Episode 104: "Does it or Does it NOT"

Marquette
Where a Beautiful Waterfront, a Great Meal, and Quirky Creativity Meet

Host Tom Daldin, of Under The Radar Michigan reminds viewers that the best vacation doesn’t have to include a trip to the airport. A day’s drive will take you to lovely Marquette, nestled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the southern shores of Lake Superior.

A hilly college town, Marquette’s downtown area bustles with a hum of friendly energy and is filled with character and charm. A walk along the waterfront reveals beautiful homes that were once old factories—providing great photo opportunities as well as showing the city’s transformation.

If you love authentic Cajun/Creole food, you won’t want to miss “Laginappe – A Cajun Creole Eatery”. Master Chef Dan has taken special care to bring Louisiana’s finest culinary favorites and Bourbon street essence to downtown Marquette. His black beans and rice and traditional shrimp jambalaya will leave you saying, “Wow!”

Marquette is also a creative hub where an artist with creative materials, combined with a unique artistic approach can fashion every day items into quirky and beautiful art. One such resident is Andy Gregg, a former cyclist turned artist who displays his unique, one-of-a-kind chairs, stools, and tables made entirely from old bicycle parts. Marquette also boasts the wonderfully bizarre Lakenenland, a free drive-through art exhibit of industrial scrap yard art. These beautiful, freaky, and unique creations of scrap machine metal are a must-see for those looking to complete their Marquette experience. Feeling creative yourself? Be sure to visit “Hot Plate,” a paint your own pottery store which allows visitors to relax, have fun, and produce something they can be proud of!

Alpena
Dinner with Ghosts; The Twin Sinks and Shipwrecks

Under The Radar Michigan then travels to the city of Alpena. More than the cement capital of Michigan, Alpena offers comfortable urban spaces filled with beautiful neighborhoods and historic homes all within walking distance of the shoreline.

Hungry adventurers may want to try the “John A Lau Saloon,” which offers great meals, cold beverages, and cool ghost stories. Enjoy the authentic saloon style dining, but watch out for the ghost who is said to haunt the building, and is not afraid to let you know if you’re not wanted. If you’re looking for a dining experience with a little less.

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Hotplate
Be sure to visit “Hot Plates,” a paint your own pottery store which allows visitors to relax, have fun, and produce something they can be proud of. Kinda.

Website 
906.228.9577
153 W. Washington St. Marquette MI, 49855

Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery
If you love authentic Cajun/Creole food, you won’t want to miss “Lagniappe – A Cajun Creole Eatery”. Master Chef Dan has taken special care to bring Louisiana’s finest culinary favorites and Bourbon street essence to downtown Marquette. His black beans and rice and traditional shrimp jambalaya will leave you saying, “Wow!”

Website 
906.226.8200
145 Jackson Cut Marquette, MI 49855

Lakenenland
Marquette also boasts the wonderfully bizarre Lakenenland, a free drive-through art exhibit of industrial scrap yard art. These beautiful, freaky, and unique creations of scrap machine metal are a must-see for those looking to complete their Marquette experience.


Website 
906.249.1132
108 Timber Lane Marquette MI, 49855

Michigan Karst Conservancy
That's not a hole in the ground, THIS is a hole in the ground! Karsts have been popping up (sinking in?) all around the north-east part of Michigan for a long time. Spend some time learning about them and how they really got there.

Website 
No Phone Number
Alpena, MI

Dinosaur Gardens
Dinosaur Gardens Prehistorical Zoo is an offbeat tourist attraction located in Ossineke, Michigan, USA. Built on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) tract of drained swampland, visitors to the “zoo” encounter several dozen home-made sculptures of dinosaurs, prehistoric birds, prehistoric mammals, and cavemen, many of which are arranged into action-packed (and often violent) tableaus. The attraction, started by folk artist Paul N. Domke in the 1930s, also boasts a gift shop and a dinosaur-themed miniature golf course.

Website
989.471.5477
11160 US Highway 23 S Ossineke, MI 49766

Andy Gregg Bike Furniture
This ain't no huffy bike. You need to see this then you need to sit on his chairs to feel that good design is also comfy as all get out.

Website 
906.361.2483
P.O. Box 11 Marquette, MI 49855

Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary
There's marine history, then there is MARINE HISTORY!!! (one is boring, the other isn't). The Thunder bay Marine Sanctuary houses a collection of what life was like on the great lakes when a storm could blow up at any moment!



Website 
989.356.8805
500 W. Fletcher Alpena, MI 49707

John A Lau Saloon
Hungry adventurers may want to try the “John A Lau Saloon,” which offers great meals, cold beverages, and cool ghost stories. Enjoy the authentic saloon style dining, but watch out for the ghost who is said to haunt the building, and is not afraid to let you know if you’re not wanted. If you’re looking for a dining experience with a little less.

Website 
313.961.2543
414 North Second Ave Alpena, MI 49707

Courtyard Restaurante
You know those people that love food so much they're always talking about opening a restaurant? Here's two people that stopped yammering about it and actually did it. They really love food and once you try their food, you'll love it too!

Website 
989.356.9511
2024 US Highway 23 S Alpena, MI 49707