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path to a sunset beach. winding trail through dune grass leads to a sunset beach on the coast of the inland sea of lake michigan. hoffmaster state park. muskegon, michigan.

7 Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Southwest Michigan This Summer

Does Michigan Have a Beach? Nestled amongst the Great Lakes, Michigan has not just a beach but many beautiful beaches. We have curated a list of the best beaches to visit in Southwest Michigan this summer. Southwest Michigan is well-known and beloved for many attributes: u-pick farms plum full of blueberries, apples, and peaches, great…

the iconic big red lighthouse on the shore of holland, michigan

Perfect Day Trip to Holland Michigan

A perfect day trip to Holland, Michigan, is right around the corner. Best known for its Tulip Festival in May, Holland is an excellent town for couples to explore year-round, especially while staying at our bed and breakfast just a short drive away.   With two lake shores (Lake Michigan & Lake Macatawa), stunning beaches,…

Couple dining at a table for two outside with water and greenery in the background

Best Douglas and Saugatuck MI Outdoor Dining Spots

Situated about 35-40 minutes from Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast, you’ll find the popular lakeside towns of Douglas and Saugatuck, known as the “Art Coast of Michigan.” Stroll along the sidewalks lined with impressive art galleries and unique boutiques. Shop for that one-of-a-kind gift or vacation treasure. Admire the boats as they head…

Lake Michigan Beach Vacation – Top 3 Beaches

Dreaming of the perfect Lake Michigan beach vacation with your special someone? Our Southwest Michigan 10-room inn is centrally located to the best area beaches and we love giving our guests personalized recommendations on the perfect way to spend their day before returning to our scenic and secluded property. 1) Oval Beach – Saugatuck Ranked #1…

Royal Eggs and Cheese

  Our royal eggs & cheese are a perfectly rich and savory dish for a chilly winter morning and a favorite of our staff and guests. There’s lots of room to be creative when it comes to adding ingredients to this egg dish. Here at Castle in the Country, we serve our royal eggs &…

View of the lake surrounded by trees in the fall

7 Fun Fall Activities in Southwest Michigan

Pure Michigan is pure bliss, especially in the glorious fall season. Michigan’s lush green landscape gradually transforms into a rainbow of vibrant autumn hues. The popular fall foliage season begins in mid-September and typically peaks the first two weeks of October. But, you can still enjoy the season into early November, when the vibrant colors…

A carpet of red, pink, yellow and white tulips surrounding a windmill in Holland, MI

Top 12 FREE Things to Do in Southwest Michigan

There aren’t too many things that are free in life these days. So, we’ve put together a list of free things to do in Southwest Michigan this spring and summer, much of which revolves around nature’s bounty. During your next stay with us, we’ll share even more ideas for fun and free things to enjoy,…

Dining table by the water topped with white linen, seafood and wine

Top Outdoor Dining Spots in Holland, MI

Holland, Michigan is a quaint town in Southwest Michigan known for downtown cobblestone sidewalks, Dutch heritage, including the popular annual Tulip Festival, and over 100 specialty shops, breweries, and restaurants. Residents and visitors alike treasure dining in one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” (Forbes Magazine) Chosen especially for our guests, we hope you enjoy these top…