Digging Into The Reflection Zone

The Reflection Zone (the area North of the main motel building) currently shares top billing with exterior paint and trim on our massive spring punch list.

The first step toward making this area functional and pretty was removing the years of layered leaf debris from around the Sycamore tree, thinning the overgrowth of evergreens, and eradicating the ever-present Autumn Olive. It was a jungle out there!

Now that much of that mess is gone, the Irises are sprouting en masse and pretty purple violets are blooming. Our next step will be to wash, trim, and paint this section of the building and to make the garden area a welcome and tranquil outdoor space for guests to enjoy.

(Click on any of the pictures below to open a photo gallery of the project.)

Thinking of creating a garden bench planter from the old fountain base.
We’re considering turning the old fountain base into a garden planter bench something like this.


We’re having an impromptu work bee this weekend. You’re welcome to come by for a look or to lend a hand.

Day 527: Spring preparations and possibility

Let the spring cleaning begin! We were blessed with a mild and relatively short winter, which has enabled us to get inside the guestrooms and to get our outdoor projects and grounds work started early. Over the next few weeks, we will be tackling the problem fountain garden, aka The Reflection Zone, in between Buildings One and Two. As soon as it’s consistently warm enough, we’ll be moving around the north corner and to the rest of Building One with exterior paint and trim. Then it’s over to Building Two for more of the same treatment. We’ll also be putting a fresh coat of paint on all the doors. I can’t wait to see how the whole place looks once the paint job is complete.

Our newest project for this spring is a light lobby makeover.  Shane and Lexi spent last Sunday stripping wallpaper. Dave has a bit of skim coating and sanding to do to the drywall before we proceed with paint. Shane and Lexi are steering the color choices for this area. We’ll keep most or all of the existing elements and use a fresh color palette to give the room a “vintage modern cottage” feel.

Sarah and Lexi are also helping me clean, de-clutter, and organize.  “One room at a time,” as Sarah says, and it will all get done. They keep me focused and semi-sane while working their butts off and singing and making me laugh until my stomach hurts. They are as invested and enthused as I am, and their positive energy is contagious. I’ve probably said it before, but it bears repeating: Getting to work on this project with my favorite people is my life-long dream coming true. It is the journey, as they say, that matters, and I am already having the best time ever.

Funny how life is; the best time ever is also the hardest time ever financially. Dave has taken full-time work with our builder friends to help keep us afloat. I’m doing what I can from home to keep the project and business moving forward.  I try hard not to let money worries distract me from the tasks of reopening rooms and “filling beds,” as they say in the biz. Thankfully, there are tons of free but powerful communication tools available online: WordPress, Instagram,  Facebook, Twitter, Google, TripAdvisor, and of course, GoFundMe.  Social media enables us to reach out and connect with people in a way never before possible, and at virtually no cost. It appears to be working, because we’re getting more reservations every week.

We still need all the help we can get. Please consider choosing the Atwood Inn for your next vacation, family reunion, golf outing, or out-of-town wedding guests. We are offering incentives through GoFundMe for pre-paid bookings and an extra special deal for the full house for two nights. Kindly share the Motel Possible and Atwood Inn pages to your network of friends and family. And keep on pulling for us and sending so much good will our way. Every bit helps, and we appreciate it more than we can say.

Cheers to spring!

Spring at the Atwood Inn

We are so excited for Spring 2016 and our first fully open season as the Atwood Inn motel. Spring cleaning and improvement projects are under way!


Throwback Thursday: The Bavarian Inn Motel and Restaurant

Pictures courtesy of Walt Mann.


The original Bavarian Inn Motel & Restaurant.

original bavarian inn and motel in atwood michigan
Eva and John Mann, hosts and proprietors of the original Antrim Dells’ Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Motel.
John and Eva Mann at the front entrance.
It's a family endeavor, and sometimes you simply must break for a Bud. We understand completely. As Walt has said, "If those walls could talk..."
Sometimes you simply must break for a Bud. As Walt has said, “If those walls could talk!”
atwood motel courtyard
The beloved courtyard.
Walt Mann, chef at original Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Atwood
Walt Mann, Chef turned Real Estate Broker Extraordinaire.


Project Courtyard: Painting Trim and Making Pretty

Project Courtyard is definitely shaping up. We’re either almost to the halfway point or just past it, I’m not sure which. Shane has the caulking, priming, and first coat of trim paint nearly finished. I’m already astounded by the difference it makes and am so excited to see how the rest turns out.

Here’s a peek at the Motel Possible as of the last week in June: