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 InnkeepersFALL MUSING 2014
Autumn is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that some of our favorite groups grace us with their presence this time of year. We are energized not only by their presence but all that is happening in the world around us.
The air takes on this clean crispness that makes you want to cuddle up in warmer clothing. The migratory birds pass by in droves- the geese and the sand hill cranes beginning to bid us farewell until next spring. The shorter days and growing darkness envelope us and encourage us to go inward for a while, to re-channel our energies for inward journeys rather than outward wanderings.
The leaves provide us with the best paradigm of this season. They are going through their annual process of bursting forth with their greatest radiance of colors. Then realizing that one’s beauty does not last forever, they learn the lesson of letting go, of releasing toward their destiny of becoming nourishment to the earth below. It begs the question: Of what do we need to let go so that we can move toward our own best destiny?