4/03/2014

House Party at Michigan Bed & Breakfast

The Munro House Bed & Breakfast in Jonesville is a great location in Southern Michigan to hold a business meeting and/or dinner party. A group of innkeepers from the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association recently rented the entire house and hosted a meet-and-greet for about 30 people. The event started with a board meeting that lasted all afternoon. A high speed wireless internet system assured all board members that they would have online access to their marketing and meeting materials. A large meeting table comfortably sat 7 board members with room for more. Soft drinks and cookies were served during breaks. 

The meeting adjourned and the membership relaxed in their comfortable rooms as they prepared for the meet-and-greet. Pizza was chosen as the finger food of choice from Main Street Pizza located just a block and a half away. Varieties included simple, vegetarian, hearty, special, and gluten free. A selection of wine along with the first day of release brew of Oberon Beer from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo were the featured beverages, along with soft drinks and an assortment of tea. A veggie tray was also prepared for those folks watching their calories, limiting their indulgences, or making healthy choices. 

Innkeepers from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron and from the Thumb to the Irish Hills gathered for an evening of shop talk, mentoring, and socializing in the spacious common areas of the Munro House. Some of the guests were seasoned and well-groomed while others were newbies, rookies, or aspiring bed and breakfast owners. Round table discussions, plus mingling in small groups or one-on-ones, were evident throughout the house as attendees discussed business, dreams, and extra curricular activities in the comfort of this great old house.

Innkeeping can be a lonely occupation. The only people who really know what the job entails is your mate or partner, along with your colleagues and your competitors. Because the job carries strange hours, the frequency of available time to commiserate with peers is very limited. Taking the time to attend a regularly scheduled get-together is a healthy reminder that a face to face meeting with people in your industry is a much needed break from day-to-day chores and rituals.

Groups from 8 to over 100 people have had their events hosted at the Munro House. Business meetings, anniversaries, and birthday parties are the most common events held at the Munro House. Bachelorette parties, baby showers, and more can be facilitated in this great historic house. Food is negotiable. Choices range from a large assortment of house specialties to local restaurant fare, including pizza and barbeque, and more. Finger food is more appropriate than a sit down dinner at a meeting where mingling is encouraged. Soft drinks are always available and guests are encouraged to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Business associates, families, and friends are welcome to schedule a house party hosted at the Munro House.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

3/29/2014

Watch Game of Thrones at Munro House B&B

The Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan features HBO on high definition televisions in all guest rooms. Travelers who arrive in Jonesville on a Sunday night in April, May, and June will not miss the first viewing of any episode of the 4th season of Game of Thrones. Guests may join the hosts to watch what happens in the realm on the big screen in the Library, or retreat to the privacy of their room to watch on their own.

Sunday night is not the only Game of Thrones night at the Munro House. OnDemand programming from Comcast Xfinity is available in all guest rooms, so your favorite television programs on HBO or many other cable and network channels may be viewed at your leisure at no additional cost. There is live TV on over 100 news, sports, and entertainment channels, plus 6 HBO stations and 7 Encore premium channels. Past seasons of Game of Thrones may still be available OnDemand to refresh the multitude of complex story-lines.

Even though some of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones have already been killed off in previous seasons. There is hope that many of my remaining favorite characters will still be alive at the end of this season. There is also some desire that the characters that I detest most will meet a gruesome and fitting death at appropriate vengeful hands. There are some love stories that I would like to see continue, and some alliances that may remain true. However, many conflicts will certainly come to a bitter end as new opportunities or struggles arise. I have not read the books, so each episode will bring surprises to me.

My love for the Game of Thrones series comes from the parallels to current day politics. The ways they are mirrored help to explain what a person will do to get power, what the family will do to keep power, along with the deals, trades, and relationships that occur specifically to retain power. The poor are kept weak, the strong are feared, the influential are used, and the ignorant are exploited. I find it all so fascinating. Although this is a work of fiction, much of the history of kings and queens and dynasties in actual history is explained and portrayed in a very gruesome, but convincing and entertaining manner.


Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

3/28/2014

Southern Michigan Easter Weekend Special

Easter falls on Sunday, April 20, this year. This is another holiday that the Munro House B&B offers special discount pricing for travelers going to Southern Michigan. The regular weekend rates are reduced on every room for Friday night and Saturday night of Easter weekend with no minimum stay required. This will allow for an opportunity to visit family in the area or to take a Spring Break in Michigan that is an easy drive from Detroit, Kalamazoo, Toledo, or Fort Wayne at up to a 25% reduced cost on lodging.

Visiting family in Hillsdale County is always fun, but sleeping on the pull-out couch, or in your old bedroom is not so much fun now that you are a couple. The Munro House is conveniently located in downtown Jonesville. Family will be just a few minutes away, and the comfort and privacy of the Munro House is priceless, even at the discounted price. Each room has a queen size bed and private bath; a big, hot, made-to-order breakfast is offered every day; and a key to the inn assures that there is no curfew for those people who enjoy staying out late.

A Southern Michigan getaway will be in full swing. All of the preferred local restaurants will be open, the florist will be snipping arrangements, the movie theater will be showing several new releases, and world class masseuses will be on call. Whether you are joining family or getting away from family, the Munro House in downtown


Jonesville is a great destination for an Easter retreat. Standard rooms are just $119 and Jacuzzi rooms are only $169 on this weekend only. All regular getaway packages are available on this weekend to be added to the price of the room. Dinner, massage, movie passes, and more are available in a Munro House package. Additional spa services, flowers, chocolates, and lunch might also be a part of your Easter weekend getaway.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

3/09/2014

Faster Horses Tour Returns to Michigan

The country music festival known as the Faster Horses Tour returns to the grounds of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn Michigan the weekend of July 18-20. Three days of country music on multiple stages featuring headliners, legends, and new artists is now in its second year. The festival only sells tickets for the entire weekend music package. There are no single day passes. Confirmed headlining country music stars include Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw. Many additional artists will also perform live on stage over the 3 day weekend.

MIS is located along highway 12 in South Central Michigan near Jackson. A rural setting for the event leads to a limited amount of indoor lodging availability. Thousands of visitors will be camping on the MIS grounds. Hundreds of visitors will be sleeping in a real bed. Scores of fans are local and will be commuting from home. With 10's of thousands of concert goers expected--each spending the entire weekend at the festival--early reservations are recommended.

Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan is located just 25 minutes from MIS, and just a block off of highway 12 in downtown Jonesville. A queen size mattress is much more comfortable than a sleeping bag in a tent. An air conditioned room will provide better sleeping conditions than a muggy night in a campground. A hot breakfast will be offered every day rather than a pop tart or left-over pizza in a field. A hot shower and privacy may be the best reason to stay at the Munro House.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

2/28/2014

April First Responders Month in Michigan

Firefighters, policemen, and emergency medical technicians are honored for the entire month of April at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville, Michigan. Just identify yourself or significant other as a fireman, cop, or EMT when you make your reservation, then send us a photo of the officer in uniform to get the reduced rate on a two night stay any day of the week in April. Sending the photo gives us permission to use the picture on our blog or website for future articles or promotions. Firefighters and law enforcement officers, and EMTs can save $100 on a 2 night stay when they choose a standard room for $119 per night or a Jacuzzi room for $149 per night.

Jonesville is a great small town that is easy to get to from many big cities. Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Toledo are about an hour away. Kalamazoo, Detroit, and Fort Wayne are within 100 miles. Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis are about 3 hours away. Excellent restaurants in town with the 2 best being only 2 blocks away. World class masseuses on call to give you an hour of therapy on the table. Several packages are available to tie
everything together to make it a Spring Getaway, a Romantic Getaway, or a Spa Getaway.


"Life is good in Jonesville"
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2/17/2014

Romantic Spring Getaway in Michigan

Spring starts on March 1 at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan. Any day can be a good day to getaway to enjoy a romantic spring getaway through May 31. The Spring Break Getaway Package includes 2 dinners, a movie fun pack, 2 one hour massages, and 2 nights bed and breakfast. Guests can choose their room then
add on the extras that include dinners at our favorite local restaurants, movie money good for tickets with goodies, a top notch massage by a local professional, plus a big made-to-order breakfast served each day.

Two great restaurants are located just 2 blocks from the Munro House. This convenient location along with their outstanding menus and prices make them the go-to places for dinner in Jonesville. Saucy Dog serves barbeque. They offer ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket along with other tasty choices. All are served in generous portions in a comfortable atmosphere. Olivia's Chop House is a fine dining experience specializing in steaks, seafood, pork, pasta, and poultry. I agree with one reviewer who said it's 'like a restaurant from downtown Chicago dropped in the middle of Jonesville". They even offer a flaming dessert prepared tableside at Olivia's in downtown Jonesville. Both restaurants require no specific dress code, so come as you are.

The Premiere Theater in Hillsdale is about 6 minutes away. They feature newly released movies on 7 screens and generally host Hollywood blockbusters on the first day of issue. A recent remodel has brought in comfortable leather reclining seating and a plan to offer "White Castles" in the near future. The Munro House Movie Fun Pack includes enough movie money for 2 tickets plus a beverage and popcorn.

Massage is done in-house after breakfast by local trained professionals. At the Munro House, a one hour massage means that you will get massaged for a minimum of 60 minutes on the table, not 45 minutes of rubbing along with 15 minutes for consultation and dressing/undressing like they do in a salon. We try to keep on schedule while providing the full hour of service that our guests expect.

Guests may call us directly or shop online by clicking the 'check availability' button and selecting a date. All available rooms and their cost will appear. Once the room choice is made, an option to add on the Spring Break Getaway Package appears. After you decide the pricing is in your budget, you may enter your credit card information and reserve the entire package with a $100 deposit. Munro House takes care of everything else. Your gift cards and spa times are arranged and reserved so that when you get to Jonesville, an agenda has already been prepared for you to follow. There will be time for guests to step away from the agenda and enjoy other things to do in the area. Antique malls and wine tasting rooms are just a short drive away. Celebrate Spring in Southern Michigan at the Munro House in Jonesville.


"Life is good in Jonesville"
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2/03/2014

Southern Michigan Winter Getaway Package

Munro House B&B in downtown Jonesville is a great location for a Winter Getaway to celebrate Valentine's Day or for Cold Weather Romance.   Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Toledo are about an hour away. Detroit Metro Airport and Fort Wayne, Indiana, are about a 90 minute drive. Keeping the destination within 100 miles can be a key decision when planning a Winter escape.

Several getaway packages are available 7 days a week. All contain dinner along with bed and breakfast. Some can also include roses, chocolates, movie tickets, massages, lunch, and other spa services. A single phone call can reserve the entire package in about 10 minutes. You choose the items and we arrange for them to happen. We make an agenda for you so that when you arrive, everything has been organized. There is no need to seek out places to go and things to do. The best of the area has been chosen for you, so you just have to follow the loose schedule.

Guests rave about our local restaurants. One online review from TripAdvisor mentions our favorite eatery, Olivia's Chop House: "like a restaurant from downtown Chicago dropped in the middle of Jonesville". The quality of the food is excellent, the service is consistently very good, and it is located just 2 blocks from the Munro House.

Guests also compliment our in-house masseuses. One lady praised the relaxing effect after being touched by "the hands of Julie". A group raved about Jeremie, saying he was "amazing". Several have said "I have had massages all around the world, but I got the best one in Jonesville". Our professional staff is very knowledgeable, well trained, and personable.

Any day can be a good day to getaway to Southern Michigan.

"Life is good in Jonesville"
You can find Mike on , Facebook, and Twitter.

1/15/2014

Presidents Day Special at Jonesville MI B&B

Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville has a weekend getaway deal if you one of the lucky Americans who get a day off work with pay for President's Day. This year it is celebrated on Monday, February 17. That makes the Valentine's Day weekend a 3 day weekend for some workers. Regular rates are in effect for Friday and Saturday night. but on Sunday night, all rooms are discounted by $50 off the Valentine rate. For those people who can only getaway on Sunday night, the discount is available for a one night stay.

This American holiday coincides with the birthdays of two of our greatest Presidents. George Washington was born on February 22. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12. Rather than have a separate holiday for every President, they are all honored on the 3rd Monday in February. Ironically, the 3rd Monday will never fall on either of these President's actual birthday.

On Presidents Day, ATMs will be the banker, Post Offices will be idle, court houses will be silent, and many schools will be dormant. However, factories, shops, and small businesses will treat this as just another Monday.

Because this is also Valentine's Day weekend, couples who want to treat this as a romantic getaway can make it a 2 or 3 night package when including Sunday night. Dinner, theater, and spa packages are also available.

Mike Venturini "Life is good in Jonesville"