Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beekeepers, Innkeepers, and Honey

The hardworking bees & beekeepers of summer have done their work and as the weather turns cold, the cycle continues in Michigan. Now, it's time to think about ways to use all that Michigan honey! 

The G&N Honey Farm is located in Concord, Michigan, and produces hundreds of pounds of honey each season. Guests of the Palmer House, an Albion Michigan Bed and Breakfast located just a few minutes from Concord, will get an opportunity to not only learn about keeping bees, but can also try a delicious dish made with delightful sweet treats during breakfast.  Nellie is a beekeeper and hostess at the inn.  People who have tried her G&N Honey say that the taste difference between raw honey and generic pasteurized grocery store honey is immediately obvious.

The local honey is full of different floral flavors, beautiful on the tongue, and a pleasure to eat plain or mix with any favorite recipe.  Honey, nature’s original sweetener, is being rediscovered as a natural source of energy that also offers a unique combination of nutritional benefits. In addition to being a concentrated energy source, Honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. For a quick source of energy and to reap the benefits of Honey’s healthful properties, make honey part of your daily diet along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Use Honey to sweeten your oatmeal or drizzle it over a grapefruit half. Add honey and fresh fruit to low-fat yogurt for an energy-sustaining snack or stir a spoonful of honey into a glass of water before your daily workout.  Our Michigan Honey can be used in place of sugar for cooking, toppings in tea, coffee, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, ice cream and much more.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Spring Getaways in Southern Michigan

Spring Break in Michigan? Why not! College students may prefer to go to Florida or Mexico for an action-packed week, but most other adults would rather avoid the crowds for their Spring Getaway. Bed and Breakfasts in Southern Michigan are a great way to get away without having to buy a plane ticket.

From the West Coast of Lake Michigan to the Irish Hills near Detroit, bed and breakfasts are a great choice for adults seeking a little March Madness without all the madness. A few days of rest and relaxation are sure to be on the agenda when any inn in Southern Michigan is chosen. The majority of Michigan residents can find an inn within an hour of their home.

B&Bs are very affordable when all expenses are added up. B&Bs eliminate those pesky add-on charges so familiar in hotel chains. Hotels make up for their low prices with all those extra fees that you don't always find out about until you get there. That great rate becomes a series of nickle and dime charges that takes the budget out of your vacation.  Many inns offer benefits with no additional fees for things like parking, internet, and breakfast. Cookies, snacks, soft drinks, and video collections are also available at no extra charge at most inns. Additionally, innkeepers have great knowledge of their area that they are willing to share. Need a great meal with great service? Ask an innkeeper. Want a great hamburger? The innkeeper knows where to get one. Want to just stay in your room and have a pizza delivered? Your host will tell you who does it best and with the most speed.

Colleges in Holland, Albion, and Hillsdale have annual spring parents weekend celebrations. These small cities have limited lodging choices and rely on the bed and breakfast industry to provide an extra place to stay for the families of their students.

The Munro House in Jonesville has a plethora of bed and breakfast getaway packages. Some are as simple as dinner and a movie while others can also include flowers chocolates and massages in their full service on-site spa. Detroit, Lansing, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Fort Wayne, and Toledo are all within 100 miles of the Munro House.

The nicest thing about choosing a B&B for your Spring getaway is that they can customize a package just for you on any day of the week.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Travel rewards for business travel at Southern Michigan Inns

Travel rewards for business travel to a Southern Michigan Inn come in many forms.  Some offer the serenity of a quiet and peaceful setting, some have in-room guests amenities for the weary traveler who hasn't been home in days and some offer discounted rates that can be up to half off the inns standard nightly rate.  Here are a few examples of what these Southern Michigan Inns have to offer their special corporate guests.

The Munro House, a Jonesville Inn, has captured many corporate travelers in Jonesville who are visiting local businesses, offices, and manufacturing facilities in Jonesville, Hillsdale, and Litchfield. The Munro House is the closest and most deluxe of local lodging facilities in Hillsdale County. Their weekday corporate rates are up to half off of their weekend standard rates and include breakfast, snacks, soft drinks, and free high speed wireless Internet. Their convenient location offers 10 restaurants within a mile ranging from fast food to fine dining. Some guests have been coming for annual business trips for years, some have only recently discovered this better way to stay, and some long term guests have negotiated special long term rates.

Quigley's Log Home B & B, a Hudson Michigan Bed and Breakfast, offers their 'Better Way to Stay' for corporate business travelers.  This 'Home Away from Home' offers your own private area with stone fireplace, satellite TV, amenities and conference room.  Follow this link to the Quigley Log Home B&B for more information about this inn.

The Dewey Lake Manor offers Brooklyn Michigan lodging and has many business travelers who already prefer their Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn over other lodging choices. Innkeepers Joe & Barb Phillips have a business man who stays there and brings his bicycle to ride the scenic back roads after going for a swim in the lake. In the winter he cross country skis and then comes in and warms up with cookies and tea or cocoa. He has stayed there every week on business for years and has made the Dewey Lake Manor his home away from home.  One can stop and ponder this question, 'Could he do this at a hotel?'

Business travelers could drive 30 miles to get to the hotel that offers points for staying there. The back and forth travel time could add over an hour to an already long day. The corporate guest who chooses a local bed and breakfast gets their bonus points up front as many inns offer additional amenities for which many hotels and motels charge extra.  Most inns offer free wireless Internet, free parking, free snacks, free beverages, free breakfast, and of course, someone to talk to and share your experience with. Most inns also take credit cards and provide a secure location along with pleasant conversation which can be especially attractive for women traveling alone.

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