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Autumn Guide, September 2006
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Photo courtesy of Jeff Cashman
The Beaver Island Boodle, a 5K run/walk is slated for Oct. 7, 2006. The other major autumn event is the Celtic Games on Sept. 16, 2006.

Beaver Island

by patrick nagi

Much is written on the history of Beaver Island including the short reign of the king, James Strang, and the establishment of a Mormon colony. Although tourism is now king, tourists should note what they will and will not find when venturing to America's Emerald Isle.

"You will not find fudge on the island or any horses walking the streets," said Steve West, executive director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. "What you will find is a unique and affordable getaway."

A frequent visitor to the island for 30 years, West made the leap and officially became a resident in 1998.

"Visitors can kayak around the scenic shoreline in the morning, relax at a wonderful spa in the afternoon and enjoy a world-class dinner at Nina's complete with an unparalleled view of the sunset," he said.

The air temperature is moderated by the surrounding waters so autumn is a good time to visit. Upcoming events include the Celtic Games on Sept. 16 and, on Oct. 7, both the Beaver Island Boodle, which is a 5K run/walk, and the Bite of Beaver Island food festival. To learn more about upcoming events and island history visit www.beaverisland.org.

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