Thank you to Jesse Land for sharing his story of a trip to Keweenaw’s Jampot! We know this destination will make it to many people’s must-visit lists!
My wife and I had each heard raves about the Jampot prior to our trip to the Keweenaw, but no one we spoke to could remember exactly where it was or what it was called. And we’d heard that monks ran the place. Monks! That right there made us want to check it out, because monks are inherently cool.
So while at the Keweenaw visitor’s center in Houghton I made sure to inquire about this mysterious bakery. “Is there some sort of bakery up here that’s run by monks?” I asked. The visitor’s center employee smiled wide. “They make rum bread that’s got more rum than a bottle of 151!” He then proceeded to tell me exactly where it was. (I’m really starting to like Michigan’s visitor’s centers.)
We found the place easily (immediately off 26, south of Eagle Harbor but before Eagle River) and it’s awesome. My wife and I pulled into the parking lot and I swear you could smell a mix of heavenly spices before we even got out of the car. The scents coming from that place were like the scents from the best bakeries I’ve been to in Europe wrapped into a powerful burst of olfactory heaven.
When I inquired about the “abbey cakes” (think raisin bread) the nice guy (monk?) behind the counter let me know they are each moistened with a different type of liquor. My wife and I were like kids in a candy store. “Okay, you grab two things and I’ll grab two things” I said, giddy, but attempting to throw down some limit so we didn’t end up spending more than we should have.
I grabbed an abbey cake moistened with bourbon, a jar of wild strawberry jam and a jar of burgundy jelly. My wife snatched up a jar of wild apple butter and another of brandied peach jelly.
Everything we purchased that day vanished in a matter of a week or two after we returned home. It’s high quality stuff. My personal favorite was the wild strawberry jam, but it was all seriously gourmet.
So, while you’re cruising down the picture perfect stretch of highway 26 that runs from Eagle Harbor to Eagle River, plan a visit to The Jampot to stock up on a few treats. It’s definitely worth a stop and is a well-positioned driving break between the two towns.
It also happens to be just feet away from Jacob’s Falls, which is also definitely worth exploring while you’re there!
A native Yooper, Jesse Land lives in Iron Mountain and enjoys hiking, biking, boating, and camping with his family. He runs the U.P. travel site www.thingstodointheup.com.