111. James Gray

Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.

The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.

We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover, and the secret behind their signature pink door…




It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Honey Be Beach Houses!

These two houses (the Honey Be Beach House and the Be by the Sea) are hosted by a husband and wife design team who have literally put their world into their properties. They host classes and events at their property in addition to hosting guests.

We really want to show that a short-term rental or vacation rental doesn’t have to stop there! These two have been able to weave everything about their lives into their properties.

Go give them a like and a follow and give them some love and you’ll see how creative they are.

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

Together, Annette & Sarah are the dynamic duo behind the wildly popular podcast Thanks For Visiting, co-creators of the Hosting Business Mastery Method, & seasoned short-term-rental hosts.

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