The Kingsley House Bed & Breakfast

626 W. Main Street, Fennville, Michigan 49408
Innkeeper(s): Dave Drees
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to The Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast in the Heart of Southwest Michigan.

    The Kingsley House Bed & BreakfastEnchanting Historic Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of Southwest Michigan amid Fruit Orchards, Wineries and breathtaking countryside. Located in the center of it all, with so much to see and do year-round in nearby Saugatuck, Holland and South Haven. "Voted Top 12 Inn Worldwide, Best Breakfast in the U.S. and Best Innkeeper in the U.S."

    Stunning and Spacious Jacuzzi/Fireplace suites and lush chambers all with private baths, cable TV, VCR/DVD. Large wrap-around porch, four story turret and eight fireplaces (seven within suites and chambers), add to the elegance of the Inn. We offer an extensive list of spa and concierge services, including in-house massages, manicures and pedicures as well as dinners, picnic baskets, wine baskets, flowers, cakes and more. Pampered amenities include seasonal treats, aromatherapy toiletries, complimentary beverages, in-house video collection.

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    Elegant and peaceful, the Kingsley House offers guests a romantic setting with real hometown hospitality. The Inn features eight guest quarters, all with private baths, cable TV, fireplaces and more. Four of the rooms are whirlpool suites with spa amenities. Breakfast is served buffet style and has won numerous awards. Featured as one of the top 12 Inns worldwide in the 2008-2009 Bedandbreakfast.com awards, the Kingsley House has also garnished national recognition from The New York Times, Forbes and Time magazine.

    Romantic Getaway

    The Kingsley House is ideally located in the center of all that Southwest Michigan has to offer:

    • Lake Michigan sandy beaches - 5 minutes
    • Allegan State Forest Preserve - 5 minutes
    • Saugatuck/Douglas resort area - 10 minutes
    • South Haven resort area - 20 minutes
    • Holland resort area - 20 minutes
    • Downhill ski resorts areas - 20 minutes

    "We feel so fortunate to have found the Kingsley House. This is one of the
    best weekends of our marriage and we thank you so much for all the romantic touches."
    - Bill & Ronnie, 22nd Wedding Anniversary

    From late spring to early fall, guests dine on the expansive wrap-around porch. The grounds are quite large with numerous perennial flowers and trees, swings, lawn games and a large parking lot with ample room for all of their guests to park. Afternoon treats of lemonade and brownies are guest favorites as they lounge on the popular wicker porch swing. In the fall, there are caramel apples and cider awaiting and S'Mores and hot cocoa in the wintertime. Other guest amenities include wireless internet throughout, complimentary hot and cold beverages available 24-hours a day and a large video/DVD library for guests to enjoy in the privacy of their own luxurious suite.

    ArchThe Inn is open year-round and offers a wide array of packages and services, including wine lover's weekends, murder mysteries, cooking classes, limousine wine tour packages and women's getaway weekends. Spa services including in-house massages, facials and manicures are also available as well as personal touches like picnic baskets for guests to enjoy, gourmet chocolate trays, spa baskets, long-stem red roses and more.

    The primary focus of the Kingsley House is Romantic Getaways and they offer many romance/spa packages. The Inn hosts small weddings, anniversaries, honeymoon packages and even a hot air balloon ride package that has become quite popular for engagements, anniversaries or "just because" celebrations.

    Whether looking for a quick relaxing trip, a theme package weekend or a romantic getaway with someone special, the Kingsley House is sure to please. Experience why we received the distinctions of "Top 12 Inn Worldwide" by Bedandbreakfast .com, "Best Breakfast in the U.S.," "Best Breakfast in the Midwest" "Best Innkeeper in the U.S." and "Best in the Midwest by Arrington's Inntraveler." Your host, Dave Drees, hopes to have the opportunity to show you why the Kingsley House hospitality is top-notch!

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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dave Drees for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Romantic peaceful getaways yet convenient to so many close by options of towns, lake, wineries, etc.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn? 

    Just by the nature of the Inn's character, it is a romantic Inn. It was built in 1886 by a farmer (Kingsley) who researched apple cross-pollination and production.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Country charm In Michigan wineries/apple orchards country yet still close to so many options of things to do.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Actually heard quite often too: Even though there are nine bedrooms, you feel like you are in the Inn by yourself because it is so peaceful.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We're not a very far distance from major Michigan cities either....45 minutes to Grand Rapids, 45 minutes to Kalamazoo.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Multiple options in any direction: 5 minutes west is Lake Michigan, 5 minutes west is Allegan Forest, also 5 minutes from Fenn Valley Winery and Cranes Apple Orchards, 10 minutes from Saugatuck, 20 minutes from South Haven, 20 minutes from Holland.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, downtown Fennville has restaurants (Salt of the Earth highly acclaimed) as well as stores, small town shopping, parks, etc.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Cranes for lunch/desert, Salt of the Earth for gourmet food dining.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    saugatuck.com is most typical, also southhaven.org and holland.org

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 9 - 4 suites, 2 jr suites, 3 standard.

    Do you accept pets?

    No we do not; there are some local pet housing alternatives in the area. Please ask on request.

     

  • Your Host

    Having grown up on a farm in Northeast Iowa, your host Dave Drees shares his appreciation of fine Victorian details, open countryside living and gracious "hometown" hospitality with the many guests of the Kingsley House and Southwest Michigan.

    Guests are usually surprised when they learn that Dave had spent 20 years in the corporate and business world as a certified public accountant. This experience has served him well in establishing a sound business plan for the Kingsley House. But it is his passion for hospitality, cooking, gardening, decorating and nature that drew him to Innkeeping. The Arrington's Inn Traveler awards of "Best Innkeeper in the U.S.," "Best in the Midwest" and "Best Breakfast in the Midwest" are a testimony to his passion and love of the hospitality he shows his guests.

    In his spare time, Dave enjoys working out, gardening, running (marathons when possible) and of course cooking.

    Just some of the guest comments about your host:

    "Dave's attention to detail is above and beyond." Norm and Tammy, Scotts, MI

    ".the way you run your Inn is what makes the difference..we will be back!" Mark & Joann, Madison, WI

    "We love returning to your Inn! This by far is one of the best BandBs. We can tell Dave's heart is in all he does. His hospitality and charming personality make us eager to return." April and Sim, Naperville, IL

    "After literally dozens of B and B experiences, we can truly say your hospitality rates #1!!" Christi and Mike, Eagan, MN

    "WOW!! .just when I think you've thought of everything, I see something else that just makes this place PERFECT! We can't wait to come back!" Jennifer and Jeremy, Northville, MI

    "you are an amazing host! You have certainly put your heart into it, and it shows down to the smallest detail." Vivian and Wanda, Indianapolis, IN

    "Innkeeping is your calling! You made our visit very special." Chris and Lora, Winn, MI

    "a wonderful, romantic getaway. The hospitality, the food and our room was outstanding! We will definitely be back." Arnold and Lenette, Archibald, OH

    "You are the perfect host...you have outdone yourself!" Sandra and Rick, Livonia, MI

    "We arrived as strangers to our host and we are leaving with memories of a new friend." Tom and Lisa, Laingsburg, MI

    "What a fantastic stay..Everything from the food, accommodations and service was top notch." Steven and Michael, Chicago, IL

    "your attention to details is unequal to any other we have ever experienced!" Mary Lee and Tom, Lafayette, CA

    "the food was absolutely delicious and the hospitality unparalleled." Virginia & Josh, Chicago, IL

    "Your house is wonderful, the rooms are so beautiful, your breakfasts superb, and your hospitality is the icing on the cake!" Bob and Nancy, Ft. Wayne, IN

    "First class act!" Dan and Julie, Novi, MI

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  • A Relaxing Retreat for the Two of You

    Panoramic Parlor ViewThe perfect setting for a relaxing retreat.

    We are one of the most recognized Southwest Michigan Bed and Breakfast Inns for a reason--the attention we pay to our guest's needs. We're sure you will agree that we have thought of everything to make your getaway enjoyable and memorable.

    We have bicycles available for you to use to explore our Southwest Michigan countryside. Ride by Hutchins Lake on your way to Fenn Valley winery or Cranes Apple Orchards. Hike the Saugatuck Dunes State Park and take in a gorgeous Michigan sunset or comb the Lake Michigan beaches for shells. Explore the beauty of the forest on our cross country skis in the wintertime. The Saugatuck Dunes rides are a popular activity from Spring to Fall and the U-pick Orchards from Saugatuck to South Haven are always a popular summer and fall activity.

    WIFI Wireless Internet Access is available free-of-charge throughout the Inn for our guest's use during their stay with us.

    After a full day of exploring Saugatuck, Holland or South Haven, have a seasonal treat of lemonade and cookies on our large wrap around porch in the summertime. Or indulge in caramel apples and hot cider before touring Cran'es corn maze in the fall and make your own s'mores and hot cocoa in the wintertime after skiing or ice skating.

    Romantic GetawayThe wicker furniture on our front porch is a popular place all day long, especially the porch swing overlooking the front lawn and the large seating area to relax to a good book or an afternoon wine and cheese break for two. Relax in the backyard canopy swing while taking in the countryside surroundings or cuddle up together in our side garden's hammock while listening to the numerous species of birds.

    Don't forget to come back from dinner in time to watch a movie in the privacy of your own luxurious suite or room. All guest accomodations include cable TV with VCR/DVD player and we have an extensive free current and classics video library for your convenience. We also have a large collection of board games for a romantic night for two or a fun time with friends.

    A hot beverage machine is available 24 hours for your enjoyment of select coffees, teas, cocoa and cider as well as complimentary sodas and bottled waters.

    Our Jacuzzi suites have terry cloth bathrobes for you to relax in and all of our rooms have special aromatherapy soaps and shampoos.

  • Area Activities

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    • On Water:
      • Boating. White Sand Beaches. Swimming. Fishing.
    • On Land:
      • Hiking: Trails available in Allegan State Forest and Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
      • Bicycling: Many trails. Some along the lake.
    • Summer Theatre: The Mason Street Playhouse.
    • Gourmet Dining: Sidewalk cafés to French Country Cuisine.
    • Antiquing: Allegan Antique Market and many shops and malls.
    • Festivals:
      • Tulip Festival in May
      • Venetian Festival in July
      • Taste of Saugatuck in August
      • Goose Festival in October
      • Halloween Harvest Fest in October
    • Golf: Several coarses to choose from.
    • Winery: Fenn Valley Vineyards. Open all year.

    Winter at The Kingsley House

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    • Skiing:
      • Cross Country: Beginner to Advanced. Equipment rentals available.
      • Down Hill: Two areas within 25 miles.
    • Ice Skating: On nearby Hutchins Lake.
    • Shopping: Art Galleries. Crafts. Home Decor. Antiques. Clothing. Something for everyone.
    • Gourmet Dining: Special restaurants for that special occasion.
    • Christmas: Plays. Concerts. Home Tours.
  • Breakfast Treats

    Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each MorningWe serve a Full hot gourmet breakfast everyday of the year.

    Breakfast is always an event at the Inn, no matter what day of the week. A typical breakfast starts with peaches in a cloud, fresh seasonal fruits, our famous blueberry coffee cake, lemon poppy seed muffins and more. The main course includes numerous guest favorites such as Apple-cherry crisp French toast, Egg strata souffle', Belgian waffles, Fluffy omelets, Sweet-tangy kielbasa sausage, Cheesy basil potatoes and more. Dietary restrictions are no problem as we go out of our way to accommodate our guest's needs. All our breakfasts are home made with farm fresh ingredients and we use local Michigan farmer's market harvests whenever possible. Breakfast is included in our room rates.

  • Elegant Weddings

    Quoting from a recent bride, "our wedding at the Kingsley House was a fairy tale come true."

    We provide two options for small, intimate nuptial affairs--see our website's
    "Romantic Getaways" page for details and to plan your Fairytale Wedding.

  • How To Find Us

    From Chicago and points West along I-94:

    1. Take I-94 East to I-196 North, exit at Exit 34 (Fennville)
    2. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto M-89 and follow East for about 6 miles
    3. The Kingsley House will be on your left

    From Detroit and points East along I-94:

    1. Take I-94 West to US-131 North, exit at the Allegan / Plainwell (M-89) exit
    2. Follow M-89 West about 25 miles into Fennville
    3. The Kingsley House is 3 blocks West of downtown on the right-hand side

    From Detroit and points East along I-96:

    1. Take I-96 West towards Grand Rapids to I-196 West towards Holland and follow to Exit 34 (Fennville)
    2. At the bottom of the ramp turn left onto M-89 and follow East about 6 miles
    3. The Kingsley House will be on your left

    Distance to the Kingsley House

    • Saugatuck 8 miles (10 minutes)
    • Holland 12 miles (15 minutes)
    • South Haven 17 miles (20 minutes)
    • Chicago 141 miles (2.5 hours)
    • Detroit 181 miles (3.25 hours)
    • Indianapolis 241 miles (4.25 hours)
    • South Bend 70 miles (1.25 hours)
    • Toledo 194 miles (3.5 hours)