Mears is an unincorporated community of Oceana County in eastern Michigan that is positioned just a few miles from Lake Michigan. The town was founded in 1873 by Charles Mears who owned a mill in the area. Since then, it has grown to be included in the Golden Township of Michigan, which houses just under 2,000 residents. This small town is a great escape for those looking for a nice getaway.
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area in Silver Lake State Park is a main attraction in Mears. Situated between Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, the dunes are open from April to October and provide a unique view of the area’s natural beauty. The dunes can be accessed by foot, 4-wheel ATVs or buggies, (which can be rented from local shops), or via a company tour ride. Both families and those looking for a little excitement in the water will love the recreational activities offered in the dunes area. From jet-skiing to sailing, swimming to lounging on the shoreline, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes have a little something for everyone.
For a more low-key vacation, take a walk to the Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Park in the first parking lot for free and walk a bit to the lighthouse. If you’d rather park closer and walk less, park in the state park lot for a small fee. Once you get to the lighthouse, climb to the top (or take the elevator if you’d prefer) for a spectacular view of the Lake Michigan at sunset.
Every June, Oceana County hosts the annual National Asparagus Festival. The county hosts different activities leading up to the big event, including an asparagus farm tour, a 5k run, and an arts and crafts fair. The event is perfect fun for the whole family.
Just a 45-minute drive from Mears lies the Huron-Manistee National Forest, a drive well worth it. In the forest, you’ll find hiking and mountain biking trails, picnic areas, and fishing spots. In the winter, the forest allows for snowmobiling and cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Or, if you want to take in Michigan’s scenery without exposing yourself to the elements, take a drive along River Road National Scenic Byway. The 22-mile stretch of byway is about an hour and a half drive from Mears and can be enjoyed in all seasons of the year. It is surrounded by Huron National Forest, a great place to see a panoramic view of the state’s fall colors.
To explore all that the town has to offer, a number of transportation methods can be used. Rent ATVs or sand buggies to experience the dunes first-hand, or sign up for a tour of the dunes through Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. This company leases a portion of the dunes in Mears, so you’ll be discovering an area that is not accessible to other folks.
Mears is located conveniently off of Highway 31. Whether you’re coming from southern Michigan, out of state, or northern Michigan, Highway 31 will be your access point to Mears. Fly into Gerald R. Ford International Airport, if you’re coming in from out of state, and drive about an hour and a half to get to Mears.
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The town offers travelers a chance to visit antique shops, candy stores, and even an art gallery during their stay. In neighboring Shelby, Michigan, Fox Barn Market and Winery samples their new Blueberry Strawberry wine. Golden Bakery and Pizza is a crowd pleaser, so be sure to stop there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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