Manistee’s industrial legacy is prevalent in the many historic buildings downtown and large housing stock of historic homes, some of which have been renovated into B&Bs and ofﬁces. In addition to this historic charm, housing in Manistee’s attractive residential areas is affordable. In Manistee City the median home value is just about $105,000, and only 10% of the housing stock are second residences, making this a truly tight knit community to call home.
- Manistee County Historical Society—Operates the Manistee County Historical Museum, a treasure trove of information about the region’s past and genealogy.
- The Manistee County Community Foundation—Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Manistee County, with over $2 million in grant investments to date into areas such as youth, education, the arts, environment, human services, and economic development.
- Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce—Assists local businesses to build a healthier economy in Manistee County through advocacy, workforce and leadership development, networking opportunities, economic development, and more.
- Manistee Downtown Development Authority—The mission of the Manistee Downtown Development Authority is to foster the development and promotion of an identiﬁable and attractive downtown area that will strengthen business and a sense of community ownership. Michigan DDAs are Tax Increment Financing entities to allocate funds for infrastructure, development, and other improvements within the DDA District.
Culture & Heritage
Manistee’s walkable and historic downtown district features incredible restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and picturesque waterfront views. Stroll the 1.5 mile Riverwalk with steps up to dining and retail stores, or dock at the Manistee Marina to arrive in style.
Arts & Culture
Downtown, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is a cultural hub featuring dance, theatre, and music shows, visual arts exhibits, and youth engagement programming. The historic Vogue Theatre in the city center was renovated in 2012 thanks to resident-led fundraising efforts, showcasing the community’s commitment and appreciation for arts and culture. Enjoy free summer concerts and the library, two accessible cultural assets in Manistee.
Dining & Shopping
Get a taste for regional culinary treats, local artisans, and Michigan wines, brews and spirits at annual festivals like Grapes on the River, or the Festival of Trees. In rural Onekama and Bear Lake, visit the area’s many craft wineries and cider mills. Iron Fish, a farm to bottle distillery, uses local grains in their award winning, hand crafted spirits.
Catch spring and fall bird migration at the Lake Bluff Audubon Society Bird Center, and birdwatch all year round at the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve. The Arcadia Marsh boardwalk, a 0.75 mile, accessible elevated path that creates easy hiking and birding, and is the gateway to the 400-acre Arcadia Marsh that borders Arcadia Lake and is preserved by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Fish for abundant coho and steelhead, explore more than 150 miles of trail, golf, and boat Manistee’s many recreational outlets