Experience Colors in Michigan’s Paradise
Paradise, Michigan is located a few short miles north of the Tahquamenon River mouth, north of the Hiawatha National Forest, and just north and east of the Michigan Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Established along the shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, the region is such a pristine natural environment that it was coined PARADISE in 1926 by developer, Ed LeDuc*. Michigan State Road 123 has been sanctioned as a state scenic byway, Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, the only route to and through Paradise, Michigan. The National Whitefish Bay Scenic Route traverses the shoreline of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay from Brimley, Michigan within the Hiawatha National Forest to Whitefish Point a portion of which is along M-123 through Paradise. Hiawatha is known for its sugar maple, red maple, American Beech, white pine, red pine, northern white cedar, eastern larch/tamarack, and balsam fir trees.
In autumn, you will see fabulous colors and pristine waters quite often with the backdrop of blue skies and white clouds. Spice up your agenda with a stop at the Tahquamenon Upper and Lower Falls, Crisp Point Lighthouse, Whitefish Point Light Station, Point Iroquois Lighthouse or the Shipwreck Museum and you will have experienced COLORS in Michigan’s Paradise. Plan your color tour mid September through October.
Many people pack too much in their day. Relax; there is a cadence to the region. Eateries in the Paradise area include Silver Creek Bar & Grill, The Inn, Gastropub & Smokehouse, The Berry Patch Bakery, Restaurant, and Gift Shop, Brown’s Fish House, and the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery. Spend a couple of days enjoying the pristine natural environment. Lodging options in the Paradise area include Curley’s Paradise Motel, Freighter’s View on the Bay, the Magnuson Grand Lakefront Hotel, the Paradise Inn, and the Vagabond Motel.
*Remotely Yours, A Historic Journey into the Whitefish Point Area, Jan McAdams Huttenstine