PLAY IN NATURE’S ART GALLERY
STROKES OF BEAUTY
The best way to take in the full whoa-factor of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: from the water. Kayak tours put things in perspective, with guides that lead paddlers under rocky overhangs and along a 200-foot bluff that bows out like a giant band shell. Glass-bottom boat tours allow visitors to spot shipwrecks from over 100 years ago.
Chase 17 waterfalls in the area. Within Pictured Rocks, a 1/2-mile trail leads to 50-foot Miners Falls, the park’s most powerful waterfall. Spray Falls lives up to its name with a misty shower that hits kayakers and boaters as the 70foot falls plunge off a cliff and into Lake Superior. In town, spring-fed Horseshoe Falls drops 20 feet before rushing over a series of cascades.
Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails branch out from town, many leading right to lodging and dining destinations, such as Buckhorn Resort. A trail also leads directly to the iconic Miners Castle formation at Pictured Rocks, where you may spot ice climbers scaling its 40-foot column. The lakeshore also hosts the Midwest’s largest ice-climbing festival, Michigan Ice Fest, from February 13–17 this year.
CRAFTED WITH LOVE
Dine among thousands of books lining the shelves at Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore, serving local specialties, such as smoked whitefish, plus gluten-free and vegan options. Hearty pasties with flaky crusts, tender beef and a medley of veggies await in the pastel yellow home of Muldoons Pasties. Don’t miss the gift shop selling unique Upper Peninsula souvenirs and homemade fudge.