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I finally got to experience my 49th U.S. State: beautiful Michigan. I had wanted to get here for years, but growing up in Texas, and then moving to Colorado, Hawaii and currently living in New York City, I had somehow managed to get to all 48 states besides Michigan & Alaska. I was blown away by my experience: the people, the fresh, local food and the numerous outdoor activities to engage in, especially being right on the Great Lakes. I will definitely be back for more of Pure Michigan!
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730 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
Walk along the flower-lined streets of this beautiful Bavarian town and enter Zehnder's, an elegantly decorated indoor chicken biergarten-of-sorts that seats up to 1,500 people at any given time and serves up some of the tastiest chicken and...
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109 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
After spending time in Hawaii and going to culinary school, Alpena native Eric and his wife Stacie returned back home to their home town to open The Fresh Palate, giving Alpena residents an unbelievable selection of fresh, healthy foods. This...
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2024 US-23, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
Across the asphalt parking lot from this stone restaurant built in the 80's with a rustic shabby-chic interior that makes you feel like you've entered the home of a good friend, lies the massive garden where the majority of The Courtyard's produce...
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1 Wenonah Park Place, Bay City, MI 48708, USA
For several days in Bay City, Michigan, a fleet of Tall Ships rolls in and parks along the riverfront for a celebration of these beautiful sailing vessels that tower and roam gracefully through the Great Lakes. Sailed with full crews, they're...
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12653 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle, MI 49777, USA
One of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes, the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit and was in operation until 1871, before the New Presque Isle Lighthouse was built. Visitors can climb the...
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1923 Curran Rd, Curran, MI 48728, USA
There's something special about an old diner: the chrome-lined countertops, the button shaped stools with old men perched atop them who have most likely been regulars for over 30 years now, the jukebox in the corner and good ole hearty...
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124 W Fletcher St, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
Located on the north bank of the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Fletcher Street Brewing Company is housed in what used to be the Fletcher Paper Mill. They have unique beers on tap as well as hand crafted sodas, and if you feel up to the competition,...
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201 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
The environment of Cabin Creek Coffee is warm and inviting, and you can clearly see that this is a gathering spot for people in the community of Alpena to meet for more than just their morning cup of joe. With non-dairy alternatives that include...
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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...
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1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
While walking the streets of Frankenmuth, also known as Michigan's Little Bavaria, it would not be uncommon to pass a man in a lederhosen or a woman in a dirndl. When you enter this quaint little community, you feel as if you've been transported...
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313 1/2 N Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
This breathtaking natural wildlife preserve is just a part of everyday life for the residents of Alpena, Michigan, as it winds through town bordered by running paths draped in weeping willows. Take a kayak out with Erin Riopelle, who started her...