703 N. Cedar St. -- US 131
Kalkaska, MI 49646-8485
Phone: (231) 258-9119
Fax: (231) 258-9026
Robinson's Scenic Gardens, advertises itself as the Concrete Sanctuary. Although mainly a yard decorations retailer, it welcomes well-meaning tourists too. The family owned facility sells over 2000 different garden ornaments ranging from the usual garden gnomes, birdbaths to life-size wildlife creatures and unique Biblical characters. There is in fact, a barricaded section dedicated to Biblical scenes. The place also features a free kiddie area and a picnic spot that is sprinkled with colorful, not-for-sale, fiberglass animals, of which the purple hippo and red rhino are most popular.
Palmer Park is located in the southeast of Mancelona. This village park is a top recreational destination among locals. Its landscape has several picnic and camping spots as well as a baseball field, basketball and tennis court. It also has a playground for children and a multipurpose pavilion that hosts cultural and private events. Their annual Mancelona Bass Festival features live entertainment, carnival, a grand parade and fireworks displays.
A pile of rocks shaped to resemble a pyramid, the Hugh Gray's Monument lies on the Cairn Highway in Kewadin community of Milton Township. Built in 1938, the Hugh Gray Pyramid is dedicated to Hugh J. Gray former tourism minister of Michigan who has a big hand in elevating the level of tourist activity in the state.
Located on Cass Road, near the Sara Lee Bakery outlet, is The World's Largest Cherry Pie Pan. The gigantic tin pan is a marker to commemorate the Guinness World Record that the city holds for making the world's largest cherry pie. Chasing the record set by Charlevoix, MI in 1976, the Traverse City Cherry Pie weighed a whopping 28,350 pounds (12,859 kilograms). The pie monument is displayed vertically for the world to see and celebrate Traverse City as the National Cherry Capital of United States.
Wellington Farm Park is a working replica of a typical Mid-American farmstead during the 1930's as the nation found itself in the grips of the Great Depression. Many farming activities are conducted daily, making use of vintage equipment, tools, and practices. The park has many unique buildings including a sawmill, blacksmith shop, grist mill, summer kitchen, farm market, and pavillion.
Built in 1870, this historic lighthouse is now a museum of local history and culture, and an interesting feature is its unique location. Situated at exactly the 45th parallel between the North Pole and the Equator, the lighthouse was an important warning system for the ships and boats about the treacherous shoals off the coast into the Grand Traverse Bay. Self guided tours of the lighthouse are available with an admission fee, though the first level entry is free of charge. The lighthouse is located in Lighthouse park and is close to several beautiful hiking and trekking trails. Accommodation in the log cabin is available. Interestingly, the lighthouse has a Keeper Program, where visitors can volunteer to live in the lighthouse and help run it for a period of time. For additional information, visit the website or email.
More than just a shopping center, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is located in a preserved historical area, what used to be the Traverse City State Hospital. There are plenty of dining and shopping options, making for an enjoyable day out.
Located in Traverse City, which is known for its fair share of roadside attractions, is one of strangest attractions in Michigan. The grave site of Colantha the cow, is often sought by tourists and locals alike, who stop by to commemorate the life and achievement of the Champion Cow. Fondly remembered as Colantha Walker who was born and raised in the Northern Michigan Asylum, a self-sufficient mental health facility of the 1800s, she was claimed a champion in 1926. She produced a whopping 2746 gallons (10395 liters) of milk that year, while the average cow in Michigan would produce just about 469 gallons (1777 liters) of milk annually. Traverse City still remembers Colantha who has inspired the annual dairy festival in city called the Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival held every at what used to be the mental asylum's grounds, which is also the final resting place of the legendary cow.
The library is near the hospital and next to AuSable Primary in Grayling. A drive-up drop box is located in front of the building.
Deadman's Hill is a gorgeous observation point in Elmira, in the Mackinaw State Forest. The place is named in memory of Stanley Graczyk was killed here on account of a huge accident of 1910. The rumor has it that Graczywk, who was on his way to attend his own wedding when the crash happened, still haunts the spot. Ghost or not, the panoramic overlook is a splendid sight and incidentally, also the starting point of a hiking trail.