Harbor Springs Travel Guide

  • Harbor Springs
    by davidtahd
  • Shopping
    by Carliegirl
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Carliegirl

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Harbor Springs Restaurants

  • Award winnning cookies!

    This is a special little shop tucked back from the street at the end of a wandering little path, in a tiny house shaped building. It is barely large enough to accomodate the counter where the sales are rung up...and yet the smells and the tastes that come out of this place are fabulous. They bake all kinds of cookies...just cookies. They are all...

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  • Famous Gurney's Sandwiches

    This is one of the things that I miss about Harbor Springs since moving away. The sandwiches at Gurney's are great! Locals and tourists alike will head here at lunchtime. Try to offset your lunch plans so that you miss the high rush from 12-1. All the bread and meat, as well as veggies are excellent. But be prepared that they don't have tomatoes!...

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  • Where the locals would eat

    A solid place to eat, and decent enough prices that I eat there every once in a while. Closed tuesdays, which is nice for the employees. The deserts are the best, especially the ice cream dishes. J club sandwitch is also a worthy use of your hard earned cash

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Harbor Springs Nightlife

  • by legoloonies Written Jan 2, 2005

    nightlife in little old harbor springs? I don't think so! I guess the bar is open until around 2... and the ice cream joint where I work [kilwins] is open until 11, but most everything closes by dark

    Dress Code: The whole town: pink and bright green. Don't ask me why, its just what they wear

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Harbor Springs Shopping

  • Farm fresh produce!

    You should totally check out this place if you're into farm fresh produce with a touch of the personal. The store front is located on the farm just a little ways outside of Harbor Springs. The drive there is pleasant anyhow. They sell excellent fresh fruits and veggies, I love their glass bottles of milk, and they also have cheeses, fresh eggs and...

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  • Snappy family-run clothing boutique

    Freindly owner and family staff. Quality apparel at reasonable prices. Betty (and her daughters in season) have had this gem on Main for 30 years. No glitz, just good stuff and friendly help. As much or little as you want.

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  • Fudge

    Go into Kilwin's Chocolates. They serve up a super great ice cream cone and they also have killer fudge. They give free samples. If you walk in, you'll be offered one. It's also fun to stand and watch them make the fudge on the marble tables by the windows. I used to work here. Oh...they have great lemonade too! Made fresh by the cup. fudgewaffle...

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Harbor Springs Local Customs

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    None of the locals ever buy fudge except to send away to people who live other places. It is taboo for any local to be caught with the stuff. The name for a tourist in this town is "Fudgie." So like it or not you'll be called by that name. Probly not to your face but you'll be called it none the less. Realize that locals really dislike demanding and pushy people. This is an easy going, hardworking town that gets too many visitors who feel they own the place. Don't be rude to locals. It won't get you far. You may also see the occasional "If its tourist season, why can't we shoot 'em?" bumper sticker. Don't take it personally. Its all meant in good humor.

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Harbor Springs What to Pack

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: rain jacket (it's Michigan you never know)
    sweatshirt
    long pants (for evening)

    Photo Equipment: camera (KEY!)
    lots of film

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellant
    Anti-itch cream (bugs and poison ivy)
    towels
    bathing suits
    water shoes

    Miscellaneous: batteries

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    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Women's Travel

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Harbor Springs Off The Beaten Path

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    by Carliegirl Written Apr 21, 2003

    The sunset is beautiful on Lake Michigan. Drive up the hill from "downtown" and turn right. Park anywhere along this road at the end of the day and you can watch a beautiful sunset with a view of the harbor and the town's lights below you. Bring a camera.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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