Top 10 Outdoor Experiences in Southwest Michigan

These are our top 10 outdoor experiences in Southwest Michigan — and many can be done right here on our property! The beauty and fun to experience are practically endless. You can experience the best adult getaway with equal parts fun and relaxing. Pack your bags, bring your camera (or phone), and get ready to embrace your inner kid. You deserve the pleasure of outdoor fun while still experiencing luxury and comfort. Here are our top 10 outdoor experiences to have the ultimate Michigan getaway — in any season!

The screen house with kayaks stored on the side surrounded by fall foliage.



Gliding across the water by kayak on our very own private lake right on the Castle grounds is a must during your stay! Ask us about this complimentary excursion, and we will point you in the right direction. This is a seasonal activity, generally available late May through the end of October.

Tip: Try a morning kayaking excursion for a private, peaceful, enchanting, oh-so-romantic experience!


If you are a runner, you want to experience the sunrise at the Castle. Rise and shine to breathe the fresh air and find peaceful harmony in a serene environment. Plus, it will help build your appetite for a delicious, scratch-made, and hearty breakfast that awaits you upon your return.

A walking trail covered with fall leaves in a forested area


Castle in the Country features a stunning 65 wooded acres, ideal for exploring, hiking, or just taking a morning stroll. Plus, within 30 minutes of our magical oasis are some of the best hiking spots in southwest Michigan! If you want to get off the property and explore great hiking elsewhere, check out Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Allegan State Game Area, Kal-Haven Trail, and more. Find more idyllic hiking trails to experience.


People come from near and far to take in some unique bird species that migrate through the southwest Michigan countryside, but only our guests get the opportunity to see them as they fly overhead in the wooded acres of the Castle grounds every year. Whether you take out the kayak on our private lake or opt to walk through the canopies instead, we are confident you will see a precious bird or two!

A couple walking hand in hand on a boardwalk toward a pond surrounded by fall foliage


Walking anywhere on our country estate, you will surely see some exciting wildlife at any time of the year. Some animals that get to call Castle in the Country home include the pileated woodpecker, black deer, and fisher. Keep an eye out! You never know what you might see…and capture a great photo to share at the Inn.


If you are like us, you know that the fall brings one much-anticipated activity — apple picking. Our Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast, nestled in the heart of apple country, makes the perfect fall harvest getaway spot. There are so many stunning orchards and farms located within only a 30-minute drive of the Castle, making a day-trip oh, so easy. Check out our apple picking guide for some local favorites!

Lit candles and two wine glasses with red wine in front of a glowing fireplace


Wineries are a quintessential outdoor experience for all guests who visit the Inn. Strolling through a vineyard hand-in-hand before doing a fun and flirty wine tasting is the perfect date, in our opinion. Check out some of the best local wineries and vineyards in the area to add a romantic stop to your Castle itinerary.


With no city lights to obstruct your view, star gazing from the Castle deck at night is a must-see experience. The stars are crystal clear and make for some unbelievably beautiful constellations. Stargazing is the most romantic pastime. Add a glass of wine and a cozy blanket, and you will have the perfect night on your hands.

The king-sized bed, fireplace, and jetted tub in the King Arthur Suite at Castle in the Country


Relax in our gazebo, rent out an igloo, or savor a glass of wine at one of our outdoor fireplaces. There is really nothing better than a warm fire and quality time with the one you love most.


The best thing about enjoying the quiet luxury at our Inn is that you always have a comfortable and romantic room to retreat to after a long day of making memories outside. Slip between the sheets and sleep soundly during your dreamy getaway. Check availability.

For even more guidance on the ultimate outdoor adventure, download the Castle in the Country app!

Updated October 2023