The Inn at Watervale, Arcadia, Michigan - Spend a week in a real-life summer beach house. The 17 cottages shaped more like full-fledged homes were originally built as part of a lumber mill company town. More than a century later, the large homes rent for weeks in summer, making for ideal base camps on Lake Michigan. Dine at the inn w/ the rest of the community. Every Wed. there’s a barbecue.
Munsinger & Clemens Gardens- St Cloud MN/on the banks of the Mississippi across from SCSU-formal gardens on higher ground;informal woodland/shade gardens on the slopes, closer to the water. Lovely place to take a stroll or spread a blanket--free admission