Probably the first thing that caught our attention on the inn’s website was that it “caters to the silent sports.” For introverts and a nature geeks, silent sport activities–such as hiking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing–are a major attraction, especially when the terrain includes over 500 acres of forest and fields full of wildlife and wildflowers.
Buddy, the black lab, even accompanied us on a hike one morning.
The inn also attracted us because of its earth-friendly practices: The Listening Inn is a Green Lodging Michigan Certified Facility, meaning it’s a leader among hospitality establishments in energy conservation, air quality and reduced water consumption and waste.
And, of course the “scrumptious home-style country breakfasts” sounded like exactly what we would need to start off each day’s adventures. They were delicious.
But what I didn’t realize is how much happy food would make up our breakfast.
For example, proprietors Leslie and Carol Kufahl raise their own cows and chickens on their property so the eggs we had for breakfast the first day came right from the free-range chickens who lay them in a coop on the property.
And, they have a garden, an orchard, and a greenhouse from which they use fresh vegetables and fruits to make a variety of homemade items.
Guests can even buy their homemade maple syrup.
We really enjoyed this all-around package: a beautiful place to stay in serene surroundings with happy food and attentive hosts!