Not leaving Michigan for spring break? These 5 ideas will keep your family entertained with staycation activities.
With spring break on the horizon, families are beginning to plan activities that would be fun for the whole family. Children are excited to have a long-anticipated break from school while parents are looking forward to quality time with the family. However, with expensive airfare and other nuisances, more and more families are opting for a staycation as opposed to traveling far for spring break. For those who live in Michigan, here are five ideas to keep your family entertained during a staycation.
1. Make a day trip to go skiing.
Despite the lack of mountains, Michigan still boasts plenty of impressive skiing resorts. Most people will be surprised to discover that Michigan ranks second in the nation for the amount of skiing spots found in the state. In fact, Michigan has an amazing 49 different ski areas. This is a great way to get the family out of the house for spring break without having to fly to an exotic location. Besides being fun for all ages, it can also be very reasonably priced. Regardless of where you live in Michigan, there is bound to be one ski resort within driving distance. This makes it an excellent choice for a day trip. No previous experience or investment is needed as all equipment can be rented at the resorts.
2. Indoor Paintball
Another adventurous activity that families can enjoy as they spend spring break in Michigan is indoor paintball. This fairly recent phenomena sees teams dressed up in protective gear as they they shoot small balls full of paint at opponents. While this activity is serious enough to cause bruises, it is also safe enough for families so long necessary precautions are taken. Families can enjoy the different activities and games that are incorporated into indoor paintball. Some common examples include a standard elimination match between two teams as well as the classic capture the flag game. This activity is a great option when the weather outside is not cooperating. Furthermore, this can be a great bonding experience for families.
3. Bouncy Houses
While this activity will be geared more towards the kids, parents can release their inner child and have a blast as well. Bouncy houses have been a staple of childhood fun for generations. Having fun with this activity can be a great way to spend time with the family. While the most common method for using bouncy houses is renting, there are some business that have emerged as of recent that offer bouncy houses. Some of these business even offer a restaurant along with the bouncy houses. These places can be a great way to spend a day with the family. However, renting bouncy houses will be much easier. If the weather cooperates, families can place these funhouses in their backyard and enjoy hours of endless fun.
4. Visiting Amusement Parks
Both parents and children alike can enjoy a nice day at an amusement park. All throughout Michigan, there are several options for both amusement and water parks. There are even some indoor water parks to accommodate even the worst weather. These amusement parks include many different activities for all members of the family. For those thrill seekers in the family, many different types of roller coasters can be found. There are also more tame activities for those who enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere. These amusement parks make a great day trip for the whole family. Yep, it might be a bit cold for roller coasters and amusement parks might not quite be open depending on how cold it stays.
5. Experiencing the Outdoors
Michigan has some of the most beautiful natural parks in the United States. From dense forests with winding trails to rolling hills, the state is sprawling with beautiful nature. In fact, there are 100 natural parks that cover 250,000 acres in total. Families can pack up a tent and head out for a weekend camping trip or simply go for a day hike around their home. Regardless, the great outdoors can provide a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway for the whole family. Bicycles can also be rode on specially designed trails for yet another outdoor activity.
Although a staycation doesn’t include an exotic getaway, families don’t have to sacrifice on fun. There are plenty of activities around Michigan that offer hours of excitement. Because many of these activities only require a day, they can be added together for an unforgettable week. These are just five ideas of ways to keep your family entertained. Remember to get input from all members of family to ensure that all desires can be met. Another benefit of staying home for spring break is the sheer amount of money that can be saved. This money can be put towards a future vacation abroad or simply spent in your home state gear.
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Traveling to Northern Michigan in the winter provides ample opportunity for fun with the family. While the weather outside is often cold and blustery, indoor activities can allow the kids to get out some of that pent up energy. When you’re looking for vacation lodging for the cold winter months, it’s best to find a resort that has plenty of things to do with your family in Northern Michigan. Indoor water parks like Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain and Great Wolf Lodge are the ideal way to enjoy the winter weather while vacationing in the area.
Avalanche Bay – Boyne Mountain
This water park resort located in Boyne Falls, MI, boasts of having the largest indoor water park in the state. This place is ideal for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. This resort is open to guests at the lodge. Plus, they also sell wristbands to those who wish to enjoy the water park, making this an ideal place for locals to take the kids when the winter days seem long. While it’s cold and snowy outside, guests can enjoy the indoor temperature of the park which is always kept between a toasty 84 – 87 degrees. The park has lifeguards, which helps parents sit back and relax without having to worry about keeping an constant eye on the kids. The Kitz Pool area is ideal for the younger kids under 36″ in height. Older kids can enjoy the bigger slides like The Big Coulior, Super-G, and Vertigo.
Guests of the resort can take advantage of the many amenities on-site. The resort has an arcade for the kids to play in once they’ve had enough time in the water. There are several dining options at the resort, which helps to prevent the need to get into the car and drive to a restaurant when everyone gets hungry. The resort has many different packages that allow a family to stay and play without leaving the property. Some packages also have the option to add a buffet breakfast at a reduced price. The Snack Shack is located inside the water park so that the entire family can have a quick snack without having to leave the park. Another great thing about the resort is that it offers close access to some of the best skiing in the state for those who enjoy the snow.
Great Wolf Lodge
So my family and I just stayed there. So all the photos will be from our stay at the GWL. Sorry Avalanche Bay, I could not find any of my cool photos from our stay there, I blame facebook and not being able to search for my photos via keywords!
This resort, located in Traverse City, MI, has a water park that can easily occupy the entire family for several days without hearing claims of boredom of having nothing to do. The youngest ones in the family can spend time in Whooping Hollow and Cub Paw Pool, which have slides and activities for toddlers and the younger set. The older kids will have a blast on Alberta Falls and the large rafts on River Canyon Run. The entire family can float in the lazy river at Crooked Creek or soak up the warm, relaxing water in Manitoba Tubs hot springs. The indoor park area has chairs and lounging areas for parents to relax. One of the benefits of staying at Great Wolf Lodge is that the water park can only be used by guests of the resort. This helps to prevent crowding in the water park area.
Great Wolf Lodge also offers many other amenities to make for a pleasant stay. There are various children’s activities throughout the resort and these are included with each resort package. Packages vary based on the time you wish to stay at the resort but there are often seasonal specials that can be taken advantage of to provide some savings. There are several dining options at the resort, including snacks, desserts and pizza, along with an on-site Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, there is a dining option inside the water park area so that the kids don’t have to leave the fun to get a bite to eat. The accommodations at the lodge easily suit various sizes of families with the different suites offered, some of which are themed to make that vacation extra special. Guests also have access to WiFi throughout the resort. Parents can take advantage of the fitness center, which is always open.
Indoor water parks are one of the best things to do with your family in Northern Michigan when the weather is cold. Great Wolf Lodge and Avalanche Bay are both excellent options for the family looking for a place where they can hang out and relax for the entire vacation without having to pack everyone in the car to travel around town. While the weather outside may be cold and snowy, the atmosphere inside these water parks is always warm and inviting, giving the family plenty of space to enjoy all the activities offered.
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Michigan is a premier destination for skiers of all ages. Besides being one of the most scenic states in the US, it has the second-greatest number of skiing areas in the country. All over Michigan, ski resorts don’t skimp on the thrills or the comfort. These five spots will keep you and your family coming back for more.
1. Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville, MI)
Conde Nast Traveler ranked Crystal Mountain one of the best family ski resorts in North America. The lodge offers convenient adventure packages for skiing, golfing, spa days, and more. And the location couldn’t be better, with 58 slopes over 102 skiable acres on Crystal Mountain, a mile from Thompsonville airport and not far at all from the sandy beaches of Traverse City. When you’re done hitting the slopes, you can take a turn on Crystal Mountain’s ice rink, rent a fat tire snow bike, and even enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through a wintry paradise. As a family-run resort, Crystal Mountain knows what families need to savor their ski vacation. The Scottish-themed lodge has spacious rooms with great views. They provide free breakfast for kids, childcare services, and plenty of activities to keep younger children engaged.
2. Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls, MI)
Boyne Mountain is an important place for skiers. For one thing, it’s the home of the six-person high-speed chairlift and the modern snowmaker. Also, former Olympians Stein Ericksen and Othmar Schneider founded an Austrian-American ski school here, and it’s open to this day. The mountain itself has a vertical drop of 500 feet and a total of 60 downhill runs, the longest of which is one mile. Slopes are evenly distributed for expert, intermediate, and beginning skiers, and there seven terrain parks for snowboarders. Boyne Mountain Lodge, with its iconic Austrian clock tower, has its own nightlife scene and salon. For all the non-skiers in your bunch, there’s Avalanche Bay, the largest indoor water park in Michigan. There are a variety of Boyne Mountain deals designed to align with busy family schedules.
3.The Homestead Resort (Glen Arbor, MI)
Glen Arbor, located on the pinky-finger peninsula of the Michigan mitten, is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. You and your family will be surrounded by white sand dunes, green forested ridges, and the largest cherry orchards in the nation. The mountain may not be the steepest in Michigan, but it’s ideal for family friendly skiing and perfect for those who want to learn to ski in a fun, safe environment. Ski lifts run close to the ground at a gentle pace, and the views of Lake Michigan from the 15 downhill slopes are unbeatable. Skiers of all ages and skill levels can sign up for NASTAR-regulated ski races on the day of the race. Back at The Homestead, which is billed as America’s freshwater resort, there’s a fitness center, two pools, an earth-friendly salon and a spa.They offer FREE magic carpet access, which is the bunny hill for little ones learning to ride! That is my son in the video first day on the slopes.
4. Hickory Hills (Traverse City, MI)
Have you ever wanted to ski by the beach? Hickory Hills spans 125 acres of land owned by Traverse City, an outdoor adventure hub on the coast of beautiful Lake Michigan. Families can enjoy one beginner, five intermediate, and two advanced runs; all but one of them are lit for night skiing. There are no lifts, but the five rope tows help novice skiers develop agility and strength on skis. Hickory Hills also serves as the headquarters of the Grand Traverse Ski Club, a nonprofit organization of ski enthusiasts who teach the sport to kids ages 4-14 at a reasonable price. The club hosts learn-to-ski Saturdays and Sunday ski races.
5. Mount Bohemia (Mohawk, MI)
With section names like The Graveyard, Bear Den, and Haunted Valley, Mount Bohemia is not for the faint of heart. But a family of adventurers will appreciate deals like the rustic Aqua Log Cabins–$205 a night plus breakfast and dinner for four people. Quaint trailside cabins and yurts provide gorgeous views and cheap access to the slopes. You’re sure to stay entertained on 585 snow-covered skiable acres and a 900 feet vertical drop. Dedicated skiers can reserve a spot on a Snowcat machine that rolls to the top of Voodoo Mountain, where they’ll get to ski 1800 more acres on four awe-inspiring peaks. It’s the only Snowcat skiing experience in the Midwest. Located in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, Mount Bohemia is peaceful yet wild.
There’s no shortage of places to ski, snowboard, and explore in Michigan. Resorts provide family friendly skiing experiences and training courses for beginners, as well challenging slopes for the more advanced. Whether you’re booking an unforgettable Snowcat expedition to Voodoo Mountain, or ski-racing your friends at The Homestead Resort, you’ll get a kick out of all Michigan has to offer.
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If you’re planning a trip to Northern Michigan, you’re going to need to spend some quality time at the beautiful beaches that stretch across it’s shores. Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing picnic in the sands or a bonfire party under the night sky, Northern Michigan has beaches perfect for all your vacation needs. These are the best beaches in Northern Michigan to visit. And from the beach to the bonfire Livnfresh has the perfect Michigan Apparel to keep you cool or cozy whatever the Michigan weather throws at you. Chic tank tops to luxurious hoodies. We got you!
1. Pere Marquette Park Beach
This gorgeous beach located right in Muskegon is great if you’re looking for a beach with lots to do. The park stretches for miles along the coast and is equipped with playgrounds, volleyball fields, and picnic areas. People can often be found kayaking and windsurfing right off the shore. Although it’s bustling with people, this beach is so big that it never gets too crowded. When you’re ready to relax, enjoy an intimate view of the waters at the pier. You can even stroll over to one of the many restaurants nearby for a lakeside dinner.
2. Hoffmaster State Park Beach
Just north of Grand Haven, Hoffmaster Beach stretches for 3 miles along the coast. If you’re looking for a beach to camp at, this is the place to go. You have to reserve your spot early though because campsites get swept up quickly! With huge, wind-swept dunes, fabulous hiking trails, and majestic forests, it’s no wonder why this area is so popular. Even though it’s full of people, the campsites are hidden from traffic areas and are actually quite private. The beaches have clean sand, flat terrain, and are simply stunning.
3. Fifth Avenue Beach
This beach is located right in the town of Manistee. The views from this beach are something to marvel at. With crystal clear waters and gorgeous sands, it is a great place to be a bit of a beach bum. There is even a lighthouse with a paved walkway leading right to it. If you are in the area around the 4th of July, you can join the hundreds of others that gather on the beach to watch the fireworks. This is a family-friendly beach with a playground for the kids to enjoy. Parking is easy and the facilities are modern.
4. Point Betsie Lighthouse Beach
If your beach experience isn’t complete without some rock hunting, check out Point Betsie Beach in Frankfort. This is one of the best beaches in Northern Michigan for a day of adventures and discovery. The beach has bright blue waters and rocky areas that are fun to climb around. The lighthouse is still operating and definitely worth checking out while you’re there. Go when it’s open so that you can climb to the top and get an incredible view of the beach.
5. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear is one of the best reasons to visit Northern Michigan. Take a ferry ride over to this area to see one of America’s most beautiful national parks. The dunes are huge and full of fun trails to spend a day hiking along. The beach itself stretches for 65 miles in total and is full of great lookout points. Empire Bluff Trail is one of the best beach trails on the island with easy terrain for those who want a less strenuous hike through the dunes. The beaches are clean and sparkle at sunset.
6. Clinch Park Beach
Clinch Park Beach sits right along the downtown area of Traverse City. Go here if you want an entertaining beach experience. There’s a large playground area with fountains for the kids, tons of restaurants and clubs right next to it, and fun festivals throughout the year. With a boat launch area, you can even spend a day boating around or kayaking along the shores. The waterfront recently went through some renovations and is now very clean and well-maintained. It’s a perfect place for family activities.Looking for more fun things to do in Traverse City? We got you covered.
7. Ludington State Park Beach
Ludington Beach has got to be one of the prettiest beaches in Northern Michigan. The park has great hiking trails, fishing spots, kayaking, and lots of incredible swimming areas. The beach area is huge and stretches for miles. Although popular, it never feels too crammed with people because of it’s expanse. A lot of people go out to the dune areas for hiking. There is even a river nearby that you can take a relaxing float on. The sites are well-maintained and very clean. Lots of people travel here specifically for the campgrounds.
If you enjoy scenic sunsets, water sports, camping, hiking, and all around outdoor fun, Northern Michigan beaches are made for you. A trip to any of these gorgeous sandy shores is a guaranteed memorable vacation waiting to be discovered.
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From beautiful scenery, mouth-watering food, bubbly locales to fabulous gems and great lakes and the most beautiful beaches, these are just some of the few things that Michigan has to offer.
If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime or consider having a break from all the stress at work, then off you go to Michigan. The state doesn’t just offer an individual the chance to be one with nature, but it also caters different fun and exciting activities perfect for friends and family members.
The natural scenery within Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes are some of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping views you’ll see. Moreover, it is also splendid for exploring and discovering new things. It makes a real change of the mood that will leave you craving for more.
There are many indoor and outdoor adventure and adrenaline rush activities you can do in Michigan that attractions like the super cool Laser Edge and The Lost City offer. You can also visit captivating museums and indoor play for children and other different fun and thrills for you, your friends, and your whole family.
Why Visit Michigan? Because We Are Not Ohio….
Michigan comes from the French word “Mishigamaa,” meaning “large lake.” Clearly Michigan is the home of the Great Lakes. Bordering four iconic lakes, Michigan is a place for breath taking scenery.
However, there is more to Michigan than these great lakes. Michigan is also a home of other breathtaking “hidden gems” that people would love to discover when traveling. Michigan is a state that consists of two peninsulas, the upper and lower peninsula.
Way before, Michigan is already widely known as the center of the United States automotive industry. It is the home of the country’s three major automobile companies. The lower peninsula consists of services, manufacturing and high-tech industries while the upper peninsula serves as a tourist destination because of its abundance of natural resources.
Be one with Nature Without The Hippy Vibe
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness is a good place for a hike and a feel of an outdoor excitement. It is made up of endless Lake Michigan horizon and more than 3,200 acres of tall, windswept dunes, marshland, and grassland.
Moreover, rare hemlocks and Juniper trees bring a heavenly scent all throughout. Nordhouse Dunes is a home to many animals such as deer, porcupines, coyotes, and various kinds of songbirds. It is also a home to endangered species like the piping plover and pitcher’s thistle.
Considered as one of the nine dark sky parks in the world. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is a six-hundred-acre parcel of land that consists of an uninhabited Lake Michigan shoreline and thick forest stretching around two miles.
Because of little light pollution in the area, you can see phenomenal starry skies. The place has been a prominent and influential place for astronomers, nature lovers, and photographers.
The Alpena Shipwreck tour is a two-hour ride in a boat through the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Moreover, the sanctuary contains a total of 50 wrecks. This place is a must-see for people who are interested in Michigan’s Great Lakes maritime history.
You can have a Soo Lock Boat Tour that will take you through the locks between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Also, you can touch the side of the locks as you wait for the water to rise and fall.
You can also sail next to St. Mary Rapids and watch the fishermen by the hydro-electric plants. In totality, You can’t compare this kind of experience just by standing on the sidelines.
The Tahquamenon Falls is an enchanting waterfall found in the upper peninsula. It is the largest waterfall in Michigan and the second biggest fall east of the Mississippi. Moreover, it reaches 200 feet across and drops almost 50 feet.
Take a stroll around the 72 acres lush garden located in Battle Creek, Michigan. The lush garden contains around 1,700 kinds of woody plants and a total of 25,000 plants including shrubs, trees, perennial and annual plantings. It also features purple coneflowers, daisies, and daylilies.
The heritage route traveling through Harbor Springs and Cross Village is an astounding display of northern hardwoods located along the roadway. It is often referred to as “Tunnel of Trees” because the trees are located very near to the road, creating an effect of traveling through a tunnel.
This mostly used route from Harbor Springs to Cross Village displays stunning vistas and dramatic curves and turns. Moreover, it is considered a scenic view and is also good for pictures and the like.
Indoor Thrills Sound Fun
The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum holds remarkable, prominent, and stunning masterpieces from known painters and artists. It includes landmark treasures by Matisse, Bruegel, and Van Gogh. Moreover, the museum contains works that span thousands of years, from contemporary art to ancient civilizations.
There are also works from Mexican artists as well as powerful symbols of Detroit’s soul monuments that reflect the supremacy of art and human imagination.
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is known as the World’s Oldest Jazz Club. It spans an 81-year history of presenting jazz music. Its history, furnishings, decorations and cozy intimacy make it the ideal spot to feel and reminisce Detroit’s remarkable music legacy.
There is a glorious and grandiose history that surrounds the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Up until now it still continues to create inspiring, exhilarating, and heart-stopping music. The current director is Leonard Slatkin who gives an emphasis on American music.
The orchestra hall is the home of Detroit Symphony Orchestra, recognized for its legendary intimacy and acoustics, remains the best place to hear them create music.
You should never end your trip in Michigan without bringing some of these wonderful souvenirs with you:
This charm is a favorite souvenir in Michigan. Since every state in the union and different cities each have their charms you can purchase for anyone you know, Michigan also has its “Michigan Charm” that you can buy. This souvenir is better than those odd thimbles and other ornaments.
Delicious cherries are famous around Traverse City, Michigan. It is perfect for a sweet treat and souvenir for friends and family back home. This tasty treat is a local food to bring back.
For those who are fond of collecting postcards and stamps, this is definitely for you. Michigan gift shops and souvenir shops sell postcards which you can send to your friends back home. You can also buy one or even a set, which includes a quarter and a stamp for the state.
Visiting Michigan should now be on your to-do bucket list. You’ll have a lot to do and a lot to discover when visiting Michigan. Because of its diverse breathtaking sceneries and its exciting and enchanting museums and orchestra halls, Michigan is a place worth the stay.
Even though Michigan was primarily famous for the three automobile companies, little by little, people are now appreciating the “hidden gems” that are in the Great Lake State.
Destinations such as Tahquamenon Falls, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Headlands International Dark Sky Park are intriguing and still continually inspiring people to visit and explore other parts of Michigan that were possibly forgotten.
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The snow is refreshing; you can feel the crisp of the air, and the field recreation is just too tempting to resist. The attractions are magnificent and breathtaking, and the whole place is a bit of a rush. No, I’m not talking about a place where the women instinctively flock to like the salmon of capastrano. It’s not Aspen… it’s Traverse City.
The winter playgrounds are calling your name. Love to ski? How about shop and drink a beer? Traverse City has it all for you to enjoy. And who would ever forget the fact the dunes were named “Most Beautiful Place in America” (nominated by Good Morning America’s viewers)?
Traverse City is one of the most beautiful cities in Michigan. Aside from the fact that Traverse City is one of the largest producers of tart cherries, they also produce other fruits like grapes. As a significant contribution, Traverse City is also one of the hearts of wine manufacturers in the Midwest.
There’s no denying that Traverse City is an adorable, picture perfect place in the summer solstice. But can you imagine how beautiful it can be in the holiday season? When the white, solid, refreshing snow falls, it just seems like the coldness of the season beams in every visitor and traveler.
It’s unsurprising that people know there are tons of amazing things to do in Traverse City in summer and fall. But did you know that there are still other exciting things to do there when winter takes place?
Traverse City is also known for its finest outdoor recreation during winter. Here are some of those activities that you can take advantage of while you’re there:
Skiing in Hickory Hills
Your visit to the city of Traverse will never be complete without visiting the white and adventurous Hickory Hills which features eight distinct runs to drive your ski down. If you want to ski at night, you can also do so as it is available on seven of those eight runs.
Living in this place will be greatly appreciated by those who are snowboarders, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers of heart. Staying here would be beneficial for those type of people as they don’t have to go and visit different towns any longer for them to experience the fun that outdoor recreation brings.
Shanty Creek Snowboarding and Skiing
Just about 40 minutes north of the city, you’ll be able to locate Bellaire village, where you can find Shanty Creek Resorts. You’ll be able to enjoy here even if you’re not some expert when it comes to snowboarding and skiing.
Beginners and even those who don’t have an experience with this will have that exhilarating feeling as this place offers different levels and for different ages as well. There are two distinct mountains that you can choose from for your snowboard escapade.
If you want a mixture of natural and challenging slopes, then the award-winning mountain may work best for you namely the Schuss Mountain. But for those who are staying in the place with their families and want to try the thrill of sliding down the slopes, then the Summit Mountain is what we suggest.
Nevertheless, both mountains can give you that exciting and revitalizing experience that only Shanty Creek can offer.
Mt. Holiday Ski Experience
Mount Holiday is known as they can provide all day memorable and fun experience for the whole family. Aside from that, they also feature 16 different kinds of runs. They also offer ski lessons, and you can even try snow tubing there as well.
Moreover, it is also very accessible as it is just a couple of minutes away from the downtown area but still offers the comfort and grandeur of staying in the town for your weekend getaway bonanza. We can guarantee that you will love how this place can give you a clean and worry-free environment.
However, you don’t have to be an athlete of winter solely just to enjoy this place. They also have festivals you might want to experience. Here are some of those:
This event only happens in the eleventh of December every year. From five o’clock in the afternoon until nine in the evening.
Bring your girl besties in this unique festivals as many business establishments, and restaurants offer a variety of one of a kind food, clothes selections, jewelry and much more for you to have that stylish spirit without breaking your bank. Ring your girlfriends and make some sale and cocktail party!
Of course, if they have a special night for the ladies, they also have a night for the gentlemen. Just a week interval after the Ladies’ Night, an acknowledgment for the men is up in the eighteenth of December.
The guys can enjoy an array of drinks in different restaurants and some special events in the downtown area. This occasion can be a perfect time for guys to find the perfect gifts. Let’s be honest fellas, the only reason we have Men’s Night is so we can buy the gifts our spouses picked out on Ladies Night.
Traverse City is one of America’s best places. TC is more than a summer-perfect place. Try visiting TC during the winter as it will give you the fun and refreshing feeling that you are looking for when you’re traveling. Do you have any experiences that you would like to share?
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When is the 2017 MicroBrew Festival In TC?
Where is the Micro Brew Fest Location?
Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market Parking Lots B & T at Grandview Parkway and Union Street
Get Out And Do Something
Bored of the usual winter tradition? Have you watched everything on Netflix? Want to go somewhere that requires you change out of your pajamas? What if we told you we have the perfect suggestion for how you can enjoy the Winter season in TC?
What is there not to love when you spend your winter getaway up North in a beautiful setting, celebrating music and drinking crafted brews? So, where should you go? We’re talking about none other than Traverse City’s annual Microbrew & Music Festival!
Microbrew and Music Festival
For those who have never visited yet, big expectations about the famous Traverse City MicroBrew and Music Festival are welcome as it is a truly magnificent event. The festival is the center of a week-long series of craft beer events in Traverse City.
If you haven’t been there yet, it would be best if you have friends who know the place well for you to tour the whole town before the festival. If you are someone who loves the art of Michigan Beer, you would probably think that Traverse City is a bona fide paradise as every tourist would expect and prepare for something that the town has to offer in every visit you do.
Seven Monks Taproom
When you arrive there, we highly suggest you head directly to the great Seven Monks Taproom as they feature forty-six valves of different varieties of incredibly delicious craft beer. You need to try their Brewery Vivant and their Odd Side; both beers are from the west side of Michigan.
The Filling Station Microbrewery
Next stop would be The Filling Station Microbrewery. This brewpub is just actually new to the business of craft beer in the city of Traverse. But nevertheless, never underestimate The Filling Station as the place brags a cozy, free, and relaxing atmosphere and above all serves a good-tasting food.
Mackinaw Brewing Company
You should also try dropping by Mackinaw Brewing Company. This brewing company offers a happy hour for only two dollars. Although this brewpub offers tasty craft beer, you may try their Whitecap Ale which is usually in pair with a dip made up of baked whitefish.
The Microbrew Fest
After all the side trips, when you arrive at the venue itself for the Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival, you would surely be amazed at how big the allotted space is for the festival and how long the line is at the entrance.
When you enter the gates, they will require you to wear the wristband you received via email. That is why you mustn’t ever forget it as it will serve as your ticket to the festival. They will never reissue another wristband on the day of the festival no matter what your reason is, be it an emergency or any other incident.
After you put the wristband, you will go to the next station to get some tickets for the drinks and a mini cup (just like the size of a cough-syrup sample). You will see that some of the visitors throw away the mini cup after that. You may now fall in line to another station where you can purchase a more satisfying glass or buy more drink tickets. Some of these bars might seem familiar from our, “5 Breweries in TC You Need To Visit” article.
Since it is a MicroBrew and music event, it would be impossible not to see some of Traverse City’s famous bands performing such as Billy Strings and those who loves Michigan rockabilly, Delilah DeWylde, and the Lost Boys.
Enjoy the Festival
Let me ask you one real question. Since the festival offers a lot of choices that may overwhelm you, which do you prefer? Try different beers as many as you can in just half-full glasses and wait for an extended period in the line or just enjoy to the fullest with not so many kinds of craft beers?
As much as you are excited to try all the beers that you love (may it be a different and expensive list of breweries), believe us, you can’t. Some of the visitors tried that, and they ended up not living the party to the fullest.
Another good thing about the festival is that it supports tons of local artists, small businesses, Michigan’s art and entertainment and even hotels and motels. This event is not only solely for visitors but to boost each industry in Michigan.
The Traverse City MicroBrew and Music Festival is a great event that would surely make your holidays a lot more fun and exhilarating. It is one fantastic festival that intends to unite every community bonded by good food, amazingly delicious craft beer, a good dose of music therapy and of course, fun for everyone.
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Welcome to Lansing. The Capital of Michigan. Lansing is a thriving town, with places and restaurants its people are proud to brag about. It is home to the Michigan State Spartans. And if I’m honest, I kind of like the MSU logo. Don’t tell my family.
If you plan to visit Lansing of these days, here are four of Lansing’s most visited restaurants with food to die for because of their unique flavor and atmosphere.
The Most Visited Restaurants In Lansing Michigan
This restaurant has people waiting in long lines. Food is delicious, and they serve in generous portions that you can’t help but share.
Golden Harvest is not your usual restaurant. No, you are not going to get in a classy restaurant with classic music. It doesn’t look so inviting on the outside unless you’re curious enough to fall in line. The restaurant owner boasts about nothing but the food they serve and the people who go there agree.
The place has an odd and eclectic design which adds to the overall atmosphere they are trying to create. They have loud and funky music and excellent and energetic ambiance.
You might not want to come here alone, though. But if you feel like going out and being adventurous for one day, you can stop by, fall in line by 7 am and talk with strangers for an hour while waiting.
Since waiting in line is going to be long, if you are in your usual morning rush, then this isn’t the place to go. But it has more than 200 reviews on Trip Advisor and has a certificate of excellence label, and its food is definitely off the charts.
But just to set expectations right, waiting for the food you ordered may also take up to one hour. On a lighter note, it means you have an opportunity to talk and bond with friends and family.
The music is loud, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good conversation. However, it is not an ideal place for business-related conversations. But it provides you with an experience you can’t miss when in Lansing.
They have different sets of menu each week and has different specials for each day.
The place closes early at two o’clock in the afternoon, but since the line is long, you can expect them to cut at 12:30 pm, especially when there’s just too many for them to cater. Bring coffee or water to drink while waiting, wear something weather appropriate and most importantly, bring cash because they don’t accept anything else.
This restaurant boasts of its artisan food which looks as perfect and mystifying as Picasso’s paintings.
Just like any other Lansing fave, this restaurant also has people waiting in line for them during lunch and dinner rush hours. It is rated number one in TripAdvisor, with over 400 reviews. As the name itself suggests, they serve great soups and have different menus for each meal.
Remember, their menu for lunch isn’t going to be available for dinner so expect not to see your favorites if you visit on a different hour. They apply a particular technique or style for every meal, and that makes the restaurant stand out.
The place is our typical restaurant, doesn’t look so classic and you can call for a reservation in case you don’t want to wait during rush hours. They have friendly service, which is common in every review and their bartenders are ready to entertain your questions.
Most importantly, they serve locally sourced food, and that means the ingredients are fresh. They have a vegan menu for vegan customers. And it is surely a great place for night outs.
They have a small space, but it is not full all the time.
Zaytoon is not the only restaurant in Lansing that serves Mediterranean dishes, but when you mean Mediterranean plus Lansing, then this is the place to go.
They won’t be number 4 in Trip Advisor for no reason, and they have the right to boast about it. Zaytoon has more than three hundred reviews, a certificate of excellence and a great crowd of loyal customers.
There are three things that you will love about Zaytoon. First their pleasant, friendly and efficient staff. Customer service is something they are expert with and that is what makes them stand out over any other restaurant in Lansing.
Second is their fantastic food and their fast service. Zaytoon has hearty servings that you can share. They have vegan options, and they serve one of the best Hummus there is in town.
Lastly, is the incredible price, clean area, and sophisticated decor and atmosphere. You will get the value you expect for your money, and they keep the place clean and shiny. Zaytoon also has this sophisticated modern design that is something you’d want for your house.
The only caveat though is their cafeteria style of service. You will have to fall in line, order, pay for your food, and bring it to your table. Nonetheless, you can still get a seat and table right away.
If you are looking for great craft beer, then this is the one thing you should look for on the list. If you follow our blog, you will notice that Lansing Brewing Company appeared on our list of The 5 Best Lansing Breweries. So yeah, we like it!
LBC offers a variety of great-tasting beer. Angry Mayor is their best seller with hops that make it top of the line.
They have a great menu, large portions of servings, with quality ingredients and beautiful plating. If you are looking for meat, divine meat, and more meat, they have it.
They serve the food hot, and the Cuban sandwich is something you can look forward to when you go there for a meal.
They are at the heart of the ballpark areas, a central location, accessible to anyone after games. Because of that, they have a spacious parking area.
The place is something that makes it stand out. The place has a somewhat industrial feel, but it has a spacious seating with a laid back outdoor setting, a fireplace, and most importantly their corn hole for games. It is perfect for groups, and they have a great space for parties.
The corn hole is an answer to boredom while waiting for a ready table. But LBC also has a live music stage band you can dance to and sing along with while drinking your beer. Just don’t expect the place to be excellent for business-related meetups because it can get pretty loud in there.
They have a kids menu, and the kids’ noise isn’t going to embarrass you because LBC’s noise is going to drown theirs. They have giant TV screens all over the place so you can watch games while eating.
LBC is a great place with fantastic drinks (beer, wine, and spirits) and fabulous food.
Lansing is a product of constant efforts by its people and government. It offers great places, food, culture, and an enjoyable environment. The restaurants above are only just a few of the much incredible it has. It is too bad that Lansing doesn’t have a better sports team to root for….
Just kidding! Or am I?
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Nicknamed Beer City, there’s a ton of competition as far as breweries in town are concerned. That being the case, there are many more worth trying out than what is discussed below. These are just our votes for the absolute best that Grand Rapids has to offer.
Schmohz Brewing Company
2600 Patterson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
When first walking into Schmohz Brewing Co., the place gives off the air of a charming dive bar. And for most of us beer lovers, that means it’s a hot spot that you just have to visit in Grand Rapids. While the beers brewed in house at Schmohz are great (especially the Schwartz), what really makes this place stand out is the atmosphere. Everyone there was warm and friendly, including the locals who you can tell frequent the establishment quite often.
Unlike most breweries you will find throughout Michigan, you aren’t going to be able to get a bite to eat here. However, they make up for this with free popcorn and also craft a couple of their own sodas that’re worth trying out.
The happy hour at Schmohz Brewing Company is on Friday from noon to 3pm, but they also have specials that happen every night of the week. Except for Sundays – they’re closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
1504 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
There’s something undeniably cool about Creston Brewery. Where the Schmohz Brewing Company is more of a down-home dive location, Creston offers a contemporary take on the beer scene that’s accented with neat touches like the sampler trays being old vinyl records and a very modern aesthetic overall. Don’t let that scare you away, though, the staff here is wonderful and they’ll make sure you are more than well taken care of, just don’t expect to have many random conversation with random patrons since the layout here is a bit more like a restaurant than a bar.
That being said, the beers at Creston are creative but not to the point where you’ll question their intent. If you go, make sure to give the Cheshire Wit a sip or three.
Food-wise, they offer up fusion-Mexican fare with the fusions coming from places like Korea, Turkey and the deep American south. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
They don’t seem to have a happy hour to speak of, but their prices are decent enough that you won’t have to plan around one.
1727 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Greyline Brewing’s setup offers a minimalistic take on decor that fits the location’s atmosphere really well. It’s not a loud location, making this a good date spot or somewhere you’d go with friends if you’re not looking to get all riled up.
If you’re looking for one of the best stouts you’ve ever had the pleasure of gulping down, Greyline’s Shaky Knees is absolutely phenomenal. It truly is a standout among a selection of great brews.
Their food menu offers up some great appetizers as well as a good selection of well-priced sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into. They also have a charcuterie menu, which is a nice departure from a lot of breweries and the cheeses, meats and breads are wonderful alongside a couple beers.
There’s not a happy hour at Greyline Brewing, but, like Creston, the prices are pretty good all the time so the lack of a happy hour won’t leave you wishing there was one.
925 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Brewery Vivant was built in an old funeral home, which makes for yet another interesting atmosphere for partaking in excellent craft beers. Stained glass windows, classic arching and subdued lighting make for the perfect place to drink and eat with whatever kind of group you might have with you.
As far as their beers are concerned, you’re in for a real treat when you visit Brewery Vivant. In particular, you need to give their Big Red Coq a try, which is a bold belgo-american red ale and it’s magnificent. Not a fan of red ale? They’re sure to have a house brew on tap that fits your preferred style.
The meals served there are a little eclectic in that there isn’t any one theme to latch on to, which is cool if you’re down to get a little experimental and try something like Goat Pot Pie, Risotto or their Pork Tenderloin.
Like a lot of the breweries in Grand Rapids, Brewery Vivant also doesn’t have a happy hour. However, the prices are already great to start with.
The People’s Cider
600 Maryland Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Alright, I know, this isn’t a brewery like the one you’re looking for, but you have to give The People’s Cider a shot. They craft their own ciders and the place is an absolute stellar addition to the brew scene in Grand Rapids. Their awesome selection of ciders are served in seats set up around casks and the whole place makes you feel like you’re a real part of the process.
No meals or happy hour at The People’s Cider, just great drinks!
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Michigan boasts the Great Lakes, Jim Harbaugh (yeah baby! Ok, Tom Izzo for you State fans),cars and boats, good food, and good beer. Whether it’s your first visit or you’re just looking for hidden attractions and unusual things to do, here are places and activities you need to check out when stopping by the Wolverine State.
Take a Tour Around Belle Isle
Known for its conservatory, Nature Zoo, aquarium, and its beach, Belle Isle Park is a place where it isn’t hard to spend a whole day in the area.
What is now called the gem of Detroit is a 982-acre island between the US and Canada. It has an extensive history starting with the Ottawa and Ojibwe peoples who first lived in the island.
During the French Occupation in Detroit, settlers called the area Hog Island. After all, it was a place where the settlers housed their pigs, chickens, and other livestock to protect them from coyotes coming from the mainland. During the 1840s, private individuals who acquired ownership over some of the lands began developing the area into a resort. It was then that the people named the place Belle Isle.
In 1879, the City of Detroit assumed ownership over the island, and over the years, developed it into a large park to provide residents a place for recreation and relaxation. But during the 2000s, because of the financial problems the city faced, the park did not have the maintenance it needed. And so, in 2013, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan came up with a lease agreement that has paved the way for the Park to become one of the must-see places in Michigan.
Conquer the Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sometimes we just need a place where we can unwind, kick our shoes off, and get comfy with sand beneath our toes, all while looking over the great view that is Michigan.
Climbing the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes is a rite of passage for anyone traveling to Michigan.
The place got its name from the sleeping bear of a Chippewa legend. It is a tale of a mother bear and her two cubs that sought shelter in the opposite shore of the lake, away from an enormous forest fire. However, miles of swimming had their toll on the cubs, and they eventually lagged behind.
The Sleeping Bear is unlike any other, stretching over 50,000 acres by the side of Lake Michigan. Hills, forests of birch, beech, pine, and maple, and a fresh breeze will embrace you.
And if you’re into fishing, you can also have the Sleeping Bear experience in the small lakes and rivers that surround the nearby area. But of course, any visit is incomplete without marveling at the beauty of the massive and impressive coastal sand dunes and bluffs.
Take an Adventure Through Ann Arbor’s Fairy Doors
The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor are whimsical portals and a series of small doors that open to another world. They are a type of installation art scattered all over Ann Arbor and first appeared in 1993.
When Kathleen and Jonathan Wright, together with their young daughters, were renovating their century-old home, they discovered miniature doors that were only six inches tall. They found the doors opening to hallways with railings leading to other tiny doors. They also found windows with lights inside.
In 2005, Jonathan documented and even installed, more of the little doors all around the town. Fairy doors soon opened worlds to minuscule coffee and tea shops, shoe salons, toy stores, schools, and music venues. What better way to get to know Ann Arbor than by walking around town locating all the fairy doors you can find?
Chow down on different coneys
Coney Island in Michigan means a different hot dog tradition. Instead of the amusement park in New York, Coney Island here refers to an estimated 500 diners enjoying Greek food, and what we know as coney dogs – the pride and treasure of Metro Detroit.
Coney dogs are the delicious hot dogs in a bun covered in ground beef chili sauce and topped with mustard, onions, or other garnish.
Some say the tasty food is a blessing that came with the wave of Greek migration to the US around 1900 to 1919. Whoever thought of topping chili beef on weiners is a sure winner as countless variations of Coney dogs exist all over Michigan.
So, American or Lafayette, anyone?
Snowmobiling the Backcountry
Michigan can offer you literally thousands of snowmobiling trails groomed to provide folks an interconnected and extensive snowmobile trail system. So when you’re in the state with one of the highest number of snowmobile registrations in the country, not giving snowmobiling a try just doesn’t make any sense.
Experience the snow-capped terrain of Michigan and navigate through national forests and, again, literally thousands of frozen lakes as well as open fields that are in no short supply. You will have to explore the scenic trails covered with blankets of snow.
And don’t worry about the accommodations as there are plenty of lodging establishments and restaurants to choose from for those traveling by sled.
Dip into one of the Great Lakes
You can also go for all five. Not visiting and having a swim in one of the lakes is another of those things that just doesn’t add up when you’re in Michigan.
Try to enjoy the breathtaking views of each of the five lakes. The Huron, Erie, Superior, Michigan, and Ontario lakes all makeup one-fifth of our planet’s freshwater surface, totaling an area of 95,160 square miles.
You can find all of the lakes on the border between the US and Canada, touching areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Ontario. All of the lakes are home to thousands of species of animals and plants.
It’s good to spend at least a day in one of these lakes, or you can also enjoy a break in one of the smaller inland lakes. Either way, a lake visit is one way to enjoy Michigan properly.
Visit the Grande Ballroom
The Grande Ballroom was a 1920s jazz dancehall that transformed into Detroit’s rock counterculture center during the 1960s. Today, it’s an abandoned building with the years that passed eating away the infrastructure and turning the legendary stage into a crumbling beauty open for public consumption.
Charles N. Agree was responsible for the Grande Ballroom’s Art Deco style with hints of Moorish flair. The venue is a witness to different periods in history drowned by the shifts in music style. Now, the Grande Ballroom remains empty with nothing but stories from the past and their silence to invite explorers setting foot in Michigan.
There are plenty of things and places to experience when you’re in Michigan with your friends and family. When going on a trip to the Great Lakes State, make sure to enjoy its beautiful dunes, exciting snowmobile trails, magnificent lakes, picturesque islands, great food, and buildings as well as installations that share the changing culture of the people in Michigan.
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