Award-Winning Bed and Breakfast with Gourmet Dining
Fitting for a property of its size, there is no shortage of places in which to hide away at Kingsley House: a shaded garden hammock, a front porch swing, a love seat nestled under a canopy in the backyard, and an alcove in the lobby's Victorian parlor. A sense of escape and romance characterizes the elegant Queen Anne mansion built in 1886 amid acres of secluded countryside. And though the solitude comes easy, there's also a warm, welcoming atmosphere. In the winter, guests can settle into antique upholstered chairs in the lobby's alcove to sip hot cocoa, eat s'mores, and scan the greenery through tall bay windows.
Named one of the Top 12 Bed and Breakfasts worldwide in 2008–09 by BedandBreakfast.com, this enchanting inn holds eight rooms, each meticulously decorated. An electric fireplace warms the Cider Nook suite, an English-style hideaway outfitted with a heart-shaped jacuzzi. In the Duchess chambers, a European sink is built into an antique oak dresser; in the fall, one can look out through five large windows as thousands of canada geese fly over the landscape toward their time-share nests in Sarasota. Perched at the tip of the building's turret is the Northern Spy suite, where a country-style sitting room sits adjacent to a carpeted queen-size bedroom.
Blueberry coffee cake, apple-cherry crisp, french toast, and sweet, tangy kielbasa sausage make up the inn's homemade breakfast menu. With their dining voucher, guests can sample local restaurants such as the Everyday People Cafe, a hip, upscale eatery with acclaimed dishes such as Otto's Farm chicken and spaetzle ($19) and fillet saltimbocca ($28). Restaurant Toulouse is set in a converted turn-of-the-century livery and fire station, where chefs prepare bistro fare including bacon, duck, and pork cassoulet ($23).
Small, Rural Town near Major Midwest Attractions Resort towns strewn with award-winning wineries, boutique art galleries, and beaches along Lake Michigan surround the tiny Fennville, whose population hovers around 1,500. Just about 15 miles north of Kingsley House resides Saugatuck Dunes State Park, a quiet, 2.5-mile strip of shoreline with 1,000 acres of public land. Here, freshwater dunes ascend more than 200 feet tall, and scenic wooded areas feature trails for cross-country skiing and hiking.
Waters gardens surround the historical Felt Estate, a mansion and former home of millionaire inventor Dorr E. Felt that sits fewer than 8 miles from the dunes. Hints of the Roaring Twenties emanate throughout the restored space, from its vintage guest rooms and dark-wood finishes to its inflatable chairs covered with brand logos of bootlegged moonshine.