Ready for Springtime Adventure?

Great trips for the solo traveler or couple

3 Adventures that are a "little less people, and a little more peaceful"

Maybe a getaway shouldn’t require syncing schedules, endless planning, and meticulous packing. Maybe it should be as easy as planting a pin on a map, grabbing a bag of the essentials, and heading out on the road. Although previously less common, today solo travel is a popular choice for individuals ready for exploration focused solely on an authentic experience that resonate with personal interests.

If you are seeking solo simplicity, or a little time away with your mate in a relaxing wintertime jaunt, Manistee has just what you are looking for. We have assembled a collection of single day itineraries that each showcase different ways to enjoy a day in #MyManistee. Choose your favorite or stack the adventures for a multi-day trip exploring all of the reasons why Manistee is the perfect destination to relieve your cabin fever.

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What sounds good to you? Do one, or do them all! Enjoy the season in #MyManistee!

Step Back in Time

Adventure #1

MUST SEE STOPS – Adventure #1: Step Back in Time

Follow the Historic Tour

Manistee has a rich history radiating out from the center point of our historic downtown that spans the county. Follow the Manistee County Historic Sites Tour to learn stories of more than 100 of our historic sites throughout the county. The Origins Walk, located along the Riverwalk at First Street Beach/Douglas Park, is a unique sculptural representation of the evolution of our natural landscape and the historic foundation of our region.

Burrata at The Golden Stag

Step Into The Golden Stag 

Made-to-order recipes combine Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, and Arabic influences. A harmonious blend of flavors from various cuisines caters to all palates and celebrates the richness and diversity of these culinary traditions. Step into The Golden Stag and embark on a flavorful journey that transcends borders.

Polish pottery display at Ideal Kitchen

Pop Into the Shops

Next explore the streets of Historic Downtown Manistee, the Victorian Era buildings are filled with shops featuring local wares and restaurant serving regional favorites. Situated along the free-flowing waters of the Big Manistee River, Manistee’s downtown provides an eclectic mix of foodie stops and charming shops that will keep you coming back for more.

Catch a show at the Vogue or Ramsdell

Featuring community, national, and international live performances for your entertainment, the historic Ramsdell Theater in downtown Manistee is a stunning landmark you really must see. Art exhibits, dance, live music, and theater performances fill their year-round schedule.

The historic Vogue Movie Theater in downtown Manistee offers first-run movies every night of the week. Step back in time as you enjoy freshly popped popcorn, and your favorite snacks and beverages while you relax in this beautiful theater restored to its original 1930s décor. The charm of the venue and a community of friendly volunteers add to neighborhood feel of your movie going experience.

Scenic Exploration

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MUST SEE STOPS – Adventure #2: Scenic Exploration

Arcadia Overlook

M22 Scenic Route

The scenic M22 route following the Lake Michigan shoreline from Manistee north through the Leelanau Peninsula is one of the most beautiful drives in any season of the year, and spring is no exception. Your route begins at US31 & M22 at the Little River Casino Resort. From there, head north and following the winding roadway through may quaint towns and leading you to breath-taking views. The perfect way to spend a spring day!

Arcadia Marsh Trail

Make your way to Arcadia

For stunning views of Lake Michigan dressed in its winter best, Arcadia offers lakeshore access as well as incomparable views high above the water’s edge. Your first stop is Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve is a 313-acre preserve, home to over 250 bird species, featuring observation decks and fishing spots along a ¾ mile universal access boardwalk spanning the Marsh. Just a few more miles north is the Arcadia Scenic Overlook where you can view the shoreline from 370’ above the lakeshore for expansive views of the coastal landscape.

wood fired pizza from Ironfish

Experience Local Flavors at Ironfish

Set in the serene countryside, Iron Fish Distillery serves up craft cocktails made from locally harvested and passionately produced sustainable spirits. Curating a unique experience in any season, Iron Fish is a must-stop spot on your visit to Manistee County.

overlook at Sleeping Bear

Scenic Drive at Sleeping Bear

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of our region’s most popular family destination, attracting visitors from around the world, but did you know it is also open all year long? Experience the Dune Climb at your own pace before the summer crowds gather. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive opens in mid-April and offers a 7.4 mile loop with beautiful views of Lake Michigan, the Glen Lakes, and the dunes. There are 12 stops along the way, but the view can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle.

Perfect way to end your day – Experience the Nectar Spa at the Little River Casino Resort

Plan ahead and reserve your spot for a relaxing spa treatment to make this day complete. The Nectar Spa at Little River Casino Resort offers a full menu of rejuvenating spa treatments designed to help you relax and revitalize mind and body.

Time on the Trails

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MUST SEE STOPS – Adventure #3: Time on the Trails

Suspension bridge on Manistee river trail

Trek the Manistee River Trail

245 miles of trails attract explorers to Manistee County in all 4 seasons of the year, and spring is no exception.  A hike on the Manistee River Trail delivers a unique perspective for hikers when the trees begin to bloom.  Beginning at the Hodenpyl Dam, the Little Mac Suspension Bridge leads you as you cross the open waters of the Manistee River to the banks high above the river’s edge for a bird’s eye view. Choose for one of nine well-marked trailheads for your #MyManistee spring trail adventure.

Refuel at Northern Natural Cider House & Winery

Set in a relaxing county location in Kaleva, open Thursday through Sunday, Northern Natural Cider House & Winery specializes in premium quality organic hard ciders, wines made with organic fruit, sustainable farmed gold medal grape wines, and port wines. They feature 10 taps with rotating varieties of hard ciders made from fresh pressed apples and fermented on-site. This cider house invites you to stop in for a taste and stay to enjoy live music that pops up from time to time.

Biker on big m trail in spring

Fat Bike Big-M

Need some faster-paced spring trail excitement to warm you up? Cruise the Udell Hills through the winding woods on your fat tire bike for early spring trail fun.  Big-M Recreational Area is a popular trail destination for cyclist. This trail system is a collaborative effort of the Manistee Cross Country Ski Council, Shoreline Cycling Club, and the U.S. Forest Service focused on protecting and maintaining these trails for the enjoyment and benefit of the trail enthusiasts who travel from near and far to ski or bike the Big-M.  Want to give it a try before you buy? Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville rents fat tire bikes by the day.

See the Sequoia at Lake Bluff

Sequoia trees in Michigan? That’s right! Lake Bluff Farms located just north of Orchard Beach State Park is a serene preserve located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and a perfect place for a stroll. In 1948, six sapling sequoia trees, were brought from California and planted on the Lake Bluff estate. Three of these trees have survived, the tallest is now 116 feet tall and is the largest Giant Sequoia east of the Rockies.