Ive lived in lower Michigan for 40 years, and I never tire of the four-hour trip Up North. Besides the scenery, there are fruit stands everywhere, hiking and biking and lakes and beaches. There are cozy inns, luxury hotels, and lakeside cottages. Ive found that the best way to enjoy the region is to just get in the car and go. The ultimate destination, even if it isnt specific when you start out, will undoubtedly leave you pleased.
Away from it all
Treetops is located near downtown Gaylord, which features a quaint Alpine-style shopping district. But nature does the talking here, both during and after your day on the golf course. Horseback riding and fly fishing are right down the road, both of which are first-rate and immersed in the deep woods of upper Michigan.
Another great family activity that you may not have thought of is U-Pick strawberries. You can ride bikes on the trails, or play tennis on one of the three courts on Treetops property. Golf, however, is the focus at Treetops.
A couple of the specific wet wonders in Roscommon are the AuSable River and Big Lake. Grayling and Prudenville are about 15 miles away from Roscommon, where you can find Houghton Lake and the Grayling Fish Hatchery.
Perch and trout and other fresh Michigan fish are common specialties in Roscommon waterways. Cherry pies are world-class in nearby Traverse City, which touts itself as the Cherry Capital of the World. If your accommodations include cooking facilities, the roads are lined with stands selling fresh vegetables and fruit. An in-the-cottage meal is a great way to go with some of Michigans delicious produce.
Metro Detroit: After your round of golf
Out on the town
To the ballgame, that is. Even with a pre-game traffic jam, its no more than 30 minutes from the Lakes of Taylors 18th green to a Comerica Park parking lot. A quick meal might lengthen the interlude, but, as the locals will tell you, there are plenty of
A morning round at Lakes of Taylor, an afternoon brunch and a night at the ballpark is nothing short of a spectacular Detroit day. Autumn golfers and NFL fans may not be as lucky, but even a Lions game is an event worth attending. Ford Field is magnificent, and the NFL is the NFL.
History no mystery
A distinct advantage of a metro-area course is that none of the activities is more than 20 minutes from the course. Historical Americana abounds at Greenfield Village, where the original early homes and workshops of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Thomas Edison are among the authentic artifacts of U.S. trailblazers.
The Henry Ford Museum features automotive and other transportation historical exhibits are on display all year around. Among the attractions: The limousine in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the bus made famous by Rosa Parks famous stand against racism.
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