Newberry and Grand Marais are popular destinations for visitors from near and far.
Rebecca Pillion knows why this is true.
"The most common reasons are the beautiful and abundant natural resources," said Pillion, the director of the Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce. "Over half the land in Luce County is public land. It's great if you like to hike, fish, hunt, snowmobile, kayak, bird watch, for nature studies ... for so many things."
THE Grand Marais Harbor. Grand Marais is on part of 31 miles of Luce County that is on the shoreline of Lake Superior. (Photo courtesy of Carol Rose)
Add to those activities a plethora of attractions in the greater Newberry area.
"Our attractions bring a lot of people here," Pillion said. "We have the Oswald Bear Ranch, the Tahquamenon Logging Museum, the Toonerville Trolley, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Crisp Point Lighthouse and the whole Tahquamenon Falls area.
"We have a lot of ATV and ORV trails in the area as well," she said. "We even had a recent sighting of a moose just north of Newberry."
Destination: Grand Marais and
Mileage: Marquette to Grand Marais, 103 miles; Marquette to Newberry, 105 miles.
Did you know: The shoreline along
Lake Superior has a length of 31 miles in
Trip Highlight: The Lumberjack
Breakfast and Country Music Festival will
take place starting at 7 a.m.
July 26 and 27
For more information: newberrychamber.net, grandmaraismichigan.com
In fact, in 2002, the Michigan House and Senate declared Newberry as the "Official Moose Capital of Michigan," and The Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce displays the Senate Resolution Number 259 and the House of Representatives resolution Number 572 recognizing this fact.
The area is busy year round with events for all ages.
"We have so many things going on," Pillion said. "People can search the chamber website for a list of these events."
One in particular coming up is the Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, which is set for July 25 at Newberry Country Club. All are welcome to attend and can go to the chamber's website at newberrychamber.net for a printable registration form.
Registration the day of the event is at 12:15 p.m., with a shotgun start to the golf outing at 1 p.m. Advance registration is $55 and it's $60 the day of the classic.
Then July 26-27, the Lumberjack Breakfast and Country Music Festival is planned at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum, Newberry. Breakfast served from 7 a.m.-noon both days including bacon, eggs, homemade sausage, pancakes and fried potatoes cooked over an authentic wood stove and served in the Cook Shack as it was done 100 years ago. The cost is adults $7.50, 6-12 years $5, and age 5 and under free.
The music festival will include Norm and Nancy Honeysette and the Country Classics performing from noon-6 p.m. July 26 plus aA Local Polka Band. On July 27, the Sunday Gospel Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by dancing music until 4 p.m. For more information call 293-3700
To the north and west of Newberry is Grand Marais, a small town with big attractions and summertime events of its own.
"One of the big events we have coming up is the Grand Marais Garden Tour July 26," said Cathy Egerer, administrator of the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce website. "It's quite popular."
The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26 in Grand Marais and this year's theme is "Birds in the Garden."
Guests can visit a number of specialty gardens as well as tour many local private gardens. Events include a silent auction sponsored by the Grand Marais Historical Society, an arts and craft show, and lunch provided by the students of Burt Township School.
Workshops will include "Attracting Birds to Your Garden" and "Viewing Piping Plovers."
Tickets for the garden tour are $10 and can be purchased the day of the tour at the Community Center on Brazel Street or the Gazebo on the Greenspace.
Another garden-related event upcoming in Grand Marais is the Historic Iris sale on Aug. 16.
"We have a display garden for this historic flowers and we divide them and sell some of them each summer to keep them going," Egerer said.
An event put on by the Grand Marais Historical Society, the sale will be at the Pickle Barrel House Museum from 10 a,m, to 2 p.m. Aug. 16. Dozens of varieties of historic irises will be sold at affordable prices. Egerer said the irises are tough, elegant, and grow easily in Michigan.
For more information on Historic Irises, including photos, visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at www.historiciris.org.
Grand Marais also is the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which includes the Grand Sable Dunes, which cover a five-mile stretch of Lake Superior Shore. A wooden log slide built in the late 19th century is featured. The dunes are popular for climbing with access from the Grand Sable Visitors Center.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.