Top 16 Michigan Places to Gather with Friends and Family- updated February 2024

Upbeat dining room at the Wickwood
Elegant dining room at the Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, perfect for a family gathering

Looking to create memories that will last a lifetime? For all those starting to think about a destination wedding or elopement or celebrating a special event such as a birthday, retirement or anniversary, or a business retreat that will inspire your employees, consider hosting your event at a Michigan Bed and Breakfast. Read along as we highlight 16 of our member inns that have common areas and locations that will offer a perfect venue for your special day. Your event could even include gathering a craft group to knit or sew, a getaway to play cards with your friends, or gathering your church group. Options are endless and you will have peace of mind as all of our Michigan Bed and Breakfasts are quality-assured and inspected and are run by innkeepers who truly care about your experience. Your guests will not only be comfortable and well taken care of but you will have created a memory in beautiful Michigan that will last a lifetime.  Listed below are some great destinations in Michigan that would make a perfect place to gather your friends, co-workers, or family.

Beautiful wedding couple at Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast

Castle in the Country B&B, Allegan 

This upscale bed and breakfast is perfectly located in Southwest Michigan and specializes in small intimate elopements.  Their countryside property includes an in-house spa, plenty of hiking trails, and a private lake to enjoy summer kayaking.  Everything about this property speaks of romance and couples enjoy romantic fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and delicious breakfasts that can be delivered to your room.

Exterior of the historic Cochrane House in Detroit
Exterior of the Cochrane House in Detroit

Cochrane House, Detroit

To give you the perfect wedding day, inn owners and sisters Francina and Roderica James have lined up a team of experts, including a wedding planner, officiant, floral designer, photographer, and wedding cake baker. Up to 25 people can be accommodated. Learn more about Cochrane House. The inn also does coaching retreats and book club discussions.

Grand ballroom at the Frederick K Stearns
The Grand Ballroom at the Frederick K Stearns House

Frederick K Stearns House B&B, Detroit

The Frederick K. Stearns House is a Detroit historic landmark! The property has recently been updated to include a ten-room bed and breakfast and event center. Perfectly located in a trendy West Village neighborhood, this grand estate includes an elegant ballroom, luxurious guest rooms, elegant common areas, and a speakeasy pub on the lower level. Imagine having your first dance in this grand room. The inn specializes in events that could include live entertainment, cocktail hours, and delicious food made by the in-house chef.

Garden Grove Inn Bed and Breakfast, Union Pier Michigan
Garden Grove Inn Bed and Breakfast

Garden Grove Inn, Union Pier

The innkeeper/owner at this lovely bed and breakfast located in SouthWest Michigan loves to connect her guests with local experiences. This makes for wonderful book club and wellness weekends that she orchestrates in the quiet season. The seven-room inn makes for a perfect girlfriend’s getaway that could include a wine tour with the many wineries located in this region.

Wedding party poses against a backdrop of tall trees and evergreens at Goldberry Woods
Jake and Audra spoke their vows amid this stand of trees at Goldberry Woods.

Goldberry Woods B&B, Union Pier

This large property has at least two ideal locations for a wedding: inside a modern white Farmhouse-style barn or amid a magnificent stand of pines, as seen above. Or, if you want to hold your elopement or vows renewal against the backdrop of the chicken coop or swimming pool or while kayaking down the Galien River, it could probably be arranged because these innkeepers are fun-loving and want to create a perfect backdrop for their guest’s special day. Read more. They also offer small, customizable weddings for up to 75, with everyone staying in the B&B rooms or cottages. It’s also a perfect venue for anniversary celebrations, families wanting to gather together, or friends wanting a home base to enjoy all that this popular area has to offer.

Couple sits on stairs at Historic Webster House B&B after their vows renewal
A couple celebrates their vow renewal in the spacious and luxurious first-floor common areas of Historic Webster House B&B in Bay City.

Historic Webster House B&B, Bay City

Eloping or want to do a vow renewal? Arrive with your marriage license and rings, and the event planner at this grand, restored inn will take care of all the other details of an elopement package for two.The inn includes 8 romantic guest rooms and common areas that can accommodate up to 20 for larger affairs. The inn makes for a perfect business retreat with plenty of gathering space in the formal dining and living room. Afterward, your team could enjoy all the happening in Bay City or perhaps a massage or relaxing in the inn’s steam room.


Kalamazoo House
Kalamazoo House

Kalamazoo House, Kalamazoo 

This Victorian gem, located in the fun city of Kalamazoo is a perfect place to gather your family, friends, or co-workers. The inn includes 10 beautifully decorated guest rooms along with the inn’s first-floor dining area, a beautifully designed parlor, and several outside porches overlooking the attractive landscaping. Everything at this inn speaks of grand – impressive high ceilings, woodwork craftsmanship, period pieces, a stunning shimmering chandelier, and comfortable seating. These stylish spaces are meant to be shared for any special occasion. Plus one of the innkeepers is a trained chef that could work with you to serve up a special meal for your gathering. For more information check out this page.

Exterior of Leonard at Logan B&B

The Leonard House at Logan, Grand Rapids

The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast provides an alternative to hotel lodging in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The house has stood in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of historic homes since 1914. It was built to serve as the home of Harry C. Leonard, a manufacturing executive. The inn includes a grand dining room with several elegantly furnished common areas. A perfect venue for small gatherings and weddings, the inn is only steps away from bustling boutiques, eateries, breweries, and cultural events.

Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast
Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast

Maple Cove B&B, Leonard

Each of our member inns is unique and offers special amenities, locations, and niches. The Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast includes three guest suites and a separate two-bedroom cottage. The inn’s common areas along with the extra room in their guest rooms provide the perfect backdrop for brides getting ready for their special day. Many brides invite their wedding party the morning of and then come back to the inn for their honeymoon. The innkeepers can work with you on food and refreshments. For more information check out their website here.

Front of Newton of Ypsilanti
Front of Newton of Ypsilanti

Newton of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti

Located in Southeast Michigan in the lovely town of Ypsilanti and next town over from Ann Arbor is the lovely accommodations of the Newton of Ypsilanti. The unique historic property along with the certified chef that is your host makes for a perfect spot to gather with your friends and family. The inn includes a 17th-century New England Tavern, which guests can explore on the lower level of the property. Chef Allison also loves to do private dinners for her guests that could include a special meal for your gathering. For more information and contact information check out this link.

Exterior of Nordic Pineapple B&B
The exterior of Nordic Pineapple B&B

Nordic Pineapple, St.Johns

The Nordic Pineapple is located in Central Michigan and includes 7 spacious suites and plenty of common areas to accommodate up to 32 guests. The experienced innkeepers are savvy planners and love sharing their historical mansion for special events. During the quiet season, the inn hosts Murder Mystery Weekends that sell out well in advance.

Gazebo at the Rosemont Inn
Gazebo at the Rosemont Inn

Rosemont Inn, Douglas

This lakeside property located in the popular Saugatuck/Douglas area of Southwest Michigan includes 14 guest rooms, many comfortable common areas, an outdoor pool, and a hot tub area. Their lovely lodging would make for a perfect spot to gather your family or friends. The Douglas Beach is just across the street making for beautiful scenery and fun days in the sun. For more information check out this link.

Wedding at the gazebo at Stag’s Leap Farm
Wedding at the gazebo at Stag’s Leap Farm

Stag’s Leap Farms, Oxford

Stag’s Leap Farm is a charming bed and breakfast nestled on the outskirts of historic Oxford, Michigan. Guests not only find this bed and breakfast an ideal spot for a romantic weekend getaway, but it’s also just as perfect for out-of-town executives seeking a quiet place to gather for a corporate retreat. The innkeepers, Brett and Steven, love hosting private gatherings, elopements, and micro-weddings, and can work with you to personalize your special event.


Exterior of The Parsonage Inn
The Parsonage Inn.

The Parsonage Inn, Grand Rapids

The Parsonage Inn is an elegant and historic bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Pastors Steven and Deb Koster offer five bedrooms in their Queen Anne home, built in 1882 and located in the gorgeous Heritage Hill neighborhood in West Michigan’s largest city. This is a perfect location for a small intimate wedding and they host several couples retreats throughout the year. For more information check out this link.

Front view of the Veritas Inn in South Haven
Entrance to the Vintage Inn at the Veritas Estate

The Vintage Inn at Veritas Estate- South Haven

The Vintage Inn is a five-bedroom bed and breakfast with boutique accommodations and farm-to-table dining in a renovated 1904 farmhouse. The 5-acre estate, located in South Haven,  is home to Veritas Estate Winery and vineyard, extensive gardens, a chicken coop, and forest trails. This upscale bed and breakfast is also a perfect venue for a small gathering as the owner’s background includes being a chef and sommelier.

The Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan
The Wickwood Inn

Wickwood Inn, Saugatuck

The elegant and upscale Wickwood Inn was renovated and refurbished in 2022. The inn includes eleven elegantly designed guest rooms and plenty of common areas to host your special event. The inn caters to luxury travel and is located in the upscale Art Coast of Michigan in Saugatuck. For your next special occasion, you can rent the entire inn that can accommodate up to 22 guests—perfect for celebrating a wedding, anniversary, birthday, retirement, family reunion, or corporate retreat.

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You’ll find more than 11,000 crystal-clear lakes, thousands of rivers and streams, and more freshwater coastline than any other state. Our Michigan B&Bs offer city life, country life, and everything in between. Check out our website to see our collection of more than 55 quality-assured inns and choose the perfect destination.

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