8 great ways to be an active part of Buy Michigan Now

The year was 2007, and Michigan’s economy was decimated. People were losing jobs left and right. Businesses were folding. Homes were being foreclosed upon. I wanted to do something to help, but wasn’t sure what. Eventually I took a trip to South Africa that changed everything. Afterwards, I decided to start paying attention to where my dollars

8 great ways to be an active part of Buy Michigan Now2022-11-23T13:39:18-05:00

Serve Michigan goodness for Thanksgiving

If you’re going to find yourself in a grocery store buying food to entertain family and friends this month, you are certainly not alone. Most of us tend to eat more during the holiday season, so it stands to reason more money will be spent on food and beverages. An upside to all of that indulgence is

Serve Michigan goodness for Thanksgiving2022-11-16T11:52:39-05:00

9 memorable ways to kick off the Christmas season

After the past couple of years we’ve had, I’m really looking forward to basking in the joys of the holiday season from start to finish. Each year, Santa seems to start visiting towns earlier and earlier, but this time I’m happy about it. If you are too, and want to start harnessing the Christmas spirit, attend a

9 memorable ways to kick off the Christmas season2022-11-16T10:09:27-05:00

The past and preservation of Pictured Rocks

.“We go along the coast, most delightful and wonderful. Nature has made it pleasant to the eye, the spirit and the belly.” French fur trader and explorer Pierre Esprit Raddison wrote those words in his journal as he traveled through what is now Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  What he was seeing, was our beloved Pictured Rocks. These formations

The past and preservation of Pictured Rocks2022-10-07T08:26:06-04:00

Test your apple knowledge

Fall means a lot of wonderful things in Michigan, not the least of which is a great influx of fresh, crisp apples.  Home to over 14.9 million apple trees, the state ranks third in the U.S. (behind only Washington & New York) for apple production. Apples are in fact, Michigan's most valuable fruit crop. You can bake

Test your apple knowledge2022-10-07T10:06:24-04:00

Best ways to view Michigan’s fall color from up above.

There are so many ways to enjoy fall leaves in Michigan. Take a walk through the woods, and smile as a leaf picks that moment to drop in front of you. Drive one of our many winding roads and marvel at the colors as they run alongside. Occasionally you’ll happen upon an open area where the palette

Best ways to view Michigan’s fall color from up above.2022-10-08T15:18:40-04:00

10 awesome Michigan Halloween traditions

The year’s spookiest holiday is becoming more and more popular. Each year, new ideas, décor, and attractions arise. However, these uniquely Michigan Halloween traditions have been around for decades. We’ve been cooped up too long so get out and embrace some old favorites or try something new. Pick Pumpkins from a Patch Whether you’re decorating the whole

10 awesome Michigan Halloween traditions2022-10-08T12:46:16-04:00

12 things to do in Michigan in October 2022

Pumpkins are filling patches, apples are filling trees, so it’s time for our 12 things to do in Michigan in October 2022. This month is a treasure trove of fall splendor. Oct 1-31 (weekdays only) The Hunt for Reds of October – Leelanau Peninsula What a wonderful time of year it is to soak up yellow, orange,

12 things to do in Michigan in October 20222022-10-06T10:43:47-04:00

Discovering Michigan’s best hard ciders

As trips to beaches give way to cider mill visits, the craving for the fruits of one of Michigan’s fastest growing industries naturally increases. In recent years, hard cider has become a quintessential component of our craft beverage industry. Stop by a hard cider tasting room, and you'll find it's just as much fun as seeking out

Discovering Michigan’s best hard ciders2022-10-08T16:16:43-04:00

What to expect at the new Detroit Auto Show

There is no question, the automotive industry has really changed in recent decades. New vehicle releases used to only take place in the fall, but now they can happen virtually any time. Gas-powered vehicles are rapidly on the path to extinction to make room for electric vehicles. Advancements in technology have changed everything from how we get

What to expect at the new Detroit Auto Show2022-09-09T16:22:02-04:00

A history of Mackinac ferries

Ask most anyone in Michigan what the number one tourist destination in the state is and they’ll likely answer “Mackinac Island.”  The Straits of Mackinac and surrounding areas are beautiful no matter the time of year. It's been a popular place to travel since humans inhabited the Great Lakes region. The mainland northwest of the island, St.

A history of Mackinac ferries2022-09-09T12:31:35-04:00

Floating Citadel joins Detroit cityscape

A striking new piece of art now adorns Detroit’s cityscape. It is the result of an extensive search that started when the convention building was called TCF Center, and ended after it became Huntington Place. The outdoor sculpture highlights the main circle drive near the entrance. Called Floating Citadel, it is the inspiration of local artist Scott

Floating Citadel joins Detroit cityscape2022-09-09T12:30:17-04:00

Top 10 tips for picking your own apples

We're just starting to experience crisp cool air, but crisp, fresh apples on the other hand, are already available. Michigan is the nation's third highest apple-growing state, behind only Washington and New York. USApple estimates that our farmers will produce nearly 30 million apples this year, so chances are there's an orchard near you. September and October

Top 10 tips for picking your own apples2022-09-13T15:11:34-04:00

12 things to do in Michigan in September 2022

Labor Day doesn’t mark the end of summer, we’ve still got weeks of mild weather and fun events ahead. Get out and enjoy flowers, music, art and more at our 12 things to do in Michigan in September 2022. September 2-5 Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit For over 40 years, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has celebrated

12 things to do in Michigan in September 20222022-09-01T10:40:02-04:00

12 things to do in Michigan in August 2022

This month is all about locally-grown and locally-made, from candles to cars and mint to music. We’ve highlighted some of the coolest in our 12 things to do in Michigan in August 2022. August 5-7 Buy Michigan Now Festival – Northville Admittedly we may be biased, but this event is our favorite of the year, and it

12 things to do in Michigan in August 20222022-09-03T15:22:03-04:00

Michigan Author Showcase at BMNFest

Presented by The 'Ville, this year's Michigan Author Showcase features the largest collection of local authors we've ever assembled at one event. It's an incredible opportunity to buy books and have them personalized, hear the inspiration behind the work, or even get inspired to write something of your own. Below is the schedule and location of authors

Michigan Author Showcase at BMNFest2022-08-03T07:48:58-04:00

10 things you didn’t know you can do in Detroit

There are so many wonderful experiences to have in Detroit, especially in the summer. Most people who enjoy the city have at some point shopped Eastern Market, taken a stroll along the riverfront, watched a sunset from Belle Isle, taken in a Tiger game, and/or biked the Dequindre Cut. Those are all wonderful things to do. If

10 things you didn’t know you can do in Detroit2022-07-05T16:30:05-04:00

Hatch Detroit announces finalists

After 7 years in Chicago, attorney Nick Gorga, moved back to Detroit. He knew he wanted to help revitalize the city. Over a decade later, what started out as an idea captured on a cocktail napkin, is now a thriving economic development program called Hatch Detroit. The organization was founded in 2011 with the intention of giving

Hatch Detroit announces finalists2022-07-06T10:22:37-04:00

12 things to do in Michigan in July 2022

We are definitely in the heat of summer now, where boats and barbecues abound. Fun can be found nearly everywhere. Naturally, we’ve highlighted some of the coolest in our 12 things to do in Michigan in July 2022. July 1-31 Breath of Michigan World Record Attempt – Dearborn This month Michiganders of a unique opportunity to learn

12 things to do in Michigan in July 20222022-09-03T15:20:07-04:00
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