No matter how early you arrive in quiet little Lewiston, odds are good that the regulars are already dishing the day’s news over steamy plates of Belgian malted waffles or steak and eggs at the Iron Kettle Family Restaurant (4737 Salling, 989-786-3711). Tie into a townie favorite by ordering the McLewiston, an egg-and-meat breakfast sandwich that’ll be the best Mc-Anything you’ve ever had.

Finish that coffee and double back down the road, swinging left on Fleming Road where you’ll find the no-frills Twin Lakes Marina (2460 Fleming Road, 989-786-2711. tucked away on the strip of land between Twin Lakes. Be sure to call at least a week or two in advance to reserve your rental. Post-paperwork, putz around in the store for a moment and feel free to splurge on a water toy or two. Then, load the gang into the pontoon and motor forth.

Despite being so close together they could practically kiss, the east and west bodies of Twin Lakes do not connect. Both lakes are an equally good time, though, with sandbars for plenty of sun-soaked lollygagging. In West Twin Lake, putter to the far west end and cruise around the tip of Eagle Point; in East Twin Lake, head to the southwest side to access Birchwood Beach. When the sun starts fading on East Twin Lake, drive your boat right up to the Lewiston Lodge (1525 Fleming Road, 989-786-5261) for dinner. Tie up at the dock, ask for a table with a view and feast on the likes of fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, pasta and fish, all served alongside monster-sized sweet rolls made even sweeter with a healthy dollop of the Lodge’s homemade honey-walnut butter.

Emily Bingham is assistant editor at Traverse, Northern Michigan’s

Note: This article was first published in October 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.