Featured in Pure Michigan 2014 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 78.
More Things to Do – Northwest Michigan
Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City
North of Boyne City, a small farm of lavender blooms with more than 25 varieties. Treat your senses with lavender cookies, skin-care seminars, and beautiful scenery.
Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee
Reopening in mid-May, the state park sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Follow the stairway down to the beach or trek along self-guided trails.
Osceola Quilt Trail, Reed City
More than 90 quilt blocks dot the barns of Osceola County. Follow the trail to view the rural public art along county roads and amongst family farms.
More Places to Eat – Northwest Michigan
Frida Bakery and Cafe, Suttons Bay
At a bright yellow building, outdoor seating welcomes customers at this take-out-only bakery-cafe. Dine on Mexican dishes like empanadas and desserts like cardamom coffee cake(231/271-6445).
A contemporary building in Victorian downtown comes with abundant outdoor seating where diners can savor summertime and Shakespearean-themed pizzas like the “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Sandwiches and salads are also available.
Siren Hall, Elk Rapids
Seafood dominates the menu at this restaurant named for the mythical sirens of the seas. The beer-battered whitefish sandwich and Lake Michigan whitefish paté are standouts.
More Places to Stay – Northwest Michigan
Hillside Homestead, Suttons Bay
Stroll the neighboring orchards, help cook breakfast on a wood-burning stove and learn about farming in half-day classes while staying at this turn-of-the-century farmhouse, now a bed and breakfast.
The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, Bellaire
Luxury is exemplified at this bed and breakfast. The 1890s Queen Anne Mansion still wears the adornments of the period and breakfast is served on china and crystal.
More Things to Do – Southeast Michigan
Lisik Gardens, Hemlock
A country drive north of town leads to rare plants and a replication of Monet’s Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies. Call ahead to see the private show gardens (989/642-5772).
Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester
Built in 1926, this English Tudor manor is the fourth largest home in the nation. Tour home and gardens or attend a fashion show by Oakland University students.
Savor Ann Arbor Walking Tours, Ann Arbor
Call ahead to book custom tours and pre-planned routes. An Ann Arbor enthusiast guides visitors through samples of the best the college town’s restaurants and markets have to offer.
More Places to Eat – Southeast Michigan
Cafe Cortina, Farmington Hills
Italian cuisine is perfected at this family-owned establishment. A limited menu is filled with flavor and fresh ingredients in selections like Melanzane alla Parmigiano with sautéed eggplant and olives .
Evans Street Station, Tecumseh
Made in-house, from-scratch meals like ginger beef wontons and sweet chili sauce onion rings with chili remoulade feature locally-sourced ingredients at this former firehouse.
Kolache Kitchen, Owosso
The specialty at this third-generation Czech bakery is rohlicky, the Czech term for “sweetness.” Crescent-shaped, finger-sized pastries are filled with strawberries, apricot, poppy seed or walnuts (989/729-2700).
More Places to Stay – Southeast Michigan
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit
The 72-story hotel in downtown Detroit offers captivating views of the city and beyond via large floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows in each of the 1,298 circular rooms.
Somerset Inn, Troy
Hidden amongst similar-looking high-rises, the boutique hotel greets guests with marble floors, bright lights and the perfect location for shoppers wanting to be near the high-end retail and dining district.
Weber’s Hotel and Restaurant, Ann Arbor
Not only does Weber’s offer many free amenities, but its restaurant serves a strawberry shortcake that embodies summertime dessert. Enjoy it on one of the patios, adorned with well-landscaped flowers and trees.
More Things to Do – Northeast Michigan
Charity Island Cruises, East Tawas
Hop aboard a catamaran and enjoy a ride to Big Charity Island’s lighthouse and dinner on the beach. Tour guides narrate the lighthouse’s history for guests.
Pere Marquette Rail Trail, Midland and Clare
Jump on this former train line in Midland, and pedal the 30-mile trail to Clare. Wide sidewalks allow for bikes to ride in pairs and suit all skill levels.
USS Edson, Bay City
“The Grey Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast” is available for free tours (with or without a guide) to visitors looking to learn more about the destroyer.
More Places to Eat – Northeast Michigan
Chicory Cafe, Rogers City
An herb-filled wall garden and Mason-jar light fixtures provide an ideal atmosphere for this organic restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Pier M33 on the Cheboygan, Cheboygan
A seasonal menu brings fine-dining caliber meals to a boldly-colored casual restaurant. Items like Szechwan calamari appetizers showcase the restaurant’s flavorful dishes (231/268-3336).
The Bank 1884, Port Austin
Befitting of its name, a brass teller’s cage still remains in this restaurant that serves popular dinner entrees like steak Diane and chicken Wellington.
More Places to Stay – Northeast Michigan
Lake Vista Resort Motel and Cottages, Port Austin
On the tip of the thumb sits a resort comprised of a two-story motel, individual cottages and efficiency apartments, all within walking distance of downtown and the beach.
Tee Lake Resort, Lewiston
Weekly s’more making, free access to paddleboats and kayaks and four 1930s-era lakeside cabins with waterfront decks bring visitors—and their pets—to this resort.
Manor House, Oscoda
Cozy rooms with two-person Jacuzzis and gas fireplaces are the perfect retreat after a day walking along the hotel’s private beach or exploring the Au Sable River Valley (989/739-1977).
More Things to Do – Southwest Michigan
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
Housing artwork primarily from the 19th-, 20th- and 21st- centuries and a permanent display of Hudson River School landscapes, the downtown museum also provides an architecturally-interesting exterior.
Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Muskegon
Built by lumber barons in the late 1880s, these two homes embody Gilded Age architecture with Moorish arches, stained glass and turrets. Tours are available from May through October.
Sarett Nature Center, Benton Harbor
Step outside the wildlife center in Benton Harbor and a pond with turtles and frogs catches kids attention. An elevated boardwalk 55 feet above the forest floor offers a treetop view.
More Places to Eat – Southwest Michigan
Cafe 237, Paw Paw
Ingredients like pancetta, pickles and hollandaise sauce are made by the chef/owner, enhancing satisfying meals at this restaurant where chalkboard menus hang on brightly-colored walls (269/657-0136).
Although it’s more than 100 years old, this Marshall staple serves contemporary cuisine like pecan-crusted spinach-stuffed chicken with Parmesan risotto and classics like prime rib.
The B.O.B.,Grand Rapids
Downtown’s “Big Old Building” offers dining options and evening entertainment in one location with a dozen restaurants, bars, nightclubs and even a comedy club.
More Places to Stay – Southwest Michigan
Carriage House at the Harbor, South Haven
Relax in the sunshine with private balconies, public sun porches and a short walk to the beach from this bed and breakfast. Enjoy home-baked cookies in the afternoon.
Henderson Castle Bed and Breakfast, Kalamazoo
Unique-themed rooms like Italian, Tibetan and Earth-and-Sky Room fill the castle on the highest hill in the city. Take part in murder-mystery dinners or come for a themed getaway.
Weathervane Inn, Montague
Snag a corner room at this inn and you’ll have an indoor hot tub at an angle with picturesque views of the harbor.
More Things to Do – Upper Peninsula
Jacob’s Falls, Mohawk
Drive along MI-26 and see this waterfall, dropping 20 feet and disappearing toward Lake Superior. Follow a trail nearby to see it drop another 200 feet and flow into the lake.
Oswald’s Bear Ranch, Newaygo
A refuge for black bears unable to survive in the wild, this ranch lets visitors meander along paths and see the bears up close or from an elevated platform (906/293-3147; www.oswaldsbearranch.com).
Riptide Ride, Munising
A yellow inflatable boat takes guests on 30-minute and hour-and-a-half tours around Munising Bay and Grand Island, respectively. The 700-horsepower twin-jet-propelled engines promise a wild ride.
More Places to Eat – Upper Peninsula
Dunes Saloon, Grand Marais
This logging-era tavern comes complete with wood-covered ceilings, knotty-pine walls, can’t-miss Lake Superior whitefish—the basket includes fries and homemade tartar sauce—and Lake Superior Brewing Company’s house brews.
Karl’s Cuisine, Sault Ste. Marie
Inside a boat-shaped building in Sault Ste. Marie are rave-worthy strombolis and pasties, a wine bar from the restaurant’s winery and large windows displaying barges on the St. Marys River.
Navigator Restaurant, Munising
Line up early for all-you-can-eat Friday Fish Fry at this nautical-themed restaurant. An extensive menu offers other staples like half-pound burgers, liver and onions and pasta (906/387-1555).
More Places to Stay – Upper Peninsula
Dapple-Gray Bed and Breakfast, Eagle Harbor
Combining rustic and reminiscent, this log-cabin-style bed and breakfast houses an antique collection that begins on the main floor and continues throughout the themed rooms.
Island View Resort, Cedarville
This rustic resort offers modern amenities. Take advantage of boat rentals, beach and tranquility among the timber along the water.
Laurium Manor Inn, Calumet
Just outside of town, this former copper baron’s 13,000-square-foot home has been restored to expose its ornate woodwork, stained glass windows and an eye-catching central staircase.