Hotel at a Glance: Kingsley House
Kingsley House is an enchanting Queen Anne mansion built in 1886 amid acres of secluded Michigan countryside. Explore forested trails on cross-country skis in the winter months. Once the snow melts, you can borrow bicycles from the front desk to explore the surrounding towns and beaches along Lake Michigan.
- Put your $75 activity credit toward dinner at a nearby restaurant, a wine-and-cheese basket, a sleigh ride, or a couples massage.
- Housemade gourmet breakfast: Typical entrees include belgian waffles, egg strata soufflé, and apple-cherry-crisp french toast.
- Eight guest rooms are individually decorated; amenities vary, but each standard deluxe room has an electric fireplace.
- Cozy up with hot cocoa and s’mores in the lobby’s alcove.
- High praise: BedandBreakfast.com named Kingsley House 1 of the world’s top 12 bed and breakfasts in 2008–2009.
Fennville, Michigan: 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.
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