Historic Beechwood Manor
Originally built in 1874 by Roland Barnard for $500.00, this historic home is the only B&B in Saugatuck to be recognized on both the State of Michigan as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The “Warner P. Sutton House” was owned by the Sutton family from 1877 to 1913. Warner Sutton was born to pioneer parents who settled in Michigan in 1830. Warner rose from humble beginnings to become the Superintendent of Saugatuck Schools, then Consul General to Mexico. He’s noted for doing much to improve US & Mexico relations. After leaving Consular service Warner Sutton began practicing international law on behalf of the US and before he retired served under General Miles during the Spanish American War. Together with his wife, Lois May, they raised four children and retired here calling the home, “The Beeches” because of the grove of Beech Trees up on the hill on Pleasant Street.
In 1986 the house was saved from demolition due to the hard work and restoration efforts of Jim & Sherron Lemmons and eventually became “Beechwood Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast” in 1990.
Only B&B in Saugatuck listed on both
STATE AND NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTERS
Preserving a Legacy Under New Stewardship
In 2005 Beechwood Manor Inn came under the stewardship of Gregg Smith & Sal Sapienza. Benefitting from their warm hospitality and innkeeping experience in New Orleans, Beechwood’s reputation grew as an outstanding, upscale Bed & Breakfast.
In 2012 once again this historic home changed hands and floor plans. The historical integrity of the guest rooms was preserved as the Innkeeper’s quarters were expanded and renovated to include an updated gourmet kitchen. Scott Garfinkel & Jamie Fuller now make it their home and enjoy filling the house with antiques, family and laughter.
To this day Beechwood Manor Inn stands with its doors open to welcome travelers and new friends. It’s our sincere desire that you will enjoy this home’s legacy of hospitality and legacy along the banks of Lake Kalamazoo and the shores of Lake Michigan.