Continuing from yesterday, we
found a great place to stop, a place we would want to visit again, a working inn, along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
The beautiful setting, the wonderful food is worth the wait and the trip there if one is in the area.
Apparently this place has been mentioned in famous unique inns and has been on some episodes of Food Channels, but I was totally unfamiliar with it. Local legends are not always as interesting .
|Jerry examines the teepee|
As soon as I saw the sign and the Polish link I knew it would be something enjoyable and my imagination rolled along thinking about the collaboration between a Pole and the local Indians even if it was the 1930"s. Jan Smolak immigrated to America in 1921 and made his way to the upper peninsula of Michigan. There were copper mines and ore mines in the upper that attracted the Polish immigrants. He also was talented musician and artist as we learned in the hallway art gallery.
I could not understand why the name Legs Inn but one sign explained it was for the legs placed along the roofline. Who but a seeker of curiosities would place legs along the roof? The photo below shows the side of the stone building, the Indian head carving over the door and the row of legs on the roofline.
|Polish side of the sign|
We walked around the back of the inn to the gorgeous outdoor seating overlooking Lake Michigan. It was a warm balmy day which diminished the draw of the smell of real kielbasi and pierogi. To me that is food for the cooler weather so despite the thrill of the original, we did not indulge. There would have been a one hour minimum wait for appetizers at the bar so we passed.
|Lake Michigan off alongside the outdoor dining|
|I called this Jabba the Hut from the Starwars character, but|
it is something more remarkable and one of the hundreds of
wood carvings. This postcard captured the detail better than my photo
|Polish beer on tap Hooray|
Look at the wood above the shelf, carved and finished to a glow
One of many totems inside this one closest
to the bar where a customer downs a tall
cool one. Notice the legs on the totem.
|Portrait of Chief White Cloud as the Indians|
|We would exit out this front door, again|
notice the woodcarving, inside the workmanship
captured Jerry"s attention.