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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