Michigander City Spotlight: Bellaire

The Grass River Natural Area is perfect for cyclists who want to take a stroll and view the wildlife and plant haven that surrounds the area.
The Grass River Natural Area is perfect for cyclists who want to take a stroll and view the wildlife and plant haven that surrounds the area. Source: Michigan.org

Day one of the six-day tour option and day two of the seven-day tour option will end at the charming village of Bellaire. This small town is home to a scenic area that is sure to provide beautiful sights of wildlife and historic landmarks as you make your way to different attractions. Although Bellaire is small with a population of about 1,100 people, that number grows as it attracts many tourists and vacationers during the summer months.

Bellaire is known for its Grass River Natural Area, which sits between Lake Bellaire and Calm Lake. The Grass River Natural Area is Northern Michigan’s haven for plant and animal life as it is home to hundreds of species of animals and plants! It is home to a mile of board walk trails that allow visitors to travel through a cedar swamp to viewing platforms that overlook the lake and the wildlife that surrounds. While visiting you may get to see a Snowshoe Hare, River Otter, or an American Toad in their natural habitat!

After taking in the wonderful sights of wildlife and flowers you can head to Torch

The award-winning Grand Victorian B&B Inn in Bellaire, MI. Source: Michigan.org
The award-winning Grand Victorian B&B Inn in Bellaire, MI. Source: Michigan.org

Lake. Torch Lake, voted “One of the most Beautiful Lakes” by National Geographic magazine, is a favorite of both locals and tourists. You can take a dip in the crystal clear waters or dine-in at the lakeside restaurants. Bellaire’s most well-known restaurant is the Dockside where you can enjoy your meal right on the edge of Torch Lake while watching boats coast along the waters.  That’s what you’ll get when you dine at Dockside, along with great customer service and some local fun.

Michiganders, get ready to enjoy the wondrous sites of Bellaire!

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