Main Street in Historical downtown Lowell is a great place to find what you need and what you want. You will find a palate pleasing mix of new and old, traditional and contemporary and everything in between.
Hungry? Lowell has you covered with 3 squares or just cappuccino and killer cheesecake. From traditional ham n egg breakfasts to Asian fusion lunch or dinner. For mouthwatering BBQ or grilled fish with a view of the river – come to Lowell. Want ice cream in a gorgeous garden setting – we got it. Grab some homemade sausage from our butcher shop along with a growler of beer from one of our two breweries. The food and craft beer scene has exploded in the last 18 months here – so bring your appetite.
The arts are alive too. Lowell Arts will delight you with their new, amazing gallery space on Main Street with an emphasis on local and regional artists. It gets better, right next door there is a gallery full of local artists with talent in a wide variety of media. Take some time to enjoy The Best Small Town Museum in America – the Lowell Historical Museum, just one block west of Lowell Arts. On the third weekend in September you can enjoy the Fallasburg Art Festival – food, music, and art in a wonderful park setting that includes a covered bridge.
Bring your bike or take a hike – Lowell is the national headquarters of the North Country National Scenic Trail and there are two rivers full of eye candy for hikers and kayakers. Our trail system in and around town is growing like the proverbial weed, and when complete, Lowell will be a hub in the fifth largest trail system in the country. When you use the kayak launch on the Flat River you will not even get your feet wet, unless you choose to, getting in and out of the river.
Stop in for a quick mani/pedi before you set out for some serious shopping fun in one of several antique stores, a comic book heaven, or one of the three locally owned boutiques chock full of clothing and accessories. Check out the looms, meet the weavers or even take a weaving class yourself. Get lost in time in the many aisles of merchandise at our five and dime store. You can accessorize your home at the furniture store or stop at the jewelers to see more fancy yellow diamond rings than any place in West Michigan. If all that leaves you wanting more – spend the night in one of seven rooms at an Inn with fantastic Flat River views and do it all over again the next day.
Lowell knows how to host family-friendly good times. Every Thursday night for 10 weeks June through August there is free music at the brand new stage on the Riverwalk. Speaking of family fun, Lowell LOVES parades – let me invite you to two of them.
First, for some hot fun in the summertime, consider a visit for our annual Riverwalk Festival the second weekend in July and the parade kicks off at noon on Saturday. The theme for 2018 is “Dancin’ In The Streets” where the plan is to stop the entire parade and get everyone dancing for a few minutes to “Uptown Funk” that wonderful smash hit everyone can boogie to. Dance your heart out and then grab a snack and something cool to drink and take in the car show on the shaded side streets.
From high noon on a sunny summer day to the polar opposite; our other big parade is after dark in the cold of December. In fact, the locals pray for snow during the Christmas Parade (Saturday December 1, 2018). Dozens of floats light up Main Street as they compete for prizes and, most importantly, bragging rights. Everyone is trying to unseat the float that featured flames shooting 10 to 15 feet into the darkened sky. Sure, every Christmas parade has a Santa – but Lowell’s Santa is the absolute real deal. No fake beard on our guy – he and Mrs. Claus have been delighting children of all ages in Lowell for 20 years.
The best thing about Lowell is not something you will be able to buy at a store or restaurant. However, the compassion of this community is something you WILL realize when you visit. Our Pink Arrow Pride annual football game to raise money for families fighting cancer is in its 11th year and has been duplicated all over Michigan and the United States. We are the only town of 4,000 people to have a Gilda’s Club and it is a direct result of the Pink Arrow Project. Lowell is a small town with BIG enthusiasm and a collective heart way bigger than our boundaries. Consider a visit sometime – we would love to meet you.
Cliff Yankovich is a resident and business owner in Lowell since 2002. He blogs @ CliffsRiffs.blogspot.com
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