Mt. Pleasant 2019 VISITORS GUIDE
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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COVER PHOTO: Dancing in the streets Throughout the summer the community gathers to kick up their heels on the streets in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series brings in nationally known bands to fill the air with popular music throughout the summer. Steve Jessmore Photography -stevejessmore.com; email@example.com The 2019 Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide was created and produced by Backus Public Relations, Inc. Mt. Pleasant CVB and Backus PR, Inc. cannot guarantee or be held accountable for the accuracy or omission of information included in this publication. Please contact Mt. Pleasant CVB for changes to be added to future issues.
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Meet here in Mt. Pleasant and join us to celebrate our cherished lifestyle. Here, cultures collaborate to keep our city on the upswing. We know this is the place in Michigan to raise our hands, raise our families and raise our glasses. Mt. Pleasant is the cultural crossroads of Michigan. Here you’ll find an intersection of every walk and stage of life. Mt. Pleasant has a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of the hustle, but none of the hassle. You are welcomed to our community by people who greet you as you walk by and make you feel at home. We hope that you experience our friendly atmosphere while having fun exploring our wonderful attractions and amenities. Experience our world class entertainment at the Soaring Eagle Casino, cheer on the Chippewas at one of their 500+ events on the campus of Central Michigan University and find 100 things to do, every season, throughout the year.
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Big Entertainment What’s it like to experience a small town feel with big city amenities? Find out for yourself. In between the regular festivals and remarkable downtown shops, there are hidden pockets of the world in the Mt. Pleasant area. The city comes alive in the summer with the annual Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series. Coming into its 11th year, this mustsee event has featured national headliners such as Emmy Awardwinning actor Jeff Daniels, alt-rock band The Verve Pipe, and Central Michigan University’s own Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. When the summer starts to wind down, the family-friendly events, including Movies by Moonlight, provide one last opportunity to enjoy the warm weather. Viewers of all ages bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and snacks for free movie screenings at City Hall. As pumpkin spice fills the air and the leaves begin to fall, head into warmer settings for karaoke, trivia, live music, and more. The Cabin, Hunter’s Ale House, and The Brass all have trivia and karaoke each week throughout the year. If you need more activity, keep your eyes open for specialty events like Yoga with Cats at Karma Kat Cafe, or a paint & pour class at Art Reach. As the weather cools, the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration will warm you with holiday cheer as the lighted parade illuminates the streets of Downtown Mt. Pleasant. After the New Year work off the holiday meals at the annual Man vs. Mountain winter obstacle course in February. When the snow melts, take a quick trip down to the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. The locally made 6
Maple Syrup and pancakes will warm your bellies and fuel you up. No matter the time of year, leading attractions at the Soaring Eagle Casino will keep you busy. Enjoy world-class entertainment, including: comedy, concerts and a series of murder mystery dinner parties or test your luck on the largest gaming floor in Michigan. The outdoor concerts at the Soaring Eagle Casino are known to keep the good vibes coming all throughout the summer. Make sure CMU is part of your visit, where it offers more than 500 events annually. Attend world-class theatre events, watch talented dancers twirl, drink-in the elegance of the symphony, explore the next age of fashion during a studentrun fashion show or cheer on your favorite teams during one of many sporting events. Sip a cocktail on the green, join the roar of a college game, or lose your voice at a big-name concert. Don’t just see it for yourself — get out and live it.
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ENTERTAINMENT Broadway Theatre 216 E. Broadway St. (989) 772-2075 www.friendsofthebroadway.org Live theatre, concerts, movies, pageants, recitals and more. Celebration! Cinema 4935 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 772-7469 www.celebrationcinema.com D-BOX movies with motion seating, big screen events, 3D movies. Central Michigan University 1200 S. Franklin St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 774-4000 | www.cmich.edu | cmich.edu/ticketcentral Offers academic programs at all levels - bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral. Never stop learning, creating, discovering. Downtown Mt. Pleasant 320 W. Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 779-5348 | www.downtownmp.com Located just a few blocks north of CMU’s campus. Eat, shop and play in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum 5093 E. Remus Rd. (989) 317-3221 www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Over 10 hands-on exhibits including the beemazium and water table, special events throughout each month, gift shop, room rentals and more. Mt. Pleasant Speedway 4658 E. River Rd. (989) 773-2387 www.mtpleasantspeedway.com/ Racing Friday nights late April-August. UMP Modifieds, Pro Stocks/Pro Trucks, Street Stocks, Stock 4s, Bombers.
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GAMING Soaring Eagle Casino 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com Slots, table games, bingo, entertainment, dining, spa, fitness center, video arcade, and more.
LIBRARIES Clarke Historical Library 250 W. Preston St. (989) 774-3352 www.cmich.edu/library/clarke Located inside the Park Library, is home to a children’s literature section, archives of Central Michigan University, and over 2,500 articles recording the history of Michigan. CMU Park Library 250 W. Preston St. (989) 774-1100 www.cmich.edu/library The main library of Central Michigan University, named after librarian Charles V. Park.
Faith Johnston Memorial Library 4035 N. Mission St., Rosebush (989) 433-0006 www.crdl.org Part of the Chippewa River District Library System. Provides materials and services to enrich, enlighten and inspire all of the people in the community. Located in Rosebush. Veterans Memorial Library/CRDL 301 S. University St. (989) 773-3242 | www.crdl.org Part of the Chippewa River District Library System. Provides materials and services to enrich, enlighten, and inspire all of the people in the community. Located in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
LOCALLY GROWN Doodle’s Sugar Bush 10566 S. Johnson Rd., Blanchard (989) 866-6177 www.doodlessugarbush.com Maple syrup, candies, sugar, seasonings, jams, butters and more.
Farmers Market (989) 779-5330 www.mt-pleasant.org/ farmersmarket Island Park - Thursdays 331 N. Main St. Broadway Street - Saturdays Fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. Open June-October.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch 3909 S. Summerton Rd. (989) 773-4345 www.papasfamilyfarm.com Educational and recreational farm. Produce, strawberries, donuts, cider, hayrides, fall corn maze, parties, toy store, play area.
GCC Organics 431 S. Littlefield Rd. (989) 944-0124 www.gccorganics.com The GCC Organics family farm is located on Littlefield in Mt. Pleasant. Chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and eggs.
Rhynard’s Blueberry Farm 4701 S. Chippewa Rd., Shepherd (989) 828-6954 www.rhynardsblueberryfarm.com U-pick or pre-picked blueberries and honey.
GreenTree Cooperative Grocery 214 N. Franklin St. (989) 772-3221 www.greentree.coop Cooperatively owned grocery store serving healthy, earth-friendly, and locally made foods. Moody Blueberry Farm 9720 Beckley Rd., Blanchard (989) 561-2578 U-pick blueberries, produce, maple syrup.
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Baymont Inn & Suites 5858 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 775-5555 www.baymontinns.com Closest hotel to the casino, complimentary casino shuttle, deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool, jacuzzi. Fitness center, free highspeed internet, cable with HBO. On M-20 just east of U.S. 127.
Days Inn & Suites 5770 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 772-1101 www.daysinn.com Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, in-room microwave, refrigerator, modern coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Free HBO and high speed internet. Near casino. Located on M-20 near U.S. 127.
Chippewa Motel 5662 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 772-1751 www.chippewa-motel.com Near casino. Complimentary coffee, bagels and muffins. In-room microwave, fridge and coffee maker. High speed internet access. Close to CMU and shopping. Located at M-20 and U.S. 127 next to Bob Evans.
Fairfield by Marriott 2525 S. University Park Dr. (989) 775-5000 www.marriott.com/mbsmp Free hot breakfast, complimentary high-speed internet. 24/7 Market, indoor pool and 24-hour fitness room. Adjacent to CMU, nearby shopping and casino.
Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center 2424 S. Mission St. (989) 772-4000 www.mtpcomfortinn.com Ranked in top 5% of U.S. Comfort Inn’s. Pillow-top mattresses, complimentary hot breakfast and high-speed internet. Conference facilities for up to 550, indoor pool and fitness room. Bennigan’s on-site, Adjacent to CMU.
Ginkgo Tree Inn/Chez Mimi 309 N. Main St. (989) 773-8733 www.ginkgotreeinn.com Victorian and French inns along the Chippewa River. Private patios, fullservice bar. Minutes from downtown, shopping and CMU. Private baths and AC.
Country Chalet & Edelweiss House Bed & Breakfast 723/681 S. Meridian Rd. (989) 772-9259 www.countrychalet.net Bavarian-style B&B provides warm hospitality, down-filled duvets, hearty home-cooked breakfasts and picturesque acres of rolling hills, woods, ponds, wetlands with wildlife.
Hampton Inn 5205 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 772-5500 www.hamptoninn.com Newly renovated, award-winning hotel close to cultural attractions, outdoor recreation and Soaring Eagle Casino. Free hot breakfast, indoor swimming pool and fitness room.
Courtyard Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University 2400 E. Campus Drive (989) 773-1444 www.marriott.com/mbscy Contemporary hotel, on the campus of CMU, spacious guest rooms, free Wi-Fi, 24/7 Market, The Bistro Restaurant/Bar, outdoor patio and fire pit, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and spa, meeting and event space.
Holiday Inn & Suites Mt. Pleasant 5278 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 317-8686 www.holidayinn.com/mtpleasantmi Located just off US 127 on M- 20, this hotel’s location is perfect for business and leisure guests alike. Free high-speed, Wi-Fi access and 24-hour Business Center. The hotel offers a total of 5,400 sq. ft of meeting space, indoor pool, and Toast 2 Toast restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner daily.
Quality Inn 5500 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 772-7777 or (877) 738-8715 www.qualityinn.com Complimentary hot breakfast, extended cable, free long distance/ local calls and high-speed internet. Special extended stay rates and group rates. Close to Soaring Eagle Casino and CMU, located on M-20 at U.S. 127.
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Pohl Bison Bed & Breakfast 1745 E. Rosebush Rd., Rosebush (989) 433-5841 www.pohlbison.com Unique B&B on bison ranch. See bison up close, gift shop, spacious air conditioned rooms, loft and great views. Seven minutes from casino, race track, golfing and CMU.
Super 8 2323 S. Mission St. (989) 773-8888 www.super8.com Free continental breakfast, complimentary high-speed internet. Across from CMU, nearby shopping, restaurants and casino. Fitness room, pet friendly. Largest and nicest Super 8 in Michigan!
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Wold’s Motel 901 E. Bennett Ave. (989) 772-3429 or (800) 732-8495 www.woldsmotel.com Quiet setting close to Soaring Eagle Casino. Clean, comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. Cable TV with HBO, direct dial phones, free wireless high-speed internet, microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Visit www.meetmtp.com for a complete calendar of events.
3 Doors Down: Acoustic Back Porch Jam Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
1-2 JANUARY – DECEMBER Central Michigan University hosts more than 500 events throughout the year. events.cmich.edu Kids and Culture Various Locations A free event on the second Saturday of every month. www.artreachcenter.org JANUARY
Bill Engvall Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Daddy Daughter Date Night Comfort Inn Conference Center (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org
AMSOIL Championship Snocross National Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Man vs. Mountain Starts at Mountain Town Station (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org/mvm
International Film Festival Celebration! Cinema and CMU Park Library www.cmiff.com/
Murder Mystery Dinner: Til Death Do Us Part Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Polar Plunge O’Kelly’s/Wayside (989) 774-3911 www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/ mtpleasant2017
Vodka Pasta Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
WPBA Masters 2019 Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com MARCH
Dane Cook Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Home Show IAC, Central Michigan University (989)775-7747 www.hbacm.com
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt Island Park (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org
Josh Turner & Scotty McCreery Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Throughout the Village of Shepherd (989) 828-5422 www.shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org
Gus Macker Basketball Festival Campus of Central Michigan University www.macker.com MAY
Festival of Banners Art Reach of Mid-Michigan (989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org
30th Annual “Celebrating Life” Pow Wow Central Michigan University (989) 774-2508 https://www.cmich.edu/office_ provost/OID/NAP/pow_wow/Pages/ default.aspx
Dan + Shay wsg Chris Lane Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com APRIL
Shipshewana on the Road Soaring Eagle Casino (269) 979-8888 www.shipshewanaontheroad.com
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U.T. Dance Company Concert Bush Theatre on the campus of CMU (989) 774-3045 C ALENDAR
Great Egg Scramble Morey Courts (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org
Sweeney Todd: CMU Opera 2018 Staples Family Concert Hall mus.cmich.edu Mid-Michigan Model Train Show Finch Fieldhouse srvmodelrailroad.org/index
Lions Chicken BBQ Island Park 989-560-4830 Yoder’s Quilt Auction and Flea Market Clare, Michigan 989-386-2872
Alma Highland Festival Campus of Alma College (989) 463-8979 www.almahighlandfestival.com
31st Annual Traditional Arts Weekend Wheatland Festival Grounds (989) 967-8879 www.wheatlandmusic.org/ traditional-arts-weekend
Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games Campus of Central Michigan University (989) 774-3911 www.somi.org
June – August
Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series – See website for dates Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 772-7460 www.maxandemilys.com/summerconcert-series
Painting the Intersections Main/Broadway, University/ Broadway, Franklin/Broadway (989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org
Reo Speedwagon Soaring Eagle Casino (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com
Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival Jockey Alley (Downtown Mt. Pleasant) mpbeerfest.com
Thrilling Thursdays Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp
Pastime Tournaments Various fields www.pastimetournaments.com
Art Flair Downtown Mt. Pleasant 989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org
USA Softball of Michigan Tournament Various fields www.masasoftball.org JULY
Downtown Mt. Pleasant Car Show Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 775-7747
Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair Isabella County Fairgrounds www.isabellacounty.org/dept/fair
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NativeFest Ziibiwing Cultural Center (989) 775-4750 www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing/ calendar/calendar.htm
35th Annual Saginaw Chippewa Powwow Saginaw Chippewa Campgrounds (989) 775-4000
Pastime Tournaments Various fields www.pastimetournaments.com/ AUGUST
Art Walk Central www.artreachcenter.org/art-walkcentral
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Movies by Moonlight Next to City Hall (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp
Artist Battle Art Walk Central (989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org/art-walkcentral
Yoder’s Quilt Auction and Flea Market Clare, Michigan 989-386-2872 SEPTEMBER
46th Annual Wheatland Music Festival Wheatland Festival Grounds (989) 967-8879 www.wheatlandmusic.org/musicfestival/
Zonta Applefest Papa’s Pumpkin Patch (989) 773-4353 http://www.zonta15.org/mtpleasant. html OCTOBER
Last week of October
The Village of Shepherd Pumpkin Display 1,500 carved pumpkins
Keepsake Collection Folk Art and Craft Show Mt. Pleasant Middle School www.keepsakecollectionshows.com
Ladies Night Out Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp
Small Business Saturday Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp DECEMBER
Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp
Pumpkin Promenade Downtown Mt. Pleasant (989) 779-5349 www.facebook.com/downtownmp
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Big Adventure Experience adventure by choice or by chance. With more than 1,000 acres of parkland, the Mt. Pleasant area is filled with opportunities to unplug. Start your journey at the Chippewa River, where you can master miles and miles of winding waters via river tube, kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Known as “Michigan’s laziest river” the Chippewa River is perfect for a leisurely trip downstream with friends and family. Just a step off of the Chippewa River find yourself in one of the many beautiful County parks. Deerfield County Park boasts over 8 miles of hiking and groomed cross country trails, two disc golf courses, many river crossings and bridges, a sandy beach and rustic camping. Northwest of Deerfield, explore Coldwater Lake Family Park, offering beautiful sandy beach camping and activity spaces on the shoreline of Coldwater Lake. Follow the Chippewa River back into the Mt. Pleasant city limits where the GKB riverwalk trail will guide you through four-interconnected, riverfront parks. Let the culmination of your river and parks exploration lead you to Island Park in Downtown Mt. Pleasant; A 50-acre park, circled by the calming flow of the Chippewa River. Set up a hammock along the banks of the river and let the kids explore Timbertown Playscape or have them cool off at the Spray Park. Before heading to your next adventure, cook-out at one of the many barbeque stands and covered picnic areas. For those searching for adrenaline, head north to Snow Snake for a Zip Line course offering more than 4,000 feet of cable and speeds of up to 25 mph. From the heights of the Zip Line, look south and you may be able to see the peak of Bundy Hill, Mt. Pleasant’s elusive mountain and the tallest point in Isabella County. Bundy Hill is only one of 22 nature preserves owned and maintained by the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (CWC). Protecting over 600 acres of wild lands, the CWC offers a variety of outdoor experiences like no other; all preserves are free and open to the public to enjoy. Once you’ve made a choice about where to go to find yourself, be sure to stand still and enjoy it. Sometimes taking an indirect path leads you to new discoveries.
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RECREATION ACTIVITY CENTERS: Morey Courts 5175 E. Remus Rd. www.moreycourts.com Basketball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, indoor track, sport weight camps and clinics, tournaments, and fitness center. Day passes available. Student Activity Center 200 W. Broomfield Rd. (989) 774-3686 Bowling, pool, billiards, track, fitness center, outdoor sports complex, weight training center. Visitor passes available. BOWLING: Riverwood Resort/Nine8Nine 1313 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-5726 www.riverwoodresort.com Leagues and open bowling. Food and drinks. Call for hours and lane availability. Ulanes Bowling at the Student Activity Center 200 W. Broomfield Rd. (989) 774-3686 www.cmich.edu/ess/urec/Facilities/ Pages/Bowling.aspx 12-lane bowling center, bumper and glow bowling.
CANOEING: Buckley’s Mountainside Canoes 4700 W. Remus Rd. (989) 772-5437 www.buckleyscanoe.com/ Proudly rent only the finest Wenonah and Old Town Canoes, Kayaks and Jackson Kayaks. Conveniently located on the Chippewa River just off of West M-20. Chippewa River Outfitters 3763 S. Lincoln Rd. (989) 772-5474 www.chipoutfitters.com Rent canoes, kayaks or tubes. Pick up and drop off available for any of its launching sites. Floaters Tubing (989) 400-6752 www.floaterstubing.com Will accommodate all your tubing needs down the Chippewa River. DISC/MINIATURE/FOOT GOLF: Bucks Run Putting Island 1559 S. Chippewa Rd. (989) 773-6830 www.buckrun.com The putting Island is an 18-hole, real grass course in the middle of a large lake.
Deerfield Nature Park Disc Golf 2425 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-2879 www.isabellacounty.org/dept/parks Two challenging disc golf courses with elevation changes. Daily and annual passes available. Golf Center 2280 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-0156 Find us on Facebook Golf training and practice facility with covered driving mats. 18-hole miniature golf course with contoured greens and water features. Features MSU Dairy Store and Country Dairy ice cream. Riverwood Resort 1313 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-5726 or (800) 882-5211 www.riverwoodresort.com Features 9 holes of footgolf. Three miles west of CMU.
EXTREME SPORTS: Adventure Seminars Facility 1275 S. Franklin St. (989) 774-1425 Climbing wall, high ropes course and team building. Located on CMU’s campus. Mt. Pleasant Skate Park 331 N. Main St. (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org Skateboarding, inline skating, freestyle biking. Snow Snake Zip Line Tours 3407 E. Mannsiding Rd., Harrison (989) 539-6583 www.snowsnake.net Consists of 10 unique and exciting zip lines that go through thick forested canopies and soar over deep valleys at speeds reaching 20-30 mph. HORSEBACK RIDING: Healey’s Outback Ranch 12600 Buchanan Rd., Stanwood (231) 972-7255 www.outback-lodge.com NATURAL AREAS: Audubon Woods Preserve Located near the intersection of Gilmore and Wing Roads. (989) 772-5777 http://www.chippewawatershed conservancy.org/ 40-acre historical area, Chippewa River frontage, accessible trails, more than 110 species of birds.
Bundy Hill Preserve West River Rd. (989) 772-5777 http://www.chippewawatershed conservancy.org/ 100-acre historical area, trail to the tallest point in Isabella County (elevation 1,270 ft.), more than two miles of hiking trails. Chippewa River www.meetmtp.com The Chippewa River spans 91.8 miles and flows throughout the city of Mt. Pleasant and four city parks. A gentle river with a current of four mph. Halls Lake Natural Area Intersection of Old State and Broomfield Roads (989) 772-5777 159 acres of nature preserves spanning the east side of Halls Lake in Broomfield Township with several hiking trails. Isabella County Parks & Recreation 200 N. Main St. (989) 317-4083 www.isabellacounty.org/dept/parks Includes eight parks that span over 1,000 acres. Sylvan Solace Preserve W. Pickard Rd., between Gilmore and Littlefield Roads (989) 772-5777 chippewawatershedconservancy.org 78 acres in Deerfield Township with more than 1.5 miles of hiking trails in 1,700 feet of Chippewa River frontage.
SKATING: I.C.E. Arena 5165 E. Remus Rd. (989) 772-9623 www.mpicearena.org Public skating, hockey, figure skating, pro shop and more. SLEDDING: Deerfield Nature Park 2425 W Remus Rd. (989) 772-2879 www.isabellacounty.org/dept/parks 591 acre County Park consists of 8 miles of trails, 10 remote campsites, a sandy beach & swimming area, canoe & kayak launch, large pavilion and picnic areas, sledding hill, groomed cross country trails, and two 18-hole disc golf courses. Mission Creek Woodland Park 1458 N. Harris St. (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org This 60-acre park is located on the northwest side of Mt. Pleasant. Snow Snake 3407 E. Mannsiding Rd., Harrison (989) 539-6583 www.snowsnake.net Sports venue for skiing and tubing in winter, with an 18-hole golf course and zip-lining in the summer. Located 30 minutes north of Mt. Pleasant. SPRAY PARK: Island Park 331 Main St. (989) 779-5331 www.mt-pleasant.org Designed for youth 12 and under. Twelve water features with 100 sprayers and nozzles. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day.
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CMU Disc Golf Course Central Michigan University University Park Dr. (989)774-3686 www.cmich.edu/ess/urec/facilities/ discgolf/pages/default.aspx 18-hole disc golf course located on CMU’s campus, south of Fairfield Inn. Open to public.
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MT. PLEASANT CITY PARKS
Yost Park 206 S. Henry St. Updated baseball diamond, modern restrooms, open-air picnic shelter with grill.
For more information, call (989) 779-5331 or visit www.mt-pleasant.org Includes over 10 parks/trails in the City of Mt. Pleasant.
ISABELLA COUNTY PARKS
Chipp-A-Waters Park 1403 W. High St. Trails, public access to the river, playground, and pavilions.
For more information call (989) 317-4083 or visit www.isabellacounty.org/dept/parks Includes eight parks that span over 1,000 acres.
GKB Riverwalk Trail/Access Adventure Trail Trail is 1.8 miles long and runs from Chipp-A-Waters Park to Pickens Field. Horizon Park 1535 Sweeney St. Three soccer fields, softball field, tennis court, and quarter-mile paved fitness trail. Island Park 331 Main St. (behind City Hall) Michigan Vietnam Veteransâ€™ Memorial, skate park, spray park, horseshoe pits, playscape, lighted softball fields, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, and sand volleyball. Mill Pond Park 607 S. Adams St. Canoe landing, fishing deck, nature trails, playground, and pavilion.
Coldwater Lake Family Park 1703 N. Littlefield Rd., Weidman In-season (989) 644-2388 Off-season (989) 644-4083 95 modern campsites and 5 rustic cabins. All sports lake, swimming, boating, fishing, sand volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, picnic areas, pavilions, accessible beach chairs and walkway, and new accessible playground. Deerfield Nature Park 2425 W. Remus Rd. (989) 772-2879 591 acre County Park consists of 8 miles of trails, 10 remote campsites, a sandy beach & swimming area, canoe & kayak launch, large pavilion and picnic areas, sledding hill, groomed cross country trails, and two 18-hole disc golf courses.
Gilmore Park 1075 Queensway, Weidman Small picnic area, fishing platform, ice fishing access. Herrick Recreation Area 6320 E. Herrick Recreation Area In-season (989) 386-2010 Off-season (989) 317-4083 73 campsites, 5 rustic cabins, fishing, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, swimming, picnic areas, pavilions and playground.
CAMGROUNDS Coldwater Lake Family Park 1703 N. Littlefield Rd., Weidman In-season (989) 644-2388 Off-season (989) 317-4083 95 modern campsites and 5 rustic cabins. All sports lake, swimming, sand volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, picnic areas, and pavilions.
Majeske Landing 4674 W. Broomfield Rd. 2.5 acres along the Chippewa River Public boat access to the Chippewa River and fishing opportunities.
Gammy Woods Campground 1855 Coldwater Rd., Weidman (989) 506-8005 www.gammywoodscampground.com 83 campsites and cabins. Horseshoe pits, swimming, basketball, volleyball courts and rentable shelter/pavilions.
Meridian Park 3995 S. Meridian Rd. 145-acre park with Chippewa River flowing through the park. Fishing, hiking trails, picnic area and canoe launch.
Isabella County Fairgrounds 500 N. Mission Rd. (989) 773-9070 73 campsites available.
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Along Business U.S. 10 east of Clare, trailhead at Loomis. Regional PMRT (100 miles BaldwinMidland) with Isabella County portion 8.25 miles 14â€™ wide paved trail links to Midland and Clare County sections of the PMRT. Activities include bicycling, hiking, in-line skating, cross-country skiing.
Saginaw Chippewa Fairgrounds 7525 E. Tomah Rd. (989) 772-2285 www.sagchip.org/parks-rec/ campground.asp 40 campsites. Horseshoe pits, swimming and rentable shelters/ pavilions. Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park 5514 E. Airport Rd. (989) 817-4800 www.soaringeaglehideaway.com 67 camp/RV spots. Fishing, laundry facilities, clubhouse, access to certain areas at Soaring Eagle Waterpark.
Mission Creek Woodland Park 1458 N. Harris St. Nature trails, pavilions, dog park, sledding hill and an open playfield. Nelson Park 714 W. Broadway St. between Island and Mill Pond Parks Centrally located, connects to neighboring parks via nature trail and crosswalk, fishing deck. Pickens Field 309 W. Pickard Ave. Sport park with baseball and softball fields, playground and modern restrooms. Sunnyside Park 1511 Elm St. Six-field soccer complex, basketball court and rentable shelters/pavilions.
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100 THI NGS TO D O IN 1. Climb the 1,270 ft. elusive mountain of Mt. Pleasant at Bundy Hill Preserve. 2. Head to a local bowling alley with friends. (Riverwood, SAC) 3. Catch a Friday night race at the Mt. Pleasant Speedway. 4. Visit the Vietnam, WWI, WWII, and Korean memorials around Mt. Pleasant. 5. View beautiful art exhibits at the area’s local art galleries. (University Art Gallery, Baber Room exhibits, Art Reach’s Morey Family Gallery, GraySky Gallery, Main Frame Gallery) 6. Visit any of the Chippewa River District Libraries for a new book, children events and educational classes.
14. Tour and enjoy handcrafted brews at some of the local breweries. (Mountain Town Brewing Company, Cranker’s Brewery, Hunter’s Ale House) 15. See an outdoor concert at Soaring Eagle Casino. 16. Try one of the famous hoagies at the Green Spot Pub. 17. Visit Downtown Mt. Pleasant for the Max and Emily’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series every year. 18. Watch independent and student produced short films during the Central Michigan International Film Festival in February. 19. Enjoy dinner and some gelato at the local Italian favorite, The Italian Oven.
7. See one of CMU’s University Theatre performances.
20. Grab your frisbees for a game of disc golf at CMU or one of Deerfield Nature Park’s courses.
8. Enjoy fresh sushi and delicious martinis at Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
21. Head to Blanchard for the annual Blanchard Steam and Gas Engine Show in August.
9. Have some fun with handson activities at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum.
22. Get fresh veggies at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market at Island Park on Thursdays and Downtown on Saturdays.
10. Grab your winter gear and visit the sledding hill at Mission Creek Woodland Park.
23. Ski the slopes at Snow Snake in Harrison.
11. See a play at the Broadway Theatre in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
24. Bring your wheels and shred the Skate Park at Island Park.
12. Take a yoga class at Yoga on Main and RedBloom Yoga in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
25. Enjoy bird watching at the Florence Maxwell Audubon Woods Preserve on Gilmore Road.
13. In the days leading up to Halloween, head to Shepherd, Michigan for the 1,500 carved pumpkin display.
26. Find organic goods and fresh produce at GreenTree Cooperative Grocery.
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27. Pick a pumpkin and enjoy some donuts and cider at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. 28. Try your luck on Michigan’s largest gaming floor at Soaring Eagle Casino. 29. Celebrate and learn about Native American culture and heritage at the annual Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Pow Wow and NativeFest during the last weekend of July. 30. Take the family for a swim and play on the beach at Coldwater Lake Family Park. 31. Try signature sandwiches, hand tossed pizza and unique Michigan Made products at Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli in Shepherd and Mt. Pleasant. 32. Bounce over to The Jump Station for a day of fun. 33. Get your friends or family together for horseshoes, basketball and grilling at Island Park. 34. Try locally roasted and brewed coffee at Ponder Coffee Company and Pleasant City in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. 35. Visit the area’s county preserves for a day of hiking. 36. Enjoy a scenic walk, run, or bike ride along the GKB Riverwalk trail.
39. Catch the WCFX Sunday Movie Night special for $5.95 at Celebration! Cinema. 40. Check out the Festival of Banners May-November, featuring local artists’ painted banners hung from light posts throughout Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd. 41. Kayak or canoe down the Chippewa River. 42. Check out the lights, parade, pancake breakfast, reindeer, and more during the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration the first Friday and Saturday of December. Don’t forget to visit Santa at his house in Town Center too! 43. Try an arctic swirl at Doozie’s Ice Cream Place.
37. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for outdoor showings of your favorite flicks at Movies by Moonlight each Saturday in August at City Hall. 38. Celebrate like a real Scotsman at the annual Alma Highland Festival during the last weekend in May.
44. Travel back in time when you grab lunch or dinner at Jon’s Drive In, dine-in or order right from your car. 45. Play 18 holes of putt-putt on Bucks Run’s natural grass, island putting course.
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65. Pick up fresh, homemade baked goods from Robaire’s Bakery and Cops & Doughnuts.
83. Head to Remus for a weekend of arts and music at the annual Wheatland Music Festival in September.
66. Attend a CMU sporting event and cheer on the athletes. Fire Up Chips!
84. Put your stomach to the test with a Central Michigan food challenge at: PIXIE, Dog Central, The Barn Door and more!
67. Try zip-lining at Snow Snake in Harrison. 68. Sharpen your skates and head to the I.C.E. Arena for ice skating. 69. Head to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch the last weekend of September for Zonta AppleFest. 70. Join Mountain Town Station and Camille’s Prime for one of their Garden Dinners, prepared and served on location in their garden. Reservations are required. 54. Bring the family for putt-putt and hand-dipped ice cream at The Golf Center. 55. Try a variety of beer, cider, and wine at the annual Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival in June.
71. Challenge yourself at Man vs. Mountain winter obstacle 5k in February. 72. Make a splash with a day pass to Soaring Eagle Waterpark.
85. Sip coffee and play with a furry friend at Karma Kat Cafe. 86. Bike the trail connecting Mt. Pleasant and Shepherd. 87. Rent a tube or bring your own and spend a day floating down the Chippewa River. 88. Collaborate with friends, to conquer Central Escapes escape room. 89. Take a tour of the Ziibiwing Cultural Center. 90. Walk the track at Morey Courts for just $1.00. 91. Get fresh syrup from Doodle’s Sugar Bush in Blanchard.
56. Paint your own pottery at Painted Turtle in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
73. Get a tasty lunch on Fridays during the summer from Food Truck Fridays at CMU Research Center Corp.
57. Relax and revitalize with spa services at Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa and Herbs Etc.
74. Grab lunch and a tasty treat from Downtown Soda Shoppe in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
47. Attend Special Olympics Michigan’s State Summer Games and cheer on the athletes in June.
58. Peruse the Yoder’s Amish Quilt Auction and Flea Market in May and September.
75. On Thursdays, try the cuisine at Fireside Grille and Pub’s International Nights.
48. Have lunch at the locally acclaimed Roz’s Diner in Rosebush.
59. Catch a game during the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at CMU at the end of April.
76. Buy the latest CMU gear at the CMU Bookstore.
95. Have fun in the sun while staying cool with the kids at Island Park’s Spray Park.
77. Get active at the Student Activity Center (SAC).
96. Visit the covered bridge at Deerfield Nature Park.
78. Get together with your girlfriends for the annual Ladies Night Out in November in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
97. Test your knowledge on Tuesdays during Trivia Night at Hunter’s Ale House.
46. Roller skate at Hansen Arena.
49. Volunteer at the Isabella County Soup Kitchen, H.A.T.S. and the William Strickler Nonprofit Center. 50. Check out classic cars while enjoying a classic coney & shake at PIXIE during their summer cruise nights on Thursdays, all summer long.
60. Take a tour of the Bison Ranch and pick up fresh bison products at Pohl Bison in Rosebush. 61. Have some drinks and enjoy a delicious dinner at the Shepherd Bar and Restaurant.
51. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants or bars in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
62. Try the CMU Climbing Wall & Ropes Course inside the Adventure Seminar Facility.
52. Celebrate with pancakes, rides, entertainment, and more at the Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival during the last full weekend in April.
63. Visit a U-Pick farm for fresh, local, seasonal fruits and veggies. (Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Rhynard’s Blueberry Farm, Moody’s Blueberries, Howard Farms)
53. Check out the newest exhibit at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History in Rowe Hall at CMU.
64. Play classic arcade games at Cyber Quest inside Soaring Eagle Casino.
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92. Show off your singing voice on Thursdays & Saturdays during Karaoke Night at The Cabin. 93. Try footgolf at Riverwood Golf Course. 94. Have lunch inside or out on the patio at Max and Emily’s Eatery in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
79. Grab your fishing pole and get back to nature with tranquil fishing on the Chippewa River.
98. Explore the county parks while in search of mushrooms at different classes and group outings, scheduled several times a year.
80. Check out the city wide art exhibits and events going on during Art Walk Central in August.
99. Check out the HBA Classic Car Show in Downtown Mt. Pleasant every summer in July.
81. Have breakfast at the famous Stan’s Restaurant in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
100. Attend one of the local Homecoming football games or parades in the fall. (CMU, Sacred Heart, Mt. Pleasant High School, Beal City High School)
82. Visit Historic Downtown for a variety of boutique shopping options at locally owned stores.
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Big Swing GOLF COURSES: Bucks Run Golf Club 1559 S. Chippewa Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989) 773-6830 6,914 yards- 73.5 Rating- 146 Slope Clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop, banquet facility, three lakes and 1-Âź miles of Chippewa River frontage. Putting course, practice putting greens, bunkered driving range, golf boards, GPS carts. Eagle Glen Golf Course 1251 Clubhouse Dr., Farwell (989) 588-4424 6,602 yards- 72.6 Rating- 133 Slope Undulating greens, natural wetlands, bent grass tees, greens and fairways. Previous host of Michigan State Publinx Match Play Championship. The Emerald 2300 W. Maple Rapids Rd., St. Johns (989) 224-6287 6,683 yard - 71.5 Rating - 128 Slope Fully stocked pro shop, driving range, GPS golf carts and renovated restaurant. Maple Creek Golf Club 8400 S. Genuine Rd., Shepherd (989) 828-6315 6,867 yards - 73.2 Rating - 136 Slope Renowned Fireside Grille, open for weddings, banquets, nightly leagues, weekly outings. Mt. Pleasant Country Club 3686 E. River Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989) 772-1591 6,079 yards - 69.3 Rating - 132 Slope Impeccable greens, lush fairways, private Country Club atmosphere. Full practice facility, remodeled bar and grill. Home to CMU golf. Pine River Country Club 1400 W. Superior St., Alma (989) 463-4610 6,615 yards - 72.3 Rating - 132 Slope Club house, bar and grill, driving range, practice area, and home course for Alma College golf.
The Pines at Lake Isabella 1022 S. Clubhouse Dr., Lake Isabella (989) 644-2300 6,856 yards - 72.9 Rating - 132 Slope Clubhouse, bar and grill, driving range, and practice greens. Hosted Publinx State Match Play Championship 18 times. Frequent qualifying site for the Michigan Amateur. Pleasant Hills Golf Club 4452 E. Millbrook Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989) 772-0487 6,047 yards - 68.8 Rating - 119 Slope Gently rolling hills and well manicured greens, chalet-style clubhouse offers lunch, snacks, and drinks. PohlCat Golf Course 6595 E. Airport Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989) 773-4221 6,954 yards - 74.2 Rating - 140 Slope Modern and classic links-style golf holes, mature trees, rolling tallgrass, views of the Chippewa River. Full practice facility, seasonal bar and grill, year round wedding and event space. Riverwood Golf Course 1313 E. Broomfield Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989) 772-5726 6,600 yards - 72.5 Rating - 136 Slope 27-hole golf course, pro shop, 989 bar and grill, bowling. Two miles west of Central Michigan University.
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Snow Snake Ski & Golf 3407 E. Mannsiding Rd., Harrison (989) 539-6583 6,135 yards - 69.9 Rating - 133 Slope Received four-star rating from Golf Digest. Tree-lined fairways, bent grass tees and greens. VISIT: www.micentralswing.com (888) 436-0001
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Art Reach: Morey Family Gallery Buckley’s Mountainside Canoes Camp Gammy Woods Celebration! Cinema Central Michigan University Chippewa River Outfitters Convention & Visitors Bureau Cops & Doughnuts Deerfield Nature Park Downtown Mt. Pleasant I.C.E. Arena/Morey Courts John G. Kulhavi Events Center/Student Activity Center/McGuirk Arena
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Baymont Inn & Suites Chippewa Motel Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center Country Chalet & Edelweiss House B&B Courtyard Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University Days Inn & Suites Fairfield by Marriott Ginkgo Tree Inn & Chez Mimi Hampton Inn Holiday Inn & Suites Pohl Bison Bed & Breakfast Quality Inn Super 8 Wold’s Motel
Kelly/Shorts Stadium Mid Michigan College Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum Mt. Pleasant Fairgrounds Mt. Pleasant Speedway Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park Soaring Eagle Casino/ Cyberquest Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial/ Island Park/Spray Park Ziibiwing Cultural Center
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Eagle Glen Golf Club The Emerald Golf Course Maple Creek Golf Club Mt. Pleasant Country Club The Pines at Lake Isabella Pine River Country Club Pleasant Hills Golf Club PohlCat Golf Course Riverwood Golf Course Snow Snake Ski & Golf
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With 100 plus restaurants and four breweries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of delectable dishes and bold brews scattered throughout the Mt. Pleasant area.
DINING: BAKERIES, DELIS & CAFES: Big Apple Bagels 2024 S. Mission St. (989) 772-9555 www.bigapplebagels.com Biggby Coffee 4445 E. Blue Grass Rd. (989) 773-3800 www.biggby.com Biggby Coffee 210 S. Mission St. (989) 779-0373 www.biggby.com
Picture a never-ending menu board featuring every sandwich combination you can imagine (and then some) at Max & Emily’s Eatery, an intimate evening on the hop-growing patio at Hunter’s Ale House, hot dogs topped with mac ‘n’ cheese at Dog Central featured on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food and handcrafted beer paired with palatable plates at Mountain Town Station. Is your mouth watering yet?
Cops & Doughnuts Central Precinct 1327 S. Mission (989) 546-7666 www.copsdoughnuts.com
Whatever the mood, the Mt. Pleasant area has everything you need to fulfill your foodie dreams. Here are a few local favorites: farm fresh ingredients creating a splendid breakfast at Roz’s Diner in Rosebush, specialty sushi rolls and creative cocktails at Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge, Pisanello’s award-winning pizza that will change your definition of savory and Ponder Coffee Company’s earthy coffee blends and famous waffles.
GreenTree Cooperative Grocery 214 N. Franklin St. (989) 772-3221 www.greentree.coop
The Mt. Pleasant area offers creative combinations for taste placed across the county; a fusion of flavors for all to enjoy.
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Downtown Soda Shoppe 121 E. Broadway (989) 772-2315 Find us on Facebook
Insomnia Cookies 1620 S. Mission St. (877) 632-6654 www.insomniacookies.com Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market 1982 E. Remus Rd., Mt. Pleasant (989)-317-8388 www.mitchellsgourmetdeli.com Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market 197 E. Wright Ave., Shepherd (989) 567-2114 www.mitchellsgourmetdeli.com
Pleasant City Coffee 205 W. Broadway St. (989) 339-1649 Find us on Facebook Ponder Coffee Company Central 1027 S. Franklin St. (989) 249-3956 www.pondercoffeeco.co Ponder Coffee Company Downtown 110 E. Broadway St. (989) 249-3956 www.pondercoffeeco.co Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa 128 E. Broadway St. (989) 817-4663 www.mipurevitality.com Robaire’s Bakery & Doughnut Shop 1903 S. Mission St. (989) 772-3516 www.robairesbakery.com Starbucks 5655 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 773-2457 www.starbucks.com Starbucks (Target) 4097 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 773-0218 www.starbucks.com Starbucks (CMU) 103 W. Preston St. (989) 774-4313 www.starbucks.com Tim Hortons 1004 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 779-0920 www.timhortons.com
Tim Hortons & Cold Stone Creamery 1723 S. Mission St. (989) 317-3544 www.timhortons.com Tropical Smoothie Cafe 2332 S. Mission St. (989) 317-4800 www.tropicalsmoothie.com BAR & NIGHTCLUBS: The Barn Door 3029 S. Coldwater Rd. (989) 644-2550 Find us on Facebook The Bird Bar & Grill 223 S. Main St. (989) 772-2493 Find us on Facebook The Bistro Lounge & Restaurant (Located inside the Courtyard Mt. Pleasant at CMU)
2400 East Campus Dr. (989) 773-1444 www.marriott.com
Beal City Tavern 2007 N. Winn Rd., Beal City (989) 644-3698 Find us on Facebook Blackstone Bar & Grill 212 W. Michigan St. (989) 772-3319 Find us on Facebook Blue Gator Sports Pub and Grill 106 N. Court St. (989) 772-5486 www.bluegatormp.com Buffalo Wild Wings 1904 S. Mission St. (989) 772-9464 www.buffalowildwings.com The Cabin 930 W. Broomfield St. (989) 779-9167 www.cabinbarmtp.com Encore, The Nightclub 108 N. Court St. (989) 772-5486 www.encorethenightclub.com Freddie’s Tavern 705 S. Adams St. (989) 773-2180 www.freddiestavernmi.com Green Spot Pub 808 N. Mission St. (989) 773-9536 Find us on Facebook
Hunter’s Ale House 4855 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 779-2626 Find us on Facebook
Bob Evans Restaurant 5652 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 779-2818 www.bobevans.com
Marty’s Bar 123 S. Main St. (989) 772-9142 Find us on Facebook
The Brass 128 S. Main St. (989) 772-0864 www.thebrasscafe.com
Midori Sushi & Martini Lounge 105 E. Broadway St. (989) 775-7723 www.midorimp.com
Mountain Town Brewing Co. 3068 Jen’s Way (989) 400-4666 www.mountaintownbrew.com
Camille’s Prime 506 W. Broadway St. (989) 773-0259 www.camillesprime.com
O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill 2000 S. Mission St. (989) 775-3751 Find us on Facebook
Cheers Neighborhood Grill & Bar 1700 W. High St. (989) 772-7171 www.cheersmp.com
Rubble’s Bar 112 W. Michigan St. (989) 772-1132 Find us on Facebook
China Garden Restaurant 2328 S. Mission St. (989) 773-9858 chinagardenmountpleasant.com
Shepherd Bar & Restaurant 324 W. Wright Ave., Shepherd (989) 828-5434 www.shepherdbar.com
China One Buffet 1711 S. Mission St. (989) 773-8588
Wayside Central 2000 S. Mission St. (989) 772-2391 Find us on Facebook Weaver’s Village Inn 3348 N. Woodruff Rd., Weidman (989) 644-2064 CASUAL & FAMILY DINING: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 4929 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 779-2766 www.applebees.com Aurora Buffet (Inside the Soaring Eagle Casino)
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. (888) 732-4537 soaringeaglecasino.com/aurora.htm Bennigan’s
(Located inside the CMU University Center)
251 E. Preston St. (989) 774-6406
Chipotle Mexican Grill 1720 S. Mission St. (989) 772-1475 www.chipotle.com Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery 1207 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 779-1919 www.crankersbrewery.com Culvers 1021 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 775-8106 www.culvers.com The Diner 894 N. Mission Rd. (989) 775-7210 Dog Central 111 E. Michigan St. (989) 317-3076 www.dogcentralmp.com
(Located at the Comfort Inn)
2424 S. Mission St. (989) 772-5002 www.bennigans.com
Dragon Express 314 W. Broomfield Rd. (989) 779-2727 www.mydragonexpress.com
Big Boy Restaurant 1623 S. Mission St. (989) 772-2476 www.bigboy.com
Firehouse Subs 1729 S. Mission St. (989) 775-8800 www.firehousesubs.com
Fireside Bar & Grill (Located at Maple Creek Golf Course)
8400 S. Genuine Rd., Shepherd (989) 828-6315 www.maplecreekgolf-shepherd.com First Wok Chinese Restaurant 4128 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 779-1150 Great Wall Chinese Buffet 1025 S. Mission St. (989) 775-8039 Hunan House 2157 S. Mission St. (989) 772-7386 www.hunanhousemi.com Hunter’s Ale House 4855 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 779-2626 Find us on Facebook IHOP 5245 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 773-4050 www.ihop.com Isabella’s
(Inside the Soaring Eagle Casino)
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com/ isabellas.htm The Italian Oven 2336 S. Mission St. (989) 773-6836 Find us on Facebook Jon’s Country Burger 1030 S. Mission St. (989) 773-9172 Legends Diner (Inside the Soaring Eagle Casino)
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. (888) 732-4537 www.soaringeaglecasino.com/ legends.htm LoDee’s Family Restaurant 27 S. Coldwater Rd. (989) 441-1047 www.lodees.com Los Amigos 4520 Collegiate Way (989) 317-3919 los-amigos-of-mt-pleasant. business.site Los Aztecas 4445 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 775-8594 www.los-aztecas-mexican-grilland-bar.com
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Los Palominos 4585 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 953-4161 Find us on Facebook
Olive Garden 4070 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 772-0007 www.olivegarden.com
Roz’s Diner 3995 E. Rosebush Rd., Rosebush (989) 433-8080 www.rozsdiner.com
Max & Emily’s Eatery 125 E. Broadway St. (989) 772-7460 www.maxandemilys.com
Panda Express 1107 S. Mission St. (989) 772-8899 www.pandaexpress.com
Ruby Tuesday 1023 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 775-8737 www.rubytuesday.com
Maxfield’s Restaurant 11228 Wyman Rd., Blanchard (989) 427-5630 www.maxfieldsrestaurant.com
Panera Bread 2111 S. Mission St. (989) 772-0003 www.panerabread.com
Samuel Mancino’s Italian Eatery 4152 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 775-6666 www.samuelmancinos.com
Menna’s Joint 1418 S. Mission St. (989) 953-DUBS (3827) www.mennasjoint.com
The Pita Pit 1620 S. Mission St. (989) 773-1177 Find us on Facebook
Shin’s Korean Restaurant 1620 S. Mission St. (989) 317-0736
Mountain Town Station 506 W. Broadway St. (989) 775-BEER (2337) www.mountaintown.com
PIXIE 302 N. Mission St. (989) 772-7494 Find us on Facebook
(Inside the Soaring Eagle Casino)
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Ponderosa Steakhouse 1301 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 773-4427 Find us on Facebook
(Inside the Soaring Eagle Waterpark)
5665 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 817-4800 www.soaringeaglewaterpark.com Nine8Nine (Located at Riverwood Resort)
1313 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-5726 www.riverwoodresort.com Noodles & Company 4459 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 282-1220 www.noodles.com
Qdoba Mexican Eats 1529 S. Mission St. (989) 772-2324 www.qdoba.com Quarry Grille
Siniikaung Steak & Chop House 6800 Soaring Eagle (989) 775-5106 www.soaringeaglecasino.com/ siniikaung.htm Stan’s Restaurant 220 E. Broadway St. (989) 773-3259 Find us on Facebook Summit Smokehouse 3068 Jen’s Way (989) 400-4666 www.summit-smokehouse.com
(Located at Bucks Run Golf Club)
1559 S. Chippewa Rd. (989) 779-9973 www.bucksrun.com/quarrymenu/
Taco Boy 804 S. Mission St. (989) 772-0394 Find us on Facebook
Red Lobster 4062 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 772-5622 www.redlobster.com
Texas Roadhouse 2177 S. Mission St. (989) 775-7427 www.texasroadhouse.com
ICE CREAM/YOGURT: Cherry Berry & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 2157 S. Mission St., Suite D (989) 772-7559 Find us on Facebook Cool Dip Ice Cream (Open seasonally)
1700 N. Littlefield Rd. (989) 441-1199 Dairy Queen 210 S. Mission St. (989) 773-4700 Find us on Facebook Doozies Ice Cream Place (Open seasonally)
1310 E. Pickard St. (989) 772-2332 Find us on Facebook Tim Hortons & Cold Stone Creamery 1723 S. Mission St. (989) 317-3544 www.timhortons.com BREWERIES: Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery 1207 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 779-1919 www.crankersbrewery.com Hunter’s Ale House 4855 E. Bluegrass Rd. (989) 779-2626 Find us on Facebook Mountain Town Brewing Co. 3068 Jen’s Way (989) 400-4666 www.mountaintownbrew.com
Mountain Town Station 506 W. Broadway St. (989) 775-BEER (2337) www.mountaintown.com
Jet’s Pizza 2308 S. Mission St. (989) 400-4440 www.jetspizza.com
PIZZA: Blaze Pizza 1218 S. Mission St., Ste. A (989) 217-9130 blazepizza.com
Little Caesars Pizza 324 S. Mission St. (989) 773- 1121 www.littlecaesars.com
Bell’s Greek Pizza 304 W. Broomfield St. (989) 317-8668 Find us on Facebook The Cabin 930 W. Broomfield St. (989) 779-9167 www.cabinbarmtp.com Cottage Inn Pizza 1639 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 772-5700 www.cottageinn.com Domino’s Pizza 706 S. Mission St. (989) 775-7555 www.dominos.com
Papa John’s 1504 S. Mission St. (989) 773-1234 www.papajohns.com Pisanello’s Pizza 110 N. Main St. (989) 773-9906 www.pisanellos.net Pizza Hut Wing Street 1216 S. Mission St. (989) 773-6161 www.pizzahut.com Pizza King 600 S. Mission St. (989) 772-9435
Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 111 S. Mission St. (989) 772-0044 www.hungryhowies.com
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Big amily un What’s the hurry? We live life on cruise control, with plenty of hustle but none of the hassle. Welcome to friendly faces, abundant places and comfortable paces. Visiting means getting wherever you desire within five minutes, letting your kids explore without worry and filling your time with plans - or not. Sit back and relax or skip to your own beat in the Mt. Pleasant area. Try Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and find your way through its corn maze or take a ride on the pumpkin train or pick your own fruits and veggies. Just down the road kids can get active at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum where they will be inspired by the hands-on environment to laugh, play and learn all at the same time. Slip on your ice skates and head to the I.C.E. Arena or get a little wild and crazy with a tumble at The Jump Station, where a trampoline park, foam pit, inflatables and more can turn an average day into a truly memorable event. The local Veterans Memorial Library offers after-school and year-round activities for all ages. Or take a creative art class through Art Reach of MidMichigan. There’s no better way to get some fresh air than hitting Island Park, which features a spray park in the summer and Timber Town available for fun and climbing all year long. When it comes to events, the Mt. Pleasant area offers unique opportunities throughout the whole year. Parks and Recreation puts on an annual Daddy Daughter Dance for some winter fun, and celebrates the Easter holiday with a Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt and a Great Egg Scramble! In the summer attend free, family-friendly events: Thrilling Thursdays for familyfriendly activities and dancing at a Max & Emily’s Summer Concert series performance during the week, and finish the weekend by getting cozy with snacks and an outdoor movie at Movies By Moonlight. When it comes to spending time with your loved ones, it’s the small moments that make the biggest difference.
Art Reach of Mid-Michigan 111 E. Broadway St. (989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org Community art center featuring an artist gift shop, a fine art gallery, classes for adults & kids. Also offer private painting parties & rental of the gallery for private parties & functions. City of Mt. Pleasant 320 W. Broadway St. (989) 779-5300 www.mt-pleasant.org Free, seasonal events. Cyber Quest 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd. (888) 732-4537 soaringeaglecasino.com/ cyber.htm Video and coin-operated games, professionally supervised, concessions. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
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(Inside the Soaring Eagle Casino)
Michigan families. Meet here.
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The Golf Center 2280 E. Bloomfield Rd. (989) 772-0156 Find us on Facebook Golf training and practice facility with covered driving mats. 18-hole miniature golf course with contoured greens and water features. Features MSU Dairy Store and Country Dairy ice cream.
The Jump Station 2422 E. Broomfield Rd. (989) 317-0589 www.thejumpstationmtp.com Trampoline park and inflatable arena. Inflatable arena is for children 10 and under. Any age can use the trampoline park. Concessions available. Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum 5093 E. Remus Rd. (989) 317-3221 www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Over 10 hands-on exhibits including the beemazium and water table, special events throughout each month, gift shop, room rentals and more. Mt. Pleasant Spray Park 331 N. Main St. (989) 779-5300 www.mt-pleasant.org Designed for youth 12 and under. Twelve water features with 100 sprayers and nozzles. Open May October. Painted Turtle Pottery Studio 209 W. Broadway St. (989) 317-8008 www.paintedturtle.com Paint your own pottery studio located in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Available for parties and workshops.
Soaring Eagle Waterpark 5665 E. Pickard Rd. (989) 817-4801 www.soaringeaglewater park.com Tube and bowl slides, surf attraction, climbing wall, 317-gallon dump bucket, play area for young children, hot tub, changing rooms, cabanas, concessions and more. Day passes available. Timber Town 331 N. Main St. (989) 779-5300 www.mt-pleasant.org Playscape inside the cityâ€™s 50-acre Island Park.
Welcome to the area! Community Church is a vibrant, modern church community made up of kids and adults, college students and seniors, singles and couples, who are united together on purpose.
Worship on Sundays at
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Big Culture When’s the last time you said more than hello? For us, it’s every day. Where fresh meets familiar, the Mt. Pleasant area is the intersection of every walk and stage of life. Experience artistry in every form - from canvas and sculptures to learning more about American Indian culture, the Mt. Pleasant area thrives on art and culture. Experience the Midwest’s premier American Indian museum and culture center in Mt. Pleasant. The Ziibiwing Center provides education on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and other Great Lakes Anishinabek tribes, and a diverse collection of sacred and ceremonial items. Walk through displays of artistry and brilliance at a local gallery. See more than 150 Michigan artists’ works at Art Reach of Mid Michigan, explore prints, jewelry and more at Main Frame Gallery, and witness up and coming artists at Central Michigan University’s various exhibitions. In August, Art Reach hosts an annual Art Walk Central competition where local store fronts and museums feature works of art from more than 100 artists. This event is held the entire month of August and brings chalk art on the sidewalks and activities throughout Downtown Mt. Pleasant. This is the place for every generation and imagination; where cultures collaborate to keep our city on the upswing.
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GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Art Reach of Mid Michigan 111 E. Broadway (989) 773-3689 www.artreachcenter.org Community art center featuring an artist gift shop, a fine art gallery, classes for adults & kids. Also offers private painting parties & rental of the gallery for private parties & functions. GraySky Gallery 126 S. Main St. (989)-317-8120 Find us on Facebook Displays of local artists’ work in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Little Red Schoolhouse Museum 311 Dearing Drive, Shepherd (989) 828-5319 | www.shepherd areahistoricalsociety.org Historical one-room schoolhouse. Open to the public Saturday during Maple Syrup Festival, the last full weekend in April or by appointment.
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum 5093 E. Remus Rd. (989) 317-3221 www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Over 10 hands-on exhibits including the beemazium and water table, special events throughout each month, gift shop, room rentals and more. Museum of Cultural and Natural History 103 Rowe Hall (989) 774-7165 Find us on Facebook Natural History of Michigan, dangerous animals display, journey through the Jungle. Free and open to the public. Old Fence Rider’s Historical Center 222 S. Sheldon St., Edmore (989) 427-5222 Find us on Facebook Historical flags, barbed wire and fencing collection, Native American and Civil War exhibits.
Powerhouse Museum 211 Dearing Drive, Shepherd (989) 828-5319 | www.shepherd areahistoricalsociety.org Open to the public Saturday during Maple Syrup Festival, the last full weekend in April or by appointment.
Come explore, learn, create,
University Art Gallery 251 E. Preston St. (989) 774-3800 www.cmich.edu/colleges/CCFA/ Faculty and student exhibits over the academic year. Free and open to the public.
Open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm
and grow with us!
Ziibiwing Cultural Center 6650 E. Broadway (989) 775-4750 www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing Promotes culture, diversity and spirit of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and other Great Lakes Anishinabek tribes. Features exhibits, workshops, cultural presentations, and gift shop.
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Dave and Sue Keilitz Dave and Sue Keilitz know their way around town. As part of the Mt. Pleasant community for more than 50 years, they have the inside track on the best places to grab a bite to eat. Max & Emily’s is their favorite. “Max & Emily’s is an outstanding gathering place, bringing people in the community and CMU together,” said Dave. Dave starts most days with coffee at Max & Emily’s. He even had a sandwich named after him at one time. And Max & Emily’s caters all their parties. Both have top picks on the menu. Dave loves the Chicken & Dumpling Soup and Salmon Salad. Sue’s go to is #1 -- the Reuben. Dave says you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Downtown Mt. Pleasant is the heart of the community. Downtown Mt. Pleasant boasts over 100 businesses lining the historic streets, including specialty shops, art galleries, eclectic dining, lively bars and bistros and picturesque parks. Here you’ll find big city amenities with small-town service and charm. Located in the heart of the city, Downtown Mt. Pleasant is bordered by Michigan’s laziest stream, the Chippewa River. Two of the area’s most scenic parks, Island and Nelson Park, outskirt downtown offering a local trail system with a variety of natural trails and cycling paths. In the summer, visit the Farmers’ Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, dance in the streets at the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series or get cozy at Movies by Moonlight. In the fall, ladies shop with friends at the annual Ladies Night Out in November and the year closes with the Christmas Celebration the first weekend in December. For every season, there’s a reason to be in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. For a list of all Downtown Mt. Pleasant events, visit the Calendar of Events page 10 or www.meetmtp.com.
A few of the many reasons to visit Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Come check out all the businesses.
2 Art Reach of MidMichigan
3 Gray’s Furniture
4 Le Fleur Boutique
Max & Emily’s Eatery 8 GreenTree 9 Herbs Etc. 10 Mountain Town Station & Camille’s Prime
6 Pure Vitality Juice Bar & Spa
Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Featuring Prime Grade Beef & Fresh Seafood Call for reservations | 989-773-0259 506 West Broadway Street in Downtown Mount Pleasant next to Mountain Town Station www.camillesprime.com
Mid Michigan’s only Micro Brewery and Smokehouse serving hand crafted beer & Wine 3068 Jen’s Way 989-400-4666 www.summit-smokehouse.com
Mountain Town Station American Steakhouse & Brewpub 506 West Broadway Street 989-775-2337 www.mountaintown.com