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Paradise – Wild Blueberry Capital of Michigan


Entering Paradise sign

Paradise is located in the U.P. of Michigan and is in Chippewa County. It is unincorporated and in the heart of beautiful natural wilderness.  Every year on the 3rd weekend in August is their Wild Blueberry Festival. We found these artifacts and historical marker to the right of this sign.

Whitefish Township historical marker

Artifacts in Paradise

Oil Lamp Buoy in Paradise

We were too early for the blueberries, but not too early for the hospitality of this friendly community and other visitors in the area.  We began our morning in the nearby Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  The staff there are exceptional and were clearly enthusiastic about being there.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum lighthouse

Just before we finished our tour I asked where a good place for lunch would be in Paradise. They said without hesitation, The Berry Patch Bakery and Restaurant.   They knew about the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” song by Jimmy Buffett and took advantage of that by selling t-shirts. I got one!

Berry Patch Restaurant in Paradise MI

Cheeseburger in Paradise shirt

Downtown Paradise

Let’s explore the businesses downtown while we are here.  See all businesses listed in the Chamber of Commerce.


Paradise Recreational Sports

Paradise Recreational Sports

Paradise Food Pantry Market and  TJ’s Restaurant.

Downtown Paradise 2

We were not here long, but we enjoyed a great lunch at The Berry Patch and learned more about the many offerings in the U.P.

Leaving Paradise back of sign


Yoopers for a Day – The U.P. of Michigan

Day 4 – 6-24-16

Welcome to the U.P.

Sadly it was time to leave Michigan but we weren’t leaving without seeing as much as we could on our way to Crivitz, WI.  This was our route through the U.P.

Yoopers for a Day

It was a real thrill crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the first time.  The agency charged with the upkeep of the bridge and safety of people crossing is theMackinac Bridge Authority.  They have offices in both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

There is a $4.00 toll payable on the St. Ignace side, which helps pay for maintenance and professional drivers. They drive people across the bridge in bad conditions or if you have a fear of bridges.  Tune your radio to 530 or 1610 AM to hear a broadcast on bridge conditions.  If there are good conditions, you hear a welcoming message to the Upper Peninsula (U.P.).

Enjoy this view of the bridge from  Michilimackinac State Park and hear the broadcast, a 4 min-33 sec. looped message.  A bonus, the freighter Joseph L. Block  goes under the bridge!

The sunrise was beautiful as we crossed the bridge. I apologize for not having a video of that, the camera was misbehaving. Enjoy these photos of our crossing though!

Mackinac Bridge Crossing

We left Mackinaw City about 6 AM to have breakfast at the St. Ignace Truck Stop. First though, we could not resist a selfie at the Big Boy next door!  Next time we will eat there.

Big Boy Selfie in St. Ignace

The truck stop was great too, still glad we stopped there.

St. Ignace Truck Stop

After breakfast we continued on, passing what I thought was a lighthouse the day before.  We found out that it was a lookout tower attraction, $1.00 admission as part of a souvenir store called Curio Fair.  Maybe we can stop there on our next visit.

St. Ignace Look Out Tower IMG_1754

Curio Fair in St. Ignace

We also drove by Castle Rock, we didn’t stop this time.

Castle Rock in St. Ignace

We continue on, our next stop is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise.  Here we saw MANY great displays, including one dedicated to the Edmund Fitzgerald. Gordon Lightfoot’s song  “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”  figured prominently here.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum lighthouse

After our visit we headed into Paradise for lunch at The Berry Patch.

Entering Paradise sign

They knew about the song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” song by Jimmy Buffett and took advantage of that by selling t-shirts. I got one!

Berry Patch Restaurant in Paradise MI

Cheeseburger in Paradise shirt

We also enjoyed talking to some of the other patrons eating there. One couple we met suggested visiting Tahquamenon Falls State Park  to see the waterfalls. The day pass was $9.00 to be able to see both falls. We took them up on their suggestion and did go after lunch. We ran into them there too!  The falls were beautiful and were worth the visit. We went to the Upper Falls first.

Upper Teq Falls info

Upper Teq Falls in Michigan

And now the Lower Falls.

Lower Teq Falls Info

Lower Teq Falls

Lets see both falls in action!

By this time it was 3:40 PM and it was time to move on.  We passed through other communities on our way to Crivitz.



We have reached the entry into the U.P., Menominee.  This is how we will enter Michigan on a return trip and skip the car ferry.  We discovered we could get to St. Ignace in a day from Madison by entering Michigan from here.  Menominee also has a well-stocked Welcome Center to pick up literature on ALL of Michigan. We actually visited Menominee on our way home, also the last lighthouse we saw.

Menominee marker


Menominee Visitor Center

Menominee North Pier Light House

We arrived in Crivitz at about 7:30 PM. A long but fun day.

Michigan Light Houses

June 20, 21,22,23, 26, 2016

On this trip we saw many lighthouses since most of our destinations were located lakeside.  There are so many, we only saw a small sampling of them.

We begin with Ludington, the North Breakwater Lighthouse.

North Breakwater Lighthouse

Also the Big Sable Lighthouse, visible from the S.S. Badger Carferry.

Big Sable Light Station in Ludington


Could not see it since it was wrapped for restoration work.

Manistee light house

Mackinac Island

Round Island Lighthouse

Round Island Lighthouse and sailboat IMG_0036

Round Island Light and rainbow

Round Island Passage Light Station

View of water from Windmere Point on Mackinac Island

Mackinaw City

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

McGulpin Point Light House in Mackinaw City

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

St. Helena Island Lighthouse

St. Helena Island Lighthouse in Michigan


Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum 

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum lighthouse

Menominee North Pier Lighthouse

Menominee North Pier Light House


We hope to see more on a future visit!


Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City


Headlands sign

Headlands International Dark Sky Park is one of the few Dark Sky certified sites in the United States.  If you can’t get here, this Light Pollution Map can help you find your local spot of darkness.  We just went to see it in the day on our visit.  It is open 24/7 365, free admission.  Donations are happily accepted!

Headlands Dark Sky Park entrance

Emmet County Self Guided Tour

Headlands Welcome sign

There are big things going on here, making this special park more accessible for workshops and events in the future.  We could not see the whole park due to the new Observatory under construction right now, a telescope will be housed there and rooms for groups to gather.

Headlands map

We walked down to the shore where the sky viewing is located.  To keep the skies dark, only red flashlights are allowed.  We got our red LED flashlights from Ebay.  Here is the Bortle Dark Sky Scale, the Headlands darkness levels can be found here.

red flashlightlight-pollution-levels_small

Now to the shoreline!

Dark Sky viewing by shore at Headlands

After passing though the gap in the trees, we see the new Observatory building under construction. I look forward to seeing it completed next year!

Headlands Telescope building in Mackinaw City

You can also see the St. Helena Island Lighthouse from here.

St. Helena Island Lighthouse in Michigan

A wider view of the shoreline, the water is so blue on this sunny day!

Dark sky viewing area in the daytime at Headlands

Even though we didn’t get back that night, it was worth the time to stop here.  A beautiful park any time of the year to visit.