Three Whitehall bed and breakfasts will be part of the 2nd Annual West Michigan Bed & Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour December 6 and 7 or December 13 and 14.
Stretching from Whitehall to Bear Lake, eight inns will open their doors to those in search of delectable holiday treats, recipes and decorating inspiration. Participating B&Bs and Inns located in Whitehall, Ludington and Bear Lake will hold private open houses and cookie tours from 6-9 p.m. Friday evenings, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, and 1-6 p.m. Saturday evenings Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.
In Whitehall, the Cocoa Cottage (223 S. Mears Ave.), White Swan Inn (303 S. Mears Ave.) and the Lewis House (324 S. Mears Ave.) bed and breakfasts will participate. The Lewis House is a part of the event for just the first week.
“This (cookie tour) is patterned after one that is in its 23rd year in a New Hampshire town in the White Mountains,” said Cathy Russell who owns and operates the White Swan Inn with her husband, Ron.
The halls will be decked and innkeepers will be ready to provide all holiday merrymakers with delicious holiday sweets and candies. Up to 20 varieties and three dozen cookies will be available for the taking and tasting each weekend!.
While sampling and collecting cookies, do a little Christmas shopping. Many of the inns will include pop-up shops featuring products from area artisans and merchants ranging from honey and syrup, coffee and tea, to paintings, jewelry, specialty soaps and lotions, there’s something special for everyone on your list.
Russell said the cookies she will be serving are the Red Velvet Cookie and the Cranberry Pecan Bars.
“The recipes are adapted to what my guests and I like,” she added.
Russell said she is rushing to get the White Swan Inn decorated for the holidays because recent inclement weather put them behind.
Debi Hillebrand, who owns and operates The Lewis House with her husband, Greg, will be Buckeyes and Whoopi Pies during the tour.
Lisa Tallarico said The Cocoa Cottage’s theme will honor her mother.
The B & B will be serving Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies in honore of her mom’s favorite holiday treat, and Cinnamon Run cookies which Tallarico said, “Looks and tastes like a cinnamon bun.”
The cookies will be served with the Cocoa Cottage’s famous hot chocolate.
Guests will also be able to shop at “Jeri’s Treasures,” a temporary gift shop on the Cocoa Cottage’s porch. Named after her mother, Tallarico said the shop will have locally made crafts. The shop will also be open to the public at scheduled hours this season.
To experience the tour to its fullest, book a two-night VIP ticket package with any of the participating inns. These packages will be established by each inn and include a variety of VIP treatments, along with two tour tickets, collector recipe cards from each inn, a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for a getaway at the participating Inn or B&B of your choice, and a beautiful, hand-crafted keepsake ornament.
Tour only tickets will go on sale Sunday, December 1, here on the Eventbrite page. Note that if a $35 ticket is purchased for either Friday night, that same ticket will allow the ticket holder entrance into the tour on Saturday as well. There is no need to purchase a ticket for Friday and for Saturday.
A portion of the tickets proceeds from this 2019 West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour will be re-invested into anti-trafficking efforts through a partnership with Ludington-based HumaniTea, a tea room and artisan gift shop located on James Street in Ludington.
2019 Participating Inns and B&Bs:
Cocoa Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Lewis House Bed & Breakfast (first weekend)
White Swan Inn Bed & Breakfast
Candlelite Inn Bed & Breakfast
Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast
Ludington House Bed & Breakfast
Shining Light Inn Bed & Breakfast
Bear Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast (first weekend)