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Photo Friday: Port Austin sunset

At the tip of Michigan’s “thumb” is Port Austin, a small village of 600-some residents. It’s a quaint and quiet vacation destination along Lake Huron.

Visitors can shop in the small downtown and at the Port Austin Farmer’s Market — one of the largest farmers’ markets in Michigan. Then grab a bite to eat at Fireside Inn, a favorite among locals and visitors, or share a pizza at the Landing Tavern. For an evening on the town, head to The Bank 1884 for prime rib, filet mignon or fresh seafood and a premium cocktail from the National Historic Site’s Back Bar.

Looking for adventure? Rent a kayak at Port Austin Kayak on Spring Street or a canoe from Tip-A-Thumb Canoe Rental at the Pinnebog River Bridge on M-25. Port Austin Kayak also has paddleboards and bikes available to rent. It is conveniently located across the street from the beach, but you can also opt to be dropped off at a trailhead.

An angler fishes from the breakwall in Port Austin, Mich.

An angler fishes from the breakwall in Port Austin, Mich.

Boating and fishing are also popular among Port Austin’s summertime visitors. Along the breakwall, anglers patiently await a fish to reel as families walk to the end for a closer view of the Port Austin Reef lighthouse offshore. It’s also a beautiful location to watch the sun set over the lake’s horizon.

The sun sets over Lake Huron in Port Austin, Mich.

The sun sets over Lake Huron in Port Austin, Mich.

Planning a visit to Michigan’s Thumb? Here are some helpful resources:

Wish you were here,

Erin

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