447 W. South St.
Kalamazoo Michigan 49007United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Lovely woodwork and restrained elegance hint at the quality of stay offered at this B&B.
The owner was watering her small garden when we got out of our car, so she immediately came over and took our suitcase for us. That welcome carried through to the good-bye at this 1878 Victorian. It is no wonder many of the guests are repeat customers who have been coming for so long that they are welcomed with hugs. The owners live in the carriage house behind but are always available and eager to help with anything from menus and maps to local restaurants to their own bike for a ride around town. The home is equally warm. A large parlor with gleaming woodwork and Victorian-style wall finishes has comfy couches and tables for socializing, which everyone does during the social hour, when the owners serve nibbles and wine, beer or sodas. Alongside the TV, guests find a collection of DVDs to watch there or in the guest rooms on large flat-screen TVs. Rooms are spacious and have comfy beds piled with pillows and pretty linens. (In fact, the whole house is pretty, done in restrained elegance rather than busy Victorian.) We chose our room based on the kind of tub -- whirlpool or air jets. The supplied lavender salts added to the pleasure of the whirlpool tub. And a towel warmer and soft robes continued the warmth. Evening cookies and milk completed the day on a yummy note. Water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available anytime at the self-help stations throughout the home. Guests order breakfast (and what time you want it) the night before so the owner can get the prep work done early to cut down on morning wait time. Breakfast is served at your own table in a sunny parlor, starting with seasonal fruit and a warm-from-the-oven muffin along with coffee, tea or juice. The French toast comes in a crunchy coating of nuts and topped with sliced banana. No matter what you order, you'll leave satisfied. From $109.