Small-Town Spring

Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 84.

Blossomtime Festival. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living. John Robert WilliamsBye-bye, winter. Spring is bursting onto the scene where small towns draw massive crowds to lively festivals.


More Things to Do St. Joseph and Benton Harbor 

Box Factory for the Arts
Works from regional potters, designers, painters, photographers and writers live in the historic Williams Brothers Paper Box Factory. Each of the three galleries features a new artist every six weeks.
www.boxfactoryforthearts.org 

Curious Kids Museum
On the bluff above Silver Beach, Curious Kids Museum allows little hands to pick apples, play firefighter or entrap themselves in a giant bubble. Across the street, Curious Kids Discovery Zone offers more hands-on learning and fun.
www.curiouskidsmuseum.org 

Jean Klock Park
Escape the crowds of other beaches for some fun and relaxation. Jean Klock Park offers all the typical beach amenitiesa picnic area, playground and sand dunesfree of cost.
www.savejeanklockpark.org 

Sarett Nature Center
Catch a glimpse of the backyard critters before heading out on the trail. Fifty-five feet in the air, the treetop trail shows off a birds-eye view of the river valley.
www.sarett.com 

Silver Beach Carousel
This old-time carousel cant be skipped for only $2 per ride. Take a spin on one of the hand-carved animals with a 50 cent bag of popcorn for the complete experience.
www.silverbeachcarousel.com 

More Places to Eat St. Joseph and Benton Harbor 

Caffe Tosi
Local produce, meat and cheeses team up to make delicious sandwiches like the Muffaletta, a traditional dish stacked with olive spread, ham, salami and provolone. Each sandwich comes on rave-worthy bread from the Bit of Swiss Bakery next door.
www.caffetosi.com 


The Chocolate Cafe
Chocolates, truffles and cakes line the walls of this dessert shop. Snack on some chocolate-covered fruit or indulge in the smores, which come with a sparkler on top.
www.sbchocolate.com 

Clementines, Too
Each year, Clementines, Too feeds patrons 10 tons of fish due to their famous dish, Mess o Perch. This St. Josephs version of South Havens Clementines restaurant graces the harbor for dinner with a view.
www.ohmydarling.com 

Schus Grill and Bar
Schus serves tasty steak and seafood dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. Dine alfresco and enjoy the view of Lake Michigan.
www.schus.com 

Silver Beach Pizza
At this pizzeria, located in an old train depot by Silver Beach, the service is controlled by the customer. Each table has a two-sided disk that when green side up, brings a server.
www.silverbeachpizza.com 

More in Boyne City 

More Things to Do Boyne City 

Alpine Chocolate Haus
Looking for a non-traditional sweet treat? Alpine Chocolate Haus specializes in chocolate-coconut covered potato chips and bark in flavors like key lime and boysenberry.
www.alpinechocolathaus.com 

Freshwater Studio
At the heart of Boyne Citys new art district, SoBo, this studio houses more than 100 Michigan artists works for viewing or buying. Who knows, maybe a souvenir is waiting to be taken home.
www.freshwaterstudio.org 

Horton Bay General Store
This historic general store looks as if it was pulled from an old western film. Amongst the variety of antiques, food is served at the old-fashioned soda counter.
www.hortonbaygeneralstore.com 

Lavender Hill Farm
Each year, this farm grows 25 varieties of lavender. They use the flowers in products sold on site, like the laundry barrumored to remove the most hideous stains.
www.lavenderhillmichigan.com 

Local Flavor
A local hot spot, this book store and cafe offers a variety of reads with an entire section dedicated to Michigan writers and topics (231/582-7499). 

Wine Emporium and Market
Beyond the bottles of wine, gourmet foods fill the market. The selection includes local meats, cheeses, jams and coffee among more exotic foods like squid ink pasta (231/582-2151).

More Places to Eat Boyne City 

Cafe Sante
The perfect place to relax with a cold glass of beer, Cafe Sante bears views of Lake Charlevoix. Select a pint from a long list of local brews and European imports. www.magnumhospitality.com/cafeSante 

Lake Street Market
The scones at the bakery in this market have a strong following, being snatched up early in the day. Not a morning person? A variety of gourmet foods and pastries fill the shop. www.lakestreetmarket.com 

Red Mesa Grill
Inspired by the Caribbean as well as South and Central America, Red Mesa Grill goes beyond a traditional Mexican taco with dishes like Cuban black bean cakes, Costa Rican garlic steak and Peruvian chicken.
www.magnumhospitality.com/redmesa 

More Places to Stay Boyne City 

Water Street Inn
Cozy condos line the beach giving guests a beautiful view of the lake. Enjoy from above on the balcony or down below on the private beach.
www.boynewaterstreetinn.com 

More Things to Do Bellaire (25 miles from Kalkaska) 

Uniquely North
The walls of Uniquely North cant be seen beneath the plethora of wall art for sale. Furniture, candles and locally made jewelry also fill the shabby-chic shop.
www.uniquelynorth.com 

More Places to Eat 

The Dockside
The docksides public marina makes it a great lunch stop for Torch Lake boaters. Enjoy waterfront views while munching on a burger with homemade onion rings and sipping on an ice-cold brew.
www.facebook.com/Docksidetorchlake 


Lulus Bistro
This contemporary restaurant features different appetizers and salads daily along with a steady menu of meat and seafood entrees. Enjoy a meal with a glass of wine or beer from the list of local selections.
www.lulusbistro.com 

The Lunch Box
Breakfast exceeds a simple morning meal at this Harley and hockey themed restaurant. Eggs, biscuits and gravy grace the menu all day alongside soups and sandwiches at lunchtime. www.lunchboxbellaire.com 

Moka
Moka serves fresh brewed coffee to accompany the homemade pastries each morning. Heading over later in the day? This cafe also serves artisan pizzaspair one with a glass of wine from the extensive list.
www.mokabellaire.com 

Ruthies Chicken and Dairy Twist
Beyond the menu of fried chicken, burgers and coneys, the ice cream drives people to Ruthies. Ruthie herself may even be spotted scooping an old-fashioned ice cream cone behind the counter (231/533-8538).

More Places to Stay Bellaire (25 miles from Kalkaska) 

The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn
Positioned just two blocks from downtown, this bed and breakfast resides in an 1890s Queen Anne Mansion. Victorian-era decor fills the interior to maintain its history.
www.grandvictorian.com 

Stone Waters Inn
Along the Torch River, Stone Waters Inn displays scenic views. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub and grill or make the short walk to explore downtown.
www.wix.com/stonewatersinn/stone-waters-inn 

More Things to Do Mount Pleasant (9 miles from Shepherd) 

Ambiance Salon & Day Spa
Whether its a simple haircut or a body massage, Ambiance embraces relaxation. Enjoy a complimentary head massage with that haircut and take a body massage to the next level with hot stones.
www.ambiancesalonanddayspa.com 

Art Reach on Broadway
Browse the gallery containing works from more than 100 artists. Art Reach also includes a gift shop and a studio offering classes and workshops.
www.artreachcenter.org 

Basketree
Basketree carries country-chic home decor alongside trinkets, candles and accessories. Specialty food items are also available such as locally made chocolates and caramel apples by Sweets N Treats.
www.basketree.net 


Buckleys Mountainside Canoes
Get the best view of the Chippewa River while paddling the water. Buckleys not only rents canoes and kayaks, they provide pick-up service at the end point.
www.buckleyscanoe.com 

Bucks Run
This 300-acre golf course displays beautiful waterfront views throughout its 18 holes. Bucks Run utilizes 1.5 miles of river, natural wetlands and three lakes that add to the .
www.bucksrun.com 

PohlCat
This golf courses namesake Dan PohlPGA touring pro and Mount Pleasant nativedesigned the 18 holes. The challenge revolves around the Chippewa River, but thats the beauty of it, too. www.pohlcat.net 

Rics Food Center
Positioned within walking distance of three parksIsland, Nelson and MillpondRics proves a perfect spot to pick up picnic fixings. Pick up some sandwiches from the deli, grab a blanket and head to the park.
www.ricsfoodcenter.com 

Stone Soup
Located in historic downtown, Stone Soup sells a smorgasbord of gifts. Choose from a variety of unique baskets or have one custom-made.
www.stonesouphome.com 

More Places to Eat Mount Pleasant (9 miles from Shepherd) 

The Brass Cafe & Saloon
This comfort food joint sits right downtown on Main Street. Stop for some cozy relaxation with a bowl of adult macaroni and cheese.
www.thebrasscafe.com 

Doozies
A favorite among the locals, Doozies roadside ice cream stand delivers a wide selection of treats at affordable prices (989/772-2332).

Mountain Town Station
A former train station houses this brewery and restaurant. Sip on a hand crafted beer while digging into some good old-fashioned ribs.
www.mountaintown.com 

Pixie
Cross the threshold at Pixies to enter into the 50s. The decked out rock-n-roll diner features menu items with names like Blue Suede Shoes and Good Golly Miss Molly. www.labellemgt.com/Pixie.htm 

Water Lily
Complete with white tablecloths, this fine dining establishment resides in the Soaring Eagle Casino. Take a break from the slots to enjoy a traditional steak or seafood meal.
www.soaringeaglecasino.com/lounge.htm 

More Places to Stay Mount Pleasant (9 miles from Shepherd) 

Pleasant Dreams Bed & Breakfast
Filled with antiques and Victorian elements, Pleasant Dreams morphs a 100-year-old house into a bed and breakfast. Breakfast, however, is only available on the weekend.
www.geocities.com/pleasantdreamsbb 

For More Information, contact: 

Mount Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.mountpleasantwow.com 

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
www.petoskeyarea.com 

Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
www.swmichigan.org 

Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.traversecity.com 


Featured in the Article: 

Shorts Brewing Company
www.shortsbrewing.com 

Bellaire Smokehouse
www.bellairesmokehouse.com 

Shanty Creek Resorts
www.shantycreek.com 

Silver Beach Center
www.silverbeachcarousel.com/silver-beach-center 

St. Joseph Pier Lighthouse
(269/925-6301
or 231/436-5580) 

Silver Beach Carousel
www.silverbeachcarousel.com 

Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve
www.fernwoodbotanical.org 

Ziibiwing Center
www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing 

Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
www.soaringeaglecasino.com 

Central Michigan University
www.cmich.edu 

Peoskey State Park
www.michigan.gov/petoskey 

Morels Bistro
www.morelsbistro.com
 



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