First Week of October

My husband and I just completed our clockwise circle of the Big Lake the first week of October. Living just a mile away from Lake Superior ourselves, we have always wondered about the other side of the lake. We were also surprised to find that many of our friends and neighbors had never been all the way around. Since we knew Michigan very well we focused on everywhere else and spent about 8 days. A couple more days to see our beautiful Upper Peninsula would be necessary if you weren’t as familiar with it.

We were pleasantly surprised to find Duluth such a tourist-friendly destination. We stayed in one of the hotels in the Canal Park region and found it so convenient. Not only was there a scenic boardwalk but also it was within walking distance of the Maritime Museum, the Aerial Lift Bridge, the aquarium, railroad museum, numerous shops and restaurants. Check out Lake Avenue Café and Grandma’s.

The hike to Devil’s Kettle Falls in Minnesota was well worth it. There are many stairs but it is not too long. The falls and the setting was just beautiful. Sights you won’t want to miss along the way were Split Rock Lighthouse, Fort William near Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls and Ouimet Canyon.

We stayed in two bed-and-breakfast inns. Lucy’s Place in Bayfield, Wisconsin, was so welcoming and we loved their dogs. Our lucky find was Lakeview Manor in Marathon, Ontario. It was probably the nicest B&B we have ever experienced. It had everything you could want – great view, good food, complimentary split of wine and all amenities. Who would have guessed that a great Chinese restaurant is in Marathon, also!

If there was one place we would go return to, it would be the Lake Superior Provincial Park. The views of the lake were spectacular. It seemed like every bend of the road brought yet another amazing scene. Have your camera ready or hang out at one of the beaches.

My husband and I expected to see some fall colors as we travelled. When we arrived back in our own U.P., we discovered that the most colorful trees were on our drive between Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette. It was an unforgettable trip!

Suzanne Stephenson, Marquette, Michigan