Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2012, beginning on page 30.
Why limit your outdoor vacation to a single activity? sample them all in a long weekend on the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan's one-stop adventure mecca.
As the Upper Peninsulas boldest reach into Lake Superior, the Keweenaw marks the adventure beyond the adventure. Wherever you set up a base camp, you're within about 45 minutes of epic paddling, climbing and mountain biking, from most locations, you'll probably see the shore or trailhead from your motel room. The local spirit celebrates a brainy version of playing hard, reflected in guides who all seem to have a college degree they're glad to ignore as long as they can keep pursuing the outdoor life. So whether you're looking to quietly paddle a harbor at sunset, rappel deep into an old copper mine or cap it all off with some of the most surprisingly delicious cuisine in the UP, even the long summer days seem entirely too short.
More Things to Do
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
With sweeping views and 90 miles of hiking trails, the Porkies hug the Lake Superior shore and make up Michigans largest state park. With 90-plus miles of hiking trails, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers some of the best hiking anywhere, with both quantity and staggering variety (906/884-2047; www.porcupinemountains.com
The Vertin Gallery is located in Calumets original Vertin Department Store from 1885. The gallery is impressive for a community this size. It features work from approximately 130 artists including paintings, fine woodworking, photography, pottery and jewelry. Theres also a small selection of books and miscellaneous items for sale (906/337-2200; www.vertingallery.com)
More Places to Eat
Shutes Bar in Calumet is one of Michigans oldest taverns. The bar dates back to the 1890s, and remnants of a Speakeasy exist in the basement. Numerous historical articles and photos showcase the taverns past along the walls. Perhaps most impressive is the Tiffany stained-glass canopy behind the bar dating back to the early 1900s (906/337-4430).
This diner-style restaurant in Ontonagon focuses on classics like burgers and sandwiches, but this being the UP, Syls also offers pasties (906/884-2522).
More Places to Stay
Mountain View Lodges
These comfortable cottages line a small stretch of the Porkies eastern boundary. Each two-bedroom cabin includes a kitchen, fireplace and screen porch to enjoy stunning sunset views of Lake Superior (906/885-5256; www.mtnviewlodges.com
Located just 14 miles from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, these cottages front Lake Superior with a short walk to a wide, sandy beach. The property is clean and well-kept, and a centrally located laundry building is perfect for traveling families and folks who get dirty while adventuring in the UP (906/884-4230; www.exploringthenorth.com/lambert/lambert.html