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“Bed: comfortable. Breakfast: outstanding. Location: convenient. Owner: more than helpful.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 5 Whitehall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
“Bed: comfortable. Breakfast: outstanding. Location: convenient. Owner: more than helpful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2011

Pleasant, big room. Antiques and an unusual claw-footed tub (with shower). Coffee and "cookies" always available. Wonderful screen porch where we rocked late into the evening, then had a delicious breakfast feast there. One of the better B & B's we've found. Cathy very personable and genuine.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

Our sweet 16 wedding anniversary was wonderful. We enjoyed our stay so much at the White Swan Inn. The house was so beautiful and we were so spoiled by Cathy and Ron with cookies with our coffee and the great screened in porch with a kitty to keep us company. There was even a blanket on the porch. Breakfast was fabulous. The table was set beautifully with crystal dishes filled with fresh fruit. The cherry coffee cake was my favorite and the spinach and asparagus frittata was amazing.

Room Tip: Cygnet Room was so great.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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muffinbaker, Owner at White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 31, 2011
Thank you for your kind thoughts. We strive to provide all guests with an exceptional experience. Gracious hospitality in a relaxing setting is the hallmark of our B&B.
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Montague, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2011

My husband and I were looking for a get-away for a day from the everyday routine. We went to the White Swan and found relaxation and a wonderful bed and breakfast. Host Kathy Russell made us feel instantly relaxed in her welcome and due to our expressed interest in the beautiful huge old home, showed us all around. A lot of history in this house. We thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing games by the fire upstairs in a sunny alcove. Our room was very pretty and the bed comfortable. A great night's sleep as well. One feature I particularly enjoyed was the coffee area where we could get a cup of fresh brewed coffee in an instant on our own and without bothering anyone...the cookies there were great too. We highly recommend this B & B. The view of the lake is fantastic and it sits across the street from the venerable historic Howmet Playhouse.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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denver, co
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

From the moment I contacted Cathy through the end of our stay, our experience was just perfect. The lodgings were excellent--we highly recommend the room with the jacuzzi tub! Cathy and Ron are perfect hosts, and Whitehall is stunningly beautiful in the winter. We were able to cross country ski three days at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex (only 12 miles away; shorter than it seems on a map), and on Lake Michigan. We couldn't have been happier. And to think we nearly spent more money on a crappy (big chain) hotel nearby!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast. Our room, the Cygnet Suite had an air jet massage tub that was wonderfully relaxing. Our hostess was delightful and knowledgable about the area. We dined at the Old Channel Inn which had great food and drinks. Then we had a scrumptious breakfast in the morning. It was our first bed & breakfast experience and we loved it. They also provided cookies and coffee or tea upstairs near the room.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2010

My two girlfriends and I wanted a little overnight getaway by Lake Michigan. We chose White Swan because the king bed room had the ability to have twin beds and the rooms all have private bathrooms. Cathy & Ron were very welcoming and friendly upon our arrival. They gave a brief tour and were willing to assist with meal ideas. There were delicious, fresh cookies and a wonderful machine that makes individual coffee, tea and hot chocolate available! Breakfast was delicious and filling. We plan to return! Thank you so much for the opportunity to rate this B&B.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast

Property: White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Address: 303 S Mears Ave, Whitehall, MI 49461-1323
Location: United States > Michigan > Muskegon County > Whitehall
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Whitehall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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