Saturday, December 9, 2023


Hog Island Country Store on Michigan’s UP

Camper outside Hog Island Country Store. (Julianne Crane).

If you’re hungry for a traditional ‘pasty’ while touring through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this camping season–and you get a kick out of funky little places–draft on into Hog Island Country Store.

Located just 35 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge on U.S. 2, this charming roadside store features unique regional products, such as homemade jams and jellies, smoked fish, and those delicious hot pasties. Then there is an amazing variety of retro items and pig objects of every description.

Hog Island Country Store owners Tom and Sandy Jacobs (Julianne Crane).

However, by far the best reason for stopping at Hog Island are the shop owners Sandy and Tom Jacobs.

About eight years ago, Sandy, a former intensive care nurse and Tom, a retired Delphi Corp. worker, left Flint in the Lower Peninsula, bought the place, and re-invented themselves.
While they sometimes feel they are working longer hours now, they still love taking care of the store and the six neat clapboard cottages that have hosted vacationing families since the 1940’s.

If you go:

Hog Island Country Store and Cottages
W8294 US Highway 2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Phone: (906) 477-9995
Open: Memorial weekend to December 1.

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Julianne G. Crane  

Photos: Top: Jimmy Smith and Julianne G. Crane’s Lance camper outside Hog Island Country Store and Cottages. Owners Tom and Sandy Jacobs (Julianne Crane). Map courtesy of Hog Island Country Store and Cottages.

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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