512 Albert St.
East Lansing, MI 48823
East Lansing Michigan 48823United States
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This cozy B&B, tucked on a street off MSU's campus, is actually a sleek boutique-style inn.
The Wild Goose Inn, right off Michigan State University's campus, is a tidy white Cape Cod-style cottage flanked by immense evergreen shrubs and wisteria. If its resort-like feeling seems incongruous to the location, it's because the innkeeper actually moved the house from 4 miles away. Upstairs, there are three suites. In the back, there's an identical Cape Cod, separated by a deck, with three more suites and a kitchenette/library area. Each suite has a seasonal theme, a whirlpool tub and separate shower area. Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" inspired the room we stayed in, the Autumn Arbor, where guests repose in a lavish twig bed under a faux maple-leaf-covered ceiling. Michiganders will gravitate to the Great Lakes suite, decorated with nautical maps, portholes and lighthouses. The huge bathrooms are indulgent, featuring lovely tiles, candles, high-thread-count cotton towels and sleek hardware. Plus, each room has a fireplace. The common areas, done in muted earth tones, are filled with local artwork and Mission-style furniture. Well-stocked bookshelves, the daily "New York Times" and piped-in jazz add a casual, academic vibe. Free Wi-Fi is hassle-free, too. Breakfast offerings include a roasted pepper and Swiss omelet and homemade muffins, served with cloth napkins and Scandinavian stainless cutlery. From $139.