Some people shy away from Bed and Breakfasts for a number of reasons – awkwardness, space, alone time. How about the feeling that you’re just not grown up enough for a B&B? We were/are those people. However after our latest stay at the Brigadoon B&B in Mackinaw City our minds have been changed – at least for this one destination anyways.
Choosing a Bed and Breakfast
Last minute planning left us with no other options. There was a Bed and Breakfast in Mackinaw City with one room still available – so we took it. Bed and Breakfasts are not always top on our list when looking for places to stay – typically because we just feel a bit out of place. While we have stayed at one B&B in the past and while I loved the coziness of the room, I didn’t much care for the “need to make your acquaintance” time at breakfast or the feeling that we needed to be proper and quiet all of the time. Seriously, I am pleasant and happy to converse most of the time – but don’t put me at a huge group table for breakfast and expect me to be perky before I’ve had my coffee! However, since things in the Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island area tend to book up far in advance and we REALLY wanted to spend the weekend biking the island, we decided to go ahead book this room and hope for the best. It was one of those close your eyes and cross your fingers moments – we’ve all SEEN that show about hotel nightmares.
The Brigadoon | Mackinaw City, Michigan
When we arrived to the Bed and Breakfast in Mackinaw City I was surprised and elated – it didn’t look anything like a house but more like a sorority house or a small hotel. As we walked in the front door of the home, the greeting desk was situated directly within. The decorations resembled that of a Victorian home and the air smelled like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. We were greeted by a lady who gave us not only the key to our room but also a quick tour of the common areas. My husband and I eye’d each other with that look of “everything’s gonna be ok”, then we popped outside to grab the luggage and haul it up to our second floor room.
The Bed (Room)
Our room (known as Sarah’s Room) was nice. It definitely felt more like a bedroom than a hotel room and it had a king sized bed facing a large picture window and an in-suite bathroom. There was also a tv, a large dresser, nightstands, a mini fridge, and a dressing room just outside that bathroom.
We walked in our door, tossed the luggage aside and began to whisper to each other – without really noticing we were doing so. Staying in a B&B and essentially a bed room made us both wonder if all of our neighbors would be able to hear our conversations – then I wondered what the night would bring. . yikes. Luckily our evening was quiet and cozy. In fact, it was even more quiet than most hotels that I spend the nights in because there weren’t people screaming in the halls or an ice machine/elevator causing a ruckus.
The Breakfast & Dessert!
The next morning we awoke to the smell of breakfast being made downstairs. A hot breakfast that I didn’t have to make or essentially change out of my jammies for! I did, but that’s besides the point. Either way, it was lovely. We were able to sit by the big bay window in the dining area, drink coffee and eat a freshly prepared breakfast.
Each night we returned to the dining area before bed for a night time snack – freshly baked dessert! This was also a perk of our stay.
As for my fear of having to be chipper for total strangers in the morning – it was put to rest. The tables were spaced out like a restaurant giving patrons a chance to sip their coffee in peace before feeling the need to socialize – but close enough to ease drop. Come on, don’t play like you don’t! 🙂
Walking Distance to Town
Even though we brought our bikes along with us to ride around the city – we loved that the Bed and Breakfast was within walking distance to the downtown area of Mackinaw City. This made it easy to head out to get food, drinks, do a little shopping, or simply walk around during the warm summer evenings. We were also within walking distance to the Shepler’s Ferry Line making for easy access to the island!
Why We Love Staying in Mackinaw City
There are many reasons why we love the spending time in Mackinaw City. It is a great area full of shops, restaurants, fudge shops, ice cream places, bars and attractions – plus often less tourist than on the island. Want to read about the exact places we like to visit while in the area? Check out this article – 5 Things to Do in Mackinaw City, Michigan.