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Welcome to Black River Crossing Bed & Breakfast, a spacious log home in the heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We welcome adults who are looking for an outdoor adventure or a quiet indoor getaway in any season, whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter.
Black River Crossing Bed & Breakfast was built in 1997 from white pine logs, and opened in January 2002. We are situated near Ottawa National Forest in the heart of the Lake Superior snowbelt. Our Bed and Breakfast has three bedrooms, four fireplaces and three common areas for relaxation, game playing and movie watching. Enjoy complimentary evening beverages and indulge in a full, home-cooked breakfast.
All three bedrooms are large, relaxing and private but if you are seeking a different view, check out the three common areas. The Great Room is just that, great, with a wall of windows it overlooks PowderHorn mountain ski area. This room offers ample space for large groups, yet there are two separate seating areas for private, cozy conversations or reading. The island fireplace can be seen from every point in the great room.
The Loft... Enjoy the log-burning, fieldstone fireplace or gaze out over the forest. Play a game or do a puzzle at the loft table. The loft is a great area to relax and enjoy the evening. The TV Room... Stretch out on the built-in couch and enjoy a movie. Excercise Room: Try the treadmill, rowing machine, or elliptical. Or borrow a book from the bookshelf and warm yourself in front of the gas fireplace. The Sauna Cabin... Enjoy our wood-fired sauna in the evening. Couples can benefit from the therapeutic effects every night at the B&B.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Stan & Susan Carr for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The B&B itself is a destination. In the summer and fall, the grounds are like a private park with two waterfalls and great outdoor seating for relaxation. In the winter, the B&B is warm, spacious and relaxing with fireplaces in 3 common areas and in two of the three guest rooms. The sauna house is an experience in itself. The area attracts people for it's skiing in the winter and hiking and waterfalls in the summer and fall.
1. What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are B&Ber's ourselves. We have taken the best parts of the B&B's we've visited and incorporated them into our own. Because of this guests have told us they love most:
1. The beauty of the B&B itself. We've been told over and over that our website pictures don't compare to the reality and beauty of the house and the grounds.
2. Our style and personalities. We want guests to feel at home and totally at-ease with their stay here.
3. The amount of private space guests have inside and outside their rooms.
4. The guest self service area where guests have access to fruit, nuts, cold beverages, coffee, tea, chocolate, popcorn, at any time, day or night.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The accessibility to waterfalls and trails within national forests, state and national parks.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Many guests have told us our B&B is absolutely the nicest and most relaxing place they've ever stayed. We have been compared to the Belagio and the Wynn in Vegas.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The beautiful hidden waterfalls and the great hiking/snow shoeing trails.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Summer/Fall: Hiking - trails include the North Country Trail system and the Porcupine Mountain State Park. There are many more nearby trail systems. Kayaking or Canoeing - at the Gile Flowage with many uninhabited islands, Lake Gogebic or at Lake Superior or a guided tour of the sea caves near the Apostle Island's National Park
Biking - Both road biking and off road trails. Every Tuesday evening guests are invited to ride with an off-road group and every Wednesday evening is a casual road bike tour.
Currently a bike path is being constructed through our area ATVing - There are many trails and more are being built every year Fishing - Literally, the B&B is located on 1,500 feet of a wild and protected river, boasting one of the best trout fishing in the area. Guests can always rent a 1/2 or full day guided boat for Lake Superior fishing.
The Big Top Chautauqua (bigtop.org) offers great & varied entertainment throughout the summer & early fall for the 2013 season, Lyly Lovett, Merle Haggard, Gordon LIghtFoot, the BoDeans were some bands playing at this outdoor venue. Golfing - There's a great 9-hole golf course just up the street. But there are also other local golf courses.
Winter: Snow Mobiling - We are the snow mobile capital of the Midwest. Down hill skiing - there are four local hills, each with their own style. Cross Country skiing - There are several cross country ski areas and many more within a short driving distance. We are situated in a unique "snow belt" within the Lake Superior region. When no one else has snow, we do. Our B&B offers guests cross country ski equipment while here. Every Tuesday evening, a local group hosts skiing with an evening dinner at a local restaurant.
Snow shoeing - We provide snow shoes for our guests. We have trails on the property but there are also many local areas to snow shoe and see frozen waterfalls. Every Saturday evening, there is a free guided snow shoe hike at a local golf course. Every Wednesday evening, local snow shoe events are hosted by area restaurants. The snow shoe hike ends at a restaurant where hors d' oeuvres are served with a cash bar and full menu.
Many guests spend at least a full day at the B&B to read, play games, relax and take a sauna.
Year Round: There are several good antique shops in the area but there are also many artists and private galleries. Currently, the city of Ironwood is implementing an artists' coop with separate artist studios.
Venues at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. A fully restored theatre with one of only 7 fully-restored Barton organs in the world. In three different directions, we're within 1/2 - 1 hour of local casinos.
On our website, we provide a pdf with these and other possible activities in this area. We also keep an updated event's calendar for local events in the area.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Not really. We're out in the country, away from highway noise and light pollution. There is a golf course one mile away and a restaurant one mile away.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are too many very good restaurants to name. But our favorite food is the Lake Superior Whitefish It is delivered fresh every week for the Friday night fish fries.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The site we recommend most is the Hunt's Guide to the UP - hunts-upguide.com
Other sites we recommend for our guests when planning a trip:
A. The North Country trail northcountrytrail.org - The trail spans many states as the original plan was to create a 4,500+ mile connection from the Appalachian trail to the Pacific Coast Trail. The trail comes right through this area and is well maintained, with many parking areas near marked waterfalls. 23 miles of the North Country Trail runs through the Porcupine State Park
B. The Porcupine State Park - www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=426, is only 1/2 hour from the B&B. There, guests can enjoy 100 miles of hiking trails, snow shoeing, groomed cross country ski trails, down hill skiing and more waterfalls.
C. Our local historical theatre is worth checking out for an event when guests are in town. www.ironwoodtheatre.net
D. If summer/fall guests plan an extended stay, we recommend the big top chautauqua for an evening of outdoor entertainment: bigtop.org
E. For more ideas about the Western UP, we recommend http://www.explorewesternup.com. This site is supported by the Western UP visitor's bureau. Although we do not subscribe to their service which would require us to impose an additional 3% tax on our guests, the site does have some good information about the area.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Our B&B has only three rooms, each with a private bath. Two rooms have fireplaces and two-person whirlpool tubs.
Do you accept pets?
We are a pet-free.
How To Find UsWe are located 3.5 miles north of Bessemer, Michigan. Our address is Black River Crossing, N11485 Hedberg Road, Bessemer, MI 49911-9733.From Bessemer:Drive one mile west on U.S. Hwy 2 and turn right (north) onto Powderhorn Road - look for the giant skier statue at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Powderhorn Road.From Ironwood Michigan:Drive approximately 3 miles east on U.S. Hwy 2 and turn left (north) onto Powderhorn Road - look for the giant skier statue at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Powderhorn RoadFrom US Hwy 2 & Powderhorn:Follow Powderhorn Road north for 3 miles - across the railroad tracks. The road ends at Black River Road (county hwy 513). Turn right and travel about 1 mile east, past the Pub&Grub and down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left (north) onto Hedberg Road - look for the Boulder Creek Golf course sign. Cross the Black River. Look for the log house one block up the hill on the left.Yahoo! Map of Black River Crossing