An Experience Like No Other at the Pohl Bison Bed and Breakfast

This is not your ordinary Michigan Bed and Breakfast! Guest blogger Erin Cornett from the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us how to get up close with a bison at the Pohl Bison Bed & Breakfast. 

Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

In the bed & breakfast industry, every place is unique. Each offers its own character and individual style of hospitality, and in the Mt. Pleasant area that reigns true for many. One particularly notable B&B is located just a few miles north of town away from the hustle and bustle. Owned by Jim and Krista Pohl, the Pohl Bison Bed & Breakfast is anything but ordinary.

Inside the Amish built log cabin, visitors can take in the rustic Michigan countryside. The stone fireplace makes for a welcoming family room, while the gorgeous wooden spiral staircase leads to two comfortable rooms for relaxing. A large lofted room is the perfect space to enjoy a cup of coffee and overlook the sprawling acreage of the family ranch.

Photo courtesy of the Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

Photo courtesy of the Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

When visiting the Pohl Bison B&B, visitors are not only welcomed by the host family, but by the bison that graze on the 40 acre grounds. Jim and Krista Pohl have had a passion for buffalo since a trip to Wyoming many years ago. Today, they raise over 50 bison on their land. Visitors can watch them roam from the large decks surrounding the house, or as they warm up next to the fire pit in the backyard.

Starting this year, Pohl Bison will be taking buffalo viewing to the next level by offering bison tours to their guests. “We are planning on starting (the tours) in June and through the fall,” said Krista Pohl.

Guests will go for a ride on a renovated covered wagon as they enter the grazing pastures. Once the wagon is in the field, the bison walk right up to the wagon becoming inches away from the guests. The Pohl’s even bring buckets of cubed alfalfa treats to toss to the bison.

Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

Photo courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Area CVB

Guests may also purchase locally packaged bison meat products such as steaks, jerky or sausage or take home a fun buffalo souvenir from the Bison Horn Gift Shop. The gift shop is also open to the public on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Whether you are looking for a quiet getaway, or a fun place to catch up with old friends, the Pohl Bison Bed and Breakfast mixes classic Michigan scenery with an unconventional activity to create a once in a lifetime bed & breakfast experience. The Pohl Bison Bed & Breakfast is located on the outskirts of the quiet little village of Rosebush.  It’s conveniently located between Mt. Pleasant and Clare right off US 127.

For more things to do and see in the Mt. Pleasant Area, check out our list on michigan.org.

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The History Behind Michigan’s Hexagon House

The Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast, named after its unique architectural design, is a “turn of the century” Victorian home in beautiful Pentwater, Michigan. Today, Chris Adema of LovePentwater.com gives us a look back at the history behind this charming bed and breakfast.

Learn more about the Hexagon House and other Michigan bed and breakfasts by visiting michigan.org.

Perched along the sandy shores of Michigan’s western coast are numerous summer beach towns – not least among them is the quaint harbor village of Pentwater. Located just south of Ludington, Pentwater is a somewhat lesser known vacation destination, serving as the home of a beachside state park, multiple marinas, boutique clothing stores, art galleries, and a truly beautiful bed and breakfast with a long history: The Hexagon House.

Pentwater was initially established in 1853, finding its beginning as a shipping port, mill, and center for the then booming lumber industry that was busily expanding across Michigan.  The Hexagon House was, in turn, constructed circa 1870 as one of the first boarding houses for the many lumbermen visiting the area from Chicago and from around the Great Lakes, making the home nearly as old as the town itself.  In fact, the builder and first owner was named S.E. Russell, and was an agent of Charles Mears – the Western Michigan lumber baron of that time, and the same man responsible for digging the channel and turning Pentwater into a harbor town. The Hexagon House has truly been a staple in this waterfront community since the very beginning, and played an important role in the bygone era that gave birth to the village.

The next major evolution of the Inn came about in the 1920s and 30s when the two daughters of S.E. Russell inherited the property and turned it into a summer tourist camp, and the home base from which they ran a homemade pie business and a boat rental business.  (The black and white photo included in this post comes from that time period.)

The surviving Russell sister sold the home in the 1950s. Since that time The Hexagon House has changed owners on five more occasions, being enjoyed by the families of a distinguished dentist from Chicago, a professor from Nova Scotia, the Warners, who are responsible for completely renovating the home in 1994, restoring it to a masterpiece of Victorian elegance (you can see the deteriorated pre-renovation condition of the home and the final result in the included photographs), and two veterinarians from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Finally, in 2011, Matt and Sandy Werner purchased the property, embarking on second careers as innkeepers.

Today this Victorian bed and breakfast inn boasts five exquisite guest rooms, including a suite, with wrap around porches, a sprawling lawn, and the convenience of being only a short walk or bike ride to the village of Pentwater. It stands ready to welcome guests for the 2013 season and beyond.

Have you or do you plan to visit the Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast? Share with us below and learn more on michigan.org.

Chris Adema is a Michigan native, the owner of LovePentwater.com, and an internet marketing professional servicing Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast with website management and online promotion.

A Quiet Romantic Getaway

Wendy Klein shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a surprise anniversary and Michigan getaway to the Springbrook Inn in Prudenville.

Photo credit: Realadventures.comThis year for our anniversary, my husband pulled off a surprise….and it was wonderful! He made reservations at the Springbrook Inn, a couples-only bed-and-breakfast at the south end of Houghton Lake. A large hot tub and private balcony (or porch) is standard in all eight rooms, each with a different theme. Our North Woods-themed room overlooked beautiful perennials, a koi pond, and a waterfall. Every morning a hot breakfast was delivered to our door, perfect for enjoying in bed. The inn has some of the best food I have ever had.

 

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