If you go
GETTING THERE: Marshall, Mich., near Battle Creek, is about a three-hour drive east of Chicago. It’s less than two hours west of Detroit.
WHERE TO STAY: Said to be the oldest operating hotel in Michigan (and once a stop on the Underground Railroad), the National House Inn is a charming spot to bed down. Built in 1835, its 15 rooms range from $110 to $170 and come with a full breakfast; 102 S. Parkview St., 269-7817374.
WHERE TO EAT: Like a lot of places in Marshall, Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub has a long history. John Bellairs purportedly worked here, briefly, as a busboy. The family business has been around since 1909, serving tasty prime rib, fish, burgers and salads in an Old World atmosphere with dark paneling and checkered tablecloths. Dinner kicks off right with fresh-baked bread, crackers and a yummy cheese spread. Dining room is open daily until 9 p.m.; 115 S. Eagle St., 269-781-0600.