Jackson, Michigan, the town where the Republican Party sprang into being, was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. Alive with history and chock full of museums and festivals, the Jackson area also features the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, with wine tours a favorite attraction. No matter why you visit this historic area, make your stay more personal by choosing one of the area bed and breakfasts as your home base for hospitality.
Rose Trellis Bed & Breakfast
Experience the old-fashioned charm of this restored Victorian home in the heart of downtown Jackson. The Rose Trellis Bed & Breakfast features rose-themed décor with lace and antiques throughout the house and is located a short distance from many area antique shops. Special features include a honeymoon suite and Jacuzzi tubs. Romantic and cozy, each of five guest rooms sports furnishings by time period, from the mid-1800s to the 1930s, and comes with its own bathroom. Rooms start at $80 a night. You can also purchase exotic teas and spices in the Pantry Specialty Shoppe on the main floor.
Just 12 miles north of Jackson, visit the Hankerd Inn, a renovated 1885 farmhouse in Pleasant Lake. This large country estate features 14 guest rooms, each with its own bathroom and shower, and an adjacent 27-hole golf course. Walk through the lush English gardens to find two more homes, the Shaunessy Cottage, with two bedrooms and a full kitchen, and The Barn, 7,000 square feet richly decorated, with an additional six guest rooms. Weddings are a specialty, held on the well-manicured grounds inside a charming Gazebo, with banquet facilities available. Price per room ranges from $75 to $125.
Albion Heritage Bed and Breakfast
A quick 15 miles west of Jackson in Albion, the Albion Heritage Bed and Breakfast location is perfect when visiting Albion College just across the street. Built in 1912 by the widow and son of Albion pioneer John G. Brown, this Georgian Revival home exudes Albion history yet offers all the modern conveniences. The house boasts four smoke-free guest rooms, all with cable TV, DVD and VCR access. Some of the rooms come with a fireplace or a Jacuzzi, and all have a private bath and air conditioning. Rates range from $90 to $145 a night and include a full gourmet breakfast.
Dewey Lake Manor Bed & Breakfast
The Dewey Lake Manor B&B on Dewey Lake in Brooklyn is just 17 miles southeast of Jackson. This 100-year-old Victorian-decorated manor offers the charm of the past plus must-haves for today’s on-the-go guests. TVs, DVDs and VCRs connect each of the five guest rooms to the outside world, and Wi-Fi is available on site. Or get away from the world with amenities that get you out onto the verdant 18-acre estate, including a paddle boat and canoe for lake lovers; grills, tables and bonfires for picnics; and croquet and horseshoes for leisurely fun. Rooms run from $89 to $139 a night.
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