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Summer fun from the Kalamazoo House B&B

Check out this quick-read article containing all my best insider tips for getting outside to enjoy Kalamazoo this summer, including 4 absolute "don't miss" destinations. Summer's here, and nobody wants to be cooped up inside!

Explore: Remember the Beer & History Walking Tours we mentioned in our last newsletter? They've sold out every single Saturday so far, but there are a few dates still available this summer. If you prefer the grape, tasting rooms await along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Are beaches and lighthouses your thing? You'll find them only an hour or so away at South Haven, St. Joseph and Saugatuck.

Break a sweat: You can choose from a number of challenging golf courses, bike the Kal-Haven Trail and the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and hike the trails at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Here are 4 outdoor Kalamazoo highlights Terry and I really don't want you to miss this summer:

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Bi-Plane Tours at the AirZoo

Want to go barnstorming in an open-cockpit bi-plane? Believe it or not, you can do that every day all summer long at the AirZoo--one of the country's premiere aircraft museums.

You can have up to 2-4 passengers in the New Standard D-25 Bi-Plane to enjoy the view, or a single passenger in a Boeing Stearman Bi-Plane where you can even get behind the stick and learn to do some maneuvers.

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The Gilmore Car Museum really shines

We recently spent a really fun afternoon at the Gilmore Car Museum, just a short drive from downtown. If you've been there before, you know how great it is--the exquisite cars, the historic barns, the amazing collections, the special car gatherings.

There's a special Hot Rod exhibit going on. I've got to say, though, that our favorites are the old classics built between 1925 and 1948. We can't get enough of the limited-edition Auburns, Duesenbergs, Packards, Hudsons and Pierce-Arrows.

Give yourself plenty of time here. We spent an afternoon, and we could have stayed all day. Check out some of the pictures we took on our recent visit to the museum.

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Kalamazoo is IN BLOOM

Trust me, you've never seen Bronson Park looking as good as it does this year, and you won't believe the amazing topiary animals among the flowers all around the park and even in the fountains. Check out this blogpost from Discover Kalamazoo to give you an idea of the magic that awaits, and then come take a look yourself. (photo compliments of Discover Kalamazoo)

Speaking of Discover Kalamazoo's blog, you may want to subscribe so you don't miss special postings, like Laurel's suggestions for some of her very favorite things to do in Kalamazoo.

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Summer festivals are in full swing

If you missed Kalamazoo in June, you missed Greek Fest, Island Fest, Pride Fest and Irish Fest, but never fear----there are more festivals right around the corner: Blues Fest, RibFest, Taste of Kalamazoo, Black Arts Fest, Scottish Fest and more. Why not check the festival schedule and decide when you can come?

We don't need a festival to enjoy music outdoors. How about free Concerts in the Park every Sunday at 4pm right here at Bronson Park, and the Third Thursday Jazz Concerts (also free)? Wednesday evenings bring Mixer on the Mall downtown on the Kalamazoo Mall, and the place to be on Saturday mornings is the Kalamazoo Farmers Market with fresh produce, cooked food, flowers, music and more. There's something for everyone in Kalamazoo, nearly every day.

Find all these places and more on our website's Local Area page. And please share this newsletter with friends & family members bound for Southwest Michigan, even if they're not staying with us at the Kalamazoo House. (But really...Terry wants to know, Why the heck aren't they?)

And then it's time to "chill": Most of our downtown restaurants have outside dining areas, and the Sky Deck gives you a perfect place to unwind at sunset with spectacular views and a gentle breeze. After a long day, we'd sure like to give you a quiet, cool place to relax after a long busy day outside, and let you wake up to a delicious and filling breakfast before you head out again for more summer fun.

Why not come enjoy our flower gardens from the porch?

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We hope to welcome you soon

Terry & Laurel Parrott

Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast
447 W South Street
Kalamazoo Michigan 49007

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