Since the nineteenth century, the Sand Point Lighthouse has guided ships and sailors to safety. The community that grew up around the lighthouse is tightly tied to the water, as you will discover when you stay at a Choice hotel Escanaba, MI and explore the area, including:
Constructed in 1867 to direct ships into the deep water harbor, the Sand Point Lighthouse has been restored to its original turn-of-the-century exterior and interior. You will be able to climb the spiral stairway all the way to the top of the lighthouse and see the powerful Fresnel lens.
Follow in the footsteps of the Chippewa Indians at the Pioneer Trail Park where French missionaries once met with Native Americans; you will see a cemetery for white settlers along the trail. But the park offers modern amenities, too, such as disc golf, and well as a great picnic place.
Open May through September, the Delta County Historical Museum features displays about the area’s resources—logging, railroads, lakes and land, as well as an extensive clothing collection. The museum is located near Sand Point Lighthouse and they are well worth visiting together for a sense of the importance of Little Bay de Noc on the life of Escanaba.
The City of Escanaba Bike Path (also known as The Escanaba Cross Country Pathway) is located within the city limits, and yet it does not feel urban at all. The marina office has cruiser-type bicycles available to “rent” (for free!) and both the trails and the waterfront are great to explore.
Golf enthusiasts will want to check out the Highland Golf Club, known as the “friendliest golf club around” and one of Delta County’s oldest golf clubs. Strategically placed bunkers and trees create challenge for experienced players, while beginners are encouraged by the wide fairways and open spaces. The restaurant features a fish fry on Friday nights.
It is always fun to be a spectator at the Wells Sports Complex where the locals love to burn off some energy through friendly competition. Enjoy the sweet smell of grass and the sight of swinging bats at the ball fields during the warm seasons. When the temperature drops, lace on the ice skates and glide through the indoor rink. If you’re lucky you may catch a hockey game featuring the area’s best athletes going head-to-head!
Northern Michigan looks back on a past illuminated by seafaring history, and you will discover that and more when you visit Escanaba. Book today at one of the Escanaba hotels below for the best in cozy and convenient overnight accommodations.
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