Cadillac

Cadillac is a hive of up north summer paradise and winter sports too. For skiers, we are near Caberfae and Crystal Mountain, for snowmobilers, pick up the trails right by the cottage or you can sled directly onto the Lake from the front of the cottage. Cross country ski to your heart's content. Those wanting to ice fish, your tip-up can be viewed warm and cozy from inside the cottages. Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac's large population of bluegill, crappie, perch, walleye, pike and small mouth bass bite year around. Hike or mountain bike the Manistee National Forest boasting six hundred thousand acres of pristine wooded wonderland! Manistee and Pine Rivers provide outstanding trout streams for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or a tubing outing. Many renown golf courses located within minutes of the cottage, including The Eldorado, McGuires, and the Rose. Lake Michigan, Manistee, Traverse City, and two casinos are all within a 45 minute drive from Cadillac.

Cadillac offers a wide diversity of recreation, mouth watering cuisine, appealing attractions and unique shopping. Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell define life and the reasons for visits to Cadillac. Cadillac residents offer a warm and gracious welcome and invite visitors to enjoy the lakes,  forest,  rivers, trails and the historic town.



Marvelous MichiganWe are right in the heart of Pure Michigan. A hot spot for touring all the best sites. Cadillac is said to be the gateway to True UpNorth and is the city on lakes that is centrally located. A town with genuinely friendly townspeople, impressive varied recreational opportunities, impressive arts and culture offering and natural resources that provide the stage for memorable vacations, meetings, conventions or just a short get-a-way. Located within an afternoon's drive from major midwestern metropolitan areas, Cadillac is a choice vacation destination.
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  • Manistee National Forest for Morel mushroom expeditions in the spring; several types of hunting; and enjoying beautiful fall colors.  
  • Lake Michigan, often referred to as the "Third Coast" of the United States is only 45 minutes directly west. Lake Michigan is the only great lake completely located in the United States. 
  • The Sleeping Bear Dunes (voted the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America) is just one hour north west.
  • Leelanau County and Grand  Traverse County (about 45 miles north of us) has wine tasting, shopping and hosts the ever popular Michigan Cherry Festival. Local limo services can provide wine tours for those needing safe guided travel. 



    Hole lot of Golfing – Ten local golf courses with amazing tee experiences that offer a variety of affordable fairways, greens and practice facilities. Area courses host a multitude of corporate to family golf outings.Briar North (Mesick) 888-745-1220, 18 holes
        • Briar South (Cadillac, west off M-55 to 33 Road) 888-745-1220, 18 holes
        • Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf (Cadillac, West M-55) 231-862-3000, 9 holes
        • Cadillac Country Club (Cadillac, west of M-55/M-115) 231-775-8586, 18 holes
        • Eldorado (Cadillac, south of Cadillac, off of US-131) 888-DRIVE18, 18 holes
        • Emerald Vale (Manton, west) 800-890-3407, 18 holes
        • McGuire’s Resort (Cadillac, south, Mackinaw Trail between BR-US-131 & M-115) 800-647-7302, 27 holes
        • Missaukee Golf Course (Lake City, east on M-55) 231-839-2901, 18 holes
        • The Rose (Leroy, south off US-131) 888-ROSEGOLF, 18 holes
        • Tustin Trails (Leroy, south off Mackinaw Trail) 231-829-5455, 9 holes

    Ride the Rivers – within minutes are some of the Michigan’s best adventurous rivers. Canoe/kayak permits available on the Pine and Manistee Rivers, for both the novice and experienced. The Muskegon River is a wide, shallow river with a sandy bottom that is good for tubes and rafts. It flows through mostly state land with numerous sand bars to stop on. The Pine River is a paddler’s paradise, it’s the more difficult of the two rivers. 





    Be a Kid – Adventure Island Family fun park has mini-golf, water slides, batting cages, bumper boats, go karts, arcade and ice cream shop. This is truly an area where there is something to do for kids of all ages. Check out the local calendar for festivals, farm tours, and lots of things to do. Don't discount the multiple ice cream stops or just a day splashing at one of the many local beaches. You don't have to be over 18 to play like a kid!




    Boating at its best –  Cadillac offers over 3700 acres of boating playground on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Public boat launches and a city dock offer easy accessibility for boaters and shore fishing. Cadillac area offers boating experiences for relaxing, tubing, water skiing and fishing on many local lakes and rivers. Five local Boat Launches:
            • William Mitchell State Park
            • M-115 canal
            • Kenwood Park on North Boulevard;
            • City Boat Launch on Chestnut; 
            • Downtown City Dock (by Pavilion) in Hemlock Park
            • West M-55, Pole Road
      Boats Rentals: Cadillac Sands 800-64SANDS, and at Pilgrim’s Village 231-775-5412 

        Go Fish -The World Record Brown Trout was caught in the Manistee River, just 20 minutes West of Cadillac.  Whether you are looking for a shore fishing adventure, guided experience, or tooling around Cadillac area waters in a boat, the local guides and tackle shops work closely with visitors to ensure the best year around fishing experience possible, novice to expert. Nearby lakes host Bass Tournaments & Fishing Derby’s throughout the year. Michigan DNR offers a Free Fishing weekend in June. Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center, by the canal, offers fishing lessons during this weekend, and various related activities throughout the year. Local tackle shops:

            • Schafer’s Bait & Tackle 231-775-7085
            • Pilgrims Village 231-775-5412
            • MC Sports
            • Dunham’s 
            • Meijer Stores

        Like to Bike - for bikes of all styles scenic motorcycle and road bicycle rides, rugged mountain biking trails and state ORV trails, Cadillac offers over 200 miles of trails and proven rides for 20, 30, 50+ mile trips.
        Bicycles: The shores of Lake Cadillac host the July Lumberman Duathlon & Triathlon; Ride for Cause in September; and the Festival of Races over Labor Day offers local rides in several styles; a scenic 7.5 mile cruise around Lake Cadillac; highway rides offer rolling hills with breathtaking valley scenes from summer foliage to fall color splendor. Rentals are available at McClain’s in downtown Cadillac 
         
        Mountain Bikes: Big M is located 15 minutes West along the Manistee River area that boasts various terrain. Pere Marquette Trail by Baker College/WMISD off 13th Street has several miles of rugged terrain. The local National Forest & State Forest Trails offer hundreds of miles of trails to explore
         
        Motorcycles: The sounds of bikes hum around the lakes. MIA (downtown Cadillac) full service bike shop

            What the Hike – surrounded by National and State forest, public parks & rolling hills, the Cadillac area offers a diverse hiking trail experience for young families and experienced hikers.
                • The Manistee River trail offers breathtaking scenery into river valleys and open waters.
                • Pere Marquette Trail has a range of terrain with interpretive signage.
                • National Forest Trails to hike are abundant, go to www.michigan.gov to download trail maps

            Beach Bums – Lake Cadillac & Mitchell have 4 public beaches (Mitchell State Park, Kenwood Beach, City Park, Hemlock) connected by a multi-use trail system that meanders around the lakes and throughout the community.









            Its a walk in the Park– Parks offer pristine beach, pavilions, volleyball courts, a frisbie golf course, playgrounds and public bath/restrooms. Carl T Johnson Hunting & Fishing Museum highlights the northern michigan hunting & fishing delights with animal displays, maps, activities, a range and Heritage Trail with interpretive signage. A historic district walking tour takes you back in time to Cadillac’s forefathers during the lumbering days with over 16 renaissance buildings described. Local Cemetery Tours are also offered at various times throughout the summer & fall. The Wexford County Historical Museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

            Stop to Shop  – Downtown shops offer an eclectic mix of art, gifts, clothing, d├ęcor, books, toys, coffee shops and restaurants. 

              No Wining –  Tasting Tours are just 60 minutes away. Atomic Limo offers wine country in Grand Traverse County and back. "Take a day and experience Northern Michigan wine country.











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