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Charles T Babcock

Charles T Babcock

February 2024
Welcome back to The Nordic Pineapple's ongoing exploration of the people who have left their mark on our historic establishment. In this next installment, we delve into the captivating story of Charles Theodore Babcock, a figure whose vision and influence helped shape the rich tapestry of history woven into the very walls of 506 S Oakland St.

As we continue our journey through the annals of time, we uncover the remarkable life of Charles Babcock, from his birth on September 28, 1859, to his enduring legacy as a pioneering entrepreneur, community leader, and beloved resident of St. Johns. Join us as we unravel the threads of his journey and discover the profound impact he had on The Nordic Pineapple and the surrounding community.

Portrait of General Oliver Spaulding

GENERAL OLIVER SPAULDING

January 2024
Welcome to the captivating journey through time as we delve into the rich history of The Nordic Pineapple and the remarkable individuals who shaped its story. Our inaugural blog in this series is dedicated to the visionary behind the construction of this iconic building—Oliver Spaulding. Join us as we unravel the life, legacy, and enduring impact of General Oliver L. Spaulding, the esteemed builder of The Nordic Pineapple and a pivotal figure in the tapestry of St Johns' history. His story unfolds as a testament to dedication, leadership, and the enduring mark he left on this historical landmark.
Plate of delicious food

A FOODIE'S GUIDE TO MID-MICHIGAN

Oct 2023
Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the charming town of St Johns offers not only a picturesque setting but also a delightful array of dining options to please your palate. But the culinary adventure doesn't stop there; the surrounding areas of DeWitt, Owosso, East Lansing, and Lansing all have their own unique flavors to offer. Join us on a mouthwatering journey through some of the great places to eat in and around St Johns.
Art version of the Lansing skyline

Lansing UNCOVERED
Hidden Gems and Hotspots

September 2023
Last month, our blog focused on excellent travel destinations within an hour's reach of The Nordic Pineapple. This month, the spotlight shifts to even closer spots. If staying at the inn and eager to explore the vicinity, there's good news: Lansing, Michigan's capital city, is just 20 minutes away, offering numerous attractions. Additionally, there are several nearby...
State of Michigan - watercolored

EXPLORE THE HEART OF CENTRAL MICHIGAN

August 2023
Welcome to The Nordic Pineapple! Our cozy bed and breakfast located in the heart of Michigan is the perfect location for any traveler, whether you are just passing through or staying for a longer ...
Fresh and dried mint on a wooden surface

THE HISTORY OF MINT IN ST JOHNS

July 2023
We are so excited about the upcoming Mint Festival in St. Johns! We thought it would be a great time to learn more about how it came to be and how St. Johns became known as Mint City USA! How could it be better than learning it from 3rd and 4th generation Mint Farmers, Andy and Gene Livingston? With the five-year anniversary of the Nordic Pineapple soon approaching, we thought we'd share some of the things that were important to us when we started this Inn and are still important to us today!
Fresh produce with sign

WE LOVE FARMER'S MARKETS

June 2023
If you have been following us on social media or have read any of our recent blog posts, you know how important we think it is to source locally, especially when it comes to the food we serve at our Inn! We spend lots of time at local Farmers Markets, looking for the best ingredients for one of Greg's new recipes. Occasionally, we even find a treat for ourselves....
Tulips on the front desk

SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN

May 2023
Writing for the Nordic Pineapple Bed and Breakfast is something that hits close to home, quite literally for me. I was born and raised in St. Johns and have lived here most of my life. The Inn used to be the home of one of my best friend's grandmother and we used to hang out...
Peacock Wallpaper in small bathroom

8 IMPORTANT THINGS

April 2023
With the five year anniversary of the Nordic Pineapple soon approaching, we thought we'd share some of the things that were important to us when we started this Inn and are still important to us today!
Ziggy Asleep on the Floor

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN INNKEEPER

March 2023
Have you ever thought about running your own bed and breakfast?

The thing about being an Innkeeper and part of the reason Kjersten and Greg love what they do, is that every day is different. No two ...

2 glasses of champagne and a heart shaped box

THE BEST LOCAL GIFTS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

February 2023
Let's face it, Valentine's Day can be a bit of a challenge if you haven't picked out something special for your sweetheart. Finding the perfect gift can be stressful, but in our opinion, Valentine's Day is a time to stick with the classics. When you're visiting our little town of St. Johns, these are some of the best gift ideas you will find!
What's New in 2023 sign

THE YEAR OF THE PINEAPPLE!

January 2023
We're so excited about the new things we will be offering this year, that we couldn't wait to share them! We have been hard at work (with still some left to go), getting ready to delight our friends and guests in the new year.  

At the Nordic Pineapple, we are all about "the Experience." 

Gnome up close on the buffet

CHRISTMAS AT THE NORDIC PINEAPPLE

December 2022
What happens at the Nordic Pineapple for Christmas?

When it comes to Christmas decorating, the Nordic Pineapple takes it to another level. We have eleven trees to decorate, four mantles, the stairs to the second floor and what we call a Gnome Overload.  

The word 'Recipes' in typeset

CHEF GREG SHARES HIS RECIPES!

November 2022
If you've ever seen photos of the beautiful dishes we've posted on social media and wondered how Chef Greg creates such delectable breakfast choices? Or have you stayed with us before and loved the breakfast so much, you aspired to prepare some yourself when you got home? Now's your chance as Chef Greg shares some of his favorite recipes!
People hanging out on the lake

THE BEST PARKS TO VISIT WHEN VISITING THE NORDIC PINEAPPLE

September 2022
Our little town of St. Johns, Michigan has a great selection of trails and parks. Whether you're looking for a cool morning walk, a summer time swim or a chance to lace up your ice skates, the Mint City won't ...
Woman peeking behind a red velvet curtain

PINEAPPLE HEAD-QUARTERS

August 2022
It's a little unusual for Innkeeper's to have a 1700 square foot living space inside of their bed and breakfast. Most innkeepers might essentially live in guest quarters with their kitchen and living spaces as part of the inn. That is not the case for Kjersten and Greg.
Festival attendees buying food

FESTIVALS TO ENJOY THIS SUMMER

July 2022
There's always something to do in our great city of St Johns and you can learn more about all of them by visiting our Things to Do page. When it comes to events, our local festivals are some of the best around. These are just some of the great events you can ...
Lady grabbing cookies

10 REASONS WOMEN LOVE TO STAY AT THE NORDIC PINEAPPLE

June 2022
Whether it's a cozy place to stay for the night after a trip up north or a romantic weekend getaway, women love staying at the Nordic Pineapple. We'd like to think there are more than ten reasons, but we'll stick with some of our favorites. Feel free to add more in the comment section:)
Tee Shot overlooking the fairway

BED, BREAKFAST AND BIRDIES

May 2022
It could be argued that central Michigan has become the best golf destination in Michigan in recent years with some great new golf courses and several classics. Connecting it all is highway 127, just a duck hook away from our Inn.

As a stay and play option, the Nordic Pineapple is hard to beat. Our 7 suites...

Breakfast tray on bed

BREAKFAST IN BED WITH GOLDEN PINEAPPLE TOUCHES

April 2022
You're cozy and warm, you want to stay in bed.... with nothing required of you today.

When you're on a getaway, what you're really after is a chance to recharge. We recharge by letting others take care of us, handling the things we are normally tasked with. We...

Rockers on Front porch

BED AND BREAKFAST
VS. HOTEL

March 2022
I mean is there really even a debate? My kids might think so, they love a good hotel pool. Me on the other hand, never. I would rather stay at a Bed and Breakfast before a hotel any day.

Here's why. First and foremost it's the food. The gourmet breakfast is the way to my heart. The Nordic Pineapple prepares from scratch some really delicious offerings...

Bride looking in mirror

HEY BRIDES!

February 2022
I do realize this post is for a certain audience, but you should read it anyway! And you should definitely read this if you are newly...
4 Friends having dinner

48 HOURS IN ST. JOHNS, MI-DAY ONE

January 2022
I think St. Johns has been moving in a forward direction for a few years now. By forward, I mean it's a place where people not only want to live, but want to stay and play too. There's been a shift in the mind set that in order to be entertained we have to go to Lansing or Grand Rapids. Don't get me wrong, I love these places too, but it's...
Kate shopping

48 HOURS IN ST. JOHNS, MI-DAY TWO

January 2022
After a busy day of fun, I couldn't help but sleep in. The bed is just oh so comfy. However, it's another day of adventure...
Nisse - Norwegian Santa

GLEDELIG JUL...OR MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 2021
Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year. It's the anticipation leading up to it really, with the decorations (I decorate A LOT), and the lights, and the baked 7...
Greg and Kjersten

FINALLY... OUR FIRST BLOG!

November 2021
Hi friends! I'm excited you are here! I will be writing about ALL of the things that make The Nordic Pineapple Bed and Breakfast unique, the first being the innkeepers, Greg and Kjersten. They are the driving force ...