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A good starting point to explore this diverse state
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121 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615, USA
Short's brewery in downtown Bellaire is a great spot for hearty sandwiches and a fantastic array of craft beers. I recommend trying Richard in the Dirt and the Huma-lupa-licious. For sandwiches I'd go with the Rift (a Reuben) or the VooDoo Lady....
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380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
Cranbrook Gardens are a nice place for an relaxing afternoon walk. Admission is $6, and a walk through the grounds will take about an hour. Be sure to check out the greenhouses.
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4233 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA
If you're near Royal Oak on a hot summer day, don't miss Ray's Ice Cream. This '50s era soda fountain is the real deal, and they still make all their own ice cream on site.
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Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, USA
When I lived in Michigan as a child, we went to Mackinac Island a few times. I mostly remembered horses and fudge from those trips. This year I took my son and husband, met up with a high school friend and her family who live in the U.P., and...
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215 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
It’s not unusual to find really good vintage shopping in college towns but Ann Arbor has to be one of the better destinations. Everyone I talked to without hesitation said The Getup was their favorite and it’s easy to see why. Get more at...
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27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072, USA
Vinsetta Garage, the Detroit area's oldest auto repair shop, was recently converted into a hip restaurant and bar. The menu is full of all-American comfort foods, like mac and cheese, pizzas, and burgers. A lot of care has gone into the menu, and...
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161 Vester Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
If a bar has the guts not to put any kind of signage outside its door, then you know it's going all chips in on reputation, and I respect that. However, it's not much of a risk for Valentine Distilling Co. When you’re a “Michigan native who gave...
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4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Perhaps you remember the Chrysler commercial from Super Bowl 2011 that announced Detroit's comeback. I'll admit that it piqued my interest in Motor City and decided to pay a visit (and hoped that the images from RoboCop were just that—fiction). I...
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20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
At Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford, the goal is to recreate what life was like in the early days of the United States of America. That goal is more than accomplished through the historic structures, activities, and even the work of the...