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We are sure that your summer has been filled with a great many adventures, and hopefully more than a handful of a great time shared with the people that you love. But summer is far from done, and there is so much more to discover here in beautiful Northern Michigan!

If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path destinations in and around Petoskey for those fun summer road trips, look no further than Mackinaw City.

Located about an hour north of Hearthside Grove, there is so much more to this place than just the two streets that most people seem to stay on. So let’s get off the main stretch and see what else is shaking in Mackinaw City:

1. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

This extraordinary spot is a must-see for lighthouse enthusiasts and lovers of lake life. You will have the chance to go up the tower of the lighthouse, but be sure to wear full shoes (not flip-flops) if you do want to climb. But this is more than just a lighthouse. There is also a shipwreck museum on the property that is also a great, unique way to enjoy a day.

2. Colonial Michilimackinac

Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village. Reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 50 years of archaeological excavations that continue today, Colonial Michilimackinac offers a one-of-a-kind experience from cannon and musket firings to hearth cooking and crafts.

Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, visitors of all ages can enjoy the unique perspective from the palisade walls.

3. McGulpin Point Lighthouse

The story of McGulpin Point spans thousands of years, from our earliest inhabitants who made it their home to the Europeans who arrived and settled the grounds. Later, when shipping began in full force through the Straits of Mackinac, its story became that of a lighthouse, helping captains navigate the tumultuous waters between Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

A new trail at the lighthouse interprets those various stages of the property, with cultural “docents” along the way telling the story of these important historical grounds. You can go to the lighthouse and go up the tower too. Here they do not have a rule about no flip-flops to climb the tower.

4. The Headlands

The Headlands property is made up of nearly 600 acres of forested lands, 4 miles of trails, and 2 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. You will experience breathtaking sunsets, pristine lakeshores and natural surroundings full of wildlife. St. Helena’s Island, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Mackinac Bridge, Waugoshance Point, Wilderness State Park, Cecil Bay and Trails End Bay are all visible from the shores of the Headlands.  The Headlands has been painstakingly preserved by local residents and groups for your enjoyment.

5. Mill Creek Discovery Park

Another great hiking spot. Visitors can witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes and soar like an eagle on the zip line during the Adventure Tour. You can trek through the treetops on this special, guided nature experience. They take visitor over the Forest Canopy Bridge, down the 425-foot Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and up the five-story Treetop Discovery Climbing Wall. Please wear closed-toed shoes for the adventure tour.

We hope we’ve helped you uncover some of the more rare gems of this wonderful place. Please feel free to come share your adventure stories with us! We’ll see you soon when you come back to your luxurious home-away-from-home here at Hearthside Grove.

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