Collected by John Hale
Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
Last summer we discovered this unlikely art installation in Boyne City, Michigan. Just off the shores of Young State Park in Lake Charlevoix, numerous dead trees were repositioned upside down in the shallow water with their roots reaching toward...
Porcupine Mountains, Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA
On your way to Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, stop by on Lake Superior shores for an unearthly scene. The water is still, the air quiet, the sun magnificent in its last strokes of the day. Who knew a lake sunset could be so...
Munising, MI 49862, USA
Making prior reservations with a local kayak rental business (www.paddlingmichigan.com) to spend the next day on the waters of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we stayed overnight at Scotty's Motel in Munising. While older and smaller than...
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...
South Haven Lighthouse, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
To say that winter in Michigan is long is an understatement. 6 months of snow and cold could drive the most die-hard winter fan a little over the edge. So, it's nice to find those things that keep winter truly awe-inspiring. When it's cold enough,...
Silver Beach, St Joseph, MI 49085, USA
You would never guess you were this far from the ocean if you didn't already know better. This is one of those places where, though usually crowded, you can look out across the broad extension of soft sand, past the long pier with a lovely...
752 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA
Located a few blocks from Grand Valley State University's downtown Grand Rapids campus, The Bitter End is a staple in the West Fulton neighborhood. Although small, this coffee shop offers a big selection of coffee drinks, along with other...
830 Cottageview Dr #101, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
This is an old state hospital that is being converted to a shopping and dining destination. Growing up, I was familiar with it when it was an abandoned facility - though, not as a committed resident - and I recently returned to visit. What I...
1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, USA
Boyne ski resorts in Northern Michigan (near Petoskey, which is famous for its fossilized stones) are somewhat of a Midwest winter sports icon. Two Mountains (Boyne Mountains and Boyne Highlands) offer you impressive skiing conditions, including...
1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Restored to its former glory in 2008, the Italianate Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places and has 453 neutral-toned guest rooms—all with city or Detroit River views—an indoor pool, and...
558 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If you’re in downtown Detroit and notice an unexpected Mediterranean vibe, you’re probably in Greektown. The area is filled with Greek places to dine and drink, but Pegasus Taverna is continually recommended as the best. This family-owned open...
441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The word "shinola" was popularized during World War II when the phrase, "You don't know shit from Shinola" became a commonplace colloquialism. Back then, it referred to a Texas brand of shoe polish, which was government issue for all soldiers. In...
460 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Brother-sister duo Andy and Emily Linn opened City Bird, a studio and gallery located in Midtown Detroit, to house their line of handmade Detroit- and Great Lakes–themed housewares, apparel, accessories, and objects. The work of more than 200...
25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
If you make a visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, just be ready to be amazed: this place is a football field and a half full of Christmas wonder and joy-- no scrooges allowed. Established in 1945 by Wally Bronner, it is the world's largest...
245 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, USA
Downtown Kalamazoo is overflowing with fun opportunities. Climb Kalamazoo's indoor rock climbing facility is nestled across the street from creative shops and artisan outlets as well as the Sangha Yoga Studio. A little further on, stop in to the...
5109 6026 A, S Lake St, Glen Arbor, MI 49636, USA
Feeling summery and patriotic? Head to Cherry Republic. There are four locations throughout Michigan, but the headquarters is located in the small beach town of Glen Arbor, found up near the tip of the mitten and filled with tourists from May...
4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
Lux has the best vibe in town. Jeff built the coffee shop in such a central location to be near the soul of creative Phoenix. The coffee is hand-roasted in house, and you can pair it with a seasonal pie or a bear claw, or even a full-fledged meal....
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