The Rooms at Grayfield
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The Rooms at Grayfield is located in Jonesville, Michigan.
This small luxury bed and breakfast is established in a former railroad depot from the late 19th century, and has since been beautifully restored.
Our bed and breakfast maintained the old railroad station structure that confers an "architectural masculinity" not typically found in the industry. Rooms at Grayfield distinguishes itself from the seemingly and ubiquitously effeminate association with bed and breakfasts, by its appeal to both women and men. The inn can be described as contemporary with casual elegance.
Grayfield's common spaces are unconventional, yet homely. Guests can find comfort in the sunroom with a book, near the fireplace for conversation, along the tracks leading to the woods, in the garden cottage or besides the koi pond.
The Rooms at Grayfield can be a unique setting for your special event. Our beautiful garden, alongside our classically trained chef, can prove to be a wonderful venue for reunions, luncheons, small weddings, or whatever your occasion may be.
Whether your reason for staying is to enjoy a romantic getaway, to attend an event at nearby Hillsdale College, or to take a short vacation from a stressful work week, Grayfield is a welcome and relaxing retreat.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dee and Grigor for sharingtheir own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Get-aways and celebrations.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Good food, quiet upscale environment. We are NOT Victorian.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
#1 is to visit Hillsdale College. Also curiosity about an 1898 railroad station
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“Like being in a four star hotel.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are the best kept secret.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Four restaurants, historical museum, antiques.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We love Rosalie's Roadhouse, Olivia's, Saucy Dog, Dog and Suds in summer with carhops, and Johnny T's .
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our website has many references.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
Breakfast As You Like It
Coffee, tea, and pastries are available by 7:00 a.m. and a full, made-to-order breakfast is served at 9 o’clock (or at your convenience by arrangement with the cook). There are no standard menus and no serve-yourself buffets. You may join other guests, or not – there are lots of private nooks and cozy corners to enjoy your privacy, indoors and out.
Private Dining & Events
A Special Setting for Catered Occasions
Grayfield is a beautiful venue, indoors or in our extensive gardens, for private dinners, weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, and special events of all kinds. And co-owner and hostess, Dee Hasted, is an outstanding French-trained chef who routinely shops the local farms and markets for the best in-season, organic ingredients.
All dining at Grayfield is private – we are not a public restaurant. Dining service is by reservation only and generally for groups of ten or more (although with ample planning and a little coaxing, Dee has been known to cook a very special dinner for couples or small groups on important occasions).
The Rural Midwest At Its Best
Grayfield sits precisely at the intersection of two historically significant “Old Roads” – the Old Sauk Trail (now US-12, also known as “The Chicago Pike” and “Michigan’s Heritage Highway”) and the Old Main Line of the New York Central railroad, both of which played important roles in the westward expansion of early-to-mid-19th century America. Innumerable pioneer settlements grew up along these routes which, even today, when seen from the air at night, resemble long strands of tiny twinkle lights.
Norman Rockwell didn’t live here, but the area will remind you of the people and places he so appealingly captured on his canvases. This is the rural Midwest at is best – small towns and farming communities, rolling hills and winding roads, scenic lakes and rivers, a slower pace. You’ll still find traditional old hardware stores and diners in the towns. Amish farms, produce stands, and antique shops dot the local countryside. The County Fair in late September is still a highlight of the annual social scene.
Things haven’t changed much over the years in the old Village of Jonesville (c.1830, pop, 2,200). From Grayfield, it’s a short walk across the St. Joseph River and into town where guests will find a couple of good restaurants, a small bakery, a cozy coffee shop, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and one or two other inviting shops. A challenging little golf course is also within walking distance. And the surrounding countryside is perfect for long strolls, biking, and relaxing drives.
The tiny village of Allen, just five miles west of Jonesville on US-12, purports to be “The Antique Capitol of Michigan.” The town attracts treasure hunters from throughout the Midwest, and many a Grayfield guest has enjoyed a rummage through Allen’s renowned shops.
The town of Hillsdale (pop. 8,500), home to nationally acclaimed Hillsdale College, is just five miles south. Throughout the year, the College hosts highly competitive NCAA Division II athletic contests, stages entertaining concerts and plays, and hosts important and thought-provoking seminars and renowned speakers – all of which are open to the public. The town also boasts the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, a charming and historic central business district, beautiful Lake Baw Beese (with public parks, boat launches, and beaches), cinemas, restaurants, and more.
If you can linger a little longer and are willing to venture out a bit further, you can plan day trips to Ann Arbor, Dearborn (home of the renowned Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum), tourist towns along Lake Michigan, or to Lansing, our State capitol.