• Breakfast at a B&B is a Better Way to Start Your Day!

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Delicious, amazing, wonderful are a few of the adjectives used to describe breakfast at White Swan Inn in Whitehall. Food allergies and diet restrictions do not limit the variety of delicious … Continue reading

    March 11th, 2011

  • Bed, Breakfast and Bath

    The scenario of a shared bath at contemporary B&B is an oxymoron. What existed 20-25 years ago, no longer holds true in the current bed and breakfast industry. Yes, there may be a few properties that still offer a shared … Continue reading

    March 5th, 2011

  • Bed and Breakfast – A Better Way to Stay

    There is a myth among some travelers that B&B’s are filled with lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, patchwork quilts, and shared baths. Nothing could be further from the truth. What may have existed in the 90’s has been updated to reflect … Continue reading

    February 25th, 2011

  • Cajun Crawl – Blues Concert and Chili Cook-Off

    Winter is still around but things are heating up Saturday, Feb. 26 with the Cajun Crawl at the Howmet Playhouse. Start off the evening at Pub 111 in downtown Whitehall with a Chili Cook-Off. $8 gets you chili options with … Continue reading

    February 23rd, 2011

  • Winter Beach Visit

    Wonder what it’s like to visit the beach at Lake Michigan in the winter? Depending upon the day, the beach might be deserted, peaceful, picturesque, wild, cold, or just plain awesome. I decided to start 2011 with a visit to … Continue reading

    January 3rd, 2011

  • Christmas Cookies

    As the innkeeper at White Swan Inn, I bake numerous batches of cookies throughout the year. I make dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies annually. But when the holidays approach, I like to bake something even more special. Everyone … Continue reading

    December 10th, 2010

  • Howmet Playhouse Concert – Red Sea Pedestrians

    Looking for an affordable night out? First Friday Concerts at the Howmet Playhouse have returned for the winter season. First Friday of the month features cool music in an historic setting.Tickets are only $10! Such a deal. This month catch … Continue reading

    November 4th, 2010

  • Pumpkins and Fall Harvest Time in Whitehall and Montague

    Harvest time is the culmination of a successful summer growing season. Celebrating the efforts of the local farmers is a long-standing tradition. And what better way to celebrate than with a festival! Fall Fest (Sept 25) in Whitehall features free … Continue reading

    September 21st, 2010

  • Strawberry Season Signals the Start of Summer

    For me, the start of summer is when the first strawberries appear at the local farm stands and the Farmer’s Market. Sure, you can purchase strawberries in produce section at the grocery store all year long but the real strawberry … Continue reading

    June 14th, 2010

  • Asparagus Time in Michigan

    It’s prime season for asparagus in Michigan. Just north of Whitehall in Oceana County is the largest concentration of asparagus farms in the state. In fact, Michigan ranks third in asparagus production in the nation. So, it’s only natural that … Continue reading

    May 24th, 2010

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