Day Trip to Hartland: Here's a Guide You Can Share With Visitors to Our Town
What would you tell people about Hartland?
All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly daytrip guide to another southeast Michigan destination. Coming Sunday: we'll help you plan a daytrip to Fenton, a city with lakes and history and a sandwich named “No John, I’m Not Cheezing You."
But to start, here's what you helped us come up with for our own daytrip guide. Have more suggestions? Add them in the comments.
Welcome to Hartland
Many of you may have driven by our little town when rushing down U.S. 23 in either direction to Ann Arbor or Flint. Some of you may have even stopped off for a quick pit stop, whisking through one of the fast food restaurants or stopping for gas.
However, many people have no idea about the history our small village holds -- the one that is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the busy highway.
If you're looking for a new adventure, take the day and drive off the highway to see what you're missing. You're first stop should be Bagel Express. Ask the owner, Jeff, for his recommendation on one of the shop's many flavors of cream cheese and then skip around the corner to Kahuna Coffee where Cathy will be waiting with your coffee and a smile. We are on a first name basis here, so tell them Patch sent you!
Explore the village
After your bagel and coffee, head down the road to where our little town began. It's full of historic locations such as the Hartland Music Hall and the Cromaine Library, both of which have a rich history that can be linked to Robert J. Crouse, one of Hartland's earliest social activists. And who knows? As you drive down Crouse Road, you may just run into a member of the Crouse family -- because yes, they are still here today.
Next up: Hit the well-maintained Hartland Cemetery, where the history of the small village surrounds you. The oldest known burial is from 1840 and includes famous local names such as Crouse and Tremaine.
How about lunch?
After your trip through time, walk across the street to the Patch Readers' Choice winner for Best Lunch Spot at the Village Market, located in another historic location on Main Street. Or feel free to stay back in time and stop in for tea at Tyme Well Spent and enjoy a homemade luncheon that includes a full afternoon tea. Reservations are required for the full tea experience, but feel free to stop in for a quick glass of lemonade on the welcoming porch of the impressive and historic Gannon House.
After lunch, head upstairs in the Tea Room for some fun antique shopping or, get back in your car and drive back toward the highway. Across the street from Bagel Express and Kahuna Coffee you will find Finders Keepers, a fun and always-changing consignment store with personality. Talk to Elaine for fun decorating tips or just fun stories.
Where to have dinner?
At the end of you day, you are in the perfect position to walk to several great dinner locations.
Here are the restaurants that consistently receive thumbs up from Patch readers; click on the links for in-depth reviews and more:
- Black Rock (try the steak on the stone -- it's a fun and unique dining experience)
- O'Malley's Irish Pub (the homemade chips are worth the drive)
- La Herradura (try the margaritas and enjoy the salsa)
Best time to visit?
For everyone curious about the history of Hartland, come to the town's Heritage Day the fourth Saturday in September. History tours on hay wagons carry you past the town's historic sites. The Florence B. Dearing Museum is open to visitors along with several buildings such as the Hartland United Methodist Church that welcome locals and tourists alike to come in and check out the church's stained glass windows -- where each one has a story to tell.
What did we leave out?
Let potential visitors know where else they should visit by posting a comment on this story.