About the Innkeepers

Greetings!  Linda and I, Ken, are proud to have been innkeeper-owners of the award-winning Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn since 2002.  What an amazing experience it has been! 
I grew up in Farmington, Michigan, a.k.a. “fudgy”, and Linda in Mauston, Wisconsin, a.k.a. "cheesehead".  We had always longed to eventually live 'Up North' - a fond reference given this Northern Michigan playground.  After our wedding in 1969, we moved to Colorado where I began a lengthy 34 year career with Hewlett-Packard Company.  Serving in globally focused engineering and business management positions required frequent worldwide travel.  Linda’s career focused on working in local school district administration, where she developed a passion for resolving issues related to youth, their parents, and the schools.  Her work in the 9-month school year allowed us the luxury of traveling together on many of my business trips in the summer.  We caught the travel bug!

Not ones to stay put, we moved eleven times during our careers, including a fantastic two-year assignment in the country of Singapore.  So after all this - how did we end up in a bed and breakfast business?  In Bellaire Michigan?  It was a dream come true.  For those special occasions, we found that staying in a bed and breakfast provided a wonderful escape; true 'R&R'.  With grand homes, wonderful hosts, accompanying guests, gourmet breakfasts, and the occasional evening aperitif, B&B stays always left us feeling good and wanting more!   We fantasized about owning one ourselves some day.   Why Michigan?  Well, this area is where my family spent endearing summers when I was growing up.  As a kid, going "Up North" had a wonderful meaning, and it is our desire to promote the same experience for our guests that can make there way up to "God's country"!

An opportunity presented itself when HP and Compaq Computer merged in 2002.  HP’s offer was perfect for what we wanted to do.  Within a few months, we were visiting available B&B's and planning our move.  Once we saw the Grand Victorian, the decision was made!  The home was clearly the ‘best of the best’ we’d seen.  This, coupled with being central to a wonderful northern Michigan travel destination, we moved quickly and began developing a B&B experience second to none!   We've leveraged and employed the 'best practices' of the inns we had frequented, striving to pamper our guests with a remarkable experience which remains a fond memory for a long, long time to come. 
So, consider joining our extended family, as the ones who cross our threshold and enter our hearts.  Please be our guest!

- Ken and Linda Fedraw

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