mary Jo cooks a five-course breakfast every morning. Besides being an innkeeper and a chef, she is an expert weaver of fine, intricate baskets. If you’re interested in learning how, she’ll teach you.
You and your friends can get together like friends do for quilting and scrapbooking – but enjoy a hands-on workshop along with the harbor-town accommodations. Or you can do what most guests do: enjoy the sugar sand beach on Lake Michigan, just down the street. John and Mary Jo will lend you bicycles to traverse the six blocks to swim and sun, shop the boutique stores and galleries and experience the restaurants and pubs. Lodging accommodations include six guest rooms with private baths. Families are welcome.
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