This is the last stop on our Michigander City Spotlight series, and what a way to end it. Located in the center of Northern Michigan, Gaylord is a beautiful town that offers a variety of ways for both visitors and riders to pass time. One of the most memorable features is the Alpine motif throughout the area’s central business district. The mid-twentieth century transition transformed downtown Gaylord to a European mountain village leading residents to call the town “The Alpine Village.” Michigander riders on the six and seven day tours can visit the Alpine Village by taking the shuttle to downtown Gaylord on July 18.
There’s no better way to highlight the area’s European character than to host an Alpine Festival. Each year Gaylord plays host to Alpenfest. Celebrating its 48th year, event participants can expect five days of festivities including a parade, carnival, kid’s games and contests. The annual festival would not be complete without a pancake breakfast, carnival, live entertainment and the World’s Largest Coffee Break. Another event highlight is what is known as Alpenstrasse. Gaylord closes the main street to traffic and visitors are free to explore and meet more than 60 artists and craftsmen from around the country. Alpenfest is a true community celebration, serving as an unofficial homecoming to former residents who return to enjoy the summer activities.
Paying homage to the Swiss isn’t the only thing Gaylord is known for. Beyond the Alpine village lay Gaylord’s seventeen championship caliber golf courses. Many courses in Gaylord have received national rankings, giving the city the nickname of America’s Summer Golf Mecca. The city’s hotels and resorts invite you to play in Northern Michigan where rustic forests meet lakefront paradises. Whether you enjoy golfing, festivals or soaking up some Northern Michigan beauty, Gaylord offers activities for everyone to enjoy.
Well, that’s all folks. See you on the Michigander, where you can experience all of these wonderful cities for yourself.