The history, of the  Country Hermitage Bed and Breakfast, of Traverse City, Michigan.
The history of the  Country Hermitage Bed and Breakfast of Traverse City, Michigan.
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    Williamsburg, Michigan
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    "The Innkeepers have a special gift for making people comfortable and welcome"

    Mr. & Mrs. Haney
    Past Guests

    "A taste of yesterday with todayís conveniences"

    Mr. & Mrs. Jackson
    Past Guests

    The Country Hermitage Bed and Breakfast continues a 130 year old agricultural tradition on a 400 acre working cherry farm overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay. A pioneer of the region from its earliest days, John Pulcipher arrived here in 1855. He courted Mary Ann Hover a school teacher from Ohio, and in 1869 they were married. To lessen the burden of moving away from her family, John promised to build her a fine house someday. After, living on the family homestead for 13 years his promise was fulfilled to her when he built a fine house in the fall of 1883.

    The house was continuously inhabited until the death of Jessie Pulcipher, Johnís niece in 1964. With no indoor plumbing, or electricity it sat abandoned for 35 years until restoration began in early 1999. A large addition was added to accommodate a beautiful modern kitchen. Throughout the home the wood trim was lovingly restored to its original beauty.

    The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, and sits more splendid than even the former glory. This Country Inn is ideally situated in a splendid country setting, close to Traverse City, and the attractions. The Country Hermitage Bed and Breakfast is perfect for your romantic getaway.

    Meet the ones that made it all happen...
    The man who got it all started is Nels Veliquette, a 1990 Elk Rapids high school graduate, cherry farmer, and history buff.

    The Veliquette name is synonymous with the cherry industry in Northern Michigan. So it was no surprise when the family bought the house, and adjoining land for its 150 acres of cherry orchards, combining them with the adjacent 250 acres of orchard they already owned.

    Nels has had his eye on the dilapidated Pulcipher home, and decided it was worth preserving. When Nels, his family, and contractor began the challenging renovation project in March 1999, the house had only a cold water spigot, and no plumbing or electricity. Only two rooms received heat from the oil burning furnace.

    Nels was just a month into the project when he met the woman who was to become his wife, and partner in the bed and breakfast endeavor.

    His wife Michelle helped to create a comfortable romantic space for guests to enjoy. The wonderfully appointed decor is found throughout the B&B, mixing antiques and new furnishing so perfectly. What was once abandoned for 35 years now has all the best amenities that discriminating B&B travelers are looking for. Come for a stay and experience the B&B that is "Built on a Legacy of Romance."

    The Current Innkeepers...

    In 2004, the husband and wife team of Lisa Grise and Carl Fromholz became innkeepers for the Country Hermitage. However, the B&B remained a proud part of the Veliquette family cherry business. Lisa and Carl grew up in Michigan and have family in the area. They are a great source of inside information on unique places to see and things to do during your stay. Carl and Lisa live onsite with their dog, Gemma (the official greeter).

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