Clare is a small Michigan town about 15 minutes north of Mt. Pleasant (home of the
Pohlcat Golf Course and Soaring Eagle Casino) and an hour north of Lansing (state capital).
It is currently most famous for its bakery, Cops 'n' Doughnuts, which is wholly owned and run by Clare City police officers.
For many FTF guests, it is also home to the Mulberry Café, where you can purchase not only amazing scones with lemon curd but a variety of made-from-scratch pies for there or to go. Many collectors preorder pies to take home with them on Sunday. Clare is in the heart of Amish country so don't be surprised to see horse-drawn buggies traveling past the hotel. Handmade quilts can be custom ordered directly from the seamstresses who will make them. Day trips from Clare include both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and the Mackinaw Bridge, among many others. The weather should still be reasonably warm in September but dressing in layers is always recommended in Michigan. Fall in Michigan means colorful trees, apple orchards with cider and donuts, and late fall harvests. About 1.5 hours north of us, it means really good wines (personal favorite: Traverse City Early or Late Harvest Reisling).