How to select your Christmas Tree:
HINT: Look for a "Marriage Saver" tree stand: Key to using this stand is to visit a farm that pre-drills holes into the tree trunk so you can easily place the tree on the stand.
Fresh, Farm-Grown Tree Care Tips:
1) Keep it fresh
2) Keep it safe
3) Dispose Properly
Real Christmas Tree Facts
Benefits of a Real Christmas Tree vs. a Fake Tree
Michigan Bed & Breakfast Locations for Tree-cutting Weekend
If you'd like to make your tree shopping a special event, consider turning your outing into a weekend adventure. Here are some Michigan Bed & Breakfasts that are offering holiday tree offers and that are an easy drive from the Chicago area:
223 S. Mears Avenue
Whitehall, MI 49461 (Approximately 3.5 hours from Chicago)
Contact: Larry Robertson and Lisa Tallarico
The Arts & Crafts bungalow, lovingly restored by its owners, carries out its chocolate theme from the four guest rooms named for famous chocolates to evening turn-down service with port and handmade chocolates.
A New Christmas Tradition you'll take a drive to the family-owned Stibitz Tree Farm to cut your own tree or choose a just-cut tree. Then sit by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, tuck into a cozy room, and awaken to an award-winning breakfast. The package for 2 includes 2 nights lodging, dinner certificate, and?$50 Stibitz Gift Certificate and range from $365-$440.
Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn
340 M-40 South
Allegan, MI 49010 (150 miles, 2 ½ hours)
Contact: Ruth Boven
Savor the season in the countryside of Southwest Michigan. Snowshoe or hike wooded forest trails, then warm yourself at the outdoor fireplace under the stars. Enjoy Christmas cookies and hot cocoa beside the fireplace in your romantic room or suite with whirlpool tub for two. Stop at the recommended Michigan Christmas Tree Farm to redeem your gift certificate for your own natural Christmas tree or wreath.
This package includes 3 days/2 nights, full gourmet breakfast, certificate toward tree or wreath. Available November 17-December 25, 2009. Rates for room with fireplace $368; suite with fireplace and whirlpool tub $448-$488. All rooms with private bath. Tax is additional.
473 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090 (100 miles, 2 hours to Chicago)
Contact: Lou & Ginger Adamson
The wonderfully restored 1852 home has been welcoming B&B guests since the year 2000, and for four years running has been voted the "Most Romantic Hideaway." It's the time of year again where we're all caught up in the flurries—the impending snow as well as the hustle and bustle of the holidays. This season, take time to relax and to prepare for the festivities with a Martha's Vineyard "Christmas Getaway."
Enjoy a 2-night stay and a visit to Tall Timbers Tree Farm, where you'll find the perfect Christmas tree and perhaps a live wreath for the door. Get cozy by the fire, enjoy fresh baked cookies and cocoa, and watch a heartwarming classic like It's a Wonderful Life. Holiday bonus: a stocking full of discount coupons from local merchants to get your Christmas shopping off to a good start. The2-night weekend packages range from $270 - $350.
To plan your Michigan holiday tree-cutting weekend getaway, be sure to check out www.michigan.org/christmastree .
"Marriage Saver Tree Stands"; also known as Super Stand Straight or Stand Strait.
Remember, there must be a hole drilled in the bottom of the tree to accommodate the stand. Ask the tree lot or tree farm to do the drilling.
Munro Landscaping, 10057 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643, 773-881-4913; contact Mike Munro
Sheerlund Forests: http://www.sheerlundforests.com/standstrait/standstrait.htm.
Wahmoff Farms: http://www.mitrees.com/; contact Betsy Wahmhoff Perales