Featured in Pure Michigan 2013 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 46.
Whether catching daybreak on Lake Huron or taking in million-dollar sunsets along Lake Michigan, come to the shore for a day of fun.
More Things to Do Lake Huron
Three hundred steps lead to streams and pools pouring into the Au Sable River in Huron National Forest, west of Oscoda. The sound of the clean, cool water rippling over the wooded ground is heard along the boardwalk path offering scenic views of the river (989/739-0728).
River Road National Scenic Byway
Beyond the panoramic views of the Au Sable River, this 22-mile drive in Oscoda includes trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing along the way. The byway stops at Foot Hydroelectric Dam, offers fishing and Lumbermans Monument and looks at the history of lumberjacks.
Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bicycle Path
The 10 miles of paved pathway runs from East Tawas, through Tawas City and ends in Alabaster. Wind in and out of wooded areas and stop of at the beach at Tawas Point State Park along the way.
More Places to Eat Lake Huron
The Fresh Palate
A variety of breakfast burritos are offered each morning at The Fresh Palate in Alpena. Try the Ship Wrecker with egg, sausage, ham, bacon, onions, peppers and cheese or the Garden Sunrise with egg, fresh herb roasted vegetables, mixed cheese and herbed cream cheese. The restaurant also has plenty of burrito and panini options for lunch and dinner.
Marion's Dairy Bar
The 50's decor in this East Tawas ice cream shop attributes to the old soda fountain feel. Enjoy a traditional cone, malt or sundae.
Taits Bill of Fare
Sit down for lunch or dinner at Taits Bill of Fare in downtown Oscoda. Known for their Millennium Soup, a combination of black bean and white cheddar soups, this restaurant also serves pan fried fish, chicken and ribs (989/739-1518).
More Places to Stay Lake Huron
Barefoot Beach Resort
Cottages line the beach in Oscoda; each one includes a well-stocked kitchen, cable and Wi-Fi. A kettle grill is available on the front porch, which leads to the beach.
East Tawas Junction Bed and Breakfast
This bed and breakfast is just a walk away from downtown East Tawas and the beach. Enjoy the favorite breakfast of cream cheese stuffed French toast on the front porch.
North Bay Bed and Breakfast
Along the North Bay in Presque Isle, this home overlooks both the New and Old lighthouses. Enjoy access to a private beach and borrow bikes or kayaks for a day. www.alpenacvb.com/northbay
More Things to Do Lake Michigan
Lakeshore Bike Trail
Peddle from downtown Muskegon to Pere Marquette Beach. The seven miles of paved path highlights an old paper mill, marinas, shops and yacht clubs.
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
Along Lake Michigan in Muskegon, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park focuses on sand dunes. Climb to the top for a view of the lake then race to the bottom.
Wind Dancer Schooner Charters (Grand Haven)
Grand Havens 63-foot charter sailboat glides through Lake Michigan for two-hour sunset cruises. Help raise the sails or sit back and enjoy the views on the lake including the lighthouse.
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The floor to ceiling windows and extensive outdoor seating at this Holland restaurant guarantee lake views with dinner. Choose from a wide variety of menu options including seafood, steak, sandwiches, pasta and salad.
Three separate dining rooms make up the Kirby House in Grand Haven. The rooftop serves wood-fired pizza in a casual atmosphere, a bar and grill on the main floor offers seating in a covered patio and the most upscale of the three, the Grill Room presents steakhouse menu items.
Thirsty Perch Grille
Along the lake in South Haven, its fitting that the specialty here is Lake Michigan Perch. Try it in a taco or from a bottomless bucket, and if seafood doesn't sound good try a salad, steak or chicken dish.
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Carriage House at the Harbor
The Victorian home that houses this bed and breakfast in South Haven represents a Cape Cod style resort. Take a short walk downtown or to the beach or take advantage of the sun porches and private balconies.
Crimson Cottage Inn the Woods
A yellow home tucked in the woods in Holland marks this bed and breakfast. A mile away from the lake, borrow a bike for the day to peddle the nearby Lakeshore Connector Path that runs between Holland and Grand Haven State Parks.
Shoreline Inn and Conference Center
Muskegon's only waterfront hotel resides on the shore of Muskegon Lake. The floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony in each room ensure waterfront views.