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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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