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.
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
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:
- 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
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.
LUNCH & GOLFING
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.
DRINKS & DINNER
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