Holiday cheer is spreading across the grounds of our bed and breakfast in Southwest Michigan. Ruth and her two magical elves (or Assistant Innkeepers) Besan & Emily, have been busying themselves putting up the Christmas trees, baking cookies, and decorating rooms with wintery arrangements created with elements foraged in our “enchanted forest.”
Besan and Emily are both very excited to spend their first winter at our bed and breakfast in Southwest Michigan. Besan joined our Castle in the Country family back in February and, although a city girl at heart, has taken delight in observing the changing of the seasons in our peaceful country atmosphere. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her most treasured pastime is world travel, and an affinity for culture and language has led her to explore countries on four different continents. When she’s not busy exploring new places or working, Besan loves yoga, being outdoors after a storm , rearranging the furniture in her home, and watching a good film.
Emily joined us this past September and is fitting in quite well. Also, a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Art History, Emily has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and has a taste for great wine and a talent for cooking. Her passion lies in her eclectic and Bohemian artwork which she creates using objects found in the woods – terrariums, wreaths, rock jewelry and small sculptures. When she’s not at work, she can usually be found, her camera in hand, wandering through the woods, hiking, camping, fishing etc. in the great outdoors. Naturally, she has fallen in love with the grounds surrounding our Allegan, MI bed and breakfast – while you’re out on the trails, be sure to keep an eye out for Emily’s rock pile sculptures and other forest art that adorn the trails.
Together, Besan and Emily enjoy exploring the woods and are most looking forward to strapping on a pair of snow shoes and exploring the trails to see the winter scenery Castle in the Country has to offer. They are truly excited to meet and greet all of the guests staying at Castle in the Country this holiday season and they will be happy to share their love for the treasures, big and small, found at this hidden Allegan, MI bed and breakfast gem.