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 SUMMER 2014
We know that summer has arrived here at the Rustic Gate, once Deb Swingholm's retreat group has celebrated the season. Deb has had a tradition of coming here for a number of years on the summer solstice to usher in and give gratitude for this season of abundant light and warmth, and to honor the spirit of the divine feminine, which is present in the turning of the seasons.
Spring warmth leading to this summer season took a bit longer to unfold this year, but now it is in full swing bringing its own particular set of joys. Warm days and quiet nights are now punctuated by the mating calls of the bullfrogs in our pond. The tawny colored deer from the seasoned elders to the yearlings and new fawns find their way to the pond each evening for a last libation before bedding down in the pine forest.
The meadow grasses and wildflowers provide a delightful playground for bees and butterflies and many species of birds. The gardens with their progressive blooms of perennials and the splashes of color from the annuals give us feasts of the eyes and nose and contentment for my soul especially on days when my hands have been deep into the soil tending to their needs.
Peaceful sunsets framing each the day and giving way to the stars of night cause us to linger outside and bless the final hours of each day gazing upward in amazement at the wonder of it all.