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Summer Getaway in Port Sanilac, Michigan

Port Sanilac’s historic waterfront village is a popular spot for fishing, sailing and simply just relaxing. Located midway in the Thumbcoast, it’s a great spot to day trip to other shoreline communities for an extended stay. This article is part of a series of quick trip ideas highlighting adult getaway options along the coast.

Featured Photo | Uri’s Restaurant, overlooking Port Sanilac Marina.

Nautical Life

Stay at a Victorian Era bed and breakfast a block away from the sandy shores of Lake Huron. The Raymond House Inn is a quaint overnight experience with only 7 rooms, perfect for an adult getaway. Another overnight option is a rustic feeling log cabin at the Lake Huron Campground.

Day 1


The Stone Lodge is a locally owned, year round restaurant on M25 just before the village center. Enjoy the comfortable atmosphere indoors or dine on the patio. Menu picks:

  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Forest Mushroom Burger


Explore 15 historical buildings including the Loop-Harrison Mansion from 1872. The Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum hosts a variety of must-see events all year. Some of the upcoming events are:


The view of Lake Huron from Uri’s Waterfront Restaurant is spectacular! This newly re-opened dinner spot is located on the second floor above the Port Sanilac Marina. Menu picks:

  • Martini
  • Apple Walnut Salad
  • Mango Salmon


Pack a blanket and snacks for a blockbuster movie under the stars at the Hi-Way Drive-In, located 9 miles west of Port Sanilac in Carsonville. The box office opens at 7:30 pm and the movies start at dusk. A few alternates to a movie, Music at the Park every Saturday through September 3 or seeing a live theatre performance.


Entertainment awaits you at this fun venue with live community theatre. The Barn Theatre is on the museum grounds and has performances throughout the summer at 8 pm. Visit their website link above for dates. Some of the upcoming performances are:

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Will You Still Love Me in the Morning
  • The Sunshine Boys

Day 2


Wake up with a cup of coffee and a homestyle breakfast at Roxanne’s. They’re open everyday with a friendly smile from 8 – 1 pm. Menu picks:

  • Eye Opener Breakfast
  • Coffee and Orange Juice


Explore the Sanilac Petroglyphs and take a scenic walk through nature. This historic state park protects and interprets Michigan’s largest known collection of early Native American teachings carved in stone. It has free admission and the recreation passport is not required. This park is a bit of a drive, located about 38 miles northwest from the village.


Spend the afternoon with lunch on the outdoor deck and 18 holes at Huron Shores Golf Course. Lunch is available Mon., Wed. – Sat. An alternative option to golf, take a lighthouse tour or sunbathe at the beach. Menu picks:

  • Local Craft Beer
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Sweet Potato Fries


Take a guided tour inside the 1886 Port Sanilac Lighthouse on Friday’s from 12 – 4 pm, booked through the museum. The lighthouse is privately owned, since 1928, so be sure to only view from outside if you didn’t already book a tour.


Check out this “secret beach” from our lesser-known beach list and spend the afternoon sunbathing. The 4 Mile Scenic Turnout looks like an ordinary MDOT rest area but it’s not. It has a gorgeous Lake Huron beach with smooth sand. Look for the long, hidden staircase at the north end of the park, it will lead you to the beach. Located on M25, 11 miles north of Port Sanilac.


You’ll love the fun, eclectic vibe at the Alli Bar, open noon to midnight, Fri. – Sat. and 12 – 8, Sun. – Thurs. This hidden gem will keep your eyes wandering through all the antiques and art. The bar sells brats and hot dogs on the weekend or you’re welcome to bring food in picnic style. Carry out options are available from the Blue Water Sports Bar & Grill, a few doors down.

Alli Video Tour

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Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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