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Robin's Guidebook

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Robin's Guidebook

Food Scene
This little cafe located 7 miles north, serves breakfast and lunch and is closed on Sundays. It's a non-profit ministry supported by our community and it's Pay-What-You-Can. The fruit in the homemade preserves are all donated from local orchards as is much of the produce on the menu. Free advice is always a bonus from the locals that gather at the "Table of Knowledge" coffee club every morning! Be sure to try the pie...Lemon Meringue is my favorite!
Front Porch Cafe
9235 Main Street
This little cafe located 7 miles north, serves breakfast and lunch and is closed on Sundays. It's a non-profit ministry supported by our community and it's Pay-What-You-Can. The fruit in the homemade preserves are all donated from local orchards as is much of the produce on the menu. Free advice is always a bonus from the locals that gather at the "Table of Knowledge" coffee club every morning! Be sure to try the pie...Lemon Meringue is my favorite!
The King family operates my favorite orchard/market/bakery just a couple miles outside of Central Lake. They allow you to pick your fruit and I never miss a chance to pick their strawberries in June and thier sweet cherries in July. I keep frozen sweets in my freezer all winter long for post run treats. I would recommend the Cherry Juice concentrate....there's no better summer drink than a mix of cherry juice and lemonade...and I don't have to tell you how good 🍒 juice is for your health!
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King Orchards
4620 Michigan 88
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locals recommend
The King family operates my favorite orchard/market/bakery just a couple miles outside of Central Lake. They allow you to pick your fruit and I never miss a chance to pick their strawberries in June and thier sweet cherries in July. I keep frozen sweets in my freezer all winter long for post run treats. I would recommend the Cherry Juice concentrate....there's no better summer drink than a mix of cherry juice and lemonade...and I don't have to tell you how good 🍒 juice is for your health!
Recently renovated but has been a historical landmark since the late 1800s, when it was built as a church. Later transformed to a dance hall, then bar, and most recently a restaurant and lounge usually offering entertainment and always good food.
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Torch Lake Café
4990 US-31
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locals recommend
Recently renovated but has been a historical landmark since the late 1800s, when it was built as a church. Later transformed to a dance hall, then bar, and most recently a restaurant and lounge usually offering entertainment and always good food.
Food Scene
Great brewery for food, craft beer and entertainment. The Buckingham Salad and White Pepper sandwich are favorite food items and I love the Woodmaster and Mule Beer when in season. I remember when Joe Short first opened and all his furniture was mismatched bar stools and bus seats on the floors. He knows how to make beer and he's a great success story.
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locals recommend
Short's Brewing Company Bellaire Pub
121 North Bridge Street
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locals recommend
Great brewery for food, craft beer and entertainment. The Buckingham Salad and White Pepper sandwich are favorite food items and I love the Woodmaster and Mule Beer when in season. I remember when Joe Short first opened and all his furniture was mismatched bar stools and bus seats on the floors. He knows how to make beer and he's a great success story.
Nature Trails
Glacial Hills has 30 some miles of single track trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Don't be intimidated...the trails are well marked and the smallest distance is a 3.7 mile Bears Den loop. The terrain is rolling and so much fun to cruise through on a mountain bike. If you didn't bring a bike...there's a little bike shop in downtown Bellaire...you can rent one!
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Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area Trailhead
3417 Eckhardt Rd
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locals recommend
Glacial Hills has 30 some miles of single track trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Don't be intimidated...the trails are well marked and the smallest distance is a 3.7 mile Bears Den loop. The terrain is rolling and so much fun to cruise through on a mountain bike. If you didn't bring a bike...there's a little bike shop in downtown Bellaire...you can rent one!
Paddles and Pedals will deliver fat tire bikes and snowshoes in the winter and bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards in the summer...right to our house! Intermediate Lake is only blocks away and perfect for a kayak tour! Visit the website to reserve your rentals before you get here: http://www.bellairepaddlesandpedals.com/.
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locals recommend
Paddles & Pedals
206 North Bridge Street
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locals recommend
Paddles and Pedals will deliver fat tire bikes and snowshoes in the winter and bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards in the summer...right to our house! Intermediate Lake is only blocks away and perfect for a kayak tour! Visit the website to reserve your rentals before you get here: http://www.bellairepaddlesandpedals.com/.
The Jordan River is a popular destination to canoe or raft down a beautiful, quiet, river in the Jordan Valley. It's about a 20 minute drive to the outfitter and they'll hook you up with everything you need and bus you to the river. Don't rule out winter rafting which is guided tour. A lot less traffic in the winter time and no mosquitos! Book your trip online at https://fareharbor.com/jvoutfitters/items/
Jordan Valley Outfitters
311 N Lake St
The Jordan River is a popular destination to canoe or raft down a beautiful, quiet, river in the Jordan Valley. It's about a 20 minute drive to the outfitter and they'll hook you up with everything you need and bus you to the river. Don't rule out winter rafting which is guided tour. A lot less traffic in the winter time and no mosquitos! Book your trip online at https://fareharbor.com/jvoutfitters/items/
Beach
If you're a beach lover, you'll love the Lake Michigan beach here. It's usually pretty quiet and you can always find Petoskey stones. There's also a trail to stretch your legs, a viewing platform (or selfie station), and a kiosk with interesting history about the the first logging settlers and a very sad story of the traffic death of a young hand on the sawmill dock.
Torch Bay Nature Preserve
12674-12970 Traverse Bay Rd
If you're a beach lover, you'll love the Lake Michigan beach here. It's usually pretty quiet and you can always find Petoskey stones. There's also a trail to stretch your legs, a viewing platform (or selfie station), and a kiosk with interesting history about the the first logging settlers and a very sad story of the traffic death of a young hand on the sawmill dock.
This is a quiet little park that doesn't get much traffic. Pack some charcoal briquettes and light up one of the park grills for a cookout overlooking Lake Michigan.
Banks Township Park
This is a quiet little park that doesn't get much traffic. Pack some charcoal briquettes and light up one of the park grills for a cookout overlooking Lake Michigan.
Sightseeing
The fish hatchery is interesting but in my opinion , the most beautiful outlook in our area is on this property. Have the guides point you in the direction of the uphill climb for the overlook. it is steep...but worth the climb...don't forget your camera!
Jordan River National Fish Hatchery - Hatchery Building
6623 Turner Road
The fish hatchery is interesting but in my opinion , the most beautiful outlook in our area is on this property. Have the guides point you in the direction of the uphill climb for the overlook. it is steep...but worth the climb...don't forget your camera!
Shopping
Bachmann's store is the heart of our village. Their motto "if we don't have it, you don't need it" has always rang true as you'll find anything you "need". The legendary penny candy counter has been in the same spot as long as I can remember, and the kids will love the selection of cool toys. Be gentle with front door...it's 150 years old!
Bachmann's Store
2415 Michigan 88
Bachmann's store is the heart of our village. Their motto "if we don't have it, you don't need it" has always rang true as you'll find anything you "need". The legendary penny candy counter has been in the same spot as long as I can remember, and the kids will love the selection of cool toys. Be gentle with front door...it's 150 years old!
Our Amish community has one of the best bakeries in our area. Borntrager's Bakery is open Friday and Saturday, 9-5:30. The Saturday morning donuts out of the fryers will melt in your mouth! Fresh vegetables can be purchased Monday through Friday on the honor system. Miller's Country Market is located at 5900 Ranney Road and sells bulk foods discount groceries and lawn furniture. No credit cards...just cash or check out of respect.
5068 S Ranney Rd
5068 S Ranney Rd
Our Amish community has one of the best bakeries in our area. Borntrager's Bakery is open Friday and Saturday, 9-5:30. The Saturday morning donuts out of the fryers will melt in your mouth! Fresh vegetables can be purchased Monday through Friday on the honor system. Miller's Country Market is located at 5900 Ranney Road and sells bulk foods discount groceries and lawn furniture. No credit cards...just cash or check out of respect.