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Have you ever wonder where you might find a little piece of Versailles in the USA? The answer will consistently be the Belvedere Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Tucked far off the main street of downtown, situated at the end of the road on the northern edge of Saugatuck, Michigan, sits an elegant 98-year-old mansion. Here, former Chicago couple Shaun Glynn and Pete Ta have reinvented the meaning of what a Bed & Breakfast is.
Shaun and Pete met in the late ’90s at Big Chicks, a gay bar on Chicago’s north side. In 2003, the couple decided to give up their comfortable and successful corporate careers and sell their home in Bucktown. The couple borrowed money from the bank, and with the help of the former owner of the B&B, began to peruse their dream as the new owners of the Belvedere Inn.
As an accomplished European Executive Chef, Shaun left Galway, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1998. He earned top positions at some of the most prestigious companies in the hospitality and catering field.
In 1975, Pete immigrated to the United States from Saigon, Vietnam and has since earned an excellent reputation in the world of finance and investment. In 1999, he began working in the Information Technology (IT) field, becoming one of the top specialist in the field.
"We are both very different individuals with different skills and experiences, but with one common goal," Pete said during my interview in March at the Inn.
Together, Shaun and Pete combined their skills and started implementing their ideas to transform the old 10 guest room B&B into a comfortable and casually elegant mini boutique hotel. Their combined experiences and efforts paid off. In 2004, The Belvedere Inn was named the top B&B in Western Michigan; and in Saugatuck it was named the best gay travel destination in the Midwest.
As one of the best restaurant in Michigan, the Belvedere Restaurant offers a wonderful gourmet dining experience. The four-course is a great value and provides delicious selections for each course. The restaurant is open to both guests and the public.
Whether your visit is a romantic getaway, a mini vacation with friends, a celebration, or a gay wedding destination, The Belvedere Inn is always the perfect choice for your travel needs or event. It’s no wonder The Belvedere Inn is referred to as "A Little Piece of Versailles."
For more information or reservations go to www.thebelvedereinn.com.
Chef Shaun was delighted to offer PINK readers one of the guests’ favorite recipes Crispy Garlic Sippets (Garlic Bread), along with the house specialty, Mussels in Pernod Cream (see above). Enjoy!