The person most likely to be the one you talk to about your reservation.
Loves living on the water
Growing up in central Ohio, I was unaware that water was the ingredient missing in my life until I worked at a newspaper in West Palm Beach. That realization influenced my move to Michigan -- from Florida. (Who does that?) But had I not taken the job at the Detroit Free Press, I never would have met Nicholas.
Always writing and editing
My fourth-grade teacher planted the notion that I could be a writer, and eventually I became an editor of newspapers and books. Editing entails writing. I'm working on a young adult manuscript. B&B innkeeping assures that I give writing a rest. And no, our guests do not become characters in my novel.
Can't say no?
I've never been one to sit on the sidelines. Either I get involved, or involvement finds me. I served as a director of the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association for six years, and as web marketing chair. They gave me this plaque. Now, I'm MBBA's part-time marketing director, which provides an excuse to hang out on Facebook.
The person most likely to be preparing something tasty for breakfast.
We inherited the house where we now live -- along with the late Shady Lady, a Lab with a keen nose for game birds and getting into trouble. We knew virtually no one in town. All that changed. I was recruited to serve on a number of local nonprofit boards and was elected as a trustee of the community college. The focus of this phase of my life: Helping others achieve their goals.
A friend started calling me "Captain Adventure." I was climbing 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado at the time and had sailed competitively in the Great Lakes and on the ocean. But I've enjoyed varied adventures: driving a Schlitz beer truck, teaching university students, running Lionel trains as president, turning around troubled companies, and learning to cha-cha to "Margaritaville" for a fundraiser's dance contest (above).
Loves being on the water
As a teenager, visiting Lake Leelanau, I learned to race Lightnings and tooled around the lake in my uncle's classic wooden Chris-Craft. From then on, I was hooked on both sail and power. These days, when we can, Sandy and I explore lakes Huron, Erie and Michigan in our third powerboat. The North Channel and Georgian Bay are favorite cruising destinations. Lake Superior? Someday.
We never saw this coming
Was running a B&B our dream? Nope. We inherited this nice, large house on Lake Huron, moved from downtown Detroit, and over a ten-year period made it nicer and larger. Too much space for two people and, for many years, a Labrador.
What happened? On a 2004 trip to the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario, we stayed in a couple B&Bs, and there, while relaxing on the roof of someone’s boat shed, we hatched the idea. Nine months later, Adventure Inn B&B was born.
And now? We like the way we live -- and the way our house looks -- when company is coming. This is our 12th year.
They replaced seasonal wreaths on the front door after one too many mother robin took up residence. The stars are fun to decorate.
Thank you to the following people who contributed photography to this website:
Sheila Springsteen Greilick and John Greilick. John is a staff photographer for the Detroit News. Sheila has a Metro Detroit photography business.
Elaine Marchand of Port Huron, owner of Great Lakes Photography.
Michele Favoretto of Troy.
Ray Ruszczynski of Port Huron, who captured the above photo of his wife Sue cutting a rug with Nicholas.