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from Lansing, MI to Minocqua WI - two days what to do

Old Jun 19th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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from Lansing, MI to Minocqua WI - two days what to do

We will be arriving in Lansing MI in the afternoon on a Thursday. I am a knitter and want to visit a yarn shop there but other than that no plans as of yet. Our destination is Minocqua where we have a cabin rental that starts on Saturday. I know we don't have much time but will have a little in which to explore. Can anyone suggest a place to stay for Thursday night, possibly around Grayling. I thought about detouring a bit on Friday morning to Petoskey to see the town but don't know what else to do on our way to Minocqua. It doesn't seem as if there are many accomodations west of Iron City but I did find two bb's in Florence and Spread Eagle which may be OK.

Would appreciate any advise on what else we should stop to see between Grayling and Minocqua and also any recommendations for accomodations and restaurants We love antique stores, galleries, roadfood type restaurants, to eat local foods and scenery.

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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 05:38 AM
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Chicago is about 6 hours from Minoqua if that is of any interest to you.

Here is a unique idea however: http://www.nobarnyarns.com/ is a Yarn and quilting in Reedsburg, WI that draws aficionados from states away. Small town place with a huge reputation. Reedsburg in very near WI Dells and would put you 3-4 hours from Minoqua.
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What route were you planning to take from Lansing to Minocqua? I would chose a route and timing to be well past Chicago and Milwaukee by Friday afternoon.
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You could take the Ludington/Manitowoc Car Ferry across Lake Michigan, and then over/up to Minocqua. You could spend Thursday night in Ludington MI which has a nice sandy dunes/beach & some good food. The car ferry lets you avoid Chicago. Not cheap, but very relaxing. Good luck.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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Thank you for your help but I realize I wasn't clear about the way we are going. We are definitely not going the Chicago route - we are driving through the UP in order to avoid that traffic - we thought about the ferry but that is more than what we want to spend.

I was really just looking for advice on places to see, eat, stay on the way from Lansing to Minocqua on the route through UP. Thanks

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Well not to be rude but that was a detail that would have been helpful and saved some effort.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 10:15 AM
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I thought that in the original post when I mentioned staying near Grayling and mentioning visiting Petoskey that anyone familiar with MI would realize we were taking the UP route.

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who cares if you left out a few details....no biggie...My husbands aunt is a huge knitter. She goes to this yarn shop in Lansing that is FANTASTIC. It is the state of the art. it is on Waverly Road, but do not know the name of it.

I am from Lansing. Not sure if you are staying in Lansing. It sounds liek you are not.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 10:45 AM
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Actually I think the shop you are referring to is the one I plan on visiting - Threadbear Fiber Arts. I have read many wonderful things about it.

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yes, that is the one. She says it is great.
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Old Jun 20th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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"I thought that in the original post when I mentioned staying near Grayling and mentioning visiting Petoskey that anyone familiar with MI would realize we were taking the UP route. "

It was 100% clear, Pam.

After visiting Petoskey, go around Liitle Travrse Bay to Harbor Springs. Feed the deer in the park, then take M-119 along the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and tunnnel of trees toward Cross Village.

Stop at Thorne Swift Nature Preservere and walk the boardwalked trails through the swamp to the dube observation platform.

Stop at Legg's Inn in Cross Village to see the folk art building and furniture.

Continue along the shore around Cecil Bay through the dunes, then go straight east to Carp Lake and Old US 31

At Carp Lake, stop at Goldie's Cafe for a nice simple meal on the deck over looking Lake Paradise. Take Old 31 around the lake and north to Mackinaw City.

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To Keith - dreaming of Carp Lake and counting the days to our annual trip.
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