Next we headed to BEAVER ISLAND… America’s Emerald Isle.
It was a long trip, but it was well worth it!!
Check out that clear water!!
We got to Beaver Island and checked out the surrounding area. I found out from Discover Beaver Island that…
the Island is about 13 miles long and 6 miles wide, about 54 square miles in area. There are two gas stations, a hardware and building supply store, a spa and many gift stores and recreational businesses.
The clarity of the water was just beautiful. You could see right down to the bottom of the Lake floor.
We decided to eat at The Shamrock Restaurant and Pub. Aziz was our server (pictured below). He is an exchange student from Turkey. It was very interesting talking to him about his visit to the States and hearing stories about Turkey. He told us that his name actually means Sand in Turkish.
The next day we walked around and checked out shops and downtown.
In 2017, on our last trip to Beaver Island, we met Dan and Carol Burton at their boat shop, The St. James Boat Shop. We have kept in touch and got to meet up and tour their incredible boat shop again!! The Contractor and I bought one of the BEAUTIFUL St. James Boat Shop – Handcrafted Buckets two years ago and this year we bought two half buckets to be used for mail! My In-Laws bought a bucket many, many years ago (around 15 years ago) and it still looks just as gorgeous as the day it was purchased. If you need a unique gift checkout their website!! They have all sorts of neat items! It was so great seeing our friends, now we have to get them to come down to Florida for a visit!!
On the way back to the boat, we found some local children with a lemonade stand and took a break to have some lemonade! Beaver Island is such an incredible place to visit, you never know what you might find. I also had to include some addititional pictures of the crystal clear water, it was just gorgeous!!
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan, although it is sparsely populated with only approximately 200 residents year round, spiking to approximately 2,000 in the summer.
I was curious what the nickname of “America’s Emerald Isle” meant. I found out through Michigan State University that Beaver Island is known as America’s Emerald Isle…
Because the island prospered during the lives of the Irish that lived there, its nickname became “America’s Emerald Isle” as the Island was composed mainly of Irish immigrants that aimed to make it as much like home as possible.
That’s it for now
~ Kristen ~