Category Archives: Northern Michigan

2016: #34 Live in a fairy tale and visit Castle Farms

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#34 Live in a fairy tale and visit Castle Farms

Region: Northern

Location: Charlevoix

Linda Mueller purchased the Castle Farms in 2001 with a vision to restore the castle to its Renaissance style and preserve the farm for many generations to come. The restoration process was quite intensive and took approximately four years to come to fruition. The property is now open year round for weddings, receptions, festivals, corporate events and social events. It is also listed on the National and State historic registries and open year round for tours.

One of our favorite attractions is the Garden Railroad which opened in 2008 and is one of the largest model railroad layouts in Michigan. The lines feature over 55 trains that run along over 2,000 feet of track. The railroad lines run overhead along hedge lines as well as close to visitor’s feet and under the bushes.

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2016: #19 Enjoy a family fun or date night at a Drive-In Theater

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#19 Enjoy a family fun or date night at a Drive-In Theater

Region: All Over!

Location: Michigan

Michigan has several Drive-In movie theaters throughout the state. You can find a few of our favorites listed in our article, “Ask a Michigander: Where can I take my girlfriend on a date to a drive-in movie?”, and Pure Michigan’s Six Places to Catch a Drive-In Movie in Michigan.

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2016: #40 Soar across the mountain on a Zipline Adventure in Boyne

#40 Soar across the mountain on a Zipline Adventure in Boyne

Region: Northern Michigan

Location: Boyne Highlands, 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Soar across and down the mountain and sail through trees at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour during these exciting Zipline Adventures.  With 8 lines and heights of up to 60 feet, it’s sure to be an experience!  Our writer ventured out to zipline in the late fall (it snowed), and it was amazing – we can only imagine how awesome this activity is in the summer! 

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2016: #37 Ride the Little Traverse Wheelway!

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#37 Ride the Little Traverse Wheelway!

Region: Northern

Location: Shanahan Field, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Ride the awesome Little Traverse Wheelway – 26 miles of biking bliss from Charlevoix, to Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Bay View and into Harbor Springs. Each area is worth stopping to explore!  

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2016: #48 Camp on North Manitou Island

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#48 Camp on North Manitou Island

Region: Northern Michigan

Location: Manitou Island

North Manitou Island, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is approximately eight miles long, four miles wide, and boasts 20 miles of lakeshore. The island, which sits six miles off the shore of the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Lake Michigan, was home to 300 residents in its heyday as a logging village. Now, it is primarily operated as wilderness and provides explorers and relaxers alike plenty of space to enjoy their respective activities in solitude. There are many miles of hiking trails — ranging from the well-maintained main trails to the historical trails which are more difficult to find and follow — which wind through North Manitou’s numerous landscapes, including sand dunes, forests, and fields.

Getting to the island is part of the adventure, requiring a nearly two-hour ferry ride originating in Leland and a National Park pass for admittance to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. After arriving on the island, checking in with the park ranger, and attending a short orientation, ferry-goers are free to put on their packs and hit the trail.

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2016: #5 Pack a Picnic & Hike Pyramid Point

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#5 Pack a Picnic & Hike Pyramid Point

Region: Northern

Location: S Basch Rd, Maple City, MI 49664

We’ll let the picture do the talking. Stop in Fishtown at the Village Cheese Shanty and grab some sandwiches before making the hike to Pyramid Point overlook. The entire loop is only 2.6 miles, so it’s great for the inexperienced.

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