A little farther south, go to Houghton Lake. Tour around the lake, go to Higgins Lake State Park. Breakfast at Shaker's Restaurant on State Rt. 55 main drag thru Houghton Lake. Ask for the pineapple upsidedown pancakes!!!
MUST go to Fredrick's to the Fredrick Inn and get a Wet Barrito(sp) They are Huge about a foot long and 3 inches around and only about $11.00
Fredricks is about 20 miles south of Gaylord, MI.
You won't be sorry!
I asked the same question earlier this week on the "rides, trips, and events" portion of the forum. Some really good suggestions there. Might take a peek at that and pick up a few ideas from that post just like I have from this one! Lots of knowledgeable and helpful people on this forum.