Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfasts Favorite Guests of 2010

Jack & Choyce Quigley, owners of Quigley's Log Home B&B - Hudson Michigan, welcomed into their log house style B&B an international guest who has become their most interesting guests "EVER" - the Vice President and his wife from Zambia, Africa. The couple was traveling internationally to visit the rural area of Hudson Michigan to meet the family of their new daughter-in-law. Jack & Choyce had the privilege of being their hosts.

The innkeepers stated how interesting it was to talk with them and learn about their culture and their goals to make their homeland of Zambia a better place to live. Jack and Choyce now have a place to go and visit when they get the opportunity!

Dick Lewin and Mary Slater innkeepers at Albion Heritage B&B in Albion Michigan, said some of the most interesting guests whom have stayed at their bed and breakfast during 2010 have been guest speakers invited by Albion College. These include three film-makers, all of whom have made films that raise consciousness about social issues, such as the cultural and economic impact of illegal immigrants in a community, the history of Navajo rug weaving, and the experience of people from India living in the US.

They have also had  international guests from all over the world, including Nepal, Africa, and France to name a few.  Each has had interesting stories about their cultures, such as the university professor from Nepal who spoke about the caste system which is still prevalent in his country today.

The Munro House, a Jonesville Michigan bed and breakfast, has a favorite resident guest who has chosen to make the Munro House his home away from home. Don travels to Hillsdale on business on a weekly basis and prefers to come "home" after a long day at work. The corporate rates along with the amenities, conversation, cable TV, free wi-fi, breakfast, and family-like atmosphere makes this B&B the preferred lodging choice for this business traveler. Don has chosen the Munro House for the past 3 years, and has stayed over 100 nights in 2010. Don gives up the loyalty points that big chain hotels offer to stay in a comfortable convenient location, as he values his time.  Round trip to his regular hotel partner would cost him over an hour a day. It just isn't worth it when time is so precious and the Munro House is so close and comfortable.

T.J. and Allie were a father-daughter couple who were touring colleges across the Eastern portion of the United States--on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle!  They were visiting nearby Hillsdale College when they needed a break from the traditional hotel motel experience they had throughout most of their 2,500 mile road trip. Hosts, Mike & Lori Venturini, invited them to join in a cookout with friends that was happening that evening at the Munro House B&B in Jonesville, MI. It turned out that they were involved in their own family restaurant business and had a lot in common with the self-employed innkeepers. The confines of a motorcycle became good bonding time for this parent-child team. The hospitality of a bed and breakfast turned out to be a good fit and an excellent break during their cross country tour.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Michigan Spa and Christmas Wedding Reception

The Munro House, a Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast, recently hosted a lovely Christmas themed wedding reception for 60 guests. The Venturini’s had their B&B all decked out for the holiday season and featured a 12 foot tall lighted Christmas tree.  The new bride felt that the festive decorations in their beautiful Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfast would complement her celebration perfectly.

Plenty of savory hors d'oeuvres were served for this mid-afternoon celebration, the player piano was set to lovely sounds of Christmas music, and the guests felt at home in this large, warm, comfortable setting.  A three hour afternoon time slot was the perfect timing to meet and greet all of the bridal party guests.

With the start of the busy Christmas shopping season, many folks can get stressed out by the annual “rat race” that is inevitable during this time.  This year, several guests who came to the Munro House B&B took advantage of their on-site spa during the weekdays preceding Christmas for a chance to slow down and relax.  They came to this small town of Jonesville MI, near Hillsdale and only 2 hours southwest of Detroit, for the perfect remedy for the Christmas time blues.  Most enjoyed an hour of massage, some added manicures and pedicures, while another ordered a warm algae body wrap.  Many of the guests just didn’t have time to spend driving to Lake Michigan or the Mackinac Bridge.  Instead, they chose to stay close to home and enjoy the slower pace of Jonesville and the wonderful hospitality of the Munro House.

Every year that Mike & Lori Venturini have owned the Munro House, a repeat guest named Susan and her extended family have come to Jonesville to host a Christmas party at the local museum that bears Susan’s family name.

The Grosvenor House Museum holds a Christmas open house every year during the first 2 weekends in December and Susan's family are the guests of honor. They welcome locals and visitors to enjoy live entertainment, snacks, and a beautiful mansion decorated in the traditional style. The Munro House is located directly across the street from the museum and is the prime lodging choice for this family from Arizona and can be your ideal place to call home while you visit Jonesville.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Southern Michigan Inn Gift Certificates not just for lodging

Southern Michigan Inn Gift Certificates is not just for lodging; the inns accept them for much more making it the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member on your Christmas gift list.  Just take a look at some of these special offerings from a few of the inns of Southern Michigan.

The Palmer House, an Albion Michigan Bed and Breakfast is offering gift certificates packaged in a holiday gift box ready for under the tree or in a hanging stocking.  When you buy one night at regular price, you can get the second night half off the regular price.  The Palmer House also offers a wide variety of special packages to make that getaway extra special from their Romantic or Spa packages to a Girl’s Weekend away and anything else to suit your wishes for making this gift extra special for those you care about. Email Scott at the Palmer House about purchasing your gift certificates, reserving your guest room and adding a special touch to it with one of their package deals.

There is also the DeLano Mansion Inn, an Allegan Michigan Bed and Breakfast offering their gift certificates with the ease of purchasing anytime online.  In addition to lodging, a DeLano Mansion gift certificate can be used for purchasing in room chocolate covered strawberries, a flower bouquet or a romantic sleigh ride when you book your overnight stay with that special someone at the DeLano Mansion Inn.

The Munro House Bed and Breakfast, a Jonesville Michigan Bed & Breakfast accepts gift certificates which can be purchased and used to book a guest room online with the Munro House B&B or any of the many other 4,000+ B&B throughout the U.S. and Canada via the website.

Another Allegan Michigan Inn is the Castle in the Country.  They have their own gift certificates for their B&B which may be purchased online, 24/7 and for any size of denomination.  Convenience and availability all at your finger tips.

Many Southern Michigan Inns might also offer dinners, spa and massage services on-site and let’s not forget the candy, flowers a gift baskets and that sleigh ride!

As you can see, gift certificates for a romantic Southern Michigan Inns getaway are the ideal gift and can be used towards more than just lodging.  Some member inns offer gift certificates through just a phone call and are happy to ship the gift certificate by mail or make other arrangements to get the certificate shipped promptly.

Do make note that as of August 22 2010, new federal laws went into effect for gift certificates.  Per the new CARD Act, Michigan law specifies that gift certificates must have a 5 year expiration date (some restrictions might apply).  With a time span that long, even the busiest person should be able to find time to come to a Southern Michigan Inn.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Albion Michigan B&B Helps, Kalamazoo River Oil Spill July 2010

Albion Heritage Bed and Breakfast, an Albion Michigan B&B did what they could during the  Kalamazoo River oil spill at Marshall Michigan back in July 2010 where over 800,000 gallons of oil spilled is going down as one of, if not the worst environmental disaster in the Midwest's history.

A state of emergency was declared in Michigan’s southwest Kalamazoo County as the oil spill made its way down the Kalamazoo River.  The Michigan oil spill was discovered on Monday July 26 at 9:30AM after the pipeline, Canadian owned Enbridge Energy, sprung a leak in Marshall Township, MI.  After the leak was discovered the pipeline was shut down when its isolation valves were closed off, according to officials at Enbridge Inc.

Just 12 miles west of where the pipeline ruptured, Albion Heritage Bed and Breakfast was one of the bed and breakfast that was there to offer lodging to the many employees of the Enbridge Energy, the EPA, investigators and the many wonderful people who volunteered to help with the oil spill cleanup efforts.

“All of these people were in need of places to stay, some had traveled many miles,” the innkeepers said.  Though the busiest time is the Fall for Albion Heritage B&B, this year their business was up by almost one third with many weeks in August at full capacity of the B&B.

Of all the guests they talked with, one in particular from the EPA said this disaster should have been reported as a story about success since there was no loss of human life, the Michigan oil spill was quickly contained to just 30 miles and the cleanup efforts of the Kalamazoo River may just make the river significantly much more free of pollution, something that had not occurred in decades.

The immediate result to the lodging industry within 30 miles of the oil spill was a boom in their business, with most facilities seeing a huge profit with increased rates during that time from supply and demand, the Albion House B&B actually reduced their rates and welcomed many guests who were planning on staying long term because of the convenient location of the inn in relation to the area of the spill.

Bed & Breakfasts are a great alternative to the “cookie cutter” hotel chains when it comes to convenience and comfort.  As you make your travel plans to Southern Michigan region, consider one of our many fine Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfast for your lodging needs.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 New Years Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Party, Munro House

2010 New Years Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville, Michigan returns Friday December 31.  With New Year’s Eve on Friday this year and New Year’s Day on Saturday, this makes it an ideal weekend for a 2 night holiday lodging package in their Southern Michigan Inn.

You don’t want to miss any of the action on New Year Eve when the Munro House hosts their 12th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner party as they wait for the ball to drop in NY Times Square followed by their Chef Night Cooking Party the following day on New Year’s Day.

Ever since the 1990s they have hosted hundreds of Murder Mystery party’s for all sizes of groups.  They only play the games that are fun with intriguing characters, interesting dialogues and puzzles that can be solved by the most novice investigator.  A typical length of a game is approximately 3 hours.

Then on New Year’s Day they allow their guests to become a ‘Chef for a Day’ at their B&B.  Chef Night is a cooking party that has several two person teams prepare various portions of an atypical meal using savory recipes, a diverse mixture of flavors and a bit of their instruction to create a feast to be consumed by all the participants in a fun and pleasurable atmosphere.

Their Chef Night cooking party lasts about 6 hours beginning with the preparation and ending with the enjoyment of the meal by all.  When combined with the New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery dinner party this is a fantastic way to say ‘Good-Bye’ to 2010 and ‘Hello’ to 2011.

Holiday lodging packages for New Year’s Eve weekend at Munro House in Jonesville Michigan:
Friday, December 31 - Murder Mystery Dinner Package
Saturday, January 1 - Chef Night Cooking Party Package
Friday, December 31- New Year’s Eve: Arrive at their fully decorated and beautiful Christmas Mansion and join other couples for an evening of interactive adult themed Who-Done-It. Come as you are and they'll dress you up for your role. A multi-course dinner will be served while the Murder Mystery game is played with a Champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2011.
Saturday, January 1- New Year’s Day: Spend the day at Munro House participating in their "Chef Night" cooking event where you help to prepare a feast for everyone in the house.
Any 1 night New Year's Eve Package for $299 per couple in a Queen or $349 in a Jacuzzi room.
Any 2 night New Year's Eve Package for $549 per couple in a Queen room or $649 per couple in a Jacuzzi Room.
All packages require a $200 non-refundable payment 30 days in advance.  Add on any additional Spa Services on any day during your stay.

All of the innkeepers in the Southern Michigan region hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a terrific start to this Christmas season.  Whether you are traveling from abroad or already in the region, please make one of their fine Southern Michigan Inns a part of your lodging plans this holiday.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hidden Lake Garden holiday festival & Grosvenor House Museum

The Hidden Lake Gardens Holiday Festival and the Grosvenor House Museum both have special holiday events coming up the first weekend of December in Southern Michigan.

Hidden Lake Gardens Annual Holiday Festival will kick off with Evening of Lights on Friday, December 3 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Saturday, December 4 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Enjoy a winter walk with friends and family with over 2,000 luminaries lit throughout the grounds to enjoy the scenic rolling landscape of Hidden Lake Gardens.  Stroll candle lit paths to the conservatory and
leave winter behind in the tropical dome.  Musical groups will lift your spirits as they perform holiday favorites.

Santa will arrive early to visit with children and the young at heart in the Gardens’ Visitor Center.  Children can also visit the craft room for some holiday fun.
The Gift Shop and Conservatory will be open until 8 p.m. for your holiday shopping pleasure.
Winter in the Gardens is a magical place. Snowscapes welcome skiers and hikers alike. The trees put on a new cloak of shimmering white and the air is crisp and fresh.

Admission is $3 each day per person. No charge for members.  Stay at Dewey Lake Manor B&B in Brooklyn, just a few miles from The Gardens, during this holiday festival and receive free admission.

Grosvenor House Museum Enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Grosvenor House Museum in Jonesville Michigan hosted by ancestors of Ebenezer O. Grosvenor, on December 3-4. There will be live entertainment, food, and tours of this historic mansion available all weekend.

The Munro House Bed and Breakfast is located right across the street and will be decked out for the season.

Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfasts are great options for hosting a small or large gathering for couples, families, and businesses.  Our member inns take pride in decorating during the holiday tourism season and turn their home into your winter getaway. Most innkeepers will host your holiday get together, dinner, party, or gift exchange.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Monday, November 15, 2010

November and December Events Abound at Southern Michigan Inns

Southern Michigan Inns welcome you with warmth and holiday joy in November and December, 2010.  Take a moment to look over the events held both in and around the bed and breakfasts of Lower Michigan- imagine a  white holiday season spent with cheerful rosy cheeks and fun for the family or romance for the two of you.

The first two weekends in December "Serious Holiday Shopping" is going to be happening within just a few miles of Quigley's Log Home B & B, Hudson, MI 49247!!  Plan to visit Sweet Annie's Granary for Home Decor and Gifts; The Country Loft for Gifts, Home Decor and Scrapbook Shopping; Cherry Creek Winery for locally grown wines and gifts; Bretty's for Folk Art, Americana, Gifts and Home Decor.  After shopping,come back to a soup, salad and dessert supper in front of the relaxing fireplace!!  Nothing Better Than This!

Albion Heritage B&B hosts its 7th Annual "Cozy Up with Art" Festival on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 10 am - 3 pm. This event includes an Open House Music Refreshments Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Pottery, Soaps & Lotions, Monotypes, Paintings, Cut-Paper Works, Greeting Cards, Knit Wear,Wood Toys, and Crafts

Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving day at the Palmer House Inn. Traditional Victorian wassail with your stay in December.
Nearby Events:
A fun twist on the Holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
November 4 - December 23, 2010 Cornwell's Turkeyville, 18935 15 1/2 Mile Rd

Santa's Bag Arts & Craft Show
An exciting juried Arts and Crafts show that is a must when shopping for just the right gift for the holidays.
Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Marshall High School, 710 N Marshall Ave

MHS - 31st Annual Marshall Christmas Candlelight Walk
Light up your Christmas memories with a beautiful and personalized tour inside some historic homes of Marshall. Sat-Sun, December 11-12, 2010, Sat, Dec. 11th at 4:30 or 6:45; Sun, Dec. 12th at 4:30 or 6:45, Marshall Area

The Cardboard Classic Sled Race:  The city of Albion has been blessed with a number of beautiful parks. Victory Park, located along the Kalamazoo River, has a wonderful hill that has provided sledding for generations of Albionites both young and old. In 1991, this hill hosted the first Cardboard Classic Sled Race. Fifteen enthusiastic participants faced off in a sled race and design contest, using cardboard donated by World Corrugated Container, Inc. News of the events success traveled throughout the area as the event matured, and at a recent race, 150 children of all ages (3-103 years old) entered the contest. Spectators arrived from as far away as New Jersey! Entries are as elaborate as Cinderella's coach complete with horses (all made of corrugated materials) and as simple as a cardboard box.
 Admission into the fun festivities will cost you... nothing! So come join us the third Sunday in January for Winterfest and some fun in the snow!

Albion Aglow: Albion's annual holiday kickoff featuring a parade and open houses, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

New Years celebration at the Palmer House.  Dinner, party favors and a champagne toast at Midnight. 

McKenzie House Bed & Breakfast invites you to Catch the Spirit of Shipshewana!!
November 26th - December 11th - Santa Hunt
Pick your sheet of clues at the Shipshewana Town Center and go on a paper "GEO-Cashing" event with the family.  Hunt around participating shops for the hidden Santa, when completed enter your sheet in a drawing for a chance to win a "Stuffed to the Brim Stocking:.

November 26th - December 12th - Christmas Tree Stroll (9AM-5PM)
Stroll through the holiday decorated trees in the Hudson Auto Museum.  Each tree has a different theme, as decorated by individuals and merchants of the area.  admission:  Mon - Thurs Buy 1 full priced ticket and get one free  Fri - Sun 3 canned goods or new toy.

Dec. 28th - 30th - Shipshewana Ice Festival   (stores open until 8pm)
The Ice Festival kicks off on December 28th with teams of carvers creating themed sculptures from 10AM to 8PM at businesses throughout our town.  The carvers then create their own sculptures at a carving contest at the Davis Mercantile on December 29th starting at 10 AM.

The Shipshewana Town Center is the location for the snowmobile Grass Drag Races (tickets $5.00)  and Chili Cook-off (tickets - $5.00).  Visitors can purchase a collector's pin, designed each year by a Westview High School student, which entitles the holder to free admission to he Chili Cook-Off, Snowmobile Races and discounts through town.   

Make your reservation now so you can prepare yourself for our Southern Michigan Murder Mystery Weekend at the Munro House B&B in Jonesville, MI. Arrive to your chosen room on Friday, then enjoy dinner for 2 at Johnny T's Bistro. Retire to your room and awaken to a big breakfast. Spend Saturday shopping, touring, or having spa services done. Then come as you are for an evening of adult themed Who-Done-It. We will dress you up for your role. A 5 course dinner will be served while you play the game. A full breakfast will be served the following Morning.
11/26/2010 - 11/27/2010 Munro House B&B Murder Mystery Dinner Party
2 Night Bed and Breakfast Package
Save $100 This Weekend Only
Michigan Murder Mystery Dinner plus Bed and Breakfast

Come to Jonesville for an Old Fashioned Christmas. The Munro House B&B is a Greek Revival Mansion that will be decked out for the season. The Grosvenor family will host 2 days of holiday celebration in the museum across the street, complete with snacks and live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Traditional performers include Barbershop Chorus, Ragtime Pianist, Open from 2:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Enjoy Holiday goodies and beverages for the entire family. 12/03/2010 - 12/04/2010. Be Entertained by the Grosvenor Family:  Enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas at the Grosvenor House Museum hosted by ancestors of local aristocrat Ebenezer O. Grosvenor, on the first Saturday and Sunday in December.

New Years Eve at Munro House B&B - Murder Mystery and Chef Night Cooking Party plus Bed and Breakfast: 12/31/2010 - 1/1/2011 -  Arrive to our fully decorated Christmas Mansion, then...
Friday, December 31 - Murder Mystery Dinner: Friday, December 31, New Years Eve, join other couples for an evening of interactive adult themed Who-Done-It. Come as you are and we'll dress you up for your role. A multi-course dinner will be served while the Murder Mystery game is played. Champagne toast at midnight. Awaken to a big breakfast.

Saturday, January 1, New Years Day - Chef Night Cooking Party:   participate in our "Chef Night" cooking event where you help to prepare a feast for everyone in the house. Awaken to a big breakfast.

Join us to enjoy holiday fun and merriment!

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfast Inns Welcome You

Southern Michigan Inns is an association of bed and breakfast inns located in Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana.  All of the Inns are south of Holland, Lansing and Detroit. The group was started in 1992 to let the world know that, although they are wonderful attractions, there is more to Michigan than the Great Lakes and Mackinac Bridge.

Southern Michigan is a bounty of attractions from Wineries to Nascar, and Golfing, Hiking to Amish Country and College Sports, and many others. SMI Innkeepers are experts on their areas and will be delighted to help you find just the right activity for your holiday.

If relaxation is what you desire, Southern Michigan can be your haven. Take it easy in inns historic and romantic, rustic and luxurious. Enjoy delicious breakfasts prepared by expert cooks. Meet interesting people from other places or enjoy the privacy of your room.

Small towns, small lakes, a slower pace, and Midwest hospitality is what can be expected when visiting any of our member inns. A getaway to southern Michigan is convenient and close to home for most of our state's population and most inns are within a tank of gas from Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cleveland.

Check our website for information about individual "Great Inns Between the Great Lakes".

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