Albion is a city that is in the middle of an amazing transformation. Since the 19th century, manufacturing was the foundation of life in Albion. Like so many other towns in Michigan, Albion has seen those manufacturing operations leave. The economic downturn a decade ago made things even worse. Other businesses followed and the town was no longer bustling.

bohm theatreThe citizens of Albion decided that the only way to resurrect their town was to do it themselves, they started with the historic Bohm Theatre. That project was so successful that other businesses began to move in, including a new hotel, right downtown. Albion may well become a model for other Michigan communities to emulate.

With additional lodging and the restoration of the historic downtown, visitors will once again be able to enjoy all the local attractions on a quick and easy getaway. Most everything is close at hand. The Gardener House Historical Museum is a prominent feature, there are parks, the river walk, Albion College and the Equestrian Center, the band shell for summer concerts and one of the most remarkable historic cemeteries in the state. Dining options will include a new brew pub that is being added to the long time favorites.

They have been having fun here for years. The area has also been known as The Forks, because it is situated at the confluence of the north and south branches of the Kalamazoo River. The Festival of the Forks has been held annually since 1967 to celebrate Albion's ethnic heritage. Then, of course, there is Blues at the Bohm for the music lovers.