Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore
When we were kids we often camped, fished and traveled during vacations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Ontario Canada (north of Sault Ste Marie). Waterfalls, the Soo Locks, the Log Slide, the Marquette Ore Docks, the Pictured Rocks and many other destinations were part of our childhood.
During these trips we often saw yellow signs warning "Watch for Falling Rock." When asked (repeatedly, I might add) our father told us this story...
"Many, many years ago there was a young Indian woman who had a son named Falling Rock. One day he became lost and did not return home. His mother searched for the rest of her life throughout the lands we now know as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Ontario. As she searched, she occasionally wrote on the rock faces 'watch for Falling Rock' so that others would keep an eye out for her son. Unfortunately, she never did find him. Centuries later, when roads were built through the same areas that this Indian woman traveled and wrote her plea for her son, the builders placed her words on yellow signs as a way to honor her devotion. That is why we now have signs throughout the United States and Canada that warn 'Watch for Falling Rock.' "
There are, of course, many variations of this story that have been told throughout the years. This is the one that we believed for far too long. Perhaps it is useful for you to know that our father also accurately counted cows in the field and attributed this ability to a skill he acquired during summer jobs counting livestock during college. When asked years later how he did this, he said "you just count the legs and divide by four!"
Unfortunately, Dad passed away on June 6, 2002, at age 64. During the memorial service I shared a number of stories - including the story of Falling Rock - most of which my children, Amanda (age 12) and Rebecca (age 7) were hearing for the first time. Months later, when we raised the issue of a name for the cafÃ© and bookstore, Amanda immediately said "Lets call it the Falling Rock CafÃ© and Bookstore." And so it is.
I always stop in here when I visit my parents. Prices are a little more than you average coffee shop and not as many options, but coffee is good. There are almond and soy milk for those who need them. Food is delicious! My sister loves the gluten free whitefish bagel. More than anything they have great local books, artworks, and other goods, and a really cozy atmosphere (and clean bathrooms)!
We discovered this gem by accident. Fantastic quality food which drew us back for a second meal. Nancy the owner is extremely hospitable and full of great tips for things to do and see in the Munising area. The art gallery in the back corner is the perfect place to purchase unique, well priced gifts. You must experience this eclectic space, it will not disappoint.
Very sweet people, nice and friendly service. They bring the drinks and food to you. Food is great! Great decor and atmespher!! But they can work on smiling while they bring you the food and drinks. Above all we give it a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟.
We found this place by complete accident while needing to pass a little time in town. I only wish we'd been hungry enough to try more than the drinks and ice cream (which were all great) because we loved it there. It's coffee goose meets ice cream parlor meets book store meets art. The staff went out of their way to make my daughter feel comfortable and that was just the icing on the cake. Absolutely recommend!!
Sandwiches were pretty dang good! Loved the atmosphere of this place. It was quiet busy when we went so we had to wait a bit for our food but nothing crazy! Definitely worth checking out if you like sandwiches !