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 amenities—a picnic area, playground and sand dunes—free 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 bird’s-eye view of the river valley.
www.sarett.com 

Silver Beach Carousel
This old-time carousel can’t 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 s’mores, which come with a sparkler on top.
www.sbchocolate.com 

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

Schu’s Grill and Bar
Schu’s 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

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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 City’s 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 bar—rumored 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 can’t 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 dockside’s 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 


Lulu’s 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 pizzas—pair one with a glass of wine from the extensive list.
www.mokabellaire.com 

Ruthie’s Chicken and Dairy Twist
Beyond the menu of fried chicken, burgers and coneys, the ice cream drives people to Ruthie’s. 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 décor 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 it’s 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 décor 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


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

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

PohlCat
This golf course’s namesake Dan Pohl—PGA touring pro and Mount Pleasant native—designed the 18 holes. The challenge revolves around the Chippewa River, but that’s the beauty of it, too. www.pohlcat.net 

Ric’s Food Center
Positioned within walking distance of three parks—Island, Nelson and Millpond—Ric’s 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 

Doozie’s
A favorite among the locals, Doozie’s 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 Pixie’s 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:

Short’s 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 

Morel’s Bistro
www.morelsbistro.com

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