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Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast in Suttons Bay

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Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast 231.271.2711

Live and experience first hand the Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast’s legendary romantic love story… once upon a time, nearly a century ago, a lumberman named Martin Severson had a sawmill, acres of Northern forest and one enduring dream: to marry his sweetheart, Olise Olson. In 1921 he began building the home he hoped to share with her, lovingly crafting rooms where they would live, laugh, raise their children and grow old together. When he finished in 1922, young Martin asked for Olise’s hand in marriage. She said yes; her parents said no. Revel in the romance for which this home was built, and steal away with your true love to the Korner Kottage. Fortunately the Korner Kottage stands as it did back then: a testament to true love, romance and a happily ever after worth waiting for. So what are you waiting for?

More than a good night’s sleep in Suttons Bay
Some say the necessities of life are food, water and shelter. We don’t disagree.

But we happen to think there are a few other items that make that life worth living: romance, respite, art, exploration…and maybe a few cookies before bed.

At the Korner Kottage B&B, living the sweet life is not only possible, it’s the rule. So what are you waiting for? Come stay awhile. Feed your soul, inspire your heart. Rest your body.

Your joy is in our details.
Your Hosts: Linda and Jim Munro

At the Korner Kottage, four guest rooms are available: Follow your fancy to our England Room, where, behind a door crowned with a stained-glass transom window, you’ll find a soft queen bed embraced inside toasty terra cotta walls, a window that overlooks the backyard garden and a private bathroom. Across the parlor landing, a similar door leads to another world, the Paris room. Cool and calm as the Seine, the Paris room is cast in hues of sage, and—thanks to a bathroom skylight and bedroom view that overlooks Suttons Bay—plenty of soft sunlight. Loll around in the rays in the king-sized bed at room’s center. Downstairs, our coziest rooms, offer queen beds and private baths.

No matter which room you choose, you’ll find the amenities equally sumptuous in each. Thirsty? You’ll find a small refrigerator in every room, each stocked with chilled water and essential for any guests who like to stash away something for a midnight snack. Thick, fluffy robes and warm slippers are yours for however long you stay. And, no doubt, you’ll want to stay longer the second you slip them off and slide into bed. We press our sheets the old-fashioned way, on a 1950′s-era Iron-Rite, so they’re soft, smooth and as decadent as a dream. The final flourish? A chocolate on your pillow—a sweet send-off to an even sweeter slumber.

Early each morning, the sun rises over the waters of Grand Traverse Bay, spilling over the still-quiet avenues of Suttons Bay and into the windows of the Korner Kottage. You can rise with it if you like—snuggled into the fluffy robe and slippers we provide you, a steaming mug of hot tea cupped in your hand—or you can do what you can’t do anywhere else: Cuddle closer to the one you love and linger just a wee bit longer in dreamland.

Don’t worry; the enchantment doesn’t end when you wake up. Breakfast brings its own charms to the Korner Kottage. You’ll know when it’s time to take your seat at our breakfast table. The sizzle of bacon, the hum of the Italian Saeco coffee pot, the sinfully sweet smell of our cherry chocolate muffins will be your alarm.

Our menu changes with the seasons, but our specialty—one we never waver from—is using locally grown and made foods whenever possible. On our table, you’ll find maple syrup coaxed from the trees at Leelanau Peninsula Maple Sugar Bush. Fresh bread from Stone House Bread’s bakery. Java from Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co. And the best eggs, cheese, meat, veggies and fruit we can find at the local farmers market.

What’s all that mean to you? An unbelievably fresh, fantastic mouthwatering meal, of course.

We wouldn’t tempt you out of bed for anything but.

The Romantic History of the Korner Kottage
Once upon a time, nearly a century ago, a lumberman named Martin Severson had a sawmill, acres of Northern forest and one enduring dream: to marry his sweetheart, Olise Olson. In 1921 he began building the home he hoped to share with her, lovingly crafting rooms where they would live, laugh, raise their children and grow old together. When he finished in 1922, young Martin asked for Olise’s hand in marriage. She said yes; her parents said no.

Alone, heartbroken but ever hopeful, Martin moved into the empty house and waited. And waited. And waited. And as true love does, theirs endured.

When Olise’s parents passed away, she and Martin–well into their 40′s–finally married. They made this house their home and lived happily ever after.

Though nearly a century has passed since Martin began building their dream, the Korner Kottage stands as it did back then: a testament to true love, romance and a happily ever after worth waiting for.

So what are you waiting for? Revel in the romance for which this home was built, and steal away with your true love to the Korner Kottage. Although the location around us is extraordinary, don’t feel the least bit guilty if you don’t want to leave; a full day spent here is equally exceptional…

You’ll wake up together in 700 thread-count sheets–freshly ironed the old-fashioned way–and shuffle into the dining room for breakfast that’ll knock your socks off. Spend the morning on the screened porch, playing cribbage, chess or Parcheesi while you sip coffee–always fresh, always hot–from our Italian-bistro style Saeco coffee machine. Care to explore the garden? When the weather’s warm, the cozy nooks and shady hideaways nestled amongst the flowers are the perfect place to wile away an afternoon watching the birds, the bees and the breeze.

When you’re hungry, a plate of homemade cake cookies–think lemon chocolate chip and other one-of-a-kind recipes passed down for generations–is always at the ready. Grab a few and retire to your room for some quiet time. Come evening, curl up wherever you choose with a book selected from our shelves. Or better yet, add a chapter of your own to our on-going guest novel.

Whatever you do, however you spend your day–it’s up to you. But in the spirit of Martin and Olise, trust us, it’s wonderful when you spend it here together.

The Joy of Being in Suttons Bay
Step off the Korner Kottage’s screened-in porch, and you’ll discover a world around you as charming as the one you’ve just left inside.

You’re standing on the sunrise side of the famed Leelanau Peninsula in the quaint village of Suttons Bay. Here, classic cottages and quiet avenues stretch below a shady canopy of century-old trees. Just across the road, the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan’s West Grand Traverse Bay await. Dip in your toes, cast a line or simply spread a blanket and cuddle up on the golden sand. Afterward, amble arm in arm up the sidewalk. Your destination: downtown Suttons Bay, just a short stroll away.

This vintage village is petite but packed with art galleries, eateries and boutiques galore. Find fabulous jewelry, gifts and art at The Painted Bird; beautiful glass items, garden art, Benchmade knives, and unique home decor at the Bayside Gallery, and housewares you’ll wonder how you lived without at The Front Porch.

Perhaps you’d like to step back in time yourself? Then take in a show at the one-screen wonderful Bay Theater. You’ll know it by the old fashioned marquee outside; you’ll love it for the just-popped popcorn served in classic red-and-white striped boxes.

For your post-cinema review, cozy up at Silvertree Deli over a steaming cup of tea. (Hint: Local’s love the Hummingbird Nectar—a sweet organic blend of herbs and berries.) Sandwiches, sweets, specialty foods and wines are available, too, but if you’re hungry for more, consider the from-scratch, seasonal fare at Samuel’s or the seafood, steaks and burgers at Boone’s Prime Time Pub.

Want more? There’s plenty. Just make your home base the Korner Kottage, and you’ll find you’re minutes from discovering it all.

Our Leelanau Peninsula Neighborhood
While a weekend spent in bed is never a bad idea, if you’re in the mood to explore, you’re in the right place. Here on Leelanau Peninsula-often called Michigan’s pinkie finger-forest, orchards, vineyards, quaint towns and nearly 100 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are yours to discover.

Here are a few of our favorite daytrips…

History Lovers: Cruise up M-22 to the tiny town of Northport, then head to Leelanau State Park along M-109 to see the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, a stately 1800′s-era lighthouse that’s open to the public and outfitted the way it was when the keepers and their families lived here more than a century ago. Head down M-22 on the other side of the peninsula and wind your way to Leland’s Fishtown, a 140-year-old fishing village whose weathered shanties and shops are wonderful for shopping and camera shots. Continue on down M-22 for a glimpse into the Manitou Passage’s dramatic history. You’ll find it at the U.S. Coastguard museum, an actual U.S. Lifesaving Station that once stood on Sleeping Bear Point.

Pure Romance: Pick a winery-any winery. We’ve got more than a dozen on the peninsula, eight of which are within minutes of the Korner Kottage. May we suggest a start at the bucolic Black Star Farms? While horses roam the surrounding meadows, you course along the vineyard to the tasting room to sample the winery’s handcrafted wines and watch the vintners-and the adjoining Leelanau Cheese Co.’s creamery in action. Continue south along M-22, and you’ll find L. Mawby vineyards-home to the region’s celebrated sparkling wines. One to try: Sex sparkling wine-it’s as good as it’s name promises. Next up? If you can manage more, the tasting rooms at Ciccone, Willow, Chateau de Leelanau, Chateau Fontaine, Gill’s Pier, Good Harbor, Bel Lago, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Raftshol and, finally, Shady Lane wineries.

Nature Seekers: Bring your bikes and hit the Leelanau Trail, a 15-mile gravel and paved path that starts right in Suttons Bay and passes through forest, meadows and farmland-with views of lakes, ponds and meandering streams—on its way to Traverse City. No bikes? No problem. Drive west to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where 40-story dunes rise to the sky and fall to the water. Hearty hikers can try the challenging dune climb or hike Pyramid Point, which brings you through the woods to the crest of a dune—a stunning overlook to the Manitou Passage below. Those who prefer a more level meander will love the Cottonwood Trail, a small loop along the dunes. Rather see the landscape from the comfort of your car? The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will take you under a covered bridge, past panoramic big water views and to some of the most stunning dune overlooks around. You’ll find a detailed map to all the lakeshore’s loveliest spots at the visitor center in Empire (corner of M-72 and M-22).

Whatever daytrip you choose, consider taking along a picnic-we’ll pack it for you-so you can savor the scenery of the Leelanau Peninsula just a little bit longer…

Art & Sculptures
All travelers share a passion for discovery. The discovery of new places, new sights, new experiences—those things that enrich our soul and stir our creative fires.

As longtime travelers ourselves, we have learned that those moments and places may be too big to bring home in a suitcase, but the art we’ve discovered along the way has been a wonderful way to bring us back to the moments and the places we’ve loved.

So in and around the Korner Kottage we’ve sprinkled pieces from some of our favorite artists—the vibrant acrylic paintings of Betty Nickol; the very physical bronze sculptures of Gail Folwell; the American “pictorial-history” paintings of JL. Munro; the oils of French-born Jean Salabet; the riotous, whimsical metal sculptures of Michigan’s own Alec Greaves; a stunning Impressionist painting by Bartholomeus Johannes van Hove.

Our hope? That their beauty and energy will enrich your soul and stir your creative fires as they did our own. In turn, we offer you a chance to create your own art, inspired by your exploration of Northern Michigan, with a shadowbox collage Linda will show you how to make.

May your stay at the Korner Kottage spark your own sense of discovery—of a gorgeous peninsula, a storybook B&B, and a reawakened passion for each other and the finest art of all: the art of living well.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are available on a day’s notice for any special occasion. If you are undecided about what to give friends for their wedding, Christmas, birthday, anniversary, retirement, or a special thank you gift, this is a unique way to express how much they mean to you.

Unlike conventional “fill in the blank” certificates, we gather information from the sender and provide a personal letter that highlights the event, describes their accommodations, and list the “from” names. Letters with a brochure can be mailed directly to you or if you wish, we will forward them directly to the recipients.

Reservations are required with gift certificates and are valid for one year from the date it is issued. Please be advised that certificates are non-refundable.

When calling or e-mailing to inquire or purchase a certificate, please provide the following information:
First Name(s) of recipient, their mailing address and phone number
Your name, address and phone number
The occasion
Select a room and number of days, or a dollar amount to apply towards a visit
Names to be listed as “from” in the letter
Address the certificate should be mailed to
Checks should be made payable to:

Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Mail to: P.O. Box 174
Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682-0174

Rooms & Daily 2007-2008 Rates
Rooms/Rates include:
Full Breakfast
Private Bath
Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fan
Cable Television
In-room Refrigerator
Hairdryers, Shampoo, Lotion and Soap
Guest Phone and Fax available
Wireless Internet
24 Hour Coffee-Tea Service
Payment Accepted by Cash or Personal Check Only.

Korner Kottage is tailored as an adult getaway. Given that we have many repeat guests that are anxious to introduce us to their children, special arrangements can be made with families who wish to reserve all the guest rooms for their family. Grandparents love this too!

Reservations are recommended. To guarantee a reservation, a 50% deposit is requested to arrive within five days of phone or e-mail bookings.

There is a two night minimum stay during In-Season weekends (May through November).

Off-Season Rates are available from December 1 through April 30. In-season rates apply during holiday seasons.

Check-in Time is 4-5 p.m. Please notify us in advance if you plan to arrive before or after normal hours.

Check-Out Time is 11 a.m.

Please note that smoking is not permitted in our home, and as much as we adore animals, we are not equipped to accept your pet.

Contact the Korner Kottage
by email

by phone
888-552-2632 (toll-free)

by mail
Korner Kottage
503 North St. Joseph Ave.
P.O. Box 174
Suttons Bay, MI 49682


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