Why limit your outdoor vacation to a single activity? You can sample everything from camping, climbing and mountain biking to grand sunsets, fine cuisine and impressive history on a long weekend getaway to the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan’s one-stop adventure mecca.
As the Upper Peninsula’s 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.
For more information, visit the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Things to Do
With sweeping views and 90 miles of hiking trails, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (the Porkies) hug the Lake Superior shore and make up Michigan’s 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.
The Vertin Gallery is located in Calumet’s 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. There’s also a small selection of books and miscellaneous items for sale.
Other adventuresome places to visit in this region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula include:
Places to Eat
Shute’s Bar in Calumet is one of Michigan’s 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 tavern’s past along the walls. Perhaps most impressive is the Tiffany stained-glass canopy behind the bar dating back to the early 1900s.
At Syl’s Cafe in Ontonagon you'll be treated to classics like burgers and sandwiches, but this being the UP, Syl’s also offers harty pasties.
For more eats, try the mouth-water choices that you'll find a these popular eateries:
Places to Stay
These comfortable cottages at Mountain View Lodges 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.
Peterson’s Cottages are 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.
Need more places to bed down for the night, book a stay at one of these lodging choices:
Eagle River Inn