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5 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

An outdoor wedding can quickly turn into a disaster if you’re not prepared for the weather. As an outdoor wedding venue, we’ve worked with countless brides and grooms to help make their days as special as possible. Keep reading to learn our 5 tips for how to plan an outdoor wedding.

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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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How to Plan a Summer Wedding

While it may seem too early to start thinking about summer, many brides and grooms who are saving the date for June, July, or August are using this time to finalize some of the last-minute details. As a Kalamazoo wedding venue, Henderson Castle has worked with countless couples to help them make their day a memorable event.

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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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