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The Legend Inn, Dimondale, Michigan

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by Westmead Hawk (subscribe)
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Published June 24th 2013

All across America visitors can stay in urban identikit hotels and motels, but if you want to discover some of the real America and its history, why not try a bed and breakfast?

The Legend Inn is located in Dimondale, a quaint town on the Grand River. It is situated on one of the oldest farms in the area and has been in the same family for over a hundred years. The building itself is magnificent, set in a wide expanse of farmland under wide skies with fabulous sunsets.

The owners are descendants of the original settlers and the Inn was lovingly built by their ancestors to house the family. Great attention to detail was paid in its constructions and this lends itself to today's comfortable and well-furnished bedrooms. All the rooms are named with the Legend Inn's unique history in mind, and the owners are happy to show you round and talk you through the many stories which include President Lincoln, the Civil War, Native Americans and trips in canoes on 'rubber ice.'

The innkeepers give you the warmest of welcomes. The plate of cookies in my room were... well... legendary. Breakfast is freshly prepared and beautifully presented in the elegant surroundings of the dining room. I was travelling alone and as there were no other guests staying, Keith Lundberg, one of the owners joined me for breakfast which was a most companionable start to the day.

The Inn is set next to the farm's barn; it is the finest example of the distinctive red barns that you see in Michigan.

Michigan Barn, Skinner-Lundberg Barn, Dimondale
Skinner-Lundberg Barn raised in 1917

There are five rooms at the Inn, ranging in price from $90 USD to $150. Breakfast is included in the price and there is free WiFi in all the rooms. Legend Inn is only a few miles from the city limits of Michigan's state capital, Lansing. If you are looking for somewhere interesting to stay in a beautiful setting with a warm personal welcome, all at the equivalent price of a faceless hotel, you couldn't do better than booking a room there.
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Why? Warm welcome, unique history in a beautiful setting
Phone: 517-646-6765
Where: Dimondale, Michigan
Cost: $90 - $150
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