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Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

My boyfriend and I returned to the Sleeping Bear B&B for our second trip to the Leelanau Peninsula. I have such fond memories of our first trip, last summer, that I figured I was setting myself up for disappointment... but this B&B delivered, again!

We stayed in the Sleeping Bear Room, and really enjoyed the convenience of showering at the same time, with plenty of elbow room, in the clever double shower. The bed was comfortable, and the room had a sizable closet, a big overstuffed arm chair, and a few small tables. Also a collection of antique shovels, which was unique and just right for us (not fussy, or fragile).

Breakfasts were amazingly tasty and varied but not fussy, just as they were last year. Susan and Van were charming hosts, again helpful with restaurant and winery suggestions but otherwise left us to explore on our own. We needed one very specific suggestion for a store to buy yarn (long story), and even for something so unusual Susan and Van came through, with excellent suggestions right off the tops of their heads.

My boyfriend and I love the Sleeping Bear Dunes area in general, but our plans to make this an annual trip are in large part due to our pleasant experiences at this B&B.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank MW_travel_girl
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Reviewed August 25, 2008

We only stayed one night here on August 9, 2008 due to a change in travel plans. We stayed in the Gilbert Room, which shares a bathroom (not a problem). The room was cozy and fine for what we needed.

My wife and I absolutely loved the location and the grounds. Close enough to Empire and Glen Arbor and many locations in Sleeping Bear Dunes, but remote enough for a peaceful, quiet, restful stay. The house is set off from the main road enough that you feel secluded, and there are a few beautiful well-maintained sitting areas outside of the house that make it difficult to leave.

But you have to leave to explore areas in Sleeping Bear Dunes. We only had a day and a half to explore this area and that was enough to convince us that we had to come back for a longer stay. We highly recommend watching a sunset over Lake Michigan, and also playing in the area where the Lower Platte River empties into Lake Michigan.

Getting back to the B&B, our breakfast was fantastic (we liked the choice of two breakfast times), and we also give top marks to the coffee (which is important to us - need to have that morning coffee).

In short, we loved our short stay, will definitely be back to further explore this great area of Michigan, and we will stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Hamslam
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

We booked here so that we could easily visit our kids at Interlochen (30 minutes away) and also be close to Sleeping Bear Dunes (15 minutes). We used the Dunes as a jumping off point to circumnavigate the Leelanau peninsula, from the galleries and restaurants of Glen Arbor to the wineries of Suttons Bay to the cherry festival and art show in Traverse City. The owners of this B&B know the area well and had great recommendations for galleries and restaurants. One owner is an artist (the home is beautifully decorated), and the other has a cooking school certificate and so we had wonderful breakfasts: fresh scones, fluffly pancakes filled with strawberries, fresh raspberries, blackberries, etc. Our room ("Sleeping Bear") was spacious and quiet, with its own largish bath with a double shower. Everything was beautifully appointed but there are no antiques that make you afraid to move. Outside were several private seating areas with some soft music and little ponds and fountains. We had a peaceful and relaxing stay here.

Stayed: July 2008
2  Thank Shain
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Reviewed October 7, 2006

We had a nice stay at the Sleeping Bear B&B, after exploring the amazingly beautiful fall sights on the back roads of Northwest Michigan.
We rented the "Sunset Room" on the ground level, a very spacious room with a comfortable king bed, loveseat. The room comes with its own master bathroom. The bathroom is equiped with a 2 person jacuzzi, a separate shower which was welcome after a long day on the roads.The furnishings were a bit dated but this added to the charm of the upper michigan experience.
The place was unbelievably quiet, which was also quite welcome. (Though at times you could hear people walking upstairs, with creaking floors) Breakfast was nice and varied, the hosts Van, Susan and their 2 little dogs gracious.
The place is within driving distance of many great sights and restaurants. Try "La Becasse" in Burdickville, but make reservations, since it is a small restaurant...Spend some time in Glen Arbor. Well worth it!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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6  Thank BlueSands
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Reviewed August 8, 2005

Sleeping Bear B&B is a fabulous place to stay on the Leelaneau Peninsula. The caretakers are welcoming, helpful with information/maps/dinner reservations, and Bella the schnauzer is delightful. The B&B is a vintage farmhouse in the midst of beautifully done gardens w/ multiple sitting areas decorated with vibrant flowers. We stayed in the Gilbert and Michigan rooms- shared a spacious bath. Rooms clean, nicely furnished, abundant towels, bottled water in room. A/C worked well and we were quite comfy. Breakfasts were served restaurant style with gourmet food- using local ingrediants and very tasty! Common area had DVD player and many up to date DVDs to choose from. Lots of books and the daily paper available as well. We were very satisfied with our stay and wouldn't hesitate to return to Sleeping Bear B&B.

13  Thank ealistello
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