In the eastern Upper Peninsula, a Lake Huron archipelago of 36 islands forms channels that French explorers called Les Cheneaux (Lay-Shen-O). A summertime resort area since the late 1800s, the ecotourism destination is home to a boat building school and a culinary arts school with a restaurant that serves as an internship for its annual small class of aspiring chefs.

From May 25-September 3, the students operate Les Cheneaux Culinary School Restaurant as a fine dining option in the laid back, waterfront village of Hessel. The menu emphasizes local produce, dairy, fish, poultry, maple syrup—even wild, foraged edibles—in a casual setting that evokes the boat houses of cottages throughout the islands.

This article originally appeared in the 2018 spring/summer issue of Experience Michigan magazine. The contents of this article were checked for accuracy when it was published; however, it’s possible some of the information has changed. We recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the destinations, attractions or restaurants mentioned in this article.

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