Albion

Albion is in the heart of southern Michigan, in the Southeast region of the state. It is beautifully situated at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Kalamazoo River. Just 50 miles from Lansing, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, Albions many bed and breakfasts are an ideal destination for a quiet retreat from the city.

Albion’s historic district is charming. Quaint shops line the brick-paved main street, inviting visitors to stroll and linger. Ask any bed and breakfast innkeepers about the Historic Walkway, which passes by many registered historic landmarks in town (don’t forget the camera). Stop and admire the Albion Public Library, a Carnegie building. Vist the Gardner House Museum -the historic building is as interesting as the exhibits on Albion’s history and heritage found inside. History buffs may enjoy a tour of Riverside Cemetery, as well.

Parks are abundant here along the rivers. The Whitehouse Nature Center has 135 acres full of hundreds of species of plants and birds. Visit the interpretive center and delight in the self-guided trails traversing the park. Each September, the town comes together for

The Festival of the Forks, which celebrates the ethnic diversity of Albion. The Festival stretches from downtown Albion to the parks flanking the Kalamazoo River. The festival has a wonderful feel, with canoe races, carnival rides, and an old-fashioned pie eating contest.

Albion is surrounded by gently rolling farmland and small, cool lakes. Spend some time visiting local orchards and u-pick farms, and load up on fresh fruits and vegetables to take back home. A good place to start is at the Albion Farmers Market, which runs May through October.

Stay at a bed and breakfast when visiting students at Albion College, when in town for business, or for a relaxing weekend full antique hunting and Michigan wine tasting.