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    Weekdays and Weekends in Detroit!

    • Start Your Morning with some of the best coffee in Detroit!
      Sip on your brew of choice from Great Lakes Coffee, The Roasting Plant or Astro Coffee!
    • Markets in Cadillac Square Open at 11!
      Stop in and shop till you drop and don't forget to swing into the big tent for some Drinking specials and delicious food!
    • Get Lunch in Midtown or stay downtown!
      The Jolly Pumpkin, Giordianos, Calexico, you can't go wrong with either of those!
    • Venture to Comerica and get a look at all the holiday art installations on your walk! 
    • Dinner is a must in the city! 
      Get a taste of Detroit at Prime + Proper, Townhouse or even the new Apparatus Room! 

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    6 Places in Michigan You Probably Didn't Know About

    6 Places in Michigan You Probably Didn't Know About

    6 awesome places in Michigan you’ve probably never heard of

    IT’S EASY TO THINK of Michigan as just another “Midwestern” state, but dig a little deeper and it’s clearly anything but. For starters, it has the longest freshwater coastline of any region in the world, and when you’re here, you’re never more than six miles from a freshwater source.

    But it’s not just a water wonderland, either. A trip to Michigan can take you to southern Germany, to the Shire, to wine country, to underwater depths and back again. Here are six awesome places you probably didn’t know existed in the Wolverine State.

    1. Isle Royale National Park

    Photo: Ray Dumas

    American national parks are rugged chunks of natural beauty — and also well-trod tourist hot spots. But Isle Royale National Park, a cluster of islands in Lake Superior practically on the Canadian border, sees fewer than 20,000 people a year. To put that in perspective, some other parks get 20,000 a day.

    What explains the discrepancy? Well, basically, this national park is for thrill-seekers. It’s only accessible by ferry, motorboat, or floatplane, and it’s fully closed in winter. The waters of Lake Superior can be pretty unpredictable, as can the weather. Combine that with a northern latitude, and you’ve got a recipe for the most rugged, untouched national park of them all.

    For visitors, this means more than just tranquility — it also means shipwrecks. Largely preserved and intact, too (though, as you’ll see further down the list, Isle Royale isn’t unique in this regard). Then there’s the moose, the wolves, and the miles and miles and miles of hiking, backpacking, and scuba routes to explore. No hopping on a shuttle with 20-some other fanny packs to get from Falls #1 to Falls #2 — here, it’s isolation. Just you, your hiking boots, and a camera.

    2. Headlands International Dark Sky Park

    Photo: Paul*Nelson

    Yes, you can see the Northern Lights here. No, you don’t have to book a 12-hour flight to Iceland. Yes, you can view them from a dock on Lake Michigan, wrapped in a blanket. Yes, it will be perfect.

    Your best bet for this experience is to get to Headlands, ideally around the spring or fall equinoxes when the aurora normally shines the brightest. Pick a spot on the two miles of shoreline or enjoy the skies from the depths of the woods, taking in (for once) what true darkness feels like — until you look up.

    PS: This better-than-reality experience is completely and totally free, and the park is open 24/7, year-round.

    3. Old Mission Peninsula

    Here’s a tip on how to interpret what someone means when they say they want to see the Old Mission Peninsula — it’s 10 wineries in five miles, just north of Traverse City. And while it may not have the notoriety of the wine produced in, say, California, Michigan wine comes with a handful of other accoutrements worthy of touting in addition to its well-reputed quality — like the fact that none of your friends have experienced this, and that the trip doesn’t come with those famous California price tags.

    When you’re up here (in the tip of the ring finger, that is), hop on M-37, or Center Road. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you’re surrounded by orchards, fruit stands, and hills that run from shoreline back to rolling hill. At the top of the largest of those hills, you’ll find the vineyards of Chateau Grand Traverse and views on both sides looking down into the bay. On your way back, two notables are Mari Vineyards and Peninsula Cellars. The first is an Italian stone villa and the area’s newest spot; the second is housed in an old one-room schoolhouse. Bring a picnic and your camera, because no one will believe this little enclave of “charming” actually exists.

    Hint: For you oenophiles out there, this area is right along the 45th parallel — just like the Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône regions of France and Piedmont in Italy. Go for the Reisling or Chardonnay, and you won’t be disappointed.

    4. Frankenmuth, MI

    Wine not your thing? Michigan thought of that, too, which is why Frankenmuth is here to save the day, and we’ll give you one guess how…yeah, it’s beer.

    You can close that Kayak tab now, because Little Bavaria is smack dab in the middle of the continental 48. So is the World’s Largest Christmas Store, but that speaks for itself. Frankenmuth is a little piece of southern Germany not far from Saginaw, and it goes to the nines with German shops, architecture, and festivals all year long. The World Expo of Beer and the Bavarian Festival feature in summer, while Zehnder’s SnowFest is winter’s highlight (you won’t see snow sculpting like this anywhere else). And then, obviously, Oktoberfest — Frankenmuth’s was the first in the world to be sanctioned by the City of Munich.

    And while the town is a great place to knock back a stein any time of year, it’s important to know it’s also famous for its chicken. Hit up the Bavarian Inn for both and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.

    5. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve

    Thanks to those thousands of miles of shoreline, Michigan has an equally impressive number of underwater preserves and sanctuaries. This one is on Lake Huron (the eastern side of the mitten), and you can check out the history of lake travel in the form of everything from 1844 sidewheel steamers to more modern 500-foot-long German freighters.

    But we’re not talking docked vessels. This place is known as Shipwreck Alley, and it’s clearly earned its moniker — it currently protects an estimated 116 “historically significant” shipwrecks. Not 116 shipwrecks, 116 big ones, some observable, others in hundreds of feet of water and out of sight. However, nothing’s out of sight if you’re looking for a scuba adventure. You can paddle and kayak here, too.

    6. The Hobbit Houses of Charlevoix

    Photo courtesy of Visit Charlevoix

    Move over New Zealand — Charlevoix has its eye on you. Or, rather, Earl Young does. From the 1920s to the 1950s, he was busy constructing “hobbit houses” in the town of Charlevoix. Nowadays, you can tour the streets of town, marveling at these slanted-roofed dwellings and their curved lines, limestone boulders, and other natural architectural features. The Half House (306 Park Avenue) is the most famous, but word to the wise: Many of the homes are private residences, so be sure to admire from a distance.

    At least, be sure to admire the private ones from a distance. Others can be marveled at from the inside — they’re available for rent. Who wants a hotel room downtown when you can live like Frodo in the Shire? Earl Young was successful in proving that a small house could be just as inspiring as a castle — after all, it’s the unexpected things that really make you look twice. 

    Full article thanks to,

    Ice Caves in the Upper Peninsula

    Ice Caves in the Upper Peninsula

    4 Tips for Exploring the Eben Ice Caves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

    Jesse Land of Things To Do in the U.P. tells us how to have a fantastic Pure Michigan winter adventure at the Eben Ice Caves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

     

    Just outside of Marquette, the Eben Ice Caves are one of Michigan’s prime winter attractions. Each winter, once the ice caves start to freeze up (usually sometime in December), visitor's flock to the tiny town of Eben Junction to see the ice caves and, while they're out there, support local businesses like the Eben Ice Caves concession stand, the Rock River Cafe and the New Moon Tavern.


    1. Learn About the Eben Ice Caves

    Inside the Eben Ice Caves
    Inside the Eben Ice Caves  | Photo courtesy of Matthew Crowley 


    The "Rock River Canyon Ice Caves," better known as the Eben Ice Caves, form when melting snow runs over the edge of a small cliff and freezes, forming "ice caves" much like the large ice formations along Munising's Grand Island National Recreation Area and parts of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you were to visit here in the summer you would see little to no water running over the edge. It's the perfect combination of a slow snow melt and frigid temperatures that causes these "caves" of ice to form.
     

    2. Here's How to Get There

    Set your GPS for Eben Junction (or use Google Maps to find it). From M-94 in Eben Junction, turn north onto Eben Road and drive about 1.5 miles to Frey Road. Turn right on Frey Road and drive to the end (if you can) or if it's a busy day just find a spot to park along the road. It's not unusual to see fifty or more cars parked here on a nice weekend day. Also, Eben Road and Frey Road have yellow signs on them that say "Ice Caves," so keep an eye out for those.
     

    3. Plan for the Hike to the Caves

    This isn't an attraction where you can pull up in your car, walk a few feet and be done. It's not a long hike, but yes, you will have to get out and stretch your legs. And for the pet owners out there, the area is pet-friendly. Each time I've visited the ice caves I've seen more than a few dogs on the trail.

    The hike from the parking area to the ice caves is about .75 miles. The first .25 mile stretch is a very flat walk through a farmer's field. The landowners allow people like you and me to pass through the field at no charge. If they ever stopped allowing this, the hike to the ice caves would be muchlonger. In addition, the landowners now offer portable bathrooms in the parking area at no charge. Show your thanks by purchasing a hot beverage or a snack at their concession stand if you're able!
     

    4. Use Ice Cleats

    Trek to Eben Ice Caves
    Trek to Eben Ice Caves | Photo Courtesy of Emily Rose Bennett


    After a foot of snow got dumped on the area just two days before my recent visit, I asked a friend who lives in nearby Chatam if I should bring snowshoes. "It's never a bad idea to bring the shoes," he said, "but I'm guessing it'll be packed down by then." He was right. Snowshoes would have only made the hike more difficult. So if you have them, bring them in case you happen to visit right after a big snowstorm. Otherwise, wear ice cleats.

    Ice cleats (I like Yaktrax, but any of them should help!) can go a long way toward enhancing your Eben Ice Caves experience. Trust me. On any given day, about half the people visiting the caves are wearing cleats, and the other half wish they had them. The main reason is that, with ice cleats, you're able to walk around inside the ice caves on relatively sure footing. And without them, it's a little treacherous. The ice inside the caves is very smooth so traditional rubber boots tend to slide around quite a bit.

    But another reason to wear cleats is that the trail out to the caves has some steep ups and downs. You'll see many spots where people slide down hills on their bottoms and then struggle to get up the other side. In short, if you're wearing cleats (like myself and my cohorts were on our last outing) you'll be able to walk right up and down those slippery spots. On my last visit, a college-aged girl looked a little stunned as I walked right by her on a slippery hill and said, "Oh, so that's what it's like when you have traction." Okay, enough about the ice cleats. You get the point!

    All in all it's a bit of a trek to the ice caves, but I'd highly recommend checking them out! As far as Michigan ice caves go, these are the most accessible.


    About the Author: Jesse Land of Things to do in the U.P., worked with Travel Marquette Michigan to create this article. 

    Get the full scoop here!

    Thank you Pure Michigan for sharing the article! 

    Downtown Holiday Markets!

    Downtown Holiday Markets!

    Downtown holiday markets to return to Capitol Park, Cadillac Square

    Starts November 14

    Holiday markets in Capitol Park, 2017
     Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

    The popular glass huts in Cadillac Square and Capitol Park will once again open with local vendors for the holiday season. In addition to the vendor lineup announced from Bedrock today, new food and drink offerings will be offered in both locations.

    Vendors include returning and new businesses selling goods such as vintage clothing, organic skincare, jewelry, housewares, and more. The vendors in the parks this season will be 248Studio, Ashley Gold, Beirut Souk, Dolly Rocker’s Handmade and Vintage, GoodBoy Clothing, Greystone Gardens, Guilt Chocolates, ILERA Apothecary, Kiloh + Co., Little High Flyers, Mitten Crate, POST, Rock Paper Scissors & Midwest Supply Co., Tiana Body Care, True Desserts, and Yellow Dog Marketplace.

    1441 Woodward will continue to host select vendors through the season.

    Cadillac Square Lodge will be back with spaces to sit, eat, and drink indoors, with nearby Parc restaurant leading the food and drink offerings. In addition to the Lodge, Nostimo Kitchen will pop up in a large greenhouse in Cadillac Square with cookbooks, Michigan-made goods, and specialty foods.

    Over in Capitol Park, the Capitol Inn, led in partnership with Prime + Proper and Townhouse’s Jeremy Sasson, will serve “gourmet bar snacks, festive cocktails as well as Munich-inspired beer and wine.” The Inn will also have live music.

    The markets open right before festivities around the tree lighting in Campus Martius, set to take place November 16. Detroit will transform into a winter wonderland in just a few short weeks.

    The Downtown Detroit Markets will be open from November 14-January 13.

     

     

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    Start planning your Must See in Michigan list for 2019!

    Start planning your Must See in Michigan list for 2019!

    The 25 Places You Should Go In Michigan In 2017

    As we prepare to welcome a new year here in Michigan, it’s important to look back and reflect upon 2016. But it’s equally as important and exciting to think ahead to 2017, which is sure to provide plenty of opportunities to explore and experience even more beauty here in the Great Lakes State. As we enter a brand new season, check out this list 25 places to add to your 2017 Michigan bucket list.