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 InnkeepersWINTER 2014
Sometimes people ask us what we do when there are not guests at the Inn. It takes a lot of work to keep this place humming, but this winter we have had one main task, which is to deal with the volumes of snow that have fallen. This photo shows only a small fraction of what we have shoveled out our front door, and as you can see the pile is pretty high. Granted I am pretty close to the ground as I am not very tall, but this is starting to wear us out both physically and emotionally.
This winter I am most grateful for Dave Patrick our snow plow person, and Tim Burke our Ferris student who does everything from snow shoveling to dishwashing to serving meals in the dining room. He has pushed more than his share of snow out of the way of guests so they can make it up the steps and ramp safely.
But we’ve flipped the calendar to the month of February, so winter is now half over. February 1st marks the mid-point between winter solstice and spring equinox, and the days are ever so slightly increasing in length, which in itself is encouraging. Personally the groundhog disappointed me today, as once again he saw his shadow. But if you ask me the poor little bugger doesn’t stand a chance, as there are so many television lights and cameras, that of course he sees his shadow. So I am of the hopeful sort and looking forward at least to somewhat of a mitigation of the temperatures-nothing drastic mind you, but 20’s and 30’s would seem downright tropical after our dances with the -25 and -30 degree wind chills this winter. But for all of my complaining here there are many aspects of winter that we enjoy. The quietness of nature, the crisp breathtaking cold air, clear cold starry nights, and winter sunshine which is all the more appreciated when it comes to break up a string of grey cloudy days.