What Not to Pack for a Bed and Breakfast

What Not to Pack for a Bed and Breakfast Kalamazoo, MI

No matter how excited you are for a trip, packing is always a hassle. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about packing as much stuff when you plan on staying at a bed and breakfast. Unlike hotels, a b&b won't nickel and dime you for amenities. Instead, we make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy your stay. Continue reading to learn what you can skip while packing for a boutique inn.

Travel Guidebooks

Anyone who loves traveling probably has a few guidebooks tucked into their bookcase at home. While guidebooks are a great source of information, nothing beats getting recommendations from the locals themselves. The staff at our gorgeous castle inn will be more than happy to give you recommendations for the best restaurants, museums, parks, and more. We love our city and are proud to point you towards some of our favorite places.


Shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other toiletries can take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Fortunately, most innkeepers supply their bathrooms with travel-sized toiletries for their guests. Staying at a B&B means you'll have more room in your suitcase for extra clothes or souvenirs you want to take home to remember your trip.


You don't have to worry about packing books, magazines, or other forms of entertainment when you stay at a boutique inn. We provide plenty of options to help you best enjoy your stay. Whether you want to schedule a Swedish massage at our spa or explore the Kalamazoo River by kayak, we have something for everyone. Often, the best souvenirs we bring home after a vacation are the memories we make with family and friends.

Sporting Equipment

As a local boutique inn, we like to encourage our guests to explore the city as well as the natural landscape. One of the best ways to do this is to kayak along the Kalamazoo River. For your convenience, we provide kayak rentals, life vests, paddles, and bottled water.

It's such a hassle to secure bikes to the roof of your car. Fortunately, we offer a convenient bike rental service so you can explore local parks, cityscapes, and more. Sometimes the best places are discovered on foot or bike, rather than passing by in a car going 30 plus miles per hour. Ask our staff to learn about getting bike rentals for the whole family.


Let's be honest. One of the best benefits of staying at a boutique inn is that you get to enjoy delicious food you didn't have to cook yourself. We understand that eating on vacation can be difficult if you have a food allergy or dietary restriction. Unfortunately, not all restaurants understand how serious (or life threatening) a food allergy can be. When you stay at a boutique inn, you don't have to worry about packing foods you know you'll be able to eat.

As long as you let us know ahead of time, we can accommodate food allergies or sensitivities so you can just focus on enjoying your stay. This is just one of the many ways we look out for our B&B guests.

When you stay at our boutique inn, you'll be able to enjoy breakfast, as well as meals at our chophouse restaurant. We even offer wine tasting tours at our vineyard where you can sample locally-made wine. The Spirit Lounge (named for our resident ghosts) is also a great place to relax after a day of exploring our great city.

Looking for a boutique inn near you? To book your stay at our Kalamazoo boutique inn, call Henderson Castle at (269) 344-1827.