The Inn at the Rustic Gate is a place of welcome and calm for every season. We invite our guests to take a step back from their every day lives, to return to nature, to peace and quiet, and to get in touch once again with what feeds their soul.
Just seven miles from Big Rapids, situated on 150 acres of woodlands, wetlands, rollowing meadows, and a private pond, the
Inn at the Rustic Gate is a sanctuary, a retreat, a meeting place, and a gateway to the truest aspects of ourselves.
This Month from the Innkeepers SPRING 2018
2018 Spring Musings
Spring is sort of happening here in fits and starts-50 to 60 degrees one day and then 20-30 the next. It's good maple syrup weather however, as we observe our Amish friends tapping their trees by hanging 5-gallon aluminum bags from the stands of maples on their farms.
The hardiest of our heralds of spring have not been scared off by the inconsistencies in the weather. The Canadian geese, trumpeter swans, and the Sand hill cranes have been here for weeks now. The robins and the red-winged blackbirds are back in droves. The raccoons are no longer hibernating and are pestering the birds by getting into their feeding stations.
We have a few spring blooms poking through-the hyacinths, daffodils and tulips, but I'd say we are at least one week of warmer weather away from when they begin to create the palette of spring colors in our front garden beds.
Two lines from the poet John O' Donohue especially resonate with me in this season of spring when so much is unfolding…
"Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention…
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder."