I want to start by saying that like Anderson Cooper, I don't usually like B&B's because it's like visiting your mother, but you don't know your mother (Anderson's description). This place is decidedly different. We stayed in the Gardener's Quarters, which seem to be part of the old carriage house. We had everything we could have wanted, including a partial kitchen, comfortable bed, homemade soap (I am guessing that Dana herself makes it...), and separation from strangers....and a totally customized, homemade from scratch hot breakfast. The pastry was so good, that I asked Dana what it was called, thinking that she wouldn't want to give out the recipe, but she is not that kind of girl. She said, "Oh, I'll email it to you," and was as good as her word (making it this weekend...OMG!) The best part of the inn are the gardens. They have an oasis of beautiful landscaping in the middle of Kalamazoo. This young organic couple are working hard to restore this beautiful mansion, and making the best of their grounds and garden. There is work to be done, but this young couple will get it there. We will definitely stay here again when we are back in town. For the price it was very lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stuart Avenue Inn blends history with hospitality to provide guests with the classic B&B experience. The Queen Anne house, built in 1886 sits across from Kalamazoo College and within walking distance of downtown restaurants, pubs, and nightlife. The Inn includes 8 guest rooms with private baths, TV and air-conditioning. Rooms and decor range from Victorian, to contemporary, to casual. The Inn includes a third floor suite perfect for larger parties. Breakfast is included with sweet and savory options served every morning. Vegetarian and vegan options available. Free parking. Free WiFi. ... more less