Area Guide

Welcome to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the glorious area nestled in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We’re home to the most snow you’ll find anywhere in the Midwest, Michigan’s Northernmost city, Michigan’s highest point, Michigan’s oldest paved road, a rich history of mining that dates back centuries, unparalleled access to Lake Superior and of course, The Great Bear Chase.

What you’ll find in the Keweenaw is adventure falling from the sky, growing in the ground and flowing from the breathtaking splendor that is Lake Superior. This is Michigan’s Top of the World; this is an area for everyone, for every season.

So much to talk about. Where to start? Well, let’s start with getting here.

Calumet is an easy and beautiful drive from nearly anywhere in the Midwest, but it’s not the only option. Often times we have racers come in through the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX). Our local airport has two flights daily coming from Chicago, meaning skiers from anywhere can easily make it the Keweenaw.


Now that you’re here, what’s next? Let’s take a look at Calumet, your destination:

Below is a map for the Great Bear Chase with highlights over areas you’ll need to get to over the weekend including the Swedetown Trails and Calumet School. Note that most of you driving to Calumet will come in from Hancock on U.S. 41. If this isn’t clear enough for you to get around town, you may also try out the Directions page, which is linked on the top right of every page.
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Now that you’ve been introduced to Calumet, let’s find your place to stay.

There are dozens of lodging options within 20 miles of Calumet, including several within a couple miles of the Swedetown Trails!

AmericInn of Calumet – 56925 South Sixth Street; Calumet | (906) 337-6463 | Website

Trailside Lodge MotelWelcome to the AmericInn Lodge & Suites Calumet, Michigan the ideal location for your next stay, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. You can count on AmericInn to be your best lodging choice, with unmatched service and remarkable amenities like our free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and free, hotel-wide, high-speed Internet. Guests also enjoy our inviting, indoor, salt-water pool and hot tub and comfortable, quieter rooms. The AmericInn Calumet hotel is centrally located on the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, and the Keweenaw National Historical Park and a block from Historic Downtown Calumet, Michigan.

Additional lodging options can be found at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website.

What else do you need? Food and Ski Supplies!

There’s absolutely no shortage of food or ski supplies in the Keweenaw, and we’re happy to suggest some of our partners, where the food will be scrumptious and ski supplies plentiful.

Michigan House Cafe & BrewPub – 300 6th Street; Calumet | (906) 337-1910 | Website

Michigan HouseMichigan House Cafe & Brewpub is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Calumet. The street level offers a full service restaurant and a vintage pub. Overnight lodging is available on the second floor (once the Hotel Michigan) with two suites that have been rehabilitated in historic fashion. Red Jacket Brewing Company, Michigan’s newest Brewpub, is beginning operation on the ground floor as well – following the historic Bosch Brewing tradition.

Cross Country Sports – 507 Oak Street; Calumet | (906) 337-4520 | Website

This is the area’s premier ski supply shop. The owner is Rick and Lorri Oikarinen. If that name looks familiar to you, it should, he was part of the group that founded the GBC! Stop by Cross Country Sports from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for a full supply of ski equipment, gear and accessories.

Irish Times – 333 Hecla Street; Laurium | (906) 337-3977 | Irish Times on Foursquare

The Irish Times has a full menu of delicious food and a full bar to celebrate after you finish Saturday!

Cafe Rosetta – 104 5th Street; Calumet | (906) 337-5500 | Website

Cafe RosettaEspresso Cafe with light fare for breakfast and lunch, including a fresh homemade soup and quiche everyday. Fresh Scones, Cookies, Brownies and other goodies, all made with Organic Flours! Gluten Free Bread and Bakery Options as wel Free Wi-Fi! A weekend brunch is also available. Visit Cafe Rosetta’s website for daily specials and to see their menu.

Loading Zone – 406 Calumet Street; Lake Linden | (906) 296-8441 | Loading Zone on Foursquare

Loading ZoneAfter Saturday’s race why not take the scenic route south, through beautiful Lake Linden. In Lake Linden you’ll find the Loading Zone II, a great spot to get pizza, while also offering a full menu and bar. The Loading Zone is open all year and is a favorite of many that live in the Keweenaw. Plus, you eat free on your birthday!

A full list of restaurants, grocery stores and ski shops can be found at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website.

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