How it all Started
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 to combine 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”.