Posted by: Frank | July 21, 2011

The U.P.’s Other Twin Cities

Before my grandmother passed away, I had not spent much time in Menominee, only coming to this city to pick up my mother to take her to Norway. Now, I make two trips a year to visit my mother and spend several days and that has enabled me to discover Menominee & Marinette.

Prior to these recent trips, I felt that the only real twin cities in the Upper Peninsula were Houghton & Hancock, and I still think that if I had my choice of places to live in the U.P. it would be in Houghton. That being said, Menominee and Marinette is a very, very nice place and definitely worthy consideration for relocation or visiting.

Marinette, WI is right across the state border from Menominee and both cities are on the shore of Lake Michigan. (Technically the shore is part of Green Bay, but that is part of Lake Michigan.) There is plenty of water and coastline to enjoy, and one of my favorite things to do is go to Hennes Park, which is a very nice city-owned and maintained park on the shore of Lake Michigan. The road through the park is in a circle, about a mile long, and makes for a nice walk. I like to sit on one of the many benches in the park that is near the lake, enjoy the cool breeze coming off the lake, and read a good book. The park features several picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, playground, and beach, and it is entirely free to use.

My preferred hotel when staying in Menominee & Marinette is the Country Inn & Suites in Marinette. I really like this hotel chain and generally seek them out. When I visit Norway, I stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Iron Mountain. The Country Inn & Suites is a newer hotel chain, so they have nicely appointed rooms with comfortable beds. If I have to stay here for a week and work, I prefer a bedroom suite, which provides a lot space to work and provides a homey feel. If the weather is nice you can find me out on the patio in the front of the hotel reading a book, or I could be relaxing in the hot tub.

A bonus to staying at the Country Inn & Suites in Marinette is the Rail House Restaurant & Brewpub that is across the parking lot from the hotel. The Rail House has good food and good beers, brewed on site. The Silver Creme is probably their signature beer, but I have tried and like them all.

Not too far from the hotel is a rather famous hamburger joint called Mickey Lu’s. Today I finally made it a point to head over there for lunch and picked up two cheeseburgers. We aren’t talking sliders like White Castle, they are full size burgers made over a charcole grill, and they are definitely worth a stop to pick up. Turns out that in 2010 USA Today featured Mickey Lu’s as in a list of ten Great American burger joints across the entire country.

Finally, if I am going to stay more than a couple of days, I like to stop at Seguin’s Cheese Shop just south of Marinette on U.S. 41 and pick up a snack of cheese and sausage and a bottle of wine. You will find plenty of cheeses, plus ice creame, local wine, and plenty of tourist items.


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