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Things to Do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb

For well over five decades the Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for the Southeast Michigan and Detroit area.  Sandy beaches, great fishing, parks and some of the friendliest proprietors around, Huron County is a great place to steal a weekend away from the “burbs” of Detroit without busting your wallet.  In less than a two hour drive you can be at the tip of the Thumb and sinking your toes into the sugar sand of Saginaw Bay. It’s family friendly unpretentious and considered by many to be an undiscovered Michigan destination.

Sand Sculpture on Caseville Beach
Sand Sculpture at Caseville Beach

Cheeseburger in Caseville

There are many events throughout the year but the highlight festival of the summer is Cheeseburger in Caseville held in August.

Cheeseburger in Caseville
Cheeseburger Parade

When it was first held in 1999 it was purely a local affair attended by only 5,000 locals. Now the event is considered the largest civic festival event in Michigan with over 100,000 visitors during  the 10 day event. Caseville becomes Key North during the event. Bring your Conch Republic passport for diplomatic treatment.

ThumbWind presents the “inside scoop” from locals and those who live here and wish our visitors to have a great time. A new page has been added Best of the Upper Thumb. This local information offers a collection of the “Best Of” for the  all the festivals and unique sites the Upper Thumb has to offer including Caseville’s Cheeseburger festival . This stuff just scratches the surface for a unique trip of fun and adventure.


RibStock in Caseville

Caseville Ribstock 2016

Held the last weekend of JuneRibstock is considered the warm up for summer season and opening act for the big August festival. However this celebration of BBQ and country music is quickly becoming a favorite early summer event.


Meet the Politions During the Parade of Fools

Parade of Tropical Fools
Meet the Candidates at the Cheeseburger Parade

Best Place to Talk Politics During Cheeseburger’s “Parade of Fools” This is the largest event of the festival. It’s also a great chance to meet and great local and national politicians who find their way into Caseville.

Best Gourmet Grocery to Create Your Own Cheeseburger. – There are dozens of local restaurants and charity’s who set up for the 10 day event. You may want to make your own. Here is the best place to get all the fixins for your own cheeseburger in paradise.


Why is it Called Key North?

Seven Mile Bridge Sign - Things to do in Michigan's Thumb
The Connection to the Keys in Inescapable

Best Taste of the Florida Keys in the Upper Thumb. – Want to experience a bit of the Keys cuisine without the 1,500 mile car trip and all the bridge hopping? There are many roadside inns along M-53 that can go toe-to-toe with those on A-1-A. The only thing missing is the conch chowder.  Here is a stand out.


Hitching Post Inn Elkton
Experience Great Bar Burgers Outside of Caseville

Best Bar Cheeseburger in the ThumbBar burgers are fun. However you may actually have to leave Caseville to find the best bar cheeseburger in the Thumb.

Campfire on the Beach - Things to do in Michigan's Thumb
Camp on the Beach in the Upper Thumb

Best Place to Camp Next to the BeachOne thing folks love to do in the Upper Thumb is to camp out. The area is a camper nirvana. However there is only one area where you can literally camp steps away on the beach. Find out where.

Best Things to do When Your Bored of Cheeseburger. – Ten days of luau shirts, Margareta’s and cheeseburgers sounds like a lot of fun but for kids it can be too much. If you want to step away from the crowds there is plenty to see and do. Check out the suggestions.

Best Stroll During the Festival – See the odd sights and unique sounds and atmosphere found only on the water.


Scary Places in the Upper Thumb

Ora Labora Grave Old Bay Port Cemetery Angel
Spooky Stuff is Around

Best Place to Get Totally Scared.– The Upper Thumb has been home to native and American settlers for over a millenia. The paranormal activity in one nearby town has been the subject of books, movies and TV shows. One thing you can do in Michigan’s Thumb is to stay in a famously haunted inn overnight if you dare.

The Best Place to Dance Polka.– If your around after Labor Day one thing to do in Michigan’s Thumb is a polka festival in Kinde that is one of the Great Lakes best. 



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Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy is a Marketing Information Technology Manager and author of a fun-loving blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan. Starting in 2009, he authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 15,000 visitors per month. Mike welcomes your feedback, which can be found on Thumbwinds, "About" page.

1 Response

  1. We discovered so many great out of the way places to feast on the specialties of Michigan. This will be a post we’ll have with us next visit to check em out.

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