The gabled peaks of The Kirby Hotel and Wine Bar punctuate the skyline like tree tops set back off a ribbon of historic highway once known as the West Michigan Pike. This Boutique Hotel in Douglas has a long and romantic history and is a registered Michigan Historic Site.
Today this classic Queen Anne Victorian hotel has undergone a dramatic facelift. It now accommodates guests who seek modern chic luxurious surroundings even though they have traveled back in time 100 years to get there. The path at the side of the house leads to a cheery wrap-around porch topped by a hexagonal turret that overlooks English-style gardens.
Guests enter the foyer where the sunlight falls on the oak hardwood floor in a rainbow of colors fractured by the beveled glass front door – visitors quickly become infatuated with the juxtaposition of "Old world meets New World" in this lovely old house. Upstairs all of the seven guest rooms are decorated in anti-traditional modern chic decor - each vary in design. The rooms are bright and cheerful, with cool, hip, high-tech modern amenities like flat screen TV's, WIFI, iPad docking stations and luxury fashion amenities such as 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets — three have fireplaces.
What sets this boutique hotel apart from others are its exquisite breakfasts which are lavish "full" events and it's unique wine bar complete with Sommelier-conducted wine tasting sessions featuring unusual selections and exotic imported cheeses from Spain, Italy and France. Breakfast and intimate dinners among the guests in the Hotel’s oak-paneled dining room can be both gastronomically satisfying and intellectually stimulating. The hoteliers come from Chicago and have been actively engaged in the culinary arts there and plan to bring a large selection of "small plates", six course wine pairing dinners, culinary classes and a variety of interesting wine flights to The Kirby.
The feeling that ties everything together here originates with the hoteliers and their focus on fine food and wines. If you’ve come for relaxation and indulgence The Kirby Boutique Hotel fills the bill.