Rivers or Lakes: Michigan B&B’s Can Put You On the Water

Sailboat underwayMichigan bed and breakfast inns from Lake Huron west to Lake Michigan and points inland across both peninsulas can get you on the water this summer. Every lake has its own beauty, but who wants to just sit and look at it when there are motor yachts, canoes, kayaks, peddle boats, sailboats, riverboat tours, sunset cruises and fishing charters?

C’mon! This is Part One of a Four-Part Series designed to get you a great stay at a quality-assured Association-member B&B — and on one of Michigan’s great lakes or rivers in one fell swoop!

The Captain’s Quarters in Lexington, north of Port Huron along Lake Huron, is just a short walk to the town’s harbor and marina. There, you can hitch a ride on this boat, owned by innkeeper Ron Cutler, also a licensed charter captain. If marriage is part of your get-away plan — or if the question just pops itself on the spur of the moment, Captain Ron also performs wedding ceremonies at the inn.

At Adventure Inn, halfway between Port Huron and Lexington, innkeeper Nicholas DeGrazia added a USCG captain’s license to his resume in 2006. Although he doesn’t have his Tiara 3500 Express in charter, he and his wife, Sandy White, occasionally invite guests to join them for a St. Clair River or Lake Huron cruise at no charge. Or they can provide an in-port boat and breakfast experience for parties of up to four. Their other vessels include a canoe, inflatable dinghy, a pedal boat and the two shown here on their beach. Dr. DeGrazia often takes guests for s shoreline cruise in the aluminum boat. If folks traveling by sailboat or power boat want accommodations ashore, Sandy or Nicholas will pick them up at marinas in either Port Huron or Lexington.

The Harbor Beach Lighthouse, just nort of Lexington, will begin to welcome visitors on June 25. You can enjoy a scenic boat cruise from the marina to tour the lighthouse, restored to its original beauty. The State Street Inn has a great package that includes dinner Friday night, breakfast Saturday morning and a day of touring lighthouses both in Harbor Beach and in Port Hope, priced at just $80 plus room cost.

For kayak enthusiasts, Michigan’s Thumb offers 139 miles of water trails along the Lake Huron shore, marked by signage at each in/out point. The shoreline offers a variety of experiences for paddlers, from rocky shoals to cliffs and sea caves.

North of Bay City, which nestles in the crook of The Thumb, Michigan’s AuSable River curves around the city of Mio near Teaspoon Bed and Breakfast. Located just minutes from the river and the canoe livery, Teaspoon’s guests enjoy discounts on all river float trips, whether by canoe, kayak or tube.

Sheridan House B&B on Fremont LakeHeading west from Mio to Fremont, guests at The Sheridan House B&B wake up daily to the sun rising over the 800-acre Fremont Lake, picture perfect from the windows in their own private rooms. A short 100 feet away, a paddle boat is available for their use. Weather permitting, early evening pontoon boat cruises around the lake are usually provided. Later, guests can enjoy a blazing bonfire next to the water’s edge.

In Saugatuck, Lexington’s counterpart along the Lake Michigan coast, enjoy a delicious breakfast at Serendipity B&B. Then walk down to the waterfront slip and board the Meteor, a classic 38-foot ocean racer, for an idyllic sailing cruise out on Lake Michigan.

There are dozen’s more ways for Michigan B&Bs to get you on the water this summer. Check out next Monday’s blog installment to discover more ways to play!