Ann Arbor Area MI hotels. Reservations for hotels in Ann Arbor Area Michigan United States of America. Interesting or amusing stories, warnings or travel advice. Michigan scary or weird stories, monsters, myths, legends, folklore, hauntings and ghosts. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Michigan.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Ann Arbor Area Michigan hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Polana Hotel in Maputo, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro and the Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
National Forests, State Forests, State Parks, National Parks, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge; Hiawatha National Forest; Ludington State Park; Isle Royale National Park, reached by seaplane or by boat, with moose, black bears, gray wolves, beavers and other wildlife; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore; the jointly administered Huron-Manistee National Forests; Mackinaw State Forest, home to black bears, beavers, wild turkeys, flying squirrels and bald eagles and which also has Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook, reputedly haunted; Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park with moose, gray wolves, beavers, white-tailed deer and black bears; Escanaba River State Forest; Algonac State Park; Lake Superior State Forest; Seney National Wldlife Refuge with bears, beavers and other wildlife; Ottawa National Forest; Tahquamenon Falls State Park; Au Sable State Forest with the Dead Stream Swamp; Copper Country State Forest; and Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Michigan.
Myths, Folklore, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts and Scary Stories in Michigan
The stone monster slain by Hiawatha, evidenced by large rocks on the eastern side of Grand Traverse Bay; the slender, man-eating hidebehind, a "fearsome critter" indeed, which can conceal itself behind any tree but which, unlike pink elephants, can be avoided by drinking alcoholic beverages; strange occurrences in the Fenton Hotel, Fenton; the ghosts of a man, a woman and a girl in the Blue Pelican Inn (formerly Murphy's Lamplight Inn) in Central Lake; the spirit of Amelia Earhart, said to haunt the Landmark Inn in Marquette; the ghost of Samuel Graczyk, a lumberman accidentally killed on the day of his wedding, at Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook in Mackinaw State Forest; and paranormal phenomena in the Henry hotel (formerly the Ritz Carlton) in Dearborn, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Michigan.
Tales of giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe (Oscoda is his official home, as the first Paul Bunyan story was published there but Ossineke has statues of Paul and Babe and the claims of other towns are disputed by Manistique, which also has a statue of Paul); giant, lupine waheelas; the werewolves (loups-garous / loup-garous) that plagued Detroit when it was a French community and which might, one day, be reawakened (could a waheela be mistaken for a werewolf - or vice versa?); the shampoo using and TV remote hiding ghost that haunts Wayne's Red Apple Restaurant and Inn in Wayne (the spectre is of a man allegedly murdered by a maid because he didn't give her a tip, so GIVE THE MAID A TIP); the Melon Heads (melonheads) of Felt Mansion, similar to those of Connecticut and, I believe, the source of the Catskill gnomes legend involving Rip van Winkle and Hendrik Hudson; the phantom woman in the garden of Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey; and the Dogman, encountered since the nineteenth century, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Michigan.
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