Things to Do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb

Caseville Harbor Viewing Sailboats

The Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for Southeast Michigan and Detroit.  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. 

Draken Harald Hårfagre – Bay City Michigan 2016

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Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking Ship

The Draken Harald Hårfagre visited the Great Lakes in 2016. The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders and storytellers, but their greatest contribution was seafaring and the the ships they built. The ship has a traditional dragon’s head and tail and is richly ornamented with patterns found in excavations. It’s the largest ocean going Viking ship in modern times. Here are some key shots from Bay City visit.



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2017 Caseville Shanty Days – 25 Years

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The middle of winter is celebrated and imbibed in the cold of February off the shores of the frozen Saginaw Bay. The 2017 Caseville Shanty Days Festival kicked off the 2017 year of fun in Key North.  It’s Shanty Days Silver Anniversary! Don’t be left out in the cold. The 2017 Shanty Days in Caseville … Read more

102 Years Ago in Harbor Beach History

Harbor Beach Times Masthead

102 years ago illustrations started to appear in the newspapers of Michigan’s Upper Thumb. The following was on the front page of the Harbor Beach Times on January 5th, 1917. Was food scarce? Coal was also in short supply causing layoffs of fisherman and the sugar beet processing plant in Mt. Clemens. It’s an interesting … Read more

Michigan Deer Season: The #1 Big Buck Pole at Scotts

Scotty's Truck Stop

During Michigan deer season, Scott’s Quick Stop is a great mid-way break if you’re driving back and forth between the Thumb and the Detroit area. During the start of the season, it’s a must-stop to see the buck pole. Ice Cream, Gas, and Ammo, it’s unique combination that seems to work. The truck stop sits … Read more