The Bay View is one of our favorite Mackinac Island hotels. We appreciate that its owners and staff want the very best for their guests. The home was built in 1891 as the first house built on the water's edge and has been in the same family all its 118 years.
It started with only a few bedrooms and two baths but now is a 20 bedroom bed and breakfast each with private bathrooms (although they might be small), air conditioning, cable and internet.
The location being a short walk from downtown past Mackinac island's Marina is breathtaking with boats bobbing in the dock, the Yacht Club on the other side of the street and the Fort looking down upon the bright, sunny yellow house.
This is Kathy's sister's favorite bed and breakfast due to her family's love of sailing.
When Kathy walks by this lovely property heading to her family's Mackinac Island home, she always wants to stop by and sit on the front porch. It looks so comforting and there is usually guests sitting in the comfy chairs just chatting and laughing about all the fun they are having on their Mackinac Island vacation.
The black arrow points to this delightful Inn. And you can see that it's right next to the Mackinac Island Marina and across the street from Marquette Park.
The front porch is small but there are always guests sitting, relaxing or quietly chatting with others while watching the horses, carriages, bikers and walkers going by.
The views from the outside porch up stairs are breathtaking so please don't miss climbing the steps to take in the sights if you are staying at the Bay View.
Chef Rose has been with the Inn for over 14 years and is known for her gourmet seated breakfasts...guests start their days with the aroma of the infamous Bay View Coffee drifting throughout the Bed and Breakfast.
In case, you get up earlier than the coffee is ready, walk behind the inn and have a cup of java at the Beanery which is directly on the dock. Kids (of all ages) love their hot chocolate, too!
Each afternoon there are homemade cookies and lemonade waiting for you to enjoy. And no matter where you dine on the Island DO NOT (we repeat, DO NOT) have dessert. For Rose and her staff prepare each evening a scrumptious dessert just waiting for you to enjoy on your balcony, on the front porch or in the casual but elegant veranda.
The Bay View is the perfect place to celebrate a romantic anniversary, a northern Michigan vacation or even a honeymoon.
Marcia and Kathy's Insider Tip: To truly enjoy this Bed and Breakfast, ask for a room with a balcony on the marina side...it will be well worth the price. Kathy's sister's favorite is Room 207. The other side looks down at a bike rental shop which is okay but not the Quality View you want on your Mackinac Island vacation!
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