Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 75.
Here in Michigan, a water hazard could be a Great Lake. Rolling hills with sand bunkers are par for the course. And a memorable round of golf is available with a choice of world-class courses and great public links, no matter what direction you head.
More Things to Do Marquette
Lake Superior Theatre
A working boathouse presents plays, musicals and movies as sailboats glide past. Enjoy a summer evening aboard the non-profit theater.
Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse
Get a glimpse of a lighthouse keepers life with a self-guided tour of the museum and a guided lighthouse tour. The pair sit on an active U.S. Coast Guard Base.
Get a first-hand view of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with a kayak trip through Paddling Michigan. Tour guides lead paddlers along cliffs for either a half a day or full day trip. www.paddlingmichigan.com
One mile of Lake Superior coastline features a bike trail and big black rocks. Sit back, relax and watch as the brave dive off the rocks into the chilly water.
More Places to Eat Marquette
Babycakes Muffin Company
A local favorite, Babycakes makes for the perfect breakfast stop. Enjoy a fresh baked pastry like a muffin or giant cinnamon roll with a steaming cup of coffee.
Claimed to be the best Italian in town, Casa Calabria serves plenty of steak dishes but doesn't stop there. The restaurant also features salads, sandwiches, chicken, pork and pasta with the cheese and lobster ravioli being a favorite.
Jean Kays Pasties & Subs
Whether its a few mini pasties or traditional steak with rutabaga, these meat and cheese pockets are consistent with Upper Peninsula tradition. A wide variety of sub sandwiches and wraps are also available.
More Places to Stay Marquette
The Landmark Inn
Choose from one of the 62 individually decorated rooms in this restored European-inspired inn. Two onsite restaurants provide options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
More Things to Do Bellaire
Home decor such as furniture and wall art fills this cottage style shop. Gifts like candles, stuffed animals and clothes are also available.
More Places to Eat Bellaire
A cold beer, homemade onion rings and juicy burger make a perfect meal to enjoy while overlooking Torch Lake and the boats in the marina.
A long list of local beers and wine pair nicely with the upscale salads, pizza and entrees in this contemporary restaurant. Try the Brie pizza topped with truffle ham, poached seasoned mushrooms, caramelized onion, arugula and Dijon cream sauce or the chicken breast saltimbocca with shaved truffle ham, creamy risotto, asparagus, smoked tomato puree and fennel olive soffrito.
The Lunch Box
Come in for breakfast any time at The Lunch Box. The hockey and Harley themed restaurant serves eggs, biscuits and gravy in addition to the soups and sandwiches available at lunch time. www.lunchboxbellaire.com
By morning, Moka serves fresh brewed coffee and pastries made from scratch. Come lunch time, the menu fare is substituted for artisan pizzas, like the William Shakespeare topped with mushroom pesto, rosemary ham, black olives and sundried tomatoes, and an extensive wine list.
More Places to Stay Bellaire
The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn
This Queen Anne Mansion two blocks from downtown boasts a Victorian interior with years of history. Each room includes either a bath or Jacuzzi with a complimentary breakfast to wake up to.
Shanty Creek Resorts
Weekly activities ensure plenty of fun at Shanty Creek Resorts. Enjoy bonfires, outdoor movies, bocce ball, four golf courses and seven miles of hiking and biking trails.
Stone Waters Inn
Spend time enjoying the views from the custom rooms or in the outdoor hot tub along the Torch River. A riverside grill is also available and downtown Bellaire sits a walk away.
More Things to Do Boyne City (27 miles from Gaylord)
Paintings, sculptures, woodwork, music, paintings and more fill the large gallery and gift shop at Freshwater Studio in Boyne City's art district, SoBo. More than 100 Michigan works of art are on display and for sale.
Horton Bay General Store
A large wooden soda counter gives this general store its old-fashioned feel. Snap a photo on the porch bench where Ernest Hemmingway once sat.
Wine Emporium and Market
Find culinary delights such as squid ink pasta, local meats, cheeses, jams and coffee in addition the selection of wine available in this market (231/582-2151).
More Places to Eat
Enjoy a wood-fired pizza while looking over Lake Charlevoix. Round out the meal with a cold pint of beer from a long list of local brews and European imports.
Lake Street Market
The scones at the bakery have a strong following but just as tasty packaged foods, sandwiches, take-and-bake pizzas and pastries are available when the scones sell out.
Red Mesa Grill
Red Mesa Grill goes beyond a traditional Mexican restaurant. Taste the flavors of the Caribbean, South and Central America with dishes like Cuban black bean cakes, Costa Rican garlic steak and Peruvian chicken.
More Places to Stay Boyne City (27 miles from Gaylord)
Water Street Inn
Each condo at this waterfront inn overlooks Lake Charlevoix. Spend time relaxing on the private beach or walking the short distance to downtown Boyne City.
More Things to Do Near Mount Pleasant (35 miles from Stanwood)
Ambiance Salon & Day Spa
Services at Ambiance Salon & Day Spa go above and beyond status quo. Each haircut comes with a complimentary head massage and hot stones amp up body massages.
Art Reach on Broadway
Gain inspiration from more than 100 artists in the gallery at Art Reach before heading into the studio to participate in classes and workshops. A gift shop is available for less labor intensive souvenirs.
Buckley's Mountainside Canoes
Buckley's provides canoe and kayak rentals for use on the Chippewa River. Don't worry about getting back Buckley's will provide pick up, too.
Travel through the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe history in this Native American teaching lodge. View art and experience stories in the multi-sensory Creation Theater
More Places to Eat Near Mount Pleasant (35 miles from Stanwood)
The Brass Cafe & Saloon
This Main Street cafe specializes in upscale comfort food. Try the oven roasted chicken with lemon and thyme roasted fingerling potatoes, summer ratatouille and basil pesto oil or the campanelle pasta with asparagus, English peas, sugar snap peas, green beans, zucchini, sorrel, avocado creme fraiche and ricotta salad.
Doozies roadside ice cream joint draws a crowd. Choose from a wide selection of frozen treats at affordable prices (989/772-2332).
Mountain Town Station
Traditional ribs and hand crafted beer star at this restaurant brewery housed in a former train station.
This decked out diner resembles a trip to the 50's. The rock-n-roll theme carries onto the menu with item names such as Blue Suede Shoes and Good Golly Miss Molly. www.labellemgt.com/Pixie.htm
More Places to Stay Near Mount Pleasant (35 miles from Stanwood)
Pleasant Dreams Bed & Breakfast
A 100-year-old Victorian home turned bed and breakfast holds four rooms with antique charm. Downtown Mount Pleasant resides just a few blocks away. www.geocities.com/pleasantdreamsbb
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
Luxurious rooms some with tubs, whirlpools and fireplaces sit atop a smorgasbord of entertainment. Try your luck at 70 gaming tables and 4,400 slot machines, or enjoy a show at Talon Sports Bar and Night Club.
More Things to Do Owosso (52 miles from Clarkston)
Soy-Beam Candle Buffet
Almost 600 scents of 100 percent soy candle wax appear in this specialty shop. Choose from any of the recycled containers in the store like teacups, jars, vases and planters, or bring in a container of your choice.
Shiawassee Arts Center
The galleries at this art center feature both permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits from other local artists. Children's art classes are available and artwork including jewelry, scarves and books sell in the gift shop.
Steam Railroading Institute
Michigan's largest operating steam locomotive, Pere Marquette #1225, stretches 101 feet long. The train chugs along tracks through area nature scenery.
More Places to Eat Owosso (52 miles from Clarkston)
Big City Dogs
Michigan's own Koegel sausages are served 30 different ways at this casual joint. Try the Philly Dog with Swiss cheese and mushrooms or the Tijuana topped with salsa, cheese and sour cream.
Guidos Coffee Lounger
Exposed brick walls add to the funky atmosphere of this coffee shop. Enjoy a coffee beverage, baked good or sandwich while enjoying live music on occasion.
This bakery, passed down through three generations, hand makes traditional Czech pastries. Rohlicky, crescent shaped finger-sized pastries filled with fruit or nuts fly out of the cases (989/729-2700).
Wrought Iron Grill
A beer from the selection of 20 bottled brews pairs nicely with the eclectic Michigan menu. Options include Lake Superior Whitefish, filet mignon, sandwiches and flatbreads.
More Places to Stay Owosso (52 miles from Clarkston)
Centrally located downtown, the Comstock Inn includes access to an indoor pool. A popular restaurant and bar reside in the hotel for convenient on-site dining.