"There is so
much to do in the area that we never heard those dreaded
words coming out of the mouths of our children: Mom, dad
attractions Hog Island
Country Store & Cottages is perfectly located for
sightseeing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Located
between Naubinway and Epoufette on U.S. 2, most
attractions can be found within a short drive. Of course
we are pretty partial to our own attractions right here
at the cottages and store; Campfires, sunsets and one of
the nicest beaches in Michigan. Click on the links below
to find some of our other favorites:
is nothing more relaxing than sitting around
the campfire at the end of the day. Each of
our cottages have a nearby fire ring that is
perfect for roasting s'mores and telling tall
tales. Or for a quiet libation at the end of a
fun day. Too close to civilization? Try the
fire ring on our private beach, and watch the
ribbon of the Milky Way flow from horizon to
horizon, as the waves lap the nearby
• Fall colors
Fall is a magical time in the north woods. Our
cottages are your jumping-off point to the deep
woods of the U.P., with hidden treasures down every
dirt road, and glowing colors lining U.S. 2.
• Fayette Historic State Park
Take a literal step back into time at Fayette
Historic State Park. This restored historic
townsite near Fayette on the Big Bay de Noc of Lake
Michigan is a fascinating tour of a bygone era. It
was once the site of a company town that
manufactured pig iron in huge brick kilns between
1867 and 1891.
The town has been reconstructed into a living
museum showing what life was like in this town in
the late 1800's. The snail-shell harbor, surrounded
by limestone bluffs, is a magnet for boaters and
kayakers, and has a small marina. Plan to spend a
day exploring the buildings, blacksmith shop, town
hall, rustic trails and sand or stone beaches.
GarLyn Zoo is a small "mom and pop" outfit set on a
30 acres of land. The zoo features native and
exotic animals, and mulched trails that lead
through the pine and birch forests in a park-like
setting. The zoo is surrounded by state and
national forest lands.
This is one the kids will remember — and so
will you. Palms Book State Park contains
Kitchi-iti-kipi, The Big Spring, a natural
freshwater spring with a unique human-powered raft
that is pulled across the clear, sparkling waters.
The Big Spring is two hundred feet across and forty
feet deep, but clear as a piece of glass. More than
10,000 gallons a minute "boil" up from the sandy
bottom, at a constant 45 degrees in temperature.
Old tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and huge
fish glide by the open-bottom raft that gives a
safe, dry perch for families to observe the springs
East or west of Hog Island Country Store &
Cottages are some of the finest public, sand
beaches in North America. All along U.S. 2 are
safe, convenient and uncrowded access points, where
just a few short steps carry families or couples to
their own slice of Lake Michigan heaven.
• The Straits of Mackinaw
Just east of Hog Island Country Store &
Cottages are the Straits of Mackinaw, offering all
the conveniences of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City,
as well as ferry access to Mackinac Island. In
addition, there are many historic attractions that
make great day trips.
West of Hog Island Country Store & Cottages is
Manistique, a quaint little U.P. town with its own
lighthouse and extensive boardwalk along Lake
Michigan. Be sure and trek out on the breakwall to
watch a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
The Tahquamenon Falls have been entrancing Michigan
families for decades. The unique brown, foamy falls
— from the tannins in the cedar swamps that
feed the river — often look like giant root
The upper falls are more than 200 feet across, drop
some 50 feet, and can move as much as 50,000
gallons of water per second. The state park also
has a microbrewery that serves lunches and dinners
along with suds. The road to the falls is a scenic
delight, and is well known to motorcyclists who
measure their days in curves, not miles.
Just to the west of Hog
Island Cottages near the town of Gulliver lies
the beautiful Seul Choix Point Lighthouse.
Seul Choix, (Pronounced Sis-Shwa) Lighthouse
Point is a beautiful spot to visit for an
afternoon. The lighthouse is fully operational
and provide peace of mind for area sailors.
Tour the lighthouse or picnic on the grounds
either way its a great way to experience a
slice of northern Michigan history.