We have lived in Michigan for eleven months and I am surprised at how many of the towns in this state we have visited. Each one has only added to my love of this state.
The latest town we visited was Manistee. Located between Ludington and Frankfort Michigan we made this our base as we explored both this town and traveled north and south on different days to view more of Lake Michigan and the port cities.
The town has two beautiful beaches to explore.
The first one has a lighthouse and a causeway so that we could walk out to the light.
The day we walked out the lake was pretty calm. Two days later I would have been a little afraid to make that walk as the waves were crashing pretty high over the walkway.
This light is at the end of a pier where the Manistee River meets Lake Michigan. It is 39 feet tall and built from cast iron. The light was built in 1872 after the first was completely destroyed in a fire that swept through the area in 1871.
The day we were at the beach there were families everywhere enjoying the beach, the boats, the sky.
The second beach we visited early in the morning and had it all to our self. This beach was even more family friendly with picnic tables, areas for sand badminton and play areas for the kids. We enjoyed the birds and the quiet walk along the beach.
We laughed at the sign telling us we could make it to Wisconsin in 54,200 strokes. Since I cannot swim at all and Paul is no Olympic swimmer we decided to not try that.
Found some neat artwork of fishes made from metal.
In the late 1800’s this city was a part of Michigan’s lumber era. Known as “Lake Michigan’s Victorian Port City” the city claimed more millionaires per capital than any other city in Michigan. Today you can still see some of the beautiful homes that the lumber barons built.
Finding a good restaurant in a new town can be tricky. Appearances can be deceptive. We have selected places where the outside looked great only to find terrible service or less than desirable meals. We have also taken chances and stopped at “holes in the wall” only to find some of the best food ever.
Highly recommended by the locals, we had supper at TJ’s Pub. The atmosphere was great and the food even better.
The pub was in the historical Ramsdell Inn. This magnificent building was built in 1891 for only $35,000. I cannot imagine what this structure would cost today.
We ended the day with a walk along the Manistee River.
For this book lover, who can resist a used book store? I found a good used book on Elizabeth I for only $4.95. Since I love American history and also English history, of course, I had to buy it.
I could have spent a fortune here as they have a lot of the old classics. But I was a good girl and quickly left after my one purchase.
Every town I visit I think “this is the best so far.” Leaving Manistee I was saying that – but then came Ludington and Frankfort.
If you love beaches, neat small towns, great food and lots of trees, come visit Michigan!