With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, dense forests, and the wild waters of the Great Lakes, Michigan is packed with adventurous things to do. From hiking to water sports, there are plenty of thrilling activities to try out. Michigan is also home to numerous breweries perfect for a night out. As you plan your bachelor party, look for Michigan vacation rentals in these exciting spots.
1. Copper Harbor
Head to the far northern tip of Michigan to Copper Harbor, a tiny town that’s big on outdoor adventure. In the winter, nearby Mt. Bohemia offers some of the best extreme skiing and snowboarding in the state; in fact, it has the highest vertical and deepest powder in the Midwest. You can also take advantage of the Upper Peninsula’s legendary lake-effect snowfall on cross-country skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. If your event is scheduled in the summer, try mountain biking on the fantastic Copper Harbor trail system, which is an International Mountain Bicycling Association Silver Level Ride Center. Rent bikes and book shuttles through the friendly Keweenaw Adventure Company. When night falls, the Brickside Brewery and Zik’s Bar come to life with live music and friendly locals.
2. Ann Arbor
Rediscover your youth in Ann Arbor, a fantastic college town in southern Michigan. This bustling city is the perfect spot for a classic bachelor party experience. Book vacation rentals near Liberty Street and the University of Michigan campus to be within walking distance of the city’s best bars. Start with craft cocktails at Nightcap, move on to craft beers at Beer Grotto, and finish with late-night snacks at Ann Arbor’s beloved Fleetwood Diner. If you happen to be in town during football season, plan early and book tickets to a Wolverines football game in the Big House, the university’s enormous stadium.
For the groom that loves to golf, it’s hard to beat a bachelor getaway to Grayling, for one reason: the spectacular Forest Dunes Golf Club, which is consistently ranked among the top public courses in the United States. Over 18 challenging holes and fast, fun greens, you can travel through deep forests, across wastelands, and among glacial sand deposits. After a morning tee time, rent canoes from Penrod’s AuSable Canoe and Kayak and enjoy a paddle trip down the Au Sable River. If you’re fans of fishing, drive 20 miles north to the headwaters of the river for some of the best casting in the region. Grayling is also home to a number of fantastic breweries, including Paddle Hard Brewing, Paddle Hard Brewing, and Rolling Oak Brewing.
Enjoy a bachelor weekend next to the majestic Lake Superior in Munising. Remote and friendly, this tiny town is a great spot for an off-the-grid getaway. Book a forest cabin on the waterfront for beautiful sunsets and immediate lake access; make the most of the location with rental kayaks from Northern Waters Adventures. While you’re in town, paddle out to the stunning Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you’re serious anglers, book a guided tour with Black Shadow Guide Service to discover the best local fishing holes. Don’t miss Tracey’s, where the elevated meal options are a fantastic surprise so far in the north woods. The local bar scene is quiet, but if you drive to the Kewadin Casino in nearby Christmas, you can enjoy live music and free-flowing cocktails.
Detroit, with its large international airport, is one of Michigan’s most easily accessible bachelor party vacation destinations. This newly revitalized city is a haven for sports-fan wedding parties – plan in advance and book tickets for a Red Wings hockey game, a Lions football game, a Pistons basketball game, or a Tigers baseball game. Look for vacation properties downtown; that way, you can leave your cars behind and walk to the city’s many bars and clubs. Start at The Skip, which focuses on creative craft cocktails; alternatively, head for the speakeasy-style The Whisky Parlor for a fantastic list of whiskey and Scotch options. For clubbing, check out Bleu Detroit or City Club for late-night dancing.
If you’re planning a bachelor party for a groom who loves to sail, Saugatuck is the ideal choice. One of Michigan’s most popular sailing destinations, this friendly town offers a large, calm harbor as well as wild open water. To experience the huge waves of Lake Michigan, book a charter trip through Sweetwater Sailing; for a slower-paced trip, opt for a pontoon or speed boat rental from Retro Boat Rentals or Makin’ Waves. After a day on the water, head to Saugatuck’s walkable downtown for a meal of fried chicken at The Southerner and a beer at the Sand Bar.
7. Mackinaw City
Tucked away at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Mackinaw City makes a great off-the-beaten-path escape, just four hours from Detroit. Take advantage of the area’s low light pollution with a rental cabin outside of town; in the evening, build a bonfire on the lake and enjoy a beer under the stars. Experience Michigan’s famous sunsets on a trip with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, or rent boats and stand-up paddle boards to launch from your backyard. For an evening out, head downtown to Biere De Mac Brew Works for beer and pub snacks, or try Keyhole Bar and Grill for a laid-back dive bar vibe.
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