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You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the car driving to northern Michigan or the west side of the state to experience the charming, peaceful atmosphere of a quaint bed and breakfast.

Nestled in the heart of rural Addison Town- ship is a breathtaking historic farmhouse that’s been transformed into a welcoming place for tourists, weary travelers and folks just look- ing to get away from it all for a night or two. Earlier this year, Mark and Jan Smith opened the Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast. It’s located at 969 Maple Cove Drive, just south of Lakeville Rd. and a little west of the unincorporated community of Lakeville. A heaping helping of hospitality awaits folks at the Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast, which is capable of accommodating up to six guests (three couples). The small number al- lows for a more intimate atmosphere in which guests are treated like family as opposed to just another room number.

Guests have their choice of three unique suites – the Plantation Suite, the Hemingway Suite and the Casablanca Suite.

Each suite features a sumptuous bedroom, a tranquil sitting room and a private bath- room. Each has its own tasteful decor and relaxed vibe.

When they’re not enjoying their private suites, guests have access to a great room featuring a magnificent stone fireplace, a gam- ing area with a pool table and antique player

Mark and Jan Smith, owners of the Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast in Addison Town- ship, invite guests to leave their cares at the door and enjoy their historic farmhouse.

piano, and an in-ground swimming pool. Breakfast is served in a cozy dining room with a wonderfully warm and rustic feel. A spacious front porch beckons guests to while away the afternoon or evening with conversation and cocktails.

Situated on a 14-acre spread, the entire

house is approximately 4,800 square feet, however, the bed and breakfast portion is about 3,000 square feet. The original part of the house was built sometime between 1870 and the 1890s.

Rumor has it, the farmhouse was once used as a brothel and speakeasy, but there’s

Rustic charm, comfort await guests at Maple Cove B&B

no hard evidence to support that. Then again, who cares whether it’s true or not, because it’s one of those fun, fascinat- ing local legends that only adds to the place’s mystique.

The Smiths have owned the historic house since September 1994 and spent a number of years meticulously restoring it to well-beyond its former glory. Now, the couple is ready to share their love of cooking and entertaining by fulfilling their dream of becoming innkeepers. The Smiths encourage their guests to get out and explore everything this area has to offer. With Maple Cove’s relatively close prox- imity to the popular downtown areas in Ox- ford, Rochester and Romeo, guests have ac- cess to an eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment experiences.

Guests looking to enjoy nature, of which there is plenty around here, can walk or bike the Polly Ann Trail, go boating on Lakeville Lake, visit one of the area’s many parks or take a drive through picturesque horse country. There’s so much to see and do, guests will have no trouble at all drifting off to dreamland when they return to their suite for the night. Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast isn’t just an inn, it’s an escape from everyday life. For more information about Maple Cove Bed and Breakfast, please visit To make reservations, call (248) 969-2929.

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