Can’t Miss It: Eat at Delona Restaurant Between Gladstone and Escanaba

The Escanaba area has a lot of storied culinary traditions. Some are still going strong, while others have come and gone over the years. Beloved Delona Restaurant, located right between Escanaba and Gladstone, occupies a middle ground between these two extremes. After financial troubles forced it to shut its doors in 2013, it reopened about a year later under new ownership. New owners Dan and Holly DeGrave look poised to restore the place to its former glory — and possibly start a new tradition right in the heart of Delta County.

Let’s take a look under Delona’s hood, shall we?

Breakfast Specialties

Even before the recent ownership change, Delona has always made room for breakfast specialties on its expansive menu. Here are just a few of the too-good-to-be-true dishes made fresh and to order in the kitchen here:

  • Corned beef hash (with eggs)
  • Sirloin and egg breakfast
  • Country fried steak
  • Buttermilk cakes with your choice of breakfast meat
  • Thick cut Texas French toast
  • Cheesy eggs Benedict
  • Delona breakfast platter (a country-style “full breakfast” with eggs, meat, toast and more)
  • Made to order omelets

Lunch and Dinner

Delona doesn’t survive on breakfast alone, of course. Whether you’re passing through the area during the middle of the day or want to make a night out of it with a wholesome country-style dinner, you’re sure to find something to love here. Take a look at these lunch and dinner specialties, cooked just the way you like them:

  • “Fishwich” sandwich
  • Meatloaf sandwich with gravy
  • Tuscan-style turkey wrap
  • Chicken bacon wrap
  • Hot beef plate with mashed potatoes
  • Chicken fingers plate (perfect for the little ones, but generous enough for adults too!)
  • Sizzlin’ sirloin with shrimp, pasta and more
  • Classic fish and chips (more on this one in a moment)
  • “Supreme” burgers with your choice of toppings and fixin’s
  • Beer battered shrimp plate

Don’t Forget the Fish Fry

Did we mention that Delona also has a Friday night fish fry? Well, they do. Traditionally the busiest night of the restaurant’s week, Friday night is a great time to chow down on an endless plate of fish with your choice of potatoes. If the fish and chips here doesn’t quite satisfy your appetite, this is your ticket to glorious fullness.

Location and Hours

Delona is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. It’s located right on U.S. Highway 2 between Gladstone and Escanaba — look for the cozy log cabin-style building between 18.3 Road and P Road. If you want to call ahead or inquire about large group arrangements, Delona can be reached at (906) 553-7258.

Where to Do Your Holiday Shopping in Escanaba This Year

Well, that was fast. After a mild summer and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fall, we’re back to cold, snowy weather. There’s one bright spot, of course: plenty of holiday cheer. From the lights and wreaths adorning downtown Escanaba to the beautiful decorations popping up in the city’s neighborhoods, the Christmas spirit is alive and well here.

If you’re looking to spend your hard-earned holiday shopping dollars right here in Escanaba, we’d be happy to have you. Skip the long drive to Marquette or Green Bay and check out these popular, locally owned businesses.

Mr. Bike, Ski & Fitness

Mr. Bike, Ski & Fitness is possibly the best all-around sports outfitter in Escanaba. If you have active friends or family members, you should definitely check this place out before wrapping up your holiday shopping. Whether you’re looking for fat bikes, bike accessories, cold-weather gear, snowboards, skis or branded apparel, you’ll find it at Mr. Bike. And if you’re looking to take some guests out into the beautiful wilderness that surrounds our hometown, Mr. Bike’s owners and staff will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts

Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts is an Upper Peninsula tradition. With locations in Escanaba and Marquette, this is a great place to pick up signature chocolates, fudges and caramels as well as U.P.-centric gift items and home goods. Sayklly’s also ships far and wide, so don’t be afraid to recommend it to your non-Yooper friends (or visit its website if you live downstate or in Wisconsin).

The Morrison Shop

The Morrison Shop is a top-tier clothier in the heart of downtown Escanaba’s Ludington Street business district. Whether you’re looking for trendy threads or warm-weather gear to get you through the coming winter, Morrison can probably hook you up. The company is also a big booster in the local community, organizing or participating in events like Moonlight Madness and more.

Positively! The Center for Success

Positively! The Center for Success is a newer shop that sells locally made apparel — like its super popular Michigan mittens — and home goods like scented candles. This is a great way to support U.P. entrepreneurs while stocking up on gift items for the holidays.

Get Your Buzz on at UP North Roast’s New Escanaba Shop

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you probably know that the beans in your favorite cup of Joe don’t grow in the U.P. In fact, they don’t grow anywhere near Michigan – or even the mainland United States. As a fickle tropical shrub, coffee grows best at higher elevations in places like Costa Rica, Hawaii and Colombia.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have gourmet, fresh-roasted coffee right here in Delta County. As consumers have become more demanding about the taste of their morning jolt, homegrown roasters have cropped up just about everywhere.  One such local success story is UP North Roast, a Gladstone-based father-son operation that will soon be opening a new retail location in Escanaba. Owners Gary (father) and Jacob (son) Cass truly have something to be proud of here.

The UP North Roast Story

Like many homegrown businesses, UP North Roast started small. According to its website, “it all started with an air popcorn popper and a desire for better coffee.” From a small, home-based business that sold mostly to Delta County locals, UP North Roast has grown into a new shop in Gladstone. From there, it packages and sells its beans at Supervalu in Gladstone and Elmer’s in Escanaba.

The business is just getting off the ground, so UP North Roast’s beans aren’t as widely available as some other Michigan roasters’. But there’s another exciting development that needs to be talked about!

Opening Soon In Escanaba…

That’s right: UP North Roast is opening a new location in downtown Escanaba! Originally slated for a mid-summer opening, the date was pushed back a bit. But the intent remained the same (and eventually came to fruition): to bring top-quality coffee to folks who live and work in Delta County’s biggest city. According to a recent article in UP Second Wave, the shop is located in the 500 block of Ludington Street, right near Escanaba’s busiest stores and restaurants. It features a “roastery” that processes beans into brewable form, as well as a packaging facility that readies them for distribution to local businesses and consumers. Thanks to this new shop, it’s likely that UP North Roast will soon be available at more cafes and restaurants across Delta County.

According to Jacob, UP North is capable of making the following roasts, in order of lightest to darkest:

  • Light city roast, which can also be called “breakfast roast” (though that’s not a technical term)
  • City roast
  • Full city plus roast
  • Vienna roast
  • French roast
  • Italian roast

After Italian, says Jacob, things go downhill quickly. More likely than not, beans that cook too long beyond this stage will become virtually undrinkable. But that’s okay, because the Casses take pride in the precision with which they brew their coffee. And each of its packages includes a “roasted on” date, so you can determine exactly how fresh it is. Larger roasters rarely take this step.

Not in Town? Buy Online!

Jacob clearly has ambitious plans for UP North Roast. In the Second Wave interview, he expressed interest in “covering the entire U.P.” with his family company’s beans. The new Escanaba shop will get him and his dad a long way toward that goal. Happily, though, you don’t have to live near – or visit – Escanaba or Gladstone to taste the UP North Difference. The company sells more than a half-dozen roasts at its online store and offers free shipping on all orders. Talk about a deal!

So grab your bag of UP North Roast and get ready to face the day with a superior cup of U.P.-brewed Joe – no matter where you happen to be at the moment.

It Doesn’t Get Much Fresher Than DeBacker Family Dairy in Escanaba

The U.P. is blessed with a strong network of family-owned businesses that employ local residents and give back to the community with enthusiasm. When those businesses make tasty products using locally sourced ingredients, well, that’s just an added bonus.

DeBacker Family Dairy is one such business. They’ve got a working farm in Daggett, Michigan, in central Menominee County. Though they sell many of their products straight off the farm, they’ve also had a retail location in the city of Menominee for some time. But Menominee is nearly 70 miles from Escanaba, tucked into the southernmost section of the Upper Peninsula. It’s more convenient to folks in northeastern Wisconsin than residents of the Bays de Noc region.

Needless to say, it’s great news – both for the company, which is clearly doing well, and the good people of Escanaba – that DeBacker recently opened a second location in our own backyard! It’s located on the main drag north of Escanaba, so there’s no excuse for not dropping by.

About DeBacker

According to the company’s website, DeBacker started back in the late 90s on a rented farm in Marquette County. A few years later, it moved south to Menominee County, where the slightly milder climate made farming a bit easier. These days, DeBacker has a herd of over 200 Holstein cattle and takes pride in churning out gallons of antibiotic-free milk every day.

According to Terry DeBacker, the founder, the company isn’t just driven by profit. It’s also committed to educating the next generation of consumers: “We want to educate the public about milk and all the nutritional benefits that it has to offer,” says Terry on the website. ” We want to educate kids about where milk comes from and all that goes in to producing the milk they drink.”

Sounds like a noble mission.

The Products

Milk might be the cornerstone of the growing DeBacker empire, but there’s plenty more to find at the new store in Escanaba – and in grocery stores around the U.P., if you can’t make it all the way to Esky:

  • Cheese: DeBacker Family Dairy makes several different varieties of cheese, mostly non-aged. Cheese curds, always a U.P. favorite, are among the most popular.
  • Ice Cream: Ice cream is a great way to use farm-fresh milk. You’ll need to check with the store for an up-to-date list of flavors, though.
  • Meat: DeBacker proudly offers farm-raised, antibiotic-free cuts of beef, pork and lamb. On the beef side, you can find nearly two dozen varieties, including everything from soup bones to filet mignon. In the pork department, look for country style ribs, sausage, spareribs and more. If you’re a lamb fan, you can get ribs, legs, loins and ground lamb straight from the source.

DeBacker Family Dairy also stocks miscellaneous items that use its dairy products, including take-and-bake pizzas that can be made to order with a variety of toppings. Call ahead at (906) 789-5766 to place your order.

Stop on By!

DeBacker Family Dairy is open every day of the week. Sunday through Thursday, its hours are 11 am to 7 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s open till 9 pm – yay weekends! And for you weekend early birds, the store opens its doors an hour earlier on Saturday, at 10 am. Drop by their location at 1024 N. Lincoln in Escanaba and tell them we sent you!

The Most Haunted Places in the Escanaba Area

The Escanaba area has been part of Michigan for nearly two centuries, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to tons of history. Some of that history is just what you learned in school: names, dates, and a whole lot of hard work. But other bits defy explanation — and may just hint that something supernatural lurks in our fair corner of the world.

We’ll let you be the judge of that, of course. Before you head our way, read up on four locations that have seen their fair share of spooky happenings.

The Nahma Inn

The Nahma Inn, located in beautiful Nahma, Michigan, is a great place to stay on your way to or from Escanaba. Not much about this historic building has changed since its opening, though there are a few modern conveniences here — not to mention a great restaurant — for guests’ comfort. And the surroundings are truly beautiful, so you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t see a ghost during your time here.

That said, the Nahma Inn is notorious for strange, spooky happenings that could be related to one former resident in particular: Nell Fleming, known simply as “Miss Nell.” She was married to Charlie Good, a prominent lumberman who helped jumpstart Delta County’s economy. Trouble is, Charlie left one day and never returned. Nell sat at the window of her room in the Nahma Inn, waiting for him to come back, until the day she died — and possibly after. Even today, guests report hearing strange footsteps and seeing a ghostly, long-haired apparition in aptly named “Nell’s Room.”

Seul Choix Lighthouse

Standing proudly on Seul Choix Point, this lighthouse has served as a beacon for Lake Michigan sailors for more than a century. Even if it weren’t rumored to be haunted, it would be a landmark in its own right. But the real attraction here is the supposed spirit of Captain Joseph Townsend, a former keeper who died here in the depths of a particularly brutal winter. On account of deep snow cover and rock-hard ground, his family and associates couldn’t bury him for months — so they stored his body in the lighthouse’s basement until the spring thaw.

To this day, Captain Townsend is said to haunt the deeper recesses of the lighthouse, trailing a heavy stench of cigar smoke — he was an avid consumer of high-end cigars — and announcing his presence with slow, steady footsteps. A few visitors claim to have caught a glimpse of his ghostly apparition too.

House of Ludington

Located near the end of Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba, the House of Ludington is a great place to grab a drink, eat dinner or stay the night. It’s also a popular haunt for ghost hunters — and the spirits they seek. In fact, the place made headlines about a decade ago when a guest captured a grainy nighttime video of an apparition in the hotel’s basement. It’s not exactly clear who or what the video captured, but there are plenty of theories — a previous owner, a disgruntled former guest, or an old employee who can’t seem to leave the place where he or she earned a livelihood. If the thought of encountering a restless spirit at the House of Ludington makes you uncomfortable, we’d recommend staying out of the basement!

The Escanaba Marina

Most of the time, the only people haunting the marina near Ludington Park are fishermen looking for a taste of Little Bay de Noc’s bounty. But more than a few passers-by swear they’ve seen something else at the marina: a gaggle of ghostly shapes, sometimes marked by glowing red eyes, hanging at the end of the pier in the dead of night. We suppose they could be mistaking a family of raccoons for something more sinister, but we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Check Out Hayes Corn Maze in Rock

Between Gladstone and Gwinn, along and around M-35, lies the community of Rock. It’s a geographically large, spread-out place with a population of several hundred to several thousand, depending on how you define it. Although, like much of the Central U.P., it’s heavily forested, Rock does have its fair share of farms and pastures. Arguably the most famous of these is Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, a seasonal attraction that draws folks from all over Upper Michigan and beyond. If you’re going to be in the area this fall, you’ll want to check it out.

Background on Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch has been going strong for well over a decade, improving steadily each year. The prime attraction is an extensive corn maze that changes annually, typically involving a mysterious, Halloween-y theme. (For instance, a murder mystery that requires participants to figure out which farm animal killed Farmer Joe.)

The maze is huge, spanning several acres and including numerous dead ends. Done properly, it leads you to a series of stations that help you get closer to solving the mystery. At the end — if you’re lucky — you’ll figure out the solution and escape with your sanity. If not, you might be wandering for a while. Needless to say, kids love the sense of possibility that’s found here.

What to See This Year

This year, Hayes Corn Maze is bigger than ever. One section is dedicated to honoring its primary sponsor, Napa Auto Parts — seen from above, they do a pretty good job of replicating the logo. But that doesn’t mean it’s any harder to get out of that part of the maze.

And it’s important to note that the frustrating corn labyrinth is just one of the many reasons to visit this Rock original. This year, you’ll also find:

  • Pedal racers, which are pedal-powered farm implements for the little ones
  • Pumpkin tree house, a pumpkin-filled structure for the ids to play in
  • Rope maze, an obstacle course that uses rope lengths in clever ways
  • A classic pumpkin patch that delights kids and adults alike
  • Hay Mountain, stacked bales of hay that you can climb
  • Noah’s Ark, a petting zoo with common farm animals
  • Straw Tunnel, a fun straw maze for younger kids
  • Much, much more, including concessions!

Where and When to Go

The Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is open between September 20 and November 2, 2014. You can find it at 3474 St. Nicholas Road in Rock. To get there, turn west onto St. Nicholas Road (CR-430) from M-35 and travel 4 miles. The maze is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. It’s always closed on Mondays and is usually shuttered during the week, but it’ll open Tuesday through Fridays for organized groups of 12 or more. Call (906) 359-4825 for more information.

The Garden Peninsula’s Best Places for Fall Foliage

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, football is back on TV, and it’s only a matter of time before we break out the winter coats and snowblowers. Before that happens, though, we get to indulge in a classic U.P. tradition that draws visitors to Delta County from all over the Midwest: leaf peeping.

Few places in the U.P. offer a better range of fall color experiences than the Garden Peninsula, which boasts an impressive range of deciduous trees, secluded roads, stunning vistas and miles of shoreline. Let’s take a look at five of the peninsula’s notable foliage-viewing spots.

M-183: a Classic Shoreline Drive

The Garden Peninsula’s busiest road, M-183, also leads to its only proper settlement, Garden. M-183 splits off from US-2 about 15 miles west of Manistique. It heads south along the shore of Big Bay de Noc, rarely straying more than a quarter mile from the shoreline. For the first part of the drive, you’re surrounded by a gently rolling landscape of maple, basswood, oak and birch. These trees turn vibrant yellows, electric oranges and even deep red during the first couple weeks of October.

Though M-183 doesn’t have a lot of stretches right on the bay, you’ll catch glimpses of the water on your right as you drive south. The contrast of the deep blue (or slate gray, depending on the clouds) water against the stunning leaves is always welcome. Later in the season, as more leaves fall, these views open up and frame the remaining foliage even better.

Hidden Shores Drive/Road

On the opposite side of the peninsula, Hidden Shores Drive is a hard-to-find but rewarding treat. To get there, take County 435 south from US-2 — the split is just a couple miles west of Manistique — along the shore of Lake Michigan. You’ll get occasional views of the lake’s open waters as well as rich foliage displays in the surrounding birch-and-maple forest.

After a few miles, the road narrows and cuts left (east), turning into Hidden Shores Drive. Upon reaching the shore, it cuts right (south) again, offering stunning water-and-foliage views. Note that this road can be a bit treacherous during periods of inclement weather or after wet stretches, so it may be a good idea to bring a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It eventually peters out along the store, but plenty of hiking trails crisscross the woods here (just be wary of private property lines and wear bright colors if it’s hunting season).

Shingleton State Forest Area

At the “top” of the peninsula, the southern section of Shingleton State Forest Area is easily accessible from US-2. This is a great area for a leisurely hike with the kids or dogs and is fun in virtually any weather. One of the nice things about this protected area is that its forest isn’t 100 percent deciduous – with hemlocks and spruces mixed into the equation, the deep green provides a great contrast with brilliant oranges, yellows and reds.

Fayette Historic State Park

At the southern terminus of M-183, you’ll find Fayette Historic State Park, an often-overlooked gem in Michigan’s state park system. Although the main attraction here is the faithful recreation of an old-time logging and manufacturing town, Fayette is surrounded by deciduous forest that turns brilliant hues in the fall. Thanks to its prime location on Big Bay de Noc, it also offers stunning foliage views up and down the shoreline. And while it’s hard to make out the colors on the distant islands that connect the Garden and Door Peninsulas, that part of the view doesn’t hurt either.

Garden Grade Road and Manistique River State Forest

Garden Grade Road runs through the heart of Manistique River State Forest, a little-visited section of protected woodland in the west-central Garden Peninsula. The land here isn’t very rugged, but a handful of watercourses are pleasant to look at (and hike along). The real attraction here is the embrace of the seemingly endless maple and birch forest, which turns vibrant yellow and orange early in the season. Don’t forget the hiking boots and camera!

The Nahma Inn: Quaint, Comfortable, and (Maybe) Haunted

If you’re traveling between Manistique and Escanaba, along the shores of Big Bay de Noc, do yourself a favor and check out the historic little town of Nahma. Founded by a lumber company in the late 19th century, the town was a prosperous forestry hub for a generation or two. Eventually, it earned the dubious distinction of being one of the few American municipalities to be put up for sale in its entirety.

Nahma isn’t on the chopping block anymore. Today, it’s a quaint section of eastern Delta County and a reminder that nothing is permanent. It’s also home to one of the Upper Peninsula’s most interesting lodgings — the Nahma Inn.

What’s the Nahma Inn All About?

The Nahma Inn is located within easy reach of Big Bay de Noc. It’s open year-round, so keep it in mind if you’re heading our way for your next winter getaway. Though it was constructed in 1909, it has been refurbished since then, and it perfectly balances historic, rustic charm with the modern conveniences that you’d expect from a full-service inn. It’s also the gateway to the town of Nahma, which is among the best-preserved “company towns” — other examples include Alberta, Michigan, between L’Anse and Covington — in the Upper Midwest. For the inn’s guests, an on-site restaurant and performance space offers the chance to unwind and be entertained.

Haunted, or…?

There are plenty of historic lodging facilities scattered about the Upper Midwest, but the Nahma Inn has another claim to fame: It may or may not have a haunted room on the premises. According to legend, the ghost of Nell Fleming — the sweetheart of the local lumber company’s founder — lives in the aptly named “Nell’s Room” suite. Previous guests have reported strange happenings around the property, from rearranged furniture in Nell’s Room to broken dishes in the kitchen. If you’re brave enough to stay in Nell’s Room, you’ll have to let us know if you see her!

Accommodations and Amenities

The Nahma Inn is a great home base for exploring the Garden Peninsula and the shores of Big Bay de Noc. In the winter, check out Wilderness Trail Outfitters, a local company that specializes in dogsled adventures. Self-serve snowmobile trails abound here as well. When it’s warmer, the nearby Upper Peninsula Golf & Lake Resort and the Nahma Golf Course offer two challenging opportunities for visiting golfers. Down the Garden Peninsula, the abandoned town of Fayette stands in eerie splendor on the lakeshore. Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Spring), the state’s largest freshwater spring, is popular with visitors throughout the year.

Closer to the inn, the Bay de Noc Dining Room and Arrow Lounge can satiate your hunger and thirst without necessitating a drive to Manistique, Escanaba or Gladstone. In the summer, they’re open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Winter hours are a bit more constrained, but you should still be able to grab a bite or drink Wednesdays through Sundays. The Arrow Lounge has regular entertainment, too, with local musical acts and performers keeping things lively. The space is pretty big, so it’s a legitimate choice for weddings, rehearsals, anniversary parties and more!

And if it’s warm out, don’t hesitate to venture down to Nahma’s sandy beach. The protected waters of the bay are warm enough for adventurous swimmers from June through September, and it’s hard to beat the open-water and shoreline views you’ll get on clear days.

So what are you waiting for? Book your next Delta County vacation at the Nahma Inn!

The Stonehouse of Escanaba: Fine Dining Without the Frills

Escanaba may be the U.P.’s second-largest city by population, but it’s not exactly a bustling metropolis. So big-city visitors from Wisconsin and downstate Michigan may get quite a shock when they walk through the doors of the Stonehouse, arguably the finest restaurant in the city — and one of the finest in the whole Upper Peninsula. But despite its unwavering commitment to classically prepared, extremely high quality food, the Stonehouse dispenses with the formalities and stuffiness of similarly endowed establishments. It’s the best of both worlds: “fine dining in a casual atmosphere,” as its website proudly proclaims.

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The Setup

The Stonehouse is located at the corner of Ludington Street and Lincoln Road (US-2/M-35), on the outskirts of downtown Escanaba. It’s hard to think of a more visible location for a fine restaurant, and the sign above the parking lot ensures no one drives by without thinking of the ribs, steaks and salads on the menu here.

Inside, the restaurant features a simple but elegant dining room. A curving bar, complete with plush seats, invites you to pull up a chair and stay awhile. The lighting is low, but not gloomy, and the reasonable volume level — even on crowded nights — makes it easy to have a conversation with your table mates.

If you’re in need of a more private space, though, the Stonehouse has you covered with a private room that seats nearly three dozen. It’s perfect for business meetings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, and just about any other moderate-sized event you can think of. You can reserve it during weekday lunch and dinner hours, though on account of high volume from regular patrons, it’s not available for special events on weekend evenings.

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What’s on the Menu?

The Stonehouse serves lunch and dinner most days — there’s no lunch service on the weekends, and the entire restaurant is closed on Sunday. Both lunch and dinner menus are ample, so even picky eaters are bound to find something they like here.

The lunch menu is heavy on the salads and sandwiches, as you’d expect. Highlights include:

  • Appetizers like a fresh fruit plate, potato skins, and bacon-wrapped shrimp
  • Salads like steak Caesar salad, Cobb salad, and the Mediterranean salad
  • Lighter fare like “Angry Tacos” (shrimp/chicken, slaw, and cilantro with lime)
  • Two varieties of pan-seared Lake Michigan fish (perch and whitefish)
  • Steaks, pork chops, ribs, tenderloin medallions and other hearty fare
  • Kobe beef burgers, prepared several ways
  • An assortment of sandwiches, including prime rib with au jus, Cuban-style sandwiches, and a Philly cheesesteak

In addition, a daily lunch special caters to budget-conscious eaters who want to dine quickly and get on with their days.

The dinner menu takes fine dining to another level, with dishes like:

  • Lobster bisque, Panko goat cheese, shrimp tacos and other delectable appetizers
  • Dinner salads, including a hearty steak salad
  • Several dinner plates that feature freshwater fish, including walleye, perch, and whitefish
  • King crab legs and lobster
  • Surf and turf, ribeye, rack of lamb, duck breast, and other classically prepared meat dishes
  • Lighter fare, including pecan scallops and a smaller portion of prime rib

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Logistics and Hours

Getting to the Stonehouse is easy. From the north, take Lincoln Road/US-2/M-35 to the corner of Ludington Street. From the east or west, simply drive down Ludington Street. From the south, follow M-35/Lincoln Road to the intersection. You can’t miss it!

Lunch hours are 11 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday. Dinner hours are 5 pm – 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 5 pm – 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. To ensure that a table is ready for your party, you may want to make reservations on weekend evenings, especially when lots of visitors are in town.

Cool Beaches to Check Out in Delta County

The Escanaba municipal beach.

The Escanaba municipal beach.

Beaches come in all shapes and sizes. On the serene shores of Lake Michigan, you’ll find everything from secluded swimming holes and out of the way sand spits to bustling city beaches with modern amenities galore. And because this part of the world is big on the changing of the seasons, you’ll have something to do at these places throughout the calendar year. If you’re ready to explore the points where Delta County’s rolling landscape meets seemingly boundless Lake Michigan, check out these beaches – and the two or three dozen other spots that welcome members of the public all year long.

Sac Bay Beach

Located just off County Road 438, near the end of the Garden Peninsula, Sac Bay Beach is just one part of beautiful Sac Bay Park. This 65-acre expanse includes a mature mixed forest of pines, hemlock, spruce, fir, maple, basswood and birch. After you’ve had your fill of the trails that wend through the tract, pitch your tent at the nearby campground and bring your cooler down to the secluded beach on beautiful Big Bay de Noc.

If you squint just hard enough, you might be able to see the lights of Escanaba in the distance – but, more likely, you’ll be gazing out on the broad expanse of Lake Michigan as the sun winks over the horizon. There’s not as much sand here as at some other Lake Michigan beaches, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t break out the towel and soak up some rays after taking a dip in the cool, clear water.

O.B. Fuller Park and Campground

O.B. Fuller Campground

O.B. Fuller Campground

One of the most popular non-city parks in Delta County, O.B. Fuller Park and Campground occupies a choice location on the Lake Michigan shore, in the county’s southeastern corner. Much of the 85-acre campsite is taken up by modern campsites that can accommodate full-size RVs, but there’s a sizable amount of well-preserved forest land as well. And visitors to this beautiful spot get two great bodies of water for the price of one: The Bark River, with its excellent fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities, passes right by on its way to Lake Michigan. The mouth of the river lies at the campground’s beach, which is a family-friendly swimming hole that warms up (fairly) quickly in the summer.

Escanaba and Gladstone City Beaches

Delta County’s biggest settlements both lie on Little Bay de Noc, within easy boating distance of larger Green Bay and the open expanse of Lake Michigan. Both have beautiful, popular municipal beaches that attract sun-seekers during the warm months and winter sports junkies during the cold season. Escanaba’s sits in the heart of Ludington Park, Escanaba’s most popular city park. You can easily spend a few hours here and then head downtown or a bite at one of Ludington Street’s trendy eateries. In Gladstone, the municipal beach doubles as a popular campground. Hitch your trailer here and dive into the sparkling waters of Little Bay de Noc!

Point Detour Beach

City beaches aren’t your speed? Looking for a more secluded place to spread out and dip your toes in the water? Escape to the end of the road – literally – at Point Detour beach, located at one of the farthest-flung corners of the Garden Peninsula. Due to treacherous underwater formations and unpredictable weather, several shipwrecks lie just offshore, although you’ll need proper equipment and training to reach them. Curious limestone formations, complete with prehistoric fossils, dot the shoreline here. And evidence of settlement as far back as 2,000 years makes Point Detour one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Upper Peninsula. Even if you just spread out a towel and enjoy a cold beverage on a warm afternoon, though, you’ll get plenty out of your time at this special beach.

What are you waiting for? Throw on your swim trunks, pack a picnic lunch, and hit the sand (or rocks)! If you’d like to learn about Delta County beaches that didn’t make this list, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’ll give you the lowdown.