Haunted Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Grab your ghost buster gear and join the Motor City Ghost Hunters in Port Huron on a search for the paranormal in this haunted lighthouse (810/982-0891; www.phmuseum.org/drupal/about/fortgratiotlighthouse).
The Ghost of Minnie Quay
A campfire along Forester’s coast (75 miles east of Saginaw) wouldn’t be complete without the story of Minnie Quay, a teenager who jumped off the pier after her lover was killed at sea. Legend says Minnie haunts the shore waiting for the sailor to return (810/376-4393).
Howell’s MainStreet Winery
This winery is notorious for its haunting. When the paranormal activity in Howell could no longer be ignored, a medium confirmed numerous spirits roaming the building including a 7-year-old boy and a cat (517/545-9463; www.howellsmainstreetwinery.com).
Whiskey Wood Hill
An abandoned, boarded house high on a hill in Newaygo still houses one owner who never left. Rumor has it that a woman now named “Screaming Ethel” hung herself in the house after the loss of her husband and only son (231/652-1657; www.newaygocity.org).
A drive down Michigan’s country roads is sure to reveal a tree (if not more) covered in pairs of shoes. Origin stories of each tree vary throughout the state including one of a man who murdered children and hung their shoes in the tree after the fact.
Haunted Tours at Historic Fort Wayne
Experience accounts of ghostly forms and unexplainable activity that have been reported for years during a tour of the unseen side of Fort Wayne (810/853-8573; hauntedfortwaynedetroit.com).
Boyne Zipline Adventure
Get your thrills as you zip through the treetops at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. Race a friend to the end on the Twin Zip or take a leisurely cruise on the Adventure Tour (800/462-6963; boyne.com).
Adventure Mine Tours
Pull on a helmet and headlight before descending into a mine in Greenland for a lesson on the Keweenaw Peninsula mining history. Walk over rocky floors, hear stories of the miners that once worked here and see a giant piece of copper (906/883-3371; adventureminetours.com).
John Ball Zoo
Enjoy a zoo experience that isn’t all about the animals. Grand Rapids’ visitors fly four stories overhead across 300 feet of zipline and scale a jumbo jungle gym equipped with ropes and a hook-and-pulley system (616/336-4301; johnballzoosociety.org).
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Gear up for a variety of guided adventure tours in Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Choose from all-day paddling tours for sights of eagles, rocky coastlines and large freighters, go on a hike with a conservationist or take to the obstacle of Brockway Mountain’s bike trails (906/289-4303; keweenawadventure.com).
Big Bear Adventures
Head on a trip down the Sturgeon River via canoe, kayak or tube or stay in Indian River for a variety of activities. The ropes course challenges with tight ropes, skinny boards and a swinging bridge 12–20 feet above ground. Miniature golf and bumper boats are also available (231/238-8181; bigbearadventures.com).
McIntosh Apple Orchards
Children will love running up and down the rows of the South Haven orchard to pick from the trees of 24 apple varieties. Inside, adults can enjoy tasting a wide variety of fruit wines and hard cider (708/878/3734; mcintoshorchards.com).
Apple Charlie’s Orchard and Cider Mill
Come to pick apples and stay for the entertainment. Each weekend the New Boston farm serves food in the pavilion to enjoy alongside live entertainment and of course, fresh pressed cider (734/753-9380; applecharlie.com).
There’s plenty to do at this orchard in Goodrich. When you aren’t picking apples, enjoy a petting zoo, a play area with a wooden train and tractor as well as a corn maze and hay rides (810/636-7156; portersorchard.com).
Growing apples for almost 70 years, the farm has now grown to three locations in Armada and Almont (50 miles north of Detroit). Enjoy pick-your-own apples from the fields and sweet treats from the shop as well as train, pony and hay rides (586/784-5343; blakefarms.com).
Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm
Overlook the orchards full of plump, ripe apples in Somerset Center (17 miles south of Jackson) while enjoying a seasonal lunch at the on-site cafe. At night, gather around a campfire with friends for fresh cider and live entertainment (517/688-3455; flavorfruitfarm.com).
More Retro Attractions
American Coney Island
The nearly 100-year-old restaurant keeps a Detroit specialty alive: The Coney Dog. Black-and-white tile floors lead to tables where the hot dogs smothered in meat sauce, topped with mustard and sweet onion don’t last long before being gobbled down (313/961-7758; americanconeyisland.com).
Cops and Doughnuts
When the future of Clare’s century-old bakery began to look bleak, nine local police officers took over. The cop theme is driven home with souvenirs such as the “Hand Cuffs and Cream Puffs” t-shirt, a spot to take a mug shot and large freshly baked donuts served with coffee (989/386-2241; copsdoughnuts.com).
Dawson and Steven’s Classic 50s Diner and Soda Fountain
This Grayling pharmacy turned retro restaurant still uses an original soda fountain to whip up satisfying milkshakes. Coca-Cola memorabilia compliment the chrome fixtures and pink and mint green vinyl booths, stirring up 1950s nostalgia (989/348-2111; bottlecapmuseum.com).
Gilmore Car Museum
Hop in the car for a nostalgic road trip! Go back in time at a recreation of a 1930s Shell gas station before lunch in a refurbished 1940s diner. The museum also has a collection of classic cars including an 1899 Locomobile and plenty of 1960s muscle cars (269/671-5089; gilmorecarmuseum.org).
House of Flavors
Black-and-white photos hang on the walls giving flashbacks to Ludington in the 1950s. Top off a classic diner sandwich, hot dog or burger with a scoop of ice cream from the in-house dairy—choose from more than 30 flavors (231/845-5785).
Roadside motels in the Saugatuck/Douglas area—The Pines Motorlodge and The Saugatuck Motel—maintain 1950s charm with modern touches like air-conditioning, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi (269/857-5211; thepinesmotorlodge.com; 269/857-8888; saugatuck.com).
For More Information, contact:
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (734/995-7281 or 800/888-9487; visitannarbor.org).
Baraga County Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/524-7444 or 800/743-4908; baragacountytourism.org).
Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau (269/962-2240 or 800/397-2240; battlecreekvisitors.org).
Calhoun County Visitors Bureau (269/962-2240 or 800/397-2240; www.battlecreekvisitors.org).
Charlevoix Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/547-2101 or 800/367-8557; charlevoixlodging.com).
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (313/202-1800 or 800/338-7648; visitdetroit.com).
Discover Kalamazoo (269/488-9000 or 800/888-0509; www.discoverkalamazoo.com).
Four Flags Area Council on Tourism (269/684-7444; fourflagsarea.org).
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (517/487-0077 or 888/252-6746; lansing.org).
Jackson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (517/764-4440 or 800/245-5282; www.visitjacksonmi.com).
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau (906/847-6418 or 800/454-5227; www.mackinacisland.org).
Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau (231/436-5664 or 800/666-0160; mackinawcity.com).
Midland County Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/839-9775 or 888/464-3526; visitgreatlakesbay.org).
Porcupine Mountains Ontonagon Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/884-2047; www.porcupinemountains.com).
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau (269/857-1701; saugatuck.com).
Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart Visitors Bureau (213/873-3982 or 800/870-9786; thinkdunes.com).
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau (888/334-8499; sleepingbeardunes.com).
Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association (906/774-5480 or 800/562-7134; uptravel.com).
West Michigan Tourist Association (800/442-2084; wmta.org).
Western Upper Peninsula Convention & Visitor Bureau (906/932-4850 or 800/522-5657; westernup.info).