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St. Ignace & Sault Ste. Marie Late June 2010

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St. Ignace & Sault Ste. Marie Late June 2010

My husband and I will be camping just outside of St. Ignace. What are the must see/do things in the area of St. Ignace & Sault Ste. Marie? We would like to take a day or two and travel north toward Sault Ste. Marie on motorcycle. Any suggestions on a good place to eat in the Sault Ste. Marie area? How long does it take to get to Sault Ste Marie area from St. Ignace? Is there a nice scenic route as opposed to driving the main highway? Overall, any ideas or suggestions?

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We will be camping in St. Ignace area. Arriving there on Wednesday and leaving on Sunday. We are looking for 1 or 2 day trips on the motorcycle. I know about the car show in St. Ignace and we'll probably spend a day on Mackinac Island.

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"My husband and I will be camping just outside of St. Ignace. What are the must see/do things in the area of St. Ignace & Sault Ste. Marie? We would like to take a day or two and travel north toward Sault Ste. Marie on motorcycle. Any suggestions on a good place to eat in the Sault Ste. Marie area? How long does it take to get to Sault Ste Marie area from St. Ignace? Is there a nice scenic route as opposed to driving the main highway? Overall, any ideas or suggestions?"

Beautiful area, scenery is #1. The reply about your being aware of mackinaw island. Thats a huge draw. The town is small, its a touristry town, with some stores downtown, and some decent places to eat.

Clyde's for sure for burger's and fries or onion rings... ooOooo... but there are some other restaurants there we like, one is the Hillside right near down town. Up on a hill of the main street, its a family owned business with good food. we love breakfast there and the view out the windows. There are some nice scenic turn outs, and visitor information stops by the bridge. One there to the west of the hwy, is quite modern. offers fantastic views of the bridge, and information on the building of the bridge. mackinaw city on the other side of the bridge offers more shopping and entertainment per se, and you might want to drive over there and explore also. Darrow's is a popular eatery. Check out posts using the search box for places to eat in those cities and things to do. The fort in mackinaw city is neat. I would heartily recommend your taking the old road up to the SOO as they call sault ste marie. It's the Mackinaw trail and it starts off the road near the casino. it is marked. Its a two lane paved road, but its more scenic of a drive then the hwy if you have time. You can bomb around the soo, take in the locks, get an ice cream cone, eat at The Antlers out by the power plant east of town a short drive, tour the Valley camp freighter, or take a SOO lock boat tour. you can just sit in the LOCKS park and enjoy it too. There is a park right on the river by Sugar island and the Ferry. You can park and be steps away from the water. there is another CLYDES hamburger stand there too. Its a great spot to stop and take a break and enjoy the view. You can also drive over to Brimley on the back roads, driving around Whiskey bay, and keep on going up to White Fish pt. You will go by the Taquamanon River mouth park, Paradise michigan, and at White Fish point there is a mariner Museum and a rocky beach right on Lake Superior. The view is wonderful, it can be cool, literally, and ppl hunt for Agate rocks. there are indian casinos in the SOO and Brimley. It's a neat area to explore for sure. I tried not to be too redundant from other stuff posted. Going west on US 2 out of town is a nice ride too. If you can make it as far WEST as Seney, the Wild life refuge is a must stop for a coupla hours minimum. Enjoy. we love the area, and usually camp in the state park there in St Ignace. Nice Glenn's market in town for supplies!

Some good pizza at the Driftwood Sports bar and motel in town, and there is a neat little deli right on the board walk down town. Blue building, Freshwater Foods I think it was called, same owners as Antlers restaurant up in the SOO, man they had tasty fresh deli stuff. Not a huge selection, not a fancy place, just basics but sure was quaility and good. Walk the board walk and read the signs the local town put up about the history of the town. Its actually pretty neat. I WANNA GO BACK!!! :)

enjoy.

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13. Re: St. Ignace & Sault Ste. Marie Late June 2010

If I were going up to Sault Ste. Marie by motorcycle I would head up I-75 for about 6 miles then take M-123, Trout Lake Rd. (exit 352), West. Head toward the town of Newberry. The road after going West will head North.. You will go through Trout Lake. Keep on MI-123 heading North up to Paradise. This is about 62 miles, 1 ½ hours. From there you can go to Tahquanemon Falls (west) and White Fish Point (north along the shore). At the upper Tahquanemon falls there is a macro brewery.

After checking out that area out I would go back down MI-123 for about 11 miles, then head toward Brimley on Lake Superior Shoreline Rd. Once in Brimley you could decide to go on W. 6 mile Rd toward the Soo and take the back roads or go South on 221 to 28 and back on I-75. If you take W. 6 mile there is no on ramp to the freeway using this road. From Paradise to the Soo is about 58 miles, 1 ¾ hours.

I would then spend the night in the Sault Ste. Marie.

I read in a post above to maybe stop and eat at the Antlers which is East of the Soo. I was there years ago and it was really nice. I went there this last fall and it was a disappointment. I would not recommend this place now.

Coming back down from the Soo to St. Ignace, you could travel down roads other’s have suggested to take. Just stay East of I-75.

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Interesting take on Antler's. We were there last summer. I would still recommend it to someone new to town to check out. It is different then years ago in someways by its operation. Less the bar atmosphere per se and ownership has changed, the menu has changed, (we actually thought it improved to more of a regular restaurant style) they added the new gift shop a few years ago, but its still a fun place to stop, and check out the oddities, and get a meal and an adult beverage if you choose. They cleaned the whole place top to bottom last year, and its been spiffed up. The basement bar/gift shop is closed now. Our meals were very good. If we had a complaint, we thought service could have been better. It was busy that day, and they had a large group. It wasn't a deal breaker for us, that happens sometimes, especially when most of the servers are college students. It seems to be popular with locals because on weekends especially, you probably will have to wait to be seated. So I guess, I can say, to each his own.

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I agree, Tahquamenon falls is worth a visit, I just wouldn't eat at the restaurant there (see my review for my ridiculous experience).

The ride along the lake shore near Brimley is great & then you could stop in either Soo, MI or Soo, ON for dinner.

So, MI has a great Greek restaurant called Zorba's, right across from the waterfront and lock canal. Also a Mexican place called La Senorita- best con queso dip ever! It would be easy to have dinner there and take a walk along the lock canal.

Soo, ON has AWESOME Italian food, with many restaurants not far from the bridge such as Fresco, Gran Festa, Arturo's ($$) and also IMO some of the best pizza (Aurora's or Mrs. B's).

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