Wedding Bells at College Inn Bed & Breakfast!

*First look*

*First look*

We can hear the wedding bells *chime* right here at College Inn Bed & Breakfast! Just this past weekend, we hosted a bride and her bridal party the night before the big day! Let me just say that this is just one of the many perks of working here at College Inn. The weekend started with a lovely breakfast with the bride-to-be and her family. It was so great to sit down and get to know them a little bit. Hearing about the plans this new couple has made for their future together, was truly beautiful. Later that evening, the rest of the bridal party arrived. We had all the rooms set up just right so they felt right at home. The next morning, the hustle and bustle of wedding day preparation was in full swing! The hair and makeup crew showed up bright and early to get started. Everybody was able to get ready in Room #1, and each girl emerged looking beautiful and ready for the wedding! The shining star was the bride, of course! She was radiant and stunning, as she anxiously awaited her walk down the aisle. 🙂

Witnessing the moment that her family laid eyes on her was so special to us. At the end of all our guest’ visits, they leave us with a part of them. We have a new connection- a new encounter- and new memories to store. Our guests are very important to us and we really feel like we get to know them by the time they depart. So, to indirectly play a part in such a special event in our guests’ lives like a wedding, is extra special to us.

The beautiful bride with her family

The beautiful bride with her family

We have hosted a few bridal parties over the past few years and it is always one of our favorite things to do. We love being able to make a bride feel as comfortable as possible and always try to do whatever we can to accommodate the needs of her and her family. What’s really neat about our setup is that our house sort of becomes their home. It is a way to bring the bride and her friends the comfort of home that they may not be able to experience at a commercial hotel. The house allows room for several people to get ready, areas for hair and makeup, and of course, endless snacks and drinks for everyone during the festivities. We strive to add personal touches to make their time here something they will include in their memories of their special day.

In the near future, we hope to expand the inn so that we have room to not just host bridal parties before a wedding, but also wedding receptions and more! We want to be the best place to stay for such a special occasion. There are lot of exciting things in the future for College Inn and we hope to continue to give our brides and their families the most wonderful of experiences. Come stay with us and let us pamper you as you prepare for the best day of your life. 🙂

College Inn hosts wedding party

Here comes the bride!

Marion, IN- College Inn receives Tripadvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’!

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College Inn B&B- best place to stay in Marion!

Exciting news! College Inn Bed & Breakfast has just received the “Certificate of Excellence” award from the world’s largest travel site, Tripadvisor. We were so surprised to receive the certificate in the mail and were eager to learn about how we were chosen for such a prestigious award! So, we did a little research.

First of all, for those who are unfamiliar with Tripadvisor, it is the “world’s largest travel site.” Travelers can search vacation or lodging destinations and see what past guests have said about their experiences. The great advice and suggestions found on Tripadvisor gives quality information and insight that helps travelers plan their best vacation possible.

With that being said, what is this ‘certificate of excellence,’ you ask? Well…

The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to the top 10% of businesses providing excellent hospitality, as well as who have received the upmost praise from travelers. College Inn has received an overall 5 out of 5-star rating from Tripadvisor clients, and we are so proud and happy to be able to provide an impacting and enjoyable experience for our guests.

The best part about receiving this award, is that we love what we do. Every day. It is truly a privilege to be able to accommodate the needs of the people who stay here. We have met the most incredible individuals and families, and it is our pleasure and mission to give each one an experience that they will enjoy and remember.

Thank you, Tripadvisor, for honoring us with this prestigious award. We are thrilled and grateful to be able to provide our guests with the highest quality experience. Our newly mounted “certificate of excellence,” will remind us to continue to strive for more each day, so that we can continue to be the difference between average and excellent in our guests’ lodging experiences. 🙂

Indianapolis 500 weekend at College Inn B&B

Ok so- let’s play a little game.

1. What is the biggest “single-day spectator sporting event” in the entire world?

2. What event is the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”?

3. What does Indiana have that the rest of the world doesn’t?

Oh, yeah- I believe it’s the Indianapolis 500! And it’s right in our back yard! 🙂

Danica_Patrick_2011_Indy_Japan_300_Race_hairpinHere at the inn, we’ve always been big race fans. Growing up, our family would head down to the track to check out the time trials and experience only what the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can offer. Speaking of, there are so many events happening down at the track here in the next couple of weeks! There are concerts, tailgating, practice runs, and more, all leading up to the big race on May 25! If you’re looking to come down for any of these big events, how great would it be to have a place to stay that

a. Was fairly close to the track (only about an hour)

b. Away from the crowded congestion of people and traffic

c. A relaxing place to retreat to after a long, fun day full of festivities?

For any of you race fans coming from the North, College Inn would be a perfect place to rest up on your way down and back. We’re offering a rate of $85/night to those of you who pick us as the “poll position” for their lodging experience. 🙂 As always, we’d love to have you! The Indianapolis 500 is always a spectacular weekend to remember and we would love to be part of it! Call us at 765-667-9161 or make a reservation right here on our website. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information about all the cool things you can do down at the IMS, check out their website at:

http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/

A perfect place to stay: Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration 2014!

Quilt by Quilter’s Hall of Fame inductee, Ruth B. McDowell

As the July 17 through 19 celebration approaches at the Quilters Hall of Fame, you will definitely need the perfect place to stay, right? We know just the place! Come stay with us at College Inn B&B as you venture your way to the “Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration!” This is sure to be a fun-filled weekend, full of interesting workshops, lectures, show & tell, as well a special production of Quilters: The Musical! If you love quilting and want to share and learn with others, this is the perfect event weekend for you. This year’s Quilters Hall of Fame inductee, Ruth B. McDowell, will be discussing her thoughts behind several of her quilts during a walk-thru exhibit, as well as giving her lecture, “The Quilts of Ruth.” Come out Friday evening to the Live and Silent Auctions to find a new quilting treasure for you or a friend. Admission is free for both! As you can tell, there are several workshops to choose from! You must register beforehand for any workshop or meal event, which can be done by going online to www.quiltershalloffame.net and clicking the “Celebration” tab. For more detailed information on these events, go ahead and check out their website to see all the fun activities and opportunities they have planned!

To celebrate with you, we would like to extend you an invitation to round out your weekend with a wonderful, relaxing place to stay or “come home” to! We want to offer all Quilters the special rate of $80 per night, which includes a gourmet breakfast and pays all fees and taxes, too! Check out our website at: www.collegeinnbb.comCollege Inn is just two miles south of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame on the same street at 3902 South Washington St. We believe we offer all visitors to the Quilters Hall of Fame a fabulous lodging alternative and experience.

Quilters:  If you are visiting Marion, Indiana for the celebration or anytime of the year, be sure to mention you are visiting the Quilters Hall of Fame to receive the special rate! Our convenient location and delightful accommodations are sure to be a hit, not to mention, we feature some of our own beautifully crafted quilts on every bed. Again, stay at College Inn for the Quilters Hall of Fame celebration when Ruth B. McDowell will be inducted as the 2014 Honoree.  We hope to be your home while visiting the Quilters Hall of Fame! 🙂 

It’s Summer at College Inn!

Ahhh, summer. Need I say more? It’s that time of year again, folks- time for sunshine, swimming pools, and some good, old fashioned sweet tea! Summer is well on its way…finally! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I am not sad to see Old Man Winter hit the road for a while! Sure, we had a lovely winter season, celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Hot chocolate was had and snowmen were made. But even with how wonderful those things may be, we, at College Inn, are anxiously awaiting the summer sun and all the wonderful (and warm) things that go with it. 🙂

We all scream for "Ice Cream!" :)

We all scream for “Ice Cream!” 🙂

We have been kept pretty busy here at the inn, with all the graduation festivities, across the street, at Indiana Wesleyan University. One of the coolest parts of our job is getting to meet so many awesome students and their families. We have families coming from all different parts of the country, each bringing their own unique personalities and stories to share with us. It’s so fun being able to talk and get to know all of you!

It’s sort of sad, though, when all the students go home for the summer. The “busy-ness” of campus life dies down and it gets a little quieter here at the B&B. So, we were thinking, how about we give a special rate for the summer so that we can treat people to a great and relaxing stay, as well as make some new friends. You know, bring some summer excitement to the inn! So, we’re offering a special rate of just $85/night (Monday-Friday) from now through August 8th. Whether you’re wanting to check out the university, or just get away from the everyday work grind and routine, come stay with us. We’d love to meet you and treat you! Come and kick off your summer sandals and relax. You deserve it. Everyone needs a little summer get-a-way, right? 😉

“Perfect song on the radio…

Sing along ‘cause it’s one we know

It’s a smile, it’s a kiss

It’s a sip of wine

It’s summertime!”

 

“Summertime” -Kenny Chesney

 

Summer Vacation Lodging Specials in Marion Indiana

 

Marion Indiana Lodging Summer Specials

During the summer months the College Inn offers many special rates.  College Inn is a wonderful Marion Indiana bed and breakfast offering visitors to Grant County a fabulous lodging alternative.

Multi Day Rate: Stay 3 nights get the fourth night free!

Weddings:  If you are visiting Marion Indiana for a summer time wedding, be sure to stay with us!  Our convenient location and delightful accommodations are sure to please, plus we’ll give you 10% off if you show us the wedding invite!<

Indiana Wesleyan Student and Parent Special:  Visit Marion before school starts so you can get a feel for the area.  We’re conveniently located directly across the street from the University, and we’re happy to make you feel at home.  Show us your admissions papers and receive a 10% discount!  We have room for grandparents too, and they can get the summer discount as well!

Indiana Wesleyan Chief of Staff Endorses College Inn

letterDear Jack,

It has been a delight to work with you since the opening of College Inn Bed and Breakfast several years ago.  We have enjoyed the opportunity for all kinds of campus visitors to experience the warm and inviting Hoosier hospitality provided by you and your College Inn team.  Board members, VIPs, guest lecturers, faculty candidates, administrative candidates, consultants, parents, and grandparents are among those that have enjoyed the first class service and excellent life experience in the attractive and inviting College Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Through the years it has been my pleasure to bring guests to College Inn or to join them for breakfast and observe the hospitality, service, and welcoming experience they enjoy during their stay.  You, your wife, and your College Inn team are to be commended for the attractively inviting décor of each room and the kind and considerate service they receive.  The emphasis you place upon relationships is a distinctive that our University guests delight in sharing with us as a result of their stay.

Thank you for your commitment to excellence in service and experience for Indiana Wesleyan University guests.  It is to our benefit to have the College Inn Bed and Breakfast across the street from the university.

Sincerely,
DR. LARRY LINDSAY
CHIEF OF STAFF

INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

2012 – 2013 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats Home Schedule

wildcatsChoose the College Inn for a comfortable night’s sleep, conveniently located directly across the street from Indiana Wesleyan. We’re the perfect destination for parents traveling to the area to catch the latest games. For a complete 2012-2013 Wildcats game schedule, click here.

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