Your Ultimate Guide to Dow Gardens this Spring

Historic Webster House

Visiting Dow Gardens in Midland, MI, is an unforgettable experience, especially in the spring when bulbs bloom and colorful flowers dot the 110-acre nature preserve. On a tour of these stunning grounds, you’ll wander the trails through woodlands, meadows, sweeping lawns, and manicured gardens. Open during the warmer months, the Butterfly House allows visitors to walk among a variety of butterfly species, offering up-close encounters with these delicate insects in a lush, tropical setting.

Dow Gardens is a living testament to the vision of Herbert H. Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company, and his family’s commitment to nature, education, and the arts. Established in 1899, Dow Gardens has evolved from a family estate into a public garden that entices visitors with its diverse plant species, meticulously designed landscapes, and the integration of art and nature. The Dow family house is located on the grounds and is available for guided tours.¬†

As a guest at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be a quick and scenic 20-minute drive from Dow Gardens. It’s the perfect addition to any romantic getaway‚ÄĒstrolling hand in hand among the bright blooms, pretty forested trails, and exploring this stunning nature preserve. You’re elegant guest room will await your return, with lovely amenities for a restful and relaxing stay. Check out our upcoming spring availability and book your lodging today!¬†

Dow Gardens is one of the best things to do during your stay at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Bridges, Bulbs, and Beauty at Dow Gardens this Spring

¬†Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a beautiful place to reflect and relax, Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan, welcomes you to discover its many wonders, making it a memorable destination for all who visit. It’s the perfect addition to any romantic getaway. In fact, this is a popular spot for a proposal and engagement photos.¬†

Here are five things to know about Dow Gardens before you go: 

  1. The Canopy Walk: This area features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, meadows, and streams. The highlight is the nation’s longest canopy walk, extending 1,400 feet and soaring up to 40 feet above the ground, providing a unique perspective of the forest below.
  2. The Pines House: Nestled within the Gardens, this historic home of Herbert H. Dow and his family offers a glimpse into the early 20th-century lifestyle and legacy of the Dow family. Guided tours provide insights into the family’s life and the home’s significance.
  3. Butterflies in Bloom: Perhaps one of the most popular reasons to visit, the Butterfly Conservatory is a fantastic location! This interactive exhibit features thousands of brilliantly colored butterflies from around the world emerging from their chrysalis, feeding, and flying in a tropical environment. 
  4. Curated Garden Areas: On your nature walk, you’ll cross bright bridges and garden areas. The Color Garden is a work of art with beautiful blooms arranged in a rainbow of flowers.¬†
  5. Special Events at Dow Gardens: There are various events throughout the year, including concerts, educational programs, yoga in the garden, and seasonal displays that enhance your visit. The changing seasons offer unique reasons to visit, from the vibrant blooms of spring to the rich autumn hues.
Dow Gardens is one of the best things to do during your stay at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Welcoming Spring at our Bay City Bed and Breakfast

Spring is the perfect time to schedule a romantic getaway! Just as the bright tulips welcome you at the Historic Webster House, you’ll feel the beauty of spring all around you in Bay City, especially when you head out on an adventure to Dow Gardens. Before you head on your adventure, you’ll want to join us for a beautiful breakfast‚ÄĒgourmet and home-cooked with seasonal ingredients and made with care each day of your stay.¬†

Our Bay City bed and breakfast offers six unique guest rooms, each designed for couples or solo travelers. Depending on your choice, you can enjoy amenities like fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, dry saunas, and skylights. All our rooms are equipped with modern and luxurious amenities such as Wi-Fi, flat-screen smart TVs, plush robes and towels, fine linens, and bath products. Additionally, we always provide a welcome basket upon check-in to make you feel at home.

Pamper yourself and the one you love by reserving our exquisite¬†Spa and Sauna during your visit to the Historic Webster House. For an extra $125, upgrade your stay in any of our six luxury rooms/suites to include the spa and sauna room, where you’ll have exclusive and private access to our oversized whirlpool tub for two, cedar dry sauna, overhead double rain shower, and wine refrigerator. It’s the best place to spend time on your romantic getaway in Michigan! Book your lodging today.¬†

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