After traveling for work a lot this year and staying in a lot of nondescript hotels (think HoJos, Knights Inns, etc.) I decided to do something different this time and find myself a bed and breakfast. After a Google search, I settled on the Blueberry Ridge Bed and Breakfast.
I think the charms of bed and breakfasts might be lost on me. I found it awkward to make conversation with the owner over breakfast, and while I'm sure that there are some travelers who would be charmed with the owner's early-morning piano playing, I found it strange.
The breakfasts were sugary sweet.
|Grape salad with brown sugar.|
|Peach puffed pancake with whipped cream, straight out of the can.|
|Dining room. This was at 7am. Notice the lit candles.|
|"Spicy fruit compote." Spicy because there was a cinnamon stick in there.|
For lunch, I went to Sweet Water Cafe, more than once. I also went there for breakfast. This little cafe is wonderful- fresh, healthy food, made with seasonally-appropriate ingredients that are influenced by the UP (maple cream latte.) They make their own bread and desserts and both are fantastic.
|Chilean avocado salad- exactly what I needed after the peach puffed pancake.|
|Yogurt, fruit, and granola, with toast and a maple cream latte. My favorite thing at Sweet Water.|
I also ate at Elizabeth's Chop House for dinner and The Vierling for lunch.
|Bread basket glory at the chop house.|
|Best thing I ate at the chop house was the house salad. That vinaigrette was to die for.|
|Planked whitefish at the chop house, with double the spinach.|
Marquette is a hilly town, which made running challenging but justified the above-mentioned almond cheesecake. There's a great little independent bookstore, and of course the views of Lake Superior are breathtaking. One morning I drove to Presque Isle park to go for a run, and I know that the autumn leaves will be spectacular at the park in October.
Before I hit the road for the 7 hour drive back to Lansing, I had a root beer float at Doncker's, which also has an adorable gift shop.
Does anyone have other Marquette or Upper Peninsula recommendations? Does anyone want to volunteer as chauffeur?