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What is a Bed and Breakfast?

What is a bed and breakfast? Good question! If you’ve ever stayed at hotels, you know that they can be impersonal while charging you extra for basic amenities like breakfast and parking. A bed and breakfast is more than just a place to stay for the night, it’s a destination all its own. Continue reading to learn what you can expect by staying at a bed & breakfast near you.

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Visit Our Haunted Bed and Breakfast in Kalamazoo MI

Truth is stranger than fiction. Did you know Henderson Castle has appeared in three horror movies? We’re also listed by the Awesome Mitten and THRILLEST Detroit as one of the top haunted places in Michigan. While our bed and breakfast has welcomed travelers for years, we’ve also hosted paranormal investigators interested in Frank Henderson and the other ghosts that walk our halls.

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Things to do in Kalamazoo MI and Henderson Castle

You deserve a weekend getaway. Why not treat yourself to a weekend (or longer) at Henderson Castle? Enjoy a Martini Classique at our Spirits Lounge and discover why more and more people are choosing to stay at our castle inn. Whether you’d prefer to explore our city or stay in at our bed and breakfast, we’re always accommodating of our guests. Book your stay at our Kalamazoo bed and breakfast today!

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Myths about Staying in a Bed and Breakfast

What’s holding you back from staying at a bed and breakfast? As a local bed and breakfast, we think it’s unfortunate that travelers let common myths prevent them from enjoying the comfort and charm of a B&B. Did you know you can still find privacy at a bed and breakfast? You also won’t have to share a bathroom if you choose to stay at our castle inn. Continue reading to learn what other myths we’re able to disprove.

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How to Find a Bed and Breakfast for Business Travel

Why stay at an impersonal hotel when you can get better amenities at a bed and breakfast? We understand that traveling to a new city for business can be stressful, which is why we recommend the luxury and convenience of a bed and breakfast. Not only is breakfast included with the cost of your room, but you’ll also receive personalized service unlike what you’d find at a hotel.

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Can a Bed and Breakfast be a Wedding Venue?

Looking for wedding venues? A romantic bed and breakfast can be the perfect wedding venue, lending sophistication and charm to any celebration. As a bed and breakfast, we’ve helped countless couples make their wedding day dreams a reality. This experience has taught us that sometimes a couple is better off choosing a bed and breakfast over other wedding venues that may not offer the same aesthetic or amenities.

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What Not to Pack for a Bed and Breakfast

No matter how excited you are for a trip, packing is always a hassle. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about packing as much stuff when you plan on staying at a bed and breakfast. Unlike hotels, a b&b won’t nickel and dime you for amenities. Instead, we make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy your stay.

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How to Unplug from Technology on Weekend Getaways

Is your smartphone screen the last thing you see before falling asleep? Do you come home from work only to watch hours of TV? We’re not judging--everyone has issues unplugging from technology. As a bed and breakfast (and a preferred weekend getaway in Kalamazoo), we provide plenty of opportunities for guests to unplug.

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7 Best Tourist Attractions in Kalamazoo MI

If you’re staying at our castle inn, there are so many fun things to do in Kalamazoo MI. As a local bed and breakfast, we take pride in our city and want our guests to enjoy some of the best museums, biking trails, nature centers, and more. If you’re not sure what to do on your weekend getaway, check out our list of popular tourist attractions below.

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When’s the Best Time for a Wine Tasting?

There’s no bad time to visit a winery. However, the time of year you visit our vineyards will affect your experience. For example, summer attracts more people to our vineyards for wine tasting tours. This can be a bad thing for those who wish to avoid crowds, but good for those who want to socialize and meet new people. Before reserving your spot on one of our wine tours, think about what experience you hope to gain.

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How to Choose a Bed and Breakfast

Looking for a bed and breakfast? Check out our tips for how to find the best place to stay during your next vacation. While looking for a B&B, you’ll want to ask about their history, location, and activities. We understand that each guest has their own priorities for what they want to get out of their vacations, which is why we offer plenty of activities.

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FAQs for Your First Spa Day

Interested in pampering yourself with a spa day? If this is your first time going to a spa, you probably have plenty of questions. It’s okay to feel nervous about going to a spa. In fact, many people don’t have their first spa experience until a loved one gives them a gift card. Continue reading to learn our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our guests.

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Benefits Nobody Told You of Having One Wedding Venue

Wedding planning can be stressful. Fortunately, our experience as a wedding venue makes us more than qualified to help you turn your visions for the big day into reality. Depending on what you want for your ceremony and reception, you may be better off with only one wedding venue. Continue reading to learn the benefits nobody told you of having one wedding venue.

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5 Reasons to Rent a Kayak during Your Vacation

As a bed and breakfast, we look forward to finding new ways to help guests discover Kalamazoo. We believe that one of the best ways to get to know our city is along the Kalamazoo River by kayak. We offer kayak rentals for our guests so they can experience all our area has to offer. Continue reading to learn the 5 reasons you should ask about our kayak rentals for your next summer vacation.

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Benefits of Taking a Yacht Cruise

Interested in doing something different during your next summer vacation? Why not take a yacht cruise on Lake Michigan? At our bed and breakfast, we are dedicated to finding new ways to help guests explore the local area and make memories that will last a lifetime. Continue reading to learn the benefits of taking a yacht cruise this summer.

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What to Look for in a Wedding Venue

Most couples choose their wedding venues at least 9 months before the big day. If you and your fiancé(e) are currently on the hunt, continue reading to learn what you should look for in a wedding venue before you commit.

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Spa Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding

After months of wedding planning, you deserve a spa day. We offer a range of spa treatments to help you look and feel your best on your big day, from facials to sugar scrubs. Continue reading to learn why more and more brides (and grooms) are scheduling appointments at local spas. Remember that the spa treatments you choose depend on your personal preferences and comfort level. After all, your spa day should be as relaxing as possible.

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3 Reasons to Attend a Wine Tasting

Imagine swirling some of the best wine in your glass as you look over a tranquil vineyard. Depending on the package you choose, our wine tasting events include a tour of our castle inn and gardens. Whether you wish to flex your wine knowledge or meet new people, wine tasting tours are a great thing to put on your summer bucket list. Continue reading to learn why more and more of our guests ask about our wine tours.

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5 Reasons You Should Try Cooking Classes

Whether you are passionate (or simply curious) about cooking, enrolling in a cooking class could be the best thing you do to learn new recipes, eat outside your comfort zone, and meet new people. We understand that your busy life can take you away from your hobbies or passions. However, cooking lessons can be a great way to rediscover why you loved cooking in the first place. Continue reading to learn why more and more people are registering for cooking classes at our castle inn.

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5 Tips to Solve a Murder Mystery Dinner

Everyone is suspect during a murder mystery dinner. Not only will you have to reveal the murderer, but you’ll also need to know how, when, and why the murder occurred. Many of our guests buy tickets to our monthly dinners because they’re intrigued by a good murder mystery. If this is your first time attending a murder mystery party, continue reading to learn how to find clues, impress your friends, and solve the murder.

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How to Enjoy Your Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

After working 40-plus hours at your job and taking care of the kids, staying at a local bed and breakfast can be restorative. Not only does staying at a bed and breakfast give you a much-needed break, but it can give you a new perspective on local history, food, and culture. Continue reading to learn how to get the full bed and breakfast experience.

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What Happens During a Princess Tea Party

Running out of kid birthday party ideas? Why not take your daughter and her friends to Henderson Castle for a princess tea party? There’s nothing more magical than being able to explore our castle inn while listening to our princesses (and princes) tell their unique stories. Keep reading to learn what you can expect during a princess theme party at our castle.

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What to Expect During Afternoon Tea Service

Afternoon tea is a British food tradition adopted by Americans and now Henderson Castle. However, did you know that there are different types of tea services depending on when you take your tea during the day? For example, we offer tea service between 11am and 2pm, which is what the British would consider “elevenses” or afternoon tea if taken later in the day. Afternoon tea is the perfect opportunity to talk amongst friends, sip tea, and nibble on tiny treats. Keep reading to learn what you can expect during your first afternoon tea service.

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5 Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Looking for staycation ideas in Kalamazoo? With spring break coming up for many schools, now is the perfect time to book your stay at a Kalamazoo bed and breakfast. Unlike a hotel, the innkeeper and staff at a local bed and breakfast can give you personalized attention and help you start off your vacation feeling relaxed.

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What to Expect During a Swedish Massage

When was the last time you did something just for you? If you’ve been feeling stressed or tired lately, you owe it to yourself to schedule a Swedish massage at our luxury spa. Unlike Asian-style massage based on the flow of energy through “meridians,” Swedish massage is based on Western ideas of physiology and anatomy.

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What To Expect During A Murder Mystery Dinner

Are you intrigued by a good murder mystery? If so, you’re not alone. A murder mystery dinner can be a great way to socialize with friends, family, coworkers, and complete strangers. If you are going to participate in a murder mystery game for the first time, you’ll want to get into character and follow our other tips so you can enjoy your evening.

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5 Spa Treatments to Help You Relax

When the weather is cold and icy outside, why not pamper yourself with spa treatments designed to improve your complexion, hydrate skin, and help you relax? At Henderson Castle, we understand that it can be hard trying to find time for yourself, which is why we encourage the guests at our bed and breakfast to take advantage of our spa services.

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What to Expect While Dining at a Prime Chophouse

Before placing your reservation at a prime chophouse, it helps to know what to expect. First of all, your experience at a prime chophouse will be different from eating at an American style restaurant or pub. Chophouses are considered to be primarily meeting places where food is served.

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What Every American Should Know About Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a federal holiday set aside to honor the sacrifices of all American veterans. While the history of Veterans Day is rooted in the aftermath of World War I, it still serves as a reminder for us to recognize the American men and women who have put their lives on the line since that day to protect our country.

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Tips for Enjoying Your First Time at a Spa

Is this your first time at a spa? Don’t worry. The entire spa experience is oriented around making sure you feel relaxed, comfortable, and rejuvenated. In this blog post, we will go over some basic tips on spa etiquette and what you can expect at the health and beauty spa.

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How to Describe Wine Flavors

Have you ever wondered how to describe your favorite wines? You’re in luck. This blog post is all about how to describe wine flavors so you can impress your friends, family, and even random strangers. There’s no reason why you can’t wow your friends at your next wine tasting with your knowledge of wine tasting descriptors.

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How To Plan An Office Christmas Party

Have you been put in charge of planning the office Christmas party? Congratulations! While planning an office party can be a lot of fun, you’ll also need to make sure you choose the right special events venue, theme, decorations, food, and entertainment.

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Why You Should Eat Out For Christmas Eve Dinner

Imagine a table filled with deep fried turkey, glazed ham, garlic mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, and other mouthwatering dishes. Now imagine being able to enjoy all this food without dirtying a single dish in your kitchen.

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5 Ways to Transform Your Home into a Haunted House

The Henderson Castle is listed as one of the top 10 haunted places in Michigan by the Awesome Mitten. As a result, we know a little something about ghost sightings in Kalamazoo. In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to design a haunted house tour so visitors will leave your home feeling impressed and slightly alarmed for your emotional well-being.

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How to Choose Venues for Corporate Events

Finding the right location for your upcoming corporate event doesn’t have to be difficult once you know what you need in a venue. The questions in this blog post are designed to help you think about what accommodations you will need in a special events venue. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our blog post for how to plan a corporate event.

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Rules for Wine Tasting Etiquette

Are you looking forward to your first wine tasting event? Congratulations! Wine tastings are the perfect opportunity to try a wide variety of wines and determine any new favorites. In this blog post, we will go over the rules for wine tasting party etiquette so you can feel prepared and confident during your first wine tasting.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Cooking Class

Are you a self-proclaimed foodie? If so, you may be interested in taking a cooking class by yourself, with friends, or even checking out couples cooking classes for date night. Once you’re signed up, you’ll want to read up on how to get the most out of your cooking class so you can be ready to learn, cook, and eat!

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How to Plan Your Upcoming Corporate Event

Planning a corporate event is both rewarding and exhausting. To help you alleviate some of the pressure you might be feeling, we offer our corporate event planning tips to help make your next company event a success.

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What to Expect When Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

Staying in a charming bed and breakfast is a great way to both relax in the comfort of someone else’s home and explore a travel destination. A knowledgeable B&B innkeeper can give you the insider perspective on the best places to visit during your stay.

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Wine Tasting Tips For Beginners

While many people have drunk wine before, this doesn’t mean that they know basic wine tasting etiquette or how to detect subtle aromas for quality. If this is your first wine tasting event, you’ll benefit greatly from reading our wine tasting tips for beginners.

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