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December 2020

This will undoubtedly be an unusual holiday season with many event cancellations due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of cool ways to celebrate. This is a particularly good year for drive-thru events. Be sure to check with event organizers to make sure times and availability has not changed. Mask up and head

December 20202020-12-10T18:47:50-05:00

Sip and save in the Grand Rapids craft beverage scene

Grand Rapids first made a splash on the craft beverage scene when it was voted Beer City USA in national polls and named Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by USA TODAY readers. Nowadays there’s a lot more than just craft beer on tap in its culinary scene. Cider, spirits, and the cocktail creations they inspire, have led to even

Sip and save in the Grand Rapids craft beverage scene2020-10-03T12:26:17-04:00

Explore this glorious byway of waterfalls

There may be no more spectacular place on earth to soak in the magic of fall than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There are seemingly endless opportunities to hike or bike through colorful forests. The root beer flowing over Tahquamenon Falls is particularly lovely when set against a palette of autumnal hues. The views from above Pictured Rocks, or

Explore this glorious byway of waterfalls2020-10-03T22:12:32-04:00

October 2020

Some things may be different this October, but we’re still a state filled with crisp autumn air, stunning shores, spectacular fall foliage, and of course cider and doughnuts. There are lots of interesting entertainment options to explore this month. Here are a dozen of our favorites. October 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24 Glass Pumpkin Fest – Dearborn Each weekend in October

October 20202020-10-01T15:16:31-04:00

Winetasting in the age of COVID

Traditionally this is a wonderful time of year to make a visit to your favorite winery, or explore a wine trail, and this year is no exception. Grapes are ripening, the air is getting crisper, leaves are starting to change color…oh, and there’s wine! However, COVID-19 has changed the usual procedures so it’s best to prepare and

Winetasting in the age of COVID2020-09-03T13:20:24-04:00

Exploring Michigan’s least known scenic byway

It’s a strange thing to experience cabin fever in the summer, and yet, in this most unusual of years, many people have. If you’re among them then perhaps it’s time to hit the road. How about exploring one of our state’s lesser known scenic byways? The River Road National Scenic Byway is a 22-mile stretch between the

Exploring Michigan’s least known scenic byway2020-09-03T12:21:57-04:00

Journeying up to Michigan’s best hard cider makers

As the harvesting of cherries gives way to apples, and trips to beaches give way to cider mill visits, the craving for the fruits of one of Michigan’s fastest growing industries also seems to naturally increase. While the state has long been known for wine and beer, hard cider has now become a quintessential component of its

Journeying up to Michigan’s best hard cider makers2020-09-02T16:12:01-04:00

September 2020

As we continue to adjust to our new reality, some events are taking place in modified form, and some are being adapted to a virtual setting. Either way, there are lots of fun options to explore this month. Here are a dozen of our favorites. September 1-5 Chairlift Ride at Crystal Mountain – Thompsonville There’s nothing quite

September 20202020-09-02T16:05:12-04:00

August 2020

Events remain elusive around the state, but many summer destinations and adventures are available again, so grab your mask and hit the road. Here are 12 fun options. Summer Saturdaze at Gilmore Car Museum The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners is happily welcoming guests back again. If you’re not familiar with the place, you’ll be surprised

August 20202020-07-27T09:24:51-04:00

July 2020

Events remain elusive around the state, but many summer destinations and adventures are available again, so grab your mask and hit the road. Here are 12 fun options. Hunt for Murals Many museums are still closed, but that doesn’t mean we have a shortage of available art to admire. On the contrary, you’ll find an abundance, especially

July 20202020-07-04T09:19:52-04:00

June 2020

While some of the state, and a variety of businesses have begun to reopen, most events remain canceled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that does not mean there aren’t plenty of unique and entertaining things to this month. As usual, here are a dozen of our favorites. Hit the Links Golf courses reopened in May and now

June 20202020-06-10T13:56:46-04:00

The life and times of Detroit’s beloved Belle Isle

Belle Isle is known to many in Michigan, especially those on the east side of the state, as a haven from the crowds of the big city. Located in the middle of the Detroit River, between the city of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, it is a 982-acre island park consisting of one main island and several surrounding

The life and times of Detroit’s beloved Belle Isle2020-05-06T15:00:59-04:00

May 2020

We usually share a dozen uniquely Michigan events worth attending each month, but these are of course unprecedented times and events have been cancelled. Thankfully, that does not mean we can’t still enjoy some delightful entertainment born out of what makes our state so special. Here are 12 ways to have fun with Michigan flair this month.

May 20202020-05-08T13:48:43-04:00

April 2020

These are unprecedented times, making this one of the most unusual 12 Things to Do posts we’ve ever created. Just because we’re all staying at home to keep each other safe, doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for enjoyment and enrichment. Here are a dozen virtual ways to be informed and inspired by our state’s creativity and ingenuity

April 20202020-04-22T10:41:40-04:00

125 reasons to visit Mackinac in 2020

While there’s hardly ever a reason not to visit Mackinac Island and the beautiful area that surrounds it, 2020 presents a particularly magical opportunity. Mackinac State Historic Parks is turning 125 this year and, as such, its team has created 125 days of events throughout the 2020 season, spread across its family of sites and parks. Many

125 reasons to visit Mackinac in 20202020-03-04T13:35:35-05:00

March 2020

Butterflies emerging, crocuses popping out, NCAA basketball madness, what’s not to love about March? Here are a dozen events that will make your month even better. March 1-8 Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week – Marquette Celebrate the local flavors of Downtown Marquette’s dining scene during the seventh annual Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week, March 1 – 8, 2020. Participating

March 20202020-03-04T17:24:03-05:00

10 places in Michigan everyone should visit at least once

There’s a new decade upon us, which presents an opportunity for some fairly lofty travel goals. What could we do and where could we go with a whole decade to make it happen? Here are ten uniquely Michigan ideas that are so spectacular, they should be on any traveler’s bucket list. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Stretching for

10 places in Michigan everyone should visit at least once2020-03-05T08:44:38-05:00

February 2020

There’s an extra day for fun this month, as we celebrate a Leap Year. Why not take some extra time to enjoy what February has to offer? Here are 12 of our favorite opportunities for R&R this month. February 1 Treetops Annual Wine & Beer Festival – Gaylord Perhaps the only thing more relaxing than spending an

February 20202020-03-04T16:31:43-05:00

Dearborn

I have lived in Dearborn for 30 years and it’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t been to Dearborn!  But maybe you visited once, and only went to one or two of our famous places, like Greenfield Village. How about coming for a visit and packing in a few days of fun and food? We promise you

Dearborn2020-03-04T15:13:52-05:00

5 places to go if you’re missing Detroit’s auto show

For more than three decades, January has meant a return of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to Detroit. This year, the event is moving to June 13-20, and will take advantage of warmer weather to expand outside of the TCF Center, formerly Cobo Hall, to the streets of the Motor City. While the change presents

5 places to go if you’re missing Detroit’s auto show2020-03-04T13:52:50-05:00

January 2020

The North American International Auto Show is moving to the summer, which means many people will be in search of some new ways to spend their January in Michigan. Here are our 12 picks for winter fun this month. January 4-6 and 11-13 Michigan International Speedway Backyard Hockey Tournament – Brooklyn Michigan International Speedway has created a unique experience

January 20202020-03-03T13:56:43-05:00

Planning the perfect Northern Michigan girls getaway

Stock up on snacks, pick a meeting place, fill the tank, and hit the road. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip, especially when it involves some of my favorite people. Such was the case recently, when my high school friends and I headed up north for a long overdue winetasting weekend. Winter

Planning the perfect Northern Michigan girls getaway2020-03-04T13:48:45-05:00
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