Tuesday, November 27, 2007

About Gaylord, MI (our log cabin site)

We choose Gaylord, MI because of the many recreational opportunities (fishing, hiking, birding, skiing, golfing, snowmobiling) and simply because it made us feel like we were truly "Up North" with all its beautiful scenery.

Gaylord is located north of Grayling in Otsego County. Some information and things to do in Gaylord:
  • ALPINE VILLAGE - Downtown Gaylord has an Alpine Motif which they adopted in the 1960's. There are many great specialty shops - clothing, chocolate, beads, home decor, quilts, birdhouses, sporting equipment and so on. Check out Mossback Creek Company - I buy something every time I go there. In July, Downtown Gaylord has the Alpen Festival with people dressed in Swiss costumes, arts & crafts and a carnival.
  • GOLF - Gaylord is known as the Golf Mecca in Michigan with over 20 championship golf courses - some of which have won many awards from golf magazines. They have so many courses to choose from - no matter the level of your playing. I am not so good - my personal favorite is Marsh Ridge with it's beautiful wooded setting and the fact I'm not so far away from the hole! Visit http://www.gaylordgolfmecca.com/ .
  • SKIING - Gaylord has 2 local ski resorts - Otsego Club and Tree Tops. Boyne Mountain is approximately a 30 minute drive.
  • SNOWMOBILING - Gaylord is recognized as a snowmobile mecca as well! They have over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. To check trail conditions and obtain a trail map visit http://www.gaylordmichigan.net/ .
  • FISHING - Great fishing opportunities in Gaylord. Otsego lake is stocked with Walleye by the DNR. Other lakes for consideration include Big Lake, Big Bass Lake, Big Bear Lake and Bradford Lake (my husband's favorite.) Ice fishing is also quite popular here!
  • ELK VIEWING - Pigeon River State Forest (105,000 Acres) hosts the Midwest's only free ranging elk herd. It's also a great place to go hiking.


Christy Woods said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. I will keep visiting for updates. Your cabin is beautiful only to grow more beautiful once it is finished. Gaylord is a wonderful area, conveniently located to so many of the northern LP tourist locations and the not so tourist locations up there. I am down in the Flint/Grand Blanc area and dream of the day that I might be able to retire north. I love it up there all the beauty of nature.

Jason said...

The wife and I have always have loved the town of Gaylord. not to big but has a lot of restaurants and a Wal-Mart. We live in Fairview an hour east of you. I at one time was thinking of trying find a Postal transfer, but the fact you get so much more snow than we do here changed my mind.