Travel: Peace and Quiet and Open Air

SERENITY BED-AND-BREAKFAST, PETOSKEY, MICH.

There are plenty of serene spaces in the northern reaches of Michigan's lower peninsula: lakeside beaches, towering dunes, fragrant pine forests, golf courses and some of the best bicycling trails in the U.S. Lovers of Victorian architecture revel in the quaint charms of the small towns, and in one of these, Petoskey, visitors can find the Serenity Bed-and-Breakfast.

The house, acquired this year by former guests David and Peggy Vermeesch, has three luxurious guest rooms in soothing shades, all with views of Little Traverse Bay. "We wanted to make the place very light as a contrast to the more traditional dark...

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