WHAT TO EXPECT AT A MICHIGAN BED & BREAKFAST
The B & B Experience
PRIVACY - While it is true that all B&B's have common areas available. You don't have to use them anymore than you have to use the lobby of a motel. If you want to meet and interact with the other guests, you can, but privacy is important and if you are after a quiet time alone, every B&B specializes in providing that. You will find a guest entrance and can come and go as you please.
BUSINESS TRAVEL - B & B's are great places for business travelers. Security couldn't be better due to the personal attention you receive. Innkeepers know the local area and can advise on local traffic conditions and travel time. The value is fantastic and most inns will take care of special dietary needs as well as provide WiFi and meeting areas.
THE BATH - Traditional European style B&B's do
have bath facilities that are shared just as in your own home.
However, there are fewer and fewer of these and most B&B's today,
offer private baths in-room. Remember that many B&B's are historic
buildings and great effort is made to preserve the historic charm.
Some inns have added jet tubs, whirlpools and, in rare cases, heated
THE BED - Here again you may be surprised at the variety that is available in even the smallest B&B. Most innkeepers have rooms with King, Queen or twin beds and the mattresses are of the very highest quality. You will sleep like a rock in most cases.
THE BREAKFAST - Too good to be true is the norm. Each innkeeper does their own thing and most have developed recipes that are unique. You will find simple fair and you will find romantic candlelit breakfasts served on china and crystal. The food is one of the things that makes each B&B unique so be sure to check. Almost all innkeepers are prepared for special requests and dietary requirements. Some places have a common dining table and some offer private tables, take your pick. There is usually no room service.
THE CHILDREN & PETS - Some B&B's are very kid friendly while others cater to adult travelers. Many have room combinations that are perfect for families and will discuss price with you for children. Be sure to check with the innkeeper, he or she can direct you to the best B&B for your needs. Many independetn innkeepers are very pet friendly, be sure to check ahead of time.
AMENITIES - You can have it any way you want it. Television or none, phones or none, free internet access or not and the list goes on. The traditional B&B experience is designed to help you leave the modern world behind but, most now offer a mix of services. I travel on business and stay at B&B's all the time. If you need local information, the innkeeper will know where to go and what to do and will probably have maps, coupons and contacts.
THE PRICE - You are in for another pleasant surprise. Michigan Bed and Breakfasts are not expensive and in many cases are less money than the chain companies, especially off season. When you factor in the beautiful rooms, the personal service, the privacy and the incredible food, you will realize that a B&B is probably a better value.
THE SERVICE - When all is said and done service is the thing. Nothing is warmer than the welcome you will receive at a Michigan B&B. Your every desire is catered to and you will find that you can get to know people or just enjoy your own private romantic time together. When you return you will be remembered and will be greeted as a returning friend rather than as a returning reservation. Your preferences will be remembered yet, you will know that you will find the same high standards every time; whatever the season. In most cases there are no elevators, room service or baggage service.