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.
For those who not only crave the challenge of varied landscapes but also appreciate a golf outing amid lush forests, the Oscoda region has several public and semi-private courses to choose from.
Red Hawk Golf Club is located in East Tawas about 20-minutes south of Oscoda. It is a public 18-hole course designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills. The course offers mature forests and elevation changes that challenges the most accomplished player but still enjoyable for the novice.
With the arrival of spring, it is a great time to get outdoors and view Mother Nature, especially her birds. The area offers a variety of opportunities. The annual Tawas Birding Festival will be held May 19-22, 2016 at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort & Tawas Point. This is considered the biggest little birding festival in the Midwest. During the 2015 festival over 200 species of birds were recorded including: Kirtland’s Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, numerous raptors, shorebirds and more. If you are an avid bird enthusiast this is a must attend festival.
Did you know that April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day? The Huron House Bed & Breakfast is known for its delicious breakfasts and has quite the reputation for its Eggs Benedict served every Sunday. In fact, on April 16th, one of the innkeepers is scheduled to be on ABC-TV 12 in Flint, to share the tasty recipe of poached eggs, ham, and hollandaise sauce with viewers. While everyone has a different version of this flavorful dish, the Huron House tops it off with a stuffed hash brown in the shape of a flower.
The Canoe/Kayak racing season is almost here! The season kicks off with the 21st annual Klondike Canoe Race on Saturday, April 2 in Oscoda. The race starts at the mouth of Van Ettan Creek where it meets the AuSable River. Racers will head upstream to the Van Ettan Dam and then back downstream to the bridge on F41 at Chemical Bank. Cost to race is $5 and registration begins at 11:00am with the race starting at 1:00pm. Allow approximately an hour to complete the race.
What are fat bikes? Bikes with oversized tires designed to travel over all kinds of terrain such as mud, sandy beaches, bogs and snow. A fat bike is not about speed, but rather allows you to enjoy the outdoors at a slower pace. Over the years, they have grown in popularity with some enthusiasts trading in their mountain bike for a fat bike. Here in Oscoda, the Eagle Run Trail that is part of the larger Corsair Trail system has been widened for multi-use with cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
In a few weeks, the Huron House Bed & Breakfast will have all new mattresses from Lady Americana based in Grand Rapids, MI. For over 30 years, Lady Americana has manufactured premium mattresses to provide a comfortable sleep.
From kitchen tables to board rooms, from coffee shops to bed and breakfasts, people gather over coffee to exchange thoughts, ideas, and memories. The Huron House Bed & Breakfast knows how important it is to offer quality coffee and has partnered with Uncommon Coffee Roasters to create a special coffee blend for our guests.
Luxurious Hotel Saugatuck Opening Memorial Day Weekend
Huron House owner, Al Heminger, has acquired a new boutique hotel in Saugatuck, Michigan overlooking the Kalamazoo Lake. The Hotel Saugatuck, (formerly known as the Twin Gables Inn) will have the same luxurious amenities guests have fallen in love with at the Huron House Bed & Breakfast. Both properties offer a unique lodging experience for a romantic getaway or to celebrate a special milestone. You’ll be able to relax and reconnect with the one you love on the beachfront of Lake Huron or the shores of Lake Michigan.