Beyond the Bridge

Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 66.

Pictured Rocks. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living, Per BreiehagenWhile on your northern Michigan trip, plan to spend a few days on the other side of the Mackinac Bridge. Revel in nature, set off on an active adventure and explore maritime heritage in the Upper Peninsula.

More Things to Do 

Oswalds Bear Ranch
Black bears incapable of roaming the wild live freely at Oswalds Bear Ranch in Newberry. Walk among four large enclosures, feed the bears treats and watch small cubs play. 

Paddling Michigan
Paddle with experienced guides to views of the cliffs along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a half day trip. For a full day of exploration try the Paddle and Hike, a one-way paddle among cliffs rounded out with a hike from Chapel Beach. 

Woods and Water Ecotours
Natural history and Michigan heritage star in the tours at Woods and Water. Paddle among the Les Cheneaux islands and the islands of Potagannissing Bay or go for an overnight on the St. Marys River. 

More Places to Eat 

Clydes Drive-In
Greasy burgers, fries and shakes steal the show in true 50s fashion at Clydes Drive-In in Sault Ste. Marie. Nibble away at dinner with a view of ships making their way to the Soo Locks (906/632-2581). 

Islander Bar
Once a general store and ice cream parlor, this Hessel eatery now serves drinks, appetizers and burgers. Sip on a Bloody Mary while enjoying $1 tacos or 50-cent wings lakeside (906/484-3359). 

Sportsmans Restaurant
Grand Marais only breakfast spot also serves local fish, burgers and sandwiches come dinner time. Locals crowd the tables by night to enjoy a beer and a card game (906/494-2800). 

More Places to Stay 

Island View Resort
Log cottages line the beach in Cedarville. Get cozy inside with fireplaces, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs or head outdoors to enjoy the fire pits, boat rentals and playground. 

Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel
Since 1927 the Ojibway Hotel has been a Sault Ste. Marie landmark. The comfortable rooms at this restored 1927 hotel include a view of the Soo Locks. 

Superior Motel
This simple, cozy motel in Munising exudes small-town charm. Gather for a picnic on the shared patio or take a walk to nearby restaurants and gift shops. 

Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living. Jason Lindsey