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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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I've driven through Marquette a million times and spent tons of time in the UP, but have barely spent any time IN Marquette. My wife and I are headed to the UP next week and spending 2 days or so in Marquette. I'd love some good suggestions of things to do and see there(hiking, sightseeing, downtown shops, etc) and good restaurants, bars, and microbreweries. I've heard of the basics like Presque Isle but am open to other suggestions and more specific things to see. Suggestions for decent hotels for good prices would help too. Not looking for anything super fancy, but don't want crap either.

I don't really need other UP suggestions, I know the rest of the area pretty well, just looking for ideas around Marquette. We're spending a couple days in the Keweenaw area too, which is where I went to college.
On the list of things to do so far:
Pictured Rocks
Color tour
Copper Harbor/Brockway Mountain/M26 lakeshore
Canyon Falls
Houghton bars and restaurants(Library, Downtowner, Ambassador, Keweenaw Brewing Co., and maybe I'll even take my wife to Uphill 41 for quarters on Thursday for the trashiest experience of her life)

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Jump off black rocks into Lake Superior on Presque Isle.
Then grab a beer at blackrocks microbrewery http://www.blackrocksbrewery.com/beer.html
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I'll give you some good suggestions when I get to a real keyboard.
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Sugarloaf this time of year is great for the fall colors, Carp river falls, Superior Dome. What kind of stuff are you looking for?
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The Vierling is a good brew pub with a slightly odd menu but the food is good. The Cajun chicken is great. It's on Front St.

Vango's on 3rd St. has great food.

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain for a great view. It is a pretty good hike though.

Marquette Royals Jr. hockey is new in town. They play at the old Lakeview Arena.
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Find a Michigan atlas & gazetteer. Cruise around looking for County roads that lead to rivers/ waterfalls. They have some amazing two track "roads" around there. It's been a few years but it seems like we were West of town.
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Do the jet boat pictured rocks tour in Munising (I know its not Marquette but its just down the road and you mentioned pictured rocks). It's sweet jumping the slow boats wake while everybody on those boats watches in jealousy!!
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The Vierling is a good brew pub with a slightly odd menu but the food is good. The Cajun chicken is great. It's on Front St.

Vango's on 3rd St. has great food.

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain for a great view. It is a pretty good hike though.

Marquette Royals Jr. hockey is new in town. They play at the old Lakeview Arena.

Also like this restaurant/bar on the harbor if it's just adults: L'attitude

http://www.lattitudecafe.com/

Portside Inn and TOGOs are also local favorites.
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Food:
*Casa Calabria is a good nicer restaurant.
*Border Grille has a couple of locations and I really like the burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, etc. I like most of their menu
*Vengo's has good bar food
*Vierling has good beer
*Blackrocks brewery is a new brewery in town they keep expanding so the college kids must really like their beer.
*Portside has best breadsticks in town, decent pizza, good menu
*Wooden Nickel (if its still open is a great dive bar)
*Remmies is also a good dive bar
*Flanigans is a good irish pub (if its still there across the street from the Ramada on washington)

Sights
*Dead river falls (wright street to forestvill road park by the powerplant) You can hike, cliff jump, swim
*Sugarloaf 550 just north of town, short 10-15 minute hike, nice views of town, has some stairs and such to help you to the top, not real "rugged"
* Hogsback - 550 Just north of sugarloaf and acrossed the street, taller than sugarloaf more "rugged" hike, no stairs, less people, awesome views 40-45 minute hike to the top (Unless you come in from the back but that can be tricky and easy to get lost)
*Wetmore Beach (across the street from Hogsback just north of sugarloaf) cool little beach sandwiched in between some rocky shorelines
* Little Presque Island - Just north of Wetmore Beach/Sugarloaf off 550, has a cool beach and a really cool little island you can explore, the island is 100 yards off shore and you can wade out to it across the rocks, follow the right path and its never more than thigh deep, follow the wrong path and it can tickle your nipples.
There is a trail system that you can follow that can get you from Sugarloaf to Wetmore to Lil Presque, actually it all connects to harlowe lake to bareback to wetmore pond and hogsback, I don't know if there are maps or anything, but if you or someone you are with knows the area the trail network is not too hard to follow.
*Morgan Falls - Out near the ski hill, just before the ski hill turn right onto the snowmobile trail, the river will be on your left, just start hiking pretty much anywhere and head up river, its not too far
*Mt. Marquette - One way road in off of 41, start in near the hotel at the mouth of the carp river between harvey and marquette, drive to the top cool views of the city, it's a snowmobile trail in the winter and will spit you out at the trail that leads to morgan falls, make a right on the paved road and you'll head right back to town.
*Palmer - Big ass Iron Ore mine, across the street is a seasonal road that you can follow back to a huge ass bluff where we used to do a lot of rock climbing, you also get a pretty nice view from there.

Everything but the bluff in palmer I mentioned is accessible by a honda civic.

I always like to take a drive down Lakshore drive starting right off 41 as I enter into town all the way to presque isle park, I think the ore docks are cool and there's always at least one girl almost as cute as our wives out running you can catch a glimpse of.

If you're looking for anything else that is a bit farther from town or not as easy to find shoot me a PM and/or give me a call.
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there are like 20-something falls up in the keweenau. I enjoyed touring the peninsula for a day and checking some out.

there is also a series of books called strange michigan, or something of that nature, that had a lot of interesting spots. You had to weed out the joke spots though.
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maybe I'll even take my wife to Uphill 41 for quarters on Thursday for the trashiest experience of her life)
I have done this a couple times myself. It is quite an experience...
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If you are into history and learning stuff, there is a small Mining museum just west of Neguanee which is just west of Marquette. Some days they do historical reenactments and fire an old cannon.
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Thanks all. I messed up my toe pretty bad last night and can barely walk, so hopefully it'll make a big improvement over the 5 days or so!!
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Stop @ Wal*mart...look for my kid, tell him I'm not sending ant more $$!
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Thanks all. I messed up my toe pretty bad last night and can barely walk, so hopefully it'll make a big improvement over the 5 days or so!!
With a flat tire you should still be able to check out Little presque and wetmore beach, neither requires a significant walk over rough terrain. Mt. Marquette is also less than a 10 yard walk to go look out over the city for a beer or two.

The others will require at least a little bit of a hike.
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With a flat tire you should still be able to check out Little presque and wetmore beach, neither requires a significant walk over rough terrain. Mt. Marquette is also less than a 10 yard walk to go look out over the city for a beer or two.

The others will require at least a little bit of a hike.
With any luck it'll be feeling a lot better by then. Worst case I've got a doctor appointment for Monday and hopefully they'll give me a prescription to make me forget how bad it hurts
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If ya take a short ride north Big Bay has some cool historic stuff. Hit Sugar loaf or Hogsback for hiking. The back of Mqt. Mountain gives pretty sights of all of Mqt. I would for sure checck out Vango's, try their waffle frys. (Very Good) homemade ranch dip. Good pizza too. Upfront is another good place to check ou for food and entertainment. (Good bands) (Good food) . Ishpeming has a cool ski museum.
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x2 on upfront, clinker and I got drunk there once. or twice.

I wasn't sure they were still open.
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Oh also. Uphill 41 has new owners and has some what cleaned up the place. Lol
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