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.
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.
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.
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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