Featured in Pure Michigan 2014 Winter Issue, beginning on page 7.
More Michigan Moments—More State Parks Camping
Algonac State Park, Marine City
Hunt, hike or ski during a camping trip at this state park along the St. Clair River. The riverfront campground keeps its 220 sites with electricity open during winter; the park sanitation station is open year-round, too (810/765-5605; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Brighton Recreation Area, Howell
This state recreation area keeps a heated restroom open year-round. Sign up for an equestrian trail ride (weather permitting) with the Brighton Recreation Riding Stable (810/229-6566; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park, Traverse City
Camp just two miles from downtown Traverse City and 31 miles from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at a modern campsite with heated restrooms, a mini cabin or a cottage (231/922-5270; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
North Higgins Lake State Park, Roscommon
Camp at this state park after cross country skiing on 11 miles of groomed trails (989/821-6125; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Rifle River Recreation Area, Lupton
After snowshoeing, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling (permit required) in the Au Sable State Forest, stay at one of the recreation area’s campgrounds with heated modern restrooms (989/473-2258; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas
Take in the view of the 1876 Tawas Point Lighthouse when skiing along the Sandy Hook Nature Trail, then stay at a modern campsite equipped with heated restrooms or in a camper cabin (989/362-5041; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea
The largest state park in the Lower Peninsula offers cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting and horseback riding during winter. Cabins, a yurt and campgrounds are available for the cold-month campers (734/475-8307; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
William Mitchell State Park, Cadillac
Snowmobile, hike or ski along groomed trails looping through this state park. Campgrounds with heated modern restrooms and mini cabins are open year-round (231/775-7911; www.michigan.gov/dnr).
More Things to Do—More in Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
Sweet and spicy variations take basic cheeses and spreads up a notch. Treat taste buds with chocolate cheese in chocolate mint and chocolate peanut butter and kick up the flavor on cheese spreads with horseradish and jalapenos (989/652-6727; www.frankenmuthcheesehaus.com).
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Find something for everyone on the holiday shopping list at this Bavarian-style shopping village. Stores like The Enchanted Forest (fairy- and gnome-themed accessories), Hello Cats and Dogs (pet-pampering products) and Here Comes Treble (musical memorabilia) offer interesting and unexpected gifts (800/600-0105; www.frankenmuthriverplace.com).
Rau’s Country Store
This red-and-white house turned country store sells retro metal signs, lunch boxes, penny candy and other old-fashioned finds and nostalgic goodies; parents and grandparents will reminisce as they wander the aisles (989/652-8388; www.rauscountrystore.com).
Willi’s Sausage Company
This local sausage company sells more than 100 meats, including Bavarian specialties like braunschweiger, bratwurst and kielbasa. Customers can also find Michigan-raised buffalo meat, jerkies and pork loins (989/652-9041; www.willissausages.com).
Zak’s Bavarian Kandy Haus
Giant peanut butter cups, truffles and candied almonds delight customers at this German sweet shop where employees dress in traditional attire such as lederhosen and dirndls (989/652-9331).
Zeilinger Wool Company
Visitors watch seamstresses stuff and hand sew comforters and mattresses during self-guided tours at this 100-year-old factory (989/652-2920; www.zwool.com).
More Places to Eat—More in Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth Brewing Company
For more than 150 years the state’s oldest brewery has been creating handcrafted beers, including its signature six. Try them in a flight or enjoy one with a dinner of traditional pub fare (989/262-8300; www.frankenmuthbrewery.com).
Named for the German word meaning grandmother, this Bavarian Inn restaurant serves generous portions of hearty breakfasts like French toast made with stollen (raisin-and-currant-studded bread) and Bavarian Benedict (two German potatoes topped with shaved ham, two eggs, cheddar ale sauce and scallions) (800/228-2742; www.bavarianinn.com/dine/oma-s-restaurant).
Family-style chicken dinners, accompanied with large helpings of traditional side dishes like cottage cheese, cabbage salad and noodle soup, have made Zehnder’s a local landmark for more than 85 years (800/863-7999; www.zehnders.com).
More Places to Stay—More in Frankenmuth
Bavarian Lodge Inn
An indoor water park, four swimming pools, an indoor mini-golf course and an arcade keep kids busy at this family-oriented hotel. Parents can relax after a busy day at on-site dining, shopping and adults-only whirlpool (855/652-7200; www.bavarianinn.com).
Marv Herzog Hotel
Look for accordionist Marv Herzog’s memorabilia at his hometown hotel. Polka fans will delight in the photos of Marv in each room and the collection of keepsakes in the lobby (989/652-4700 or 877/400/4210; www.marvherzoghotel.com).
More Michigan Moments—More Breweries
Fletcher Street Brewing Company, Alpena
The former home of Fletcher Paper Company’s lumber and sulphite mill still retains its enormous, industrial warehouse, but now it produces quality beers instead of paper products. Order a flight of five to sample the lagers, stouts, bocks and pale ales (989/340-0931; www.alpenabeer.com).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Ann Arbor
Brews like Victors Ale, a reference to the University of Michigan’s fight song, pair well with gastropub fare such as salmon BLTs. Both the beer and food stand out at this near-campus pub (734/741-7325; www.grizzlypeak.net).
Keweenaw Brewing Company, Houghton
See the brewing process at the company’s South Range facility, then head into town to try the finished products at the taproom. Seasonal brews and beers like Pick Axe Blonde, Red Jack Amber and Lift Bridge Brown are a nod to the area’s mining history (906/482-5596; www.keweenawbrewing.com).
Motor City Brewing Works, Detroit
A well-decorated brewery tucked amongst the city’s downtown theaters and museums offers memorable beers like the Ghetto Blaster, an English Style Mild Ale that pays tribute to Detroit’s music scene (313/832-2700; www.motorcitybeer.com).
Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette
With 11 beers on tap, including IPAs, light saisons, porters and stouts, there’s a brew for just about any taste. Choose one from the chalkboard listing and pull up a stool along the counter—it’s made of thick wooden slabs, as are most things in the microbrewery (906/228-8888; www.ore-dock.com).
Round Barn Winery, Brewery and Distillery, Baroda
A restored Amish barn now serves as a tasting room for this southwest Michigan winery, brewery and distillery. Sample the wines, seasonal brews and DiVine vodka—it’s one of only four vodkas in the world made from grapes (800/716-9463; www.roundbarnwinery.com).
The Filling Station Microbrewery, Traverse City
Paying homage to its past as a depot building, The Filling Station offers “ales by the rails”—classic brews like stouts, IPAs and wheat beers (231/946-8168; www.thefillingstationmicrobrewery.com).
More Michigan Moments—More Casinos
FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Battle Creek
After hitting it big on one of more than 2,900 slot machines (they’re even equipped with a Rapid Refreshment button that calls a waitress over to refill your cup), spend the night in one of the hotel’s rooms or suites (877/352-8777; www.firekeeperscasino.com).
Four Winds Casino Resort, New Buffalo
Designer boutiques, a Hard Rock Café (one of only two in Michigan), a high-limit room and luxurious suites bring big city services to this southwestern Michigan casino-resort (866/494-6371; www.fourwindscasino.com).
Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie
The Upper Peninsula gaming chain offers partner and team tournaments at its Sault Ste. Marie site. Compete for prizes like free stays and meal coupons (800/539-2346; www.kewadin.com).
Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey
Plenty of on-site meal options promise a satisfying dining experience at this Northern Michigan casino-resort. Enjoy fine dining at Sage, an extensive selection at Waas-No-Dé Buffet and quick and convenient eats at Copper Cafe (877/442-6464; www.odawacasino.com).
Ojibwa Casino, Baraga
Hop on one of the free shuttles at different points across the Keweenaw Peninsula to catch a ride to bingo. Stay after the tournament and try for a strike on one of the hotel’s bowling lanes (906/353-6333 of 800/323-8045; www.ojibwacasino.com)
For More Information, Contact:
Allegan County Tourist Council (888/425-5342; www.visitallegancounty.com).
Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/354-4181 or 800/425-7362; www.alpenacvb.com).
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (734/996-7281 or 800/888-9487; www.visitannarbor.org).
Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau (269/962-2240 or 800/397-2240; www.battlecreekvisitors.org).
Bay County Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/893-1222 or 800/444-9979; www.visitgreatlakesbay.org).
Benzie County Visitors Bureau (231/882-5801 or 800/882-5801; www.visitbenzie.com).
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (313/202-1800 or 800/338-7648; www.visitdetroit.com).
Discover Kalamazoo (269/488-9000 or 800/888-0509; www.discoverkalamazoo.com).
Experience Grand Rapids (616/459-8287 or 800/678-9859; www.experiencegr.com).
Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau (989/652-6106 or 800/386-8696; www.frankenmuth.org).
Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce (269/469-5409; www.harborcountry.org)
Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (616/394-0000 or 800/506-1299; www.holland.org).
Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/337-4579 or 800/338-7932; www.keweenaw.info).
Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/845-5430 or 800/542-4600; www.pureludington.com).
Manistee County Visitors Bureau (231/398-9355 or 877/626-4783; www.visitmanisteecounty.com).
Marquette County Convention & Visitor Bureau (906/228-7749 or 800/544-4321; www.travelmarquettemichigan.com).
Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (989/772-4433 or 888/772-2022; www.mountpleasantwow.com).
Munising Visitors Bureau (906/387-1717; www.munising.org).
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau (231/724-3100 or 800/250-9283; www.visitmuskegon.org).
Paradise Area Tourism Council (906/492-3927; www.paradisemi.org).
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau (231/348-2755 or 800/845-2828; www.petoskeyarea.com).
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau (888/334-8499; www.sleepingbeardunes.com).
Traverse City Tourism (231/947-1120 or 800/872-8377; www.traversecity.com).
Western Upper Peninsula Convention & Visitors Bureau (906/932-4850 or 800/522-5657; www.explorewesternup.com).
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (231/893-4585 or 800/879-9702; www.whitelake.org).