3/22/2015

March Madness Tournament Free Room Giveaway Contest

Like, Share, or Comment on the March Madness Posting on Munro House Bed and Breakfast Facebook Page for a chance to Win a 1 or 2 night getaway. Several Big 10 Teams are playing for the Men's National Championship of College Basketball. Should the National Championship be won by a Big 10 Team, Munro House will give away a gift certificate for a TWO night stay in any available room on any available date in 2015. Should any other team win the National Championship, Munro House will give away a gift certificate for a ONE night stay in any available room on any available night in 2015.
The Big 10 teams participating this year are: #1 Wisconsin, #4 Maryland, #7 Michigan State, #7 Iowa, #9 Purdue, #10 Ohio State, #10 Indiana. A winner will be chosen from all Facebook entries within 48 hours of the final game. Please Like, Share, or Comment to enter.
Mike Venturini - "Life is good in Jonesville"

3/15/2015

B&B Bathroom Makeover

The timing was right for a bathroom makeover. It was a slow time of year and there was money in the bank. Time and money are the two things most necessary to accomplish a remodel of the bathroom. January is generally pretty slow and last year was a good year, so things were lined up. The objective was to make the bathroom more functional, comfortable, and warm. The room had an ample size sink a regular toilet and a small tub with a shower head. The plan was to change the flow from sink-tub-toilet to sink-toilet shower. To accomplish this, it was necessary to remove the tub and insert a walk-in shower. Another objective was to increase the size of the sink and vanity to allow counter space for guest's toiletries. Finally, moving the toilet to a more functional location required professional services. Unfortunately a lot of labor is involved to complete a project in what is usually one of the smallest rooms in the house. To accomplish everything in the most practical and economical manners, we decided to become our own contractors. We hired the Amish to do the tear out, our plumber to move the pipes, and our electrician to improve the wiring.

The walls and floor were easy to dismantle and remove. Once the pipes were exposed, measurements of the incoming vanity, toilet, and shower unit were taken to move the pipes to the correct location. The electrician planned for the placement of electrical outlets and instructed the laborers in what was necessary to prepare for the heated floors we intended to install. The three crews coordinated their timing to be available when necessary to do the job efficiently. We maintained a storage closet and the ceiling entrance to our Underground Railroad secret room while enlarging the room to a comfortable use of the available space. More light, a better ceiling fan, and sufficient power outlets were also accomplished. Unfortunately, the toilet location moved directly in line with a full size window. To maintain privacy, a stained glass film was adhered to the window. The film was not as wide as the window, so we used black latex paint to frame the film to make it look like part of the stained glass. Its opaque color allows natural light to come in, but allows for privacy of the person using the stool.

The room is about 6' X 20'. It is amazing how long the project actually took. Each individual portion went rather quickly. However, the next step couldn't be made until the previous one was finished entirely. A missing piece that needed to be ordered put the schedule back a day or two. A broken vanity, that was not discovered until it was removed from the box, put another delay in the project. Then, work had to be rescheduled, while respecting their other clients who had schedules and deadlines to meet, too. Finally, all of the components were installed, and all that was left to do was to paint. A fair amount of money can be saved by painting yourself. It took about 5 weeks to remodel the smallest room in the house. It seems like it should be such a simple task. However, when their is labor, water, and electricity involved, there is no such thing as a simple task. When experts are required to keep everything safe and up to code, there is a significant cost associated with that. Being your own contractor can save thousands of dollars.

We have a complete remodel of Julia's bathroom. The look is modern, the concept is open, and the floors are warm. It has been a long time coming, but the work is done and we are looking forward to our guests enjoying the improvements.

Mike Venturini
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

3/02/2015

2015 Murder Mystery Dinner

We have hosted a lot of Murder Mystery dinners at the Munro House. Our first dinner party was in 2000, and we have done hundreds of them since. It is a fun evening with my wife, Lori, as the hostess. She is the one who loosens everybody up, gets them into a playful mood, explains how the game is played, and chooses the best game for the people in the house on that night. I am on kitchen duty. Lori selects the menu and organizes the meal while we prepare it together.

We need 8 people to play. If you have 8 people who are interested in participating in a Murder Mystery, we will do it for you on any available date. The table seats 12 comfortably, so 8-12 guests are the numbers that work the best for us. If you have just 2 couples that are interested in participating in a Murder Mystery, you can get a new Murder Mystery started. We will promote the date and fill the table for you, as long as we have at least 6 weeks notice to market the event. We have always been fortunate to have enough people to play the game. Once the event is set, we have never had to cancel due to lack of interest.

The evening begins with appetizers and wine. Introductions are made, stories are told, and the mood is set for a fun and interactive night of who-done-it. The murder scene is described and the characters are assigned. Everyone gets a funky hat and a script to assist their portion of the mystery. Even the guilty party does not know they did it, so nothing they say will "let's the cat out of the bag". Soup, salad, and entree are served while the game is played. Ad-libbing is encouraged in this social event. The mystery is solved over dessert. One-by-one, everyone gets a chance to point a finger at who they think is guilty and why they may be the killer. The finger may even be pointed at themselves. Then, one-by-one we tell you who didn't do it and why they couldn't have done it.

Finally, the killer is identified and it becomes pretty clear who did it. If you have been paying attention, remember the subtle clues, and put all of the pieces together, you may be able to identify the killer. If not, it sure is fun to try to solve the mystery over a 5 course meal. There is a one night Package for $119 plus the cost of your room, and a two night package for $169 plus the cost of your room. On the 2 night package, get dinner for two at Olivia's Chop House as part of your package. The one night stay requires you to arrive at normal check in time--3:00, but no later than 5:00.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

2/27/2015

Spring Getaway Packages

You don't have to go to Florida to enjoy a Spring Break when a getaway can be very enjoyable right
here in Michigan. With no need for airfare or a rental car, a local trip could be the perfect choice for people who are limited to a few days or a weekend vacation, but still want to go somewhere special. Jonesville is the masterpiece of Michigan with fine dining, quality services, and comfortable lodging
available with package prices.

The Munro House was considered the gem of Jonesville by its original owner who built what is now the oldest house in Hillsdale County. Royalty from Europe enjoyed the hospitality of this thriving community in the 1800s. Travelers from 70 foreign countries have made Munro House their headquarters for travel to Southern Michigan in the 21st century. This popular bed and breakfast has welcomed guests from across the country and around the world.

Some people come here to explore shops and eateries. Others come to relax and enjoy romance. Excellent restaurants are an easy walk from Munro House. Saucy Dog serves barbeque and is this innkeepers favorite restaurant in the whole world. Olivia's Chop House is fine dining offering steaks, seafood, and more. Premiere Theater offers new release movies on 7 screens. Top notch masseuses offer their services in house. A package can be put together to schedule any, or all of this in a single phone call.

The Spring Break getaway provides dinners, massages, and movie tickets. The March Madness package offers flowers, dinners, and movie passes. The New Romantic Getaway Package adds roses, chocolates, dinners, and massages. Any of these packages can be added to your lodging request for a quality agenda that leaves all of the legwork to us and all of the relaxing to you.

Call today, or book online. Your Spring Break in Michigan is waiting at the Munro House in Jonesville.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

1/31/2015

List of Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

Occasionally, Valentine's Day falls on a weekend. February 14 is on a Saturday this year, making Saturday February 14 the most desirable day in 2015 for a romantic getaway. Predictions are that roses will be in even higher demand, chocolates will be a traditional gift, rooms with a 2 person Jacuzzi tub will be in short supply, and virtually every restaurant will be packed, So... what should the list of desirable romantic Valentine's Day items contain?

Flowers -  Roses
Chocolates - Truffles
Poetry - From Your Heart
Dinner - Fine Dining
Attention - Privacy
Movie - Theater
Massage - Spa
Getaway - Bed and Breakfast

Whether Valentine's Day falls on a weekend or a
weekday, our busy schedules do not always let us celebrate on the actual event day--that could be a good thing. On other nights in February, the lines may not be as long and the pressure for a relaxing, hassle-free, perfect night out may be exponentially reduced. Make the romantic getaway on the night of your choice, but think about the crowds on Valentine's Day and consider an alternate night to surprise your lover before the actual holiday, or after the fact.

The Munro House in Jonesville can make all of the arrangements for a great romantic getaway in a single phone call. Pick your dates, choose your room, then have your package tailor-made. Flowers, chocolates, dinner, movie tickets, and massages (or any combination of these items) can be arranged in a short conversation. We can help with the poetry, but a simple personal poem to your lover is priceless. Then arrive to a pre-arranged agenda for a getaway filled with romance.


Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

12/10/2014

Next Murder Mysteries in Michigan

We have hosted over 100 murder mystery dinners at the Munro House in Jonesville. What distinguishes us is that any couple can join the party. We set the date and you join the event. Other B&Bs do it, but for most of them, you have to bring the entire group. Not everybody can coordinate their plans with 3, 4, or 5 other couples to become a murder mystery dinner party, so we have taken the pressure off and allowed any couple to join us for a night of interactive adult fun for a pre-scheduled event.

Tuesday, December 30, is the prelude to our New Year's Eve cooking party. A murder mystery dinner is scheduled. There may still be space available for this event during the week that many folks do not have to work because of the holiday. A 2 day package is scheduled where we gather for the murder mystery dinner on Tuesday, regroup for breakfast on Wednesday, then start cooking a New Year's Eve feast for all to enjoy. Later, we will watch the ball drop in Times Square on the big screen TV with a champagne toast at midnight. Another big breakfast on New Year's Day before we send you home, or stay an additional night in a standard room for just $99.

Saturday, January 17, is the first scheduled murder mystery of 2015--stay tuned for more scheduled murder mysteries. With the holidays behind, this is a great opportunity to eliminate cabin fever by going out to have some good indoor winter-time fun. Many people have hectic schedules between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day--shopping, get togethers, parties, and celebrations. Once the New Year starts, it's time to relax a bit before choosing a weekend getaway. Mid-January is a prime time to get out and meet other like-minded people for an evening of adult-themed who-done-it.

Join us. We'll feed you good and show you a good time.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

11/28/2014

December Getaway Promo Code

It's not always easy to get away before Christmas, but if you can, we'll make it worth your while to come to Jonesville. Just stay 2 nights in a room priced at $139 and up and we will give you a gift card for dinner at th
e best restaurant in Hillsdale County--Olivia's Chop House in Jonesville. You have to give us 3 days notice and you have to tell us the secret word is DECEMBER. For those of you who prefer to book online, type in promo code DECEMBER.

Olivia's Chop House is a destination in itself. Great food at a reasonable price in an upscale atmosphere. They have the kind of menu that would be welcome in almost any neighborhood--steaks, seafood, pasta, pork, and poultry. They do it all very well. BLT soup is always on the menu, but other nightly creations are special in their unique blend. Bread is served with every meal, but the butter will make it special, Maybe you will get honey butter, or walnut butter, or jalapeno butter. They have a rotating variety that keeps it interesting. I think they have the best calamari on the planet. My decision is based on the fact that it is tender, not chewy. I also think I know the secret ingredient--Vernor's! There are so many good choices of entrees, that it can be a difficult decision. Prime rib, roast duck, stuffed salmon, or chipotle chicken, just to name a few. Creme broule for dessert is always a good choice, but a flaming dessert prepared tableside could be the ultimate special occasion final course.

So why would anyone come to Jonesville? The Munro House is a great headquarters for bed and breakfast. There is hardly any traffic. You could go to the antique capital of Michigan in Allen just 5 minutes down highway 12. You could reserve massage time from one of our therapeutic masseuses. You could just spend time in your room getting caught up on popular TV programming. You could just hang out with the one you love and do a whole lot of nothing but relax. Olivia's Chop House is the highlight of your eating experience. You will definitely find some recommendations for additional restaurants to check out for your other meals.

Jonesville is a great location for your winter getaway. Within 100 miles of Lansing, Detroit, Toledo, and Fort Wayne in the middle of South Central Michigan. Use the code and let the Munro House help to make your December getaway a little more affordable and a lot more relaxing.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

11/20/2014

Bedrooms With Dimplex Electric Fireplaces

Guest bedrooms at Munro House B&B in Jonesvillle MI have been upgraded to include new Dimplex Electric Fireplaces. Previous gas fireplaces were dirty, inefficient, and useless in the summer. The new electric fireplaces have a nice glow and the availability of a no heat setting. The ambiance is great. The light from the fireplace can be adjusted to the appropriate glow. The heat thermostat can keep the room at a constant temperature. The light from the fireplace can be enjoyed without heat all year long. We hope that guests enjoy the new fireplaces as much as we do.

The chimney sweep was called to address issues we were having with 4 of our 12 fireplaces. There was a buildup of soot inside our bedrooms and bird nests in the chimneys had brought debris into the fireplaces. The soot was the main concern as one room needed to be cleaned and painted twice in one season. After the bird nest was cleared, we thought that the problems might not be related because the soot issue persisted. It was then that the chimney sweep informed us that we had several problems. The main problem was that the gas was no longer properly ventilating. Another problem was that the new energy efficient windows did not allow the house to breathe properly. This previously drafty house allowed for the proper draft up the chimney. Who knew that installing double paned windows would affect the way a fireplace vents? It was still possible to safely continue to use the fireplaces, but at an extreme cost that involved reconstructing the chimneys and flues.

An alternative to burning wood or gas had to be found. Research was done by visiting other B&Bs that had to address similar problems and doing an internet search to find a suitable solution. Safety was a big concern, but the ability to utilize the fireplace during the summer months was a big desire. There are some very nice enclosed fireplace inserts on the market. Most of them are free standing and can be moved anywhere. However, we have built-in fireplaces with odd sized mantels and hearths, so we needed something that would fit inside our available spaces. Through personal recommendations and online reviews, we decided on the Dimplex 28 inch premium fireplace log set. I ordered one as a test. I wanted to make sure it would function as I hoped it would. It was pretty easy to assemble and install. I had it running in less than an hour. My heating and plumbing guy removed the gas pipes and capped them off. My electrician installed an electrical outlet in an inconspicuous location. I put a metal screen in front of the hearth that actually enhanced the look of the unit. Upon completion, I was satisfied with the look of the fake flame and the feel of the supplemental heat.

No longer would I have to worry about dangerous CO2 gas in the bedrooms, soot on the ceilings, or a concern about fire. I purchased 3 more of these units for my other bedrooms and had them installed in an afternoon. Each has a digital remote control with an exceptional LCD readout that controls the flame, the embers, and the heat. A numeric thermostat controls the heat as needed. The fireplace can be used all year long because of the ability to turn off the heat function. It does not provide a mesmerizing flame that you could stare at for hours, but it does create a very nice ambient glow that can quickly set the mood for romance. I love my new fireplaces and hope that my guests do, too.

Mike Venturini-Innkeeper
Munro House B&B
Jonesville, MI