Chris & Merrie Corbett
Merrie Corbett’s Grandfather Adams fell in love with Northern Michigan. He began frequent northern treks from the family’s home in Lansing. Two generations later, Chris and Merrie purchased a home here, and while strolling the streets of Central Lake fell in love with a grand building standing in the center of town which is now Adams Madams on the corner of Old State Road and Main Street.
Chris and Merrie missed the seafood cuisine of the East Coast and decided to bring a taste of it to Central Lake. The Blue Pelican was the former Chatter Box at the corner of West Old State Road and East Torch Lake Drive just down the street from Old Brownwood Restaurant.
This restaurant brought the beach and coastal seafood to Northern Michigan. Sadly, in July of 2008, The Blue Pelican burned down. This would not, however, deter Chris from being a restaurateur. By October 2008, he and Merrie were the proud owners of the historic (and haunted) Murphy’s Lamplight Inn in downtown Central Lake. After a winter of major renovations, the Blue Pelican Inn opened in May of 2009. Serving the same great food in a truly elegant atmosphere. The seven rooms upstairs opened shortly after and have had several guests remark that they weren’t always alone!
The Inn is considered one of the five most haunted places in Michigan!
The Legend of the Blue Pelican
About 18,000 years ago, when the last glaciers invaded this area from the north, creatures of every type were living here and enjoying life in beautiful Northern Michigan. However, as the extreme cold persisted and dropped the thermometer well below the zero degree temperature level, a multitude of the creatures either migrated south (quite possibly to the Florida area) or actually became extinct. A very small, yet hardy, group remained able to withstand the cold of Michigan winters and refused to leave their homes, friends and families. One of the few remaining was a solitary pelican who struggled with the decision of “Packing and Leaving” or whether he should “hunker down” and battle the elements. This pelican decided that Northern Michigan was his home and that he would indeed stay. Observers report that during the first winter the temperatures were so cold that the pelican’s feathers actually turned blue.
Today, on the shores of Torch Lake, residents regularly report seeing the silhouette of a very cold and lonely BLUE PELICAN silently gliding above the surface of the lake.
The Blue Pelican is a proud member of the Central Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and these other fine services.