8/19/2015

Back to School Last Chance Summer Getaway

There is still time for a Summer Getaway in Michigan. Yes, it is time to think about the kids going back to school, but Michigan passed a law a few years ago that requires public schools to open after Labor Day. That means that there is still time for a day trip or long weekend in Michigan. Even if the kids are in school, a Back to School Special Package is still available through mid September. This could be the last chance for teachers and parents to relax and recharge before school starts.

Munro House offers an opportunity for all the decisions to be made for you. We pick the restaurants, we pick the masseuse, and we pick the movie theater as part of the Back to School Getaway Package. You choose what to eat, the intensity of the massage, and the movie to watch. Our selections have a successful rate of service and quality. Your choices have a variety of flavor, intensity, and mood. Together, we can arrange a high quality agenda that puts you in the right places to make good decisions for an enjoyable getaway.

The dinners are located just a two block walk from our house. Saucy Dog is a barbeque place offering ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, sandwiches, and beef brisket. It is my favorite restaurant in the whole world--partly because of its proximity to my house, the variety of choices, and the friendly staff. Olivia's Chop House is a fine dining experience with outstanding soups, salads, and appetizers along with a varied selection of entrees and desserts. Steaks and seafood are featured with additional choices like roast duck and pork shanks. No dress code at either place means patrons can 'come as you are'.

The massages are done in-house by local professionals who take their job seriously. Our masseuses give every guest a minimum one hour of treatment on the table, and only release them when they are done. A full body massage includes arms, legs, head, neck, and back. The secret to massage is communication. Instructing the masseuse to the intensity and areas of greatest need will lead to a great service.

Our local movie theater has 7 screens featuring new release movies. New flicks from Marvel, Universal, and other studios with Academy Award nominated actors are typical selections. The seating is comparable to business class on an airplane with wide leather reclining seats and plenty of leg room. Soft drinks and large popcorn get free refills.

Get caught up on relaxation, enjoy some great meals, and see a blockbuster movie before Summer ends. It can all be arranged with a single 5 minute phone call, or book it yourself by using our online booking engine.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

7/30/2015

Trial Gardens Open to the Public

The trial gardens at Rakers Acres in Litchfield, Michigan, are open for the season. Several acres of professionally planted flowers are on display at Raker's. Seed companies from across the country, and around the world, display their expertise in growing annual and perennial flower gardens and hanging baskets. An incredible array of floral beauty is available to casually peruse and enjoy.

Raker's is located at 10371 Rainey Road in Litchfield, Michigan. The trial gardens are open daily, with no admission charged. Daily tours of the Raker Greenhouse is available Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Call 517-542-2316 to reserve a spot for your group at your choice of tours. The Raker Greenhouse is truly amazing with professional horticulturists, modern automation, and quality control.


Munro House Bed and Breakfast is the nearest lodging facility, just 8 minutes away in downtown Jonesville. Each room has a queen size bed, private bath, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. A big, hot, made-to-order breakfast is offered every day at the inn. Fine dining, casual dining, fast food, and ice cream are all just a few blocks away.




Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

7/08/2015

Faster Horses Country Music Festival 2015

The Faster Horses Music Festival is back at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) grounds near Brooklyn Michigan. Now in its 3rd year, the outdoor country music event is gaining in popularity for a long weekend getaway to enjoy the finest musical talent from Nashville and across the country. Many of the fans will be camping on the grounds, but some will be seeking alternate lodging elsewhere. The Munro House B&B in Jonesville is about a half hour away from MIS on highway 12 and offers a quiet location, plus a comfortable bed in a spacious room with free wi-fi along with a big hot breakfast.

Main stage headliners include Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Florida Georgia Line. Additional popular artists include Lonestar, Dwight Yoakam, and Mark Chesnutt. A full weekend of live music begins on Friday July 17 at 1:55 PM. Daily shows with alternating performers continue until around midnight. A 3 day pass is required as there are no tickets sold for single day performances. One entry fee allows fans to enjoy access to 3 days and nights of live music and other activities.

Food and beverages will be available on the MIS grounds along with samples, trinkets, and souvenirs. Fans will be able to cool off this year by using the water slide that is being set up in the parking lot.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"







5/18/2015

Summer Getaway Specials

July promotions are connected with our anniversary as owners of this Michigan Bed and Breakfast. Rolling back room prices to 1999 rates have been a tradition for several years now. For 15 days in July, we celebrate by giving guest special pricing on lodging. To commemorate our arrival in '99, we are offering standard rooms for just $99 per night. The catch is that you have to stay for 2 nights, or regular rates apply. Jacuzzi rooms are just $149 under the same rules. The promotion starts on July 1 and ends on July 15.
Book it through our website to guarantee the rate.

These prices are even in effect for Independence Day on the 4th of July. While many people go to Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island, or Frankenmuth for a Summer getaway, others will choose to avoid the traffic and the crowds to getaway to a great place like Jonesville, Michigan. A great distraction is antique shopping. It happens that Allen Michigan is just 5 miles away. Allen is the "antique capital of Michigan" and boasts hundreds of dealers. Most of these antique dealers have their goods on display in booths at one of several antique malls just outside of Allen. The antique malls are open every day.

With savings of over $100 on rooms. there just might be some extra cash in the budget for an add on package. Packages can include chocolates and flowers, or dinners and massages, or more. Create your own package, or choose the Summer Getaway package that includes 2 dinners, 2 one hour massages, 2 movie passes, and ice cream. The New Romantic Getaway package include roses, chocolates, dinners, and massages. We pick the best places, and send you out for a good time.

One phone call and a 10 minute conversation can set up a great getaway that looks like you put a lot of effort into the planning. In reality, we have chosen excellent suppliers of service that consistently exceed our guests' expectations. The bonus is that Jonesville is probably closer to where you live than many other Michigan destinations. Great accommodations without the crowds is the ultimate getaway in South Central Michigan between Coldwater and Jackson.

Mike Venturini
"Life is good in Jonesville"

4/01/2015

April Appetite Getaway Package

A spring break getaway package for Foodies is available in Michigan for the first 15 days of April. All meals at great restaurants in Hillsdale County are part of this 2 night package that includes bed and breakfast. We know how much people like to try new restaurants. It is hit or miss in a new place without the recommendation of the locals. In Jonesville, Munro House is the authority on the best places to eat. Most of the eateries are a short walk from their downtown location, One is a short drive that is worth 10 minutes travel time.

Olivia's Chop House offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. It is located just two blocks away, and is an easy walk to dinner. With no dress code, it's a come as you are kind of place. They feature steaks and seafood, but also offer a pork shank, roast duck, and a nightly special as a main course. Who ever heard of a bacon, lettuce, and tomato soup? It's on the menu, and it's spectacular. I think they have the best calamari on the planet. Almost everybody I say this to comes back and says I was right. It is tender, not chewy and I know the secret ingredient! Creme Brulee is a very nice dessert, but if it's a special occasion, you might want to order a flaming dessert that they will prepare, table side, at Olivia's.

Johnny T's Bistro is a 10 minute drive to the South East side of Hillsdale for another great meal in a casual decor. Johnny T's is the #1 place to go in Hillsdale for a fine dining experience. An excellent variety of steak and seafood is on the menu along with the best French Onion Soup, anywhere. Many of their entrees have a Cajun flair, so interesting flavors are available at Johnny T's.

Saucy Dog is my favorite restaurant in the whole world. It's just barbeque, but it is done well. The meats are smoked for half a day, or more, and are served dry with a variety of sauces on the side. Ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and sandwiches dominate the menu, but I'm there for the brisket. They make it as a sandwich, a wrap, deep fried, and plain. I like it every way. The prices are reasonable. The food and staff are exceptional. It is located just 2 blocks from my house.

The Udder Side is an ice cream place just 3 blocks away on highway 12. They serve burgers and fries, but most everybody goes there for hard pack or soft serve ice creams and the many concoctions they have invented. The short walk to and from The Udder Side is a good thing when going for ice cream. The things they make are very filling. Incorporating them with a walk is the best way to justify the treat.

I am "the man" at breakfast time in the kitchen. Everything is made-to-order with several choices every day. Eggs and oatmeal are always on the menu. Eggs can be fried, scrambled, or omelet--occasionally, I offer Eggs Benedict. Oatmeal can have lots of goodies inside. An additional alternating menu item might include Belgian Waffles, French Toast, or German Pancakes. The main item is prepped ahead of time, while eggs and oatmeal can be created on-the-fly.  Being a short order cook is a good thing when several people come to the table with different tastes. There is always coffee, fruit, and juice to get people started. This is followed by a big breakfast with good conversation, because at Munro House, nobody sits alone.

The Foodie Retreat incorporates all of these places. A typical agenda looks like this:

  • Check in at Munro House
  • Dinner at Olivia's Chop House
  • Sleep over at Munro House
  • Breakfast at Munro House
  • Lunch at Saucy Dog
  • Ice Cream at the Udder Side
  • Dinner at Johnny T's Bistro
  • Sleep over at Munro House
  • Breakfast at Munro House
  • Check out
The Foodie Retreat is available at Munro House for Monday-Friday check-ins. Some of the restaurants are not open on Sunday, so it can not be offered 7 days a week. The best pricing on this 2 day getaway is available during the first 15 days of January, April, and July.

Mike Venturini

"Life is good in Jonesville"

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"