We had a great experience at Applesauce Inn. We stayed for 2 nights in the first-floor Sonora Room and would book it again; it's very quiet, has a private bath, and allows easy access to the parlor and the sprawling front porch.
We spent quite a bit of time on the porch, enjoying the crisp, fall weather. One side of the porch has a lovely view of the vegetable garden and chickens--great ambiance in which to relax and read.
Breakfast each morning was beautifully plated and delicious. Coffee, teas, hot chocolate, water, and snacks are available all day, with a homemade dessert served each evening at 7 p.m. There was plenty to do in the area, too, even if you're not the "outdoorsy" type: the inn is just a few miles from downtown Bellaire, with its galleries, shops, and Short's Brewery, as well as a reasonable driving distance to wineries, both peninsulas, other small towns (with lovely shops and galleries), Traverse City, and casinos.
When you stay, be sure to check out the array of Michigan-made delicacies available for purchase in the dining room. We came away with a jar of Strawberry Lavender, jelly made by Jamie, one of the inn's owners, and a box of cherry tea. I also couldn't resist purchasing one of Jamie's necklaces, repurposed & wearable art made from vintage jewelry.
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