Richland is a small village in Kalamazoo County, located less than 10 miles northeast of downtown Kalamazoo.
The Richland area is known for it’s quaint downtown, as well as an abundance in gorgeous dense forests, winding back roads and quite a few inland lakes! The most notable lake being Gull Lake, which is located mostly in Richland, but also extends to areas of Hickory Corners.
Because of the close proximity between the two, and since most people don’t see county lines when visiting somewhere new, we included places from Hickory Corners in this awesome list!
Places to Visit
The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary conserves native habitat for migratory and resident birds and through research, education and outreach helps people gain environmental awareness about our past, present and future.
Outdoor Sports & Activities
Available 7 days a week, rent pontoon boats, Hobie paddle boards and kayaks, tubes, surfboards and wake boards! Choose either a 4 or 8 hour rental, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Want to learn to surf? Gull Lake Marine also runs a surf camp! Need to just fill up your tank? Their gas dock is available for all boats to fuel up.
Southwestern Michigan’s idyllic lake country is the backdrop for their six championship golf courses, each of which has earned a rating from Golf Digest of 4.5 stars or higher. Designed to balance the unique beauty and terrain challenges inherent in our landscape with pure enjoyment and recreation, all of the world-class courses offer a special experience for golfers.
Walk, run or hike the trails! There is a 1/4 mile paved loop, a picnic area, a gazebo and 22 acres of mowed trails through forest and open grassy areas. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the outdoors!
Gull Meadow Farms has been helping families make lasting memories for over 10 years. They provide safe, family fun at the farm. Enjoy family activities, an apple orchard, greenhouse and pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to grab some of west Michigan’s most delicious donuts and award winning cider from their market!
Today, the Gilmore Car Museum is North America’s largest auto museum with nearly 400 vehicles on display and over 189,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum’s 90-acre Historic Campus features numerous vintage structures including a restored and fully-functioning 1941 Silk City Diner, a recreated 1930s Shell Station, six onsite Partner Museums, and so much more.
Featured here are fine quality miniatures displayed in a gallery setting in a picturesque white farmhouse. The Museum proudly showcases dozens of fine art displays, featuring the work of hundreds of miniatures artisans.
Dine by the Lake
Dandelion Cafe & Bakery is a farm-to-table breakfast and brunch restaurant located across from Gull Lake and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary!
Located just off the bay of Gull Lake outside of Richland, Michigan they offer an atmosphere enjoyable for everyone. In the spring and summer months, enjoy the outside deck that offers sunsets and views of beautiful Gull Lake or in colder months enjoy dinner next to their cozy fireplace inside.
Combining time-tested staples like burgers, pizzas and salads with a constantly evolving list of seasonal items such as pulled pork and smoked chicken wings, their menu is sure to contain something for everyone. They insist on using only the freshest local ingredients and creating every dish from scratch.
Ice cream shop located at the south end of Gull Lake in the bay. Serves hand-scooped ice cream, frozen yogurt and sundaes. There is also a deli!
Dine in Town
Locally Focused and Italian Inspired, Kitchen House is serving up rustic American fare that celebrates Michigan and honors the culture of breaking bread.
The Richland Pub has been a fixture in the village for over 60 years! A great place to meet with friends and family, or hang out after a round of golf. The extensive menu is sure to have something to fit your tastes. Their iced beer tower always has great craft beers on tap.
Located in beautiful Richland, Michigan, the Mission Pointe specializes in gourmet offerings that everyone will enjoy! Their talented culinary team pays close attention to your entire plate – from the flavor to the presentation.
The signature item is the Pasty, but they also offer other sandwich options, salads and a variety of sweets!
Kare’s Village Diner offers delicious “made from scratch” meals! They offer breakfast all day, with different specials each day and they’re quickly becoming a popular gluten free dining option!
The Local is a hometown restaurant with amazing food and friendly folks. Everything you need to enjoy a great night out with the family, meet up with friends, or gather with a group.