Our first big stop on the beginning leg of the journey was the RV/MH Hall Of Fame. At this time we weren’t RV owners and could only dream that one day maybe this would be something we could have-so dreams do come true. It was a real treat. The displays were something else, it was really neat to be able to see all the different RV’s going back through time. Not only did they have fantastic displays they also have a great library upstairs-a real go to for any RV enthusiast or historian, in fact when I needed some special information about our rv I called their library to see what they had and they were very helpful.
From Indiana we headed up the west side of Michigan. Now take into consideration that this trip is over a weeks time so I am only posting the highlights. We stopped one day at The Kirby House to eat. The Kirby House was in Grand Haven, Michigan. From what I found out the Kirby was established as a hotel in 1873 and there are some rumors of hauntings. We didn’t see any ghosts but sure had a great meal with some historical architecture.
Part of the reason that we ventured up along the coast is of course-my love of lighthouses. I am completely obsessed. So of course we stopped at every one we saw along the way. Little Sable Point was one of them. The next one on with images today is Ludington North Pierhead. At Ludington I spent a lot of time getting tons of images. I have to say it was a beautiful day but still a bit windy with all the winds whipping across Lake Michigan.
At that time we liked to stay at interesting hotels-we still do but with an RV that is where we usually sleep. The hotel we stayed at in Onekama, Michigan. The Portage Point Inn is on a narrow stretch of land between Lake Michigan and Portage Lake. This Inn was incredible, very historic and at that time of year we had the Inn pretty much to ourselves which was pretty cool. I felt like I stepped back in time, it is a must stay at inn for sure! According to records the Portage Point Inn began construction in 1902 with buildings being added up until the 1950’s. It was a little creepy to have the only room occupied on the third floor.
Now there are a couple things that amazed me by the west coast of Michigan- one was the rocky coast which is spectacular in itself, and the other is the sand dunes which are incredible also.
We broke off across the state from Onekama and drove -meandering through national forest areas and farmlands. At one point as we got closer to the Thumb we started noticing all these trucks filled with things that looked like yams. Well it turns out they were sugar beets. So we looked things up and found out some information on sugar beets.
We drove through Frankenmuth, Michigan but only stopped at Bonners and not for very long. I think Frankenmuth would be more of a two day stay so we really didn’t visit there long. We did drive through Akron, Michigan also since we live close to Akron here (in Ohio) and Steve grew up close to this Akron we had to at least stop by the sign.
We also stayed at the Garfield Inn during this trip in Port Austin, Michigan. It was beautiful. We had great food and a good nights sleep there, but this also appears to now be closed. We drove by the Port Austin Reef Light from there –now we were seeing lights on Lake Huron. We passed by the Harbor Beach Light and the Port Sanilac Lighthouse. We did a lot of walking on this trip, drove through a lot of great little towns and really enjoyed the colors of fall and the beautiful weather.