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Activities at the Inn


The Inn offers several options for relaxing and renewal. The living room/library at the Inn houses an extensive collection of modern fiction, religion, psychology, and spirituality. This room is equipped with a large screen TV and a collection of videos, DVDs, and a sound system.

Our third floor meditation loft offers panoramic views of the land. The meditation space houses an extensive collection of "Sounds True" audio programs for use for your own self-directed meditations. This space is also equipped with yoga mats and meditation cushions.



The Inn is situated on 151 acres of woodlands, wetlands, rolling meadows, a small private lake and a pond. Our land offers four seasons of outdoor fun and is ideal for:

  • Hiking & Wildlife Watching: We have several trails that offer a scenic tour of the land and are ideal for catching a glimpse the wildlife.
  • Fishing: Our pond and small lake are perfect for throwing a fishing line in from shore. Sharon has been known to cook up a guest's catch for their dinner.
  • Swimming: Just up the road, you can cool off from the summer sun and take a dip in Hungerford Lake, a natural, springfed lake in the Hungerford Lake Recreation Area.
  • Biking & Horseback Riding: The Hungerford Lake Recreation Area also offers a 7 mile loop that sweeps and swoops through the area with trails for mountain bikes and horseback riding.
  • Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: Our snowy winters are perfect for this activity. Our ungroomed trails offer a great place to hone your cross country skiing skills. And, just strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out in any direction, right from our front door!
  • Birding: The Inn at the Rustic Gate is a great place to see a wide variety of birds. These birds have been spotted on our land. We invite all birders to visit us and help add to the list.
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Canada Goose
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Mallard
  • Wood Thrush
  • Turkey Vulture
  • American Robin
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • European Starling
  • Sora
  • Red-Eyed Vireo
  • Killdeer
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ovenbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  • Rufus-Sided Towhee
  • Northern Flicker
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Field Sparrow
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Barn Swallow
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Blue Jay
  • Common Grackle
  • American Crow
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Blacked-Capped Chickadee
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch

In addition, we know that we are a nesting site for Sandhill Cranes and have noticed Green Herons and Great Snowy Egrets. Our land is also blessed with many butterflies and hummingbirds. We hope that you will have a chance to come, visit, and find other species to add to the list.

The Inn is surrounded by the Manistee National Forest which has a 13 mile trail system for horseback riding, hiking, cross country skiing and other outdoor adventures. Hungerford Lake is a small lake on the edge of the Manistee Forest that is less than a mile from our property. You can canoe, kayak, swim, and fish on this lake.

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. - Henry David Thoreau