This was a great bed and breakfast! My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of staying here. Valerie and John made us feel very welcome. By the end of our three days, I truly felt that I was staying with friends or family, and not at a business.
They helped us out with good recommendations of places around town. I was searching for a place to ride horses, for good beef jerky, and for dinner. I can pass on their recommendations with rave reviews: Rainbow Ranch was a great outfit for going out on a trail ride, Mac's Meats had good jerky, and Harbor View Grille and Crosswinds were good places for dinner.
Before making the reservations, Valerie was very responsive with email communication. This was greatly appreciated as I was still trying to plan the vacation and iron out details.
The food was AMAZING. Valerie's breakfasts were absolutely delicious. She was careful in making sure that she made what we wanted (she takes into account appetite, tastes, and allergies). All the food was from scratch. The fruit was from the local farmer's market, the eggs from her chickens in the back yard, the bread was homemade - with home grown yeast no less!
One of the nights Valeria and John lit a fire in the fire pit out back for us, and we all hung out for a couple hours. I live just outside DC, and don't often see as many stars as that. It was beautiful. I could even make out the Milky Way!
Their chickens out back were great entertainment! She raises cute and friendly chickens that lay delicious eggs. I've never petted a chicken before this trip - it was a neat experience, as was collecting the eggs. And she has two ducks (which Valerie said will be nice once they start laying eggs, for people who are allergic to chicken eggs).
The room was incredibly comfortable. We stayed in the 1920's room. It had a nice king size bed, a bathroom with a wonderful jacuzzi, pretty decor, a sitting area, and cookies waiting for us when we arrived.
Amanda's Bequest is a wonderful bed and breakfast, and helped make our trip to western Michigan great. I would definitely consider repeating this vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning B&B! Located in the city but on 2 acres near beautiful White Lake. Enjoy seasonal activities and events, charming farms, and thriving arts & cultural communities. A unique heritage farm-style stay. Wonderfully comfortable rooms with private baths (one with a jacuzzi), a central parlor/socializing area, as well as the on-site culinary school (Requires preregistration. Contact for more information), a farm garden, strolling forest, biking/hiking/skiing/snowshoeing, flower gardens, and heritage cultural & cuisine experiences; for its guests, and nearby Medberry Park with its light house great public beach and sunset pier stroll. ... more less
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