4/30/2011

About Jonesville Riverfest

The annual Jonesville Riverfest celebrating the St Joseph River is happening May 20-22. Three days of events, shopping, shows, food, and competition in downtown Jonesville.

Friday evening features a unique Triathlon--run, bike, and canoe by 2 person teams. Saturday features a Pancake Breakfast at the Grosvenor House Museum plus Canoe Races in several categories on the St. Joseph River. Sunday sees the finals of the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

Other things to do in Jonesville for Riverfest include the very popular Fire Department BBQ, Bike & Car Show, Pie Sales, Museum Tours, Cloggers, Sidewalk Sale, plus Arts & Crafts, along with live music on the patio at Saucy Dog's featuring local talent, STD (Silver Tongued Devils).

Sunday also features the Fireman's Waterball competition and the Domestic Harmony Duck Derby where prizes include Gold Jewelry, Diamond Earrings, and $1,000 cash.

The Munro House B&B in Jonesville is just a block off of downtown and 2 blocks from the canoe race finish line. Special pricing is available for this weekend when you say the secret word is "RIVERFEST".



Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/29/2011

May Gardening Special

Weekday Special promotion in May. Bring me a flat of flowers, help me plant them and/or provide 1 hour of labor working in my yard and stay 2 nights in a Jacuzzi Room for $199. Valid on Sunday through Thursday night arrivals with work being done around 11 a.m. of the second day Monday through Friday. I can always use a few tips on gardening as I have been a trial-and-error, learn-as-you-go gardener.

I prefer red, yellow, and orange flowers and do not care for multi-colored flowers or groups of flowers in mixed colors. I prefer varieties that you may have had good luck with in your yard.  I have several gardens with perennials and 2 with annuals. I have had good luck with tulips, daffodils, salvia, and Asiatic lilies and have had great fortune using sedums and English ivy for ground cover.

If you are better at planting trees or bushes, that is another option for the deal. I prefer hard maples or trees with red fall colors but would be willing to try anything--especially if it is unusual--like my bald cypress--as long as it is hardy in Michigan.

FYI:  Several huge black walnut trees in my yard have made it difficult to plant anything that will survive more than one season within 30 feet of them.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
1-800-320-3792

4/28/2011

Photo Book of 2010-2011



I have been using Shutterfly to create unique photo albums that look like real hard cover books, and read a lot like Life Magazine-where it's all about the pictures. This book chronicles our significant events at work and at play during the past 12 months in 20 pages. The project is similar to a scrapbook, but completed in only about 2 hours. For folks without a lot of time to be creative, this is a quick project of professional quality that makes an excellent gift.

4/27/2011

Get Married in Jonesville by Rev Mike Venturini

An intimate elegant wedding took place in Jonesville this week.  Chuck and Suzie have been together for 14 years and decided to get married at the Munro House on the anniversary of their first date. It happened to be Easter Sunday. A small group gathered to witness the event and to wish them well. Any day is a good day to get married at the Munro House.

Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/25/2011

Jonesville Restaurants Have Great Food

Our guests are encouraged to enjoy Jonesville restaurants. My 2 favorite eateries just happen to be 2 blocks from our house. Saucy Dog is casual barbeque and Olivia's Chop House is upscale fine dining. Both have great food at reasonable prices. We provide gift cards with our getaway packages that include dinner for 2 at both of these restaurants for a taste of Jonesville. We have coordinated a value on the cards to allow for plenty of food over 2 nights. Recent guests gave me the leftover amount on the card. They had 2 great meals, brought home doggie bags, and still had $0.42 left over. That's perfect planning!


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/24/2011

Saucy Dog Chili

Trying to eat healthy, I opted for the chili at Saucy Dog's Barbeque in Jonesville. It is reasonably spicy, with meat and beans, topped with cheese and green onions, and served with a cornbread muffin. Accompanied by a bottomless glass of freshly made sweet tea, it was another great meal in the better-for-you category at my favorite restaurant, just 2 blocks from my house.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/23/2011

Vic Trachsel Sings Jazz at Caffe Azzurri in Hillsdale

Vic Trachsel of Jonesville sings jazz music in Southern Michigan. We caught his act at Caffe Azzurri in Hillsdale. He has current Hillsdale Country performances at Azzurri and Johnny T's Bistro, along with Daryl's in nearby Jackson. This crooner sings the standards and is a local favorite. Vic has regular scheduled gigs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Saturdays are reserved for private parties.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/22/2011

Benny Poole Plays Jazz at Johnny T's Bistro

Benny Poole is a locally famous jazz musician who lives in nearby Jackson, Michigan.  Benny is a regular on the area restaurant circuit and was recently performing live at Johnny T's Bistro in Hillsdale. He plays soft jazz--mostly on his saxophone. While I was there, some of the more popular tunes he played included Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long". His joy of playing is evident in his interaction with patrons. Just a few minutes in his presence makes it obvious why he is so popular around here.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/21/2011

Easter Special

Folks traveling to Jonesville on Easter weekend are probably coming to visit family, not for a romantic getaway (although romantic packages are always available). We acknowledge this and provide special pricing for Easter when you tell us the secret word when making your reservation. This will allow couples to get rooms as low as $99 on this holiday weekend. We call it the EASTER BUNNY special.

Details on Munro House Specials page.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/19/2011

Saucy Dog Makes Brisket

Saucy Dog's Barbeque is a great casual dining restaurant in downtown Jonesville. Their beef brisket has become my "go to" meal of choice. They serve it up several ways--as a dinner, as a sandwich, or as a wrap. They also serve it different ways so there are several options for ordering the same selection whether it's with barbeque sauce, sauerkraut, or spicy gravy. They have a smoker that cooks the brisket overnight so it becomes very tender the next day.

I find myself eating there several times a week. It is my favorite spot for lunch or dinner. It is just a coincidence that it is only 2 blocks from my house--or is it? The atmosphere is clean, comfortable, and contemporary. It looks like a chain restaurant, but it's not. The menu has variety, the staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/18/2011

Freak Snow

Snowfall in Southern Michigan has been at a minimum since the President's Day Ice Storm. That was February 21, 2011, when snow turned to rain, then flash-froze to turn everything to ice. The electric company referred to it as the most damaging storm in 20 years. Decent temperatures since then had resulted in the early coming of Spring... until today.
Today, I awakened to a light dusting of snow. As the day is progressing, the once green grass is almost completely snow covered and my Spring flowers may go back into hibernation. My thermometer says it's 33 degrees out, so the snow is thick, and there is virtually no wind.


Good thing I haven't put my snow shovels away yet. Hopefully this will be the last time I have to remove snow until Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll just wait for Mother Nature to melt the snow from my sidewalks and driveway.  After all, it is Springtime.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/14/2011

Funeral in Jonesville Litchfield or Hillsdale

People coming to Jonesville for a funeral can be more comfortable in a bed and breakfast than in a hotel. At the Munro House B&B in Jonesville, we realize that attending a funeral is an unexpected expense so we adjust our rates accordingly. We provide a comfortable place to stay, a private area to gather, and complimentary amenities like soft drinks, cookies, and tea--plus breakfast, of course, for our overnight guests. Funeral homes in Jonesville, Hillsdale, and Litchfield are all within 10 minutes of the Munro House--Van Horn Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville is just 2 blocks away.

Many funeral attendees have stayed at the Munro House and turned our home into a meeting place for a small family reunion. A somber occasion can be transformed into a celebration of life in the comfort of our great old house. One of our favorite celebrations became a marshmallow roast wearing plaid pajamas.

The Munro House Bed and Breakfast in Jonesville is a better way to stay when attending a local funeral.

Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/13/2011

The Udder Side of Jonesville

Local residents of Jonesville Michigan are lining up for ice cream at "The Udder Side."  Formerly known as Jonesville Dairy Treats, the landlocked property had no room for expansion, so they bought some land next to McDonald's and reopened their ice cream shop on the "Udder Side" of the street.

Known for their unique creations like the Jonesville Dump Sundae--complete with dirt-like Oreo Cookie Crumbs and Gummy Worms--the Udder Side adds a sense of humor to their menu. They mostly sell ice cream, but also offer fast food fare. They are open most every day until around Halloween, then close for the winter.

Visitors of the Munro House B&B in Jonesville are directed to the shop for a cool break during their stay. A Summer Getaway Package includes 2 Banana Splits from the Udder Side.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"

Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/12/2011

Power Failure in Jonesville

I awakened this morning to find that the power was off throughout Jonesville. I got up before dawn to figure out if it was my problem, or everybody's problem.  Apparently, a transformer blew up and affected everybody in Jonesville. With no electricity, it was about to be a basic breakfast. I found my handy headband light and got a lantern for my early rising guest. He was able to shave by lamplight while I prepped coffee, fruit and juice (my coffee maker has pre-heated water).  We just had cereal and enjoyed an old-fashioned breakfast while we waited for the sunrise to naturally light up the house.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/10/2011

Bridal Shower in Jonesville

Nate and Kate are getting married in June. They brought the whole gang in from all around the country to have a bridal shower in a very nice private location. They chose the Munro House in Jonesville. The guests were invited, the budget was set, and an excellent party was held. The organizer of the party got to enjoy herself because the Munro House did all of the work.

15 guests enjoyed an intimate afternoon in a great old house with an excellent selection of food. Our best wishes are sent out to Nate and Kate for a wonderful and fruitful life together.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/09/2011

12 Hour Quilting Project at Trevathan's in Hillsdale

Lori Venturini attended a 12 hour quilting project at Trevathan's Sweep and Sew Shop (517-437-5555) in Hillsdale. They have a wonderful modern spacious classroom where quilters can bring their own machines and have the space to complete a project without all the distractions of home.  21 ladies participated in this project and several of the more experienced quilters did not need the allotted 12 hours to complete the project in downtown Hillsdale.

trevathansAn argyle pattern was chosen as the project. The participants then chose the materials they would use to create the argyle quilt. Some were done in reds, some in pinks, and I noticed a stunning quilt done in black and white. The quilters sewed while instructers gave assistance and workers were on hand to do the ironing.
 
trevathans hillsdaleThe project started at noon and was scheduled to last until midnight. A well lighted facility with a kitchen area for snacks and beverages and dishes to pass allowed for 12 hours of time onsite to complete the project.

It is always nice to have friends around who enjoy the same type of project. Similar projects are available quarterly, or groups of 10 or more can make arrangements for a private event at Trevathan's on a mutually available date.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/06/2011

Kitchen Help


Every now and then we get some help in the kitchen. We refer to them as our "Kitchen Elves". We have a kid-size apron that keeps their clothes clean while they lick the bowl and the beater.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"


Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/02/2011

Caffe Azzurri in Hillsdale MI is Now Open

Caffe Azzurri (517-437-7538) is the new restaurant in Hillsdale that opened on March 15, 2011. It is on the grounds of Hillsdale Country Club on Lake Baw Beese. Country Club membership is not required to dine at this new restaurant.

We were seated with a great view of the lake and enjoyed the ambiance as we eagerly awaited a new upscale dining experience in Hillsdale County. A huge bowl of salad was prepared for us to mix and share while we waited for our chosen entrees.

My wife, Lori, loves Lake Perch while I opted for Veal Marsala. Both are favorite, but rare, menu selections. We were pleased with our choices and appreciated the attentive service. The interesting and uncommon menu along with the peaceful lake setting make an excellent alternative for a great night out in the Jonesville/Hillsdale area.

The generous portions did not leave room for us to order dessert even though the Home-Made Ice Cream and Apple Bread Pudding were very tempting.




Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

4/01/2011

Oh, My! What to Do???

I got up to make breakfast for my 4 scheduled business guests and noticed there were no cars in the parking lot. Unusual because these same 4 people had breakfast together all week at 7:00, they had to be to work by 7:30, and I was expecting the same through Friday.

The breakfast was ready to go and I didn't hear a sound in the house up to their regular departure time, so I decided to clean their rooms or at least check up on them to make sure they were O.K. The first room I checked was undisturbed from the cleaning I did the day before.  All of their luggage was gone. I found the same in the 2nd room--odd.  I got to the third (and largest) room and had to pick my jaw up from off the floor. All of the windows were open, and it's a little early in the season for that. The furniture was rearranged into a semi-circle with 3 empty wine bottles (that appeared to be from my collection) along with 6 crushed beer cans and an empty bottle of Cognac. The Jacuzzi tub was still filled with water and what looked like chocolate cake, Cheerios, and rice. If that wasn't enough, I then found one of my signature coffee mugs stuffed with cigarette butts and half a cigar--hence the open windows. A Teddy Bear was wedged between a curtain rod and the wall with a note tied around his neck with a shoe string. The note said "We won the Powerball. We quit. We're outta here!"

What am I supposed to do?  Is it my responsibility to inform their employer (my client) that they quit? or can I assume that they will do that? Will the client pay the bill? or will I have to locate the individuals?  I understand all the empties, and I kinda understand the chocolate cake, but what's up with the Cheerios and the rice?

I hope you had a better day than I did.


Mike Venturini
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
Munro House Bed and Breakfast

P.S. April Fools!!!