A prime location for cross-country skiers, you’ll find a variety of trails that will appeal to all skill levels. The Highbanks Trails is a linear trail along the scenic AuSable River bluff. Skiers and snowshoers travel along the same trails used by the loggers, in the day, to roll their timber into the river. Covering 14 miles, the trail is marked, but not groomed and is ideal for the beginner or intermediate skier. The view of mixed hardwood and pines from the Highlands Trail Lookout is spectacular on a cold and crisp winter day.
The Garden View Coffee Mill is a delightful small cottage converted into a coffee shop. Located just a block from Lake Huron, this cute little shop offers great coffee, baked goods and an array of soups, sandwiches and salads. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. They also carry a line of unique kitchen accessories that make for a great gift.
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. When you start talking to your plants and they are talking back, it is time for a getaway because you have Cabin Fever. After talking to plants, comes alphabetizing your pantry. You don’t want to be doing that this winter.
Here at the Huron House Bed & Breakfast we have the perfect cure for Cabin Fever. Let us pamper you in luxury. Relax and unwind by your private fireplace or in your in-room Jacuzzi, or have an in-room massage. Each morning enjoy a signature breakfast delivered to your elegant king size room.
The name says it all. If you are a pizza lover, you’ll definitely want to make a trip to The Brick Oven. Newly opened this past summer, the reviews are all about the amazing pizza, especially the BBQ Duck pizza. Made fresh daily in a wood fired oven, you are overwhelmed from the wonderful smell of the brick oven. View the phenomenal oven on their Facebook page. They also offer meat, pesto, seafood and margherita pizza or you can build your own custom pizza with the toppings you like.
At the Wiltse’s Brew Pub & Family Restaurant, you’ll find a warm and friendly atmosphere to unwind, relax and enjoy good food. They offer a full service menu of appetizers, dinner favorites, and pub favorites.
A beautiful Wildlife Preserve, Clark’s Marsh, is a vast wetland consisting of woodland ponds and old growth forest. Numerous unpaved and flat grassy trails offer the perfect place to view a variety of wild birds. Fall is always a pretty time of year to view birds and the changing colors of fall. Bring your binoculars for a glimpse of Marsh Wrens, Virginia Rails, Green Herons, Swamp Sparrows, Blue-headed Vireos, and numerous warblers.
Fall begins the chase for Chinook Salmon, Steelheads and Big Browns in the many rivers near Oscoda. Early October begins the fall steelhead on the Manistee River. The peak month for fall steelhead and trophy browns is November on the Au Sable River.
The best way to the find the perfect spot is a guided fishing trip. In and around the Oscoda area, there are a number of charter services.
Autumn Spectacle Along the River Road National Scenic Byway
From Oscoda to Hale, the Great River Road travels along the beautiful AuSable River past unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife and recreation areas. Long ago, Native Americans used this waterway for transporting timber and travel. Michigan’s awesome autumn spectacle will be bursting with brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than a drive along the River Road National Scenic Byway.
The “state stone” of Michigan is the Petoskey Stone that was officially designated in 1965. It is not actually a stone but fossilized coral from prehistoric times. Over 350 million years ago, a shallow sea and coral colonies covered Michigan. A series of glaciers scraped and churned the land spreading the coral fossils along the Michigan shoreline. Today only these beautiful fossils remain.
Are you the adventurous type? Do you have a passion for water sports?
Then you’ll want to tryout the coolest water jet pack ever. The Flyboard is a personal water craft accessory. Using water jet propulsion technology, a person can be elevated 45 feet into the air. It is easy to operate and requires some instruction, but anyone over the age of 18 years old can fly a board.