A Great Getaway and Event Location
Summer travel this year will probably not include destinations that require purchasing of airfare. Airlines have already pushed through two price increases this year, and it’s only March, when leisure travel is slow. It’s a sign of things to come. “You’ll see gradual increases and then a much bigger jump in April and May when people start shopping for the summer travel season,” says Rick Seaney, CEO of travel website FareCompare.com. About 75 percent of leisure travel is not essential,” says George Hobica of the travel website airfarewatchdog.com. “I think you’ll see more people stay at home, or they’ll drive to closer locations.”
Just three hours away in Southwest Michigan is the award winning Chicago Pike Inn & Spa. This unique historical getaway offers Victorian furnishings and décor with many modern conveniences such as air conditioning, wireless internet, cable television and DVD players. Delicious meals prepared by Nancy and served in the well appointed formal dining room gives you the sense of luxury in a comfortable homelike setting. The beautiful rural area also offers many attractions from golfing to antiquing.
History of the Inn
Morris G. Clarke built his home at 215 East Chicago Street in 1903. Mr. Clarke hired a Chicago Architect, Ashbury Buckley, who had designed many of the homes in Mackinac Island in the late 1800’s. Mr. Clarke, who was a Coldwater merchant, built a Colonial Reform style, with massive Greek Revival columns. When the Clarke mansion was fi nished, it had cost him a
total of $15,000.00. In 1936 after Mr. and Mrs. Clarke deceased, sons Charles and Edwin sold the property to a family that turned it into a rooming house.
Harold and Jane Schultz bought the Clarke home in the fall of 1988, and completely restored it to the splendor you see today. On June 20, 1989, the beautiful Clarke mansion was opened as a Bed & Breakfast, known as the Chicago Pike Inn. The six guest rooms in the main house have all been furnished with antiques and each one has a special elegance. The two suites in the Carriage House were built in 1995 and have in-room jacuzzis.
In 2005 Nancy Krajny purchased the Inn and renamed it Chicago Pike Inn & Spa, now including an on sight beauty salon and massage room. The Inn & Spa is great for a quaint anniversary or birthday, showers or bridal party getaway, with special spa packages available.
Ideal Destination Wedding Location
The Inn is a perfect setting for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Nancy can take care of all the details. The Inn’s layout and ambiance is perfect for the ceremony as well as the reception. For that added touch, she also can provide a horse and carriage.
A three hour drive from Cleveland makes the Chicago Pike Inn & Spa a convenient getaway destination for any family reunion, girls weekend retreat, birthday or anniversary getaways.