By Christy Walcott
We all know memories are the greatest souvenir from any vacation. But what about the nifty gifties you surprise someone back home with? Or the special little embellishments you add to your home as a reminder of the place miles away but now near and dear to your heart?
You’re in charge of creating your own memories, but we’ve compiled a list of 5 fantastic trinkets or tidbits you need to pack in your suitcase before leaving Gaylord, Michigan:
1 – ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING from the Alpine Chocolat Haus
After sampling their sweets, nothing else will come close to the delightful delicacies you will find in Gaylord’s locally owned and operated candy store. While their chocolate-covered potato chips are an all-time favorite, think about branching out slightly and trying their “elk patties” – an homage to our famous elk herd.
2 – An up-north gift from the Call of the Wild
Along with its wildlife museum, this Gaylord landmark has one of the most memorable gift stores you will ever encounter. From clothing and cowboy boots to delicate figurines and Michigan jewelry, you will find something for every traveler and every budget. The little ones will also love the variety of stuffed animals – a perfect way to remember one of the woodland critters they may have stumbled upon during their visit!
3 – Home decor from Isabella’s Copper Pot
No home is complete without a Kind World Pillow from this eclectic home and kitchen store. Their distinctive themes and designs include charming Otsego Lake pillows, a perfect reminder of those warm summer days on Gaylord’s largest body of water. From fun to functional, Isabella’s is packed with gourmet goodies to indulge in and practical, quality kitchen items you can’t live without.
4 – A trinket from Aub Marley’s
Peruse antiques in the Alpine Village and be sure to hit up Aub Marley’s. If you’re not equipped to travel home with one of their stunning pieces of vintage furniture, at least grab a tiny trinket to commemorate your trip. Antiquers will be thrilled with the selection in one of downtown’s newest additions – chic pieces of home decor, hand-painted wooden signs, an assortment of old-fashioned postcards and classic carnival glass.
5 – Some cool Gaylord swag from White Birch Outfitters
White Birch Outfitters is not only your stop for bike and snowshoe rentals, but they also have trendy clothing, hats, accessories and gifts! With a large selection of in-house creations, their Gaylord items are truly one-of-a-kind. Grab one of their comfy sweatshirts, your favorite color of Stormy Kromer and hit the trails.
These are just a few suggestions on your search for the perfect Gaylord souvenirs. From the downtown district to the corners of our county lines, you’ll find Michigan-made products, unique wares, handmade goods and delectable delicacies to share with someone back home. Make memories, snap selfies and treat yourself to a few mementos as a reminder of your all outdoors adventure in Gaylord!