Dawson & Stevens Classic 50’s style diner & Coca Cola Museum, in downtown Grayling, is moving forward with a 3,000 sq ft expansion of the Bottle-Cap Museum and Gift Shop; doubling the current floor space which will allow them to display an additional 5,000 Coca Cola pieces. Target date for a soft opening is May 1st. The new space will feature an original 1953 Chevy Coca Cola delivery truck.
The Points North Inn in Traverse City has begun an extensive renovation of almost all guestrooms, including new furniture, appliances, beds, carpet, paint, cabinets and 32” LCD televisions. Upon completion, scheduled for April 30, virtually the whole property will have been updated.
Also in Traverse City, the historic Park Place Hotel is being steadily renovated in a multi-stage program of cosmetic and infrastructure improvements.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore will begin construction this summer on a 27-mile hard-surfaced multi-use trail that will allow cyclists, runners, roller bladers and wheelchair users to travel safely between the park’s major destination areas. The new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail will run parallel to M-22 and M-109 between Glen Arbor and Empire. The first segment of the trail will be constructed between the Dune Climb and Glen Arbor and could be done by the fall of 2011; and since it’s being built to bicycle trail standards, it can be groomed in winter for cross-country skiing.
The Keweenaw County Historical Society will open two new sites in 2011, the Eagle River Museum and the USCG Life Saving Station. The Eagle River Museum is located in the old Eagle River School House building which now serves as the Houghton Township Community building. The museum will focus on telling the story of the neighboring Cliff Mine, the first commercially successful copper mine in Michigan, as well as the story of the towns of Phoenix and Eagle River. The USCG Life Saving Station is located at the end of Marina Road in Eagle Harbor. The museum has a series of temporary exhibits that detail the important role the Life Saving Station and its crew played in many heroic rescues around the Keweenaw Peninsula. Expansion plans include exhibiting a series of three rescue boats similar to the one at the station, once the boats have been restored.