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“What a fantastic experience! Jim and Linda are the best!”

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Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 9 Suttons Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“What a fantastic experience! Jim and Linda are the best!”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We just returned from a 3 night stay in Suttons Bay at the Korner Kottage for our anniversary and had a fantastic time. The location is perfect- within walking distance to all of Suttons Bay and in bike riding distance to many local wineries, cideries, bike trails etc. The B&B itself is very quaint and charming and very clean and Jim and Linda are the best hosts anyone could ask for. The breakfasts are amazing and the house always smells like Jim's amazing granola.They go out of their way to make their guests feel at home and go above and beyond to make your experience care free and enjoyable. We could not get enought of 9 Bean Row (a recommendation by Jim and Linda) for dinner-- a farm to table restaurant that is out of this world that rivals any place in Chicago. We stayed in the Porch room (it was all that was left) but absolutely loved it---it has a detached bathroom (the only room that does) but the bathroom is private and you are provided cozy bathrobes to go to and from- not an issue at all for us. Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

My getaway to Sutton Bay , MI , became a horrible experience . I Celita Welsch went with my husband Doug Welsch , to spend two nights at Korner Kottage, in Sutton Bay , a B & B indicated by my step- daughter and her husband . We had plan to visit the wineries of the region . When we arrived we received a welcome written on the blackboard on the wall of the porch . We saw an envelope with our name and it contained the password to get into the place . We had booked a room with King bed ,the Paris , but getting there , we noticed that the noise from a construction right at the corner and the cars , we tried to manage exchange the room. As there was not anyone to receive us but dozens of messages to please remove the make up , please , do this , do that , we called and informed that we would prefer the queen bedroom on the back , upstairs , to have less street noise , horns , men with machines working right next door, and they agreed . The room is very small . When we came from our tour to the nice wineries ,and after diner, the air conditioning in our room was already on with our stuffs . I could not sleep with the the air with terrible noise (one unit for each room) , and around 3 A.M. I turn it off (my husband spent the night thinking about doing the same and was happy that he could finally sleep . We woke up when cars started to drive down the street . The breakfast room was good, granola with almonds , yorgute , coffee, milk,fruit salad, and toast with Parmesan . As we didn't sleep well , my husband and I decided to go home but after the check out (WE PAID $190 with the taxes included but she didn't give us a receipt!), The worse was about to happen . As we share during the breakfast some thoughts that came to mind during the course of the trip , on our second day , my husband received a text message from my stepdaughter that she and her husband really wanted to talk with him . He called and she was angry , very nervous , and did not want to say until we get home. We thought something terrible had happened and even thought in the relationship , but we called the winery of my husband and spoke to a person who knew what happened . Linda , the owner of the B & B had told what we shared with her about my daughter working for another winery , with her spouse . Just that and our day was completely ruined knowing that we would have to face the furious daughter of my husband who was burning with anger and jealousy . Linda certainly should not do something so unethical , which we had shared with her(it was a big deal but for the wrong person it was a drama!) ​​. When I called her I couldn't talk to Linda , only with her husband, and next morning he hung up the phone ...what rude he was ! Now we have a misunderstanding, my husband 's mother worrying about false gossips, and Linda attitude brought a division in family because the jealousy. We are mature , he 63, and I almost 63 . We are financially independent . But after all , I give you an advice: do not share something that makes you happy or anything with certain unscrupulous persons who intentionally or not , can not only ruined our day and the entire week some people don't deserve to be trusted and avoid sharing good things with wrong people .

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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James R M, Owner at Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
The morning of this two night reservation began with a phone call to the author's husband ( and
father of a frequent guest ) explaining that we may not be home during normal check-in time. He said that was fine, as they would be in the area wine tasting. Every time we provide for self check-in it begins with a phone call saying there will be an envelope on the front porch. Inside this envelope is the keyless entry code, directions to your room , and ALWAYS A RECEIPT.
That afternoon when they arrived I received a phone call from the author stating that she did not like B & B's, and the only reason she was here was because her husband's daughter suggested they stay. She then asked if they could switch rooms due to the construction noise on the street side. We were happy to accommodate their move from the Paris Room to the England Room.
The reference to the Dozen notes in their room consists of three: please reuse your towels, please use the dark washcloths for makeup removal, and please turn on the exhaust fan when showering.
Our B & B has four guest rooms in a 1921 Craftsman Style home. All the rooms are small and we provide photos on our website.
The temperature that day was near 90 degrees. As a courtesy, we turned on their A/C unit to make it more comfortable when they returned from dinner. The A/C unit does have an OFF switch and the windows do open. We also provide earplugs and all our guest rooms have Dohm sound machines.
The next morning the two night reservation turned into a one night reservation as the author said they had to get home. There was no mention of their terrible experience. Had we known, we would have comped the room.
Breakfast conversation in the morning was pleasant and they both told us they were excited to return home and begin working on a new business venture. This new venture involved the author's family moving from Texas to Michigan. There was no mention that it was top secret.
Later that morning, we received an email from the author's stepdaughter, who along with her husband, are active in the family business asking how her father and his wife enjoyed their stay.
We replied that we were sorry they had to cut their stay with us short, but that we too were excited about their new business venture. She had no idea about a new venture.
The following morning began with a series of phone calls from the author, during breakfast time:
8:47 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 8:54 a.m., 8:55 a.m., and 8:56 a.m. I answered the first call and the author wanted to speak to my wife. She was upset that we had spilled the beans. I politely explained to her that we were in the middle of breakfast service and she would have to call her back and I hung up. My wife did make contact with the author later that week to set the story straight, that we did not initiate any email or rush to phone her stepdaughter.
We apologize for any misunderstanding.
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Korner Kottage is a fantastic Bed and Breakfast. It is charming and welcoming and so are the hosts. You feel the warm welcome as soon as you enter the front door - you will be met by a blackboard welcoming you as guests staying at the B&B.
We stayed in the Paris room and it is a wonderful room and very Paris decorated - in the best way possible. The pictures on the website were good but the room is even better in reality.
Linda and Jim are wonderful hosts and it feels like you are visiting friends. They are very helpful in suggesting restaurants and things to do. Jims makes, as everybody else has mentioned, a wonderful breakfast.
If you are travelling to Leelanau Peninsula this is the place stay you are not far from Traverse City, The Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Old Mission Peninsula.

Room Tip: The Paris room is very good. It also has a fridge. The other rooms might have that as well.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Jim and Linda provide an incredible B & B experience at the Korner Kottage! We couldn't have been more pleased with our lodgings! Linda and Jim are warm, welcoming hosts and their home is charming! The breakfasts in their garden are a scrumptious way to begin the day in this spectacular part of our country, and their guest rooms are comfortable, inviting retreats. Our daughter and son-in-law were engaged in the delightful garden during their stay at the Korner Kottage, and they recommended we stay there during our recent trip to northern Michigan. They told us it was wonderful, but it was beyond our expectations! Thank you, Linda and Jim for a vacation we will never forget! We hope to return soon!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lansing, MI
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This was our third time staying at KKB&B. The owners are just awesome and we love the new bed in the Paris room. They also have heavenly sheets! We really noticed the difference when we got home to our own sheets again. We stayed during the summer this time and got to enjoy breakfast in the garden, what a treat!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birch Run, Michigan
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

I agree with my better half, arjudd! Linda and Jim are a great duo. This is a well-run business with a likeable helpful couple steering us to great restaurants and experiences in the beautiful natural wonders of Northern Michigan.
Weather permitting, breakfast is served in a lovely garden designed by Linda. The personal decorative touches in this arts-and-crafts cozy home are a tribute to Jim and Linda's taste and ease with creating a great place to stay.
We WILL return!

Room Tip: Book early! This is a very popular site!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, MI
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Linda and Jim Munro offer a very well run B&B. They both are attentive, helpful (they know all the wineries, restaurants, theaters and spots to visit), good talkers (without being intrusive) and very good at running a B&B. How good? Well, they do a great job without ever showing how hard they work and that leaves the guests to enjoy themselves. Jim is unflappable and Linda serene. When we came back each night there were cupcakes on the dining room table and a quiet place to rest our heads. We've been in many B&Bs and this one is a definite keeper. Oh, did I mention that almost all the other guests were returning customers?
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Room Tip: There are two rooms on the second floor. "Paris" is a king bed room and the largest on the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Address: 503 St Joseph, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Region: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Suttons Bay
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Suttons Bay
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Hotel Class:3 star — Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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