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Monday, January 31, 2011

One of Michigan's Top Resorts


I always love the feeling of being in a hotel. I know, for some people, this gets old after a long stretch of traveling - but for me, I like the thrill of it. It’s a constant stream of new places, new decorations, new rooms, new services and new people. I like the surprise of how the rooms are laid out so I can compare them to the other places I stay. I like being away from home, not having to make my bed, being able to leave a mess and know that I won’t have to pick it up. I just really enjoy the change of scenery every once in a while.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville. I was there for a work meeting but of course I just had to look around! Scott, the General Manager at Bay Pointe, was kind enough to take Shannon and me on the grand tour.

We started outside down by the Lake. Bay Pointe is nestled in the perfect location on the Southeast side of Gun Lake. The grounds are absolutely beautiful. As you walk down the stairs from the hotel to the shoreline, a few pairs of Adirondack chairs that adorn the front lawn greet you. They are faced towards the lake, and an instant feeling of serenity just overcomes your body. 

As you make your way over to the dock, you can’t help but notice the 3,000 square foot pavilion that can hold up to 200 people! This is the perfect place for an outdoor wedding, concert, or any other type of party. In fact, every Wednesday in the summer, Bay Pointe hosts a concert series called “Gun Lake Live.” A band comes and rocks out in the pavilion. It is a great event for families of all shapes and sizes and the event is open to the public. Bay Pointe Inn hosts weddings almost every weekend in the summer - and I can see why!
 
As we made our way back inside, we stopped by the room we were originally in for our meeting. The Fireside Banquet Center was the perfect location for our group of about 25.  The room can be set up anyway the group prefers, and there is a 144 inch projection screen that is ideal for meetings because everyone can see the screen. This room also doubles as a great concert venue. In fact, this weekend, on February 5th, Bay Pointe will be hosting the rhythm and blues musical styling of trio Tony Fields & Doug Decker with guest guitarist Jeff Starr. From 8:00pm- 12:00am, guests will be out of their seats dancing to the music. Reservations are accepted for this fun evening of dancing and cocktails, but are not required and there will be no cover charge.

We made our way through the hotel’s touring rooms that were decorated in the perfect theme - a beach motif. The hotel offers seven different types of room layouts. We couldn’t see every type, but our jaws dropped as Scott opened up the door to the last room we looked at. We were in the Lakeside Ultimate Suite and I’ll tell you- this room was cooler than the other side of the pillow! Complete with fireplace, pillow top king size, whirlpool tub, and 550 square feet of soothing d├ęcor. We didn’t want to leave. We both joked that this room was larger than both of our apartments- and I think it was!

We made our way back down the lobby and through the restaurant. If you remember the Where to Eat This Week post from a few weeks back, I talked about the Terrace Grille (if you missed it you can check it out here). This is the restaurant located inside of the Bay Pointe Inn. I obviously liked it - I can’t stop talking about it. But I will just reiterate my point again- there is some GOOD eating there!

There is a reason this place was voted “One of Michigan’s Top Resorts!” The whole aesthetic of Bay Pointe Inn combined with its location makes for the perfect getaway, whether it is for a weekend or a week. The beach and ambiance are the perfect combination for a little time away. For more information regarding the hotel, you can check out their website here

If you are in dire need of an overnight getaway, then you are in luck! This week we will be giving away an overnight stay in a Lakeside Luxury Guestroom at Bay Pointe Inn.  All you have to do to win is tell us what you love about hotels!

Good luck!

--Kelly

19 comments:

luke and pamela said...

i love that hotels are clean, without clutter, and without the mess of our busy home. they relax me.

Christa said...

First off, I loved your line about, "this room was cooler than the other side of the pillow!" Haha.

Second off, my favorite thing about hotels is when you first get there and you take off your shoes and lay on the bed. Usually at this point you have been traveling for a while and it's nice to finally be in one place.

- Christa Skelton (christaskelton at gmail)

Stewart Family said...

I love that they give me a chance to get away from it all & recharge.
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christina raffenaud said...

I absolutely believe that no matter how bad life seems to be dragging you down, if you get the chance to step outside your norm then you give yourself a chance at renewal. Hotels are a wonderful way to achieve this. Staying in a hotel can let your mind and even soul feel refreshed and new because of the completely different and crisp surroundings (assuming the hotel you stay in is a good one), you can be carefree, you don't have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or people interupting you. I love that hotels give you the freedom of expression and the opportunity for refreshing the mind and soul.

Melisa said...

I love hotels because it usually means I'll have a good chance to reconnect with my husband away from our busy family life. I also love Bay Pointe because it is a true Michigan Hotel. Their rooms accommodate to all of Michigan's beautiful seasons!

Reverend Hoot said...

I love the crisp clean sheets, no kids toys on the floor and an empty closet where everything I have fits into. Bonuses include no cooking, no cleaning and getting time away from our hectic lives...oh, and a hot tub - love that in winter; makes me feel all rich and fabulous, lol!

Camilla said...

I love that feeling of being able to do what I want when I want. I love knowing that someone won't come in the room "needing" anything. I love knowing that I can call/get food and eat it in my bed "just because". I love knowing that I can snuggle all night and not have to rush to get up in the morning to be somewhere. I love the "quietness" of just being. I love knowing that I can sit in the jacuzzi with bubbles, wine, cheese, fruit, and my better half for some "us" time. These are things that I love about a hotel.

Melanie said...

I love that hotels can be so relaxing and I don't have to worry about picking up after myself.

Ethan B. said...

What a beautiful hotel!

What I love about them is the sense of getting away that it gives you. Even if its a weekend trip hotels always trigger some sort of memory about vacation and the relaxation that comes with that.

Tina said...

Wow, I am so glad to have discovered your blog! I have lived in Michigan all my life and am well traveled throughout our state; even so, I'm learning more each time I read West Michigan Weekly.

My favorite thing about a nice hotel or resort is the pampering and comfort. I appreciate luxurious linens, plush robes, fine dining, and beautiful views. I like being able enjoy the time with my husband.

Cori Curtis said...

I love that I don't have to make the bed! My favorite hotels are the ones that leave a fresh baked cookie or chocolate on the nightstand in the evening.

Danielle said...

What I love about hotels... when I'm with the kids I love seeing how excited they are to be some place new. When I'm alone with my husband, I love just having the relaxing feeling of no responsibilities! Nothing to do except enjoy ourselves!

jeff said...

I enjoy swimming and so in the cold Michigan winters one of the only places you can find to swim is in hotels. It is great to get away and spend a relaxing time at a hotel and swim.

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Jessica Eluskie said...

I love hotels because I don't have to cook, clean, and do laundry. I can just relax and I know going to a hotel means that I am there to go to an event or to visit someone and it's a special occasion. Not the same ole boring day at home.

Anonymous said...

I love hotels because there are not the Mommy jobs of dishes, laundry and I love the breakfasts in the morning....I so would love this...We love the Gun Lake area....kaysweep@att.net

Anonymous said...

Bruce I grew up on Gun Lake Grandparents had a cottage.. I so miss it..My Wife and Son and I have not had a vacation in a long time this would be an amazing sweepstakes win....familywolters@att.net

labsuper said...

I love hotels because it means no work, no distractions, just a relaxing time!

John said...

I love hotels, because its time away from the every day life. I dont have to make the bed, I dont have to make breakfast, and I dont have to clean. :-)