By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo
HICKORY CORNERS, MICH. — You might have known that Kellogg’s cereal was invented in Battle Creek — only about 20 minutes from Kalamazoo.
(Fun fact: Battle Creek locals often mention that they can smell Fruit Loops in the air!)
But what you might not know is that cereal king W.K. Kellogg’s former summer home is in Hickory Corners — and it’s open for tours!
Built on the highest point overlooking Gull Lake in 1925-1926, and restored to its original grandeur in 2000, Kellogg Manor is now used to host events that are sure to create memories to last a lifetime. Throughout the year, the home hosts conferences, themed-teas, special lunches, dinners, tours and more!
And if you’re looking for a unique spot for your wedding, a lakeside ceremony followed by a reception at the home is one beautiful and memorable experience.
One not-to-miss event is the annual holiday tour. The enchanting home is dressed to the nines in Christmas decor, and throughout the home, people can peruse high-quality crafts and clothes made by area artists and artisans. The holiday tours usually take place on weekends in late-November and December. Join a guided tour or take a pamphlet and venture off on your own — just be sure to enjoy the hot-spiced tea and cookies at the end of your visit. (Mmm!)
Outside of the home, you’ll continue to find magnificence. The gardens surrounding the home have also been partially restored, and the house is once again a beautiful and stately residence in a lovely lakeside setting. The site also includes a carriage house with chauffeur’s residence, a greenhouse with potting shed, a caretaker’s cottage, a boathouse, an authentic Dutch windmill, and a lakeside pagoda.
Located near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, the Kellogg Manor is a wonderful day trip for those interested in history and historic homes.
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