Summer Scenic Drives in Pure Michigan

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 11th, 2014

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 



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