Southern Exposure

 arborSouthern Exposure Herb Farm is just a short drive from Battle Creek, Michigan. The name doesn't tell the story very well. There are herb gardens here, you can wander through them and they are gorgeous, however, there is much, much more to this special place. The short list of the activities here would be; specialty dining, amazing hands-on workshops, garden weddings and travel adventures. Add in spectacular gardens, beautiful pathways, gazebos and iron work and gourmet dining and catering, and you will begin to get the idea. The owners are on site, everyone is friendly and welcoming. This is like a little bit of the old south that has been raised up here in Michigan. Visitors are welcome to meander through the lush gardens and grapevine arbors.

What You'll Find: Special water features that attract birds, as well as butterflies are all around. The gardens are packed full of herbs and flowers that are home to a variety of creatures. The farm facilities include restored farm buildings that include three distinct and beautifully appointed dining rooms. Each dining area is unique. The Hog House: Built on an 1840 farm site, Southern Exposure has completely renovated the farm’s former structures into three lovely dining rooms with a Victorian flavor. The Corn Crib:: Renovated in 2000, the "Corn Crib" is home to a larger dining room with a covered patio area as well as a luxurious Bridal Suite designed to pamper the bride and her attendants on her special day. The "Milking Parlour": is nestled on the ground level of our beautifully restored 1831 barn, which overlooks beautiful gardens and a fountain.

Dining here is an event. Each dining room is warmly decorated and very cozy in the latter part of the year. Meals are pre-fixe and the menu will follow a theme, usually southern in nature. During the evening the owners and the chef all make an appearance and speak with each table. I can only tell you that dinner here includes dishes not found anywhere around and the event is one heck of a show.

That isn't all. There are more than 40 work shops every year so folks can learn more about the delicious herbs grown here, and there are international tours. This is one of those hidden gems that you will return to again and again. It is well worth the trip just to wander through the arbors and listen to the fountains.