Find out where to eat, stay and shop in Bellaire, Harbor Springs and Copper Harbor.
By Klaudia Jakubiak
You don’t need to book an international trip to experience scenic routes, hidden gems and beautiful shorelines. Northern Michigan has some of the most picturesque regions throughout all four seasons, especially for those who love to explore the outdoors! From thrill-seekers who love skiing, to fishermen who enjoy a slower pace of life, you can expect to find it all in the Great Lakes State. For the travelers who want a spontaneous road trip or weekend getaway, we’ve uncovered some places you don’t want to miss.
Bellaire is home to a charming downtown, but better yet, it’s home to places such as Short’s Brewing Company, Bee Well Meadery and Torch Lake Cellars. With so many options to indulge in adult beverages, you don’t want to miss the beauty of the city, so we’ve compiled a list of the places to explore in Bellaire.
If you’re looking to spend a weekend in Bellaire, we suggest staying in one of the award-winning B&Bs or inns:
Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn: Enjoy a romantic getaway at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, where you can enrich your history knowledge by joining a tour to learn more about the historic B&B. grandvictorian.com. 402 N. Bridge St., Bellaire.
Applesauce Inn B&B: This cozy farmhouse is nestled in a quiet part of town, just minutes from downtown Bellaire and Torch Lake. Wake up each morning to a farm-to-table breakfast and wind down with homemade dessert or local wine and cider. applesauceinn.com. 7296 S. M88 Hwy., Bellaire.
Stone Waters Inn: This renovated hotel is perfect for guests who want to enjoy nature. With its hot tub located on the river’s edge, you can jump or float right into Lake Bellaire. stonewatersinn.com. 226 N. Bridge St., Bellaire.
With its exceptional options for local wine, beer and cider, you will need to complement your drinks with some delicious food. Below are a few of the best restaurants in Bellaire:
Short’s Brewing Company: This gastropub is the perfect blend of local beer, upbeat atmosphere and a delicious menu, including Short’s famous mac ’n cheese. shortsbrewing.com. 121 N. Bridge St, Bellaire.
Toonie’s Fish & Steak House: Enjoy the freshest fish in town, and if you’re debating which day to visit, make it Friday for all you can eat fish. tooniesfishandsteakhouse.com. 216 N. Bridge St., Bellaire.
Lunch Box: If you’re looking for home-cooked meals, look no further than Lunch Box as your go-to breakfast and lunch destination. lunchboxbellaire.com. 106 E. Cayuga St., Bellaire.
To further explore Bellaire, we suggest visiting some of the local shops to get a true sense of this charming city:
Uniquely North: This store offers unique items that represent the beauty of Michigan. You will find one-of-a-kind pieces that are perfect for gifts or if you want to treat yourself. uniquelynorth.com. 221 N. Bridge St., Bellaire.
Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery: You cannot visit Bellaire without a trip to Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery. Make sure to try Ruthann’s Secret Protected Signature Butter Crème and artisan breads. ruthannsgourmetbakery.com. 105 N. Bridge St., Bellaire.
Continuing north, the next stop on your getaway is beautiful Harbor Springs. Located near Petoskey and Charlevoix, Harbor Springs is a waterfront setting with many outdoor attractions.
For your restful getaway, find comfort in one of these hotels:
Inn at Bay Harbor: If you’re looking to unwind and enjoy a luxurious getaway with a tranquil spa or unforgettable golf game, this hotel can tailor your experience to exactly what you need. innatbayharbor.com. 3600 Village Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor.
Bay Harbor Village Hotel: With rooms ranging from suites to penthouses, you will not be disappointed by the stunning water views and convenient location near restaurants and shops. bayharbor.com/village-hotel-conference-center. 4160 Main St., Bay Harbor.
Highland Hideaway B&B: This secluded B&B is ideal for an experience away from the city but also still close if you’d like to venture out. Plus, there is a free wine tasting! airbnb.com. 6767 S. Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs.
Harbor Springs is home to culinary attractions catering to every taste. Below are some recommendations for the best restaurants in town:
Sam’s Graces Café and Bakery: This locally sourced and handcrafted bakery offers scrumptious baked goods as well as hearty lunch options such as oven-baked pizzas and freshly made spanakopita. samsgracescafe.com. 339 State St., Harbor Springs.
Willow: The thoughtful menu embodies all the authentic tastes of Northern Michigan with a focus on supporting local farmers. The restaurant offers a creative menu to give guests an unforgettable dining experience. willowharborsprings.com. 29 E. Bay St., Harbor Springs.
The New York Restaurant: Offering an eclectic menu with fresh ingredients, this restaurant will tantalize your taste buds with options like filet mignon, Atlantic salmon and scampi riva. Make sure to leave room for the bumpy cake. thenewyork.com. 101 State St., Harbor Springs.
After experiencing the beauty and taste of Harbor Springs, you may not want to leave after you do a bit of shopping at these local shops:
Hanni Gallery: This art gallery offers one-of-a-kind jewelry that’s handmade with attention to quality and detail. hannijewelry.com. 120 E. Main St., Harbor Springs.
Bella Regalo Gift Shop: If you’re looking for unique gifts, such as candles, teas and witty cards, pay a visit to this gift shop. 397 East Main St., Harbor Springs.
American Spoon: Pick up some of your favorite condiments, including preserves and spreads, and stock your pantry with flavors of Michigan. spoon.com. 125 E. Main St., Harbor Springs.
Since your journey has taken you this far, why not experience Michigan’s northernmost community: Copper Harbor. Here, you can truly experience a secluded location with a population of about 108. This inhabited treasure is surely off the beaten path, but that’s what makes it so unique!
Dapple-Gray Bed and Breakfast: Immerse yourself in a quaint B&B rich with history and antiques. This one-of-a-kind accommodation includes suites that face the lake with a balcony or deck to give you a tranquil getaway. And if you want to pick up a unique gift, check out the antique shop where you can peruse an inventory of books, glass and ceramics. dapple-gray.com. 13640 M-26, Eagle Harbor.
Keweenaw Adventure Company: If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for everything — lodging, mountain biking, sea kayaking and more — then look no further. You can stay in one of the company’s cabins or cottages, and fill your day with adventure. keweenawadventure.com.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge: The rustic charm of this lodge has it all to keep you busy and engaged: golf course, tennis court and restaurant. With two roaring fires in the main dining room, you’ll surely want to cozy up and stay awhile. keweenawmountainlodge.com. 14252 U.S. Highway 41, Copper Harbor.
Harbor Haus: This hidden gem will elevate your taste buds with its German influence. Indulge in potato pancakes, fresh seafood or mouthwatering pecan pie. harborhaus.com. 77 Brockway Ave., Copper Harbor.
Jamsen’s Fish Market and Bakery: What’s better than finding a restaurant that serves the freshest fish and cookies the size of your face? You might find yourself eating breakfast, lunch and dinner here. jamsen.biz. 4 Waterfront Landing, Copper Harbor.
Captain Matt’s Fish n’ Chips: You don’t want to miss this food truck! You will find it parked outside the Brickside Brewery and likely go for seconds for their whitefish tacos.
The Laughing Loon: This a shop you certainly don’t want to miss in Copper Harbor. From postcards to jewelry, you’re sure to find a memorable keepsake. thelaughingloononline.com. 240 1st St., Copper Harbor.
Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens: Set among a beautiful garden, enjoy the quirky golf course that will keep you entertained with laughs at each hole. Who doesn’t want to try using a hockey stick instead of a club? Give it a try! 1028 Gratiot St., Copper Harbor.
Traprock Pottery: Area native Dennis Sotala and his wife, Leslie, handcraft beautiful ceramic pieces. Bring back an artisan mug to enjoy your coffee or tea. traprockpottery.com. 57740 Lilja Road, Calumet.
The Great Lakes State offers many options for a scenic getaway and can be curated to fit your needs. With its relative remoteness, you can discover hidden beaches, quaint towns and mesmerizing shorelines. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing escape with awe-inspiring sunsets, or an adventure packed with outdoor activities, the options are endless in Northern Michigan.