Your hosts, Terry & Laurel Parrott
We were lucky enough to find the Kalamazoo House in the summer of 2007, and we have enjoyed welcoming guests to Kalamazoo ever since. Owning a historic home like this one gives us a sense of history, and we realize we are in some ways simply caretakers, and stewards of the past. We're lucky enough to be able to take care of the house and its history until we someday turn it over to someone else.
We also enjoy welcoming visitors to Kalamazoo. Since 2007, we have welcomed guests from over two dozen countries and all 50 of the U.S.states and Puerto Rico. It's fun to be the face of Kalamazoo for visitors, and to help acquaint our guests with all this vibrant city has to offer.
Laurel---Gardens, glass and guests
Laurel has been a full-time innkeeper since July 2007. Besides tending to the needs of her guests, Laurel enjoys designing, creating and teaching stained glass, and has taken glass blowing classes since arriving in Kalamazoo. She takes great joy in designing and caring for the inn's flower and herb gardens which have grown to take over most of the small spaces available in this city lot. She serves on the boards of directors of the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association and the Downtown Kalamazoo Associated Charities, and she is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for Kalamazoo.
Terry---Cooking, construction, and conversation
Trained as a civil engineer, Terry has had a long career in commercial & industrial construction. In fact, until very recently his days have been spent as an executive with a large, international commercial construction company, meaning that his innkeeping roles have been mostly limited to "weekend chef", "director of maintenance", and "chief accountant". With his recent retirement, he looks forward to coming up with even more breakfast dishes for our guests to enjoy, continuing the maintenance of this grand old home, and having the time to really embrace the role of innkeeper.