Marine City is in Southeast Michigan, just over an hour north of Detroit and 90 minutes east of Flint. It sits on the west bank of the St. Clair River and enjoys frequent ferry service across the river to Sombra, Ontario (a great day trip). Spend time unwinding at a Marine City bed and breakfast, and return to life in the city refreshed.
Marine City was a great shipbuilding center during the second half of the 19th century, and many captains made their homes here. Lumber was also an important industry here, as it was easy to transport lumber on the St. Clair River to Detroit or out to Lake Huron. Notice the lovely, grand Victorian homes that line the streets – evidence of the wealth that was once abundant here.
The historic downtown of has quaint shops, good eateries, and above all, good antique shops. Indeed, Marine City has become quite a destination for antique collectors. Stay in a bed and breakfast and fuel up with a hearty breakfast before a day in search of treasures. A visit to the Marine City Pride and Heritage Museum may prove useful.
Rise early and watch the sun come up while walking the boardwalk along the St. Clair River. Some amazing shipping traffic passes Marine City, traveling between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. After breakfast, head to Algonac State Park, which encompasses .5 miles of St. Clair River frontage and 1,500-acres of prairies and oak savannas. It is a great spot to fish and hike, and in the winter, it has good cross-country ski trails.
Bikers will enjoy the Bridge to Bay Trail that extends from the northern border of St. Clair County through Port Huron, Marine City, and Algonac. Ask any bed and breakfast innkeepers where to find the trail, load a basket with food and water, and enjoy a long day of scenic cycling.