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A Road Less Traveled Can Only Be Found Near Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort In Northern Michigan
The day trip begins at Hearthside Grove Luxury Motorcoach Resort where brother’s Kirk & Craig Rose have developed a resort where people gather with the simple desire to connect with the land and each other. The property consists of 140-acre’s purchased five years ago and from an existing palette of mature trees has developed into a premier motorcoach destination. In an organic environment filled with twists, turns and trees, no two lots have the same size or dimension.
From Hearthside Grove to the wildlife centers of Curtis and Manistique in the Upper Peninsula takes you over the Mighty Mac and points you west on US 2 along the northern shore of Lake Michigan, where sprawling sand dunes rise up against the sky and then drop down to provide glimpses of the sun-gilt water and lonely pines. Here you’ll find a highway that showcases the natural beauty surrounding Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by surface area.
In the town of Curtis, you’ll find Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn. Over 120 years ago, the inn was a railroad passenger hotel prior to moving to its current site on a bluff overlooking Big Manistique Lake. The inn has a 10-foot stone fireplace downstairs and 11 refurbished rooms upstairs. Take in a whitefish lunch, a pint of suds and some good conversation about the area attractions, which include the Seney Wildlife Refuge, Blaney Park, Erickson Center for the Arts, Nature’s Kennel Dog Sleds and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, all nearby and worth your time.
Located between the North, South and Big Manistique Lakes, and near the Manistique and Fox Rivers, Curtis is known for boating, fishing and canoeing. Even within the confines of a day trip, you’ll have time to take the seven-mile marshland drive through Seney to see an array of wild birds and by chance a moose.
Seul Choix Light can be found in the town of Gulliver and is one of the finest lights on the Great Lakes. Be sure to catch the fascinating historical video, shown in the theater. The lighthouse, located some 14 miles east of Manistique is still fully operational and is truly a sight to see.
According to lore, hundreds of years ago a group of French sailors were caught in a terrifying storm, which forced them to seek shelter. They landed on the rocky shore of a harbor and found refuge in the bay while waiting out the storm. Before leaving, they named the harbor “Seul Choix,” which translates as “Only Choice. Be warned, the lighthouse is said to be haunted by one of its former keepers, Joseph Willie Townsend, who lived there from 1902 to 1910 and died in an upstairs bedroom.
To learn more about Hearthside Grove and to book your reservation call us at 888-271-6342 or visit us at www.hearthsidegrove.com
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Fred Gray is a freelance writer/photographer in Northern Michigan.
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