The Richardi House (aka The Grand Victorian) is
being featured on an upcoming "Destination Michigan" TV
special. This Monday's 30 minute segment will be
showcasing 2 popular area attractions, Bellaire's Richardi
House and the Acme Music
SHOWTIME: 7:30PM Monday October 28 2013
CHANNEL: WCMU (available thoughout
Michigan, check your local
WCMU is a PBS
station located in Mount Pleasant Michigan
and Destination Michigan is their popular TV series
featuring historical properties and influential people of
The WCMU video team was in Bellaire last May to
record the program. The segment will focus on the
story of Robert and Henry Richardi (father/ son) who
cultivated incredible growth in Antrim County by designing and
manufacturing their world class woodenware products in
Bellaire. A display of their household utensils was
awarded first place at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition World's
Fair in Chicago and is on display in Bellaire's local
museum. The Richardi's owned over 100 patents, were an
early adapter of Edison's electrical power, installed a water
works facility, and were key to developing the infrastructure in
and around the village of
Shortly after inheriting his dad's (Robert)
factory in 1895, Henry built an incredible Queen Anne Victorian
home hoping to lure his girlfriend from Germany and into
marriage. The TV special will highlight the story around the
Richardi family and their impact on Bellaire and northern
As friends of the Grand Victorian B&B, we
invite each of you to take some time this Monday
and enjoy the program!
The third Saturday in August is Bellaire's Annual Summer Festival
which provides Northern Michigan's finest Queens a last
chance opportunity to don their royal clothing and get
aboard their festive floats. For many their reign is drawing
to an end and the ride through Bellaire is
truly reflective. As the parade route ends, the Grand
Victorian becomes a most fitting venue for these promising young
people to mingle, share, and discuss future plans. Some
are off to college, some to new jobs, some returning to area
schools, but certainly all are enjoying the festive moment of this
day. After a light lunch and refreshment, picture taking
rules as they mingle about the house and decorative
grounds. The newly crowned National Cherry Queen, Sonya
Sayler of Elk Rapids, provided great inspiration to the young
people in attendance as the event drew representatives from
many northern Michigan locations such as Bellaire, Mancelona,
Kalkaska, Central Lake, and Elk Rapids. As
always, it is great to spend time with these young ambassadors and
see the positive impact they are having on the local community and
the State of Michigan.
Enjoy the following photos taken during the
event and please join us in wishing these fine young
people a fantastically awesome future!
|2013 North Michigan Area Royalty
|- 2013 National Cherry Queen -
Sonya Saylor graces the front porch
|A great setting for royalty
|Hi Linda - We know you're in there!
|One of many beautiful floats
From the Grand Victorian Kitchen:
- Ramekin Baked Eggs
Linda wants to share her Baked Egg dish with our blog
buddies. This simple to make recipe is always a hit with
our guests! Please give it a try and let us know how well it
works for you.
Four 6 to 7 inch Oval Ramekins
4 Tblsp butter
8 large eggs
8 Tblsp heavy cream
½ tsp pepper
8 Tblsp shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Coat inside of each ramekin with 1
Break 2 eggs into each ramekin.
Put 2 Tblsp of cream over the eggs
which should about cover them.
Spread about 2 Tblsp shredded parmesan cheese over the
Sprinkle with Chervil and pepper.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 - 13 minutes until the egg yolks
are done and the whites are fully set.
Add some garnish, toast and a couple of sausage links and you have
a great tasting twist on an All-American breakfast.
Yield: 4 servings of 2 eggs each
|Three easy things to spice up your early holiday breakast
Happy 4th of July! Linda wanted to share some fun food and
decorating ideas we've employed here at the Grand Victorian.
The above picture shows some easy, yet colorful patriotic
attention grabbers. Linda's "Independence Day Waffle" is
very popular. Simply place a waffle on a plate, add
fresh sliced strawberries, blueberries and some fresh homemade
whipped cream - VOILA!
A second idea is a
simple themed fruit dish with fresh sliced strawberries,
plump blueberries, sliced bananas topped with fresh whipped
cream and a spoonful of crunchy granola. As for the table,
get creative with the partriotic theme using flags and small silver
streamers with colored stars attached. Careful, not too busy
- the food should be the center of attention. This
time of year, most decorations are easily found at
your local Grocery, Target, or Walmart. For a final
touch, add a small candle to the waffle center and
deliver the themed masterpiece to the
anxiously waiting guest. Enjoy!
Happy Memorial Day 2013. The Grand Victorian Salutes all
those who have served and are now serving to defend our great
country and principles. We all know them. Take some
time. Give them a call. Thank them. May this Memorial
Day bring great appreciation of a job well done!
Christmas Greetings from Ken and Linda and Grand
Victorian B&B! For us that survived
yesterday's 'End of the World', we want to wish you a
wonderful Holiday and a Merry Christmas! Along with our
best wishes, please allow us to share some pictures
of Christmas past with you, including an old Christmas Card
when the B&B was known as the Richardi Bed and Breakfast.
We believe the card was crafted by past owner Barb Richards back in
1989 - . Great Job!
|Custom gift card included!
A stay at the Grand Victorian makes a wonderful gift for that
special someone! Whether a loved one, parents,
relatives, or a co-worker, why not gift
them true pampering
at its finest? Our gift
certificates can be purchased for a complete stay or for a specific
value - your choice. Either way, the recipient will treasure their
experience at the award-winning Grand Victorian B&B - fondly
remembering your thoughtfulness for a long, long time!
Your order is sent ready to present
complete with custom greeting card, envelope, and an
attractive high-quality color brochure.
or call us at 231-533-6111
|2012 Veterans Administration Poster
Every year at this time we are encouraged to set aside our
busy schedules and reflect on those who gave their time, their
skills, their security, and (all too often) their lives
for America. Monday November 12 is the official
Veterans Day for 2012 so please take time today to honor
members of our military and their leaders - thanks
them for the security and freedom we all enjoy. May we
not take for granted the sacrifices so many have made and
please raise a prayer for our current military members and
government leaders that they might not lose sight of the unique
foundation this great country was built upon - May
God Bless America!
|Lisa Rockin' on the porch
|Lisa and Courtney... scary, eh?
Here are some snapshots of activities in and around the Inn
this past Halloween. Lisa Rames rocked the front porch
while local caspers, gouls and gobblins, witches, spidermen, and
ironman approached to gather their treats. Once again, well
over 100 trick or treaters made their way up the sidewalk to
the Grand Victorian porch.
|2012 Northern Michigan Royalty
Dozens of Michigan's finest young women were able to celebrate
their reign during Bellaire's annual summer festival on August 18.
The area queens enjoyed acknowledging the crowds along the route
while aboard their festive floats. After gracing the downtown area
of Bellaire, the royalty enjoyed an afternoon of light
refreshments, chatting and picture taking at Bellaire's famous
Grand Victorian Inn. Area queens included representatives from many
northern Michigan locations including Bellaire, Kalkaska, Elk
Rapids, Otsego, and the National Cherry Queen, Meg Howard.
|Miss Bellaire 2012 and court
|Time for some refreshment!
|Fun time taking pictures!
|Meg Howard - National Cherry Queen