Surrounded by Serenity: Huron-Manistee's Reid Lake
Get a breath of fresh air in the Huron-Manistee National Forest this November and experience the transformation of nature, stunning views, and natural beauty at Reid Lake, a 3,000 acre park densely covered in forests and scattered with low-lying swamps and rolling hills. Reid Lake finds itself a popular spot for wildlife watching and hiking surrounded by the serenity of a remote lake environment. If you tamper with escapism and desire peace, quiet, and fresh air, this is the place to do it.
Tipsy in Tawas: Painting with Wine at the Moose Lodge
Often, unexpected combinations can be the most thrilling and memorable experiences of our lives. For some, painting while sampling wine is not unexpected at all. If you haven't participated in this popular trend yet, then plan to attend the Tipsy Artist Wine and Design Event at the Tawas Moose Lodge on November 13, a social and artistic event that mixes your love of drinking (we'll call it "wine tasting") with your artistic talents, latent or not.
The place to hit it big is Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish. With over 34,000 square feet packed with over 800 slots and table games, a day at the casino makes for a fun, and exciting time. Located at 2690 Worth Road in Standish, MI, the casino has a prime location to provide gambling and entertainment. Additionally, the Players Club provides Premium Play to any couple that visits during the month of their anniversary. To become a member, visit the casino's website and sign up.
Fall Beer & Wine Tasting by the Tawas Bay in Michigan
If you have a taste for beer, then Tawas Bay's annual Fall Wine and Beer Tasting is an event you shouldn't miss while staying in the area. The East Tawas area's Brew Krew will be hosting the event at Tawas Bay Beach Resort with 30 wines, 12 beers, and a serving of light appetizers. Everyone may have his or her own opinion on what a Saturday night is, but this two-hour-long social event is a great way to start it, even if you head to bed afterwards.
Lakeside Labor Day: Tawas City’s Shoreline Park’s Arts & Crafts Show
Don’t miss Tawas City’s 26th Annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show on September 3rd and 4th this summer. Taking place in Shoreline Park adjacent to Tawas City’s Town Square, the Arts and Crafts Show will have vendors selling anything from jewelry and furniture to clothes and lotions. The show offers over 130 booths of these handmade-only arts and crafts from local residents as well as food vendors selling fudge, salsa, and kettle corn.
It’s not every day you get to watch a movie on the beach, but you can at the Oscoda beachfront after dusk for the Starry Nights Summer Movie Series. The 2016 live-action version of the beloved tale, The Jungle Book, will be playing at the Oscoda Beach Park on September 3rd, and movies are played every Wednesday and Saturday… for free! Bring your own lawn chair, snacks, and refreshments for this relaxing evening.
Get outside along the shores of Lake Huron to view unique art made by the Tawas Bay artists before summer says its goodbye. From epic landscape photography to acrylic equestrian paintings and handmade baskets, the Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Arts Festival is host to a variety of art mediums sure to satisfy anyone with a creative edge to their person. Tawas City hosts the 55th Annual Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Arts Festival this August, a media exhibit where all exhibited items must be original work and handcrafted by the artist.
Those that have a connection to nature or just want to get outside with the family in the summer months will want to experience the nearby Huron National Forest which includes unique landscapes and features, such as one of the National Scenic Byways. The River Road National Scenic Byway, a pre-European Native American travel route, is a 23-mile road that parallels the Au Sable River. It stretches from Lake Huron into the Huron National Forest that is famous for its scenery, biology, history, and its efficiency as a major route in the transportation of white pine lumber.
Couples searching for an intimate dinner together—that also includes a historical experience as well as scenic Great Lakes views—should head to Tawas City, found about 25 minutes south of Oscoda. The “1857 Island Lighthouse Dining & Wine Tasting Cruise” to Charity Island in Saginaw Bay departs from Browns Landing in Tawas City as well as Caseville Municipal Harbor. The cruise offers an immersion in Great Lakes maritime history, dinner at the lightkeeper’s house with a magnificent view of Lake Huron, and a relaxing return trip timed to catch the sunset.
Oscoda is located on the eastern shore where the beautiful AuSable River flows into Lake Huron. This land has a rich of history. The AuSable-Oscoda Historical Museum [www.ausableoscodahistoricalsociety.org] offers a variety of exhibits depicting Indian artifacts, ship wrecks, logging, the Paul Bunyan legend, lighthouses, the AuSable River and its dams, and much more. The gift shop has numerous books about the local history as wells as the 1880 birds eye map and old time toys. Summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4.