Nine lakeshore inns to host B&B Christmas Cookie Tour during two weekends
Nine west Michigan bed and breakfasts will host the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour Dec. 7-9 and 14-16.
The tours will include baking cookies from scratch and holiday lights, sights and sounds in small towns that span the west coast of Michigan from Whitehall, Hart and Pentwater, to Ludington and Bear Lake.
The inns will host pop-up shops featuring local artisans. Deals from restaurants and merchants will be available in each town.
“Innkeepers are some of the best bakers around, and the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour will showcase their talents and traditions,” said event organizer Ellen Alderink of Ludington House B&B.
Melanie Barnard of Candlelite Inn B&B, also in Ludington, said, “You won’t see any Rice Krispie treats on this tour. Nothing made from pre-packaged dough. Nothing with unpronounceable ingredients or preservatives.”
Since cookies will be freshly baked for guests attending the tour. Tickets will be limited.
“The sure-fire way of getting a ticket is to stay at one of the inns,” said Jen Hinderer of Lamplighter B&B in Ludington, one of the tour’s three principal organizers. “A few of the B&Bs may offer one-night stays on those weekends, but for the fullest immersion in Christmas cookie nirvana, you’ll be glad you booked a two-night stay at one of the B&Bs on the tour.”
Additional tickets — not connected to an overnight stay — will be available Dec. 1 for the first weekend and Dec. 7 for the following weekend. Call 800-301-9792 to purchase a non-refundable ticket. Single-ticket sales will be limited.
Tickets are $25 a piece and include access to all nine inns on the tour, four freshly baked holiday cookies from each B&B (up to 3 dozen), recipes for all cookies featured on the tour, and one keepsake ornament designed by Ludington artist Mary Case.
People staying at one of the B&Bs will also have access to special discounts and exclusive offers to downtown area businesses. People can also enter a drawing for one $250 gift certificate to be used toward a future stay at one of the participating B&B’s.
The West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour includes the following inns, and numerous businesses in their respective towns. Starting in Whitehall and moving North:
Cocoa Cottage B&B, Whitehall
White Swan Inn, Whitehall
Hart House B&B, Hart
Hexagon House, Pentwater
Candlelite Inn B&B, Ludington
The Lamplighter B&B, Ludington
Ludington House B&B, Ludington
Shining Light Inn B&B, Ludington
Bear Lake B&B, Bear Lake (Bear Lake B&B will participate only Dec. 7-8.)
All of the inns in this scenic area close to Lake Michigan are located near U.S. 31 or one of the U.S. 31 business loops.
Additional information can be found at www.mailchi.mp/fcaea29cb75d/2018cookietour.