Discovering Manistique from a tourist's perspective

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MANISTIQUE -- Between the miles of Lake Michigan beaches, the wineries, and downtown shops, it was hard to decide where to start during my day discovering Manistique.

And because I'm not from the area, I decided to get some direction from the Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce.

Alan Barr, CEO of Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce, explained, "Well the first thing we tell people is, go to the big spring, Kitch-iti-kipi. It's one of the largest natural springs in the country. It's 40+ feet deep. The water is crystal clear, you can see all the way to the bottom. You can see the springs actually bubbling up through the sand, trout the size of small children, and a gorgeous raft ride across the spring. So, you really get to experience nature."

If you're wanting to stretch out your stay in the great outdoors, you could stay at the brand new campground that  was opened just this summer.

 "The city really hit a homerun with the campground. It's gorgeous. It was built perfectly. We've heard nothing but rave reviews from every camper that's been there. They've been full almost every night since they opened," Barr added.

But because I only had the afternoon open, I decided to head downtown to check out some of Manistique's new shops, like Blue Mystique, Trader Bob's, and Bostique.

"The Mustard Seed opened a new boutique shop called Bohemian Manistique, or Bostique. And they've got fresh dipped ice cream, homemade fudge, and some really cool things for tourists to come and find," Barr said.

And in case you are in the area, and you decide you need some guidance...all you need is your phone, or a smart device, and you can download the recently developed Discover Manistique app.
Barr explained, "So it works on any smart phone. It's called Discover Manistique. And so, if you go to you can download the app and it has all of the eat, play, and the stay information you'd want to know.

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