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Day trip to Clare. Ideas?

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Day trip to Clare. Ideas?

Hi, all.

I'll be spending a couple of days in this area late August. Will be by myself most of the time so probably won't go on hiking trails or things of that nature.

Are there any particular places of interest you'd recommend? Interesting shops or things/places that Clare is noted for, etc.

Thank you for any info you can provide!

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1. Re: Day trip to Clare. Ideas?

Understand this reply is late but perhaps others might be wondering the same thing. Here is a link to a Clare County Vacation Guide: www.clarecounty.net/vacation-guide.html.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1) There is a substantial Amish community in the area and a tour is available. A map can be found in the above guide. Make sure to visit Benchley's Furniture, one of the largest furniture stores around anywhere and the Colonville General Store that caters to both Amish and English (non-Amish).

2) If you are into sports and sporting goods, make sure to go to Jay's just north of Clare.

3) Stop in Cops & Doughnuts in downtown Clare. This is an old bakery that was going to close until purchased by the nine police officers on the force. They saved it and have turned it into a pretty neat tourist attraction. And they have great baked goods.

4) Just down the street is a art gallery run by Clare High School students. They host various showings and the art they have is really wonderful stuff. It's a cool place to visit. Open Saturdays 11 - 5. (clarecountyhistory.org)

5) Just down the street from the gallery is a store called Made With Loving Hands that has handmade items made by various local artisans. Again, high quality and reasonable. I like their wooden bowls.

6) If you like history, visit the Clare County Historical Museum on Dover Rd north of Clare. Open Saturdays from 1 - 5 p.m.

7) Visit the bar of the Doherty Hotel. Inside you will find a Depression Era mural about 70 feet long of leprechauns making beer. Speaking of Depression art, go to the post office in Clare to view more art. Plus, as a special treat, make arrangements with the Clare School district to view the four murals by Gerald Mast in the auditorium of the middle school. They are incredible and if they could be sold (and they can't) could probably bring the district tens of millions of dollars.

8) If you like biking take the Pere Marquette Trail from Clare to Midland or Clare to Reed City. The trail is paved its length. Make sure to see the old coal chute near Lake, west of Farwell.

9) For a nice wide hiking trail, go to Mid Michigan Community College on old 27 south of Harrison. There are several miles of wide groomed trails that wind through a forest with really spectacular trees. Part of the trail is on an old 19th century railroad grade. There is also a 10-mile long mountain bike trail that winds through the woods.

Anyway, that should get you started. Enjoy your visit!

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