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- Location: Marshall, MI
Re:Great Lakes region: Not "where shoudl we eat" so much as, "Where should we GO?"
Wed, 09/7/11 12:39 AM
I don't know what your interests are, so I will just toss out a few ideas that are not too far from the Indiana and Ohio turnpikes.
Shipshewana, Indiana, is a village in northeastern Indiana's Amish country, and can be worth a stop with its stores & shops geared to both the Amish and the tourists. They also have a very large flea market there every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The greatest concentration of Amish is in Holmes and adjoining counties in northeast Ohio, about 100 miles from Pittsburgh. Next in size is a group of Amish people in Elkhart and surrounding counties in northeastern Indiana. Then comes the Amish settlement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
There are a good many wineries in southwestern Michigan that have tours and tastings, roughly centered around the town of Paw Paw.
Holland, Saugatuck, and South Haven are nice beachfront towns to visit on Lake Michigan.
Michigan has a large number of lighthouses (more than any other state) -- the state consists of two peninsulas connected by one bridge over the Straits of Mackinac. Michigan's peninsulas are bordered by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake St Clair, the St Clair River, and the St Marys River, and all, including the rivers, at one time had lighthouses. Many are still there, although they may not be use any more. Some people just visit these lighthouses.
Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana, Indiana (Amish region)
Schmucker's Restaurant, Toledo, Ohio (reviewed on this site)
Tony Packo's, Toledo, Ohio (reviewed on this site)
Village Inn, Middlebury, Indiana (reviewed on this site)
Clay's Family Restaurant, Fremont, Indiana (good roadfood)
Auburn-Cord-Duesenburg Museum, Auburn, Indiana
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan (Kalamazoo)
Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum, Shipshewana, Indiana
National Automotive and Truck Museum, Auburn, Indiana
S. Ray Miller Antique Auto Museum, Elkhart, Indiana
Studebaker National Museum, South Bend, Indiana
Air Zoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan (includes Greenfield Village)
Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio