After Prohibition ended in 1933, Harold “Spike” MacNeven announced a contest to name his new saloon in Grayling. The winning entry, “Keg O Nails,” reflects the local logging industry, as does the cabin-like structure. The Keg O Nails tavern is the third to stand at the same location—the first two were destroyed by fires—but it has a cozy, old-timey feel with its wood ceiling beams and walls carved with names and initials (a practice no longer allowed). There are plenty of options, but it’s hard to go wrong with the World Famous Spikeburger, served up more than 40,000 times a year.

This article originally appeared in the 2019 fall/winter 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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