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Old September 11th, 2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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So here's the deal I'm planing a getaway with my wife the weekend of October 19-22. My plan is to do a fall color tour. Thinking of driving up m-22. But I've never been over there. Where should I stay? I really don't want to go to TC it's just another big city in my eyes. Any suggestions of where to stay? Or recommendations on places to stay maybe a bed and breakfast you have stayed at before? Thanks for all in put.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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The Casino is right at the beginning of M22......
http://www.lrcr.com/

Portage Point Inn Onekama is right on the big lake and Portage lake.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Porta...n/292388981492

looks like it might be closed.....?

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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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this site seems to have lots of good info on it: http://www.m22colortour.com/

the leggs inn is a little farther north on m119 and worth the drive. http://www.legsinn.com/ it's an awesome must see building. the food is not anything spectacular by any means but is good if you like polish food.

never stayed up there so i'm no help on that one.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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Legs Inn is on M-119 not M-22


and I would go to the UP for a color tour and skip the "leaf peekers".
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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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this site seems to have lots of good info on it: http://www.m22colortour.com/

the leggs inn http://www.legsinn.com/ is an awesome must see building if you are going to be on m22 anyway. the food is not anything spectacular by any means but is good if you like polish food.

never stayed up there so i'm no help on that one.

Leggs Inn for sure........As to the food........my wifes family is 1st generation, so I have a base point... and the cooking at Leggs is totally traditional.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #6
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I've always wanted to stay at the Falling Waters Lodge in Leland. It's in Fishtown right on the river in front of the dam before it flows into Lake MI. Nice scenery and lots of good restaurants around there. Seems like a nice basecamp for touring around the Leelanau too.
There are plenty of places to choose from in the Empire/Glen Arbor area too. I've had friends who really like the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor but I've never been there myself.
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indeed it is. my bad, I was thinking tunnel of trees.

cool place with good food either way.
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The only place we stayed in up there was The Homestead Resort for our honeymoon. That was in 1999, but we absolutely loved the place. Their principle business was as a ski resort, but really took off as a year round resort.

They have a variety of lodging options. We stayed in the Little Belle hotel, which is ideal for romantic getaways. Spacious, with a fireplace, big whirlpool bathtub in the main room, and I recall there being a nice welcome basket that included a bottle of wine. I don't recall the cost - which wouldn't be all that relevant 14 years later - but it was very reasonable given the accommodations. There are plenty of things to do on the resort, plus at least one restaurant from my recollection.

It's near Glen Arbor, which is a nice little town with restaurants, shops and galleries. Glen Haven isn't too far beyond that, which is a sparse but interesting and beautiful place to stop. We've enjoyed the beach there, which has crystal clear water, and it has some history if that sort of thing interests you. Sleeping Bear Dunes is just beyond that, with a dune climb area and a scenic drive. Then Empire is just south of that. Frankfort is also great and about 20 miles south of Empire, with a nice downtown and a nice place to walk the pier out to the light house. Betsie Point Lighthouse is a bit north of Frankfort and is another small and excellent beach.

FWIW, I'd say it is about a 40 minute drive between Frankfort and Glen Arbor, so you should be able to find plenty to do without killing your time driving around. That's the area I'm familiar with.

We haven't been to the resort since 1999, but we were just up there last year for a week of camping. Although we did it as a family, it is a fantastic area and I'm sure you'll enjoy it regardless of where you end up staying.

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went to tunnel of trees and that polish restaurant at the north side of it, cant remember the name but it was a nice trip last year for me and the gf.
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Now is the tunnel of trees on M22?
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Now is the tunnel of trees on M22?
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http://www.mynorth.com/My-North/Sept...arbor-Springs/

After reading up on it, it was Leggs Inn I was taking about. I wasn't sure on the name at first.
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I've always wanted to stay at the Falling Waters Lodge in Leland. It's in Fishtown right on the river in front of the dam before it flows into Lake MI. Nice scenery and lots of good restaurants around there. Seems like a nice basecamp for touring around the Leelanau too.
There are plenty of places to choose from in the Empire/Glen Arbor area too. I've had friends who really like the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor but I've never been there myself.
Lots of great hiking in this area too!
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My parents keep their camper at a campground on 31 in Bear Lake (giant yellow dinosaur out front) and I was up there over the 4th with my Harley. We rode m-22 north into Leland, I don't know of any places to stay there but know that the town is amazing and Frankfort is also super nice, I must assume they have nice places to stay in either town.

I would recommend looking into either one of those places.
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