Every Northern Michigan vacation you embark on has a style, and though the ultimate goal for any getaway tends to be relaxation, you might consider spicing up the routine this year with one of four unique Northern Michigan bed and breakfasts that offer distinct styles, refined charm, and an air of excitement defined by their owners. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill bed and breakfasts—in fact these B&B’s offer you and your partner a getaway that will send you home inspired. If you’ve ever longed to experience the charm of farm life amid the orchards, learn the language of a Northern Michigan river with a fly rod, leave the hustle and bustle for small town life, or make your bed in a bountiful Northern Michigan vineyard overlooking Lake Michigan, here is your chance to grab your partner and seize the day with these Northern Michigan travel ideas!
If a B&B isn’t your thing, find the perfect Northern Michigan lodging at MyNorth’s Northern Michigan Hotel Directory.
Getaway for Wine Lovers
Set into a hillside overlooking Lake Michigan, Chateau Chantal is a 65-acre dream-scape complete with eleven french-inspired rooms, flourishing vineyards, and a beautiful tasting room where you can enjoy homegrown riesling, chardonnay, pinot grigio, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet franc and other varietals.
At Chateau Chantal, you’re a mere twelve miles from the generous offerings of Traverse City, but once you land at Chateau Chantal you may run into one small problem… not wanting to leave! Make the most of your retreat by challenging your wine perception on the Sensory Treat Tour, join a wine education dinner, and sink into summer every Thursday to the Jazz of the Jeff Haas Trio.
Retreat for Outdoors Enthusiasts
Northern Michigan rivers have a romantic language all their own. The Au Sable river coupled with the historic revitalization of the North Branch Outing Club—where iconic men such as Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Horace Dodge used to cast a line—is a romantic pairing for your rugged excursion in Grayling, Michigan.
Like fish, anglers are lured to the North Branch Outing Club where the Fuller Family has been busy recreating an anglers’ arcadia. After laying vacant for nearly half a century, the lodge breathes new life and welcomes guests to embark on their guided fly fishing adventures to catch brooks and brown trout in the summer, and winged shooting trips to hunt ruffed grouse and woodcock in the fall. The twelve guest rooms, originally designed in the early 1900′s, are adorned with rustic charm, and the smell of home cooked meals are reason enough to rise and shine before stepping into your waders. Located close to several world class golf courses, hiking trails galore, and the soon to be opened Paddle Hard Brewery, the North Branch Outing Club provides all the fixings for a memorable weekend in the wild beauty of Northern Michigan. Read more about the lodge here and see the latest catches with the Old Au Sable Fly Shop’s River Reports.
For the Love of Small Towns
The country setting of the Applesauce Inn is a breath of fresh air. Located in small town with big heart, Bellaire, Michigan, the Applesauce Inn is an arm’s reach from the magical Chain of Lakes, fine dining at LuLu’s Bistro, Shanty Creek’s pristine golf courses and a stone’s throw from Short’s Brewing Company. You won’t find hustle and bustle in Bellaire. Instead you’ll meet friendly faces enjoying craft brews at Short’s, hike or bike the well-kept trails of Glacial Hills, discover the serenity of lakes unexploited by huge homes, and enjoy the quintessential experience of down to earth living.
If you’re looking for an honest to goodness place to restore your balance, book a weekend at The Applesauce Inn. Choose from one of three tastefully curated rooms, and rise to a home cooked garden-to-table meal prepared by owner, Jamie Creason who loves to share gardening tips. Know ahead of time, it’s quite common for Applesauce Inn guests to return annually. Check out their $20-off specials.
A Farmstay for Foodies
Hillside Homestead, in Suttons Bay, invites you to experience how life was lived over a century ago with a visit to their authentic 1910 farmhouse. Far from an outdated experience, Hillside Homestead offers guests the opportunity to explore a lifestyle defined by the genuine artistry of living off the land. This B&B is kept with the utmost care, made clear by the owner’s knack for homesteading, passion for handcrafted culture, and epicurean flair.
During your stay, proprietress and food historian, Susan Odom, treats you to unforgettable farm to table turn-of-the-century meals, featuring produce straight from her farm. Appointed with furnishings true to the early 1900s, Hillside Homestead’s three bedrooms are tastefully designed and decorated with beautiful handcrafted furniture that sets the mood for your exploration into the farmer’s life. For the adventurous guests, don’t forget your boots… if you want to help out on the farm during your stay, you’ll get a little messy, but depart with a new-found sense of the simple life. Find out more about classes and historic dinners offered at Homestead Hillside.