February 10, 2015 Volume 1 Issue 1
Experience Dog Sledding
One of the fastest growing activities in the UP of Michigan is Sled Dog Rides. The season starts with a grand race held the first Saturday in January, the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race.
The UP 200 is the grand daddy of dog sled races in the UP held in the Marquette area, February 15. The UP 200 is a qualifier for the Alaskan Iditarod, the last great race in the country. But why not just relax, slow the pace down a bit and schedule a ride from the lower falls to the upper falls in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, take breath taking photographs, and sip some hot chocolate. Schedule a trip today with Nature’s Kennel an experience of a lifetime, 906-748-0513.
Spotlighting a PATC Member
Once a year, Experience Michigan’s Paradise Newsletter will spotlight a Paradise Area Tourism Council Member. When exploring the eastern upper peninsula, change your pace a bit, take in the fresh air and use Paradise as your base camp. Relax. Stay awhile and enjoy. This month we recognize the Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise.
The Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise is located along Lake Superior’s shore and offers guests the largest hospitality accommodations in Paradise, Michigan. The Magnuson is a family owned and operated business with the comfort of their guests as their primary objective. Building long term customer relationships has been a mainstay of owners Jim and Shirley Stabile’s 35 year tenure in the hospitality industry. Continuing this legacy as general manager is their daughter Laurie Winkler.
Lake Superior is known for its grand collections of rocks and stones. Carrying this theme into their spacious lobby with vaulted ceilings the Magnuson Grand Hotel Lakefront Paradise (MGHLP) has a grand stone fireplace in their lobby offering guests comfort as they gather to share stories of their day hiking, canoeing, or shopping. Just off the lobby is their full-breakfast and coffee dining area with grand windows overlooking the lake. In the summer, you can enjoy your coffee outside on the patio. Lake Superior is not only the largest freshwater lake in the world but it may very well be one of the coldest. For guests visiting in any season, the MGHLP has a heated indoor pool and luxury heated whirlpool. MGHLP lakefront rooms have private balconies overlooking Whitefish Bay.
MGHLP is can be readily found in Paradise on the Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Byway, M-123 right behind the Little Falls Restaurant and Red Flannel Saloon. The general manager, Laurie Winkler regularly shares with Facebook fans information regarding weather conditions and great images of the area. Their website, MagnusonGrandLakefront.com offers area visitors the ability to check on availability and make reservations directly. Planning a business retreat or conference? The MGHLP has the ability to offer your company the ideal venue. The Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan may be a sparsely populated section of the country but the MGHLP has the amenities of any fine hotel in the country, backed by the enthusiasm of a family intent in sharing the grandeur and beauty of the area.
In and Around Base Camp
A splash back from the past this article was originally published in 1978 in the Tahquamenon/Paradise Resort News 1978, Published by the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce. The information is just as valuable today. Images of the various sites were taken in recent times.
As far back as the early 1600’s travelers have been coming to this area. The French Voyageurs used Whitefish Point and the bay shores for a base camp and rest area while exploring the endless wilderness to the west. While times have changed, it is still logical for the traveler to use Paradise as a base camp. The geographic location of this small town offers the visitor a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the Eastern Upper Peninsula without the hassle of packing up and moving everyday.
The information here is just as example of one day trips to the most popular scenic attractions. You might like to try just one or two of these trips and spend the rest of your time enjoying some of our local points of interest which you will find elsewhere in this newspaper.
First Day – Tahquamenon Falls State Park, location of the second largest falls east of the Mississippi. Stop first at the Lower Falls, and rent a boat to the island that divides the river into eastern and western streams just where it falls. Wandering along the island’s path, you can wriggle your fingers in the four cascades that foam over light-colored sandstone ledges…..but this is only a prelude. Four miles upriver are the Upper Falls. Here the Tahquamenon rumbles 40 feet in a sheer perpendicular drop over a ledge 160 feet wide into a tree-bordered bed below.
Second Day – Drive up I-75 to Sault Ste Marie for a visit to Michigan’s oldest city. The main attraction is the Soo Locks, the busy canal which handles more than 100 million tons of freight annually. Boat and train rides offer opportunities for a good view of the locks. For an inside look at a lake freighter, tour the Valley Camp. Then ride an elevator to the top of the 21 story Tower of History for a panoramic view of the entire Soo area.
Third Day – Plan to spend most of the day on Mackinac Island, the historic site of several early American battles. Ferry service is available from early morning to early evening from St. Ignace and back. The island is most noted for its carriage rides (no motor powered vehicles are allowed), fudge shops, and bicycle paths. The island is hone-combed with trails leading to shoreline cliffs and other interesting natural formations.
Fourth Day – The two stops on the agenda are Seney National Wildlife refuge and Au Sable Point near Grand Marais. Choose either attraction first; they are in opposite directions on M-77. Grand Marais is sand dune country. Fishermen can rent trolling boats here for “deep sea” fishing in Lake Superior. A different terrain awaits you at Seney, where more than 200 species of birds nest, and a wide range of mammals are protected. A visitor’s center provides insights into the area’s ecology.
Fifth Day – Head over to Munising for a visit to the famous Pictured Rocks. Although designated a National Lakeshore in 1966, this natural wonder is still mostly inaccessible to visitors except by boat. The multicolored sandstone cliffs rise as much as 200 feet from the Lake Superior shoreline. Along a 15 mile beach, nature has been a fanciful sculpture, creating caves, arches, and columns. Boats make daily trips to the Pictured Rocks from Munising city pier. The ride takes three hours.
Sixth Day – Enjoy a scenic jaunt through Hiawatha National Forest as you head down M-13 toward Fayette State Park. At Fayette you will see one of the Upper Peninsula’s ghost towns. This particular community cast its fortunes with the iron industry and lost. Five miles south is Burnt Bluff, where the only known original Indiana paintings in Michigan are located. The paintings are believed to be about 1,500 years old.