Discover our favorite spots for pasties, pizza, family-friendly activities in the Copper Country—and more.
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.
Good BBQ exists in the North. It’s at The Fitz. Also try their raspberry pie…you’re welcome.
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!
What is summer without fresh-picked berries? We pick strawberries at Ohtonen’s and Crane’s Farms and blueberries at Gierke Blueberry Farm (all located in Chassell).
Perfect for a rainy summer day or night, visit the MineShaft for bowling and arcade fun.
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!)
You may be on 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, locally owned Michigan-based Biggby Coffee offers fast and friendly service.
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.)
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!
KAYAK and SUP RENTALS
Newbie or a pro, we trust the advice of the folks at Downwind Sports in Houghton.
We grab quick and fresh lunches at LB’s Chill and Grill (frost-top ice cream if you finish your meal!)
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!
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.