153 W. Washington St. Marquette MI, 49855
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!
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.