Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore

104 East Munising Ave

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 café and bookstore, Amanda immediately said "Lets call it the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore." And so it is.


Christi Hess

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Falling Rock is a gem in the UP, and a favorite stop of ours! The staff is friendly, service is prompt, the atmosphere is unique, and the food/drinks are fantastic. We love playing games,mainly UNO, while enjoying our food and drinking our coffee/hot chocolate! The boys love looking at the old toys and books. The local art and jewelry collection is fantastic. I wish I lived close enough to have my own mug on their wall of mugs!!!

Grant Harris

Friday, April 14, 2017

Something for everyone! Really neat place with very good food. I enjoyed it very much.

sanath kumar

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sumptuous and tasty food. Great vegetarian options

Delaney Lovett

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Delicious food, pleasant atmosphere, friendly employees, reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?! Their veggie burgers on a pretzel bun are to die for!

Daniel Arthur Brown

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

This is a wonderful cafe that I make sure to stop at whenever I'm passing through Munising (and often go out of my way if I'm driving across the U.P.). It's got a great small-town, charming vibe. The owner, staff, and patrons are all friendly, and food and coffee is great for the price you pay. That a bookstore is connected really makes it a fun location. I recommend making this place one of your planned, default stops if you're visiting for hockey trips or heading over to Pictured Rocks.