We are on the shore of Lake Superior and in the heart of an agate hunter's paradise. We are also adjoining hundreds of acres of state land, making all outdoor activities just a step away. The end of Seven Mile Point Road is now private property only (NOTE: Seven Mile Point Nature Conservancy HAS RECENTLY SOLD AND IS NO LONGER OPEN TO THE PUBLIC). See the "Not Just a Room" tab for everything the Castle has to offer.
Local Things to See/Do
NOTE: Several places in the Keweenaw only take cash. Also, check restaurant webpages for hours of operation as they change based on the season.
Downtown Calumet, Michigan (13 miles away):
Outdoor Activities Across the Keweenaw:
Disc Golf Courses
HikingMcLain State Park
Keweenaw County Mountain Peaks
Keweenaw Trail Map (Nordic Ski, Snow Bike, Mountain Bike)
Horseback Trial Riding (1.5 hours away)
Houghton County Horseback Trail Rides (1hr+ away)
Axe Throwing (who could resist!) :)
16 Guided/Self Guided Local Tours
Bird Watching Sites
We are directly on the Lake Superior circle tour
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) if you are lucky!
Isle Royal National Park 22 miles across the water
Charter Fishing/Ice Fishing/More
Private Boat Tour Company
Copper Harbor (small resort town) 28 mile drive
The Jampot (Munk's bakery) 9 mile drive
Apple Acres Farm (Classes on Bee Keeping, Making Maple Syrup, Off-grid Living, Mushrooms, and more!) 45 minutes
Golf Courses (Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Sandy Pebbles, and Calumet)
Six Scenic Drives (The castle is centered around them all)
Numerous Waterfalls (MAP): Note that the Montreal Falls and Bare Bluff have recently sold and my not be accessible.
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Interesting Local History
Ghost Towns of the Keweenaw
Keweenaw Vortex at Prospector's Paradise (10 min)
Mystical Healing Energies/Unique Tree Growth
Visit the Firesteel River Trestles (South of Houghton)
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Suggested Day Trips:
Keweenaw Underwater Preserve
Geologic Timeline of the Keweenaw
Area History and Focal Points
The Jam Lady (Eagle River MI)
Things you should know...
Yooper: People that live in the "U.P." (short for Upper Peninsula)
Troll: People that live downstate or "Under the Bridge" (FYI... Michigan has two peninsulas connected by the Mackinaw Bridge)
Pasty: A meat and potato meal wrapped in a buttery, flaky pastry shell. Originally made for on-the-go meals during the mining days but now come in a variety of flavors and fillers. The traditional pasty may or may not contain rutabaga and will be eaten with ketchup or I hear some prefer gravy?!? (insert Mr. Yuk!)
Thimbleberry: It looks like a raspberry but is more tart and has much larger leaves and is EVERYWHERE in the Keweenaw. Highly recommend trying the Thimbleberry infused line of drinks at Carmelita's Mexican restaurant in Calumet (20 min away)!
Chow-Chow: This locally made snack is used as both a cracker accompaniment and also a condiment for certain dishes. You can get it spicy or mild and each shop boasts a slightly different recipe. It's hard to describe but is somewhat like antipasto in a sweeter mustard based sauce. Keith loves it! It's growing on me... :)
Roadside Sticks: Sometime in November, five foot high sticks magically appear along all the road ways in the Keweenaw. These snow sticks help the plows locate the edge of the roadway over the winter months. They magically disappear in April just as fast...
Yooperlights: Rocks the glow under black UV light. They can be found on this beach at night. We have imbedded them into the mosaics in both the Balcony and Turret showers.