Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Great Birthday & Anniversary ideas at Southern Michigan Inns

Great birthday & anniversary idea's at the Southern Michigan Inns make wonderful getaway packages for happy couples.  Here are a few samples for a romantic birthday and anniversary getaway ideas from two members of the Southern Michigan Inns.

At Dewey Lake Manor, a Brooklyn Michigan bed and breakfast, one of their many loyal guests is a couple who have returned each year for the last 12 years on their wedding anniversary.  Another couple who has made Dewey Lake a wedding anniversary tradition have gone back for the last 8 years.

The gracious hosts of Dewey Lake Manor provide a anniversary gift of a complimentary rose and a bottle of wine or sparkling juice for couples who are celebrating their special day to enjoy.  The 8 year couple returns the generosity by bringing a bottle to share as they all sit on the deck and enjoy the flowers and birds each June when they go to Dewey Lake Manor for their romantic anniversary getaway.  Couples who are celebrating a birthday, Dewey Lake also has great birthday gift ideas which include a big cookie or a cake for two.

Munro House, a Jonesville Michigan B&B, hosts Mike and Lori say that couples who choose the Munro House also will add one of their many getaway packages to compliment a special day such as an anniversary.  A popular getaway package most couples choose is Munro House's Romantic Getaway Package in Michigan with 2 nights luxurious lodging, 2 romantic dinners for 2 and 2 one hour rejuvenating massages.  There comes a time when the best romantic gift idea is the gift of relaxation.

Going to a conveniently located bed and breakfast and have the innkeepers take care of all the details is the perfect way to plan a romantic getaway.  Your getaway package could also include fine chocolates and fragrant roses.  One phone call does it all and the happy recipient of the gift might think you spent hours getting all of the plans arranged when in reality, it was done in about 10 minutes.

Bed and Breakfasts make a great birthday, anniversary or other special occasion getaway ideas for couples all the time and are very good at being your personal concierge to creating a romantic getaway package that meets your desire.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cabin Fever Winter Getaway Ideas


Winter activities in Southern Michigan can be as simple as a trip to the ice skating rink or as elaborate as a spa weekend. Cold winter months are a great time for a change of scenery and a time to relax or to go out and have some outdoor fun. Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfasts have simple and detailed winter getaway ideas to help you with your plans for fun or romance.

In Albion at Victory Park, located along the Kalamazoo River and 1 block from the Palmer House Inn, there is a wonderful hill that has provided sledding for generations in Albion. Every year on the third Sunday in January. Albion holds a sledding contest on the hill sponsored be Premier Corrugated and World Corrugated Container. Anyone, young or old,with any kind of sled made with cardboard can enter. Past entries have been as elaborate as Cinderella's coach complete with horses made of corrugated materials and as simple as a cardboard box.   Entry forms are available at the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce.
For couples who cannot get away on Valentines weekend, a gift certificate for a future getaway can be used as a much appreciated gift for your lover.  You can then alleviate your cabin fever when the timing is better and there is still snow on the ground. Individual Southern Michigan Inns offer gift certificates in any denomination.

There is another 3 day weekend in February for workers who celebrate Presidents Day on Monday, February 21. In addition to the traditional Friday-Saturday night getaway, many Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfasts offer 3 night packages with special pricing for Sunday night.  Bed and breakfast and fireplace and Jacuzzi tub and movie tickets and massage are nice combinations for winter getaway package ideas at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville.
The colors of a wondrous winter sunset are a beautiful view from the rural property of Quigley's Log Home Bed and Breakfast in Hudson.  It is like a slowly revolving colorscape... a photographer's dream come true.  Later in the evening it is common to see up to a dozen deer as you go for a walk along their country road.  The moon and the stars will reflect off of the snow and light your way on a romantic winter walk.  A big cup of hot chocolate topped with lots of marshmallows and a relaxing time by the fireside can await you when you return to your hosts.

January and February are wonderful times to getaway to enjoy the beauty of living in Michigan.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Romantic Valentines Day Getaway Packages

Find a romantic getaway in February at all Southern Michigan Inns this Valentines Day.  Valentines Day 2011 falls on a Monday this year and the Innkeepers of the Southern Michigan B&B group are offering up romance package deals all month long.

One and two night getaway packages are featured at many of the Inns to help you plan your romantic rendezvous to Southern Michigan Inns this February.  Choose an Inn with a spacious Jacuzzi tub and fireplace well in advance for best selection.

Quigley’s, a log home bed and breakfast near Hudson MI, is an ideal location for a winter getaway in the woods.  Daniel & Lisa book their wedding anniversary stay at Quigley’s each year to relive their special day.  Quigley’s could also be your place to start your own tradition with your lover.

Palmer House Inn, a bed and breakfast of Albion Michigan, announces February is the month for romance.  Reserve at the Palmer House and be pampered while enjoying the luxury of someone else waiting on you hand and foot in one of their relaxing suites. Their Valentine's Day getaway package includes fresh floral bouquet, and a complimentary bottle of wine, spa services, an endless flowing chocolate fountain, two dinners--one at the award winning Shuler’s in Historic Marshall, MI--and Scott’s famous ‘Black Forest French Toast’ for breakfast.

Dewey Lake Manor, a Brooklyn Michigan Bed and Breakfast in the Irish Hills, becomes a Chocolate lovers delight on Valentines weekend.  They will be featuring a chocolate buffet with cheesecake, trifle, brownies, fondue and all the luscious chocolate covered strawberries one could want.

A romantic getaway to the Munro House bed and breakfast in Jonesville can include traditional Valentine gifts of chocolates and a beautiful arrangement of roses plus dinners, movies, and massages on any day of the week in the month of February. A tailor-made romantic getaway can be created with a phone call, or choices can be made from their menu of specials.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Innsitters at Michigan Bed and Breakfasts on Vacation

Trained Innsitters provide the support Michigan Bed and Breakfast owners need when they leave for vacation and a much needed break.  Most bed and breakfasts operate 24/7/365 and when it comes to the owners entrusting their livelihood in someone else’s hands, that person needs to be honest, trustworthy and capable of handling the hard work of running an inn with little to no supervision.

Innsitters are an interim innkeeper who travel from inn to inn as a need arises for the owners to take some time off.  It is important for an Innsitter to have a background that is hospitality oriented and must also have domestic, professional and technical experience.  Many Innsitters are retired innkeepers themselves and just wanted to get out of the full time gig to do it at leisure.  Others get involved in training classes or workshops through an Innkeepers association.

As an Innsitter, they will take on the full responsibilities of the owner and instantly become the front desk clerk, head chef, host, waiter, concierge, bellhop, cleaning service, maintenance company, grounds-keeper, accountant, webmaster and business marketer. Filling this position is not an easy task and would be very difficult if it weren’t for people who have been trained as an Innsitter.

Here is some information about one such team of Sue and Anne at Two Hearts Innsitting.  Sue who is based in Michigan and Anne from Maryland are headed to Charleston, SC  to attend the annual Professional Association of Innkeepers International (P.A.I.I.) B&B conference where they are giving a presentation to any Innkeepers, or aspiring inn-sitters, about their responsibilities and training as professional Inn-sitters.  You may also wish to speak with them about your needs for a holiday from your B&B.

Lori & Mike Venturini at Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville, MI, try to get away at least once a year. Sometimes it's just for a few days, other times it's a whole week, soon it will be for 2 full weeks. They entrust their home business to experienced friends and professional Innsitters. Barb and Kent completed their Innsitting course several years ago and needed to intern at a real B&B in order to pass the class.  Carl & Julie were regular partners in the semi-annual cooking parties that are held at the Munro House. They already knew the layout of the kitchen and the floor plan of the entire house.  Julie also happened to be the "on-call" masseuse for the full service spa and Carl is the handyman who has regular work scheduled at the Munro House. They like to fill in because they think innsitting is "fun".  A short course in the technical aspect of the business and they soon became expert experienced Innsitters.

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