If you cut Michigan’s Lower Peninsula into four equal parts, all three of these B&Bs would fall into its southeastern quadrant. For some people, that brings to mind the image of an industrial corridor stretching as far as the eye can see. Those “in the know” know better. The intensely-blue waters of Lake Huron lap its easternmost boundary, featuring miles of beaches and boating and some of the most scenic and challenging canoe and kayak trails anywhere. As the eye roams west, iconic small towns with tidy courthouse squares spread among woods, wetlands and rolling acres of rich, green farmland. These B&Bs, unceremoniously lumped under the label of “Southeast Michigan,” are as uniquely different from one another as if they were in different states. This is a region of contrasts — a reflection of the patchwork that is America.
Albion Heritage B&B, Albion (Southeast)
If you were looking for the perfect breakfast conversation, you might find it here at Albion Heritage B&B. Located in the classic, small town of Albion, you might not think of it as a destination for more than visiting Albion College. The fact is, this elegant Georgian-revival home is convenient to both Jackson and historic Marshall – just 15 minutes equidistant from each. It’s just 30 minutes to Michigan International Speedway and less than an hour to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Near mid-point on the east/west stretch of I-94 connecting Chicago and Detroit, it’s a perfect stopover when visiting the Motown Museum, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum or Greektown – or watching the Pistons, the Lions, the Red Wings or the Tigers play. Point yourself south and it’s the same two hours to Shipshewana in the heart of Amish country. Besides being convenient, it’s a luxurious and stately-yet-modern home-away-from home.
A Dove Nest B&B, Kingston (Southeast)
Guests rave about A Dove Nest B&B’s plentiful breakfasts, its wilderness setting that’s not unduly far off the beaten path, the hospitality of the innkeepers and the cleanliness and comfort of the inn. This is the stunning home that innkeepers Terry and Bob Dove built to raise their family — their “nest” near Kingston. A locally-constructed log cabin cottage-style home built from hundred-year-old full-length logs, the B&B sits among 112 acres of secluded rolling hills, open fields, woods, trails and wetlands on the shores of English Lake in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb. Wildlife and nature abound. Even so, it’s not far from Frankenmuth in one direction and Lake Huron in another. Amanda, who came with her husband for a weekend getaway, said “Everything about this B&B is absolutely perfect. The abundant wildlife was a bonus… we sat on our balcony enjoying the sunset while watching the deer roam the grounds.” Usually, she said, they spend only a fraction of their getaways at their lodging, but didn’t want to leave A Dove Nest.
Millpond Inn B&B, Village of Clarkston (Southeast)
Put Millpond Inn up against any B&B in Michigan, and it’s on a first-name basis with the finest. Locate it just two blocks off I-75 in the historic northern Detroit suburb of Clarkston, and you add ease of access to all of life’s niceties by foot and to the area’s most popular attractions by car. Take the state’s largest outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossings: its stores and restaurants are a 10 minute drive. There are over 60 golf courses within an hour and three within three miles. Meadowbrook Hall, Meadowbrook Theater and the music festival grounds at Oakland University are just 20 minutes away. Pine Knob is practically next door. In his “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” series, Food Network’s Guy Fieri recently featured ‘native son’ Kid Rock’s favorite Clarkston eatery, the Union Woodshop. In fact, there is a range of excellent dining within walking distance in the village. Enjoy Millpond Inn outdoors in its lush gardens and indoors in its five guestrooms, each with private bath. Breakfasts are memorable and served on your schedule. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, this B&B has it all.
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