Inn at Union Pier is romantic getaway, no matter the season

The summer vacation season is almost upon us and it’s time to plan short getaways along with the longer vacations that summer brings.

If you’re looking for a B&B for a weekend in the Midwest, here’s one that’s sure to charm you: The Inn at Union Pier.

In the Michigan beach town of Union Pier, about 75 miles from Chicago, the 16-room bed and breakfast was originally constructed as a summer resort that at the time was the only kosher hotel in town. The hotel is unique because of its collection of antique Swedish fireplaces known as kakelugns. The inn maintains it has the largest collection of kakelugns in the United States. Most of the inn’s rooms have one. All of the kakelugns were taken from homes in Sweden, disassembled and reconstructed at the inn.

The Inn at Union Pier is a great place for a relaxing and romantic get-away. The inn is close enough to Lake Michigan–about a half a block–that we could see a sliver of blue from our window. We selected the spacious Captain’s Quarters for our getaway in February, a Valentine’s Day celebration. The large L-shaped room with hardwood floors and mocha-colored walls was exceptionally bright with windows on three sides and a glass door to a private balcony. Being on the second floor, up amidst the trees and birds, was tranquil. This is the bedroom you wish you had.

The room’s layout was especially pleasing. Across from the entrance was a bar with a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and sink. A large closet–a plus for those of us who don’t like to look at open pieces of luggage or other traveling gear scattered about the room–was just inside the door. To the left was a small wooden table and two chairs next to a window, perfect for sharing a meal or a snack, or maybe just for writing in a journal. Further into the room was a spacious sitting area with a loveseat and coffee table atop an oriental rug in front of the room’s kakelugn. It was already stacked with wood, just waiting for guests to strike a match and start the fire. Adjacent to the sitting area is the king-sized cherrywood sleigh bed. The room is arranged so that you have a view of the fire from either the bed or the sitting area.

 

The Inn at Union Pier is close to the beach but also has numerous outdoor spaces for relaxing during nice weather

Just past the front desk as you enter the Inn is the large Great Room, furnished with antiques and comfortable couches and chairs. Tables are ready for a game of cards or chess. There’s a beautiful piano. At the far end is one of the kakelugns. In summer, there are lovely outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy the quiet.

Food
The breakfast part of the B&B, included in the room rate, was a delight. The dining room was full of windows and wood–an elegant but casual way to start the day.The server started us out with a pot of coffee, a carafe of orange juice and two muffins with a hint of orange and a light icing. Next up was a baked apple with a tiny dollop of whipped cream. The main dish was eggs Florentine—poached eggs atop a slice of ham with spinach and hollandaise sauce.

The inn also has home-made cookies waiting for you in the guest room and offers complimentary wine and popcorn–not your usual pairing but somehow it works—in the Great Room. We enjoyed the red wine before heading out for dinner.

The fine print
Our room was $210 plus tax, but a $30 discount was offered for the Februrary date. I would happily return to the Inn at Union Pier. It’s cozy and soothing in winter and close to the beach in summer.

The Inn at Union Pier
9708 Berrien
Union Pier, MI
269-469-4700
www.innatunionpier.net

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