Algonac

Algonac is beautiful little Southeast Michigan town on the banks of the St. Clair River, about fifty miles northeast of Detroit. The St. Clair River connects Lake Huron to the north with Lake Eerie to the south, and a never-ending stream of shipping traffic passes by the town. French explorers traveled the river in the late 17th century, but pioneers didn’t settle here permanently until the early 1800s. Algonac has been thriving ever since, so come visit and stay at one of Algonac’s fine bed and breakfasts.

Algonac is blessed with one of the longest freshwater boardwalks in the country; when Tall Ships moore along the half-mile boardwalk, it is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Walk past them, or sit and watch them sail away. Of course, there are many speedboats in Algonac as well. Chris Craft boats was founded here in 1922 by Christopher Columbus Smith, and Algonac remains the World Headquarters for Chris Craft. Stay in an Algonac bed and breakfast when in town to do business or purchase a boat. Or come into town each June for the annual “Where It All Began” Algonac Boat Show and parade.

Indeed, there is usually something fun happening in Algonac. Roll into town in a classic car and attend the ever-growing Classic Car Show in July, and check out the annual Independence Day parade and carnival. Fall starts with the Labor Day Art Fair, and French and Indian War battle Re-enactments take place each September. Find your favorite bed and breakfast and return to it again and again.

Fish, golf, or ride bikes along quiet trails. Charter a sailboat or fishing boat, or bring your own boat and moore it in town while you stay. Browse antique shops in and around Algonac, and enjoy delicious food at local restaurants. Be sure to check out the Algonac Community Theatre Group – in the summer they put on a show at the gazebo in Riverfront Park. Ask you bed and breakfast innkeepers about this much-anticipated event.

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