Escanaba is a port city in Delta County, Michigan, located on Little Bay de Noc in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Escanaba River runs through the town before spilling into the Little Bay de Noc. Sand Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1868 to protect ships from sand shoals in Little Bay de Noc.
Escanaba has a rich cultural scene and is home to the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, The Players de Noc, The Waterfront Art Festival, The Bay de Noc Choral Society and many other performing groups. With one of the safest natural harbors in the upper Great Lakes, Escanaba is a popular destination for boaters and fishermen. Beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan attract many tourists every summer.
1. Sand Point Lighthouse
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The Sand Point Lighthouse, also known as the Escanaba Light, located in Escanaba, Michigan, has been an unofficial aid to navigation on Lake Michigan's northern shore since 1868. The Lighthouse is a story-and-a-half high rectangular structure with a brick tower attached to it. On top of the tower is a cast iron lantern room with a fourth order Fresnel lens, which emits a fixed red light that radiates light for 11.5 miles. What makes the Sand Point Lighthouse unique is that its tower is facing the land instead of facing the water. It is not known whether this orientation was a mistake or was intentional. The lighthouse has been restored in 1990 and is now open to the public during the summer months.
2-20 Water Plant Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829
2. Escanaba Public Library
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The original Escanaba Public Library was a Carnegie library (a library built with funds donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) located in Escanaba, Michigan. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed by local architect Theodore Lohff and was officially opened in May 1903. The Escanaba Public Library is a one-story building in Classical Revival style, built of red brick and Lake Superior Sandstone. Its front facade has a portico entrance with a pediment and an entablature supported by four Ionic columns. In 1995 the library moved to the new location and the old Carnegie building was sold to private owners.
400 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829, Phone: 906-789-7323
3. Sayklly's Confectionery and Gifts
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Sayklly’s Confectionery and Gifts store has been the Escanaba icon since 1906. The original store is located in historic downtown Escanaba and still produces Sayklly’s famous homemade chocolates and candies made from secret, premium ingredients. The store, which is today one of three, has been owned and run by the Sayklly family for three generation. They still heat their candy in big copper kettles and hand-dip their chocolates. What changed since is that now their famous chocolates are available for sale online and can be delivered to customers’ homes directly. In addition, they now offer gift lines like Hummel, Waterford, Lladro, and Dept. 56, as well as local items such as Escanaba & Marquette t-shirts, sweatshirts and afghans, pure maple syrup and Yooper souvenirs.
1304 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829, Phone: 906-786-1524
4. Drifters Family Restaurant
Drifters Family Restaurant is a popular local eatery opened in 1992 in downtown Escanaba, Michigan. The restaurant is known for its huge breakfast menu, home-made soups, fresh salads and a few Mexican treats. Spacious dining room is family-friendly, with cozy booths and comfortable seats. Drifters is open seven days a week and offers drive-in and carry out. Their private dining room can accommodate private parties of up to 40 guests. All their meals are made from fresh, high quality ingredients, using family recipes. The portions are especially large, and with the oversize parking lots in front of the restaurant, the place is very popular with truckers and travellers. It does not mean that the locals do not appreciate their superb pancakes or all sorts of omelets served for breakfast.
701 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829, Phone: 906-789-0508
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5. D and M Subs,
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D&M Subs was the local favorite spot for delicious sandwiches since they opened their door in 1984. Their "subs with a difference" come on white or whole wheat bread, gluten-free bread or in wraps, all baked fresh in the store daily. They offer 40 or more different kinds of subs, and clients are even allowed to make their own version. The subs are over-filled, fully stacked with meats, cheeses, veggies and condiments. They come in small, large and family size, which are over two feet long. Check their monthly specials before ordering. In May, the Sub of the Month was the Tripple Stack, with shaved ham, turkey and roast beef, provolone cheese and fresh veggies of choice.
1606 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-2840, Phone: 906-789-0016
6. William Boniface Fine Arts Center
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Occupying the former gymnasium and auditorium of the St. Joseph Parish School, the William Boniface Fine Arts Center has become a much loved community hub, dedicated to bringing the arts to the Escanaba community. The center is home to 2 art galleries, one of which (The Studio Gallery) provides exhibition space to local artists while the other, the Powers Gallery, exhibits a range of artworks by artists who have applied to have their work included. Both galleries are open to the public during office hours and entrance is free. The center also offers a wide variety of art workshops, lessons and lectures.
William Boniface Fine Arts Center, 700 1st Ave South, Escanaba, MI 49829,
906 786 3833
7. Ludington Park
Ludington Park is a mile-long coastal park along the shore of Lake Michigan. Much loved by the Escanaba community, the park is a popular recreational attraction where you can enjoy a cycle path leading to a swimming beach with bathhouse facilities and a fishing pier. There is also an 18-station fitness circuit, tennis courts, volley ball and picnic facilities. The cycle path leads to Aronson Island, which has a boat launch and a yacht harbor and is popular with kayakers and SUP enthusiasts. Other park attractions include a walking/hiking trail, disc golf and free music nights (Mondays) at the Karas Memorial Band Shell.
Ludington Park, 1001 North Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829, 906 879 7862
8. East Ludington Gallery
East Ludington Gallery is nestled in a large historic building in the heart of coastal Escanaba, where it provides a showcase for several local artists who draw inspiration from the beautiful Upper Peninsula scenery. In total, the gallery exhibits the work of 45 local artists and crafters and is the ideal place to buy a meaningful souvenir of your visit. You can find just about all kinds of art is this gallery – functional ceramics, handmade baskets and sculptures and beautiful paintings in a wide variety of mediums. There are also beautiful greetings cards, jewelry, glass art, quilts, stained glass, mosaic and wood-carved items.
East Ludington Gallery, 1007 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829, 906 786 0300
9. Leigh’s Garden Winery
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Perfectly positioned in an historic 130 year-old building, Leigh’s Garden Winery is a very special Escanaba meeting place for locals and visitors. The winery produces a range of excellent wines on site, made from locally-grown cold-weather grapes. Visitors are invited to step inside the warm and welcoming tasting room to try some of their wines and to enjoy some really good music. Tasting options include flights of 5 classic or premium wines and first-time visitors get a complimentary wine glass when they order a flight. Friday nights are Piano nights – you can check their website to see who will be entertaining.
Leigh’s Garden Winery, 904 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829, 906 553 7799
10. Uputt Family Fun Center
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Uputt Family Fun Center offers hours of fun and entertainment for all ages. The back-lit mini golf course boasts colorful life-size props, fabulous art works and lots of bright happy color and music. The course is great fun to navigate with your glowing putter (all sizes available for all ages) and you get a free game on your birthday. The center also has a snack bar and a games arcade which boasts some of the latest video games as well as some oldies. Perfect for children’s birthday parties, the center has private party rooms which can seat 12 guests. They also offer complete birthday party packages which include room rental and a round of golf for all guests.
Uputt Family Fun Center, 2805 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829, 906 233 7733
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