Topliff's Tara Bed & Breakfast and Llama Farm

251 Noble Road, Williamston, Michigan 48895
Innkeeper(s): Don & Sheryl Topliffs
 
  • Introduction

    The setting for Topliff's Tara Bed & Breakfast and Llama Farm is the serene countryside. Yet, within minutes you can be enjoying the charms of Williamston, with its antique and specialty shops, restaurants, professional theater and more. Michigan State University is a 10 minute drive from the B & B and in less than 20 minutes you can visit the state's capital. Whether it's museums, shopping, golfing or theaters you enjoy, you can find a plethora of activities nearby.

    Guests may relax in the common area where they will find a television and VCR/DVD player, videos and reading materials, music, and a corn burning stove. Decks and porches offer inviting places for summer reading or relaxing. An outdoor spa is available year round.

     
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Don & Sheryl Topliffs for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Many people come to Topliff's Tara because they are intrigued by the idea of staying on a Llama Farm.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for our llamas, great food, hospitality, and beautiful country setting. One of the features we like best about our inn is that the innkeeper living quarters arecompletely separate from the guest areas.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Williamston is the best kept secret. It is a really charming small town with lots to do. The restaurants are amazing. The Williamston Theater Company has top notch performances. The park with its wood carvings, walking trail, and band shell complete the walking tour of downtown where guests will find unique shops featuring: glass blowing, fiber artists, a book store and several antique shops.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Numerous guests have rated us their favorite B&B. That makes us smile.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    See our response to #3.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The state capitol building. The Michigan Historical Museum located across from the capitol. Eli Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Performances at the Wharton Center or the Williamston Theater Company. Sporting events at Michigan State University or the Lug Nuts Baseball Team. The Botanical Gardens at Michigan State University. Antiques. Shopping. Golf. One hour from Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Our inn is located in a quiet country setting. Most guests enjoy walking on the farm or in the area. The gardens are beautiful in the summertime and the llamas are always available for viewing.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are many good restaurants in Williamston and the surrounding area, including: The Red Cedar Grill, Gracies, Tavern 109, Riverhouse Inn and CJ's Bucket.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.lansing.org

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Five rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, no pets.

     

  • About Our B&B

    Located on a 50 acre llama farm, in rural Ingham County, Michigan, Topliff’s Tara Bed and Breakfast is within easy driving distance of charming downtown Williamston, numerous antique shops, Michigan State University, Michigan’s capital city of Lansing, golf courses, shopping and fine dining.
     
    The Bed and Breakfast is located in the 1905 farm house portion of this grand country home. Visitors may enjoy the quiet country charm by strolling through the perennial gardens or visiting woolly llamas in the nearby pastures. In the winter, cross country skiing is available across wooded paths, and in warmer weather, lodging guests might enjoy the wildflowers or autumn leaves.
  • Llama Farm

    A visit to Tara is not complete without a stroll to the llama fields. There you will find approximately 20 llamas grazing on 10 fenced acres. If you have the good fortune to be visiting in the spring or fall you may even encounter a newborn "cria".  If you are visiting to learn more about these beautiful creatures, you can get a free introductory class in llama care.  Llamas, wool, handspun yarn, and hand-made llama wool items are also available for sale in our gift shop.

  • Area Attractions

    On-site Activities:

    • Llamas
    • Hikiing and cross country ski trails
    • Gardens

    Off-site Activities:

    • Restaurants
    • Michigan State University
    • Activities
    • State Capitol
    • Antiquing
    • Potter Park Zoo
    • Williamston Theater
    • Shopping
    • Convention and Visitor's Bureau
    • Williamston Area
  • Gardens

    You will find gardens aplenty at Tara. Surrounding the house and in the yard are numerous perennial gardens, where you will find seasonal blooms. In the summer, enjoy the garden views from decks and porches.

  • Directions

    From the south: 

    Take US-127 north to Holt Road, then east on Holt Road 6 miles to Meridian Road, then north 1 1/4 miles to Noble Road, then east 1/2 mile to Topliff’s Tara.

    From the north: 

    Take US-127 south to I-96 east, then follow the directions From the west.

    From the West: 

    Take I-96 to the Okemos Road exit (no. 110). Go 1/4 mile north to Jolly Road, then 3 1/2 miles east to Meridian Road, then south 1 3/4 miles to Noble Road, then east 1/2 mile to Topliff’s Tara.

    From the east: 

    Take I-96 to the Williamston exit (no. 117). Go south 1/2 mile to Noble Road, then west 3 1/2 miles to Topliff’s Tara.