Add these as must-tries to your Keweenaw Bucket List—our favorite spots for pasties, pizza, family-friendly activities in the Copper Country—and beyond:
BAIT and TACKLE
When you need bait and tackle to take on the monster walleyes of Lake Superior, head to Hancock and visit Freeman’s Firearms. Pick up our favorite lures, RJ Lures, while you’re there.
You will leave The Jam Pot in Eagle Harbor a changed person. Try their molasses cookies, homemade caramels, and basically as much as your sweet-tooth can muster.
When the wind is just right, there’s nothing better than Misery Bay on a hot Upper Peninsula day. Clear, blue water as far as the eye can see! In the Keweenaw, Great Sand Bay is a gorgeous spot (with new public restrooms).
What is summer without fresh-picked berries? We pick strawberries at Ohtonen’s, Crane’s, and Niemela Farms, and blueberries at Gierke Blueberry Farm (all located in Chassell).
600+ acres to ride, hike, run, or ski at the Michigan Tech Trails adjoining campus.
Superior Rent-All has been renting boats and motors to Chassell Bay Cottages guests for years.
The Suomi Café in Houghton or The Kaleva Café in Hancock. Our kids love the pannukakku and blueberry pancakes. Also try Gemignani’s Sunday brunch (strawberry and cream cheese-filled crepes!).
If you’ve never had blueberry ketchup, then you need to try Racers Burger Bistro in Hancock (where you’ve probably also never had a grass-fed burger on a brioche bun!). Also, try the Messy Bessy and hibiscus tea at Krunch Fast-Casual in Houghton (cheap eats!).
It’s vacation, but you still need coffee. If you head to Calumet, Café Rosetta not only has yummy French-press, but frittata, parfaits, and other healthy, organic fair. In downtown Houghton, there’s Michigan-based Biggby Coffee. And when we’re feeling magical, we drive over to Hancock for “Magic Coffee” at K.C. Bonker’s (it’s really Bulletproof Coffee with coconut oil!).
Portage Lake Golf Course is one of the oldest links in Michigan and is just a few miles from Chassell Bay Cottages. Calumet Golf Course another 20 minutes north.
We don’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but we do have the Keweenaw Co-op. We think it’s even better. (Need not be a member to shop.)
If you ask us, Bare Bluff is one of the most scenic overlooks in the whole Upper Peninsula. Here’s how to get there.
SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP
Michigan Tech’s summer hockey program is a great reason to bring the youth hockey player in your life to Houghton while you relax in our cottages!
Bring home a sweet souvenir. Niemela Family Farm in Chassell bottles the best grade-B maple syrup. We go through three gallons a year!
If you head up to Copper Harbor, be sure to visit Into the Woods mini golf. The landscaping and beautiful plants and flowers are very impressive!
For delicious Copper Country pasties and even unique varieties like Philly Cheesesteak, visit Roy’s Pasties and Bakery along the waterfront in Houghton. You’ll find Roy’s to be fresh, clean, and yummy! Across the pond (Hancock), check out Amy J’s Pasties and Bake Shop—as cute as it is delicious and authentic.
That’s an easy one: Ambassador Restaurant in downtown Houghton. The BLT pizza and a plain sausage are must-tries! And there’s a new kid on the block in Hancock: try Milly’s Detroit-style deep-dish!
Families with kids younger than age five must visit the TreeHouse Indoor Playground in Houghton. Perfect for rainy-day fun!
SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS
Have a math whiz in the family? Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs inspire excitement in science, technology, engineering, and math. Stay at Chassell Bay Cottages while they get a pre-college experience of a lifetime.
When your kids have had enough sun, visit the fun and friendly staff of K.C. Bonker’s in downtown Hancock. Sit awhile and rediscover blast-from-the-past toys and games.
URGENT MEDICAL CARE
Visit Express Care in Houghton for non-emergencies and UP Health System Portage in Hancock for serious illnesses or injuries.