Happy August – a month to enjoy sunsets, warm weather, al fresco dining and festival fun! Here is our list of 13 things to include in your August plans.
- The Sweet Sounds of Summer
From “Stroll the Streets” in Boyne City to “Street Musique” in Harbor Springs, or pulling out a blanket for a concert in the park or Petoskey Rocks!, northern Michigan is not short on talent! Mostly kid-friendly and all free, these concerts are not to be missed! Looking for later entertainment? The Noggin Room Pub has entertainers nightly through the month of August. Gather your friends, order up a brew and kick back to relax. Our full list of entertainment can be found here.
- Hit The Beach! Pristine waters and sandy shorelines are all you need for a relaxing day at the beach. Petoskey State Park, Sturgeon Bay, Harbor Springs City Beach and the Michigan Beach in Charlevoix are among our personal favorites.
- Not a beach person but still want to be on the water? You’re in luck! Hop on a boat.
In the Village of Alanson, Riverboat Tours offers a comfy pontoon and cruises of the Crooked River. The captains are quite entertaining and the scenery is the perfect painting of northern Michigan.The Pointer Boat in Harbor Springs is docked at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. It’s the only way to see Harbor Springs from the water (unless you rent or have your own boat). You will see Harbor from a completely different perspective.
- Festivals! So much to celebrate in August. A few of our favorites include:
Alanson Riverfest – A Celebration of the Inland Water Route
Friday – Sunday, August 11 – 13
Friday night kicks off with a lighted boat parade, live music all weekend, including Motown Night with original 1960s artists! You will also enjoy an antique/flea market all weekend, kids activities on Saturday and the Petoskey Steel Drum Band on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to stick around for the TOMORC Marathon Races that zip through the Crooked River, too!Festival on the Bay
Friday – Saturday, August 18 – 19
Live entertainment all weekend, a family fun color run, craft show, food, vendors and more. It’s a waterfront festival for everyone!
The most scenic bike trails are right here in northern Michigan. The Little Traverse Wheelway spans from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix and offers breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay. The North Western State Trail can be accessed on M-119 and continues on a newly paved trail all the way to Alanson. If you’d like to go further, the trail extends to Mackinaw City, but is crushed limestone north of Alanson.
- Browse The Boutique Shops in the Historic Gaslight District of Downtown Petoskey
Lake Street was recently named one of the “best shopping districts” in the country. Come see why with boutique shops, coffee shops, unique gift shops and more. While you’re there, hop on the Historic Trolley for a tour, available Thursday – Saturday. You can find a Trolley Schedule here.
- Take a stroll on Sanctuary Island in Alanson.Where else can you find a hand-cranked ferry? To get to the Island, you have to use the hand-cranked ferry. Once you reach the destination, you can walk around the boardwalk and take in the sites over Crooked River like no place else.
- Hunt for those Petoskey Stones. Magnus Park, Petoskey State Park or the rocky shorelines between Petoskey and Charlevoix are always great spots to start. Tip: Grab a spray bottle, they are easier to spot when wet! No time to hunt? No problem. Shops around the area sell polished and unpolished Petoskey stones.
- Visit the Oden State Fish Hatchery in Conway. Nature, fish ponds, nature trails and a viewing chamber are some of our favorites. Easy access right off the highway, and the North Western State Trail goes right by it.
- Enjoy Al Fresco Dining
Whether it’s lunch, dinner or cocktails with friends, you won’t want to miss your chance to enjoy the last days of Al Fresco Dining! Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs is a summertime favorite and you can dine on the deck by the water or on the upper deck as well. Also try Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in downtown Charlevoix to watch the boats cruise by on the Pine River Channel. Admiring the yachts, boats and scenery won’t disappoint.
- Explore and Hike New Trails
Northern Michigan is surrounded by hiking trails. Discover a new one at the Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves.Or visit Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites and discover our nature trails through the wooded areas and along the Crooked River.
- Indulge in Sunday Brunch at Stafford’s Bay View Inn
A tradition since 1962 and voted “Northern Michigan’s Best Brunch!” Sunday Brunch is served 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy chef-carved meats, homemade waffle station, breakfast favorites, lunch entrees, traditional sides, salads and a sweets table! $21.95 adults, $12.95 children. Reservations encouraged, 231-347-2771.
- Book a Summer Escape Package. Four guests stay for $119! This package at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites, is available August 1, 2, 9, 21, 22, 27 and 29. Includes one night of lodging, breakfast, $20 in Stafford’s Dining Dollars (redeemable at any Stafford’s location) and $20 in Downtown Merchant Money (redeemable at participating downtown shops). Must be booked by August 10, 2017.
Looking for more to do? View our list of 105 Things To Do In Northern Michigan.