From Our Community: Hidden Gems in Pure Michigan

Photo Credit - Chris AraceLast week, we asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers to name their favorite hidden gems in Michigan – whether it was a store, a restaurant or just a favorite place. The response was overwhelming and we collected some our favorite gems from around the state. Check out the list below and thanks to everybody that submitted a suggestion!

“The Wooden Spoon restaurant in Spring Arbor, MI!” – Jennifer Wisdom

“The Mitten Bar in Ludington” – Javier Ruiz

Cornwell’s Turkeyville between Battle Creek and Marshall.” – Andria Aylor

Mike’s Village Restaurant in Dimondale…I can smell the homemade bread now!” – Patty Moshkosky

The Music House in Traverse City = Outstanding!” – Jenny Anspach Bruyette

Charleviox has many hidden treasures whether its a private beach or an awesome whitneys oyster bar, they have a little of everything! :)” – Brooke Miller

Elk Rapids – the town, the library, the marina, the beach/park. But don’t everyone go rushing there now.. my special spot!” – Martha Scherf-Pompa

“All of the many beautiful waterfalls…” – Leigh Powell

Pentwater, Silver Lake, any of the state park campgrounds along Lake Michigan are beautiful. I love Michigan!” – Jackie Murray

“Looking at all the rocks at rainbow lodge on Lake Superior.” – Mark Richman

“Mr. C in St. Ignace! Best burgers in Yooper country:)” – Janine Scüb Shuey

The Outback Lodge in Stanwood, MI. Awesome bed and breakfast with amazing owners and the BEST stuffed French toast I have ever had!” – Becky Jordan Rottenbucher

Lumberman’s Monument scenic outlook, near Oscoda” – Sue DeCelle

@PureMichigan hidden Gem is Harbor Country. drove past for 25 yrs on 94 Couldn’t believe what i missed. Decided to move here and LOVE it!” – @lakelifenb

@PureMichigan My favorite hidden gem is Pentwater. Greatest beaches in the whole world.” – @BobCNatra

Lost Valley! (In Montague)- @KassyFinefaceLost

The intelligence and creativity of #Yoopers is an underappreciated hidden gem of Michigan – @EBooksUP

12 thoughts on “From Our Community: Hidden Gems in Pure Michigan

  1. Perhaps the word “prison” doesn’t bring pastoral scenes of waterfalls, forests and lakes. Jackson, however, has all of these plus its fascinating, popular Historic Prison Tours that take visitors through Michigan’s First State Prison (now Armory Arts Village) and to 7-Block, a fully intact, closed cellblock on the grounds of the functioning Jackson State Correctional Facilities. One can “do time” in Jackson, experiencing both prison and paradise. Jackson is a growing offering of Pure MI!

  2. Our whole beautiful state if a hidden gem when it comes to all the bad national press and stereotypes of high crime and unemployment.

  3. Chamberlin’s Ole Forrest Inn in Curtis. Great food and company with an incredible view overlooking Big Manistique Lake.

  4. This pic looks like my parents front yard, as I’m sure it looks like every beach boardwalk down to one of our beautiful lakes! Anyone know where this is?

    As for beautiful MI places….. just about everywhere I’ve been has been breathtaking. I really miss living in MI!

  5. Many of the small quiet lakes with no cabins, and pretty much anywhere along Lake Superior. Could sit and take it all in all day.

  6. The Homestead in Glen Arbor, and the whole Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!  It’s the “most beautiful place in America.”

  7.  Wetmore Landing is a quintessential slice of the UP – Rocky points with tall trees, beautiful sandy beach, some days – big fun waves (you’ll see surfers there).  Head north out of marquette on hwy 550, pick up some provisions at Phil’s 550 store, then go a little farther north and spend a great afternoon at wetmore landing  :)

  8. Frankfort . . . Dinghy’s, Fusion, a small town theatre with first run movies, shopping and our absolutely wonderful beach.  Plus just a short drive to Sleeping Bear!!

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