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. 

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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.

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