11/30/2016

Murder Mystery on New Years Weekend



lit white candles on a wood plank table with antique china
Another Murder Mystery Dinner is planned for New Years weekend at this Michigan Bed and Breakfast. Munro House B&B in Jonesville has hosted hundreds of Murder Mysteries since 2000. The experience is to provide a night of adult-themed fun for like-minded couples over a great meal. The party is interactive where everyone plays a role and anyone could be the murderer. However, the guilty party does not know they are the killer, so there is no worry about someone spilling the beans.

several seared steaks with blackened grill marksA five course meal is served while the game is played. First, the mood is set with the telling of funny stories while an appetizer with wine is served. Everyone is given a role, complete with history, motive, and dialogue suggestions, along with a funky hat for each character. Then, the game begins. Everyone has clues that must be divulged while soup, salad, and entree is served. Lively conversation and accusations are encouraged during dinner. The mystery is solved over dessert.

green beans red peppers and purple shallots vegetable medley
When New Years Eve falls on a Saturday, the Murder Mystery is scheduled for Friday night while a cooking party occurs on Saturday. Additional murder mystery parties are scheduled throughout the year at various intervals. Private murder mysteries can be scheduled on any available date when there are 8-12 people in the group. Call 1-800-320-3792 to reserve your spot at the table or to join another event.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

11/04/2016

Peak Season for Fall Colors in Michigan

Blacktop road flanked by yellow leaf trees displaying fall colorsToday is one of the most beautiful days of the season. It is already November, and we are finally at peak season for Fall Colors. We are expecting mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures for another ten days with no sign of freezing temperatures until after the 15th if November. This is ridiculous, in a good way. Peak Fall Colors typically occur about mid October. This year it is early November putting it 2-3 weeks behind schedule. Now is a good time for a Fall Getaway road trip.

Green B&B sign in front of white mansion with trees in red and yellow fall colorsThe Munro House Bed & Breakfast and Spa could be your destination for a brief romantic getaway. This Southern Michigan B&B offers one night stays most of the year while many other inns require a tow night stay. If you have a day or two off for the weekend, or need to burn up some left over vacation days, now could be a great time to take off for a little romance. Great accommodations with outstanding restaurants within walking distance makes the Munro House one of the best choices for quiet, comfortable convenience within equal distance of Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Fort Wayne. The Munro House is open 12 months a year.

Blue Michigan road sign along highway 12 during peak fall color season with green yellow orange and red leavesThis great small town offers a true escape from the crowds of the big cities and tourist attractions. Munro House is located just one block South of Highway 12 in downtown Jonesville. Three traffic lights in town may get you to stop briefly, but the Munro House will make you comfortable overnight, while Saucy Dog's Barbeque and Olivia's Chop House will provide outstanding meals at reasonable prices. Shopping downtown includes an art gallery, while the "Antique Capital of Michigan" is just 5 minutes down the road in Allen. A large Amish community will probably be working the fields with their horse drawn equipment. Modern farmers may be tilling the soil or reaping the crops before the first snowfall. The Baw Beese Trail and Falling Waters Trail are an easy drive from Jonesville. Both are well maintained rails to trails walking and biking paths that stretch alongside lakes, through forests, or just out and away from traffic. The leaves are in full brilliant colors while the fields show a variety of Earth tones.

Traditional disc golf target with chains and a basket on a disc golf course
Some folks may still enjoy a round of golf at the best prices of the year at one of our local courses, while Owen Park in Hillsdale provides a free 18 hole disc golf course. A cider mill with fresh picked fruit, donuts, pies, and hay rides are just a short drive away. A scenic drive down any of our rural roads can provide a plethora of sights and textures for your viewing pleasure.
Yellow and green fall color trees along a dirt driveway with brown fallen leaves
Life is good in Jonesville.

10/24/2016

World Series Baseball Contest

Follow, like, comment, or share our Baseball World Series Contest Post on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a bed and breakfast getaway. The 2016 World Series of Baseball starts Tuesday, October 26, between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. The best of 7 series could be decided as early as October 29. I live in Michigan. Chicago is about 3 hours away. Cleveland is about 3 hours away. I have no clear favorite. However, if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, the prize will be 2 nights bed and breakfast in any available room. If the Cleveland Indians win the World Series, the prize will be 2 nights bed and breakfast in any standard room. Either prize will be a great getaway to Southern Michigan.

Prize will be awarded within 48 hours of the completion of the World Series of Baseball. Because it's the best of 7 games and weather could be a factor, the World Series could end as early as October 29, or could continue into early November. Odds of winning depends on the number of entries. Grand prize must be used by May 31, 2017, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Reservations are required on any available nights. Contest open to adults 18 and over only. Nasty comments will be removed and entry will be disqualified.


Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

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2016 Free Bed and Breakfast for Veterans

Veterans in uniform at attention during veterans day programOnce again, Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan is participating in the B&Bs for Vets program. We will be giving away free rooms at random intervals to veterans of any era. We will release rooms for this contest via our Facebook feed. After publishing the announcement of a free room, the first caller will get the room at no charge for the night before Veterans Day. A photo of the veteran in uniform is required to verify service. This year it is on Thursday, November 10. After breakfast, you are invited to join a free Veterans Day program at the Jonesville Middle School gym, just 3 blocks away. The event is traditionally well-attended by students, residents, officials, and business people.

Students attend veterans day memorial service at Jonesville Michigan middle school gymOne era of conflict will be remembered as the focus of the annual program. A guest speaker will make a speech about their experience with war and America. Additionally, students compete for a savings bond by writing a speech under the theme of freedom or patriotism. The winning paper will be read by its author as part of the event. The high school band will play while flag twirlers perform with the color guard on standby.

medals awarded to a veteran during Vietnam warTo make sure veterans are in town to see this program, Munro House is offering free rooms to veterans from any branch of service for the night before Veterans Day--Thursday, November 10. We will continue to release our available rooms at random in the weeks preceding Veterans Day. To guarantee the free room will be occupied, we will take a $30 deposit. Upon arrival, we will present them them a $30 gift card for dinner at Saucy Dog in Jonesville. The bed and breakfast will cost them nothing. This is our way of saying thank you to our veterans for their service to our country.


white crosses with names and era of fallen soldiers in Hillsdale County MichiganTo be notified of our free rooms:


American flag flying outside white greek revival style homeSometimes, the room is claimed within minutes, sometimes it takes longer. Be the first caller, then get away to Jonesville, have dinner, enjoy breakfast with other veterans, and attend the Veterans Day program. Good luck, and thank you for your service.






Southern Michigan Fall Colors

Jonesville Michigan Horse Ranch with brown fence curved road, gray farm buildings, and forest in Fall colorsFall colors are running late this year in Southern Michigan. In previous years, we have been at peak in the middle of October. However, in 2016, we are just approaching peak in late October. Our first frost came late on October 14. That is the first sign that leaves will soon start to change color and begin to fall. Typically, when the walnut trees are completely bare, that is a sign that the oak and maple trees are at full color and about to fall. The walnut trees are still full of leaves, so peak color time is still to come, but the variety of color in late October is spectacular and should continue to be for 2 weeks or more.

Blue lake in Hilldale Michigan with road and paved walking path amidst forest of tree in full fall colorsHillsdale County, Michigan, is mostly rural, There are just over 46,000 people in the whole county, and the largest city has a population of just over 8,200. There is an abundance of farm land. forests, and fields along with an assortment of horse ranches and livestock farms that may include grazing llama and buffalo. Harvest is in full gear with tremendous combine machines on traditional farms and horse drawn teams in the Amish community. There are 81 lakes in Hillsdale County ranging in size from 5-447 acres. Baw Beese Lake is the largest with public parks, boat launch, and a paved walking trail on the Eastern shore.

4 sided clock at Carl Fast Park in Jonesville Michigan with trees in full Fall colorsJonesville is the gem of the county with enchanting parks, noticeably well-maintained streets, a walking trail, popular restaurants, and a couple of historic bed and breakfast inns. The Munro House B&B could be your headquarters for walks around town through well-maintained neighborhoods and to uncommonly good restaurants. The proprietors can point you in the right direction for food, farms, and forests. They can also recommend lakes, parks, and the location of the Amish community--they are not organized like Shipshewana, but their presence is quaint, amuzing, and old-fashioned.

Amber beer with orange slice and steak dinner including green beans
Jonesville is known for being one of the best small towns in America for foodies. Saucy Dog's Barbeque is a local favorite for ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and sandwiches. However, many people go there for the beef brisket. Their smoker operates for 14 hours before the meats are served. For many people, it's their favorite restaurant in the whole world. Olivia's Chop House is the best restaurant for 50 miles. It is a fine dining experience with a casual atmosphere. They are famous for their BLT soup, tender calamari, prime rib, salmon, and 7 layer chocolate cake. It is a big city restaurant with small town prices.


9/22/2016

Southern Michigan Fall Getaway with Great Food

Smiling lady in red riding in a tractor pulled wagon through a corn fieldFall getaways don't always have to include a trip to Lake Michigan. There are plenty of beautiful Fall colors throughout rural Southern Michigan. Here, in Hillsdale County, our Fall colors are as much about the harvest as they are about the changing leaf color. Farmers are picking their crops and tilling the soil in anticipation of the next planting season. Huge machines do much of the work at modern farms, but draft horses pull the load on traditional farms in our large Amish community. Cider Mills, doughnuts, and hay rides are invigorating outdoor activities on cool, sunny days.

Green bed and breakfast sign with Scottish Terrier mascots amidst fall colors
Weekend getaways to Southern Michigan could base their headquarters at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville. Comfortable lodging with friendly innkeepers offering fine hospitality in a great small town at an award winning B&B is this inn's claim to fame. A classic American breakfast is served every day with a choice of entrees along with coffee, fruit, juice, bread, and bacon. Cookies, snacks, and beverages are always complimentary to guests who stay here.


Rectangular white food plate with garnished steak, green beans, and rice beside a glass of beer with an orange slice
Romantic getaway packages that include meals have been very popular since Jonesville was recently recognized as one of the top small towns in America for food. Two great restaurants that were recognized on this list are both just a short 2 block walk from the Munro House B&B. Walking to a great dinner is a luxury that many people wish they could do. It is normal in downtown Jonesville. Olivia's Chop House is the best fine dining restaurant for 50 miles, while Saucy Dog's Barbeque offers more casual selections from ribs, to sandwiches, to brisket. Ice cream from the Udder Side is popular through Halloween.

Horse farm with white fence before grey barn at the edge of a forest of Fall colors with a white water tower in the background
Peak Fall colors could be any time in October. The leaves start turning in September and continue until frost and wind make them drop to the ground by early November. Temperatures have yet to drop into the 40s, which generally means that peak colors will be late this year, although Mother Nature has the final say.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

7/29/2016

2016 Summer Olympics Contest - Win a B&B Getaway

Follow, like, comment, or share our Summer Olympics Contest Post on Facebook to enter our 2016 Summer Olympics contest. The Summer Olympics are scheduled to run from August 5-21. The United States, China, and Russia are always contenders to win the most medals. However, the host country usually does exceptionally well, many elite athletes are not competing because of the Zika Virus, and some elite athletes have failed to qualify. Any country could come out on top of the medal count. 

Prizes have been assigned to the countries expected to win the most total medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. The official medal count will be taken from the counter list on NBCOlympics.com. Decision of the judges will be final. There are 8 potential prizes. One will be awarded in a random draw from all entries.

  • Brazil - Win a seasonal getaway with dinners, massages, movie passes, plus 2 nights bed and breakfast
  • United States - Win a 2 night Foodie Getaway with 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and 2 nights bed and breakfast in a Jacuzzi Room
  • China - Win a 2 night Foodie Getaway with 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and 2 nights bed and breakfast in a Standard Room
  • Russia - Win 2 nights bed and breakfast in a Jacuzzi Room
  • Great Britain - Win 2 nights bed and breakfast in a Standard Room
  • Germany - Win One Night Stand Package with dinner for two, movie passes, and one night Bed and Breakfast in any available room
  • Japan - Win One Night Bed and Breakfast in a Jacuzzi Room
  • Any Other Country - Win One Night Bed and Breakfast in a Standard Room
Contest is scheduled to end on Sunday, August 21, 2016. A gift certificate will be awarded within 48 hours of the conclusion of the closing ceremonies. Contest is open to adults 18 and over. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Prize must be redeemed by July 31, 2017. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

7/22/2016

2016 Democratic Convention Contest - Win a Getaway

Follow, like, comment, or share our Democratic Convention Contest Post on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a bed and breakfast getaway. The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive candidate to represent the Democrats in the Presidential Election in November. However, there has been speculation that Hillary Clinton will not receive enough delegate votes on the first ballot which could lead to a contested convention where anything can happen and anyone could become the Democrat's nominee for President.

If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic Candidate for President, the prize will be 2 nights bed and breakfast in any available room. If anybody else becomes the Democratic Candidate for President, the prize will be 1 night bed and breakfast in any available room.

Prize will be awarded within 48 hours of the conclusion of the Democratic Convention on July 28, 2016. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Grand prize must be used by April 30, 2017, and cannot be redeemed for cash. Reservations are required on any available night(s). Contest open to adults 18 and over only. Good Luck to everyone. We have not forgotten about the Republicans. A separate contest for the winner of their convention was held for their convention July 18-21. Congratulations to that winner Amanda Dariemaeker Smith.

This is a fun contest that endorses no candidate from any party. Any comments deemed to be uncivil will be removed from our Facebook feed and disqualified from entry. Good luck to all.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"