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Bay View of Mackinac Bed & Breakfast
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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106 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

Bay View is not a B&B - it's a treasure chest full of jewels. The location is near perfect. A hint - the Arnold Ferry is closest to the Bay View. The views are outstanding. And, while much has been made of the nostalgic "clop-clop", if you crack your windows you can hear the bugler at the fort before you go to sleep and, if you're up at that hour, early in the morning. Rose, the cook, a jewel in her own right, will start your day with a scrumptious breakfast and end it with an outstanding dessert. Should you find yourself there around three pm. you'll find warm cookies. A caveat: Rose's desserts are so good that you'll want to skip dessert dining out for the evening meal. The decor is great and our room while small was quite comfortable. This was our first visit and now we know why so many of our fellow guests were repeat customers. I should mention that our visit was in late September not during the peak summer months. We'll be joining the ranks of repeaters as this was a most pleasant experience.

Room Tip: Corner rooms have great views but are more "compact"
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

Felt at home from the second we walked in. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly! Great attention to detail. Wonderful ambiance. Nice room with a beautiful view. Loved the breakfast, mid day cookies, but missed the dessert. Would definitely recommend staying here!!

  • Stayed September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed at this lovely Bed & Breakfast with friends. We have stayed at a few B&B's over the years. This one tops the list! The service was excellent, the food was wonderful. They even served an evening dessert They brought it to us, whether we were out on the front porch, or sitting out back overlooking the bay. And the shared their recipes! The location is within walking distance to town and the pier. There is a bicycle rental company right next door. We wouldn't have changed a thing. Except maybe stretching our three nights into a few more. Would love to go back someday.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

This is my second visit to the Bay View. Good Luck finding somewhere more welcoming and inviting and caring! You need to remember that this is an OLD HOUSE that was built in 1891. The rooms are SMALL. Be ready to deal with that. But you are not coming to Mackinac Island to stay in your room, so get over it. It's the only B&B on the waterfront and is immediately adjacent to the marina. If you don't get a room with your own balcony, go out on the large back deck overlooking Lake Huron to enjoy the chaise lounges, umbrella tables, etc. Yes, the linens are getting tired and worn, there is a large stain on one of our upholstered chairs, the carpets are ready for some TLC, but the food and hospitality are beyond the pale. Rosie cooks wonderful breakfasts every day and has for years, then out come the warm cookies at 3:00 p.m. followed by desserts that will kill you between 8-9 p.m. Special Bay View coffee flows all day long, and it is available for purchase along with glassware, etc. Nice touch? An anniversary greeting of flowers, coffee and mugs to take home, delivered to our room with a lovely card. When you stay at the Bay View, it truly feels like home.

Room Tip: Rooms are on three floors - no elevator - so be prepared to deal with stairs. I have been on the se...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Midland, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

We had such a delightful time, and will certainly be back to visit you at Bay View. The accommodations are lovely - the porch a true delight. Our breakfasts and deserts were delicious, and I think we ate more than our share of cookies. With all of that being said, I want to share the best part of our stay - the beautiful staff. Joyful, helpful, and truly welcoming. The office staff was great - Rose is amazing, Harold a treat. Everyone helped to make our stay a highlight of the summer.
I appreciated finding my necklace slide in an envelope and tucked into my luggage. Thank you.
Enjoy the rest of summer - know you are making a difference in the lives of those you touch.

Room Tip: We planned to spend little time in our room, so selected a smaller one and loved it. Street side wi...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kalamazoo, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We enjoyed our stay. The room was quite small and had no closet. But our view was amazing. I loved the location. A short walk to Main St but away from the crowds. We arrived about noon before check in time but were welcomed to leave our bags and get a cup of coffee and a muffin on the porch. The breakfast and desert were delicious. Service was friendly. I thought the place was very clean. Yes it is old but that was part of the charm to me and what you expect from a B&B rather than a hotel. I would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

From front desk, Barb, who gave us detailed directions, boat recommendations, and a great walk-in rate, to the entire staff, everyone was excellent. Hot full breakfast, cookies, dessert, and complimentary drinks all day. Beautiful Victorian rooms were cozy, not large, but plenty for two lovebirds! Clean, sweet, and unique. The staff are the kindest most genuine people you'd like to know, they make you feel more like friends than just visitors. Rosie and Harold really went above and beyond in service and hospitality. Harold even gave me a hug and smiling said, "see you next time". We will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Bay View of Mackinac Bed & Breakfast
Address: PO Box 448, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-0448
Region: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Mackinac County > Mackinac Island
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Ranked #7 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mackinac Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
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