A Winter Stay at the Teddy Lake Yurt

There’s something special about staying in a Yurt. It’s a unique experience that most Michiganders have yet to discover. Our first experience with one was at Teddy Lake in Michigan’s Craig Lake State Park.

The Teddy Lake Yurt is available year-round, which is one of the reasons why we selected it. In the winter, it requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach the parking area where a short hike is required to reach the Yurt. This adds to the remote, peaceful environment.

Furnished with enough bunk beds to sleep four people, the Yurt is an excellent option for small groups who want to get lost in a “winter wonderland.”  The wood stove provides heat but also works well for cooking. There is a stockpile of wood available that has been sheltered from the snow.

For $65 a night, plus the cost of a Recreational Pass if you don’t have one, this was an amazing opportunity. I imagine it’s quite pleasant in the summer as well with a canoe provided for paddling around Teddy Lake.

To experience your yurt get-a-way, visit Michigan State Park & Habor Reservations

An Easy Hike to Big Sable Lighthouse

If you’re looking for an easy hike that takes a couple of hours or for a place to have a picnic and hang out, Big Sable Lighthouse is a great location. The hike is around 2 miles, each way, down a sandy but well-worn path that starts at Ludington State Park. There’s even some hike in sites at the Jack Pine Campground along the way if you want to stay near the lighthouse but not in the busy campground.

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Fayette: An Amazing Historical Opportunity

Tucked away in the Snail Shell Harbor of the Garden Peninsula is 170 acres of pure Michigan history. Fayette Historical State Park was once a thriving community, manufacturing charcoal pig iron. It was established in 1867 by the Jackson Iron Company to help fill the demand for iron in the post-civil war era. During it’s 24 years of operation, blast furnaces produced a total of 229,288 tons of Iron. Nearly 500 people resided in the town.

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