Featured in Pure Michigan 2015 Fall Issue beginning on page 9.
Destinations and experiences at the heart of a Michigan fall adventure.
More Things to Do—More in the Upper Peninsula
Aldo Leopold Preserve, Marquette Island
The biggest preserve on Marquette Island in Les Cheneaux features a new hiking trail that runs to Wilderness Bay on the Lake Huron shoreline (231/347-0991; www.landtrust.org).
Chief Wawatam Park, St. Ignace
The waterfront park features a children’s splash pad, fishing platforms and a human sundial. Nearby Wawatam Lighthouse, a 52-foot tall beacon, helps mark the nearby park for visitors (906/643-8252).
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap, Ishpeming
Big Ernie, the world’s largest working rifle, and Big Gus, the world’s largest working chainsaw, mark the site of Da Yoopers’s souvenir shop. The singing group that croons about UP life sells their music and UP mementos to visitors at the roadside store. Customers can also see replicas of a deer camp and unusual cars, or stop by the rock shop and mineral museum (906/485-5595 or 800/628-9978; www.dayoopers.com).
DeYoung Family Zoo, Wallace
Large, natural habitats let animals roam in this hands-on zoo in the Upper Peninsula. Educational programs and a petting zoo mean kids can get close to the wildlife (906/788-4093; www.thedeyoungfamilyzoo.com).
Garden Bay Winery, Munising
This Upper Peninsula winery produces fruit wines with Michigan grapes, berries, apples and pears. The berry wines are award-winning, but the dry, semidry white and sweet red are equally enjoyable (906/361-0318; www.gardenbaywinery.com).
Jacob’s Falls, Mohawk
Drive along MI-26 and see this waterfall, dropping 20 feet and disappearing toward Lake Superior. Follow a trail nearby to see it drop another 200 feet and flow into the lake (906/289-4274; www.copperharbor.org).
Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Marquette
Welding scrap iron and other junk metal into unusual sculptures, owner Tom Lakenen amassed a collection of whimsical pieces that has developed into a free roadside attraction meriting more than just a drive-by (906/249-1132; www.lakenenland.com).
Ludington Links, Escanaba
Overlooking the lake in Little Bay de Noc, the flat terrain of this nine-hole disc-golf course appears easy, but baskets sitting along the shoreline call for accurate shots (906/786-4141; www.escanaba.org).
Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse, Marquette
This historic lighthouse offers narration of the largest Upper Peninsula city’s nautical legacy and role in guarding the harbor. The museum also introduces visitors to the life of a lighthouse keeper (906/226-2006; www.mqtmaritimemuseum.com).
Mystery Spot Zip Lines, St. Ignace
Two zip lines let visitors sail through the fun zone at Mystery Spot (906/643-8322; www.mysteryspotstignace.com).
Northwood Adventures, Vulcan
Get your adrenaline pumping on guided rafting and kayaking trips through rushing water in Piers Gorge or the Paint or Sturgeon rivers. Take in the scenery along the UP’s western border (906/563-5450; www.michiganrafts.com).
Oswald’s Bear Ranch, Newaygo
A refuge for black bears unable to survive in the wild, this ranch lets visitors meander along paths and see the bears up close or from an elevated platform (906/293-3147; www.oswaldsbearranch.com).
Pioneer Trail Park, Escanaba
This championship-grade disc-golf course attracts visitors with its 18 holes, woods, ravines and the Escanaba River. The challenging Par 55 course is free to play (906/786-1020; www.deltacountyparks.com).
Presque Beach, Marquette
The city’s public park offers a mile long stretch of beach with a bike trail along the shore, but bringing a blanket and watching brave swimmers jump from Presque Isle’s massive black rocks is just as exciting (906/228-0460; www.mqtcty.org).
Ridge Street Walking Tour, Marquette
Marquette County Historical Museum sells $2 maps of the city’s grand old homes, many built during Marquette’s boom in the late 19th century. Wander along Ridge Street and neighboring Arch Street to see the elegant homes of railroad officials, merchants and mining magnates who once populated the area (906/226-3571; www.marquettehistory.org).
Riptide Ride, Munising
A yellow inflatable boat takes guests on 30-minute and hour-and-a-half tours around Munising Bay and Grand Island, respectively. The 700-horsepower twin-jet-propelled engines promise a wild ride (906/387-8888; www.riptideride.com).
Risak Pottery, Marquette
Ed and Julie Risak create ceramic vessels, covered jars, wall art and teapots at their working studio near the entrance to Presque Isle Park. The couple, whose specialty is raku and low-temperature-fired pottery, has pieces in the White House and Smithsonian (906/226-6003; www.risakpottery.com).
RustiCo Furniture, Marquette
Wood furnishings such as Adirondack chairs, rustic beds and clocks fill this showroom. Some pieces emphasize the natural beauty of the region and Lake Superior (wood coffee tables with tops covered in rocks from the lake), while others are infused with Yooper humor (beer tops and UP deer camp references) (906/226-2228).
Stormy Kromer, Ironwood
Look for the giant red hat that lets visitors know they’re a block from the iconic cap’s factory. Free tours at 1:30 p.m. on weekdays let visitors see how the hand-stitched hat is made. Bring the kids and pick up Stormy Kromer products for the family at the retail store (888/744-9818; www.stormykromer.com).
Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area, Watersmeet
Part of the Ottawa National Forest, Sylvania boasts 34 lakes. Sandy beaches and oversized woodlands surround the lakeshores, and visitors can hike on trails around the clear waters (906/358-4000; www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa).
Wilderness Shores Recreation Area, Iron Mountain
Boating and fishing are enhanced by the deep, crystal-blue tributaries that slither through the forest to Michigamme Reservoir and Peavy Pond. Wilderness Shores offers rustic campgrounds (906-779-2519; www.we-energies.com/environmental/
More Places to Eat—More in the Upper Peninsula
Babycakes Muffin Company, Marquette
Choose from five muffins—blueberry, sour cream chocolate chip, bran date nut, apple crunch and oat bran—for breakfast at this downtown coffee shop; it’s been perfecting the baked good and more for 26 years (906/226-7744; www.babycakesmuffincompany.com).
Baraga’s Drive-In, Baraga
This old A&W still keeps its sweet taste of days gone by with car hop service and classic treats like frozen custard, draft root beer, shakes and burgers (906/353-6202).
Casa Calabria, Marquette
Experience fine dining with quick service in a casual-but-sophisticated setting at this family-style restaurant. Fresh-made pastas and nicely grilled steaks have made it a regional favorite (906/228-5012; www.thecasa.us).
Lake Superior Brewing Company at the Dunes Saloon, Grand Marais
This logging-era tavern comes complete with wood-covered ceilings, knotty-pine walls, can’t-miss Lake Superior whitefish—the basket includes fries and homemade tartar sauce—and Lake Superior Brewing Company’s house brews (906/494-2337; www.grandmaraismichigan.com/LSBC).
Jean Kay’s Pasties, Marquette
This deli-style restaurant specializes in the traditional Upper Peninsula dish; try the straight-up meat-and-rutabaga pastie (906/228-5310; www.jeankayspasties.com).
Jilbert Dairy, Marquette
Look for Jilly, the life-size cow that welcomes customers. Grab a cone or spoon to indulge in a sundae special at one of the UP’s favorite ice cream shops (906/225-1363; www.jilbertdairy.com).
Karl’s Cuisine, Sault Ste. Marie
Inside a boat-shaped building in Sault Ste. Marie are rave-worthy strombolis and pasties, a wine bar from the restaurant’s winery and large windows displaying barges on the St. Marys River (906/253-1900; www.karlscuisine.com).
The downtown eatery offers Cajun and Creole cooking plus other Southern food staples and pastas (906/226-8200; www.marquettecajun.com).
Navigator Restaurant, Munising
Line up early for all-you-can-eat Friday Fish Fry at this nautical-themed restaurant. An extensive menu offers other staples like half-pound burgers, liver and onions and pasta (906/387-1555).
Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette
With 11 beers on tap, including IPAs, light saisons, porters and stouts, there’s a brew for just about any taste. Choose one from the chalkboard listing and pull up a stool along the counter—it’s made of thick wooden slabs, as are most things in the microbrewery (906/228-8888; www.ore-dock.com).
Randall Bakery, Wakefield
Randall’s pasties have made it a necessary stop for Upper Peninsula visitors. Diners take a seat at the Formica lunch counter and savor Cornish pasties, no gravy needed (906/224-5401 or 855/283-7730; www.randallbakery.com).
More Places to Stay—More in the Upper Peninsula
Cedar Motor Inn, Marquette
Expect excellent customer service at this budget-friendly hotel (906/228-2280 or 888/551-7378; www.cedarmi.com).
Hampton Inn, Marquette
Enjoy a free hot breakfast before exploring the area; the hotel sits on the Lake Superior shore, just minutes from downtown shopping and sightseeing (906/228-6001; hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hampton-inn-marquette-waterfront-MQTWFHX/index.html).
Island View Resort, Cedarville
This rustic resort offers modern amenities. Take advantage of boat rentals, beach and tranquility among the timber along the water (906/484-2252 or 906/430-0882; www.islandviewresortinc.com).
Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette
The Upper Peninsula gaming chain offers partner and team tournaments at its Sault Ste. Marie site. Compete for prizes like free stays and meal coupons (800/539-2346; www.kewadin.com).
The Landmark Inn, Marquette
This carefully restored hotel in historic downtown Marquette features individually decorated rooms starting at $149 per night (906/228-2580 or 888/752-6362; www.thelandmarkinn.com).
Ojibwa Casino, Baraga,
Hop on one of the free shuttles at different points across the Keweenaw Peninsula to catch a ride to bingo. Stay after the tournament and try for a strike on one of the hotel’s bowling lanes (906/353-6333 of 800/323-8045; www.ojibwacasino.com).
More Things to Do—More in MotorCities National Heritage Area
Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn
Across the street from The Henry Ford, the Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the automotive industry’s pioneers and innovators. Exhibits illustrate the automobile’s history and Fred Mancheski Theater shows films on inductees such as Lee Iacocca, Harvey Firestone and Mario Andretti (313/240-4000; www.automotivehalloffame.org).
Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit
A massive overhaul two years ago reinvigorated the museum, which now tells the story of Motor City through engaging and interactive exhibits. Kids can design their own flavors of locally made Faygo pop or be part of the band in the Kid Rock Music Lab (313/833-1805; www.detroithistorical.org).
Detroit Public Library National Automotive History Collection, Detroit
The Rose and Robert Skillman branch of the public library houses a collection of more than 600,000 processed items detailing the stories of automobiles throughout the world. Photos, specifications and personal papers from corporate figures fascinate car aficionados and history buffs (313/481-1862; www.detroit.lib.mi.us).
Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane, Dearborn
Visitors can glimpse inside the life of the American automobile’s first family at Henry Ford’s estate. The property, named for the region of Ireland where Ford’s ancestors lived, includes a library of 4,000 books, a garden containing more than 350 varieties of roses and a hydroelectric powerhouse with private laboratory (313/884-4222; www.henryfordestate.org).
The Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum, Marysville
After designing the iconic Ford logo, engineer C.H. Wills left the company to create his own line of luxury cars. The Sainte Claire was only in production for five years, but visitors can see the largest collection of the short-lived automobile and learn about its accomplished creator at this museum, a former World War II munitions factory (810/388-5050 or 810/987-2854; www.willsautomuseum.org).
Whaley House Museum, Flint
Once home to the banker who loaned $2,000 to the future General Motors corporation, this ornate Victorian is now a restored Gilded Age museum. Discover the city’s heritage in the former household of a prominent Flint family (810/471-4714; www.whaleyhouse.com).
More Places to Eat— More in MotorCities National Heritage Area
Haab’s Restaurant, Ypsilanti
Travelers along US-12 from Detroit to Chicago have made this restaurant a hotspot for decades. Haab’s continues to draw crowds for London broil and thick-cut steaks (734/483-8200 or 888/431-4222; www.haabsrestaurant.com).
Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit
A new Renaissance Center location brings a raw bar and sushi to the legendary seafood restaurant. The classic dishes that made it famous 85 years ago are still on the menu—look for the affectionately-labeled “Muer Traditions,” and try the Great Lakes broiled whitefish and white bean salad (313/567-6837; www.joemuer.com).
More Places to Stay— More in MotorCities National Heritage Area
The Dearborn Inn, Dearborn
Henry Ford built this sprawling estate with houses inspired by homes of Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe and other famous Americans whom he admired. Now a Marriott-owned property, guests enjoy modern conveniences and an ideal location near Ford’s namesake museum complex (313/271-2700; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dtwdi-the-dearborn-inn-a-marriott-hotel).
The English Inn, Eaton Rapids
A Tudor Revival mansion south of Lansing transports guests to the English countryside with 10 elegantly-appointed guest rooms. The Windsor, named for the royal family, has a rose marble fireplace and other luxurious accents fit for a king or queen (517/663-2500; www.englishinn.com).
More Things to Do—More Places to Play Golf
Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor
Pair any two of three nines at the club along Little Traverse Bay. Shale cliffs, massive gorges and waterfalls hint at the property’s mining history (231/439-4028; www.bayharborgolf.com).
Black Lake Golf Club, Onaway
Designer Rees Jones creatively constructed 18 holes highlighting Michigan’s diverse terrain; No. 5 is nicknamed the Sahara for its fairway-long natural sandpit (989/733-4653; www.blacklakegolf.com).
Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon
Tom Weiskopf blends a front nine of dense groves of pines with a back nine of sand dunes and fescues, resulting in a purist’s ultimate course (989/275-0700; www.forestdunesgolf.com).
Garland Lodge and Resort, Lewiston
Serious pond carries are a must when water hazards mark almost every one of Swampfire’s 18 holes nestled in northern Michigan timber (877/442-7526; www.garlandusa.com).
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Horse-drawn carriages take players to The Jewel’s back nine, where wooded pines open to views of the Mackinac Bridge and Upper Peninsula (906/847-3331; www.grandhotel.com).
Marquette Golf Club, Marquette
A minimalist design from Michigan native Mike DeVries plays to the terrain to ensure Greywalls’ 18 holes are as rugged as the rock walls and granite outcroppings framing spectacular Lake Superior views (906/225-0721; www.marquettegolfclub.com).
Pine Mountain Resort, Iron Mountain
Jerry Matthews uses a varied landscape for TimberStone, which lives up to its name. Finish No. 18 with a par 5 and 625-yard downhill slope (906/774-2747; www.pinemountainresort.com).
Red Hawk Golf Club, East Tawas
Arthur Hills blends neighboring Huron National Forests’ scenery with spacious landing areas, but No. 3 requires a deep drive over wetlands to reach the green. If it misses, no worries (quite a few don’t make it); use the drop area (989/362-0800; www.redhawkgolf.net).
Wild Bluff, Brimley
Five tees on each hole mean golfers of all abilities can tackle dramatic ravines and bluffs above Waiska Bay near Sault Ste. Marie (906/248-5860; www.wildbluff.com).
Eagle Eye Golf Club At Hawk Hollow, Lansing
The capital city course supplies a quick, exciting game … until No. 17—the Island Green sits in a pond requiring careful calculations (517/641-4295; www.hawkhollow.com).
Grande Golf Club, Jackson
An amphitheater drains into a bowl surrounded by timber on No. 12, a highlight of this Raymond Hearn-designed course (517/768-9494; www.grandegolfclub.com).
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor
Modern glass-and-metal sculptures at every hole commemorate each of designer Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships on this classic layout (269/927-4653; www.harborshoresgolf.com).
The Orchards Golf Club, Washington
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. pays tribute to the private clubs of the 1920s with multiple doglegs, marshland carries and generous landing areas in his traditional design (586/786-7200; www.orchards.com).
Pine Trace Golf Club, Rochester Hills
The sister course to Shepherd’s Hollow, this par-72 pairs a classic Arthur Hills design with a North Woods aesthetic in metro Detroit (248/852-7100; www.pinetrace.com).
Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston
North of Detroit, a 27-hole course with thick forests and wildflower meadows provides tranquillity, but rolling fairways and long drives test golfers’ game (248/922-0300; www.shepherdshollow.com).
Stonebridge Golf Club, Ann Arbor
Expect long fairways, expansive greens and water hazards on Arthur Hills’ 18-hole course near University of Michigan (734/429-8383; www.stonebridgegolfclub.net).
Thousand Oaks Golf Club, Grand Rapids
Rees Jones’ award-winning course balances abundant bunkers, elevation changes and perched tees with inward-sloping fairways that guide balls toward the green (616/447-7750; www.thousandoaksgolf.com).
More Things to Do—More in the Irish Hills and surrounding area
Hog Creek Craft and Antique Mall, Allen
A patchwork of weatherproof goods—think barn light fixtures, shutters, patio chairs, lobster traps—spills out of this two-story crafts and antiques mall (517/869-2250; www.hogcreekmall.com).
Antiques Market of Williamston,
A red-and-white silo sign leads visitors to the large matching barn housing close to 75 antiques vendors. Delicate finds like vintage postcards and photographs sit alongside primitive pieces and old tools (517/655-1350; www.williamstonantiques.com).
Mason Antiques Market, Mason
Part of Mason’s Antiques District, the market sells furniture restoration supplies, replacement lamp parts and collectors’ price guides and books. Customers can also find Victorian furniture, pottery, glass and other vintage goods (517/676-9753; www.masonantiques.net).
Old Mill Antiques Mall, Mason
The town’s old mill is now stocked with a diverse selection of antiques dealers, specializing in Fenton glass, furniture and many other collectibles (517/676-1270).
Old Plank Road Antiques, Williamston
The store sells china, Victorian-era piece and vintage clothes and accessories, but the focus is on quality cherry, mahogany and walnut furniture (517/655-4273).
Sign of the Pineapple Antiques, Williamston
Antique tables, chests and dealer’s merchandise fill this roomy shop (517/655-1905).
More Places to Eat – More in the Irish Hills
British Pantry, Tecumseh
Enjoy a spot of tea with lemon curd tart or another daily dessert at this English cafe (517/423-7873; www.thebritishpantry.com).
Common Grill, Chelsea
Staying true to his roots, Chef Craig Common prepares meals with seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. Brick walls, a tin ceiling and Midwestern-themed murals add to the downtown establishment’s historic American ambiance (734/475-0470; www.commongrill.com).
Evans Street Station, Tecumseh
Chef Alan Merhar seeks out farms for locally sourced ingredients. The fresh produce stars in from-scratch meals such as duck breast with sweet corn, mushrooms and purple fingerling potatoes (517/424-5555; www.evansstreetstation.com).
Hathaway House, Blissfield
Classic dishes such as seared salmon, lamb chops and eggplant Parmesan make up the menu at this historic Greek Revival-style mansion. On Thursday nights, the menu gets a modern twist with various entrees made from local ingredients (517/486-2141 or 888/937-4284; http://www.hathawayhouse.com).
Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant, Brooklyn
The restaurant offers casual dining and a tiki bar overlooking Wampler’s Lake. Reubens are the specialty, but Jerry’s also has a seafood menu offering quality catches (517/467-4700).
JR’s Hometown Grill & Pub, Tecumseh
Blue-jean-and-polo-clad waitresses, Angus burgers and a hearty selection of steaks bring Western dining to southeast Michigan (517/815-1290; www.jrsgrillandpub.com).
Lev’s Bakery Shop, Tecumseh
For decades, customers have come to this family-owned bakeshop for doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and other baked good (517/423-2948).
Olivia’s Chop House, Jonesville
Diners can customize the restaurant’s popular chophouse steak burger with 20 choices of toppings, including fresh pesto, hard-boiled eggs and avocados (517/849-3663; www.oliviaschophouse.com).
The Daily Grind, Tecumseh
The fruit bowl is fresh, the coffee is hot, and the atmosphere makes for a pleasant start to the day. This local gathering place also serves muffins, sandwiches, salads and desserts (517/424-7463; www.tecumsehdailygrind.com).
Zou Zou’s Cafe & Coffee Bar, Chelsea
A French-inspired cafe and coffee bar brings Parisian style to this small town with quirky, artistic touches and plenty of pastries, specialty drinks, ice cream treats and sandwiches (734/433-4226; www.zouzouscafe.com).
More Places to Stay – More in the Irish Hills
Brickhouse of Somerset Bed & Breakfast, Somerset
Six Victorian-themed guestrooms with comfy beds and enviable views of the Irish Hills create a relaxing weekend. Wake up to a hot breakfast of egg soufflé with prosciutto (517/547-5885; www.brickhousebb.com).
Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Chelsea
The innkeepers deliver breakfast to each room at this Queen Anne-style Victorian house. Take the pampering one step further with a stay in the Carriage House, which has a full kitchen and dining area, living room and two-person Jacuzzi (734/475-2244 or 877/618-4935; www.chelseahouseinn.com).
Chicago Street Suite, Tecumseh
Above a downtown coffeehouse, apartment-style lodgings include two rooms: the slightly smaller Loft, which sleeps three, and the Chicago Street Suite, which sleeps five and has rooftop access (517/424-8314; www.tecumsehdailygrind.com).
H.D. Ellis Inn, Blissfield
A wraparound porch ushers guests in this Italianate house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Four bedrooms keep the grand home cozy, and the innkeepers schedule breakfast to accommodate visitors’ schedules (517/486-3155; www.ellisinn.com).