Showing posts from 2010

Halloween Hauntings at the 'Grand'

This year saw well over 100 young Witches, Goblins, Ghosts (only friendly Casper types), Mad-Hatters, Snow Whites, Dwarfs, Harry Potters, etc. visit the front porch of the Grand Victorian.  A special treat, other than the candies, was provided by one of our loyal guests who happens to view Halloween as her one of her favorite holidays.  Christine - pictured here – came prepared to apply a moderate amount of makeup and donned her ‘Wizard of Oz’ T-Shirt.  Just enough to thrill, but not scare, the young trick-or-treaters approaching our front porch.   The weather was great and once again Bellaire provided a wonderfully safe Halloween for the young kids to enjoy!   We are proud to have played a part in the community event.

Nice article on Bellaire in NW Indiana Times!

See the nice write-up on Bellaire in NW Indiana Times September 18, 2010!   Check out the link and see if you can find mention of the Grand Victorian.  The picture is from our front yard a few years back.

Fall Foliage - Great Michigan Color Tours


Northern Michigan provides fantastic leisurely drives for you to absorb some of the best fall foliage nature has to share!  From the tunnel of trees north of Petoskey to Deadman's Hill near Gaylord, northern Michigan provides some of the best countryside drives offering fantastic picture taking opportunities.  The quaint towns and villages along the way offer wonderful shopping and eating experiences, or you can take in some of Michigan's finest wines at the many vineyards dotting the landscape of Old Mission and Leelenau Peninsula.  Whether touring on the weekend or on less traveled weekdays, there is no better starting and ending point than the award-winning Grand Victorian B&B Inn in Bellaire.  Don't miss out!  Call now to plan a color getaway.      

Royalty comes to the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Bellaire Michigan

August marks the annual "Rubber Ducky Extravaganza" here in Bellaire Michigan. Every year, the Village rolls out the welcome mat inviting travelers from near and far to enjoy the festivities designed to entertain young and old. A short walk through town provides an abundance of food, shopping, games and music which leaves no one disappointed. Certainly the highlight of the week long party is the "Race of the Ducks" along the Intermediate River, but a close second place has to be the gathering of some of the northern Michigan's finest, prettiest, and most promising young women as participants in the annual ‘Rubber Ducky Parade’ through town. At the end of the parade route, the royalty disembark from their respective parade float to enter the Grand Victorian grounds for the popular Queen's Luncheon.
Since 2004, Leigh Carpenter and her volunteers have seen the event grow from a dozen to over 50 area delegates!
This year’s event saw representation from Bellaire,…

Traveling Gnome comes to the Grand Victorian Bellaire

On June 16 we had an unexpected visitor at the Grand Victorian. Turns out a traveling Gnome accompanied Bruce and Mary Nielsen for the night. The Gnome loves to travel and wants its picture taken along the way. As a result, he's been pictured at many fine restaurants, parks, riding motorcycles, driving exotic cars, ...and now, here at the Grand Victorian! In the above picture he is seen joining our guests for breakfast. You may notice he's a little groggy. Just the night prior he spent several hours entertaining on the bar at our local Short's microbrew pub. Anyway we thought it'd be fun to share a couple of pictures of the gnome and his traveling companions. Enjoy!

What we did on our Winter Vacation...

We-'re ba-a-a-c-k! We arrived back in Bellaire Michigan a week ago and Ken immediately had to pack up to attend a one day Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association Board meeting on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. Fortunately the drive was not far, only 50 miles. We had a wonderful time meeting other innkeepers and board members while attending to the Association business needs. A nice way to adjust to being back in Michigan...
During our winter vacation we visited our daughter, son-in-law and two grand children in Denver for a couple weeks. Here is a picture taken of our precious grandkids, Emersen and Csaba. Csaba knows the routine of picture taking (cheeeese!) while Emme seems to be asking "Where?".

Emme and Csaba

We then ventured further west to Henderson Nevada (Las Vegas area) to spend time with our younger daughter, Melanie. Our drive to Nevada was uneventful and enjoyable. However, on our return to Denver there was a major rock slide in Glenwood C…

Spring Break in Northern Michigan

Michigan's famed Chain of Lakes region is particularly known for its seasonal beauty, and Spring is no exception. As the snow fades and the natural forest flora begins to stretch its arms toward the sun, there's no better place than Antrim County to welcome the transition from winter! For those of us living in the area it is easy to take our beautiful surroundings for granted, but every once in a while even we are stopped in our tracks so we can absorb the special beauty. This picture is of just such a moment. The shot was taken along the walking path just behind the Grand Victorian.

Yes, some of the best things in life ARE free, aren't they!