Manistee Township, MI, USA

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Manistee Township, MI, USA

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The charming Victorian town of Manistee

Manistee Township sits on the eastern banks of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manistee River. At the town's peak, it was the center of the logging industry in Michigan which brought much wealth to the town and can be seen in the sophisticated Victorian architecture. Now, the town is one of the largest producers of salt and a hub for visitors who come for the faded elegance, sandy beaches, outdoor activities on the lake. If you are lucky enough to nab one of the Manistee Township vacation rentals, the national forest nearby is well worth a visit.

Swing your clubs or cast your line

High adventure is not really on the agenda in Manistee. Gentle walks along the beach to see the North Pierhead Lighthouse or paddle boarding across the lake is more its style. The are several fishing outfits in town which can take you on charters across the lake to hook in salmon and trout. While staying in a Manistee Township vacation rental, you can try your luck at the Little River Casino or swing your clubs on the Arcadia Bluffs or the Manistee Golf and Country Club. Want to hear the music of local birds? Guided tours in the Manistee National Forest will take care of that.

Watch a show at the opulent Ramsdell Theatre

While it may be tempting to spend lazy days on the nearby beaches, the town also has plenty of attractions to keep you busy. While staying in a Manistee Township vacation rental in the heart of the city, you can explore the historic downtown area onboard the trolley buses whose drivers act as tour guides. The opulent Ramsdell Theatre was built in the early 20th century after the opera house was destroyed in a fire, and is now home to the Manistee Civic Players who produce shows and musicals throughout the year. Both the Manistee County Historical Museum and the Waterworks Museum are well worth visiting.

Activities for all seasons

Like the rest of Lake Michigan, Manistee enjoys 4 distinct seasons. During spring the Manistee National Forest floor is covered in a thick layer of wildflowers, making this a lovely time to walk along the trails. During the summer, many of the Manistee Township vacation rentals get booked up well in advance. The sun is hot but the breeze off the lake keeps it pleasantly cool. Watch out for the world-famous melting sunsets over the lake each evening. Between December and February, flurries of snow turn the town and the surrounding landscape into a glistening winter wonderland.

Animal magic in Manistee

The vast Lake Michigan teems with walleye and crawfish, which is caught and finds its way onto many of the local restaurant menus. Bird lovers should head straight for the lake which is inhabited by wading geese and predatory birds like hawks and eagles. Manistee's Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary is a protected wetland with woodpeckers and wild turkeys, as well as the stopping off point for millions of monarch butterflies on their annual migration to Mexico. In the late 1940s giant Redwood seedlings were planted at the Lake Bluff Center, and the ones that survived now tower over 100 feet high.