Harrisville, Michigan is perched on the sugar sand shores of stunning Lake Huron, and some consider it  northeast Michigan's best kept secret.  It's the county seat for Alcona County, and according to Huron Shores Champer of Commerce, "a county with more forest than asphalt, a population of 10,000 and only one traffic light"

 What Harrisville doesn't have is fast food restaurants, big hotel chains, or rubber-stamped trinket stores. What it does have is miles of sandy Lake Huron shoreline, breathtaking views, quiet streets, truly interesting antique and gift shops, a lovely harbor, The Widow's Watch bed & breakfast, and an unhurried atmosphere. It has also been spared from anxious and obnoxious development.

After a quiet lunch at the Coffee Talk Cafe, walk over to  the acres of wooded Harrisville State Park, hike the trails, camp, or just sit on the sand a while;  Then you can make the easy ride to the historic Sturgeon Lighthouse, or visit one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses still standing in Michigan, the Bailey School

Built of Norway Pine in 1907, the school is still furnished with items of that period - a recitation bench, teacher and students’ desks, drinking pail and dipper, and a wood stove for heat. The school bell still sits atop the roof.

If you come in the Fall, time your trip to coincide with the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival.  If you like quiet places, undiscovered gems, unhurried days, go to Harrisville! 

One of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses still standing in Michigan, the Bailey School is a reminder of simpler times.

Built of Norway Pine in 1907, the school is still furnished with items of that period - a recitation bench, teacher and students’ desks, drinking pail and dipper, and a wood stove for heat. The school bell still sits atop the roof.

One of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses still standing in Michigan, the Bailey School is a reminder of simpler times.

Built of Norway Pine in 1907, the school is still furnished with items of that period - a recitation bench, teacher and students’ desks, drinking pail and dipper, and a wood stove for heat. The school bell still sits atop the roof.