What a nice place!
The White Swan fully earns both parts of the "B&B" label.
The bed was perfect. The room (the Mariner) would not work for the mobility-challenged, but it was very comfortable for us (and--thank goodness--air conditioned). It was nicely decorated--charming, with some fancy and delicate touches you expect in a B&B, but not so frilly or floral as to be disconcerting to a "real guy".
The breakfasts were sublime--it was close to getting to experience having your own personal chef for one meal a day. You don't choose the dishes, but you'll be glad of that, because what Cathy comes up with will be better than what you might have asked for anyway. The tastes are beyond-restaurant-quality, there is nice china, etc., but the setting and presentation are so casual and friendly that you feel right at home.
Depending on the room you choose and the day of the week (we stayed Mon & Tues nights), it is a fantastic value--no more than a room at one of the nicer chain hotels, but better located and with an infinitely better breakfast.
Perhaps the one best *practical* thing about staying there was Cathy's knowledge of the area--the best beaches, restaurants, and so on. If you have general plans, the information is very helpful in deriving specific plans. If you have no plans, you can easily come up with some, given all the helpful brochures, the *very* nearby local theatre (the kind with a stage--but shows only on Th/Fr/Sat nights in Jul/Aug?). Affiliated with the B&B is a boat operation doing charter cruises on White Lake. (We already had other plans, and might well have had to book in advance, but their cruise-and-B&B package would be handy for one-stop-shopping when setting up a vacation.)
The location is very convenient: a few minutes from Hwy 31, a few minutes from both sides of picturesque White Lake, and an hour or less from the whole middle third of the "unsalted and shark-free" coast of Lake Michigan, from Ludington in the north down to Holland in the south, with all the beautiful beaches, friendly little towns, fruit stands, wineries, lighthouses, dunes, and scenic drives you could ask for.
All in all, the White Swan was the ideal place for a quick mid-week summer trip to the coast of western Michigan.
And by the way, even the name is for-real: a short distance away, on White Lake, there really are quite a few white swans swimming around.
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