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Summer Getaway in Port Sanilac, Michigan

Port Sanilac’s historic waterfront village is a popular spot for fishing, sailing, and relaxing. Located midway in the Thumbcoast, it’s a fantastic spot for a 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 seven 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 17 historical buildings including the Loop-Harrison Mansion from 1872, and a 1942 U.S. Troop Train Car. 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 Dining & Spirits is spectacular! This dinner spot is on the second floor above the Port Sanilac Marina, open seasonally. 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, 9 miles west of Port Sanilac in Carsonville, open Fridays & Saturdays. The box office opens at 7:30 pm, and the movies start at dusk. A few alternates are Music at the Park every Saturday, June 10 – September 2 at 7 pm, 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 for a complete list of shows!

  • The Nerd – June 2, 3 & June 9, 10
  • The Prisoner of Second Avenue – June 30, July 1 & July 7, 8
  • Screwball Comedy – Aug. 26, 26 & Sept. 1, 2

Day 2


Wake up with a cup of coffee at Sanilac Coffee or 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 a recreation passport is not required. This park is a bit of a drive, located about 38 miles northwest of 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 Fridays from 12 – 4 pm, booked through the museum. The lighthouse has been 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, it will lead you to the beach. The beach is on M25, 11 miles north of Port Sanilac. 


You’ll love the fun, eclectic vibe at the Alli Bar. This hidden gem will keep your eyes wandering through all the antiques and art. The bar sells smash burgers, brats, and hot dogs on Saturdays, or you’re welcome to bring food 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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