• Favorite attraction?
Having grown up in eastern Michigan, I grew up going to antique car museums. When we moved back to Michigan to buy the B&B, I figured I had already had my fill with old cars, and so I put off going to the Gilmore Car Museum way too long. It’s truly outstanding, and the fact that the beautiful campus also features restored barns makes it all the more special for me. I particularly like to tell my guests to be sure to see the collection of “car mascots” (that’s hood ornaments, for the uninitiated.)
• Top hangout?
Old Dog Tavern. Comfortable, friendly, I enjoy the Sunday Bloody Mary Bar a whole lot.
• Best late-night spot?
B&B owners are up early, so we rarely get out late at night. Others will have to answer this one.
• Favorite thing about Kalamazoo?
The vibrant, walkable downtown Kalamazoo that keeps getting even better and better.
• Favorite thing to do in each season?
– Spring: Getting my flower gardens ready and blooming. Enjoying the gardens in Bronson Park and nearby neighborhoods.
– Summer: The big lake.
– Fall: Apple orchards.
– Winter: Long walks during the first big snows of the season. (Of course, I’m pretty over it by now).
• Coolest Kalamazoo-history fact?
Back in the late 1800s, there were more than 20 cigar-making businesses here in Kalamazoo. I know this because the Lilienfelds who built this house (Kalamazoo House B&B) had the largest one. This always surprises people.
• Favorite Kalamazoo festival/event?
I’m pretty partial to Kalamazoo Beer Week in January. Lots of good energy from folks enjoying good craft beer after the holidays.
• Perfect day trip?
When we get time to getaway between check-out time and check-in time, it’s often a motorcycle ride to the beach at South Haven. Get some sun, maybe an ice cream cone, and then stop at some farm stands on the way home.
• Fun date?
See above, Chef’s Table at Zazios in the Radisson is really special.
• Best pizza?
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