Things to Do in Lenawee County: The Ultimate Pure Michigan Guide
Nestled in southeast Michigan’s Irish Hills and dotted with charming small towns and sparkling lakes, Lenawee County offers weekend escapes within a short drive of Detroit, Ann Arbor and Toledo. Whether your idea of a good time includes the adrenaline rush of a NASCAR race or a relaxing paddle on an inland lake, an evening of brewery hopping or a night at the theatre, Lenawee County won’t disappoint.
1. Spend Race Day at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn
Spread across 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills, the Michigan International Speedway thrills NASCAR race fans each summer. A two-mile oval takes center stage on race weekends, featuring a variety of automobile and truck competitions. Racing fans can also look forward to the camaraderie found at each of the track’s eight campgrounds, offering more than 8,000 campsites.
2. Sample the Pioneer Wine TrailThe rich farmland of southeast Michigan produces luscious grapes—and even better wine. Follow the Pioneer Wine Trail through Lenawee County to the towns of Brooklyn, Tecumseh and Adrian. Then enjoy a tasting of local Rieslings, Pinot Grigios and Pinot Noirs at Cherry Creek Cellars, Chateau Aeronautique, Black Fire, Pentamere and Flying Otter wineries.
3. Enjoy Performing Arts in Adrian and TecumsehArt and culture thrive in rural Lenawee County. The area’s longest-running performing arts venue is the Croswell Opera House, Michigan’s oldest continuously operating theatre, dating from 1866. Broadway-style musicals are a specialty at the Croswell, but you can also catch plays, children’s theatre, musical performances and fine art exhibitions. The Adrian Symphony Orchestra performs concerts on the campus of Adrian College in the newly expanded and renovated Dawson Auditorium. There’s always something playing at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. Attend pops concerts, youth theatre performances, dance recitals and the National Touring Season, featuring professional theatre with national acclaim.
4. Paddle the Shores of Manitou Beach
Set on the shores of Devils Lake and an easy drive from Round Lake, Manitou Beach revels in waterfront living. Visit an outfitter like Rob’s Rentals or Devils Lake Water Sports to pick up a pontoon boat, kayak or an SUP board for time on the water. The Sandbar Café promises board games, a few decks of cards and a stack of books to occupy your time while you sip your morning coffee or enjoy an ice cream cone. Afterward, pop into the Manitou Beach Glass Factory (a fused glass studio) or the Manitou Beach Boathouse Art Gallery for a colorful souvenir of your visit.