• Montague Inn Grows Beyond its Sugar Beet Legacy

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Heart-Beet Hotel

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. 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

 

After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

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Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.