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Marquette, Michigan
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Marquette Area Summer and Fall Events - 2014

Pioneer Days - July 5th - 12th
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Hiawatha Traditional Music Fest
- July 18th - 20th
Blueberry Festival - July 25th
Ishpeming Italian Fest - July 26th
Ishpeming Art Faire and Renaissance Festival - August 2, 2014
Harbor Fest - August 22 - 23
Marquette Blues Fest - TBA
UP Fall Beer Festival - September 6th

Marquette is the Upper Peninsula's largest city with more than 20,000 residents. It is located on the western edge of Marquette Bay of Lake Superior. Marquette General Hospital is UP's largest health care complex and its largest employer. The city is also home to Northern Michigan University and 10,000 students. It is the gateway to Big Bay and the Huron Mountains, a recreational mecca for hiking, mountain biking, ATV trails, boating and fishing.

A must-see stop for visitors to Marquette is Presque Isle Park, a rocky peninsula with several miles of walking trails, scenic drives, picnic areas, a band shell with summer concerts, and a nature center. Wintertime offers cross-country ski trails. Marquette also offers a variety of golfing experiences, offering four 18 hole courses from the scenic and challenging Greywalls course to the newly renovated Northern Michigan University course.

Downtown Marquette offers a nice mix of gift shops, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and convenient access to waterfront walking paths and activities. On the north side of town, the city operates an RV and tent camping park (Tourist Park) with 110 sites on 40 acres along the Dead River.

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Downtown Marquette and Lakefront

Marquette's early settlement was due to the discovery of large masses of iron ore nearby in the 1840s. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1859 and a city in 1871. The city and its residents have done a great job preserving the old historic brownstone buildings.

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Downtown is well elevated over the lake with trees, benches, and old-fashioned street lamps.

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While mining remains part of the economic picture, the city is clean, with lots of big trees, well maintained residentail neighborhoods, and nice wooded parks.

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< < < The city is full of classic, well maintained brownstone buildings like this church

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The Marquette Harbor and park is just a few blocks walk from downtown.

 

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In the Harbor Park parking lot we found this great example of "Yooper Ingenuity" in this Bulk Milk Hauling truck turned into a muscular Motor Home-RV Camper.

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to see more examples of Yooper Creativity - The Yooper Tourist Trap.

Restaurants and Pubs

Vierling Restaurant marquette michigan

The Vierling Restaurant has been at its downtown location for over one hundred years. In 1995 they expanded operations becoming one of Michigan's first brewpubs.

Vierling Pub and Restaurant marquette michigan
A very attractive dining & pub ambience and in addition we found the brews and the dining fare top quality at a reasonable price. Lake Superior Whitefish is one of their specialties; we found their burgers and chef's salads quite good too.

Donckers Restaurant

Donckers is another landmark Marquette dining establishment. Founded in 1896 and at the same location since 1914, this funky place is a combination full-service soda fountain, confectionary, coffee house, and deli-style restaurant. Great food, great service.

Donckers Restaurant and Soda Fountain
The soda fountain, confectionary, and coffee house are on one level; the deli-style restaurant is on the upper level. One of the few restaurants that were open on a downtown winter Sunday afternoon; we are glad we discovered it. To see more pictures and our Donckers restaurant review go here.

Camping & Parks & Golfing

Presque Isle Park

Presque Isle Park is a 323 acre forested oval shaped headland/peninsula which juts into Lake Superior in the northern tip of the City. While the park has every other amenity you'd expect, it has no camping.

Presque Isle Park
It is a nice place for some walking exercise, scenic views, or a picnic. If you are staying in the area there are summer concerts at the Band Shell, a municipal pool with a water slide, and a Lake Superior beach swimming area.

The Tourist Park Campground is open from mid-May to mid-October with 100 sites for either RV or tent camping and 10 rustic sites for tent-only camping. Amenities include a playground, ball diamond, picnic areas, swimming beach, full service restrooms, and RV dumpwater station. Marquette Tourist Park Campground

 

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Golfing & Golf Courses

There are several excellent golf courses in the Marquette area including the exceptional Greywalls (below left) and Northern Michigan University's Chocolay Downs Course (below right).

Northern Michigan University Golf CourseGreywalls Golf Course Marquette Michigan

 

 

Travel, Visitor Links & Events Schedule

Marquette Winter & Holiday Events
Snow Fun and Holiday Parade - Dec 5th
Tree Lighting Ceremony - Dec 5th
New Year's Eve Ball Drop - Dec 31st
Negaunee Heikki Lunta Winterfest - Jan 18 - 19th
Marquette Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Jan 24 - 26th
Marquette - Munising UP 200 Sled Dog Race
Feb 13 --17th

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