5/31/2010

Jonesville Michigan Geocaching


A mother-daughter team found the geocache in front of the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan over Memorial Day weekend. I spied them as they pulled up and knew what they were up to. I grabbed my camera, and by the time I got out there, they had already found the treasure and retreated to the comfort of their air-conditioned vehicle to fill out the log book.

It turns out that the daughter has a nose for finding hidden treasures and found this one instantly. They are experienced geocachers and are approaching 300 found treasures in their travels. The app on their smartphone led them to within feet of our hidden container.  As of this moment, they are still a ways away from finding all 1,084,870 treasures listed on the Geocaching website. It is a fun activity wherever your life takes you. The caches are usually found near places of interest. The Munro House was once a Station on the Underground Railroad and is now a comfortable place to stay in a great little town in south central Michigan.

Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/30/2010

Interesting Journal Entries at Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Guests are encouraged to write something interesting or profound in our journals at the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville Michigan. Most guests recap their experience in a complimentary way and some people go the extra mile and really make us smile with the stuff they write.

                             Magnificently Marvelous
                             Up, Up and Away (Our Expectations)
                             No dogs on red carpet
                             Roundtable of friendship
                             Oversized hearts

                             Have some waffles... mmmm waffles
                             Over the river and through the woods
                             Udderly delicious
                             Sailing away in harmony
                             Everlasting love (great song)

The stick people and cloud dialogue was a bonus!

                              A surprise birthday gathering
                              was our reason for staying
                              at the Munro House.
                              The murder mystery dinner
                              added great fun.
                              Wonderful eats, restful sleeps...
                              You've got a winner here!

All written in cursive... BACKWARDS.

Guests write in our room journals and we read them--especially when we are having a bad day. Their musings give us the praise to let us know we are doing a good job. The long days and the constant change-over of guests is all worthwhile when we know people appreciate what we do.


Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/29/2010

Lodging for NASCAR Races at Michigan International Speedway (MIS)

Once again, the NASCAR races are coming to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI for two events--one in June and one in August.  The track has seating for about 140,000 fans, but there is lodging available for nowhere near that amount.  So race fans who want to make it a long weekend have to choose an alternate plan. The local hotels, motels, and B&Bs are usually filled with race teams, vendors, and other workers, so a bit of travel or a camping experience is what many fans choose.

NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway
The Munro House Bed and Breakfast is located about 30 minutes due west of the track on highway 12 in downtown Jonesville. Comfortable lodging in a historic home can be a great alternative lodging choice for couples wishing to enjoy the race weekend at MIS and spend some time away from the crowds.

NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway
There are many restaurants and stores in the area. This makes Jonesville a very good choice of headquarters for NASCAR race weekends in Southern Michigan. Businesses welcome race fans and provide Midwestern hospitality to folks from all across the country.

NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway

Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/23/2010

Geocache Found at Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Once again, geocachers were seen searching through the bushes in front of the Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville, Michigan. They found the treasure and were signing the log book when they were greeted by Mike Venturini, the innkeeper.
It turns out that Lilly and her sister were on their first Geocaching adventure and were excited that the cache was easy to find and had some cool stuff inside to trade. They chose to take the rubber snake and a bouncy ball and left some stickers and a cool necklace.  As their mom said, "all treasures need to have some jewelry".
There are currently over 1,000,000 geocaches hidden near interesting locations all around the world. One is right outside this Michigan Bed and Breakfast. It's easy to find and is a fun activity for anyone with a GPS device.

Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/19/2010

Underground Railroad History of Jonesville MI Tour by Williams Elementary School

The 4th grade students at Williams Elementary School in Jonesville, Michigan, take an annual field trip to tour the Munro House Bed and Breakfast. Legend has it that Munro House was once used as a Station on the Underground Railroad and hid over 400 runaway slaves for at least one day on their journey to freedom in Canada. The tour can last from 20 to 45 minutes--depending on time constraints. 
The elementary school students are invited to walk into what is left of a tunnel that was once over 150 feet long. Only about 30 feet of the tunnel remains and it is currently used as a landing to the basement.  Additionally, Munro House has a secret room that allegedly hid hundreds of runaway slaves over a 15 year period preceeding the American Civil War. A photo array shows several views of the hideaway that is large enough for thirty 4th graders to stand in. Unfortunately, to let 30 kids go up there would be an exercise in futility.  Only 2 people have been up there in the last 11 years.  The pictures are a much better alternative.
The Munro House can arrange tours of the house for various size groups.  Thirty kids or twenty adults at a time would be about the limit. Weekdays are preferred and Sunday afternoons are O.K., by appointment only. A group of 53 car club enthusiasts are coming by in waves next month. They love their old cars and they enjoy the historic tales of cool old buildings, too.
In addition to the tales of the Underground Railroad, the tour guides also tell about the history of Jonesville, early pioneers in Hillsdale County, and the tribe of Pottawatomie Indians who originally lived in the area. It happens that George Munro, the namesake for the house, was a local politician, businessman, and entrepreneur with many interesting stories of early Michigan settlers and politics. The legacy of his deeds are some of the foundations upon which Jonesville was built. Munro House has historic significance because it is the oldest house in Hillsdale County (circa 1834) and has a "new" addition that is the first brick building in Hillsdale County (1840).


Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/09/2010

Jonesville Riverfest River Festival

The annual Riverfest celebration in Jonesville, Michigan, is traditionally held on the weekend following Mother's Day.  In 2010 it will be held May 14-16 and features fun, food, and festivities. The fun stuff includes a triathlon, canoe races, and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The food features the fire department BBQ, sidewalk vendors, and local restaurants. The festivities include the fireman's waterball competition, an arts and crafts exhibition, car & bike show, live music at Saucy Dog's, cloggers, an hourly musical show at Marcella's Coffee House, plus tours of the Sauk Theater and the Grosvenor House Museum, along with the Domestic Harmony Duck Derby.
The river-themed triathlon features running, biking, and canoeing, and kicks off the weekend at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night. The canoe races run all day Saturday on the St Joseph River in downtown Jonesville with competitions in various categories with cash prizes for the top 3 finishers. Even the inexperienced can participate by renting a canoe, finding a partner, and joining the fun. The basketball tournament is held at the high school with early rounds of competition on Saturday morning and the finals on Sunday.
The River Rats have cleaned up the shoreline to help make Riverfest a pleasant experience for canoers and race-watchers. The events have attracted competitors from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Canada. Riverfest began in 1974 and is enjoying its 36th annual celebration of River Fest in Jonesville.
Riverfest details and participation forms can be found online at Jonesville Riverfest.

Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

5/05/2010

Michigan Bed and Breakfasts Honor Military Veterans with Free Rooms for Veterans Day

As a national promotion, bed and breakfasts around the United States are offering free rooms to veterans on November 10 so they can get to their hometown or other location to participate in Veterans Day gatherings on November 11 at no cost to them.  The Munro House in Jonesville, Michigan, has committed to offer 4 of their 7 rooms at no charge to vets so they can join us for a gathering at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at the Jonesville Michigan Veteran's Memorial.

Local American Legion Posts and VFWs are invited to contact the Munro House at 1-800-320-3792 to provide lodging for their special guests who have been invited to appear at the morning gathering. Families of local military personnel are also welcome to reserve a room for their out-of-town veteran for November 10.

As an industry, B&Bs are providing this military discount as a "Thank You for Your Service to Our Country”. As of May 5, over 200 B&B's in 20 states have committed to participate in this event. The goal is to have 1,000 bed and breakfasts in all 50 states taking part in honoring past, present, and future soldiers in the U.S military.

A full list of participating inns can be found at http://www.bnbsforvets.org/ when it goes live.


Mike Venturini - Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"