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 InnkeepersDECEMBER 2013
In spite of or maybe because of the holiday revelry, the month of December has always been tinged with a bit of melancholy for me. The nearer the year draws to its close the more inward I wish to become. It is a time of giving thanks in my heart for the life that passed through us, especially for the guests who crossed the threshold of the Rustic Gate and became woven into the fabric of our days and nights. We are ending our 10th year, and as I look back I give thanks for the amazing fulfillment of a dream engendered so long ago.
If the way this month has unfolded so far is any indication, this winter promises to be a cold and snowy one. We probably have a good foot of the white stuff on the ground already with no respite in sight. As much as I love the quietude of being outside this time of year, as much as we need to blow out the staleness that has accumulated inside us and to fill our lungs and our beings with the clarity of winter's breath, the season does bring it's challenges. For instance, the sheer logistics of clearing snow in order to allow guests to come in is a serious and a time consuming undertaking. Just maneuvering the tasks of daily life require a tad more stamina. But in spite of all that, I welcome in the winter process of endarkening and the shift toward slowly but surely increasing of the light.