In the late 1800s, Dr. John Kellogg and his brother carved Battle Creek a niche in history with his revolutionary inventioncold breakfast cereal. Just a few miles from the epicenter of the cereal boom, crowds roar during basketball games and concerts in Kellogg Arena, which was named after the famed entrepreneur. And the McCamly Plaza Hotel's glowing neon marquee resides just steps from the arena, which it is connected to, offering a host of modern comforts and luxurious amenities in the heart of Cereal City.
Before bedtime, children are free to playfully splash in the hotel's heated indoor pool, while adults can initiate low-stakes games of Marco Polo in a cozy whirlpool tub. In many of the recently renovated guest rooms, wide windows afford views of downtown Battle Creek's historical buildings.
Omelets sizzle at J.W. Barleycorn's a la carte breakfast in the adjacent McCamly Place Mall. The wood-trimmed sports lounge also presents an extensive dinner menu, highlighted by its fresh-cut rib eye ($16.95) and herbed salmon ($16.95). Post-mealtime, guests can battle for the biggest slice of Chambord-ganache cheesecake ($4) with games of pool on the restaurant's billiards table.
Tucked between the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Rivers, Battle Creek's natural landscape sprawls with more than 7,000 acres of parklands and glacial moraines. The Linear Park Pathway sets the stage for scenic jogging and rollerblading, as its course swings past the Battle Creek River as well as wooded areas, romantic gazebos, and fishing docks. Aside from its natural appeal, Battle Creek became a thriving milling town once Kellogg's and Post established the city as a cereal-empire headquarters and began hiring the world's most outspoken cartoon animals. Several sites pay homage to the city's history, including classic-car museums, historical churches, and monuments that honor Battle Creek's role as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
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