Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Irish Hills of Michigan Christmas Season Events

The Irish Hills, an area in Southern Lower Michigan, once settled by the Irish during the potato famine, is an area of quaint towns, scenic drives, sparkling lakes, Christmas tree farms ,and botanical gardens. Tthe weekend of November 30-December 2, is being promoted as “Holidays in the Hills”.

Hidden Lake Gardens, a 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum, is having their “evening of lights” November 30 & December 2 from 5-8pm. Enjoy a winter walk through over 2,000 luminaries. Saturday December 1st 4-8pm, is their Holiday Festival, with music, crafts, Santa, and of course, the 2,000 luminaries. The gift shop and Conservatory will be open with holiday decorations and refreshments.

On Saturday December 1, 2012, Michigan International Speedway will host a charity track and toy drive. Donate a nonperishable food item or new unwrapped toy and take a lap around the track in your own vehicle--no motorcycles--from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Refreshments will be available.

Oh These Irish Hills! will have their Christmas Gala December 1 & 2, showcasing Holiday Trees (some to be auctioned Dec 2) and displays provided by Business, Organizations and Families. Holiday music and refreshments Saturday Dec 1.

And, remember, there are Christmas tree farms in the area, so you can take home a live Christmas tree.

There is also a Christmas Open House at Cherry Creek Schoolhouse Winery. Saturday December 1, 11-5:30 . Wine tasting, snacks, music.

Southern Michigan Inns within and near the Irish Hills include The Brickhouse in Somerset, Quigley's Log Home B&B in Hudson, and Munro House in Jonesville.
Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Things to do in Southern Michigan along Highway 99

Travel along M-99 between Lansing and the Ohio border for a day trip into southern Michigan.  At the historic Miller Dairy Farm in Eaton Rapids, enjoy home-made ice cream served at a historic counter every weekend. The Legend Inn in Dimondale is a centennial farm located near Eaton Rapids that serves as travel headquarters for visitors to the area.

In Albion, the Purple Gang Walking Tour is another unique stop telling the story of the infamous Detroit Purple Gang during the Prohibition era. They were known for smuggling labeled liquor across the Detroit River from Canada. Albion was the distribution point for gangs in Chicago and St Louis.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Whitehouse Nature Center in Albion features several walking trails in lengths from 1-5 miles.  Albion Heritage B&B is located adjacent to the campus of Albion College and has easy access to shops, restaurants, and the Amtrack train station. Innkeepers serve as a concierge to the community in recommending interesting things to do when visiting the area and staying at the inn.

Great restaurants can be found in the village of Jonesville, located at highways 12 and 99. Whether the mood is for fast, diner, ethnic, casual, or fine dining, all of these food options are available in this town of 2,400 people. Saucy Dog's Barbeque serves excellent ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, and sandwiches. Olivia's Chop House offers the best fine dining experience in the county.

The Baw Beese Trail is a hiking and biking area that serves Jonesville and Hillsdale. This former railroad bed has been paved for a comfortable walk or ride during all seasons. Several parks along the trail include a disc golf course and Sandy Beach swimming area. Munro House B&B in downtown Jonesville provides comfortable lodging and easy access to area sights.

For wilderness hiking, the Lost Nation Trail between Osseo and Pittsford winds through a hardwood forest, brushy areas, and wetlands along the St. Joseph River bottomlands, and hosts 2,500 acres for hiking and wildlife viewing.
Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Southern Michigan B&B Spring Specials

THE IRISH HILLS-A jewel of blue sky, fresh air, and sparkling lakes. Stay at a member inn near the beautiful Irish Hills of Southern Michigan, and visit Hidden Lake Gardens, MSU’s 755 acre Botanical Gardens which is absolutely spectacular in the spring! Stay 2 nights in April and receive free admission to the Gardens and a $10 gift certificate to their gift shop. (Must mention this special when reserving and not valid with other specials) call 1-800-815-5253 for reservations.

"It is so relaxing to sit on our front porch with a cup of coffee on a Spring morning and watch the natural beauty of spring in the country and listen to the "frog choir" tuning up!  All of this is available at Quigley's Log Home B & B in Hudson, MI.

Voyager's Inn in Three Rivers MI is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Stay two nights in the St. Joseph Room or the Portage Room, and the 2nd night is 25% off. Need an extra day of relaxation? A 3rd night is just $69.00! April 1-25, 2012.

Spring has sprung at Albion's Palmer House Inn. Book one night at regular price and get 50% off the 2nd night.

A romantic spring getaway package is available every night of the week at Munro House B&B in Jonesville MI. 2 Dinners, 2 massages, and 2 nights bed and breakfast are on the agenda. Arrive in downtown Joneville, park your car, and walk to dinner, get spa services done on-site, and enjoy the oldest house in Hillsdale County. There is no need to worry about gas money, because everything is within 2 blocks.
With gas at +$4.00 per gallon in much of Michigan, a local getaway that burns less than a tank of gas is a more economical idea than several tanks of gas to go to Florida and back. A Spring getaway to Southern Michigan may be a better choice than heading South.

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Monday, April 2, 2012

April B&B Specials in Three Rivers MI

CELEBRATE MOM at Voyager’s Inn Three Rivers MI!

Who said Mother's Day should be limited to only one day? Our “Celebrate Mom All Month” package includes:

-Two nights in your choice of the Portage Room or the St. Joseph Room
-Voyager's Map of Three Rivers Highlighting Our Favorites for Great Shopping, Eating and More
-Victorian Tea Brunch for 2 on Day of Departure
-Extended Check-Out Time
-As always, sweet bedtime treats, and a fabulous breakfast are included.
-Based on Double Occupancy: $249


In honor of the 4th annual SAVE THE FROGS DAY (April 28), Voyager’s Inn Three Rivers MI will take $5 off your room rate and donate it to the cause. Frogs are rapidly disappearing around the world, and ten species of frogs indigenous to Three Rivers are among the most threatened. So come stay with us from April 26 – 30, explore the beautiful wetlands, rivers, lakes and streams in Three Rivers, and help the frogs! 

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentines Day Getaways in Southern Michigan

Choose a romantic getaway to Southern Michigan this Valentines Day.  The romantic holiday falls on a Tuesday in 2012. The Innkeepers of the Southern Michigan B&B group are offering up romantic package deals all month long. The expected most requested days are the weekend before Valentines Day, so book early if you want to be assured of getting the best selection for February 10-11.

Typical Valentines Day packages include chocolates, roses, and dinner. Special Valentines Day packages may also include movie tickets, a massage, a room with a Jacuzzi tub, or even a sleigh ride.

One and two night getaway packages are featured at many of the Inns to help you plan your romantic getaway at Southern Michigan Inns this February. 

The Palmer House B&B in Albion has 1 and 2 night Sweetest Packages that may include flowers, chocolates, wine, body massage, dinner at world renowned Schulers Restuarant, plus Black Forest French Toast for breakfast.

McKenzie House B&B is just across the border in Middlebury, Indiana, near Shipshewana. Rose petals can be sprinkled throughout your suite along with a dozen chocolate covered strawberries or truffles, bottle of sparkling cider, wine bottle oil candles, and romantic music in your suite. Breakfast can be delivered to your room, a late check out is welcome, plus sweetheart brownies for the trip home.

J. Paules Fenn Inn in Fennville features Hearts and Flowers in the Snow. This Valentine package includes choice of colored roses, Fenn Valley wine, buggy or sleigh ride, wellness spa aromatherapy, detoxifying sea salts, candle light, and soft music.

At Dewey Lake Manor in Brooklyn, February is “Chocolate Lovers Month”. Every weekend features a chocolate buffet, at no additional charge.
The Union House in Union, Michigan, offers flowers, special chocolates, and a champagne dinner for 2.

Quigley's Log Home B&B in Hudson provides a romantic getaway by the fireside with chocolate, sparkling non alcoholic beverages, a candle light dinner, plus a gourmet breakfast.

The Munro House B&B in Jonesville offers a 2 night romantic getaway. Their Romantic Valentine Package includes roses, chocolates, 2 one hour massages, 2 movie passes, 2 dinners for 2, plus 2 nights bed and breakfast.

Whether you stay one night or two, get a room with a fireplace, or a room with a Jacuzzi tub, the Innkeepers of Southern Michigan Inns can help you design a memorable getaway for Valentines Day, Cabin Fever, or Winter Romance.

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