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Stay at Rental Houses in Union Pier

Union Pier, Michigan, is located in the southwestern portion of Michigan, near the Lake Michigan shoreline. People come to Union Pier to enjoy the community's Lithuanian restaurants and shops and to relax near the lake's shore. You can stay at rental houses, cottages and cabins in Union Pier. The rental houses offer amenities including full-size kitchens and laundry rooms, private backyards with grills and relaxing hot tubs to ease your muscles after a busy day outdoors.

Outdoor Activities

Union Pier's proximity to Lake Michigan means that there are many outdoor activities for you and your travel companions to enjoy during your visit. You can rent a bike and ride along the Cope Hollow Loop Trail. During the winter months of the year, lace up your ice skates and visit the outdoor ice skating rinks at Howard Park. You could also try out skiing at the Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area. You can rent skis and outerwear and get a refresher lesson before you hit the slopes. You could drive further north and ski at the Big Powderhorn Mountain in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This ski area features dramatic landscapes, and you can stay at rental chalets in Big Powderhorn after you finish on the slopes.

  • Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve: Try out the Tall Timbers Trail for a challenging hike.
  • McCormick’s Creek State Park: Explore a wildlife and nature preserve at this large state park.
  • Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill: Pick apples or pumpkins or try out the corn mazes in the autumn months of the year.

Events

If you're athletic, give the Apple Cider Century Bike Tour a go. You choose the length of your bicycle tour for this annual September event. The annual Harvest Days Celebration, held each October, features fall arts and crafts, pumpkins, apples and handmade goods. The Three Oaks Theater Festival, held every summer, is a popular community event featuring classic theatrical performances. You could drive to central Michigan and attend the Pink Floyd: The Planetarium Show held at the university's planetarium while spending a night at rental houses in East Lansing.

Family Attractions

There are many activities for you and your travel partner or your entire family to try out while visiting Union Pier. The Journeymen's Distillery offers tours of its facilities and tastings after the tour. As a family, try out the performances of the Harbor County Opera. You may also enjoy a visit to the Galien River County Park, which offers hiking trails, natural play areas, playgrounds and sports fields. You could drive across the state to southeast Michigan and explore the natural beauty of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan's campus while staying at rental houses in Ann Arbor.

Weather

Union Pier has snowy and cold winters, with January temperatures around 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime in Union Pier is warm, with July temperatures averaging 81 degrees. The best time of the year to visit Union Pier is in September and October, while the weather is warm and the leaves on the plentiful deciduous trees are beginning to change colors for autumn.

How to Get There

To get to Union Pier, you can drive your private car or rental car on I-94 or I-196. U.S. 12 and 31 pass through the area, as do M-51 and M-60. If you wish to fly to Union Pier, the nearest airport is South Bend Regional Airport (SBN), located 32 miles away in South Bend, Indiana. You can also get to Union Pier by Greyhound Bus Lines, which has stops in South Bend, Indiana, and Benton Harbor, Michigan. You will need to arrange for connecting transportation at the bus station to get to Union Pier.

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                                                  Recent Hillman Reviews

                                                  Beautiful, friendly, fun and totally enjoyable

                                                  5 of 5
                                                  We spent 6 days here and enjoyed every day. A lovely setting, never had to use one ounce of repellent and sitting on the porch in the early morning and evening couldn't have been more serene. Tammy was a wonderful host, never bothering us unless we asked her for help. The home has everything you need, as did Posen. Close to Alpena and Rogers city. Tammy gave us a tour of the mill, as well as the out buildings that are being added or done and being used for weddings, etc. This trip met all of our expectations and we would recommend it to friends, relatives, anyone who wants comfort and serenity.
                                                  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                  An amazing time.

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                                                  We had an amazing time. The house was clean and comfortable. And the amount of toys the kids had to use in the water was astonishing. My husband and I were able to relax and watch and enjoy our family. We are hoping to make this a family tradition for us. Already planning for next year. Thank you Dena and Mark for a wonderful vacation. The Dales.
                                                  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                  Pure Bliss!

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                                                  I was blessed with the opportunity to hold the first wedding on the property, and to utilize the newly remodeled barn and pavilion. I was an amazing experience! All of our guests said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to, and were blown away by the gorgeous setting; with the Thunder Bay River winding through the property, rolling fields, and the historic Grist Mill as a backdrop. Incredible for photos! The spacious main house was perfect for hosting family and friends throughout the weekend, and had everything you would need stocked and ready for you. The venue was so gorgeous with the big barn and wagon wheel chandeliers. The pavilion was perfect, with a serving kitchen, dining area, bar and bathrooms, all constructed in barn wood. The property has a large fire pit, and wooden porch swings tucked in along the river, the perfect place to watch the stars. The owners of Hemlock Hills on Mill Pond, LLC are an incredible family to work with. They truly cared about making sure everything went flawlessly throughout the weekend, and during the wedding itself. I cannot say enough positive about our experience!
                                                  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
                                                  • Stayed: Aug 2016