We have stayed at the Mendon Country Inn seven times so far and hope to get out there for an eighth soon. We have thoroughly enjoyed our visits to this inn and the surrounding area and would recommend it to most anyone seeking tranquility, peaceful environs, great food, and excellent company. The Mendon Country Inn is an old stagecoach inn originally from 1843 and has spent time as an inn, a restaurant, and an antique store. I'm glad to say that the proprieters, Chef Gerard and Cheryl Clarke have retained the best parts of each of these to bring every guest a delightful stay. The inn itself has many period pieces in her rooms and Chef Gerard runs a restaurant in the Wakeman Dining Room. As it is new, we have not had the pleasure of dining in it yet, however we have partaken in his delectable full breakfasts each morning and savored a few of his special occasion meals. Our rooms of choice are at the Creekside Lodge, a Native American motif house with five jacuzzi suites with gas or Jensen fireplaces. There is a common room with kitchen, relaxation area, and fireplace on the main level and a common area with fireplace and sauna on the lower level. We enjoy waking up to the chirps of birds and the soothing sounds of the St. Joseph River. That is the calmness we have appreciated in our stays there. We also enjoy the rooms at the Innkeeper's Cottage off the main house. The main attraction for us are the innkeepers. Gerard and Cheryl are a wonderful couple from South Africa where they ran a game preserve. Gerard will keep you entertained for hours with stories of South Africa, the Amish, and the Inn, while Cheryl provides warm hospitality. Many weekends they also host events at the inn or elsewhere. We have been entertained by Irish folk singers, sampled wines from nearby Peterson Winery, and participated in an Amish meal with a nearby Amish family. Our travels in the surrounding countryside have included many stops in the rural Amish communities and stores, a trip to Michigan's longest covered bridge, horseback riding, the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail, canoeing, Peterson's Winery, and Shipshewana, IN, a Mennonite town. There are also golf courses, ski hills, and antique stores for those interested. The one knock on the inn could be that Gerard and Cheryl are still doing some upgrades to the inn since they purchased it from the previous owners. Each time we have been out we've seen the progress they have made, but occasionally there are small items that still need an upgrade. Just part of the charm of staying at a place with so much history. We heartily endorse the Mendon Country Inn and are certain you will enjoy your stay!
Being from a larger city I thought we have it all, I was wrong. I have yet to find a place as all around fun as Cowboy Up. I knew it was not in your average place when I noticed the disco Cow Skull over the line dancing teacher saying how good her students were doing because they had "the steps and the claps down". We came for dinner and stayed for the great music, Steve Armstrong and the 25 cent beer band were fantastic. Most bands are either fun or musicians, they are both. Everyone by now knows I have a food allergy, and gauge a waitress on her willingness to help me not get sick. Tonja ran in the back, found out what I could eat, and was back with my husband's pitcher of beer in a minute. She was laid back, friendly, helpful, and above all quick. There is nothing worse than the disappearing waitress, now you see her, 20 minutes later now you STILL don't. We ordered the combination platter that they say feeds 6-7. I guess cowboys must eat a WHOLE lot more than us mere mortals. The food arrived in the arms of a burly cowboy because it was an entire sheet tray. Not just the half tray you bake cookies in the on, think twice that size. We had an entire slab of ribs, a 6x9 hunk of brisket, 2 chicken breasts, what looked like a half of an entire turkey breast, enough pulled pork for 4 sandwiches, an entire frier full of french fries, a soup bowl of baked bend, another of coleslaw, and what looked like half a sheet tray of corn bread. The taste was amazing. Due to the low and slow but not smoked method of cooking everything was juicy and seasoned just right. How many places can make a brisket have enough flavor to taste like an expensive steak. The BBQ sauces were straight forward and old fashion. Just what great food needs just a hint to complement, not something fancy and pretentious to drown bad food in. The price was remarkably reasonable coinciding we were stuffed to our gills and took home 3 large carry out containers. I'm now working on a girls weekend just to have a field trip to Cowboy Up!
Neat little Barbecue place. The barbecue is pretty authentic and I like that you could add your own sauce to whatever meat you choose. The wait staff was very friendly, but a little unorganized and forgetful. The food was good and you get a lot for what you pay for. There is a dance area in the back which is unique. I would definitely go back.
Not bad for a barbecue place out in the middle of nowhere with no competition. The food is okay but nothing to write home about. The salad bar is pretty good. The brisket and pulled pork is very dry but has good flavor. The restaurant is kind of dark and dingy and desperately needs an upgrade. The lighting is very poor. I was watching TV at the bar and the cook comes around and changes the station without asking whether I minded or not! RUDE! The service was mediocre and the waitresses seemed more interested in talking among themselves than getting the food out. This place could be spectacular with a little more attention to detail.