Why it’s so great: It’s right in the heart of Au Sable River country, an entire region of idyllic splendor for outdoorsmen and weekend warriors alike. Mio is a major launch or pick-up point for canoers, and kayakers on the wide and mighty river, so if you’re even the least bit interested in getting on the water, this is the place to do it. And if you go in the fall, you’re less likely to run into the inebriated “floatillas” of tubers common in the summer months and actually catch some fish. If, on the other hand, you’re in the market for handcrafted furniture or other goodies, the Amish population in the area has you covered. At just three hours north of Detroit, you’d have to actively come up with reasons not to make this a regular vacation spot all year long.
Must-try food and drink: Homemade breads, cheeses, butter, and cured meats at Amish Country Natural Products; the prime rib at the Paddle Inn (a local favorite).