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Fall in Munising: 3 drives to remember and a historic restaurant is open again

A warm and wet end to the summer threatened to abbreviate the 2023 fall color season, but a run of cool nights has set the stage for a banner explosion of red, orange and yellow in the hardwood forests and along Lake Superior’s shoreline. The fall leaf forecast indicates that peak color will occur in …

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Michigan snowmobilers can bet on the Munising’s trails being open – even in an El Nino

Michigan snowmobilers can bet on the Munising’s trails being open – even in an El Nino As Andy Cooper worked the desk at the family-owned Buckhorn Resort in Munising late in October, the region’s first winter weather advisory had just been issued and the potential of four inches of snowfall offered a sign of things …

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Camera full of Munising Memories? Share them!

Summer may be winding down, but Munising encourages you to relive your Upper Peninsula adventures this season by sharing your images on CrowdRiff. In Munising, there’s a little piece of everything for everyone. From shipwrecks to waterfalls to kayaking to lounging at the beach, it’s the perfect up-north vacation destination. Known for being home to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, …

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2023 Is Warming Up. Plot Your Summertime Family Adventure in Munising Now

Maybe you’ve spent the last few months mostly cooped up, observing the kids inundate themselves with screens playing video games or creating new dances for TikTok. We’re getting deeper into 2023 and as the weather improves the excuses to not be outside wane. It’s time to reacquaint the family with the great outdoors — and …

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Spring Is For Waterfalls in Munising

Spring is a refreshing season. Nature’s thaw encourages a revitalized exploration with fresh itineraries. The landscapes emerge out of hibernation, and we follow suit to admire its renewed splendor. Of course, spring showers are the impetus for the verdant rejuvenation. The air begins to hold more moisture and escapes in the form of rain as …

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How a Chicago trade show, 4 Michigan residents and a stop at a bar launched an international festival

As Bill Thompson tells it, the Michigan Ice Fest, slated for its 31st year in Munising from Feb. 8-12, had humble beginnings that slowly developed into a world-renowned location for professional ice climbers as well as the best spot for the sport’s newcomers to learn. Thompson, in a recent podcast with MLive’s Eric Hultgren, recounts …

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U.P. snowmobiling: 3 top rides to experience near Pictured Rocks

There was a time, Dan Nadeau remembers, that visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which has attracted as many 1.3 million people to Munising in a single year, was a distant second driver of tourism in Alger County. Instead, the primary attraction was that the region served as the “Snowmobiling Capital of the Midwest,” where …

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Munising in the fall: Fewer crowds, more beauty and daytime trip ideas

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and the prospect of snowmobiling on the 330-plus miles of groomed trails in the Munising area just two months away, a visit to Michigan’s U.P. might not seem to be in play. However, there are other lenses to look through when considering a fall getaway – starting with …

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Scenic water cruises by day, concerts at night: Munising adds ‘missing element’

When Tom Dolaskie returned to his hometown of Munising in 2008, fresh off four years of service in the U.S. Air Force, it was apparent that the city needed an infusion of activity that served and entertained visitors coming to witness the natural beauty of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. “There wasn’t really anything that could …

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Why Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will get even better in 2022 and beyond

In the coming years, Sue Reece, a ranger at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, expects to see trails improved and expanded, bridges refortified and seasonal maintenance staff added to the 73,000-acre Upper Peninsula gem that became the country’s first national lakeshore in 1966. The upgrades and the personnel will come via visitor entrance fees that launched …

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