History of the Inn
The Dewey Hotel was a luxurious resort in the early 1900s. It was a family-style hotel in an idyllic lakeside setting with a reputation for attracting the upper echelon of society as guests.
The original home, next door to the Dewey Hotel, was built in the 1800s for the Postmaster of South Haven and his family. A generation later, his two daughters fashioned it as an upscale boarding house. For most of the 1900s the Feinstein family lived in the house and ran the hotel. The Dewey Hotel was torn down in the 1970s. The original house suffered a sad decline as a funky beach rental through the ’70s and ’80s. Elaine and Robert came upon the derelict corner during their search for the perfect site for their dream inn. Their goal? To create not just beach lodging, but life enhancement. The original house was enlarged and fully modernized to the core in 1988, and became Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast. YMBB was recognized in 1991 by The Chicago Sun Times as “Top of the Crop in Luxury B&Bs”, blending elegance and period charm with modern amenities, comfortable opulence and thoughtful amusements designed for relaxation, romance, rejuvenation and inspiration.
The Manor Guest House was built two years later on the foundation of the Dewey Hotel. Nearly 30 years later, YMBB is itself an iconic South Haven, MI landmark, and Elaine and Robert are still serving up celebrations and beach holidays to 1000s annually.