What to do and see in Onekama, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 2, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Onekama (/oʊˈnɛkəmə/ oh-NEK-ə-mə) is a village in Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 411 at the 2010 census. The village is located on the shores of Portage Lake and is surrounded by Onekama Township. The town's name is derived from "Ona-ga-maa," an Anishinaabe word which means "singing water." Some local business people have produced sweatshirts, T-shirts, and bumper stickers with the symbols "1," (pronounced 'ONE comma'), a common mispronunciation.
Restaurants in Onekama

1. The Heathlands

6444 Farr Rd, Onekama, MI 49675-9717 +1 231-889-5644
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

The Heathlands

Reviewed By Doug W - Wheaton, Illinois

Each year we go to NW Michigan for a golf trip centered around Arcadia Bluffs. Yet we also be sure to schedule a round at the Heathlands. It is a genuinely fun and enjoyable place to play. It is not the most difficult, but it is a varied, and interesting track, weaving through orchards, woodlands and links-style holes. It has some truly scenic holes, and sweeping elevation changes. The heart of the course are 4-6 on the front, and 14-16 on the back. Hole # 15 is a reminder of Treetops, and 14 is one of the best risk/reward holes I have played. A must play on your way to Arcadia Bluffs.

2. Arcadia Overlook

Highway M-22, Arcadia, MI
Excellent
90%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 86 reviews

Arcadia Overlook

Reviewed By BlakievanHemert - Santa Barbara, California

Magnificent vistas from high up on the bluff overlooking the coastline and way out into Lake Michigan. It`s a great place to observe lake going vessels, hear the sound of the surf and especially to catch a stellar sunset.
It`s an easy and safe pull over off the highway.

3. First Street Beach

1249 Lakeshore Rd, Manistee, MI 49660-1044
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 85 reviews

First Street Beach

Reviewed By lloyd w - Indianapolis, Indiana

We spent an afternoon here, long enough to get sunburned! There is a nice Beach House, with a snack bar, showers, and locker/dressing rooms. An adjacent playground looks like it would be fun for kids. A walkway extends from the Beach House out to the middle of the beach to accommodate people in wheelchairs or who just want to walk out there for a few minutes without removing their shoes. The beach is right next to the channel entrance to the Manistee river, so we watched several sailboats come in, and I'm told that freighters occasionally pass by on their way to businesses on Lake Manistee. It was a very pleasant experience for us.

4. Wee Bee Jammin'

8025 Norconk Rd, Bear Lake, MI +1 231-510-9500
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Wee Bee Jammin'

Reviewed By dalbachten - Allendale, MI

Many local products with great prices. Many gift options, everything from coaster to pillows to coffee and tea supplies to Jewelry.

5. Northern Natural Cider House & Winery

7220 Chief Rd, Kaleva, MI 49645-9712 +1 231-889-0064
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Northern Natural Cider House & Winery

Reviewed By laanjo65 - Munising, Michigan

Some REALLY great hard ciders made in Michigan from Michigan grown produce. My favorite cider was the chocolate cherry!!! Hubby liked the Barrel Aged cider. We also enjoyed the Iced Apple Dessert wine and the Grape Port Dessert Wine.

6. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

14710 Northwood Hwy, Arcadia, MI 49613-9716 +1 800-494-8666
Excellent
80%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Founded in 1999 in Arcadia, Michigan, the course is built on the bluffs above the shore of Lake Michigan and sits on approximately 245 windswept acres of lakefront property. The course drops 225 feet from its highest point down to the bluff, 180 feet above sea level, and has 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan shore frontage. Arcadia Bluffs resembles a seaside links course, with rolling terrain, and windswept natural fescues throughout. Players will be reminded of their favorite holes at Lahinch and Ballybunion, while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from all points on the majestic layout. A Warren Henderson/Rick Smith design, Arcadia Bluffs offers players a golfing experience unlike anything in the United States. In addition to the golf course, Arcadia Bluffs offers world-class lodging. The Lodge at Arcadia Bluffs opened in 2010, and offers 15 well-appointed guest rooms, April through October. The Lodge is available, for private and corporate bookings, the months of November and December as well. Exceptional personal service is the hallmark of The Lodge. The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers a casual atmosphere, with an upscale feel. Again, personal service is paramount in The Dining Room, and the exceptional cuisine provides a truly unforgettable dining experience, every time out. Dining on the deck is available in the summer season, and offers incredible panoramic views of the golf course and beautiful Lake Michigan. The setting is simply breathtaking. The outside Patio Bar offers a casual setting, with a more relaxed atmosphere and menu. As with the Dining Room and deck, the Patio Bar offers unmatched vistas with world-class service.

Reviewed By sheree e - Canton, Michigan

Great food with a view. Cannot imagine golfing this course looks very difficult. Rolling hills. Have gone for lunch the last two weekends. Beautiful view of course and Lake Michigan from outdoor dining porch. Lunch for 2 approx $41. Not cheap but fantastic food. Price does not include alcoholic beverages. Resort attire as expensive golf course. Approx 30 minutes south of Frankfort choice of either walking up hill to facility from parking or golf cart shuttle

7. Rockin R Ranch

8805 13 Mile Rd, Bear Lake, MI 49614-9371 +1 231-864-3539
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 2 reviews

Rockin R Ranch

Reviewed By LAPandfam - Houston, Texas

When we first arrived, the place literally looked like an old west ghost town...definitely part of its charm. The kids ran around the property, played on the old merry-go-round, and peeked in the saloon and jail house, (deserted mock buildings), that were used more as storage or actual stables. We hung around waiting for someone to greet us for our 3:00 trail ride, other than the two old, friendly German shepards, and shortly after 3:00 a group arrived off the trails and we discovered the office to pay and fill out paperwork.
I feel the need to describe all this, because first impression was a bit "ghostly"! However, the staff was friendly, the horses were well cared for, and the trail through the woods was absolutely beautiful and peaceful! Well worth the price: $25/person for an hour long trail ride. Felt like a bit of the Wild West had met the north woods!
We had two 7 year olds and one 10 year old with us, all first timers to ride alone on a trail. Our guide, Jessie was at the back and followed behind the two youngest. She was great with them! Explained what to do to get the horse to keep moving (and stop eating...haha), and told them all about their horses and answered all of their questions to the best of her ability! Our lead guide was a hoot, and I know my husband enjoyed his "stories", too. We would definitely do it again!
My brother's family has also gone there in the winter for the sleigh ride and said it was just as fabulous!

8. Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

North pier, Manistee, MI
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

Reviewed By Joseph K - Pittburgh, United States

We were visiting the west coast of Michigan stopping at light houses but this was a real treat. The wave were just surging against the pier and cascading down the wall. There were a couple of people who had ventured out to the light house. You had to brace yourself against the wind and try avoiding the waves that lashed up over the pier. What a great experience I shall never forget. Definitely worth a close up look!

9. Inn Fun Cruises

8567 Portage Point Dr, Docked At Portage Point Inn, Onekama, MI 49675-9727
Inn Fun Cruises

Based out of Portage Lake in Onekama, MI, we provide 2 hour day and sunset cruises. Come along and experience the lakeshore in an all new way. We provide light snacks and beverages, as well as memories that will last a lifetime. Perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and relaxing. All cruises can be customized for whatever you may desire.

10. Manistee Riverwalk

Jones Street, Manistee, MI 49660
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Manistee Riverwalk

Reviewed By Phil S

Strolling, walking, or jogging the length of the Riverwalk is a fine experience when in Manistee. You will glide along the beautiful Manistee River, seeing the town from a unique perspective. You can also learn historical perspectives of the town at various info stops along the way. At any point you can walk to street level and find a spot for a drink or a snack.

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