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South West Michigan Winery Near Bed and Breakfasts 9 Mar 2014, 12:23 pmThe South West corner of Michigan is home to several wineries and tasting rooms within minutes of upscale comfortable lodging at great bed and breakfasts. Spring is coming. The wineries are gearing up for another busy season of travel, tours, and tasting. Enjoying some great Michigan wine and pairing it with a great Michigan Bed and Breakfast is a match made in Michigan. April is a good time to start your trip, but activities along Lake Michigan are abundant year round starting near Saugatuck in Fennville.
The winery is sponsoring lunch with the winemaker on May 3 and girls afternoon out on May 10. Lunch is a 3 course meal paired with Fenn Valley wines. The girls afternoon includes easy to follow cooking techniques with the chef while enjoying lunch paired with wine. Both events promise to provide fun while learning about wine making and how to choose the appropriate wines to go with your meal selections.
June 21 marks the best attended event of the season at Fenn Valley Winery with over 1,200 people served in 2013. Tastings, tours, and demonstrations are included with a pairing of food and wine while enjoying live music. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs to enjoy a picnic on the lawn while sampling local wine and ethnic foods. Check the calendar for special winery events or come by anytime for tasting and shopping on your own, then stay at a local bed and breakfast.
J. Paule's Fenn Inn is located just a few minutes from the winery. The inn is situated on 2 acres that have flower gardens and shade trees along with seating, picnic tables, and a fire pit for guests' enjoyment. 7 guest rooms provide lodging accommodations for romantic couples and girlfriend getaways. Some rooms are also pet friendly. Special packages at the inn may coincide with your travel plans to give you a deal on lodging or local activities.
The Delano Mansion Inn in Allegan is about 20 minutes away and features Victorian elegance in a great small town atmosphere. 6 guest rooms decorated with antiques from America and Europe provide an elegant getaway location for your enjoyment. Romantic getaway packages may add to your SW Michigan travel experience.
Celebrate the Irish in the Irish Hills of Southern Michigan 27 Feb 2014, 12:31 pmDesignated by Congress in 1995, March is National Irish-American Heritage Month. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th. While not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, it is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. It is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and parades. Everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
There are many people of Irish descent living in Michigan, but what do we know about them? Irish immigrants migrated in droves to Michigan during the mid-1800s. In Western Michigan they worked for lumber barons or the railroads, but the biggest industry was fishing, which they knew from their homeland. In Eastern Michigan it was canal-building, longshoremen, and iron workers in Detroit. They were sometimes paid in land. Thence came The Irish Hills in Jackson and Lenawee counties. It was so named because the rolling landscape reminded those fleeing the potato famine of home. The St.Joseph Shrine Catholic Church on US-12 has a potato famine memorial--a very large rock from Ireland set in the middle of a grassy area. The Irish Hills of Southern Michigan has several events celebrating the Irish during the month of March:
- March 1 - Tecumseh Center hosts the Irish Rovers farewell tour.
- March 2 and March 16 - Chelsea Alehouse offers Celtic music.
- March 8 - Chelsea Big 400 Maple Festival. This Maple festival started in Chelsea and now includes a 20 x 20 mile area (hence 400). There are tours, pancake breakfasts, release of maple wine, and more in several communities.
- March 8-9 - the second annual Taste of the Irish Hills! has 19 restaurants involved. Tickets are $20 per person.
- March 8-23 - Hidden Lake Gardens bulb show.
- March 25-30 - Ann Arbor film festival.
- Anytime - 10 wineries comprise the Pioneer Wine Trail of South East Michigan. All of these wineries are located in or near the Irish Hills. Tours and tastings are available each weekend.
Outdoor Winter Activities in Albion Michigan 4 Jan 2014, 6:11 pmFamily friendly winter activities in Albion Michigan include the 23rd annual Cardboard Classic Sled Race on Saturday, January 26. Check-in at 12:30, and judging at 1:20. The rules say the sleds must be made entirely of cardboard. Glue and tape may be used, but wood, plastic, hardware, string or staples may not be used. Paint can be used for decorative purposed only. Creative design is encouraged. Pre-registration is required and forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 310 S. Superior St., Albion; (517) 629 5533.
Families who want to build a sled together, can do so at Kids N' Stuff children's museum. Instruction on sled-building is available on January 8 from 6 -7 PM. Materials are provided at 301 South Superior in Albion.
For your culinary interests, there will be a Chili Dinner on Thursday, January 23, at the First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Michigan Ave., Albion, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
On Sunday, January 26, enjoy a Pancake Brunch sponsored by the American legion Post 55, 1230 Edward St., Albion, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Julian Bond will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation speaker at Albion College, Goodrich Chapel, on Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 PM. This legendary Civil Rights Activist will present "The Dream: The Journey So Far and the Challenge Ahead". The convocation is open to the public and admission is free.
Nora's Restaurant is now open at 115 N. Superior, Albion. They specialize in barbecued ribs.
Albion Heritage B&B is open 7 days a week, is located near Albion College, is a family friendly inn, and carries the #1 ranking on Trip Advisor in Albion. Palmer House B&B is located downtown and offers a gourmet breakfast 7 days a week.
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Southern Michigan Fall Colors 4 Nov 2013, 6:00 amGreat 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.
Allegan to Albion and Jonesville to Brooklyn 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.
Around the World in Albion Michigan 11 Apr 2013, 4:54 pmAlbion 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 Palmer House Inn is located on the edge of downtown Albion. Both inns feature small town hospitality for a visit to Southern Michigan
Garden Getaways in Southwest Michigan 19 Mar 2013, 12:23 pm
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. The DeLano Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Allegan offers a superior lodging experience near Lake Michigan.
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Things to Do in Hudson Michigan 5 Mar 2013, 5:18 pmSouthern 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.
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.
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.
February Valentines Getaway in Southern Michigan 27 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
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.
2. One-hour full body massage for each person
3. Fresh floral arrangement
4. Decadent chocolates
5. Gourmet dinner for two at the world-renowned Schuler’s Restaurant in nearby Marshall
6. Complimentary bottle of wine
7. A scrumptious full breakfast each morning
Shipshewana Indiana Bed and Breakfast Headquarters 20 Jan 2013, 2:08 pmShipshewana is the heart of Amish Country in North East Indiana. This Amish community is very organized and diverse. It may take more than a day to fully enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this trip back to a simpler time. So when you plan your getaway, 2 nights or more may be needed to discover all the things to do in Amish Country.
McKenzie House B&B in Middlebury, Indiana, is conveniently located to Amish Country with knowledgeable hosts who can help you enjoy all there is to see and do. This bed and breakfast offers all of the comforts of home with someone else taking care of all the details.
A favorite eatery is the Rise & Roll Bakery & Deli in Middlebury. The locals enjoy their signature item--a cinnamon caramel doughnut--so much that is known as "Amish Crack" because of its instant addiction. It is only one of may tasty items to sample and take home. Their staff donates a portion of their day to the production of gluten-free baked goods, offering homemade white bread, cinnamon bread, pies, angel food cakes, sugar cookies, granola bars, and muffins. Traditional breads, cookies, pies, homemade crunches, and bulk foods are specialties.
The Midwest's largest flea market is at the Shipshewana Flea Market. Thousands of shoppers come each season to purchase fresh produce, flowers, and other plants as well as attending the antique auction. Local artists spend their workdays talking with tourists as they show off their talent. Special shows include livestock, art, guns, and quilts.
Nature and culture can also be part of your stay. The Ruthmere Mansion & Bearsley House are indoor historic sights in nearby Elkhart, Indiana. Part historic house museum, part world class art collection, and part performing arts venue makes this a cultural and historic part of your getaway. Guided tours are available in season beginning April 2, 2013.
Bicycle rentals are available at Pumpkinvine Cyclery to ride the local bike trails. Choose a street bike or a mountain bike to take on one of several routes recommended by the staff. Rent a canoe or kayak from Lazy Dayz Canoe Rental to take a ride down your choice several rivers and lakes including the St. Joseph and the Elkhart River. Trips range in length from 4 to 30 miles. Whatever your choice, beautiful scenery and picturesque places along the way are ideal for a picnic or photo opportunity. This slow pace is another way to enjoy the landscape and culture.
A farm tour is another outdoor activity for couples and families. Buggy Lane tours offers a horse and buggy tour of the area with a real Amish driver. Complete the tour and add on a tour of a working Amish farm. Feed the animals, watch or assist in doing barnyard chores, talk with your hosts while they sew, make quilts, or prepare food in the Amish fashion. Then share a real Amish meal in a real Amish home with a real Amish family.
Irish Hills of Michigan Christmas Season Events 20 Nov 2012, 2:55 pmThe Irish Hills, an area in Southern Lower Michigan, once settled by the Irish during the potato famine, is an area of quaint towns, scenic drives, sparkling lakes, Christmas tree farms ,and botanical gardens. Tthe weekend of November 30-December 2, is being promoted as “Holidays in the Hills”.
Hidden Lake Gardens, a 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum, is having their “evening of lights” November 30 & December 2 from 5-8pm. Enjoy a winter walk through over 2,000 luminaries. Saturday December 1st 4-8pm, is their Holiday Festival, with music, crafts, Santa, and of course, the 2,000 luminaries. The gift shop and Conservatory will be open with holiday decorations and refreshments.
On Saturday December 1, 2012, Michigan International Speedway will host a charity track and toy drive. Donate a nonperishable food item or new unwrapped toy and take a lap around the track in your own vehicle--no motorcycles--from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Refreshments will be available.
Oh These Irish Hills! will have their Christmas Gala December 1 & 2, showcasing Holiday Trees (some to be auctioned Dec 2) and displays provided by Business, Organizations and Families. Holiday music and refreshments Saturday Dec 1.
And, remember, there are Christmas tree farms in the area, so you can take home a live Christmas tree.
Southern Michigan Inns within and near the Irish Hills include Dewey Lake Manor in Brooklyn, The Brickhouse in Somerset, Quigley's Log Home B&B in Hudson, and Munro House in Jonesville.