There's something special about red lighthouses. Maybe it's because there aren't very many of them around. Maybe it's because of their story. Regardless of the reason, the red Muskegon Lighthouses are some of my favorite lighthouses to visit.
There is nothing fancy about the Frankfort Light. It is a simple, pyramidal tower built in 1912. At 67 feet, its neither the tallest nor shortest lighthouse on the Great Lakes. There is nothing fancy about the town it resides in or the harbor it watches over. Yet for some reason, this lighthouse has captured...
Buried within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a picturesque lighthouse known as Au Sable Lightstation. This 144-year-old active lighthouse provides visitors with beautiful views of Lake Superior and a history of the area. Built in 1874 on Au Sable Point, this lighthouse was intended to not only eliminate a "dark spot" in the 80 mile... Continue Reading →
With 3,200 miles of shoreline, it's no wonder why Michigan claims more lighthouses than any other state in the country. Point Betsie is one of the most unique and arguably the most beautiful of them all. Built in 1858, Point Bestie is one of the oldest lighthouses in Michigan and the oldest standing structure in Benzie... Continue Reading →
On October 19, 1905, a wooden steamer towing a schooner-barge encountered rough waters. The two ships rolled in opposite directions, causing the schooner-barge to break free. The wooden steamer lost part of its stern and got stuck on a sandbar. The captain and the ten crewmen were able to make it safely to shore. We... Continue Reading →
New Presque Isle Lighthouse 130. That's how many steps there are to reach the top of the New Presque Isle Lighthouse. New Presque Isle Lighthouse Built in 1870 on the Presque Isle Peninsula in lower Michigan, this lighthouse soars 113 feet high. It is one of the tallest lighthouses on the Great Lakes and is... Continue Reading →
My mom loves lighthouses so when my sister and I had the opportunity to get her a mother's day/birthday gift to one of the few bed and breakfast lighthouses in Michigan, we took it.
If you're looking for an easy hike that takes a couple of hours or for a place to have a picnic and hang out, Big Sable Lighthouse is a great location. The hike is around 2 miles, each way, down a sandy but well-worn path that starts at Ludington State Park. There's even some hike in... Continue Reading →
Every year I look forward to visiting Lake Michigan in the winter. There is something very special about this time of year. Yes, it's freezing (and I mean freezing) with bone chilling wind but the ice formations on the lake and lighthouses are masterpieces sculpted by nature and well worth it. At least to me.