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“Quiet Pristine Getaway”

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North Bay Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Presque Isle B&B and Inns
Flagler Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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“Quiet Pristine Getaway”
Reviewed 7 August 2012

This was such a pleasant surprise for us. We were told it was a nice place to stay by friends who have visited but hadn't actually stayed at the property. It is a wonderful, quiet and pristine setting that is tucked away in the trees just off the North Bay shore of Lake Huron. There are two lighthouses nearby if you care for a little history of the area. There were other travelers at the sites but it was not crowded at all which was nice. The Bed & Breakfast had really comfortable beds and I had a great night sleep. The owner, Carla, met us at the door and immediately made us feel at home and gave us a tour of the house and our pick of the rooms since there were no others there that night. Carla also accomodated our vegetarian diets with an incredible home made breakfast in the morning. Broccoli and cheese quiche, homemade bread, muffins, coffee, juice, yogurt with fresh apples cut up and we were stuffed but in the most pleasant way. We are in love with the place and will definately return.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

We were making our way back to Florida after a delightful circle tour of Lake Superior. The UP was way too crowded for our tastes so we drove down Lake Huron and were delightfully surprised by the beauty and the lack of cars!

We happened upon this lovely, lovely B&B and after our first five minutes we re-arranged our schedule so we could stay two nights instead of just the one we booked!

Carla and Neil were the epitome of gracious hosts! They were friendly and helpful, but never intruded on our quiet time, or our sense of relaxation. We were well provided for with comforts like a Keurig Coffee maker, so we could have coffee or tea whenever we liked; snacks and a fridge to store our own things. Our room (The Nautical) was not only comfortable and tastefully decorated, it simply felt like home. We slept great!

The grounds of the house are beautiful, and the path out to the lake beckoned us to sit for hours and read, relax, and watch the beautiful play of sun on the water. I took a walk around the bay, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Carla made us a fantastic breakfast! Both days she filled us to the brim - we hardly had to eat lunch! But we did anyway. :) There is a great restaurant within walking distance. And there are terrific restaurants in nearby Alpena.

There are books to read, kayaks to use, chairs to sit in, and a beautiful crystal clear lake to swim in. What could be better?

The only thing I can think of is having more days to spend there! We will definitely go back!

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely and well-appointed. Even though we didn't have a view of the lighthouse...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Clinton Township, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

This was our first visit to this area and the trip was actually a Xmas gift from a family member. Since this was the first time we've stayed at at B & B, we really had no idea of what to expect. We were immediately welcomed by the hosts and were made to feel completely at home. Since we were the first visitors to arrive, we had the choice of the upstairs room with a small balcony, or two ground floor rooms, with their own bathrooms. The upstairs actually had three separate rooms with one bathroom to share, but the hosts usually only offer one of the rooms so that guests have exclusive use of the bathroom. I believe they only use the other two if maybe they have a family staying together. Each room had it's own theme. The room and bath were very comfortable, roomy and clean. The floors, stairways, cupboards, tables, chairs, trim etc. were all oak from the owner's own property and built by the owner himself - beautiful work. The entire house was very clean and well kept. There was a common room for coffee/beverages, lounging and watching TV. Breakfast was almost elegant and food delicious. Past reviews were correct. Carla is a wonderful cook. The location was beautiful and serene, on a sandy beach on North Bay of Lake Huron. We were offered use of the kayaks and bicycles. Nice that they had maps and brochures of the area which we did use. We were able to walk to a nearby restaurant by way of the beach. Like the previous reviewer mentioned and I believe they were "one of the other couples" while we were there, we had a bonfire, enjoying beverages and roasting marshmallows for s'mores, something you don't often do in the city. The hosts and the three couples all exchanged stories and was very enjoyable. Wi-Fi was provided, but I did notice that reception was a little better on the lower level. We did have to go outside for cell phone reception. While we were in the area, we went on a shipwreck tour in Alpena and walked in Ocqueoc Falls, which I believe is the only waterfall in the lower peninsula. We can't speak highly enough of our hosts, Carla & Neil, and recommend this B & B to anyone. It was a nice, quiet, almost romantic trip.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

This was the first time we've stayed at a B&B where we interacted for more than a few minutes with the hosts and the other couples staying there. Our hosts lit a bonfire in the evening and made smores. We spent a few hours on the beach as a group, talking and watching the sunset. It's also nice that the house was built to function as a B&B, which made us feel less like we were invading our hosts' house and more like welcomed guests. Overall, it's a great value and a quiet retreat with beachfront access to the bay on Lake Huron. The only negative (if you consider it a negative) is that we did not have any cell phone reception.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lewiston
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2012

A wonderful B&B on the shores of the North Bay of Lake Huron. Great accommodations, charming innkeepers and a good breakfast. Very peaceful. We will return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Rocky River, Ohio
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

I have been coming up to Presque Isle Michigan since I was a child. My Mom and some of my siblings have cottages on Grand Lake, and there is not always room for us to stay with family . We have stayed at many places in the past. Some good, some not so good. Neal and Carla's B & B is OUTSTANDING. We stayed there for 6 nights. Comfortable & clean . It was so charming and was very convenient for us.

Carla served a gourmet breakfast every morning, It was so much fun.

I love Michigan and have many pleasant memories. I am adding this B & B to my list of great memories, and we are already planning our stay for next year.

Check out the North Bay Bed and Breakfast. You will not be disappointed.

L & B Bauer,
Rocky River Ohio.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2012

With all of the stress and noise from city life, our vacation could not have been more peaceful and relaxing here in Presque Isle. We stayed in the lighthouse room which has simple modern decorations with a beautiful view of the bay. It was so nicest night to listen to the sound of the waves nearby.

Neil and Carla were very accommodating to all of our needs. The breakfasts were large and filling enough that we could just eat a light lunch. We are already planning another stay for next year!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: North Bay Bed & Breakfast
Address: 17266 Bay View Dr, Presque Isle, MI 49777-8534
Region: United States > Michigan > Presque Isle
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Presque Isle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located between Alpena and Rogers City on beautiful lake Huron in Northbay. One can watch the sunsets or sunrise from the beach. Nature trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Bikes and Kayaks are also available. In the common room there is a microwave and small refrigerator stocked with beverages. Visit the "new" and "old" Presque Isle Lighthouses. ... more   less 

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