Monday, November 4, 2013

Southern Michigan Fall Colors

Great weather has led to the extension of the Fall Foliage viewing season throughout Southern Michigan. From Fennville to Dimondale and Three Rivers to Hudson, Fall Colors are just slightly past peak. The limited overnight frosts and the absence of high winds has provided the backdrop for a picturesque day trip in late Autumn. Highways 12, 99, 127, and 89 are secondary roadways that lead to spectacular side roads and rural areas filled with the best colors of the season

The Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association has member inns conveniently located in all these areas. Special rates by many inns attract travelers to make a Fall getaway while t
he harvest season is upon us. Innkeepers can give recommendations for the best viewing routes, things to do, and dining experiences. Every area has a must-see road to travel down, a cider mill or corn maze to wander through, and a great locally owned restaurant to try out.

The myriad of colors are not limited to just the trees. Fields and farms also produce a seasonal array of beauty. Amber fields of grain are being tilled to reveal black dirt underneath. Golden colored corn fields contrast with the deep colors of pine forests. The Southern Michigan Amish Community harvest with teams of draft horses while modern farmers drive the huge combines through their fields. Horse farms and ranches can be found throughout Southern Michigan. They are designed to display geometric shaped fenced pastures where horses graze on grasses against the colors of the season.

Great B&Bs from Fennville to Albion and Jonesville to Onsted and Somerset can be your resting place while making a getaway to view the Fall Foliage. Comfortable lodging in historic homes is an interesting alternative to hotels and motels. Lodging can be combined with romance packages to create something special for romantic couples during this beautiful season.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Around the World in Albion Michigan

Albion Michigan is home to Albion College and will be rich in global exploration during the month
of April. Several educational events are scheduled at various locations during April.

On April 10 two local residents will present their trip to China at the Albion District Library at 12:15. As an emerging world power in manufacturing and trade plus an ancie
nt civilization with an impressive documented history, the presentation promises to be a local traveler's insight into the exotic Far East.

On April 17, there will be a presentation on Beaver Island Michigan held at the Albion District Library at 12:15. The entire Midwest and possibly the entire country is aware of the very touristy vacation spot on Mackinac Island. However, even many Michiganders are unaware of an equally impressive settlement in Lake Michigan on Beaver Island. The island is the largest land mass on Lake Michigan that has become a popular traveler and tourist destination. This presentation should be very interesting and enlightening.

On April 18, Albion College is host to a talk by Alexander McCall Smith. Smith is a Scotsman who is author of "The #1 Ladies Detective Agency" series. The collection of mystery stories is set in Botswana and will highlight the differences and similarities in the detective styles of Africa vs America.  This speaking engagement will be held at the Goodrich Chapel on the Albion College campus at 7:00.

World Book Night will be celebrated on April 23 in Albion. There will be brief readings in various stores all around downtown. World Book night is celebrated around the globe with the message that books are fun—and they can be life-changing. Publishers give away books to encourage reading for fun. All of the above events are free and open to the public.

Two B&Bs in Albion have great locations as headquarters for an overnight trip to Albion. Albion Heritage Bed and Breakfast is located near the campus of Albion College. The inns features small town hospitality for a visit to Southern Michigan

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Garden Getaways in Southwest Michigan

It’s almost Spring in Southwest Michigan, and that means color everywhere! Carpets of little blue and white flowers will appear in lawns, the daffodils and tulips will pop up, and forsythias will sprout their brilliant yellow coats.  What better time to plan a trip that includes some of the best gardens in the state? Now is the time to seize the opportunity and discover the diversity of plants as you sample the greening "season" of Michigan.

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Center, located in Niles, features 105 acres in the beautiful St. Joseph River Valley.  Fifty native species of wildflowers bloom in spring for a glorious celebration of the season. In Kalamazoo, the beautiful W.K. Kellogg Manor House on Gull Lake includes a 32 acre estate with green house, and authentic Dutch windmill, and several beautiful gardens. The entire estate in now part of the Kellogg Biological Station. Guided tours are available.

Voyager's Inn is an intimate Bed and Breakfast in Three Rivers Michigan that is centrally located to these blossoming gardens. Voyager's is a showcase of the Victorian Era's fine elegance (with modern amenities). Bouquets of roses or seasonal flowers can by added to your overnight getaway.

Tulip Time is coming to Holland May 4-11, 2013. Over four million tulips are expected to be in bloom and lining the streets of downtown Holland for this annual 8 day celebration of Spring. The popularity of this event makes it one of the 20 best attended festivals in the world.

Lodging is at a premium during Tulip Time, so make your arrangements early. J Paule's Fenn Inn in nearby Fennvile is very near the festivities and offers pet friendly accommodations. 

Innkeepers of Southern Michigan.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Things to Do in Hudson Michigan

Southern Michigan small town charm can be found in the rural community of Hudson. Located about a half hour South of Jackson Michigan, small businesses and tourism flourish in this history-rich city. The entire downtown of Hudson Michigan is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was founded by Irish settlers in the mid 1800’s. The history and location makes a perfect fit for a quiet weekend getaway.

Main Street is peppered with a variety of unique stores and beautifully restored store fronts. Look for the ‘fairy house’ tucked away in one of the store front facades. Dining choices include Chinese, Mexican, fast food and American fares. Check out Rumors on Main Street for a casual dining experience (oysters to burgers), completely refurbished from the original front doors to the original flooring. ‘Like’ them on Facebook to be notified of daily specials and tasting events.

Looking for family fun? Hudson Cinema Plaza features family fun activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. First run movies can be viewed on the big screen at the movie theater. Be adventurous with a game of laser tag or glow in the dark miniature golf. Saturday night features Cosmic Bowling at Hudson Lanes. For a more quiet time, walk the Findlay Trail or let your imagination take you to the days of trains as you stroll along the trestle trail.

Visit historic William G. Thompson House Museum & Gardens. It is a "must see" for people interested in the fashion of 19th Century America. The Queen Anne home is an excellent example of style from the 1890s. An extensive collection of English, Continental, and Oriental art is featured in this home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Check out the Hudson Library built in early 1900's from hand cut, local farm field stone. This Carnegie Library was built with money donated by American businessman, Andrew Carnegie. Most of the library buildings were unique, constructed in a number of styles chosen by the local community. Hudson Library is one of very few buildings built using these stones

While visiting Hudson, be sure to stay at Quigley's Log Home Bed and Breakfast – a comfortable, relaxing and friendly place to call home for the weekend. While there, start the day with Jack's Stuffed French Toast ("Mmm..this is wonderful!”), and enjoy Choyce's Buttermilk Cinnamon Bread - alway  a favorite! Hudson has it all - You will want to return here, or to another Southern Michigan Inn.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

February Valentines Getaway in Southern Michigan

Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly.  While you are getting busy with this romantic holiday season, remember to plan an exciting romantic getaway with your special someone in Southern Michigan.  If you are looking for a relaxing, fun, and romantic experience, look no further than the spectacular inns of Southern Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association for creating a long-lasting memory.

Freshly prepared home cooked varieties of scrumptious breakfast items are available every day at member inns. French Toast, Belgian Waffles, Souffles, Omelets, Bacon, and Sausage are just some of the items that may be offered at the Inns of Southern Michigan. Choose your favorite inn based on the amenities, the breakfast, or the location. No matter how you make your selection, hospitality and comfort are on the list of things you get along with bed and breakfast. 

Munro House B&B in Jonesville offers a similar Valentines Getaway in Jonesville with or without massages. Check out the other Southern Michigan Inns for romantic getaway ideas.

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