Who would ever think to use sugar beet by-products to create hand creams and soaps? Robert Montague, would. Montague started SBS Products in Saginaw using ingredients grown not far from the mansion (built in 1929-30) where he and his family lived until the late 1950s.
After his death, his family sold SBS Products to the Andrew Jergens Co. (does the name ring a bell?). The home was restored and opened as Montague Inn in 1986, and today, this stunning Georgian-style mansion, located in the heart of Saginaw on Lake Linton, is a unique meeting and event venue that also features 17 guest rooms.
After-5 Fun: Michigan’s historic “Little Bavaria” (Frankenmuth) and its fascinating shops and eateries are about a 15-minute drive from the inn.
Who Goes There: “We get a lot of church organizations, nonprofits, corporate gatherings, retirement parties, you name it,” says Joann Gelman, the inn’s manager and event planner, who adds that the venue also offers A/V capabilities.
Numbers Count: Gelman says the inn can accommodate up to 75 people for indoor gatherings and up to 400 for outdoor functions (a tent is available for outdoor events).
Chew on This: The inn’s chef can prepare a wide range of dishes for meetings and events. The only requirement is that there must be at least 30 in the group.