Review Of Michigan Bed And Breakfast; My Favorite:

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Heather House

Front door to Heather, Marine City Michigan
Front door to Heather, Marine City Michigan | Source

Michigan

Michigan, was the land of my dreams when I was little. Mother's best friend was from the Upper Peninsula. Several summers, when she was driving east to visit family, there was talk of me going along. Little did I know I would end up married to a man who called Michigan home. Marine City, Michigan is one of those places that evokes fond memories for my husband. As I tell you about Heather House, my heart yearns to return there to the delightful people who own and operate this Bed and Breakfast and the beautiful scenery around Heather House.

September 2, 1905. St. Clair, Michigan. "Launch of steamer Frank J. Hecker."
September 2, 1905. St. Clair, Michigan. "Launch of steamer Frank J. Hecker." | Source
View of the Saint Clair River and Canada
View of the Saint Clair River and Canada | Source

Marine City, Michigan

Marine City, Michigan, is on the Saint Clair river, about 40 miles north of Detroit. If you are in the Detroit area Heather House,in Marine City, is a great place for a stay-cation. If you are from California it is a great destination.

Looking east from Heather House just across the river is Canada. You can actually watch people walking around their yard in Canada. The river is deep,cold,fast moving and provides hours of refreshment on a hot summer day. The river activity all year round is worth sitting and watching. Tankers steam past Heather house loaded with coal and other products from around the world. Built in the l880's for William Sauber, chief engineer for the Mitchell Fleet of Steamers. Captain Sauber and his ships traveled the Saint Lawrence Seaway and around the world. At the time the captain built his home the Saint Clair river house ship yards that built and repaired ships.

This river is still an important part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. In the summer it's fun to count watch and see the flags from different countries on the ships as they pass by. During sever winters Tankers have gotten ice bound.

Heather House is the still the perfect place to sit and watch the array of international ships and recreational boaters. If your room doesn't face the river there are plenty of verandas and bay windows were you can sit and enjoy the water show. If you would like to participate, the beach is across the street and down a couple of blocks. There are fishing spots all along the river.

A Series Of Fortunate Frustrations

We got the save the date for my niece's wedding. I called several friends in Michigan. The friends closest to the wedding would be gone to Florida by the end of October. Other friends in Novi would make a nice stop, but were too far from the river area and the wedding venue be to stay with. Bless the internet. Like any thrift conscience traveler, I began looking at hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. I wanted one close to Algonac,MI near our family. I called a bed and breakfast in Algonac only to discovered they were closing the week before our trip. Then I looked at hotels. Nothing that appealed to me, I was looking for a suite type place so we could give the family a respite if wedding festivities got too hectic. I started casting about towns that went north up the river toward Port Huron. I found a web-site for a place in Marine City, called Heather House. Our family lived in Marine city for a few years, it seemed like a good idea to be somewhere between Algonac and Saint Clair where the wedding would be. The website said call to make reservations. Leave a message if nobody answers. Really? Calls are never easy for me. I would rather speak to an answering machine. Luck was with me I got the answering machine and left a message. Heather House looked interesting. The next day I had a call from a lady named Barbara. She gave me all the information I needed answered questions took my credit card information, and a receipt showed up in my mail box two days later. I thought it curious that check in was 3pm. Later, I discovered Barbara is a teacher and has to get home from school weekdays. Fortunately for us, she had decided to accommodate guests this way. Her parents had run the Heather house full time after they retired. The house is named after her mother. They had just retired from the Bed and Breakfast business the first time we stayed there.

Fall colors
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Is it the place, the circumstance, or the people that make a place special? I say the people can and places can combine to make things wonderful. Heather House is warm and inviting. Barbra and her parents created a home that is inviting. While is a big house it is not drafty even in the winter. Heather house is gracefully appointed with period furnishings and artwork.

Weddings by definition are stressful. The purpose for our stay was not only a wedding, there would be a memorial during this particular trip as well. Having a place to relax would be wonderful.

Barbra, our hostess, encouraged us to use the house as if it were our own. She showed me where tea fixings were, making it very clear we were to use the house. She suggested we fix dinner there if we wanted and entertain family as well. Each of the nights we were there different family members joined us for tea. What a relief to have someplace to relax and entertain.

Breakfast

Breakfast at Heather House makes you want to get up and eat. We sat in an intimate alcove and sipped coffee while waiting for Barbra to finish our breakfast. Baked grapefruit amazed my husband, who isn't a grapefruit person, but loved it. Pastries were fresh and the conversation wonderful.

We left Heather House refreshed and invigorated, despite the hustle and bustle of the family activities. I called Barbara to tell her about this hub. Though it has been two years, it was like talking with a dear friend.

Michigan Summer

We are heading for Michigan again this summer, so be sure to look for new pictures in August.

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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Heather House looks divine. I'm also a Barbara, and have a B&B in S W France. Very different in style but with similar fabulous autumn colours in the surrounding countryside. Looking at articles like this make me long to travel. Many thanks.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

I have an adopted French daughter and would love to visit her and Les Trois Chenes.


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molometer 5 years ago

What a stunning building and the pictures are wonderful. Looks like a great place to stay. Voted up UI & B


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

molometer, The beauty of HubPages is you can travel while sitting at your computer. This is indeed a lovely place to visit.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

What a lovely spot for a vacation. My list of "must-visits" just keeps getting longer and longer.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

RedEld, Amazing how much there is to see and do without going far.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I love the amazing and beautiful pictures. Outstanding!


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

ubanichijoki, Greetings glad to meet you.


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Heather House sounds absolutely amazing. The photos are great, they make you want to be there right now.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

So true, Angela, every time I look at the picture, my heart goes to the wonderful people who run Heather House and its beauty.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. It sounds like a charming place. I'll keep Heather House in mind in case I ever travel in that part of Michigan.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Oh indeed do go to Marine City and Heather House. It is wonderful any time of the year. We were there in late October and had the house to ourselves. It was wonderfully cozy.

We like it because the two coasts can meet the Michigan family and not be a burden.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a gorgeous bed and breakfast place! It sounds as though the Heather House became a real home away from home. Will keep it in mind should our travels ever take us up that way. Did you take any inside photos? What a glorious time of year to be there with the Fall colors. Up votes and sharing.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

I shall check to see if I took any indoors photos. I must have. Thanks for asking.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Sounds like a great place. I love Michigan it has lots of great places. Voted up.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

moonlake, Greetings! We are headed to Michigan in July. After years of hearing about Mackinaw I will finally get there. Hopefully we will have time to stay at Heather House too.

So look for updated pictures in August.


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drpastorcarlotta 3 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Wonderfully written. Wonderfully cozy sounds like something I would love! Voted-Up!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

drpastorrcarlotta, Thank you for visiting. You would truly love Heather House. I am looking forward to staying there again this summer while we are in MI.

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