Harrison is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan
and is the county seat of Clare County. The city is named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.
It is near the junction of US 127 and M-61, Clare is 14 miles (23 km) south on US 127, while Grayling is 40 miles (64 km)
to the north. Harrison is bordered along its eastern side by Budd Lake. The town offers visitors a variety of lodging and accommodations; from homely vacation rentals to comfortable condo rentals.
Clare attracts thousands of visitors from all across the state when the annual Irish Festival is held over St. Patricks’ Day weekend.
The focal point of this festival is the Doherty Hotel, where guests find vacation rental, accommodation and condo rental options conveniently located in the center of downtown.
Visitors will also find, across from the street from the Doherty Hotel, the Ideal Theater. Built in the late 1920s
, it was the first movie theater in Clare County, and has remained in its original state to show what an older style movie theater used to be like. Across from Hotel Doherty, the Clare City Bakery since 1896 stood and effective July 1, 2009, became Cops and Doughnuts. It is owned and operated by the 9-member Clare Police Department. Also, Clare is noted to be the "Gateway to the North" because of its location in the center of the Lower Peninsula. Accommodations and vacation rentals are plentiful and dotted around the beautiful historic treasures.
Grayling is noted as the "Canoe Capital of the World"
with a number of canoe liveries that operate on the Au Sable River. Cross country skiing is popular and the area is blessed with two of the top-rated cross country venues in Michigan, namely Hartwick Pines State Park Trails and Mason Tract Pathway. The Grayling are gone, but the rainbow trout, brook trout and steelhead remain. Grayling is a hotbed of fly fishing and angling.
Points of interest in Grayling include the Crawford County Historical Museum
, it is located in downtown's restored railroad depot, the museum offers a nostalgic look at the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the lumbering era. The grounds also include a caboose, a military building dedicated to Camp Grayling and local ex-military personnel, a trapper's cabin, and an old fashioned fire station.
Wellington Farm Park is a 60-acre, non-profit living history museum.
It is dedicated to interpretation of farm life during the Great Depression. Many farming activities are conducted daily with vintage equipment, tools, and methods. The park has many historical buildings including a blacksmith shop, farm market, gristmill, and pavilion, sawmill, and summer kitchen. A nature trail is there. A farm market at Wellington is open seven days a week offering animal and bird feed, fresh fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, homemade soup.
The area has many wonderful sites and historic value and the accommodation and vacation rental choices are no different.
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