#2 – Snag a Slice of Heaven at the Jampot

The Jampot – A Unique Bakery in the Keweenaw

My wife and I had each heard rave reviews from friends about The Jampot prior to our trip to the Keweenaw, but no one could remember exactly where it was or what it was called. And we’d heard that monks ran the place. Monks! That right there made us want to check it out, because monks are cool.

A monk working at the jampot

Nice monk working at the Jampot

So while I was at the Keweenaw visitor’s center I made sure to inquire about this mysterious bakery. “Is there some sort of bakery up here that’s run by monks?” I asked. The visitor’s center guy smiled wide. “And they make a rum bread that’s got more rum than a bottle of 151!” Then he proceeded to tell me exactly where it was. I’m really starting to like visitor’s centers.

Anyway, we found the place easily (immediately off 26, south of Eagle Harbor but before Eagle River) and it’s awesome.

My wife and I pulled into the Jampot’s parking lot and I swear you could smell a mix of heavenly spices before we even got out of the car. The scents coming from that place were like the scents from the best bakery’s I’ve been to in Europe wrapped into burst of olfactory heaven.

Thou Shalt Not Park Here

No parking sign at the Jampot

And then we walked in.

And yes, it got better. When I inquired about the “abbey cakes” (think raisin bread) the nice guy (monk?) behind the counter let me know they are each moistened with a different type of liquor.  My wife and I were like kids in a candy store. “Okay, you grab two things and I’ll grab two things” I said, giddy, but attempting to throw down some limit so we didn’t end up spending more than we should have.

I grabbed an abbey cake moistened with bourbon, and after slicing into it later I can vouch for the visitor center guy’s description. I also grabbed a wild strawberry jam and a burgundy jelly (Yes, I broke my own rule). Erica snatched up a wild apple butter and a brandied peach jelly.

So, while your cruising down the picture perfect stretch of 26 that runs from Eagle Harbor to Eagle River, plan a stop at The Jampot to stock up on a few treats. It’s definitely worth a stop and is a well-positioned driving break between the two towns.

It also happens to be just feet away from Jacob’s Falls, which is also definitely worth exploring while you’re there.

To learn more about The Jampot or purchase some of their goods via mail order you can visit their web site here.

To see more photos of The Jampot, click here to access my Facebook page and then and then browse to the “The Jampot” photo album.

Bottom Line: The Jampot is a very worthwhile stop if you like baked things, especially baked things soaked with liquor!

Location: To see The Jampot’s location on my map of the Upper Peninsula, click here.

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5 Responses to #2 – Snag a Slice of Heaven at the Jampot

  1. Dine Michigan August 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    OH! We love to find a mysterious bakery. Thanks for telling us more about Gods country. I knew God would serve some amazing things and when I get up there (the U.P.!) I’ll try the Burgundy Jelly! Can’t wait to get up there and enjoy the smells and the tastes.

  2. Jesse Land August 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Sounds good! I forgot to mention that my wife and I tried a couple of their chocolate truffles and they were just as good as everything else!

  3. mary peed July 30, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    It’s also worth walking down to the church. The monks have done an amazing job building their community out of bakery and jam. The gardens are beautiful, and so is the church, but remember, no swimming suits inside the church. The history of The Society of St. John is indicative of life in the Keweenaw. A couple of guys show up and build something beautiful on the shores of Lake Superior.

    And the muffins, cookies, abbey cakes, truffles and jams are excellent, too.

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