Walking or using a bike is a great way to see the Waterfront District. There are many stores to stop at and a few restaurants to eat.
Public parking is allowed on all city streets in the Historic District.
Excellent selection of good quality used books, specializing in local fare, but with a good general selection of histories, biographies and fiction. Also featuring locally produced greeting cards and some craft-work by local artists.
The Aurora Book store is now closing. :(
The Emperor's Buffet closed a few weeks ago. :(
Van's IGA has also closed.
Spies Lbirary has ROCK CONCERTS. (So much for being a place to study or read)
** There's a NEW Gracie's Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Shop as you enter the
M & M shopping center. The food is bad, and the prices are high. The hot
dogs were so tough we couldn't eat them. And the shakes were chocolate
syrup in a glass of milk for $3.95. Total cost 2 hot dogs and 2 shakes, $15.00.
** Dobber's Pasties is on the left just as you come over the new bridge from
Marinette, Wi. They are in a bad location to get in and out of, with the
bridge traffic, and the major intersection ahead.
Their selection is small. The pasties are also small. There is to much crust
around the side, and it's to dried out and hard to eat. They are a quarter
cheaper then COL K's Pasties at 1229 10 St. but it's worth the drive and
the extra quarter to go to COL K's and get a really good pastie.
** As for the guy from Escanaba that has brunch at Schloegel's on his
way south......This IS a tourist trap. We locals know that they are
so cheap, they even weigh the lettuce. And if you ever happen to
be across the street at the laundry matt when the kitchen guy from
Schloegel's goes over to wash the kitchen towels, you'd know that
he doesn't use detergent or bleach on them.
** Let's don't forget Burger King. In the mornings there are two
shifts of old men who sit in there and drink coffee and talk.
Loud. Talk loud. About sports and other nonsense. This is
NOT conducive to having a quiet meal.
ALSO one of the old men is seen all over town digging through
garbage cans for empty beer and pop cans. He also goes through
the garbage cans in front of Burger King......right before he goes
inside. And touches the door handles, the counter etc.
Last time I was in there the Supervisor was sitting at a table
with the manager, blaming her for everything that was wrong
with the restaurant, and telling her that her job was on the line.
Also, when the workers are on break, they flop in the booths
and put their feet up, and couldn't care less if the one person
working is swamped and short handed. They won't lift a finger
to get up and help. Customers have to wait.
That is why their business is so slow when there aren't any
tourists. Surprised they are still open.
** Let's don't forget A & W. It's on the right as you head out of town,
beside the Shell station.
They haven't been there that long. Business is always slow so there's
never a wait. The food is fairly good. It's always neat and clean.
The reason I don't go in there any more, is that the main person who
usually works the counter....always sighs.......after you place your order,
as if it's just to much effort for him to have to make a shake and put
your order in a sack.
** I noticed that there aren't many folks camping at the campground on
the right as you come over the new bridge. It's usually full.
Menominee does not encourage new businesses. They want the tourists
to patronize the expensive, over priced shops on First street. Owned
and run by the old families old money.
Progress had overlooked Menominee for the last 50 years. They have
always catered to the old families and the old money.
Unless you want to retire and buy and expensive home, they want
you to come soon. Come often. Spend your money. Then go home.
Enjoy your visit to Menominee, Michigan~
Menominee, Michigan is a tourist trap! The funny thing is that.......there's nothing here when you get here! They want you to spend your money as you pass through, OR come and stay, and build a big expensive house here so they can suck tax money out of you. They DO NOT encourage small businesses and shops.
Their best asset is that it's on the BAY! (NOT LAKE MICHIGAN AS SHEEPLIKE said in her tips!!) You are lucky if you even SEE the water, it is lined with old houses with high taxes. They promote FIRST STREET with it's quaint shops that are over priced and only open during tourist season.
The OLD TIMERS want Menominee to stay the way it was a hundred years ago! They frown
on progress. Anything that does not move........ STAGNATES.
Should you decide to stay overnight, you should know that there are two main streets, Route
41 and M-35. You should also know that SEMI TRUCKS go through town all hours of the day and night. Also, tourist season is when they do the road repairs so expect delays, traffic related chaos and long waits on the bridge.
Your fine dining experience will include McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Burger King.
The rest are off the beaten path.
They whole place is probably buried on a toxic waste DUMP. Enough said.
Someday there will be a bypass.......and Menonimee, Michigan will become a ghost town.
Actually, I've heard Menominee called "The Ghost Town with street lights."
Unique Suggestions: Great shopping if you like Kmart. There is always plenty of parking, because the locals go across the bridge into Marinette, Wisconsin and out to the Mall.....where there's a Walmart and a lot of other great stores.
The old Opera house is suppose to be haunted. Maybe that's why Menominee is called the
"Ghost Town with street lights."
Actually, having been born PSYCHIC........in my personal opinion, Menominee is more haunted than they realize. Maybe they should promote THAT.
Fun Alternatives: Be sure to stop in Green Bay on your trip North! You can find anything you need......to hold
you over until you get to Escanaba, Michigan......54 miles North of Menominee, Michigan.
WHILE IN MENOMINEE, MICHIGAN.....
DO STOP IN AT "LAURIE'S WILDFOWER CAFE AND BAGEL SHOPPE" AT 2210 10 th Street (M-35) You'll be delighted! It's the only progress in Menominee in the last 20 years.
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Augustus Spies was a 19th century lumber baron who contributed the funds to build this handsome landmark. It's in the neo-classical Beaux-Arts style, and is a fitting monument to the era when this region provided an enormous share of the lumber that rebuilt Chicago after the great fire of 1871.
The Library is nicely restored and is a real center of community activity here. Next to the Marina at 940 First Street.