Newsletter from the President
May Newsletter 2019
Is summer on it way? As May concludes and June begins it is fair to say that mother-nature is certainly fussy these days. One of the greatest features West Branch has to offer, is being on Exit 212 & 215 half way from Detroit to Mackinaw. As the weather changes fast, so can your plans. So you can be up in the board room in the morning as well as up north in an hour or two. If you see the sun shining, call the family, change your plans and take off on your spur of the moment road trip in West Branch.
It is time to load the kids up, get out of the house and find a new family adventure in West Branch. We all have memories of that perfect weekend or even day trip of just having fun with no worries enjoying family & friends. Downtown Irons-park is always a great destination to play, chase, enjoy the creek or simply picnic on a grassy knoll with a good book or a toss of the frisbee.
Up north, the wildlife is abundant and active. The birds are finished with their nests and eggs are beginning to hatch, everything from the baby blue hue of a robin’s egg to the ducklings waddling on the roadside to the baby deer following mama through the woods. Please be careful when traveling at dawn & dusk as the raccoons, opossums and deer are crossing the road when you least expect it. It is common to see turkey, geese & swans on almost every lake, pond or trail in the woods with their young close behind.
It is also a great time to embrace the brisk mornings to tee off on one of our neighborhood golf courses for a warm up round to prepare for one of our championship golf courses later in the day. Plan your day around a visit to a local brewery or restaurant or visit one of our wine tasting rooms while checking out some the retail stores at the Outlets of West Branch.
If trails are your thing, we have the cure for your calling, start with Ogemaw Hills pathway and hike through some of the best “up north” has to offer. Then continue on to Frank Ally Park which is 10 miles north of downtown at 2846 N. Fairview Road. There you will find a trailhead and ample parking in a large lot with plenty of room to maneuver. Another option would be to take a left at Alley Park and check out the Ambrose Lake state Campground which also has a trailhead as well as a lake. Fish in the morning, ride in the afternoon and a campfire with friends for the evening. So just remember, there is still a place that is just down the road, where you can feel a million miles away, where you can hear the crickets sing, the fish jump and watch the stars glisten.
We are West Branch and you are invited to experience up north hospitality with us!
Emil Rousseau, Visitors Bureau President