Friday, January 4, 2019

Experience Michigan's Paradise This Summer

It's that time of year. You are putting together a few plans for a road trip soon.  You might be considering a one day adventure for a quick break from the work week, a quiet weekend get-a-way for just the two of you, or a full summer vacation, where the entire family can enjoy and build memories of great times, spent together. Michigan's Paradise offers you access to magnificent waterfalls,  Lake Superior shorelines, a wildlife sanctuary, lighthouses, and museums.  Experience the largest fresh water lake in the world, world class sunrises and sunsets, birding, rock hounding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, peace and quiet with highly rated accommodations, a micro-brewery, and dining fit for a foodie.  To be honest, a one day trip to this region, may leave you wanting more.

Captured by Rob Brooks, Seymour Indiana

Planning a One Day Trip?  Paradise is located 63 miles northwest of the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or 291 miles east of Ironwood Michigan/Hurley Wisconsin.  Given this drive, you'll want to take your time, take in the sights, and relax. There is a rhythm to this region, quiet waves along the shoreline, trails pleading to be explored. If you drive to fast, or put too much in your day, you may not see, hear or feel the rhythm. Depending upon how far you've driven,  you may want to plan on a two night stay, get in at your leisure, wake up when you are ready and enjoy your stay in the region, relax, spend the second night, and get an early start on your travels in the morning.  Now, what to do, eh?  Here are a few options.

North Country's  Tahqu Trail

Planning a Quiet Weekend Get-A-Way?  Feel free to select one or two options from the list above or just sit  yourself on the deck along the shore of Lake Superior at your hotel and visually drink in its shear wonder.  Be sure to include the micro-brewery located at the Upper Falls of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, lunch at Brown's Fish House, or dinner at The Inn in Paradise.  Don't include too many items on your agenda, your primary objective in Paradise is to relax, unwind, and experience Michigan's Paradise.

Planning a Family Vacation?  This is the best of all worlds.  You'll be able to include several of the options listed above and include a couple of these day trips below which are easily within a drive of Paradise and return in time for a fine meal).
  • Take a Wilderness Tour that starts with a narrow gauge train ride followed by a riverboat cruse on the Tahquamenon Wilderness River.
  • Plan a Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise along the shoreline of Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, one of only 5 national "parks" in Michigan. 
  • Experience a true man-made marvel, the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan;take a picturesque drive along the Curley Lewis Scenic Byway and enjoy the pristine white sandy beaches near the Big Pine picnic area or Naomkong LookOut.
This is just a start, listing the most popular points of interest and activities, but there is so much more: 4-Wheeling, fishing, rock hounding, photography, motorcycle touring, star gazing, wildlife watching, campfire s'mores.  July, August, and September are peak months, make your call soon and well, you get the idea; enjoy nature this summer!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Paradise Area Night Rider Volunteers Highly Regarded in Paradise!

Compliments Terry Humphrey, 2018 PATC PHOTO CONTEST FINALIST

At their November, 2018 board meeting, the Paradise Area Tourism Council voted to grant the Paradise Area Night Riders $10,000, matching funds that the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce contributed to complete the groomer barn in time for the 2018 – 2019 season.  Tourism Council President, Jim Stabile stated that the support of the Night Riders and their work is critical to the success of the tourism business during the winter months in the Paradise community. Joanne Cook, Chamber President praised the work of the Night Rider volunteers throughout the year as they volunteer in many community programs including the Wild Blueberry Festival, Paradise Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race, and the Haunted Trail. 

October 2017, Compliments Paradise Area Night Riders

The Paradise Area Night Riders is a group of snowmobile riders that maintain and groom 120+ miles of trails in northwest Chippewa County, a popular complex of trails skirting the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, the Hiawatha National Forest, and Lake Superior.   Mike Cook, Paradise Area Night Riders President stated that through this long process, many, many hours of volunteer time have been used in the groomer barn’s construction and the building is nearing its conclusion. A heated, well-lit structure where trail grooming equipment can be stored and a mechanic can readily maintain and manage the equipment needs will enhance snowmobile grooming efforts.  The new facility is closer to the Paradise community, decreasing commute time for volunteers.  Managing the snowmobile trails and equipment required will be much easier for the many volunteers. The Paradise community recognizes and supports the Paradise Area Night Riders effort throughout the year.

October 2018, Progress Made With Many Volunteers, Compliments Paradise Area Night Riders

Sunday, December 9, 2018


The Paradise Area Tourism Council will be judging the finalists in the 2018 Photo Contest. At this briefing the December "Experience Fall Colors in Paradise" theme has not been judged so there will be one more entry.  Check the article "2018 Photo Contest Judges Last Theme."  In the meantime, the pictures below are finalists in the 2018 PATC Photo Contest. Let us know which image you like the best!

Winter in Paradise
January Winner, Submitted by
Terry Humphrey
Eckerman, MI
Snowmobiling in Paradise
February Winner Submitted by
Terry Humphrey
Eckerman, MI 
Experience Michigan’s Paradise
March Entry Submitted by
Laura Dailey-Pelle
Huntington Woods, MI 
Crisp Point Lighthouse
July Entry Submitted by
Janet Weeks
Jackson, Michigan

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
August Entry Submitted by
Lorraine Kinsella
Brimley, Michigan

Tahquamenon Lower Falls
September Entry Submitted by
Laura Dailey-Pelle
Huntington Woods, MI
November Entry Submitted by
Ted Weeks
Ludington, Michigan