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“Great Experience, Owners are TERRIFIC!”

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Bellaire Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Bellaire B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Grand Ledge, Michigan
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“Great Experience, Owners are TERRIFIC!”
Reviewed December 1, 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Bellaire B&B Nov. 28-29 for our third anniversary. Jim and Dave greeted us and showed us the property. We settled in then met in the library for wine (Jim is a real wine guru and made some great suggestions that met our tastes) and snacks. We got to know some of the other guests and meet our hosts in front of a roaring fire. We talked about the local eateries and shopping and what we could expect for breakfast the next day. Terrific wine, food and company. Later that evening we ate at Shorts Brew Pub. GREAT beer selections (I had the Hangin Frank, very fruity) and great food (try the pizza, but beware, they are very big). Live music and a great pub atmosphere.

We stayed in the Tuscany room (its worth it just for the bathroom, the tub is terrific). We had flowers waiting for us (you can see them in the pictures) and were able to relax on a the loveseat and watch a little TV and played a few games (which my wife soundly won). We were both tired from the long drive and we were asleep by 11 pm on the huge bed.

The next morning I was up early and went for a jog around the quaint town of Bellaire. Came back and soaked in a warm jacuzzi then made our way down for breakfast at 9 am. French toast souffle, bacon, pealed grapefruit, blended juices, coffee. Served family style, you simply can't go away hungry. The food was incredible and Dave is terrific about sharing his secrets.

We left that afternoon for shopping in Bellaire (I recommend Sassy Sunflower and Uniquely North, but there are a few other neat places on Bridge St) and Alden (I HIGHLY recommend making the trip there just for the Alden Mill House, but like Bellaire, they have a dozen or so shops that are worth the trip).

We came back to the B&B and crashed for a few hours (complete with fresh cookies by the bedside). We got up later and made our way down for wine and cheese at 5 pm. Later we made our way to Lulu's Bistro for dinner. This place is supposedly the premiere restaurant in the area, but our experience was less than stellar. Jim and Dave rave about the place and from what I could tell the food everyone else got was really good. We both had salads (because we had pizza the night before). I had a Caesar ($6) and my wife had a Cobb ($12). Mine was good, albeit small even for a half order. My wife couldn't eat about 60% of hers because the lettuce was brown and spoiled. We kept pulling the brown lettuce out and setting it on a plate for the waitress to take back to the kitchen, but they never really came to check on us. After I was finished the waitress cleared the table and I asked her to take the spoiled lettuce to the chef, hoping they'd at least take it off our bill since we really couldn't eat it. She said they couldn't because we didn't tell them until after the meal (i.e. they didn't have a chance to fix it). How am I supposed to do that when you never check on us?! We did order a dessert (hot fudge sundae) and it was spectacular (their ice cream is home made). Overall our experience was less than satisfactory at Lulu's ($32 for two salads that we couldn't enjoy and a dessert). Shorts has better service and and atmosphere, go there.

Breakfast the next morning was equally impressive (Dave seems to have fun impressing everyone with his creations). Potato and sausage hash, fruit and yogurt, and THE BEST orange cranberry pull apart bread I've ever eaten. Dave wrapped some up for us to take with us.

The B&B is immaculately clean, the rooms are huge (in the carriage house anyway) and very cleverly designed. The owners are fantastic and the food......oh the food!!! Fantastic. We had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend you stopping by for a visit.
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  • Liked — Atmosphere, owners, and food.
  • Disliked — Our experience with local restaurants.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2008

Absolutely a top notch B&B. Jim and Dave are fabulous hosts-making you feel comfortable the moment you walk in the door. The rooms were beautiful (we stayed in the Brighton Room with a private bath and fireplace) and every need was anticipated. Relaxing atmosphere, beautiful property. Breakfast every morning was delicious and plentiful. The wine and appetizers at 5pm each day was a great time to get to know everyone else that was staying at the B&B and pass on knowledge of the area and what were the must sees and dos for the trip. Great location to walk downtown for dinner, shopping or just to visit the town. Easy drive to Traverse City. Such a wonderful experience that we will definitely return again.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Granville, Ohio
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

They truly are "above and beyond"! David and Jim are such gracious hosts and every little detail is taken into account in order to make you feel right at home! The rooms are elegant yet comfortable, the gardens are beautiful, and the breakfasts are delicious (and filling!) We really enjoyed the extra touches: cookies by the bed, daily wine/appetizer hour, and the wonderful hammocks for our afternoon snooze. We are already looking forward to a return visit....it can't come soon enough!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed April 30, 2008

Bellaire Bed and Breakfast goes above and beyond in every way. It is a perfect place to stay when you are in Northern Michigan. If you have breakfast, you will not need lunch. We visit them at least 3 times a year and are never disappointed. April is the anniversary of their opening and during that month you can stay two nights for the price of one. However, plan to book at least a year in advance for a weekend in April.

Jim and Dave, the hosts and owners, take care of everything you might need and spend time during the evening wine hour to get to know their guests. We always have a relaxing visit.

  • Liked — The Bed and Breakfast is a great relaxing get away with wonderful hosts and breakfasts.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008
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Reviewed March 12, 2007

This is by far the best B & B we have stayed in. It's our favorite. The hosts, Jim and Dave, make you feel right at home. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the carriage house rooms are spacious with cable TV, connectivity, and gas fireplaces. Two of the rooms have jacuzzis and another one has a claw foot bathtub. There are extras, like turn down service and fresh made cookies by your bed each evening. There are ski resorts nearby and a first class restaurant, Lulu's, in town along with a microbrewery, Shorts. We come up several times a year to enjoy a weekend with Jim and Dave. You will not be disappointed.

Stayed March 2007
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Indianapolis
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Reviewed March 9, 2007

The owners, Jim and Dave make you feel welcome immediately. There are rooms in both the main house and in a recent addition, each with their own charm. If you want the most luxurious space book into the carriage house - the rooms are amazingly spacious, with televisions and connectivity. The bathrooms are all supersized and very well appointed (the Tuscany room has a jacuuzi tub, the Brighton has a claw tub and includes bubble bath for those so inclined). The breakfasts go well beyond the usual B&B fare - more than ample portions and it seems a never ending supply. Coffee and papers are available by 630 AM and snacks and drinks are out 24/7. Each evening you can partake of the wine and appetizer hour. This very relaxed time allows you to talk with the other guests and the hosts - and enjoy some terrific appetizers and wines (and non-alcoholic beverages if you prefer). There doesn't seem to be a time of year that this place isn't a wonderful destination but if possible, try and book during the "Murder Mystery" weekend. Guests get all the things noted above plus a dinner and an evening of "whodunit" that can't be beat!
The hosts have an amazing insight into local eateries and activities that truly round-out the stay. I can't think of a better B&B that I've ever stayed in.

Stayed March 2007
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Dearborn, Michigan
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Reviewed July 11, 2006

This is by far the most beautiful b&b I have ever stayed in! The breakfasts are fabulous and the little touches like the evening wine hour truly make you feel like royallty. You won't be disappointed and the prices are fantastic!

  • Stayed April 2006
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Property: Bellaire Bed and Breakfast
Address: 212 Park St, Bellaire, MI 49615-9595
Location: United States > Michigan > Antrim County > Bellaire
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bellaire
Number of rooms: 4

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