What makes people choose to stay at a bed and breakfast inn? Isn’t it like staying in the spare room at Aunt Jane’s house? Stuffy? No privacy? Like invading a stranger’s home? Won’t you feel like a stranger yourself, sitting on the edge of a too-soft sofa, feet planted firmly on the floor and hands folded primly in your lap, pretending not to be bored to tears? Being someone you’re not?
Nope. You’d be wrong.
Unlike chain motels or hotels, B&B’s are an uplifting experience whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, a romantic get-away or a family reunion. Don’t take my word for it. Take the words of people just like you who have enjoyed the luxury, warmth and hospitality of a Michigan Lake to Lake-member B&B.
Edwin and Karin of Chelsea, Michigan took some down time to get an uplift via a quick B&B geataway in Southwest Michigan’s St. Joseph.
“It felt like being in someone’s home — a very relaxing and friendly atmosphere.”
What did they like most?
“…. feeling welcome, being warmly greeted and the quiet, comfortable atmosphere.”
Linda of Grand Ledge, Michigan, a recent guest at a Cheboygan B&B in Northeast Michigan, said she chose it because it offered “total comfort over a regular hotel — a warm and friendly atmosphere.”
What about breakfast? “….over the top! Each day I didn’t think yesterday’s beakfast could be beat, but the breakfast was even more superb every single morning.”
Marcia and Gordon of Grand Rapids, Michigan raved about the guest room at the B&B they enjoyed in Fremont, located in lower Northwest Michigan.
“The room was beautiful — so cozy it felt like home.”
Nobody had to twist the arms of John and Pam of Carmet, Indiana to stay at one of Bellaire’s luxurious B&Bs in upper Northwest Michigan.
“Friends brought us here. They had stayed here several times and wanted us to see it and enjoy it too. The innkeepers thought of everything to make for a very comfortable stay.”
Here is what Paula of Johannesburg, Michigan had to say about the inn they chose in the Upper Peninsula at Eagle Harbor:
“We had never stayed at a B&B, found this one online and it lookd good. It turned out even better than we imagined. We loved the view of Lake Superior, the room, the amazing breakfast with delicious pancakes — everything was great! The innkeepers were very welcoming and made us feel completely comfortable.”
About the B&B experience they enjoyed in Albion, nestled in Southeast Michigan, Bud and Jeanne of Cumberland, Maryland, said, “We felt very much at home and as if we and the innkeepers were old friends. It was our second stay here. We love B&Bs for their convenience and their personal touch.”
It’s echoed over and over again. Warm. Comfy, Hospitable. Like home — only more luxurious. Fabulous and plentiful breakfasts elegantly presented. Glorious gardens. Relaxing.
B&Bs range from contemporary log homes to Victorian mansions. Each is unique unto itself. B&Bs can be found in forests, rural countrysides, the heart of cities, a block off Main Street in resort or historic villages….. on inland lakes or overlooking Lake Michigan. There isn’t a region in Michigan that doesn’t offer B&B alternatives.
Innkeepers are innkeepers because their passion is to make their guests feel special. While they are immensely proud of the beauty, history and comfort of their homes, few actually live in the areas you enjoy during your stay. Most have their own living quarters apart from the common areas. Many have culinary arts training. All are outstanding cooks!
This isn’t back in your Grandma’s day when the cheapest overnight rooms were found in “Tourist Lodgings.” In the “old days,” these accommodations were literally spare bedrooms with shared baths in the homes of people needing extra cash to make ends meet.
So revel in the coming-of-age of bed and breakfast inns. But remember that not all B&Bs are created equal. When choosing a B&B in Michigan, be sure it’s a Lake to Lake-member inn, regularly inspected by professional and dispassionate reviewers for more than 100 points of quality, safety, cleanliness, comfort and professionalism. Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association guarantees that when you stay at a member inn, you will “rest assured.”
Linda Singer, Executive Director
Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association
6757 Cascade Rd SE Ste 241, Grand Rapids MI 49546
(616) 575-1610 Office (616) 575-0270 Fax