Michigan: the favorite retreat of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is famous for his great literary achievements (The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and The Sea, and more). He’s also famous for being a “man’s man”, a gentleman who oozed bravado, embracing the vigorous life of hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and the outdoors. When it came to enjoying the outdoors, there was no place in the world Hemingway loved more than Northern Michigan.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Hemingway first came to Northern Michigan as a small child with his parents. They had a cabin in Lake Leelanau where a young Ernest learned to fish. Later, as a young man, Hemingway’s family obtained a cabin in Charlevoix County on Walloon Lake, where the author spent many summers. The cabin is still in the Hemingway family.

These photos catch a glimpse of the famed author surrounded by the beauty of Michigan.

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Hemingway in a canoe in Northern Michigan, circa 1925.

 

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The Hemingway Cabin on Walloon Lake.

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The young author at his cabin.

 

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This fishing boat was used by the Hemingway family when Ernest was a boy.

 

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Hemingway fishing a river in Northern Michigan. Fishing was one of his great joys.

 

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Hemingway (right) and a friend on Mitchell Street in Petoskey, Michigan, in 1926.

 

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Ernest Hemingway brandishing a rifle at a young age in Charlevoix County.

 

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Hemingway (far left) and friends in the woods near his property on Walloon Lake.

 

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Just 16 years old here in 1916, Hemingway is writing while on a camping excursion in Northern Michigan.

 

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Young Hemingway with a catch of fish from a Northern Michigan stream.


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