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Brutus, Michigan is located four miles south of Pellston and on the west side of Burt Lake and was established with the building of an inn called the Brutus House in 1874. Home to the famed Dam Site Inn, which has been a dining tradition since 1953, is famous for its hand-painted glasses and hand-carved pumpkins. The owner’s mother has been perfecting her pumpkin-carving skills since the 60s! Be sure to visit in late September- November to see her spectacular work. While in Brutus, you can also sample hand-pressed apple cider and freshly made apple donuts at Uncle Frank's Apple Town. If your visit lands in autumn, stop by Uncle Frank’s to visit their famous corn maze and take the kids on a haybale ride.
For golfers, Brutus offers, ”Michigan’s best state-by-state courses where you can play,” according to Golfweek. The golf course restaurant is the perfect spot after a long day of golfing, or for a date; PGA Travel Magazine rates the Restaurant on the River one of the “Top Four Golf Course Restaurants In The Midwest.” Enjoy a Best Shot Rootbeer Float and some fried pickles before you tee off.
On the Maple River, which is one of the lesser-known excellent-quality large streams in Northern Michigan, keep your eye out for trout, beavers, and the endangered Hungerford’s crawling water beetle. Nearby Burt Lake State Park which has a 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline, great for basking in the sun and swimming. Burt Lake is the heart of northern Michigan’s Inland Waterway, which offers 38 miles of waterways for your boating pleasure.
Nearby Petoskey State Park features hiking trails, restrooms, and activities for families including biking, picnicking, sand volleyball courts, and a small playground. Kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes are available for rent. Hikers can enjoy flat trails with scenic views of the lake. Nearby Harbor Springs is a charming little town worth a day-trip. Load up on local produce at the Farmer’s Market in the spring and summer and then spend your afternoon driving through the famous Tunnel of the Trees on the famed M-19 Heritage Route. Be sure to spend an afternoon on Mackinac Island — an iconic place in Northern Michigan. Take the ferry to the beautiful island and enjoy the day biking, shopping and sampling some of the island’s famous fudge!
While visiting Bear Cabin, you will find everything you need in Brutus to make your vacation both comfortable and memorable. Visit Brutus in the Petoskey region of Northern Michigan to make lasting memories.