Donated Gardens Surrounding the Gateway Gazebo
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway’s Gateway Gazebo took on an even more welcoming complexion this year with the installation of a shapely garden area, mulched path, and decorative landscaping. The Gateway Gazebo, so named because it sits at what many consider the gateway to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway route at the intersection of CSAH 16 and Highway 371, is located near AmericInn Lodge and Suites.
Long time employees of AmericInn, Sue Erholtz and Mark Reise, are the talent behind the garden design. But, just designing the beautiful augmentation to the Gazebo area wasn’t all they did. They both dug right in and made the design come alive; planting flowers, spreading mulch and arranging rock edging. The array of plants was a donation from the family of AmericInn employee, Julie Wolters.
AmericInn’s staff has maintained the Gazebo lawn for several years, and this summer they also took on the garden care, assuring this Byway site remains an appealing stop for those enjoying the Byway route.
The Byway’s Gateway Gazebo has two informational panels located on the inside walls of the structure. The panel stories give readers a glimpse of the area’s past, all the way back to the time of the glaciers told through the winking wit of Paul Bunyan. Byway information is also available in the Gazebo brochure box and at the AmericInn information rack.