Our visit to Empire Michigan and the Indigo Bluffs RV Resort

It’s us again!!! A quick thing before we carry on, as I was logging notes in our spreadsheet about our stay at the Petoskey RV Resort I realized it just took over the #1 spot for the highest priced campsite we have stayed at since hitting the road almost 5 years ago. Yup, it took the #1 spot away from the Polson RV Resort in Polson Montana back in 2015.

That’s OK, we said it was going to be a vacation type summer and we would live up to our blog title of Throwing Caution to the Wind. In this case I guess we were Throwing $$$$ in the Wind LOL (turning into a Boo Hoo Hoo) LOL!! All joking aside, no regrets.

Thursday (8/16) brought another travel day and once again we found ourselves dragging our feet because of a relatively short travel day and finally had the wheels rolling at 10am.
We had a couple options for routes and opted to take HWY 31 down the shoreline which took us through a few small towns like Charlevoix (there is a nice easy spot for fuel here), Elk Rapids and eventually through the heart of Travers City which was pretty congested driving the coach through but the route was pretty scenic and a nice mellow drive.

Our site

Our site

We rolled into the Indigo Bluffs Rv Resort at 12:30 and were finally all set up about 2. Yes you read that right, 2 LOL!! As soon as I started hooking up water & power I got yacking with our neighbor and time just flew by. Normally we are set up within 30 minutes, BBQ furniture and all.

This was our site from the rear

This was our site from the rear

Indigo Bluff’s has 2 sections to the property, a campground side and a resort side, we opted to stay in the resort side. Why, well because we decided to pamper ourselves a little this summer, and why not.

We drove through the campground side to check it out and ¾ of it is heavily treed and sites are pretty close, not horrible but close. The other ¼ is fairly new with concrete patio’s and the trees have been thinned enough that you might “might” get satellite is some of the sites.

The resort side is totally different, once you pass through the automatic gate you enter an area that is nicely landscaped, all the roads are paved and the sites are huge with nice stamped concrete parking pads and some have small casita’s and enlarged sitting areas. Very comfortable.

The resort side is intended to be sites that can be purchased however it seems the owner of Indigo Bluffs has not been keeping up with his end of the deal (according to the owners we spoke with) as far as installing amenities that have been promised so what we gather by talking with a couple owners, sales have slowed to a trickle, and believe me the owners like to share the story. It seems a few of them have filed lawsuits.


Of course there are always two sides to every story and I’m an inquisitive person so I gathered information from the president of Indigo Bluff’s and he stated that there are no plans for any more amenities on the resort side and didn’t indicate that there ever were. So who knows and for us that’s all we really care to know. If we were to ever find a spot to hunker down for longer periods of time like we did last winter in Casa Grande we will require some activities, at least a gym. It’s easy to stay busy here for a week or two by seeing the sites, taking in a few hikes and doing a few day trip’s but after you do and see those things we would feel the need for internal activities within a park.

A basic but nice site

A basic but nice site

A basic site

A basic site

We really liked this site

We really liked this site

So, we are of the mindset that if we find a place we like but it does not have what WE want we just keep searching until we find that spot instead of trying to make the park change for us. Hmmm, boy I could get borderline political from here but Diane would slap me upside the head LOL!!

A nice site at Indigo Bluffs

A nice site at Indigo Bluffs

This building has sat like this for 3 years I guess.

This building has sat like this for 3 years I guess.

More lots yet to be developed.

More lots yet to be developed.

All the land on the right are sites yet to be developed.

All the land on the right are sites yet to be developed.

Speaking of activities in the area we stayed pretty active even though we have changed our plans a little so didn’t have the need to tour as large a circle while here (more on that later).
We took a day trip down to Frankfort with a stop at the Point Betsie Lighthouse along the way.

 

 

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It always just amazes us how violent Lake Michigan can been on those somewhat breezy days and how it so reminds us of being on the ocean. Sure, we sort of knew it from reading stories but now that we are actually standing on the shorelines it becomes reality AND we are here when the waters really aren’t that bad. You wouldn’t catch us on those waters during bad weather I tell ya.

 

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We didn’t actually take the tour of the lighthouse but we did walk the grounds and watch a video they had playing in the boathouse. Here is a link to more info on Point Betsie if you are interested. http://www.pointbetsie.org/history/overview.html

Once we reached Frankfort we were pleasantly surprised that it was such a busy and touristy place, with a population of only 1300 people or so we expected less.

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We walked the streets and did the touristy thing of popping in and out of shops filled with the usual lower quality clothing with “Frankfort” stamped on them like you find in most tourist towns and the usual knick-knack shops you would expect to find as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And we walked out to Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse. I had hoped to walk out to it but boy howdy the water was so rough that waves were breaking over the walkway and there was no way anyone was going to walk out there.


But we sure enjoyed sitting and enjoying the view for a while and watching a few brave (or crazy) souls at least look like they were going to walk out only to find themselves running “not walking” away from the waves LOL!!

We wanted to eat lunch at the local brewery but the wait was 45 minutes and I was just too hungry to wait that long so we wandered down to the Crescent Bakery and had a sandwich which was really good before starting our trek home.

On another day we took a road trip south on HWY 31 which took us through some pretty country and a few small towns until we reached Manistee.


It’s funny because Manistee has a population of just over 6000 so we expected it to be a busier spot that Frankfort but it was just the opposite, it was more mellow which was fine to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again we found ourselves walking the streets, and we happened across a small Farmers Market which we of course walked through before eventually driving out to the Manistee North Pier Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Park where we found a picnic table, broke out a light snack and enjoyed the scenery.


After our light lunch we continued with a short driving tour through a little more of Manistee before finding our way to HWY 2 and started our scenic drive back north towards home and another stop in Frankfort (we still had that brewery in mind).


When we reached Frankfort we found a good sized and well attended Craft Show going full swing so of course we stopped in to have a look before going downtown to put our name in for a table at the Storm Cloud Brewery, this time it was a 30 minute wait.


The menu was a bit puny we felt with mainly salads and pizza but we will say that the salads we saw people eating did look good and the pizza that we had was very good.
And of course we had an adult beverage to wash things down, Diane had a red beer that she liked and they didn’t have any wheat beer on tap so I opted for a hard cider that was tasty.

After out late lunch / early dinner we headed back home. This day trip was just over a 100 mile journey, but well worth it. Town surrounding Empire are not as close together as they were while staying in Petoskey, a small draw back when comparing the two areas.

We also made a couple trips to Glen Arbor which was only 10 miles from our campground. It’s another touristy town with a few good places to eat and a few typical touristy shops to browse through but certainly worth a visit when in the area.


We had lunch at the Cherry Republic Grand Café which is rated #1 by Trip Advisor as places to eat in town and really enjoyed it. In fact I can’t remember what it was called but their biggest baddest burger with cherry bacon was to die for!! And their cherry pies are pretty darn good to.

Just feeling artsy fartsy I guess

Just feeling artsy fartsy I guess

After eating they also have a couple buildings that you can wander through, one being more geared to wines and another filled with salsa’s, dried cherries, chocolate covered cherries and other tasty treats and enough samples to keep you busy for a little while anyway.

Of course you can’t visit this area without visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We visited the Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum,


We stopped in and watched people walk up the Dunes Hiking trail. We say watch because for years we spent many weekends out on the dunes with our sandrail so we have walked up enough sand hills in our life that we didn’t feel the urge to conquer this one LOL!!
And we hiked the Pyramid Point Trail that is all uphill going with some fantastic views to enjoy once you reach the top.

GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!

GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!

 

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And another must do hike in the area is the Empire Bluff Trail. It’s a hike on rolling terrain with a few steep (for this area) spots but again the views at the end are worth it and besides, we had to try and work off some of the calories we have been taking in somehow LOL!!


It was sort of funny about a week back after one of our updates a friend and blog reader asked us if we ever just had a down day without doing something which got me thinking. And the answer to that was no, I couldn’t remember a down day since the 1st of June LOL!!

People doing the stream would come to this spot and either take there boats out of the water and walk them across the road OR ride them through the culverts.

People doing the stream would come to this spot and either take there boats out of the water and walk them across the road OR ride them through the culverts.

Then they shoot out the other end.

Then they shoot out the other end.

Most of the time they got shot through the corner and into those tree's LOL!!! It was funny because most of the people that went through didn't know about the current and corner until it was to late.

Most of the time they got shot through the corner and into those tree’s LOL!!! It was funny because most of the people that went through didn’t know about the current and corner until it was to late.

Well with that “down day” thing in mind and after scouring the area pretty well we decided a down day just might be in order. Of course our down day involved washing the truck inside and out (even washing out the bed) and cleaning the wheels on the coach while Diane did a good cleaning inside but hey, the truck never left the campsite so I guess we will consider that a down day for us LOL!!

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

These are quilts!! The pictures do not do them justice at all.

Well, for the sake of trying to stay up to date on our updates I think we will call this one good. In fact we have already made a move to our next home for a week in Traverse City and man are we loving it. In fact we had better leave soon or we just might become land owners in Michigan, and we are not even half joking about. But more on that in our next update.

Traverse Bay RV Resort

Traverse Bay RV Resort

The view out our front window

The view out our front window

Mmmm, shrimp fajita's

Mmmm, shrimp fajita’s

A French Toast morning

A French Toast morning

Potato's & onions

Potato’s & onions

 

 

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2 Responses to Our visit to Empire Michigan and the Indigo Bluffs RV Resort

  1. exploRVistas says:

    It really makes us happy that you are enjoying NW Lower Michigan so much! You are doing a great job of seeing the sights! Side note: That quilt panel won the top prize at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids a few years ago. The woman who did won $250,000. Pretty impressive!

  2. Dave & Diane says:

    That quilt was really something, we just wish the pictures would have given it better justice. We that you in part for us knowing what to search out, I refer back to your list you shared some time back. Parts of Michigan are certainly on our return to list and in fact we could see this being a regular summer spot for us pretty easy.

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