Located on the southern shores of Lake Huron and only a two and a half hour cruise from the metro Detroit area, Lexington is a popular weekend getaway for Great Lakes boaters. Boaters can leave their homeports on Friday afternoon, cruise past the spectacular Blue Water Bridges, then across Lake Huron and be in the Lexington State Harbor just before sunset.
Once the boat is docked and secured, a thriving downtown with lots of restaurants, bars and unique shops is just a short walk from the marina.
The city of Lexington has embraced the large number of seasonal boaters who visit the area year after year. They have developed the entire waterfront to cater to tourists and their needs. A beautiful park and pavilion is adjacent to the marina and features live bands and entertainment every weekend. The boaters can picnic in the park or just hang out on their boat and enjoy the music.
Culturally, Lexington makes a bold statement with an extensive calendar of events, including art fairs and exhibits, music concerts and festivals, an impressive theater and comedy club. When planning a trip to Lexington, be sure to check out the cultural event schedule at lexingtonmichigan.org.
Nearby are beautiful sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sunning and water sports. Boaters can take their inflatable watercrafts and head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent and are great for exploring the natural shoreline and checking out the waterfront cottages.
If adventure is on your wish list, then get your bike out for a trail that runs for 6 miles through the breathtaking Lake Huron shorelines from Lexington to Croswell. For the golf enthusiast, 1 mile west of downtown is the Lakeview Hills Golf Resort with a 36-hole course, a 16-lane bowling alley and gourmet restaurant. The golf club offers a convenient shuttle service to boaters staying in Lexington.
So if you are looking for a sweet summer escape, Lexington will not disappoint. The journey across Lake Huron to this resort-style community will make for a memorable experience and lure you back year after year.
WHERE TO DOCK:
Lexington State Marina (810-359-5600, michigan.gov/dnr) Located at the foot of downtown Lexington, within walking distance to everything. Even with 108 transient slips, this popular destination fills up fast. This well-managed, well-kept marina offers a boat launch, gas and diesel, restrooms, showers, barbeques, picnic tables and playground. NOTE: Be sure to contact the marina on VHF Channel 16 for specific directions
for entering the harbor to avoid shallow depths.
WHERE TO DINE:
Lexington Brewing Company and Wine House (5475 N. Main) This local hot spot features craft beer, wine, fresh food and live entertainment in a historic 1876 fire hall building.
The Windjammer Restaurant (7420 Huron Ave.) Waterfront restaurant located at the marina. Dining room and patio are open daily for lunch and dinner.
Steis’s Village Inn (5523 Main St.) One of the oldest restaurants in town, Steis’s is known for its handmade pizzas, steaks, ribs and fish. Extensive bar and entertainment on the weekends.
Wimpy’s Place (7270 Huron Ave.) This old-fashioned diner restaurant offers the best slider burgers! A visit
to Lexington is not complete without a Wimpy’s burger.