Summer Getaway Trip in Port Huron, Michigan
Port Huron has all the amenities of a big city but with a small-town charm. As the hub of Michigan’s Thumbcoast, it’s a perfect location for day-tripping & discovering the region’s 140-mile shoreline. This story is part of a series of quick trip ideas highlighting adult getaway options along the coast. Stay, play & feel refreshed when you visit Port Huron, the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes.
Aerial photo by T. Shaw Photography.
3 days in the Maritime Capital
Every getaway starts with where you choose to sleep. Overnight options are plentiful in Port Huron. There are boutique-style hotels, water-view hotels, and everything in between. Click the button below for a complete list of accommodations in Port Huron.
Photo, CityFlats Hotel – Opening June, 2022
Kate’s Downtown is one of the favorite scratch made lunch spots. Visitors & locals alike love the friendly feel here. Our menu picks are:
- Iced Pineapple Matcha
- Huron Avenue Sandwich
- Made with Love Cookies
Visit Port Huron Museums four locations, Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, Huron Lightship, Thomas Edison Depot, & the Carnegie Center. They also have themed, narrated trolley rides, & walking tours.
The Vintage Tavern has a roof deck with spectacular views in a beautifully renovated 1800’s building. Our menu picks are:
- Wine Flight
- Artisan Cheese & Capicola Platter
- Farm-to-Table Grilled Ribeye
- Bread Pudding with Bourbon Glaze
Downtown has an official Social District! It’s a lot of fun strolling around from one band to another with an adult beverage. In the summer, there are three outdoor stages in the district, the Military St. Pocket Park, and the Beer Garden at McMorran & Quay St. Park. Click the link to see the full schedule.
Photo by the Raven Café
The Raven Café is a cozy, Edgar Allan Poe themed eatery with an outdoor deck overlooking the river. Our menu picks are:
- Deadman’s Reach Dark Roast
- Spinach, Bacon & Cheese Quiche
- Fresh Fruit
Get your cooler ready for a day at the beach! The Country Style Marketplace is a gourmet, boutique grocer downtown. They have ready-made foods, snacks and drinks. It’s the perfect place to get ice and stock your cooler for a picnic lunch.
FUN IN THE SUN
The sandbar is calling! A favored beach is at Lakeside Park, so arrive early to get a parking spot. It’s a crowd favorite because it has smooth sandbars, anchored boats, concessions & sports. If you prefer a quieter beach, try the north end of Lighthouse Beach, Krafft Rd., or Keewahdin Beach
Photo, Lighthouse Beach
Casey’s is a must-see place to unwind with a drink. The upbeat atmosphere is a great place to watch the game & dine outdoors in the fresh air. Our menu picks are:
- Ron Burgundy Drink
- Michigan Cherry Salad
- Tempura Lime Fries with Mango Habanero Sauce
- Tiger Shrimp Tacos
WALK IT OFF
If you indulged in too much deliciousness at Casey’s, walk it off at the Blue Water River Walk. See freighters passing, art sculptures, urban wetlands & shoreline reefs. There is a tunnel of murals by local artists at the south end of the tunnel. The north end has the Great Lakes Maritime Center.
Wrigley Hall is a year-round vibrant entertainment venue that seamlessly blends live musical performances with a diverse food hall that tantalizes taste buds with culinary delights. This must-visit destination is a multisensory experience with a roof top deck, distillery, candy shop, coffee house, and games.
Freighters Eatery & Taproom, inside the DoubleTree Hotel & the Blue Water Convention Center, is a great place to enjoy the sunrise with views of the Blue Water Bridges & Canada. Our menu picks are:
- Pineapple Mimosa
- Glazed Doughnut Waffle & Bacon
- Huron Light Veggie Omelet
Step aboard the iconic Huron Lady II sightseeing cruise. Enjoy the scenery on this 1.5-hour narrated cruise going under the Blue Water Bridge into Lake Huron from the St. Clair River. If you prefer to captain your boat & explore the lake, rent a boat at Jay’s Marine Boat Rental.
COCKTAILS & LUNCH
The CityFloats barge bar is a fun, relaxing way to have lunch. Onsite at the CityFlats Hotel, you’ll find the Fair Weather Grill, the Kitchen & small bites at the Bar. Our menu picks are:
- Margarita Flight
- Main Street Margherita Flatbread
- Fresh Fruit
More in Port Huron
Port Huron has many fantastic things to see, places to eat & fun shops. The downtown district has boutiques with Michigan-made products & specialty gifts! Use the interactive map for a complete list of all the small business shopping & dining while visiting. We hope to see you here; enjoy your stay & come back again!
Paddle the Canal in Port Huron
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Article by Katie Stepp, Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau