We loved our stay at Bellaire and HIGHLY recommend it! A very pleasant, engaging and funny greeting from Jim got us started. Great restaurant recommendations led us to a fun dinner at Short's Brewery.
The room was beautiful, and the Mrs. raved about it the entire stay. We had the Eastlake room, with a perfect small, private deck accessed by French doors. I would have liked the bed to be a bit softer, but I've had lots of back problems so I'm likely not a good baseline.
Breakfast on our first morning really can't be described in mere words. Dave is a magnificent chef, with VERY creative dishes that we loved. I really can't say enough about the food! Everything served on both of our mornings was wonderful.
On our only full day we took a drive up the Leelenau peninsula. Bellaire is close enough for the drive to be pleasant, but no so close as to be too busy when returning in the evening.
Wine hour (5:00 to 6:00) on our full day was outstanding. We're not wine experts by any means, so we took Jim's suggestions and he was spot on. We had great conversation with some of the other guests and with Jim and Dave. It was absolutely amazing how much the two of them knew about EVERYTHING in the area. Dave helped out another couple with kayak rentals with a simple phone to a nearby town. They seemed to know everyone and everything. It was a great time.
We will be back. It's not anymore complicated than that!
CW & RR - 26-28JUL2012