Accommodations and Food
For paddlers, you can’t do better than Penrod’s Au Sable River Resort (100 Maple St., 888/467-4837, www.penrodscanoe.com, $60–96 d), where cute cabins line a peaceful bend in the river. Penrod’s adjacent paddle-sport center rents canoes, kayaks, and mountain bikes, and offers shuttle service for river trips.
If you care more about location than amenities and are coming to fish, Gates Au Sable Lodge (471 Stephan Bridge Rd., 989/348-8462, www.gateslodge.com, $90 d) has motel-style rooms with a perfect setting right on the banks of the Au Sable.
Also right on the Au Sable, Borchers Au Sable Canoe Livery with Bed & Breakfast (101 Maple St., 989/348-4921, www.canoeborchers.com, $75–95 d) invites you to slow to the pace of the river on its wraparound porch.
Hungry hunters, paddlers, and bird-watchers head to Spikes Keg O Nails (301 N. James St., 989/348-7113, www.spikes-grayling.com, 10 a.m.–1:30 a.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–1:30 a.m. Sun., $6–19) for a burger. Try the “World Famous Spikeburger,” topped with everything.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel