Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 1, 2010

Marquette is Distinctive

Marquette City Hall: A fine example of why the UP city has been named a Distinctive Destination

In February the UP city of Marquette was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010. And now the votes have been tallied in the program’s first Fan Favorite online competition, and Marquette has come out on top, with a whopping 35% of the vote.

One Marquette bank reflected in the window of another

In selecting Marquette for its annual top 12 list, the National Trust commented on the city’s beautiful red sandstone architecture and lively downtown, 27 designated historic sites, and easy access to outdoor recreation.

Marquette is located on the Lake Superior shore and surrounded by woods and waterfalls. The visitor bureau’s slogan is, “Discover how civilized our wilderness can be.”

It’s a well-deserved honor. Congratulations to Marquette, a city we visited more often BBS (Before Blue Skies).

We made one of those rare trips last week while at Blue Skies when I discovered I needed a keyboard—my laptop delete key was sticking and I give that button a workout.

So we made a day trip to Marquette (about a 2-hour drive) to purchase a keyboard at Office Max (hey, I first called a local, independent computer supply store and they pointed me to the big box retailer).

We also wanted to see the start of the UP 200 Sled Dog Race that started at 7 p.m. that evening.

Anyway Steve, the young man who helped us at Office Max, is a student at Northern Michigan University and he raved about Marquette. He’s from northern Illinois and said making the move to NMU was the best decision he could have made. He loves the people, the school, and the great outdoors. He plans to remain in Michigan after graduation.

They don't make lampposts like they used to

So it appears Marquette is a fan favorite with or without the official National Trust designation. More on this cool city in the future (getting closer)

Paige and I think our waiter Chad, at Elizabeth's Chop House, helps make Marquette a Distinctive Destination (the salad was good, too)

Sail away or buy fresh Lake Superior fish; a view from the deck at Elizabeth's Chop House, Marquette



  1. Marquette always has been and always will be one of my favorite cities and even now, if I had to pick a city to live in – it’d be Marquette!

    • No argument here!

  2. Kath, I would have driven over to meet you!! Truly. You should have let us know. Cindy would have come, too, right? Oh let us know the next time you’re within 90 shouting miles.

    • Kathy, I thought about you and looked for you in the crowd…

      Got a late start and we just ran out of time. Didn’t even get to stop at the Finland shop.

      Definitely will arrange a coffee (or tea) date soon. Thanks!

  3. I’m glad Steve likes Michigan so well. I just hope he can land a job here after graduation. Ditto on Chad at the Chop House…..I guess on the salad too. What? No pictures of the sled dogs! I’m sure I’ll see them sooner or later. Can’t believe I haven’t been to Marquette since the 2005 Finn Fest.

  4. We love Chad and Steve (failed to get a photo of Steve though). Everyone at the sled dog race was happy, smiling, kind, polite. We commented on it at the time.
    The sled dog pix are coming!

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