Thursday, May 19, 2011

Meeting at Legend Inn near Lansing

The Southern Michigan B&B Association meets regularly at another member's inn. A recent gathering brought several innkeepers to the Legend Inn B&B in Dimondale, MI. The Legend Inn is located in the country just a few miles south of Lansing on a centennial farm. The farm has been in the same family for generations. It is a huge family home that features a giant wrap-around screened-in porch, several out-buildings, and beautiful gardens.

Our group felt very comfortable meeting in this family farm house. A luncheon put on by the host innkeeper was a typical hearty farmers meal that satisfied the biggest appetites. Ample meeting space in this quiet setting made for a very pleasant, comfortable, and homey event.

A tour of the grounds brought us all in touch with farm life of a bygone era. An especially interesting tour included the milking barn. It was a large facility in its day, but is dwarfed by the huge mega farms of today. It is a must-see portion of a visit to the area. Groomed trails through the property make it a wonderful place to get away from city life for a few days in the country.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Delano Mansion Inn Allegan MI

"Victorian elegance at its best!" This 1863 Victorian Inn is filled with antiques and all the modern conveniences. This inn will delight the senses and soothe the spirit. The DeLano Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of Allegan Michigan's grandest mansions. With over 5,600 square feet on three floors, the Inn is truly a Grand Dame of Victorian Italianate architecture.

Just twenty minutes from Saugatuck and Holland, and thirty minutes from South Haven, the DeLano Mansion Inn is located in the Pritchards Overlook Historic District of peaceful small town Allegan, Michigan. Downtown Allegan is filled with a host of shopping, including antique shops, a coffee shop, book store, sweet shop, jewelry store, old style "five and dimes", and much more just waiting to be explored during your next vacation. An Art Deco movie theater is still in operation,

Amenities include Queen and King size beds, whirlpool baths, gas fireplaces, central air, cable TV, wireless internet, and a gourmet breakfast.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Munro House B&B in Jonesville MI

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“The most comfortable lodging in Southern Michigan” is at the Munro House B&B in Jonesville MI.  Getaway, romance, massage, and spa packages are available 7 days a week. The historic 1834 Greek Revival Mansion is the oldest house in Hillsdale County and was once a Station on the Underground Railroad.

7 guest rooms have Queen size beds, private baths, cable TV, DVD, and free high speed wireless internet. A fresh, fast, and hot breakfast is served every day. Double Jacuzzi tubs and gas fireplaces are available in some rooms. Corporate rates for business travelers. A "Thousand Dollar Wedding"© is available anytime.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quigley's Log Home Bed and Breakfast in Hudson MI

Quigley's is a log home bed and breakfast in Hudson Michigan.  Located outside of town on 40 acres, a pistol range has been added where the innkeeper offers classes in Carrying Concealed Weapons. A finalist in the trials for the Olympics, Pan-Am Games and World Games, Jack Quigley's experience and history as a police officer makes him qualified and certified to teach about firearms, technique, and safety. A large activities area has a very comfortable space for groups doing quilting and scrapbooking projects.

4 guest rooms have queen size or twin beds, private or shared baths.  A gourmet country breakfast is served overlooking the wildlife pond. Lunches and dinners can be provided by request.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

J Paules Fenn Inn in Fennville Michigan

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J. Paules Fenn Inn is a getaway bed and breakfast in Fennville Michigan that accepts pets.  Located just minutes from resort towns and popular destinations in Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland, South Haven, and Allegan near the shores of Lake Michigan and close to several wineries. Their visitors say it is the best kept secret in Southwest Michigan.

All 5 guest rooms have private baths; some have Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. A full sit down breakfast is served every morning from 8-10 a.m.  Coffee is on at 7 a.m. for the early risers. Private dinners can be provided, and small outdoor weddings can also be arranged. A dessert table with coffee, tea, or the wine of your choice is also offered every evening after 6 PM. For something new, try on-site massage, Reiki, and Chakra alignment.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast in Middlebury Indiana

McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast is located outside of Middlebury Indiana and just one mile south of exit #107 of Interstate 80/90, the Indiana Toll Road. Shipshewana and the Amish Country of Northern Indiana and are big draws for tourism, shopping, and things to do. The main house features over 120 feet of covered porch with rockers for nature watching on four wooded acres. The property features a swimming pool, fire pit, large screen TV, and more. Over one thousand square feet of common area and meeting space.

Choose from one, two, & three bedroom suites in the main house, or a more secluded (and romantic) carriage house complete with stone silo, spiral staircase, and a two-person Jacuzzi tub. The suites vary in size and can accommodate up to six people. Family reunions, groups and clubs up to 28 guests can be accommodated, under ideal conditions. If its rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation that you are after, these extra large suites are perfect for reading, movie watching & simple slumber. 

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Dewey Lake Manor Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn Michigan

awaits guests. Enjoy paddle boats, canoes, picnics and lakeside bonfires. The area boast many restaurants, antique shops, and things to do including NASCAR racing at nearby Michigan International Speedway.
Dewey Lake Manor - Bed and Breakfast Brooklyn Michigan
Dewey Lake Manor is a Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn Michigan sitting atop a knoll on Dewey Lake. Located in the beautiful and scenic Irish Hills of southeast Michigan. An 18 acre country retreat

Five guest rooms all have private baths. A buffet breakfast is served. This century old home, furnished with antiques and original kerosene chandeliers, has six fireplaces, central A/C, and wireless internet.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Brickhouse of Somerset Michigan

The Brickhouse is a bed and breakfast in Somerset Michigan located near the Irish Hills of southeast Michigan and the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  Step back in time and enjoy the beautiful craftsmanship of ths classic inn from Circa 1888.

This brick Victorian offers 6 guest rooms with private baths. A full breakfast is served on weekends and a continental breakfast is served on weekdays.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Voyager's Inn Bed & Breakfast in Three Rivers MI

Voyager's Inn Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian "Painted Lady" constructed around 1898 and is the only B&B in historic downtown Three Rivers, Michigan. Close to Amish country, great antique markets, beautiful lakes and rivers for boating and fishing, fabulous farmer's markets, hiking and biking trails, skiing, wineries, and more, Voyager's Inn B&B is the place to be for your "Southwest Michigan Getaway" headquarters in all 4 seasons!

Three unique guest rooms feature Queen size beds, private baths, and cable TV. Common areas include a beautiful Parlor with gas fireplace, a Music Room with piano, the Landing Library, a fabulous front porch, and backyard sitting areas.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Legend Inn Dimondale MI

The Legend Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just South of Lansing in the country near Dimondale. This centennial farm was built in 1898 and has been owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years. It continues to be a working farm today. There is a two mile groomed trail through the woods for those who enjoy outdoors and walking.  If you are into barns, history, antiques and country life, this is the place.

Five guest rooms with a private bath, TV, and wireless internet access.  Four rooms have Queen size beds and one has twin beds. The Spicerville Suite has two rooms and sleeps up to four people.  The rooms are furnished with antiques that are original to the homestead. A country breakfast is served every day.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tulip Time in Holland MI

It's Tulip Time in Holland Michigan. Over a million people will visit this small city on the shores of Lake Michigan to enjoy a festival that makes Holland one of the most beautiful places in the world. The event runs May 7-14 and includes trolley rides through town in neighborhoods that display hundreds of thousands of tulips in an incredible variety of sizes, styles, and colors. Locals are predicting the peek bloom day to be on Wednesday May 11. So if you have the time off, Wednesday should be the most beautiful tulip day.

Several parades are featured throughout the week, including the Governor's Parade. To ready the streets for our state's highest official, locals come downtown in full Dutch outfits--including wooden shoes--to scrub the street with mops and brooms. Adults and children participate in this quirky event that is a highlight for onlookers.

Lodging is at a premium in Holland and many places are sold out a year in advance. Neighboring cities offer bed and breakfast accommodations that are convenient for tourists in upscale and historic properties. J. Paules Fenn Inn in Fennville is about 30 minutes away and the Delano Mansion Inn in Allegan is about 10 minutes further. Tulip time has been recognized as one of the top 20 events in the world by the International Festival and Events Association. If you've never experienced Tulip Time, now is the time.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Arrowhead Cove B&B Mendon MI

Your scenic, secluded, lakeside retreat is at Arrowhead Cove B&B, just outside of Mendon Michigan. Nature abounds at this new, timber-frame, renewable energy home on Portage Lake. Enjoy sunsets from the gazebo, wildlife viewing, and water sports. Explore the Heritage Water Trail or organic gardens. Bike through farmland or golf at championship courses. This is the place to de-stress and unwind, replenish and invigorate, breathe deeply and take in the quiet beauty of River Country in Southern Michigan. 

The inn features three non-smoking guest rooms wth king or queen size beds, private baths, and is open year round. The Cove Cottage sleeps 6 and is open May to November only.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Palmer House Inn Albion Michigan

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The Palmer House Inn is a bed and breakfast in Albion Michigan.  Experience the romantic charm of a bygone era in this elegantly renovated 1887 brick Victorian mansion in downtown Albion’s National Historic District. Take a step back in time to a quieter, elegant era at this lovely Bed and Breakfast.  Enjoy Albion’s 17 beautiful parks, brick paved roads, and antique shops.

Six beautiful antique filled rooms decorated in 19th century style with vintage furnishings and 20th century luxuries with private or shared baths. Amenities include central air condtioning, Jacuzzi tubs, gourmet breakfast, cable TV, and wireless internet.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Albion Hertage B&B Albion MI

The Albion Heritage B&B is located directly across Michigan Avenue from the campus of Albion College in Albion Michigan. Guest speakers, visiting professors, and new hires enjoy the convenient location to the college. The inn is within comfortable walking distance of downtown, shopping, restaurants, and a city park. Couples looking for a getaway can make this their home for the weekend.

All rooms have Queen or twin beds and a private bath. A deluxe room also has a Jacuzzi tub and a fireplace. Amenities include a full breakfast, air conditioning, cable TV, DVD, and wireless internet.

This is a smoke free and pet free lodging establishment.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Union House Bed and Breakfast in Union MI

The Union House is a Bed and Breakfast in Union MI on highway US-12 near the Indiana border in southwest Michigan. Located outside of town on 5 acres of wooded land, the property features a nature path with secluded coves. The simple pleasures of life await you in this 19th Century Queen Anne Victorian farmhouse richly decorated with elegant European antiques, down comforters, and memorabilia from 6 continents. Area attractions include Notre Dame University, Shipshewana, Amish Country, lakes, fishing, boating, golf, and scores of antique shops.

4 guest rooms with Queen size, full, or twin beds plus private baths and air conditioning. Sisters Judy & Barb create a hearty, home-cooked breakfast every day.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Riverfest in Jonesville

May is when Michiganders start enjoying the St. Joseph River. The "St. Joe" has a good flow and a variety of challenges to make it a fun day for a canoe trip in Southern Michigan.  The watershed rises in Hillsdale County near Baw Beese Lake and runs from South to North through Hillsdale, Jonesville, and Litchfield. It is sometimes confused with the other St. Joseph River of the eastward-flowing Maumee Watershed that rises just five miles away and flows to the East. 

May 20-22 is the weekend for Riverfest in Jonesville. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a 2 man triathlon. The race begins with a runner, who tags off to a biker, who rejoins the runner in a 2 person canoe to finish the race. This event is followed by a full weekend of competition including more canoe races and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament--all of which are open to the public.  Canoes are available for hire. Just sign up to compete in the class of your choice.

Other things to do at Jonesville Riverfest include a Classic Car Show (also featuring motorcycles), Museum Tours, Sidewalk Sale, along with Arts & Crafts. There are street vendors, a pancake breakfast, a sidewalk sale, the Fire Department BBQ, plus demonstrations by cloggers and local artists. On Saturday night there will be live music in the alley under the pavillion at Saucy Dog's featuring local band, STD (Silver Tongued Devils).

Sunday hosts the Fireman's Waterball competition and the Domestic Harmony Duck Derby with cash and prizes for the lucky winners. The Munro House B&B is located a block from the downtown festivities and 2 blocks from the canoe race finish line. Special rates are in effect for people who spend the weekend in Jonesville.

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