Montague Inn Grows Beyond its Sugar Beet Legacy

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  • Heart-Beet Hotel

    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE

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. 

It’s spring and time for something unusual at your next event.


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