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The one you’ll talk to if you call
Innkeeper Sandy White is a writer-editor and Ohio transplant who came to Michigan to work at the Detroit Free Press, the third of three newspapers she served as an editor. She’s working on a novel. B&B innkeeping assures that she takes breaks from writing. And no, our guests do not become characters in her novel.
Her roles at the B&B include marketing, guest relations, reservation management, purchasing, menu planning, making sure we always have fresh flowers, and arriving to the morning breakfast preparation at the last possible moment to serve as sous-chef.
B&B industry leader
Never one to sit on the sidelines, Sandy either gets involved, or involvement finds her. As the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association’s marketing director, she promotes quality-assured member inns all over the state.
She has lent her creativity to the national #BookDirect movement, an effort to end unfair practices by online travel agencies and Google.
Sandy and MBBA’s administrative director, Linda Singer, received a leadership award from the Professional Association of Innkeepers International in 2018.
Most likely to make breakfast
Always the first one in the kitchen in the morning, innkeeper Nicholas DeGrazia was known to some as “Captain Adventure” long before he started cheffing at our B&B. A friend started calling him that in his days of climbing 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado and sailing competitively in the Great Lakes and on the ocean.
Other life adventures: driving a Schlitz beer truck in his hometown of Chicago, teaching economics to university students, running Lionel trains as president, turning around troubled companies, and learning to cha-cha to “Margaritaville” for a fundraiser’s dance contest.
Happiest on the water
In the same way that some people follow baseball stats, Nicholas is a guy who can almost always tell you wind direction, velocity and, in season, wave height. One of the great joys of his life (and Sandy’s) is getting to live on Lake Huron.
Boating opportunities and board service are the two major activities that tear him away from the lake. Among other board and committee positions, he is a trustee of the local community college, an elective office he’s held since 2009, and current board chair.
Nicholas says, “The focus of this phase of my life is helping others achieve their goals.”